Melancholic melodic indie folk pop prog rock. Boom. Genre keyword density overflow.
Netlabel 12rec., active from 2004 to 2011, is still one of the most relevant names in the game due to their consistently high quality throughout their 64 releases. Giraffe is representative for their roster, with an artsy, yet approachable indie style slightly “left” of Elliot Smith.
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Blend of Blade Runner & Star Trek. Although the artist never mentions it, to me this sounds like a tribute.
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And under their upload tab, I found this little 4-track EP. Still with the joy of having found it, I write this little review:
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Meditative tech house. Long loops, straight beats, simple two-chord harmonies. Great background music.
This oldie from still active (as of 2018) Colombian netlabel Monofonicos mostly plays with sound texture. Both rhythm and harmony loop with only slight variations, while voicing, instruments and effects vary. The result is a meditative musical carpet. Continue reading “Qk –  415”
Jazzy postrock. A modern classic, surfing hard on genre boundaries.
This gem of a EP, released at now inactive Berlin netlabel 12rec is surprisingly hard to classify. Although it ticks all the boxes of instrumental postrock, the songs touch everything from pop music and jazz harmonics. Jazz in disguise, so to speak. Continue reading “jasmin –  EP02”