Mikhael Paskalev

Mikhael Paskalev

Mikhael Paskalev is pop music with roots in indie and alternativ country rock. Inspired by names such as Paul Simon, The shins, Edward Sharpe, the mamas and the papas and the Everly brothers. Paskalevs set is dynamic and varies from songs accompanied only by his nylon-strung guitar, to a six-piece band with the occasional trumpet and a circus of energy. The songs are mainly recognised by the instrumentation and the strong melodies, at times shamelessly catchy, but never leaves a lovely and raw soundscape.


TheBlack&TheWhite began when Julio Tavarez started creating music with long time friend and producer Justin Kaupp. "My vision has always been clear to me. It was just time to record the music I was always meant to. Justin helped bring those ideas to life." said Tavarez. He goes on, saying "I love music that physically moves me, music that makes me want to get out of my chair." TheBlack&TheWhite represents a new chapter in Tavarez's music, featuring lush sonic landscapes and chaotic, bombastic exploratory electro-production, mixed with the uniquely passionate vocals that only Tavarez can deliver.

"People really like to talk negatively about the current state of music. Especially the electronic element. The truth is, I'm inspired by the old and the new all at the same time. Artists like Fela Kuti, CAN, Pink Floyd, Black Flag and D'Angelo have affected my life just as much as the work of Little Dragon, Kanye West, Daft Punk or even someone like Katy Perry. It's all there." said Tavarez.

Longtime drummer Cliff Sarcona and Julio Tavarez have always shared what moves them as musicians. While they love writing music, both Sarcona and Tavarez are at their best when performing. "Performing live is where we thrive in the moment. This project is going to elevate our live show in ways Cliff and I have always wanted." said Tavarez. "Come to our live show, expect to have a good time and leave feeling inspired." adds Sarcona.

TheBlack&TheWhite have plenty of music already recorded, and continue to write almost daily. "This journey will include lots of music along the way" Julio said, "and we couldn't be happier."

In support of their new project, TheBlackandTheWhite will be touring and plan on releasing more music in Spring of 2013.

Little Children

Little Children is the alias of the Swedish 28 year old Linus Lutti who creates ornamented and mysterious pop music, dark and tender at the same time. The latest songs from his upcoming EP, IN HAU are his most appealing and relevant contribution emerging from the wide pop scene in Sweden, in loveliness on par with the holy bodies made by Loney Dear, and José González. The music from IN HAU shows maturity since the 2010 debut album IN SILENCE, which gathered much praise including many year-end BEST OF lists.

Little Children’s music, reminds one of such diverse artists as Will Oldham, Bon Iver, Nick Drake, and Red House Painters. But there is something else behind his delivery, a je-ne sais-quoi that makes these references nearly irrelevant. This is part of the uniqueness that is so striking about Little Children.

“Hollow” is the first glimpse into Little Children’s new EP IN HAU to be released January 14th on INGRID. Linus gives insight into “Hollow”, “The song was inspired by Mark Hollis’ (Talk Talk) "The gift" and Stockholm’s Tape's "A spire". This song means a lot for the whole project Little Children and for the musicians while recording this song. This song was in fact the first song we really enjoyed recording with its quite "tricky" rhythm”.

IN HAU was produced in Stockholm by Johan Berthling (Tape, FIRE!) which features some extremely talented musicians that play on the record as well as live shows- Andreas Söderström guitarist (plays live w. Anna Ternheim, Taken by Trees, El Perro Del Mar) Mattias Bergqvist drums (live w. First Aid Kit) and Petter Winnberg (live w. Miike Snow, Serenades). The recordings feature a soulfulness and haunting minimalist sound that is made for repeat listens to fully grasp the emotions entwined in the songs.

Little Children will be touring Scandinavia and the US in Spring of 2013. IN HAU’s January release is just the first taste of music to be released in 2013, with a full length album to follow.



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