Under the Island by Jason Anthony Harris (April 9, 2011)
Jason Anthony Harris is no amateur. The apparent one man band delivers a quality record that skimps nowhere and astounds with production quality. Recorded in ‘various homes around New York City’, Under the Island undeniably contains that bedroom soul connection with its audience while displaying a more grown, developed connection with it’s technology than its genre companions. It’s quite amazing what a man, computer and a little bit of intelligence can accomplish.
Love Meets Rage by Code Pie (April 5, 2011)
Love Meets Rage starts by laying out some intense atmospheric vibes, vibrating on single notes while walking the vocal line. All the while you have a wonderfully bright background to keep you smiling. This is generally the sentiment that carries through the rest of the album, one of supreme dream state bliss. Something to nod off with, something to relax you.
Luis Formiga by Luis Formiga (June 15, 2011)
Now, not all the songs seem to be available here and that might be because the artist is in the middle of an upload but the ones that are, are a glorious example of the Portuguese scene at this moment. With haggard vocals bordering close to the aesthetic of Gypsy Punk, Luis Formiga has put together a heartfelt and driven set of tracks.
#FutureSelf by Christopher Wood (July 18, 2011)
I’m not exactly sure why there’s a hashtag infront of the title FutureSelf, but I’m not one to dismiss the notion that somehow it means something. Good old fashion song writing prevails again on Christopher Wood’s latest release. Going right for the gut, the tracks contain sharp lyrics that, at times, seem insulting (“nobody loves you, you’re a brilliant faker, an empty husk of a human”).
‘Cloudshaped’ by youka (July 29, 2011)
‘Cloudshapes’ is light rock single from the other side of the Pacific. Patiently delivering, and preparing with an atmospheric introduction, the song really drops with a perfectly fitting guitar lick. Similar to the first time hearing the guitar line in ‘Crying’ by TV on the Radio, its this line that defines the song even though it is later drowned out by other sounds.
Je T’aime by PORCHES (July 1, 2011)
PORCHES’ second album comes right back from their first. Giving us more of the familiar sound we’ve grown to love from this New York based band. Without skipping a beat we get another installment of instant hits sure to rattle the body when sent through the proper speakers. It’s hard to describe what makes PORCHES one of the most stand out acts that this blog has seen. The secret lies beyond the aesthetic (something of a Wolf Parade, Modest Mouse combination), more deeply rooted within the song writing itself. Aaron Maine not only has a way with words, but certainly a way with notes. Worth all 500 cents, I highly recommend this download.
Carloman by Carloman (July 10, 2011)
With a very sincere castle vibe going on, Carloman shoves brutal chord patterns together with outlandishly epic vocal melodies. The music is recorded beautifully and bears the seal of authenticity. The album is without question a journey within itself, something to trip to.
NAPS EP by NAPS (February 1, 2010)
The NAPS EP opens up with a track titled ‘…’, which is very much the sentiment of this early release. Unlike the first NAPS ep, which was haunting in its own right, the latter release is far more tactile, far more introspective. Toning down the vocals and letting them take a back seat to the instrumentation forces the listener to pay special attention to the Wilco-esque journy.
‘Bumblebee’ by Card Houses (December 5, 2011)
Completely unabashed, Card Houses opens their first single with one of the most natural sounding vocal lines I’ve posted on this blog. Making great use of electronics in tandem with honest song writing, ‘Bumblebee’ is a wonderful introduction to the band.