Enjoy a Sound Sunday!
Different music genres are a little like different languages. The more you listen to them, the more you get them. You start recognizing bits and pieces and although you may never become entirely fluent or enjoy the sound, you will eventually understand. To shape your understanding, I recommend you to listen to every genre featured on Sound Sunday, whether or not you like it. It will contribute to your musical education and will help you sharpen your ear and your unique taste.
If you discover something you like, 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!
Unwoman – Unwoman Live
Genre: electroacoustic, pop, steampunk, pop, cello
From her Homepage introduction: “Unwoman (aka Erica Mulkey) is a San Francisco-based cellist-singer-composer-producer. She performs with her solo voice-cello act in the Bay Area, is frequently featured at major steampunk, scifi and goth events, plays cello with Stripmall Architecture, Abney Park, Eliza Rickman, Vernian Process and other acts, and has also toured the US with Voltaire in 2009 and Rasputina in 2006. Unwoman also performs her songs with drummer Felix Macnee as the Heavy Sugar Duo.”
Unwoman Live is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
– Super Exitos
Genre: rock, synthpop
From his Facebook Biography: “I’m a musician and producer from South Texas. I’ve lived within 20 minutes of the Mexican border most of my life. I love it all — 80s, country, tejano, Broadway, blues, rockabilly, trance/house stuff — and I love making music that reflects all those influences. I love making songs that I can listen to 10,000+ times in a row, and I love the freedom of being able to try whatever the fuck I want to. Becoming a musician has refined my humanity. It’s changed the way I think about everything. Hope you dig my tunes.”
Super Exitos is a free download from Bandcamp.
– Where Does The Time Go?
Genre: acoustic, alternative, indie, pop, folkrock
From his Facebook Biography: “Over the past 6 years, Bodhi has recorded 6 EP’s and 3 full length albums, selling over 15,000 copies while performing on the streets of downtown Vancouver. in 2009 he was selected as Virgin Radio’s “BC Artist of the Month,” voted into The Peak Performance Project’s top 20, and named Vancouver’s best busker by the Georgia Straight. 2010 has brought even more exposure his way. (…) In September of 2010 Bodhi released a new full length album titled “Where Does The Time Go?” Produced by Winston Hauschild (Hannah Georgas) and mixed by Shawn Cole (Bend Sinister, Yukon Blonde, and You Say Party!), this latest effort is a big step up sonically and brings to light Bodhi’s heart, honesty, and song writing ability.”
Where Does The Time Go? is a free download from Bandcamp.
Boston Phoenix – The Phoenix Born Of Fire, Vol. 1
Genre: indie, garage rock, post-punk, metal
Boston Phoenix is an outlet of the Phoenix Media/Communcations Group. They are an independent alternative weekly magazine that features the latest stars and releases in the New England media world. The Phoenix Born Of Fire, Vol. 1 is a metal compilation album and a joint venture between the Boston Phoenix and Born Of Fire.
The Phoenix Born Of Fire, Vol. 1 is a free download from Bandcamp.
Alison Carney – AlisonWonderland
Genre: indie, alternative, electro, pop, rhythm & blues, hip hop, covers
From her EPK: “Alison Carney is a jack of all trades. A singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and an educator, Alison uses everything she does creatively to continuously foster her artistic growth. She is an experienced vocalist whose natural born ability to create sound, is a gift to us all. Born and raised in Washington DC, her sound transcends any categorization of how music is defined. Her live performance can be described as pleasantly energetic and astonishingly chill. With a firm understanding of how sound effects emotion, the structure around her songwriting is structureless. Thus, she presents herself to all in natural form, the result is honest music.”
AlisonWonderland is a free download from Bandcamp.
Terem – Here and Now
Genre: jaz, soul, beats, hip hop
From his Facebook page: “Hip Hop french beatproducer, Terem has worked with artists such as : Rockin’ Squat (ASSASSIN), Oxmo Puccino, Gimenez E, Kohndo (ex La Cliqua), Elodie Rama (Blue Apple Quartet / Hocus Pocus), Namor, Tonio Banderas, The ParanormL, Menacin Johnson, Braille of LightHeaded, Soulstice and Haysoos (Wade Waters), Melodiq, Sene, Miki Vale, Co$$ aka Cashius King, Sinuous, P-Able, Aarophat, Amad Jamal, Freestyle of The Arsonists, Just Brea and Johaz of Deep Rooted, Mr Brady of Deep Rooted, Sha Dula, LMNO, Moka Only, Trek Life, Audio Live, Enz, Sowlie, Liza Spada, Rony, Dj Atom (C2C), Dj Greem (C2C / Hocus Pocus) and more TBA…”
Here and Now is a free download from Bandcamp.
Tree Dusk Muir – selftitled
Genre: hardcore, underground, hip hop
From their Abolano Records page: “Tree Dusk Muir was formed in 2006 by Ovate and Rezult, who had been making music together along with Toobz since 1999. Based out of Virginia and formerly known as The Hermetic Museum, TDM expanded to include Vyrus from the legendary EX2 crew, Wormhole from Hawaii, producers; Nakral from France and Abomination also from Hawaii to bring together a mass of energy completing this unstoppable force.
A mutation of illness has been ravaged ever since and the forest continues to grow. Their first album, “A Propagated Molting”, was released in 2009. In 2011, their self titled, second album brought forth a completely original genre of music uninhibited as of yet.
Tree Dusk Muir is Ovate, Rezult, Toobz, Vyrus, Wormhole, Nakral, & Abomination. They are influenced in this life by all that is creative and unique within its own skin. Through consciousness, darkness is required for light to rise from the branch filled horizon.”
Tree Dusk Muir‘s selftitled album is a free download from Bandcamp.
Space City Records – Space City Records Mixtape Vol 2
Genre: dance, rock, hip hop, rap
From the Space City Records Homepage: “Space City Records is a new label out of Houston, Texas. Their goal is to bring a fresh style to Houston with original music, quality performances, and professional recordings. From Hip Hop to Rock, Space City Records brings something for everyone.”
Space City Records Mixtape Vol 2 is a free download from.
The Unknown Stuntman – The Best Of…Everyone Else
Genre: experimental, drum & bass, breakbeat
From his Facebook Biography: “He works alone. His methods are unknown. The only person to witness him in his Casa Stuntman Studio, one Captain Willard, reported that he ‘didn’t see any method…at all.’”
The Best Of…Everyone Else is a free download from The Unknown Stuntman’s Homepage.
A. S. Hereb – V.I.T.R.I.O.L.
Genre: ambient, electronic, IDM
From the album introduction: “V.I.T.R.I.O.L. is a concept album inspired to the alchemical spirituality and the metaphorical search for the philosopher’s stone. His message is very simple, as well as his musical structure. Four tracks represent the stages of the process (magnum opus), leading to the creation of the stone and to enlightenment. It’s important to remember that, although the operations are described as successive steps of a detailed procedure, this is not a linear path, but a series of narrowing approximations. A spiral evolution, which returns back on itself renewing each time, to match the beginning with the end, overlapping the opposites in the primordial principle from which each entity derives. To represent this continuous stretching and infinite approximation, the album cover is the symbol of the squared circle, suggesting the existence of the alchemist and his spiritual quest is an improving approximation of perfection.”
V.I.T.R.I.O.L. is a free download from Archive.org, where you can also preview the entire album.
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