And Fall arrives on a Sound Sunday.
This edition once again is mightily colorful, covering a wide range of genres. In the past, classical albums were requested and this edition features two of them. Apart from a selection of folk, pop, and rock, I also threw some metal, hip hop, and jazz into the mix. Enjoy the flavor!
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Please share your thoughts and post your feedback in the comments. I also welcome album suggestions and genre requests via email [tina at makeuseof dot com]. All input appreciated!
Our Fair City – A Most Clever Disaster
Genre: ambient, experimental, indie, pop, rock
Our Fair City is a four piece indie band from Philadelphia, USA. The sound in the album ranges from soothing to energizing and both elements are often mixed in a single song. To me the music sounds strangely familiar and evokes nostalgic feelings.
A Most Clever Disaster is a free download from Bandcamp.
Kosmograd – selftitled
Genre: ambient, metal, post-hardcore
From their Homepage: “Toronto post-metal band creates the perfect winter music, moving at the pace of a snow drift, crushing heaviness & girth pull themselves forward. Slow distortion blistered guitar riffs, crackle and break through walls of cymbal hits, as they form their own wall of drone that washes over everything only easing up as we reach the calm in the storm., Quiet post-rock guitar artistry, builds on itself free of the chains & weight of distortion. Building back into the distortion laden caustic metal guitar jabs, the band lurches forward again, gaining speed & hardcore vocal intensity.”
Kosmograd is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Icewater – selftitled
Genre: folk, country
Icewater is a free download from Bandcamp.
Miss Angie – Time and Space
Genre: christian, dance, electro, pop
From her Wikipedia page: “Miss Angie is a Christian music artist who produced two albums on Myrrh Records, the final one in 1999. Her music was based in aggressive hard rock and pop sound with a feel that was described as “retro-eclectic,” and vocals likened to those of Cyndi Lauper. Her portrayed image, one of the strong female rock star, was unusual in Christian music, but was offset by overtly Christian lyrics.” Time and Space is her third album, released in July this year.
Time and Space is a free download from Bandcamp.
– headachers e.p.
Genre: instrumental, electronica, jazz, punk, post rock, dub
Japanese band headachers sports an incredibly unique sound. The songs were recorded using real-time effects and samplers. The album is released under a Creative Commons (BY NC SA) license.
The headachers e.p. is a free download from Bandcamp.
Kay Young – The Smell Of Winter Project
Genre: electronic, progressive, soul, hip hop
From Kay’s Facebook Biography: “I was born and raised South of the Thames, and have been involved in music since like forever, it has always been apart of my life and I cannot remember it not being there. I’ve been making music on a serious level for about 6 years now which has been inspired by life.”
The Smell Of Winter Project is a free download from Bandcamp.
Diablo Swing Orchestra – The Butcher’s Ballroom
Genre: instrumental, jazz, rock, classical, gypsy
From their Jamendo page: “The Diablo Swing Orchestra dates back to 1501 in Sweden, where history tells the tale of an orchestra that played like no other. With music so seductive and divine that the ensemble overwhelmed audiences all over the country, and people from all social classes took them to their hearts. Their performances rapidly earned a reputation of being feral and vigorous and gained the orchestra a devoted crowd that followed them around. (…) Stockholm 2003, by mere accident two of the original orchestra descendants meet in a music shop and began to discuss music. It later shows that they both have received a strange letter from some ancient relative containing instructions on how to reunite The Devils Orchestra. They both become very excited and though some genealogy they managed to find all of the remaining successors in a period of three months. (…) Together they answer to the name of Diablo Swing Orchestra and are determined to honour the legacy of their ancestors.”
The Butcher’s Ballroom is a free download from Jamendo.
Aufklarung – Riflessi
Genre: classical, baroque, piano, novecento
From the album page: “The music is a mirror: it reflects, perhaps unwittingly, the character of men and their culture. In it is reflected well the character, language, spirituality of Past and Present. Listening to music is like looking in a mirror.” Aufklarung or rather Aufklärung is German and translates to enlightenment or clearing.
Riflessi is a free download from Jamendo.
Marc Broussard – The Atlantic Recordings
Genre: pop, rock, soul
From his NoiseTrade page: “Marc Broussard is an artist with a unique gift of channeling the spirits of classic R&B, rock and soul into contemporary terms. This gift has been a matter of common knowledge since 2002, when Broussard released his debut album, Momentary Setback, which he recorded and released independently at age 20. It was no secret before then, going back to those lucky witnesses who heard him belt “Johnny B. Goode” onstage at age 5 while sitting in with his father’s band. Pretty much throughout his life, Broussard has been tapped as a talent to watch. Up to this point, the road has been longer than one would expect from an artist as young as Broussard. Yet already he has toured with giants – Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, Willie Nelson, Chris Isaak and Bonnie Raitt, among others.”
The Atlantic Recordings is a free download from NoiseTrade.
Jill Andrews – The Mirror
Genre: americana, pop
From her NoiseTrade page: “It starts with the voice. Before you notice the words, before you detect the gently curling melodies tugging them along, this is what hits you first: It’s warm and rich and touched with a soft Southern twang, as likely to swing down into its earthy lower register as arch upwards into a hopeful trill; it’s steady and sure but flecked with a certain weary sadness that stops you dead, draws you near. It’s beautiful. It knows something. This voice is Jill Andrews, who’s been singing her whole life: as a little girl, as a camp counselor plucking out three chords on an acoustic guitar under swaying pine trees, as one-half of The Everybodyfields—and, since 2009, as an increasingly formidable singer/songwriter making her way on her own.”
The Mirror is a free download from Noise Trade.
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