In each edition of Sound Sunday, we invite you to explore new genres and unique artists from around the world. This edition takes you on a journey around the world, exposing you to its manifold sounds.
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Various Artists – Brassland Sampler for 2011
Genre: alternative, indie, rock, classical, postclassical, sampler
From Brassland’s homepage: “Brassland is an artist-operated label started in 2001 by writer Alec Hanley Bemis (LA Weekly, the New York Times, LA Times, the New Yorker, etc.) and twin brothers/musicians Aaron Dessner (The National) and Bryce Dessner (Clogs; The National). We encourage collaboration and creation among an evolving assortment of creative folks. Music is our current focus. We like music that transcends genre. At the same time we try not to make transcending genre a cliche by applying labels to what we do: funk-metal, progressive punk, Afro-Cuban jazz, underground hip-hop, intelligent dance music, whateva! We like musicians who play well and possess the elusive tonic of personality. Most of all we just like music.”
Brassland Sampler for 2011 is a free download from Bandcamp.
Pearse McGloughlin – Busy Whisper
Genre: alternative, pop, irish, folk
From his homepage: “The musicians that impress me operate at borders . . . cross them when they need to, stop short of them if they need to. It’s sometimes a difficult terrain to navigate. To date, Walkperson has served as the nom de guerre for my songs and the musicians who have played with me. I first played with a group called ‘Socialite’ in my hometown of Sligo. That was immense fun and I have very fond memories of it. Subsequently, I spent time in France and Montreal, learned French, got hooked on songwriting and recorded a short EP in cold Québec city. My next group was ‘Thy Swan Army’ in Galway. I took a lot from this band, recorded songs and played some really good gigs. People liked us. The group splintered eventually and members went to work on separate projects (Ghostwood Project, John Terrors). I next lived in London, played with more musicians and gigged the indie scene as Walkperson. Most of the songs I wrote during this period I’ve let go but there are several I’ve held on to, of which I’m still proud. Since coming back to Ireland I’ve recorded and released ‘Desired Effect EP’ with Andrew Deacon, Ales Bagart and James Yearn.”
Busy Whisper is a free download from Bandcamp.
Palmer and Grub Street Writer – On the Road to Crazy
Genre: alternative, folk, rock
Andy Palmer is the lead singer of Grub Street Writer, his band with Dan Kern. Dave Solzberg, and Carl Sorenson. From their Facebook page: “Grub Street Writer visits all sides of the human spirit, but maintains a positivism that keeps it from jumping off the cliff. It’s gritty and percussive, in turns rolling, thumping, bluesing, jamming. They lived. Perhaps a little too long — definitely a little too much.”
On the Road to Crazy is a free download from Bandcamp.
– Last Beams of the Old Setting Moon
Genre: acoustic, blues, folk, harmonica, psychedelic
When not recording solo albums, Jake Roche is singer and guitarist for the rock and roll band Lit On The Flash. From the album page: “Recorded as part of the RPM Challenge. The Challenge was to write and record an album in the month of February. Recorded with one microphone, in a living room overlooking Great Bay in Durham, NH.” The album was released on March 1st, 2011.
Last Beams of the Old Setting Moon is a free download from Bandcamp.
The Sparrowells – Acoustic Songs
Genre: experimental, acoustic, indie
The Sparrowells is a music project of Tristan Bohling. One his Facebook page he writes that he is a musician, artist, composer, writer, and a person. The vocals for the acoustic EP were provided by Morgan Topper.
Acoustic Songs is a free download from Bandcamp.
Fish Tank – Henry
Genre: alternative, indie, pop, rock
The three piece band from Kent, UK has a very brief bio: “Met at university, decided being in a band would be a lucrative and stable career choice…”
Henry is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Giraffage – Comfort
Genre: electronic, ambient, chill, dreampop
Giraffage is the music project of Charlie Yin from San Francisco.
Comfort is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Jonti – Sine & Moon
Genre: electronic, remix, pop
From the album page: “Last summer, while prepping his debut album Twirligig, Jonti put together the “Sine & Moon Mix” for the Stones Throw Podcast, a collection of earlier songs he’d recorded on 4-track. In the months since the mixtape, he’s been hit up with requests for the individual tracks, and so Sine & Moon (The Album) came about.”
“People liked the songs on the Sine And Moon podcast, so I wanted to get them out for free. So I turned it into an album with extra’s, new mixes and original Jeff Jank Artwork. I really love these songs and I hope you enjoy!” – Jonti
Sine & Moon is a free download from the Stones Throw Records Homepage.
Agent Whiskers – Stage 2: The Path Untaken
Genre: ambient, electronic, experimental, classical, pop
From the album page: “Agent Whiskers levels up! Stage 2: The Path Untaken is Agent Whiskers’ sophomore album, a sprawling electronic experience featuring 7 tracks that take you on a journey from the album’s mysterious and eerie beginning to its vengeful end. Stage 2 is an adventure that unravels with every track, offering a cohesive structure while setting an atmosphere and tone that lasts throughout the album.”
Stage 2: The Path Untaken is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Notebook Noise – Debonair Gear: Wit Instrumental
Genre: alternative, electronic, instrumental, hip hop
From their Facebook page: “The Notebook Noise core members: Johnasaurus Rex aka John Gray; and Thaddeus James aka Jeff Mroz got down to it on the Debonair Wit EP. Production was hands-on and as fast as lightening with John seeming to be in some other world to bring the songs to life. The basic idea would be thought of for about a minute, and then within a half hour the songs would be living, breathing, soul-seeking monsters; complete with bass-lines and synth breaks. It seemed that there was left over energy from ‘Snares’ still hovering in that smoky basement studio.”
Debonair Gear: Wit Instrumental is a free download from Bandcamp.
Tia London – Love Junkie
Genre: hip hop, soul
Tia London is a hip hop artist from Chicago via Los Angeles. Her debut album Love Junkie was produced by The Legendary Traxster.
Love Junkie is a free download from Traxster Inc.
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