Andrew Othling, aka Lowercase Noises, can do some amazing things with nothing other than a guitar and a huge number of guitar pedals (that was a joke, get it?). He releases “sketches” on Youtube from time to time. Here is one of my favorites.
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Excellent psychedelic rock, reminiscent of The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
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The world of online music has changed greatly since I started this blog. When I started this blog, the idea was to highlight great music that I found online from non-commercial artists; the bedroom producers and the garage bands.
Now, everyone is on soundcloud or garageband. It’s harder to find quality, freely downloadable albums. Of course kahvi and the like are still around, still producing quality content. But I don’t want to become a lame repost blog for a handful of sites.
So what I’m thinking of doing here is highlighting one track per week from soundcloud. There are many quality artists there producing massive amounts of great music that needs to be heard. I will attempt to post one great track every week from one of these artists. Is it a rebirth of the orbit? Who knows – I may lose impetus after a couple of weeks, or I may not. I feel like I’ve turned a corner in my personal life though, and am in the process of reinventing myself so this very well may stick.
Let the blogging begin!
Hammock, a well established post-rock group that gave us the fantastic albums Departure Songs, Kenotic, and others, offers a huge collection of their work for absolutely free! It’s for a limited time, so jump on this asap. The website does require an email address, and they add you to their mailing list, but that’s a small price to pay for over an hour of music.
And now for some good news from Ukraine – Nice Wings, Icarus is a post rock outfit based there and they have two albums, both excellent, of their own brand of post rock. I’ve posted the first, self-titled one here before way back in 2010. Their more recent one, Aurora, is every bit as fantastic. Heavy guitar driven tracks peppered with violin melodies create a unique style that’s a pleasure to listen to. If you loved their first album, you’re going to love this one as well.
Post-metal act Into Orbit is releasing their single Set Adrift: Sequence 2c for free. It’s a decent track, very mellow with a far-away sound. This two-piece from New Zealand has created a lush soundscape punctuated with heavy tones in just the right amount. I’m looking forward to checking out more of Into Orbit.
Starcadian has just released another video. I posted his last one, HE^RT not too long ago (scroll down just a tad and it’s right there). The new video is every bit as superb as the last one. Recalling cyberpunk imagery reminiscent of Blade Runner, it tells a good guy / bad guy story set in the neon glow of a club in Chinatown. Really, if you haven’t listened to the album yet, get on Spotify and do yourself a favor. It’s called Sunset Blood. Every track on it is great music. Also, watch carefully, you’ll notice that The Pilot is in the club.
For a limited time, Civil Protection is giving away their release Stolen Fire for free. Merry Christmas, go get some free music. Support them if you can. It’s a great release with a powerful intro that sets the mood for the rest of the set. Constantly swelling and calming, Stolen Fire has a compelling energy that will grip you all the way through. They have a polished sound, with guitars slicing through the mix like a knife, and elements of post rock, alternative and math rock combine to create a unique sound. This is definitely one you don’t want to miss out on.