Beatenberg – Rafael


Something tells me the new indie pop outfit out of South Africa, Beatenberg are not too keen on the fact that Rafa is out of the US Open this year. The Cape Town trio — Matthew Field (vocals/guitar), Ross Dorkin (bass), and Robin Brink (drums) — have a distinctly South African sound that falls somewhere between Vampire Weekend and Paul Simon circa Graceland. Although all classically trained musicians, Beatenberg believe that pop music can be serious too. On the subject, lead vocalist Matthew says: It’s about emotions, images and fleeting senses of things: the mad stuff that everyone feels and almost understands.

Watch the official lyric video for “Rafael” below as you ponder whether to place your bets on Federer or Nole this year. Also worth viewing is a live taping of the melodic song “Scorpionfish.” Lastly, listen to a collaborative remix of “Pluto” (Remember You) with DJ Clock for a preview of the highly infectious original (my favorite track, available for streaming only at HD).

The new album, The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg was released in South Africa August 15. Here’s hoping we won’t have to wait too long for the international release.

St. Lucia – September

South African-born artist Jean-Philip Grobler, aka St. Lucia released his debut EP September this September. However, I first fell in love with his sound upon hearing the single “Closer Than This” last spring. Having traveled around the world with a choir in his youth and later honing his musical sensibilities across the pond, the electro-indie artist now produces his signature shimmering synths out of Brooklyn.

St. Lucia will actually be performing in D.C. this Thursday, December 13th at U Street Music Hall with British producer Alex Metric for the All Things Gold party. Should be a fun event – so if you have nothing better to do and enjoy these ditties as much as I do – go check it out.

I’ve got a feeling we will never get closer than this
I can’t imagine there’s a way to get closer than this