Locust Toybox – Birthtweek

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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!

Nice Wings, Icarus! – Aurora

Nice Wings, Icarus!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.

Nice Wings, Icarus! – Aurora

Starcadian – Chinatown (Official Music Video)

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.

Starcadian – Chinatown (Official Music Video).

Civil Protection – Stolen Fire

Civil Protection - Stolen FireFor 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.

Civil Protection – Stolen Fire