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Matt Stevens – Relic
Genre: acoustic, instrumental, post rock, progressive rock
From the album press release: “Matt Stevens is an instrumental guitarist from North London. He has created a following online using Facebook, Twitter, Torrents, Forums and a network of enthusiastic Bloggers and Podcasters and viewers on Ustream for streaming online gigs. He has often asked his followers to copy and torrent his music to allow the audience to grow through word of mouth. (…) Matt Stevens release[d] his third album Relic on the 26th September, the follow up to the critically acclaimed Ghost. (…) It features guitar instrumentals with additional drums, bass, strings, glockenspiel and Mellotron. (…) The release of the album will be followed by live performances across the UK and beyond. Relic is released on Matt’s own label Spencer Park Music. Many of the songs were written during a period when Matt seriously injured his back and was confined to the floor of his home.”
Matt’s music was previously featured on Sound Sunday with the Spencer Park Music Label Sampler and his previous album Ghost.
Relic is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
And the Giraffe – Something for Someone
Genre: indie, ambient, folk, psychedelic, post-rock
From their Facebook page: “And the Giraffe is made up of best friends, Nick Roberts and Josh Morris. Together they make ambient dream-folk music and hope to continue doing so for as long as time allows.”
Something for Someone is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Vitae & The Pale Horse – 4 Track Recordings 12″
Genre: blues, folk, lo-fi, pop, rock
From the album description: “In 1993 the Tascam Porta02 Cassette 4-Track was a machine that would open up my musical world. Hours and hours and years and years of music was made on this machine. It was the machine that taught me how to write and record music. You learned by doing. You placed mics, double-tracked vocals, and overdrove the trim knobs to get effects. It forced you to be creative because effects weren’t a mouse click away. (…) I’ve left the mistakes on these tracks on purpose. I used minimal overdubs. All three songs were written and recorded in 3 hours. I spent an hour on each song. I worked fast and minimal like I did almost 20 years ago. This album is dedicated to my friend Ian Thomas. The man who taught me the beauty of recording on a 4-Track machine. RIP Hammond B.”
Also check out the two other 4-Track Recordings albums released: 4-Track Recordings Vol.2 12″ and 4-Track Recordings Vol.3 12″.
Vitae & The Pale Horse is a music project by William Chaffin, who was previously featured on Sound Sunday with the album Ice Cold Dream by CV.
4 Track Recordings 12″ is a free download from Bandcamp.
Yuni In Taxco – Slow Charade
Genre: alternative, experimental, indie, pop, rock
Yuni In Taxco is the band of five guys from Seattle, Washington. From their Last.fm profile: “Yuni In Taxco’s music is a swirling blend of world rhythms, surf pop and rock. (…) Their debut full-length “Sanpaku” was released in February of 2011.” They announced on their Twitter stream that they “have every intention of putting out 3 albums this year.” Slow Charade is number two.
Slow Charade is a free download from Bandcamp.
Drunk Mule – Crash Test Y’self
Genre: alternative, indie, blues, rock
From their AmazingTunes biography: “Hailing from Glenrothes & Paisley in Scotland Steve Simpson & Rich Morris are Drunk Mule. We started writing & recording together in May 2010 & have amassed quite a hefty number of mule tunes since then. We just hope we get you dancin’ about yer place, get a wee toe or two a tappin’ or even put a smile on yer face. Cheers for givin’ us a few moments of yer time & hope you like our mulage.”
Crash Test Y’self is a free download from Bandcamp.
Chilly Willy – Feel Good Summer Jams
Genre: indie, electronic, beats, chillwave, funk, psychedelic, pop
From his SoundCloud profile: “Hey guess what I’m Chilly Willy and I make natural-sounding lo-fi electronic music. My goal is to make slappin’ beats that not only make you shake yo phat ass, but also touch your heart. And since I own a laptop, I also do mashup dance mixes, like Girl Talk.”
Feel Good Summer Jams is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Crazy Atoms – Human Relativity
Genre: alternative, indie, acoustic, folk, pop
Crazy Atoms is a minimalist folk duo comprised of singer/songwriter Deanna Quijada and Mark Alan Dooley, a guitarist, engineer, and publisher. They hail from San Diego, California and Human Relativity is their debut album.
Human Relativity is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Genre: alternative, pop
From her NoiseTrade page: “Breanne Düren remembers what it’s like to be a teenager. After all, it wasn’t all that long ago that the singer, known to many as the female voice behind Owl City’s Adam Young on some of his most striking songs, was in high school herself, turning to music to give voice to her emotions. Now she has recorded songs that do the same for others, as she deftly displays on her debut EP, Sparks, due out May 3rd. Produced by Mike Daly (a former member of Ryan Adams’ band Whiskeytown who has worked with Rachael Yamagata, The Pernice Brothers, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals), Sparks showcases her self-assuredness as a vocalist and talent for crafting a unique blend of pop. It’s her passion for and acceptance of the swirling instability that comes with life in music that promises to serve Düren well as she begins what promises to be a long-lived career.”
Sparks is a free download from NoiseTrade.
– NoiseTrade Sampler
Genre: indie, pop, rock
From their Facebook Biography: “We are four guys who want to play music, travel the world, meet people, have fun and maybe make someones life a little bit better along the way. We create Passionate Rock Indie-Pop by blending influences such as: Death Cab for Cutie, Coldplay, Muse and Radiohead to conjure a distinct, ear-friendly sound.”
The Rockettops’ NoiseTrade Sampler is a free download from NoiseTrade.
Lifescreen – Connexions
Genre: alternative, rock, metal
From their Facebook profile: “Lifescreen are a power trio from Leeds, United Kingdom. Formed from the ashes of Nerve Engine, they have been honing their sound since early 2007. (…) With a natural, honest and highly energetic live show, Lifescreen have been swiftly building on a loyal fan base and winning over newcomers at every gig. With professional standard recordings, artwork and videos, they’ll continue hitting the road to spread the word.”
Connexions is a free download from Bandcamp.
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