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.
Continue reading “Giraffe –  Giraffe”
Italian Irish Celtic medieval folk. Great album by active band touring throughout Europe
It’s great to re-discover awesome historical music in the cellar of my music collection. It’s even greater to find out that the band is still active, releasing new stuff (latest album: 2015), and having gigs at least in France, Italy, Austria. Continue reading “Wooden Legs –  If it doesn’t last forever…”
Cinematic. Folk. Much. Wow. Mostly analogue guitar instrumentals creating melancholic atmospheres.
Ok, I’m quite late to the (review) party on this one. All other netlabel blogs have covered this gem already in September 2012, when originally released. To my ears, this is a half cheesy, half treasure chest full of simple yet thoroughly enjoyable tunes. I can recommend hearing it from front to back, it’s that good. Like usual, here are two picks to get you started: Continue reading “Plusplus –  Game Over”
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”
This excellent compilation is a product of the well-developed German netlabel aaahh-records. Well-developed means that while they still release free music under Creative Commons licenses (aaahhwoo!) the label self-identifies as a “festival curators” nowadays. For me, they are one of the longest-standing publishers of consistent high-quality “analogue” music out in the net. This album features 8 partly folky, acoustic recordings of an artistic weekend in Bralitz. Continue reading “Various Artists –  Braaahhlitz Compilation”
Ambient guitars. Many of them. Strange, uncommon harmonies that sound uncannily familiar. Multiple acoustic guitars, all recorded by Fred Baty (aka Crepusculum), create a rich soundscape. Rhythmic chords and melody patterns render percussion unnecessary. Continue reading “Crepusculum –  Sing on in Silhouettes”
Melancholia shoegaze in beautiful cinemascope. Think Ennio Morricone’s classical movie soundtracks, but in today’s style. The same deserted emotions, but mixed with modern post rock. 7 tracks, released at netlabel 12rec, brilliantly show that post rock can be so much more than guitar effect avalanches. Continue reading “Nic Bommarito –  Harp Fragments”
Acoustic dilettante post-something. At least that’s how the Julia Kotowski from Cologne describes her exquisitely melancholic songs. Honest, without fancy effects, simple and heart-warming is her music. This album is a collaborative release by the two netlabels aerotone (out of business, unfortunately) and aaahh-records (up and rockin’). 2 of the 10 songs await you below. Continue reading “entertainment for the braindead –  hydrophobia”
Dreamy acoustic guitar folk pop. While writing this review, I realised that I already have
reviewed a track by The Sleeping Tree back in my review on the 50th release compilation by 12rec. and compared him to Bright Eyes. Like then, melancholic voice and acoustic guitar are enough to create mellow impressions. My two picks after the break… Continue reading “The Sleeping Tree –  Leaves And Roots”
Allison Crowe sings piano-based ballads. This 2010 release back at Jamendo sums up 10 of her songs. Most are calm, some vivid, all honest and moving. Her voice is the main asset of this album.
To select my usual two songs for the preview is quite difficult this time. Hear for yourself below, before downloading the whole release. Continue reading “Allison Crowe –  Spiral (Originals)”