Soulbound Volume Four by Various Artists (November 30, 2011) *
Last night, we released the fourth installment of our compilation series, Soulbound. We’d like to thank all the artists involved, artists who are helping build a wonderful record of our generations musical ventures. Starting with Secret Mommy and ending on NAPS, every song carries it’s own weight. As always, it’s free.
I’ve postedquite a fewtimes about Diggup Tapes represented, Raleigh based band NAPS. Over the first four months of writing Dingus, they helped me define a sound that, for so long, I thought existed only in theory. Stumbling upon their first EP was one of those enlightening moments, realizing that the DIY can produce, dare I say BETTER, material than the machine. Like the do it yourself version of Wilco, you can download the first two Naps EP’s, together, here. (And it’s for free, so you know, don’t be a bastard.) Here are a few more tracks for you hypem people:
One of the best tracks, off one of the best albums featured on Dingus. Like something out of the Notwist’s speakers, ‘Kingdoms’ begins and ends on the same pule, vibrating with life. Adding the deeply depressed lyrics (more extremely so than most NAPS tracks) brings everything into the proper perspective. Their certainly not afraid to hurt you with a synthesizer.
There’s plenty of amazing music to fill the pages of Dingus (we couldn’t cover everyone if we wanted to). So, to say Naps is one of the most interesting acts we’ve been graced with, I think, means something. And not for nothing. Naps has a beautiful way of fusing the electronic with the acoustic, settling their vocals nicely in between unlike anybody else. Like hearing Yankee Hotel Foxtrot for the first time, finding these EP’s gave me chills. From the recent history of diy label, DiggUp Tapes, the first Naps ep shows maturity and depth very early in a career.
The opening track to the second NAPS release, ‘…’, isn’t the best track on the download by any stretch, however the power it has as such shows extreme maturity on the bands part. Writing a song to fit a moment, to server a purpose, takes great restraint. In a music industry based on singles, NAPS has made the conscious effort to deliver an EP begging to be played entirely through every time you listen.
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.
With technology growing exponentially, personal computing is challenging the recording business and the internet is challenging the publishing business. Now more than ever, we see the pool of music and design growing deeper. But as always, the more music there is, the harder it is to find what really matters.
Dingus is dedicated to the search. It's here, on this humble blog that we shed light on bedroom artists in their most defining moments. If you want what's popular today, Dingus is not the blog for you. But, if you want what's fringe, pure and passionate then you've somehow landed on the right URL. So check back daily and enjoy your fellow peers' endeavors.
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