Part 1: “Tiger and Traveler”
3 Side of the Highway
4 Unicycles and All
6 One Step, Another Step
This first part is the true heart of the album. The composing and recording took place over a two year period. It features many new instruments and a more organic feel. “Tiger and Traveler” is based on a short story written by my sister and I.
Part 2: “The Unheard Parade”
7 The Unheard Parade
8 Observation Wheel
This two song EP was originally released in May of 2012, and it is a result of a more spontaneous and faster paced composing/recording process. Watch the making of “The Unheard Parade” here.vimeo.com/41174018
Part 3: “Moriah”
9 I Hear the City Call
10 Trees and Light
The third part of the album is the score to a short film titled “Moriah.” This film was written and directed by Laura Rudat, and is currently being entered in film festivals.
New place, new things, new side of the neighborhood. Today is the start to many things.
But before I can dive into change, I’m traveling South for a quick respite. A break from the ordinary day-to-day here in Philadelphia. Shore lines, lapping waves, and nostalgia all rolled into one. I’m headed to my most beloved vacation spot, chock-full of childhood memories.
So, I’m getting lost. And not via highways, but within myself. And more exclusively, deep in Tycho’searly Summer release, Dive. You should too, happy Sunday.
Slowcoustic does it again y’all. This time around they’ve collected another group of fine musicians to tackle Damien Jurado. I love these Cover Projectsthe blog creates, it gives a chance for artists to pay homage to some wonderful musicians that have come before them yet also lend their own sound.
Take some time out of your Sunday and hear new takes on classic Jurado tracks and explore new music.
Finally, Vindata is back, and their sound is a limitless as ever.
Off of their upcoming EP, Paradigm, the duo have just dropped new single, “Being,” which is an absolute sultry jam. I like this dip into future r&b, it sounds like a natural direction for the gentleman and comes out effortlessly.
Along with some new, check out some of their previous tracks below.
I’m not sure about you guys but, it’s been a long week. I’m ready to recharge and start something new, unfortunately that doesn’t happen until I cross a few state lines today. With all of the driving I’ve been on an overload of adding new music to my iTunes and running into Jon Natchez’s solo dual EP, Swaths I &Swaths II, was a fabulous find.
Breaking away from his band, Yellow Ostrich, John embarks on his own journey through ambient sounds and texture. I love when artists go off to test the waters somewhere else and start to experiment. Just like the way his track listings and album art are shown, the music itself is sparse and expansive. There’s a subtle building while Natchez adds another instrument or two to each song, then quickly removing another with no explanation. His only suggestions upon listening;
Track numbers are provided for reference only. These pieces are intended to be heard in a randomly generated sequence, so for maximum enjoyment, play these EPs using shuffle mode or some such setting.
Go on, hit play. And if you like what you hear try to catch him live, he will be going back out on tour this summer with David Byrne and St. Vincent.
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.