Few editions of Sound Sunday are mainstream. This week even less. It’s a roller coaster of emotions with a limited set of genres, from upbeat synthpop to dark ambient electronic and much in between, including folk, rock metal, and progressive house. I challenge you to discover a style of music you never thought you would like.
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Single: Flying Colours – The Takeoff
Flying Colours are Jay Griffith, Rob Griffith, and Taylor Hare with lots of different friends. The Takeoff is a single off their new album All The Answers, released in February.
The Takeoff is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
TA Walker – Lifecourses
Genre: acoustic, instrumental, progressive rock, electronica, folk
TA Walker is a “guitarist/multi-instrumentalist and composer, who was influenced by many great musicians, but will listen to anyone who can play decent guitar. From the album page: A collection of largely acoustic guitar-based instrumentals with progressive rock, ambient and folk influences, recorded during 2009-2011.
Lifecourses is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
EP: Tim Coons – Frailty After-Party EP
Genre: indie, alternative, folk, gospel
From the album page: I don’t think I’ve ever really been to an after-party. In my head, it looks like heading from the Oscars at 3 a.m. to sip champagne with P-Diddy. Perhaps listening to this 3 song extended-play will give you that experience…
Basically, I enjoyed the creating of the “Frailty” album so much I wanted to prolong the magic. The times in the basement with nothing but inspiration and a Zoom H2 mic… and an old casio too. So, I recorded three more songs in the same style. A poem set to original music and two covers.
Frailty After-Party EP is a free download from Bandcamp.
Arch Woodmann – Mighty Scotland
Genre: pop, arch, folk, minimalist, post rock
From his Bandcamp profile: Young, French and acoustic, Arch Woodmann is the solo project of a former post-punk/post-rocker who chose to leave – for a while – electricity behind him. After having fallen in love with folk music, he started to focuse on his own production, which mixes the melancholy of Sun Kill Monn to the experimental jazz touch of Do Make Say Think, with a few Broken Social Scene-like poppy choruses.
Mighty Scotland is a free download from Bandcamp.
Schroedinger’s Cathouse – The John Deere Letters
Genre: alternative, folk, americana, roots, country, pop, rock
From their ReverbNation profile: Schroedinger’s Cathouse is a two man studio band, featuring Joseph Scott and J. Ross Goforth. Both artists write, play, and sing. They record using N-Track Virtual Studio.
The John Deere Letters is a free download from Bandcamp.
Obsidian Kingdom – Mantiis
Genre: alternative, crossover, experimental, metal, post black metal, progressive rock, art rock, dark metal, rock opera
From the album page: The most ambitious project of the band until the present date; Obsidian Kingdom’s debut fully displays its components’ maturity in music writing and performing, meaning a bizarre step outside the boundaries of extreme music.
Taking part in the long-lived tradition of rock operas – from David Bowie to King Diamond –, “Mantiis” embarks the listener in an eerie musical trip, noted for the coherent exploration of a wide range of styles and emotions. The band spares no sound resources in order to portray the most varied scenes; from quiet despair to utter violence.
Mantiis is a free download from Bandcamp.
EP: backpackparty – Kind Of Classy
Genre: indie, electronic, pop, synthpop
From the album page: Kind Of Classy is not just an album. It’s an event. An event where the minds of Zach Katz, Christian Novelli, and Jon Duckworth join from thousands of miles away. An event filled with eerie synths, melodic vocals, cool bowties, and maybe even backpacks. Pretty classy huh? Well, kind of.
Kind Of Classy is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Jess Marquis – Mashup Album V
Genre: electronic, progressive house, mashup, remix
From his Bandcamp profile: The curious and witty Jess Marquis doesn’t just bring the party: he seduces it, bombards it with vodka shots, spins it around the dance floor, and wakes up with it the next morning in a strange apartment. Voted “Best DJ” in New York three times, you can catch him every Friday and Saturday night at Webster Hall in NYC.
Mashup Album V is a free download from.
Wojciech Wszelaki i Przyjaciele – Unless you have a man in a man
Genre: electronic, rock, piano
Wojciech Wszelaki is an electronic music composer who says about himself that isn’t limited or locked into a specific category, but tries to create his own unique style of electronic music. Some songs are clearly influenced by Robert Miles, while others almost carry the sound of electronic folk songs. A unique mix of styles indeed.
Unless you have a man in a man is a free download from Bandcamp.
HEXSYSTEM – Black Cake 2
Genre: experimental, electronic, edm, dark, ambient, downtempo
Montréal is a city of extremes and home to many fantastic musicians. Dark cold winters and a vibrant club culture breed creativity. Three years after the first edition, HEXSYSTEM have released Black Cake 2 this March. Industrial sounds convey a dark and heavy atmosphere.
Black Cake 2 is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
ME – HAMDEN
Genre: alternative, indie, ambient, folk, avantgarde
From his Bandcamp profile: ME is Minco Eggersman solo—where ‘solo’ is relative, considering the journey ME made over the years, and which has landed him in a filmic niche of his own. The Wagon Fair sounded most like his band at the close of every day, but his later work (like filmsoundtracks, Ooit, WIN/WIN and Drone) reminds us most of David Sylvian’s later work. HAMDEN and RESERVOIRS reflect that new direction.
HAMDEN is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
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