Various Artists – [2019] Fusion Compilation 12

Versatile trip hop compilation. From ethnic ambient to catchy pop rock, all genres may apply.

Over 5 years after my review on Fusion Compilation 8, I return to this netlabel with their most recent instalment to the series. Comparing both compilations back to back highlights how professional the free music scene has become during the course of the decade: all ten tracks have major-label grade production, crisp recording and tight arrangements. Which tracks am I gonna highlight?

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Botany Bay – [2009] I’ll Send a Postcard When I’m There

Intriguing blend of rock and mild doses of electro served with great vocals.

Only 6 tracks, but hard to pin point in genre space. Eclectic rock could be a way to describe it.
Airy and light sound, blended with occasional patches of electro or more exotic sounds, makes for a great variety.

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Epic Soul Factory – [2012] Xpansion Edition

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Epic soundtracks to unmade movies. Faldrians Feierabend, a weekly music podcast that I enjoy very much, uses this style of music as its intro. Richly orchestrated score music, purely instrumental, creates visions of possible movie scenes that might still be produced… in the meantime, we benefit from great production, solid song writing. It makes great atmospheric background music. Two exemplary tracks and source link are below. Continue reading “Epic Soul Factory – [2012] Xpansion Edition”

The Rare Plants Garden – [2011] The Rare Plants Garden

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Folkish exotica indiepop. Sort of. Meh, this release hates to be squashed into three descriptive words. Are it the skewed notes (like MGMT), the torn vocals (like indie pop sounds today) or the exotic ukulele and beach sounds, that make this task so difficult? I can’t tell. In order not to confuse you too much, I only preview my favorite track from this release: Continue reading “The Rare Plants Garden – [2011] The Rare Plants Garden”

Evan LE NY – [2011] SpaceChem

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Professional music producer releases soundtracks under Creative Commons licenses. Sounds like Jan Morgenstern (the composer of most Blender movie OSTs)? Yes, and there are more out there. Evan LE NY produces epic and orchestral soundscapes. The music on this release is featured in SpaceChem, an addictive indie puzzle game. Continue reading “Evan LE NY – [2011] SpaceChem”