Showing posts with label mp3s. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mp3s. Show all posts

May 01, 2014

Joseph

If You Like: The Staves, Laura Marling

Despite their band name, Joseph is a group made of three sisters from Portland, Oregon. Gentle harmonies, soothing arrangements, and crisp, concise songwriting help this trio stand out in the folk world. Bringing to mind their British equivalent, The Staves, their voices fit together like only siblings' could. The music is almost always relaxing, perfect for a quiet night in the Pacific Northwest, preferably in a wood cabin. The first track on their record, "Cloudline," is a builder, however, and slowly grows into a fiery sing-along jam. Going on a road trip? Experiencing nature? Or just hanging out? This is your new perfect soundtrack.

Their album, Native Dreamer Kin, can be streamed below or downloaded for a suggested donation over at Noisetrade!

April 16, 2014

Sye Elaine Spence

If You Like: Kimberly Anne, Chad VanGaalen, The Tallest Man On Earth

This music is very timid, simple, and bass-less. Unlike most low-end-obsessed artists these days, Atlanta singer-songwriter Sye Elaine Spence keeps things old fashioned with her debut Bloom EP. The four-track offering is a great introduction to her beautiful brand of folk music. On the title track, her powerful voice weaves over a twangy banjo, and "Is This Love" proves that she's more than capable of producing a great cover as well. Her unique voice and the lovely slowness of the songs make this an EP that is definitely worth paying attention to. Luckily for all of us, the EP (minus the cover) is free to download from her Soundcloud page

March 26, 2014

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

If You Like: Otis Redding, James Brown, Al Green

Looks can be deceiving. Take a listen to any song from Birmingham, AL crew St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and you would have no idea that it came from these guys. While the group may appear like a young posse of jazz nerds, the instant they start playing, they evoke a time much before their own. Lead singer Paul Janeway's voice is as close to Otis Redding as I've heard, and the band backing him up is as tight as can be. Their debut record, Half The City, is chock full of swingin', smooth soul music that will have you dancing one second, and crooning along the next. This is one of the most fun albums I've heard in a while and it's going to be on repeat for a while. Enjoy!

March 25, 2014

Wet

If You Like: Astronomyy, CHVRCHES, GEMS

Brooklyn trio Wet picked a name that's not too Google-able, but luckily their music is noteworthy enough to warrant some web searching. After making some ripples with their debut single, "Don't Wanna Be Your Girl" they released their Wet - EP  towards the end of last year. Since then, their minimalist, synth-laden, melancholy pop songs have earned them an opening slot on tour for CHVRCHES, and some highly-coveted SXSW appearances. While NYC is constantly overcrowded by exciting buzzbands, Wet are making a strong case for themselves and seem to be near the head of the pack. 

Their music video for "You're The Best" is quite New York. Featuring dark imagery and late night shots of indie parties, it'll help you get the vibe of the big city's hipster underbelly without having to trek all the way there. 

March 24, 2014

Allie X - "Prime"

If You Like: Katy Perry, Tove Lo, CHVRCHES

Canada isn't always the go-to place to find killer, intelligent pop music, but in this case, there's no better place. Allie X, a native of Toronto, has just released one of the most exciting, sugary-pop tunes that I've heard in quite some time. Her latest single, "Prime," utilizes falsetto vocals, hard-hitting synths, and a perfect sing-along melody to firmly lodge itself in your brain. Following up her other awesome track, "Catch," her new song ups the ante, feels poppier, and could easily show up on smart indie radio stations soon. While the powerful vocals bring Katy Perry to mind, the lyrics are are smarter than that, and the synths are more interesting, placing her comfortably between the Swedish  Tove Lo, and the Scottish CHVRCHES

The refrain, "Forget what I want, give me what I need, and it should be fine," is something you will hear being belted from cars and showers starting now. 

October 01, 2013

RÁJ - "Ghost"


These past few months, I have found myself gravitating to slow, undulating, R&B-influenced tracks, usually with male vocals. This contrasts the previous six months in which everything I liked seemed to have female vocals. The last track to really grab me came from mysterious singer RÁJ. While I have not been able to learn where he is from or anything about the guy, I know that his debut single, "Ghost," is gosh-darned beautiful. 

It begins with a simple, distorted vocal sample repeated over guitar strumming and echoey chanting. As the song evolves, however, it gathers energy like a hurricane, eventually bringing forth quite a storm of powerful instrumentation.

If you enjoy it, you can catch him on tour opening for The Neighbourhood and Lovelife on the California leg of their tour

(Warning: This video contains small amounts of nudity)

August 29, 2013

Ticket Giveaway: Kishi Bashi


Hey everybody! It's time for another exciting ticket giveaway! This time, you have the chance to see
Kishi Bashi, the Georgia-based multi-instrumentalist who has toured with Of Montreal and Regina Spektor. He released his orchestral debut solo album 151a last year to much critical acclaim and is considered one of the most exciting live acts around!

He will be performing at The Royale in Boston on September 11th and you can win a pair of free tickets simply by following the steps below.

1. Like Write To The Beat on Facebook

2. Enter your email address below.

August 28, 2013

The Coming And The Going

Album Art by Brian Holmes

August is a month of transitions. Kids return home from camp and get ready for a new school year, a new group of high-schoolers leaves home for the first time to head off to college, and people come and go from vacations. These changes, as exciting as they can be, are not always so simple or easy. The eagerness to leave a place is always contrasted by the possibility that things will not be the same when coming back. Leaving behind the old is not always easy, even when the new is a breath of fresh air.

These songs are all demonstrations of the bittersweet nature of transitions. Not quite sad, but not quite happy, this collection of music is meant to help you in a time of confusing change and adaptation. Enjoy.

If you want to hear more music like this, take a listen to the Songza playlist I created that inspired this mixtape.

Tracklist
1. Milk Carton Kids - "Michigan"
2. The Decemberists - "June Hymn"
3. Nick Drake - "Road"
4. Honeyhoney - "LA River"
5. Tyler Lyle - "When I Say That I Love You"
6. Sufjan Stevens - "All The Trees Of The Field Will Clap Their Hands"
7. Michael Kiwanuka - "Home Again"
8. Farewell Milwaukee - "Come Back Home"
9. The Wooden Sky - "Oslo"
10. Ásgeir Trausti - "Going Home"
11. Alexi Murdoch - "All My Days"
12. Small Houses - "Oh, Hiding Out"
13. Dustin Tebbutt - "The Breach"
14. Milk Carton Kids - "Milk Carton Kid"
15. Benjamin Francis Leftwich - "Atlas Hands"
16. Bear's Den - "Agape"
17. Benjamin Gibbard & Jay Farrar - "One Fast Move Or I'm Gone"
18. Volcano Choir - "Byegone"

Download The Whole Mixtape Here

If that link does not work, try this one.

If any artist would like their song removed from the mixtape, please email me at jonah@writetothebeat.com and the song will be promptly removed.

August 12, 2013

Stefan Weiner - Potluck

If You Like: Town Hall, Gregory Alan Isakov, Blind Pilot

If you're an avid reader of this blog, you may recognize the name and face of Stefan Weiner. Not so long ago (and hopefully still!), he fronted the New York folk group Town Hall, making some of the cutest, most soothing folk music around. Weiner's voice was always one of the best things about the group; it is easy to like, yet not ordinary enough to pass by unnoticed. 

Now, with his new solo EP, Potluck, Weiner expands upon his sound, collaborates with some old and new friends, and has created one of the most interesting folk releases of 2013. While some of the tracks like "Fearful Lullaby" and "Say I'm Strong (feat. Phoeby Ryan)" sound at first like classic Town Hall, he grows these songs far beyond what the trio has ever done. A veritable orchestra helps back him up on many of the songs, resulting in a huge sound, the whole time led by fearless captain Weiner.

"Frozen Ground" was the biggest surprise for me. This song is the closest thing to a lively pop song that he has done so far, and it works so so well. If there is one song on this EP that will get him noticed, it is this one. It is catchy, charming, interesting, and just about anything anyone could want from a pop track. Strings weave in and out as his voice is taken to its limits. He rarely sings this loud, but that doesn't mean he can't. The rest of the tracks show his astounding diversity. Hints of jazz, blues, soul, and classical pop up all over the place and make you sure that this guy will not be pigeonholed. 

The album has just been released on Bandcamp, so grab yourself a copy and listen below!

August 08, 2013

Astronomyy - "Don't Need U"

If You Like: Jaymes Young, Bipolar Sunshine. The Weeknd

This song starts out innocent enough. Soothing guitar chords are plucked, a soulful voice arrives, and it seems as if you know where this is headed. But then the beat comes in. Astronomyy, a mysterious British group from Worcestershire, has crafted a stunningly simple beat that takes this song to an entirely new level. It stays relaxing, but now in a zone-out kind of way. Take a listen and let your mind drift away.

August 07, 2013

Natural Animal - "Who You Are"

If You Like: Cut Copy, Miike Snow, Foster The People

So much electronic music today is either overtly sexual, aggressive, or just bad. The Toronto producers of Natural Animal have made a dancey electro-pop track, that is a happy-go-lucky jam that will put an instant wholesome smile on your face. Perfect for driving down the highway with the top down, this song is ready to be placed on the Summer Songs of 2013 list. Turn it up!

August 06, 2013

Figaro - "Moving Slowly"

If You Like: Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Spoon

It is difficult to make a great song, but even more difficult to make a great track that is incredibly simple. Figaro has done just that with "Moving Slowly," a sparse, sprightly pop tune that brings to mind the catchy cuteness of Vampire Weekend. The group, made up of two Americans and a Frenchman, met in college and seem to have quite the knack for making beachy songs. Until we hear more from the promising crew, enjoy the sunny vibes of "Moving Slowly."

August 05, 2013

Bastille - "Pompeii"

If You Like: Kodaline, Imagine Dragons, Walk The Moon

The British stars of Bastille have made it big in their home country, but are just starting to make waves stateside with their debut single, "Pompeii." The track begins with a jumpy synth line and slowly builds with choral samples, and culminates in a chorus as big as any I've heard this year. This is a stadium-ready hook, and I can see these guys getting a pretty solid following on both sides of the pond. Get ready to cheer and sing along when they head to the US of A this fall for a tour to promote their debut album, Bad Blood, out September 3rd in the US.

August 01, 2013

Bipolar Sunshine - "Fire"

If You Like: Miike Snow, Mikky Ekko, Frightened Rabbit

I may be a little late to the party here, as the British producer known as Bipolar Sunshine has become a bit of a music blog and Soundcloud star, but this is something I have to share. "Fire," the first song he showed up online with, is gunning for the Chillest Song of the Year award. Delayed guitars, a calming, accented voice, and a chorus that will have you cheering and relaxed at the same time. The track, which includes a laid-back rap and a sample from The Notebook, reflects on tough relationship arguments and the importance of cooling off. This is the kind of song that makes you think about your life with an incredible sense of perspective. 

Try to eliminate all distractions, click play, and savor this one. 

Buy his debut EP here.

July 30, 2013

Bird

If You Like: DJ Shadow, Pretty Lights, RJD2

It seems that the more mysterious an artist is, the more people want to know about them. This is where the producer who goes by the name Bird excels. First of all, his name is nearly impossible to Google. But after wading through ornithologist websites and mentions of Andrew Bird, I stumbled across www.whoisbird.com. Finally, some information.

The Bird-man is a Canadian producer, fresh off the release of his debut album, La Notte, which you can stream below. The album is a fascinating collection of dark, gangster-tinged beats. This record is incredibly cinematic, sounding like it came straight from a 1920's black and white film. The instrumental tracks soothe, and the songs with raps over them bring the music out of its shell. This little mystery is pretty enjoyable.

July 29, 2013

BASECAMP - "Emmanuel"

If You Like: Disclosure, Rhye, James Blake

Normally, the Nashville sound involves guitars and a whole lot of twang. BASECAMP, however, are not being constrained by their city's musical history. Their latest track "Emmanuel" has a distinctly seductive R&B vibe and a super memorable hook. The large bass presence floats in the background as clinks of percussion keep the beat going. After getting quite a bit of attention for this track, they are preparing the release an EP in the coming months. Get ready.

July 26, 2013

Jaymes Young - Fragments

If You Like: Mikky Ekko, The xx, Woodkid

Jaymes Young has been awfully hard to categorize. He has a poppy, soulful voice, but his tracks have so far ranged from smooth R&B croon, to dubby electronica, to poppy guitar-laden anthem. His latest hit is a chill, bass-heavy blanket of beautiful sadness. As he sings about a failed relationship, the musical backing  enhances the laid-back mood but keeps things intense with the exciting instrumentation. His eagerly-anticipated debut mixtape will be released on August 20th.

July 25, 2013

Bombadil

If You Like: Hey Marseilles, Langhorne Slim, The Avett Brothers

Tom Bombadil was a minor character in The Lord Of The Rings, but his last name has lived on to take on another meaning: this band's name. Bombadil is cute and quirky, with music combining folky influences with lush harmonies and simple songwriting. Their newest record, Metrics of Affection, will be released on July 23 and expect them to make some waves. The North Carolina group has been slowly building a strong following with their energetic live shows and charmingly fun three previous albums. Listen to a track and download a free "Pocket Guide" to the band via Noisetrade below.


July 23, 2013

Mettro - "You"


I recently struck up a conversation with Steffen Paust, a writer over at Sound of Aarhus, a great blog that focuses on local music from the lovely Danish city. We decided to exchange some music, and in the shuffle, out came Mettro.



Writer: Steffen Paust

The young boys have previously visited major festivals like Skive Festival, Bork Music Festival, DMF festival, Den Grimmeste Festival and Samsø Festival, and Their fans include prominent names such as Mattias Kolstrup - lead singer of Dúné!

"I believe that there will soon be a new Skive-based band with potential" Mattias earlier said to Fyns Amts Avis.

Mettro is not an entirely new phenomenon in the Danish underground scene in Skive, where they have played countless times. They also provided top entertainment, in places like Train in Aarhus and Band Battle where they both won the competition and the Radio Skive price. In addition to this they also won Gym spot in 2012 where they received laudatory words from the many judges, which was not a second of doubt about their choice.

Last month the band released their new single “YOU," featured above.

July 22, 2013

Kodaline

If You Like: Passenger, Dry The River, Frightened Rabbit

I'm not sure why - maybe it's the rain - but musicians from the UK or Ireland seem to have a different kind of melancholy than us Americans. It is rusty, dull, and never-ending, like a brick wall slowly pushing you backwards for eternity. The folks from that area of the world also have an uncanny ability to turn that sadness into gorgeous music (See bands mentioned above). 

The latest band to do so is Kodaline, a group of Irishmen who topped the charts in their home country with their debut album, In A Perfect World. Nearly every song on the record has a stadium-ready hook and tears at your heartstrings with a deep emotional sadness. If that wasn't enough to make this band your go-to for breakup jams, they make beautifully filmed videos to go along with their finest tracks. Both videos below are as emotionally stirring as any I have seen. Get your tissues ready. 

While the album is not yet available in the States, you can import a copy or download their EP here