OK, like I said I’ve received alot of music that I really want to share. Unfortunately it would take me forever to do a post on each one. So I’ve decided to devote this week to mega posts. I hope you don’t mind! Should be a good time.
Napolian // Guns & Synths
I knew that I would dig Napolian’s music before I really even listened to him. First of all his name is Ian (bonus) and second all of his artwork looks like it’s straight outta Windows 95 era computers. Listening to it just confirmed this suspicion. His tropical 1980’s jams are the kind of stuff that I scour bandcamp searching for. It’s all pastel colors and Trapper Keeper notebooks with dolphins flying through space. If you are digging on Ford & Lopatin’s Channel Pressure or even Teams’ Dxys Xff , then I strongly encourage you to check out Napolian’s EP Guns & Synths. You can download the thing for free on his bandcamp. And while you’re at it, give his Tumblr a follow to further immerse yourself in his cheesy 1980’s world.
Goodwill Tapes from Outer Space // Goodwill Tapes from Outer Space
There is so much charm leaking out of every orifice of Goodwill Tapes from Outer Space. Completely embodying the very nature of bedroom pop, the tracks here employ the help of Casio beats, synths, and microphones probably picked up from the local Salvation Army.Those home recording obstacles allow the songwriting to sit in the front seat here. Melodies skip gleefully out of vocal chords creating an atmosphere of utter joy. On highlighted track “Eyedrops” the singer even takes a moment to cough and clear his throat without really even stepping away from the mic. It’s this nonchalant attitude that makes this album such a joy to listen to. Download for free on bandcamp. Highly recommended.
Four Visions // “(I Feel Like) I Hate Everything”
We’ve come to associate Dan Abary (mastermind behind shoegaze kids Youth Castles) with his knack for poppy hooks buried underneath graves of heavy distortion. When Dan emailed me with this other project that predates Youth Castles I was pretty surprised. Under the moniker Four Visions, Dan strips his music down to a gloomy folk skeleton. He then casually throws meat onto that skeleton in the form of raw, unbridled emotion. It can be tough to hear the darkness in Dan’s lyrics given Youth Castles’ upbeat nature, but that’s the beauty here. He told me that it wasn’t easy to share these tracks because they were so personal to him. I think that we can be agreement that even though it was hard to share them it was for the best. Out of pain comes true art. He only has two tracks on his bandcamp, but they are both well worth your time.
She’s Electric // Daguerreotype (1/4)
A good friend of Mark Redito’s (Spazzkid, My Parasol) named Ryo Baum emailed me with his newest EP as She’s Electric. He embarked on a project where he would write a song a week and after a positive response to many of the tracks he decided to collect his favorites and release as them as an EP. And so Daguerreotype (1/4) was born. Mastered by Mark Redito, the EP showcases Ryo’s ability to dabble in several styles incorporating electronic, alternative, shoegaze, 8-bit, and folk. My favorite track on the EP is the opener “(8 Bit) Comes Alive”. True to its name this track really opens up and swallows you whole. Building layer after 8-bit layer, Baum layers electronic sounds like a bricklayer lays bricks. The resulting tracks is a pulsating beast of momentum that is absolutely undeniable. Download that track and the rest of the EP for free on She’s Electric’s bandcamp page.
Come back tomorrow for another mega post of mega awesome music.
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