Scientific ear-candy. Musical blend of talks about everything from biology to cosmology with upbeat electronica.
About 10 years ago, John D. Boswell produced the first of a now large collection of music videos that blend short quotes from scientists and science communicators with catchy electronica. Several million views later, we may now enjoy a grown collection of these gems, which are best enjoyed as videos. Once you are hooked, read on for my three favourite picks from the collector’s edition of the audio-only release: Continue reading “melodysheep –  Symphony of Science Collector’s Edition”
Echoes of pop grandeur. 80’s synth-pop sends best wishes to a fresh take in the new millenium.
This is a two-track single release on notorious (as in: good) netlabel blocSonic. In the description to the artist’s previous release, they described their music as “a blend of trip-hop, soft-rock, retro-pop and cinematic soundtracks”. I tend to agree. Read on for a full description of all (as in: two) tracks. Continue reading “Marco Mestichella –  Fragments Of Light”
Post-rock jazz vibes. Musical equivalent of a good, strong red wine. Becomes better the more you taste it.
I cannot pronounce the album title, but the music is a great mixture of post rock and jazzy improvisation. Special feature: non-verbal improv singing! If you have one hour to fill with sophisticated, well-produced music, have this a go with your speakers. Continue reading “GRENADE SURROUND Experience –  Свободнее Птиц”
Beach folk grandeur. Sounds a bit like Newton Faulkner. Vocal guitar folky pop, with violin strings for effect. If you are more into “self-made” sounding music rather than overproduced electro-pop, you’ll very much like this small EP, published at blocSonic in their maxBlocs release cycle. Continue reading “Bralitz –  Bralitz”
Acoustic vocal indie pop. This gem from French-Finish duo Eva & Manu has unfortunately been de-published by the creators from the original sources, but the archive.org mirror is still up. And thanks to the nature of Creative Commons license, I can be sure that it remains legal to download the original EP. Four songs long, it contains at least two hits.
Continue reading “Eva & Manu –  Still Traveling EP”
Soft Vocal acoustic pop, slightly eccentric. Piano and voice are the weapons of choice of Indonesian artist Frau. From scarce notes and harmonies, a strange magic unfolds that reminds of old and traditional songs, though being contemporary compositions. The lyrics speak today’s language and tell beautiful stories. My two picks – as usual – after the break… Continue reading “Frau –  Starlit Carousel”
Tender vocals, acoustic guitar. Dada is a talented musician from Paris, gifted with a great voice and sense for the right chords. Equipped with piano, acoustic guitar and occasional percussion, he sings his way through 15 tracks.
It seems that he calls himself now Dada & the Weathermen, has released three more acoustic albums on Jamendo and one electro pop on Bandcamp. Back to this dreamy masterpiece, read on for my two favourite reasons for you to download this album as well. Continue reading “The Dada Weatherman –  The Green Waltz”
Exceptional acoustic pop from UK. This is Fall Walk Run in a nutshell. Voice, acoustic guitar and some percussion are all this talented artist needs to capture my attention. Continue reading “Fall Walk Run –  Throwing It All Away”
Botany Bay make simple emotional pop music with influences from many genres. The common theme among their various releases are rich instrumentation, female vocals and good arrangements. This album from 2007 was released at Jamendo. The band caught my attention by their contribution to the compilation Freeloaded (play on freemusi.cc), issued by Musikpiration once a year. Continue reading “Botany Bay –  Grounded”
Nightwish without fairy dust. Hard, epic rock with strong yet soft female vocals. Slower and faster songs have their place in this 16 track album. Both rhythm and melody excel in all of the songs. It was harder than usual to select only two songs to present here. Continue reading “The Nuri –  Music Box”