This is pretty much perfect Sunday Listening if I do say so myself. A larger reach than just your typical beat maker, Bay Blue goes above and beyond the act of sampling.
A Bay-area based instrumental group led by Matt Chang, the tracks are thoughtfully composed then chopped into soulful beats and rhythms that reminds your ears of early 20th century jazz and the Louisiana street musicians. What this artist can do with just a sampler is something hard to wrap your mind around, especially when you give the album a complete and full listen. Hit play below and do a bit more reading on the release here.
I’ve been anxiously awaiting this release for awhile now. Ever since I heard their track, “Open Hands,”I was immediately in love with their electronic blend of alternative sounds and the Ben Gibbard-esque vocals.
With the group’s last release being back in 2010, it’s been quite some build up for their second full length, Our Bodies. I’m impressed with the tight production and how seamless the entire album moves from track to track. That alone certainly makes up for the gap in releases, for sure.
Spend some time on these Michigan boys and their fabulous release below.
I also love all of the promos they did for Our Bodies, which you can watch more of here.
Another day, another band with an incredibly hard google search. But, it was worth it.
Teen Momis a three-man group from DC who create easy-going rhythms, fuzzy guitars and the perfect hazy layer of vocals to top it all off. With the discovery of their single, “I wanna go out,” I had to dig deeper.
The trio’s November EP release, Mean Tom, is a well put together 6-track album. I really enjoy their sound; a combination of melancholic content, distorted guitars and uncomplicated melodies. A perfect Sunday Listening if I must say.
One of my favorite things is going to see a band I am familiar with live and then falling in love with another artist on the bill. I love the connection, surprise, and then spending time listening to even more music I haven’t heard before.
Last week I was lucky to catch Darlingside in Philadelphia and managed to get their early enough to listen to opener, Heather Maloney. With such a folky, unique voice – I was immediately struck. The tightness of her two other bandmates helps her vocals truly stand out and lead the show. Her set was bouncy and spirited, leaving me almost disappointed when it was eventually coming to an end.
With a new release due out in January, listen below to her remarkable album, Time & Change.
has yet again released another fabulous compilation that takes a small look into their line-up.
The mood is tense and dark, perfect for these colder months approaching upon us. This winter sampler is perfect for your Sunday Listening, the sort of music that can lap in the background of your day. Even more perfect is that it’s all available for free download.
een creeping in since dawn, and everything in life is just good.
Juniper Tar sing of personal tales on top of phrases worth repeating, it’s all catchy sing-alongs and crashing percussion that really keeps you in the present tense. A solid rock foundation that conjures up the image that these gentleman are more than just your local travelling tavern band.
Upon many listens, I’m having a hard time pinning down my favorite tracks on their most recent release, Since Before. But, that’s not necessarily a problem. This album is a definitely a nice listen from start to finish so press play, take a step back from the computer, and let Juniper Tar do the rest.
Maybe Hopalong has been culminating for awhile now, friends who went to rural suburban high schools and decided to make the plunge and move to the city.
But to me, they’ve fantastically sprung onto my radar just a few months ago. After hearing Frances Quinlan’s distinct voice on their first single, “Tibetan Pop Stars,” I was absolutely struck. Such command, and I completely dig the strong instrumentation backing her up. To pre-order their first full length, Disowned, was really no question at all, even though they had no other tracks up for stream.
I’m thrilled these guys are establishing themselves in Philadelphia, because after giving this album listen upon listen I’m only more convinced they’d truly put on a great live show. “Diamond Mine” is an incredible soft-to-loud song the layers in ways I would have never guessed, one of my favorite tracks so far. The rest of the album shows off a lot of potential, and I wonder what their next album could sound like.
Listen to its entirety below, and be sure to grab your vinyl copy through Hot Green Records. I can’t wait until mine shows up.
Unfortunately I’m pretty late on posting about this fantastic album but, that doesn’t mean it still isn’t worth a share.
These gentleman aren’t strangers on the blog, or in my iTunes library for that matter. They’re constantly making their way on many playlists of mine. I love The Farewell Circuit’s no frills type of indie-rock, what you hear is what you get and thankfully for us, it’s really god damn good.
Finding itself closer towards the conclusion of In Our Bones, my favorite track “Run For The Hills,” hits me hard with the opening guitar line. “Here today and gone tomorrow,” paints the lyrical picture while we’re lulled in slowly with minimal percussion. The track bursts at the seams and rips wide open after the two-minute mark. I could just listen on repeat.
Listen to In Our Bones and fall in love with these Minnesotans.
Ranging from electronic forefathers such as Dntel to up-and-comers like Perseus, this week’s Sunday Listening contains synths, samples, effects, beats, you name it. This is a collection from the spectrum so roll up your sleeves and dig right in.
Shy Guy Says are a group hailing from the Midwest who have been playing together since 2008. They certainly do sound like a melting pot of shoegaze, math and progressive rock with whatever else they feel like throwing in the mix. But, it works for them.
Sucaphrenia is the band’s first full release and it’s wonderfully laid out. I like the transition from track to track, instrumental to vocals, uptempo to experimental; this album has it all. Take a full listen and grab the album for yourself here.