Azwel – Out on a Limb
Azwel is the recording name of Jason Perrillo; From Now On is the prolific song-writer’s fifteenth album. Currently available from Bandcamp on that sweet name your price deal, it’s an album with a gentle heart that beats to the rhythm of classic pop/rock stylings.
Listen to the album’s highlight “Out on a Limb”.
IX – Breaking Faith
And now for something that most definitely does not beat to the easy rhythm of classic pop/rock…
If you’re in the market for brooding electronica that could be the future soundtrack to as yet unmade films, particularly ones that will see reviewers dig out synonyms for “dystopian”, stop here a while and have a listen to “Breaking Faith”, taken from the album System VII.
Moving Parts – The Free People
Moving Parts are a beach rock band from Minneapolis. They have released 2 EPs – Go By Feel and Music From the Monastery – with a third on the way in January 2015. “The Free People” is taken from Music From the Monastery. Gentle washes of sound and wise words from Alan Watts lead into a shuffling melody; it all sounds pretty laid back and idyllic, but stick around long enough and it all gets satisfyingly crunchy.
Phosphene – Phosphene
Phosphene are an indie rock quartet based in Oakland, CA. What began as a low-key project between Rachel Frankel and Matt Hemmerich in 2010 has morphed into a rich mix of folk, shoegaze, and indie rock, showcased on the superb “Metric”, taken from their self-titled debut album.
Valerio Lysander – The Prince
Valerio Lysander is a singer/songwriter based in London. The Prince is taken from his first EP, Tidal Mental Head, and I hope he won’t mind me suggesting that it’s like Beirut meets Regina Spektor, but with a charm that is entirely its own.
Y’all – There’s Nothing Here With Me
“There’s Nothing Here With Me” is a slice of psychedelic excellence from Charlotesville, VA (America’s happiest city, I’m told) band Y’all. It’s the opening track from I’m Here Right Now, which you can download or purchase in a brand new and exciting physical format that some people are calling “cassette”. You can get the magnetic tape version from Funny / Not Funny Records, or get your ones and zeroes from Bandcamp.