Not From Around Here
This post has no geographic unity -- Australia, Iceland, and the UK are all included -- but I'd like to think that musically, there's some sort of focus.Hafdis Huld is a chick from Iceland (don't hear much from them these days), and boy is she cool. More accessible than Bjork, but certainly quite a creative force. Her voice is sort of girly, but there's something mature and reserved about it. I like it ... And hey -- she's got a blog! How cool is that!?
If you're into crazy sort of dissonant and spacey ambient stuff, then ii is the group for you. They're from Australia, and have been around for something like three or four years now. I like how they apparently improvise a lot of their stuff ... that style usually connotes more planning. Yeah, they've got MySpace.
I'll admit it ... I'm usually not really into male singer/songwriters. They bug me for some [stupid] reason. Anyway, Fionn Regan is good enough. He's got a humble voice -- which I like -- and he seems to write some pretty down-to-earth simple folky guitar music. Not something I'll ever get into (sorry), but he's pretty good. Check him out at his MySpace page!
Last (for now), but certainly not least is Skatebård, a Norweigen electronica/dance one-man group. Dark, spacey, pulsating dance music that wakes you up while slowing you down, mellowing you out. I love layering, therefore I love Skatebård quite a bit.