Various Artists – [2011] Nine

Essential indie pop/rock compilation. Only 7 tracks, each covering a different style, makes this an essential part of CC music legacy.

diym netlabel is (or was?) a netlabel focused on non-electronic genres, that is, mostly rock and pop music. I have already covered their seventh compilation, called 7, in an earlier review. This ninth instalment is a small but excellent collection of mostly, but not only, quiet music: Continue reading “Various Artists – [2011] Nine”

Various Artists – [2008] Their Finest Hour, Volume 1

Classic netaudio compilation. Pop and electro, selected by reviewers from Phlow magazine.

This release is thanks to a very active curator in the netlabel scene. While Phlow magazine seems no longer active, its main author Moritz »mo.« Sauer still pushes work to his public GitHub profile for other projects like netlabels.org. But to talk about the music: it’s mostly pop, some electro sprinkled in and 2 tracks that I don’t get. Of course, I have picked two different ones to represent this compilation: Continue reading “Various Artists – [2008] Their Finest Hour, Volume 1”

Tobias Borelius – [2011] Du känner mig för väl, farväl

Swedish indie pop. Vocal vocals, acoustic and slightly synthy sound.

Tobias Borelius is part of Emerald Park (review of one of their EPs), who produce straight-up enjoyable indie pop rock. This release leans more towards pop, with a focus on its Swedish mellow lyrics. Continue reading “Tobias Borelius – [2011] Du känner mig för väl, farväl”

Herr Doktor – [2017] Time for Love

Nostalgic 80s synth pop. Tightly produced retrowave, focused on beats and synth pads.

This is a special free music release, in that it appears simultaneously in three labels’ catalogues: Enough Records, Illuminated Paths, and Future City Records. That in itself tells you that Herr Doktor’s music is in high demand from curators. Continue reading “Herr Doktor – [2017] Time for Love”

Bralitz – [2017] Bralitz

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 – [2017] Bralitz”

Eva & Manu – [2011] Still Traveling EP

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.

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Hermelin – [2008] Hermelin

Straightforward post rock. Hermelin is 4 guys from Hanover in Northern Germany, performing at least since 2008. On April 1 this year they have released their newest album called Tüdeltüt. While their newest work certainly has increased in terms of production (sound quality, mixing), their first full-length release has its charm, too. Continue reading “Hermelin – [2008] Hermelin”

Various Artists – [2012] Braaahhlitz Compilation

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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 – [2012] Braaahhlitz Compilation”

Nicolas Falcon – [2011] Nicolas Falcon

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Folky post indie rock. This acoustic guitar vocal gem is the debut album by Italian artist Nicolas Falcon. Voice, guitar, piano (in that order) are all it takes him to write thoughtful, entertaining songs. The (apparent) love ballad I Promise features the following lines:

But I promise you baby
I’ll never let your heart break
I promise to break all the promises I make

The album contains 9 similarly ironic tracks, from ballad to pop rock. My two picks are: Continue reading “Nicolas Falcon – [2011] Nicolas Falcon”

Ancient Lasers – [2013] You In The Future

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This joint release from the netlabels Clinical Archives and No Source features Daniel Finfer’s (almost) solo project Ancient Lasers. “Sonically the music sits comfortably somewhere between Nine Inch Nails and the Postal Service” tells us the release notes. Where does this leave us? With shoegazing, stomping, screaming post rock worth a place in my personal annals of music representative for this decade. Continue reading “Ancient Lasers – [2013] You In The Future”

Intoxicated Piano – [2013] Vice Versa

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Juicy indie-pop with scratchy vocals. This album contains five melodic songs, beautifully arranged around piano and the singer Oxy. It is brought to us by the Russian netlabel Mixgalaxy. It features solid production, classy song arrangements and a wonderful singer. Read on for two preview songs and the download link. Continue reading “Intoxicated Piano – [2013] Vice Versa”

Meanwhileproject.ltd – [2008] Today is Sunday

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Folky instrumental guitar rock with a dash of Pink Floyd. Today is Sunday is the first solo release of the Cologne-based artist M. Adam with his Meanwhileproject.ltd. Electronic bits add flavour to background-music chord textures. Great during, but also after work! Continue reading “Meanwhileproject.ltd – [2008] Today is Sunday”

Cambriana – [2012] House of Tolerance

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This week’s release found its way to my HDD thanks to the (French) review by @diffuser on this album. As he remarks, Cambriana don’t fail to draw attention to their skills, both technical and songwriterish. A tender melancholy lies on their Indie-Folk/Pop compositions. Like usual, I present two of the ten tracks below. Continue reading “Cambriana – [2012] House of Tolerance”

Silence is Sexy – [2007] Everything You Should Know

Rock-solid indie pop rock. Walls of guitars, neatly arranged by the Dutch band Silence Is Sexy. While the twelve tracks of this release are too similar for my taste, this alone is no reason to not like its outstanding tracks. For me, this album is perfect background music for not-so-quiet moments. Continue reading “Silence is Sexy – [2007] Everything You Should Know”

Arcade Island – [2012] Spring EP

Arcade Island is an electronic alternative rock artist. This release reminds me a bit of pandoras.box (review of their album Barriers).

Floating guitar chords, soft radio pop beats, sometimes harder, great vocals all make this album a breeze to listen to. It is brought to us by the well-known Clinical Archives. Read on for a selection of my favourite two tracks and the download link. Continue reading “Arcade Island – [2012] Spring EP”

Oneiro – [2010] To The Stars

Do you know that kind of music that is repetitive, nearly boring but addictive nevertheless? Oneiro follows this recipe and made me an addict. I would classify this release loosely as indie electronica with shoegaze elements. Another way to describe them: the introvert brothers of MGMT. Anyway, their music is addictive background music for calm evenings. Continue reading “Oneiro – [2010] To The Stars”