Relaxingly spacious, almost ambient trance. Airy synth lines above sparce percussion.
Definitely not easy listening, this trance-y instrumental space music makes for some intriguing hours of re-listening to its 8 varied entries. Every song starts differently and develops independently from the others. Common are the synth sounds, drum kits and sawtooth bass lines.
Continue reading “Tornfly –  Solar System Federation”
Groovy big beat funk, great for upbeat parties.
Spiedkiks is an electronic duo from Cologne and Stuttgart. For their 10th anniversary this year, they have announced their 7th release together. This review’s album is an excellent appetizer and sampler of their common work, ranging from funky beats to house party. Special: the last track is a 13 minute collage of song production stems, which awaited their completion (at the time). Appetizers…
Continue reading “Spiedkiks –  Take Off Your Make Up”
Solid alternative rock. A German band, both German and English lyrics, and broad musical influences: traces of new wave, gothic, and metal can be heard throughout the 11 tracks.
Continue reading “Chronique –  A Gate to All Secrets”
Friedemann’s Aquamarin Orchestra would be proud. I discovered this release with the morbid joy of a forensic researcher in the remainings of the discontinued Aerotone netlabel (“Ende.“). Abstract instrumental jazzy tunes are floating mid-air in front of your ears. Skillfull compositions (or improvisations?) showcase the saxophone, percussion, bass and guitar that form this marvelous quartet. You hardly ever encounter music without a catchphrase that is yet “welcoming”. Listen to my two favourites to find out more: Continue reading “Bluebridge Quartet –  Adjusted for Low Noise Tape EP”
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”
Take some excellent musician, create a flawless recording of a classical evergreen composition and release the result under a Creative Commons license (BY-SA). Instant win – for all us listeners! The natural sounding mix has a nice, dry room acoustics, a cough once in a while in the background and the earned applause in the end. Live music at its best!
The two selected tracks showcase both the quality of the recording and the musicians. Continue reading “John Harrison with the Wichita State University Chamber Players –  The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)”
Tequila Mockingbird are an alternative rock band from Denver. With their third album, they deliver a grooving example of a studio album with “live sound”, i.e. not sounding overproduced, but fun and natural.
The guitar sports juicy riffs, the singer has a strong voice and percussion is well levelled in. Read on for a short description for two of the nine tracks. Continue reading “Tequila Mockingbird –  Luck and Trouble”
Antiquity are a jazzy, bluesy studio combo from Brooklyn. Various professional musicians contributed to this gem of an album that vibrates between genres. Pop, Jazz, Blues, Soul, a little Funk. This only release from 2009 reminds me of Incognito.
The two preview tracks were hard to select… so better grab the whole album and find your preferred titles. Continue reading “Antiquity –  As Much As You Can”
TenPenny Joke is/was a rock band from Melbourne, Australia. Ambush On All Sides is their first and so far last album. If features melodic and powerful rock music. Songwriting, vocals, all top-notch. Luckily, they have released their album on Jamendo for us all to find. Listen to my two favourite tracks and then download it yourself! Continue reading “TenPenny Joke –  Ambush On All Sides”