Every edition of Sound Sunday comes together like magic. Artists submit their work, some folks suggest albums, random Bandcamp browsing sessions reveal priceless gems, and occasionally traditional media point me to new music. All is added to my list. When it’s time to compile another edition, I draw a selection from the vast collection and complement it with matching new releases Twitter has to contribute. This week starts of energetic, but quickly reveals its mellow touch.
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Amos The Transparent – Goodnight My Dear, I’m Falling Apart
Genre: alternative, rock
From their Facebook page: Although they claim to be transparent, Amos are anything but. They live between the light and the dark, sometimes in the shadows, occasionally in the dark, more often in the light. Their songs take them there. Quantum shifts between heavy and light, soft and hard, loud and quiet. (…)
On the newest record, “Goodnight, My Dear… I’m Falling Apart”, Amos The Transparent explore a wide variety of musical textures and dynamics. Calling on the expertise of Gus van Go and Werner F for the final touches, the band took the tracks to the Boiler Room in NYC for some additional production and mixes. The album contains both upbeat indie pop tracks such as the first single, ‘Sure as the Weather’ as well as dark, more experimental tunes like ‘Convince the Mayor’ and as been dubbed the record that “truly captures their sound”.
Goodnight My Dear, I’m Falling Apart is a free download from Amos the Transparent’s Homepage.
Suncooked – Straight From The Surface
Genre: acoustic, americana, folk, rock
From their Bandcamp profile: Suncooked is a 3-piece Americana Folk/Rock group based out Lyndonville, VT. The band describes their sound as an acoustic folk/rock with each member bringing a variety of influences that help to create their unique sound. With their upbeat and honest songwriting, Suncooked performs with high energy and an undeniable stage presence that is sure to bring you in and leave you asking for more.
Straight From The Surface is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: The Malex Kings – Welcome to Chicago EP
Genre: alternative, americana, blues, downtempo, rock, jazz, trip hop
From the album page: This EP is a tribute to blues. Chicago, the “Windy City” is the most important point of reference when talking about blues. But its influence does not end with this style, rock n roll, funky, soul, jazz and even hip-hop are a significant part of the urban musical culture of this city. This mixing of cultural and musical trends is clearly reflected in the album Urban Concepts.
Welcome to Chicago EP is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP:– Island of Violent Lovers
Genre: alternative, indie, folk, pop, rock
This Old Ghost is a five piece rock band from upstate New York. Island of Violent Lovers is their 2011 debut. Earlier this year, they released their third album Family Room. They are currently touring the US, supporting Caravela and Charles Keith Sztyk.
Island of Violent Lovers is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Los Jardines de Bruselas – Floating in Dreams
Genre: experimental, alternative, ambient, rock, dream pop, lo-fi, shoegaze
From the artist’s homepage: Los Jardines de Bruselas is Ezequiel de la Parra’s one-man-bedroom-band. He’s an Argentinian of 24 who finds inspiration in dreams to create music. This concept was first stated in his debut album, Floating in Dreams, which appeared in 2010 following a DIY philosophy. The lyrics refer to dream landscapes and settings, where a psychotropic party in the woods can serve as a metaphore for a melacholic being.
Floating in Dreams is a name your pricedownload from Bandcamp.
EP: Shawn James & The Shapeshifters – The Wolf
Genre: folk, blues, gospel, old soul
From Shawn’s homepage: Born in 1986 in the south side of Chicago, Shawn James had a hardworking, kind mother and a gambling, abusive, drunk father. He grew up singing in church and was drawn to the emotional and ethereal power that music could have over people. It was there that he found his escape and learned how to harness his unique, soulful voice.
Shawn now lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas and plays a mix of haunting folk and hard-hitting soulful blues. You might catch him playing on the street in the rain some night, rockin at a bar while you get rowdy, or you might just find him performing an intimate set for friends at a house show. No matter where you see him, just make sure you have your eyes and ears open, his performance will be one you won’t forget.
The Wolf is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: SONICOLOR! – Fall In Love With Winter
Genre: acoustic, electronic, pop, electroacoustic
SONICOLOR! is the solo project of Timothy Starnes. The Poplar Bluff, Missouri based musician writes on his Facebook page: This is what I love. This is what I live for. Music should not be defined by genre, but by expression; What you’re feeling inside, and you want the world to hear.
Fall In Love With Winter is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
John Mark Nelson – Still Here
Genre: indie, acoustic, ambient, folk
From John’s Bandcamp profile: John Mark Nelson is a 19 year old songwriter based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Raised in a musical home, playing instruments and writing songs was more of a second language than another pastime. In December, 2011 John Mark quietly released his debut album ‘Still Here’. His sophomore endeavor ‘Waiting and Waiting’ followed in August of 2012.
Still Here is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Thoughts On Air – Moonlit Mind
Genre: independent, ambient, drone, lo-fi
From the album page: here, an assemblage of low fidelity impromtu recordings from summer 2012 to winter 2013….creations of the inspired moment, speaking the mind through improvizational communication between the subconscious and the conscious mind
Moonlit Mind is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Sunsets and Hearts – Altered Faze
Genre: experimental, soul
From their Bandcamp profile: Sunsets and Hearts is an experimental band based out of Austin, Texas. It is the project of Mexican American Artist, Car Gonzalez. The band released two EP’s prior to their first full length album, Altered Faze (Dec 2011) and just recently, Variant EP (Nov 2012). The project began as a suffering need to release music at any cost, in which Gonzalez has described was at his lowest point in his life.
Altered Faze is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
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