Electric Mirrors – [2016] UFO Stories

Slightly dark synth-pop at its best. Stomping beats and almost spoken vocals included.

If Depeche Mode and David Byrne did a collaboration (maybe they did? didn’t check), it might sound like Electric Mirrors.
Densely produced songs, with no second wasted on padding, are filled from start to finish with lyrical puns, glockenspiel interludes or gently sprinkled in ’90s pop music references.

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Various Artists – [2007] Share It Spread It Love It

Antique pop compilation. From the rather early days of high quality free music publishing.

At the time, trying to publish music outside the traditional channels (music labels) was still quite out of the ordinary. No Bandcamp, no Jamendo, no Free Music Archive. All those only came to life during the last 10 years. If you this release’s style, have a listen to the curators other compilations, mixes and podcasts, all neatly stored for our future pleasure. But now, lend my two picks an ear (or two):

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Various Artists – [2012] netBloc, Volume 39: Antididonai

Exceptional pop compilation. The fabulous series does it yet again…

Again it’s time to honour one of the more than 50 episodes of the netBloc series.

Like usual, two tracks are far to few to cover all the gems in this release. Like usual for a blocSonic release, it covers a broad range of popular music genres, ranging from alternative rock, to easy listening to instrumental hip hop.

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Daenjellson – [2008] Walk Your Soft Skin on the Edges

Mellow indie pop. Soft vocals, slightly arts’y production, yet well grounded acoustic pop.

I have a hard time writing this entry paragraph. This short, 5 track, 15 minutes long EP by solo artist Daenjellson is not easy to classify. Acoustic guitar, violin, slightly husky voice all contribute to a hard-to-pin indie sound. Continue reading “Daenjellson – [2008] Walk Your Soft Skin on the Edges”

Various Artists – [2010] netBloc, Volume 30: Aldartea

Exceptional pop compilation. Outstanding quality from start to finish in 12 tracks.

I’ll directly pass the microphone to the curator:

The netBloc series is my humble attempt to shine some light on music that truly deserves to be heard by as many people as possible.

And this is exactly what he has accomplished with (as of 2018) just over 50 compilations that show the potential of netaudio culture, both in breadth and depth. It’s almost unfair to select among those, but I have my routines: Continue reading “Various Artists – [2010] netBloc, Volume 30: Aldartea”

Various Artists – [2011] netBloc Vol. 34: The Whitewash

History-rewriting compilation. Diverse selection of popular CC music from the era.

This release is a replacement (a whitewash) of previous netBloc Vol. 34 about ccMixter, which had to be redacted for some reason which is not completely clear to me to today. I was just surprised that my recollection, download and album art to this release did not match what is currently online… Bad for me, bad good for you. The whitewash has definitely not worse music than the original… Continue reading “Various Artists – [2011] netBloc Vol. 34: The Whitewash”

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”

Marco Mestichella – [2015] Fragments Of Light

Echoes of pop grandeur. 80’s synth-pop sends best wishes to a fresh take in the new millenium.

This is a two-track single release on notorious (as in: good) netlabel blocSonic. In the description to the artist’s previous release, they described their music as “a blend of trip-hop, soft-rock, retro-pop and cinematic soundtracks”. I tend to agree. Read on for a full description of all (as in: two) tracks. Continue reading “Marco Mestichella – [2015] Fragments Of Light”

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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