I’ve been a huge fan of Tree and his collaborators for awhile now. Otherwise known as Oliver Nickell, the young musician has made quite a home out of San Francisco truly pushing the underground movement on the West Coast.
Recently Nickell and his group of multimedia artists have dropped a free 9-track EP titled, Splitting Branches. It features some of the singles he’s released along the way and some new collaborations as well. What I love most is his non-traditional approach with creating music. It goes beyond simply finding various kitchen utensils to replace minor percussion, the production and layering is just completely on point.
I really enjoy the eerie, slow burner vibe in the opening track, “People,” which also has a fabulous finger-picking riff. It almost sounds like something straight out of Donnie Darko. Other tracks like, “Artemecia,” blends female/male vocals wonderfully alongside electronic blips and bloops. I also dig the song, “From Reds to Blues,” which offers a spacey-chillwave sound over looping vocals. The entire track-listing is a diverse and experimental mix of works with various artists, it’s certainly one for the headphones with the amount of the layered details and textures.
Last time I wrote about Bing and Ruth I was gushing about their cinematic track, “Rails,” off of their 2010 release, City Lake. A Brooklyn-based band that consists of a variety of different people (and instruments) has been working hard since I last checked in with them back in February.
On December 14th. the group will be playing at the The Barnes Foundation, a very talked about historical organization that has been educating Philadelphia for decades now with its impeccable and diverse art collections. With a cover charge of free for members and $10 day of, I’d say this is quite the show worth going to.
For more ticketing information visit the Barnes Foundation’s site directly. Listen to City Lake below and completely get in the mood.
BONUS: while perusing around Bing and Ruth archives, I found a new project lead composer, David Moore, is a part of. Pepper Johnsonis everything right.
PAPASHANGO is the sound of the bass devouring the treble. PAPASHANGO is atmospheric music to strip to. PAPASHANGO is drugs. PAPASHANGO does not care about your eardrums. PAPASHANGO is the Young Thunder God.
Anyway, we just got hipped to the sounds of this fresh New York producer (or production team or enigmatic enigma) a couple days ago and had to share these tunes. The Young Thunder God describes his sound as “Atmospheric Stripper Music” and from first listen to the new track “apophis” I totally understand the description. Gnarly bass, pitch-shifted vocal samples and raps, hip hop drums, and some screaming synths. Digging a little deeper into his catalogue on tracks like “the forecast” you can still hear the similar style and in comparison, the progression Shango has made thus far. Definitely some cool stuff and I’m interested in hearing where he continues to go with his future tracks. Jump on in below and take a listen. (and get your $1s ready)
Also, all of PShangs album artwork is done by Ubiq Designs(aka Anna Canfield) who has some pretty dope sketches, cards, and designs. Check em out too
A couple of weeks back we had our launch party for Philly creative organization, Collaborate Philly. I had an awesome time inside the mausoleum-turned art/venue space meeting tons of artists from all over the spectrum.
One woman I met, Diane Roka, told me about how she sketches the artists she sees live. Of course this immediately sounded like an amazing concept to me and I asked her to email me some of her work. Over the course of this week I will be featuring her drawings on the site along with some music from the artists themselves.
First up, Warpaint, the all-female quartet who create churning psychedelic guitar lines and post-punk percussion all while layering haunting vocals over top. Roka caught the group back in December and was inspired to recreate it on paper.
Listen to their most recent album, The Fool, while taking a look at Roka’s work below.
Sepia tones, strong winds, and desolate landscapes set the mood for the latest Etsy treasury Chelsea has curated. As always, click on each individual picture to be taken to the direct artist/seller’s purchasing page.
With a couple of Game Boys, various kitchen utensils and a blend of odd synthesizers the final product is tree’s newest track, “Warrior,” which is off his upcoming album, Splitting Branches.
Like I said before, I really dig this kid’s positivity and that may seem corny but it seems to me that he seeks to make truly feel-good music. And often times, the simple lyrics are actually pretty thought-provoking. Give the latest a spin, and right-click to enjoy.
Last week I spoke about deeply reflective music. The type that makes you want to shut your bedroom door and slightly turn inwards. Before big matches I used to listen to music of this nature, calming in a quiet and intense way.
Recently Matt from the duo, Preludes, shot over their dreamy EP, The Swan. It’s a collection of ambient tones and electronic melodies with a nice use of overlaying the vocals. There’s a comfort you can hear in the music and that may just be because the two are brother and sister. The Swan builds track by track, adding more structure to each song. I’m reminded a lot of Beach House yet, with a more minimalist nod.
Listen to the 4-track EP below and grab it for entirely free over at their bandcamp page.
By the way… Matt’s also a poet so pay attention to those lyrics and also check out Bears In America, his other band.