The Black Atlantic :: Darkling, I Listen

Country: Nehterlands
Release Date: 13 January 2012
Netlabel: Beep! Beep! Back Up The Truck
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA

“From the near classical guitar intro of the opening, brooder-song “The Aftermath”, it is clear that ‘Darkling, I Listen’ is a much different sonic animal than the intimate, and mostly acoustic, affair of The Black Atlantic’s debut album ‘Reverence for Fallen Trees.’ Clocking in at 23 minutes and 23 seconds, ‘Darkling’ contains five fully sculpted songs with a wide array of elements and influences, from 70’s psychedelic folk–rock to Phil Spector-esque orchestrated chamber pop and 60’s Motown soul sensibilities. It also takes informed cues from current indie epitomes such as Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, and Bon Iver. The Black Atlantic wears these influences on its sleeve without sounding inauthentic. ‘Darkling I, Listen’ is an immersive listening experience, rustic and pastoral, but without the obvious pretty embellishments. It is impressionistic in its scope, full of wide-open vistas and cavernous sonic swells.” (bandcamp)

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T(h)ree :: One Point Five

Country: Portugal/Hong Kong/Macao
Release Date: 2011
Netlabel: Mimi
License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Musicians from Portugal, Hong Kong and Macao return to draft a new release of T(H)REE, this time in digital format EP.

T(H)REE is a nonprofit musical project, which combines contemporary musicians from Portugal, and several Asian countries. The idea comes not only with the commitment to materialize this meeting of cultures but also the urgent desire to encourage local musical production, taking it away from its borders, reaching distant territories, forming contacts and initiate new musical and cultural that would otherwise never take place.

One Point Five brings us a new set of musicality that can be listened as a complement to the album T(H)REE vol 1, released in 2011. It’s a perfect soundtrack for a journey between nature and city, between the traditional music and the noisy bustle of the big metropolis. Between Asia and Portugal.

This compilation is a partnership between the T(h)ree project and MiMi Records. [mimi]

  1. Faye Choi + David Valentim – Suffering becomes honey
  2. Evade + Kubik – HPR (new version)
  3. Error Wrong + Erro! – Tree robot
  4. A Roller Control + Ch’os – The Wave (remodeled)
  5. Fragile + Rocky Marsiano – Second twelfth
  6. Dj Kawayama + Tiago Guillul – Lou Reed wants to be black
  7. (Outro) Temple street

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Adam & Alma :: Back To The Sea

Country: Sweden
Release Date: 2010
Netlabel: 23 seconds
License: Creative Commons Licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0

Adam & Alma is a young electro duo from Stockholm, Sweden, who now release their debut-EP Back To The Sea. The duo consists of Ellen Arkbro and Johan Graden.

With roots in jazz, and also strongly influenced by American indie pop and Swedish electro, they create their own musical universe. Electronic sounds, Johan’s piano and Ellen’s voice make a unique sonority that brings the electronic back to the organic.

Back To The Sea is a collection of the first songs they made together. [23 seconds]

  1. Things
  2. Smile For Me, Sun
  3. Naked
  4. Back To The Sea
  5. Bon

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Kristin Hersh :: Crooked Beginnings

Country: USA
Release Date: 2010
Netlabel: Throwing Music
License: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

The earliest demos for Kristin’s Crooked album,Crooked Beginnings shows where the process started. Remixed and remastered by TW Walsh (Pedro The Lion, The Soft Drugs) these songs take on a new life of their own — separate but equal to any of the cuts that made the final album. TW Walsh also appears on drums on ‘Around Dusk.’ [freemusicarchive]

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F.S.Blumm/Lucrecia Dalt :: Cuatro Covers

Country: Germany/Spain
Release Date: 2011
Netlabel: La bèl netlabel

“La bèl netlabel is proud to presents Frank Schültge Blumm & Lucrecia Dalt. Two great artists and four awesome songs revisited with extreme sensibility and depth.” [la bèl]

  1. Quizas
  2. Close to vos
  3. S.o.y
  4. Old amigos

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The Lights Streaming Through the Sound :: Lights

Country: Japan
Release Date: 2008
Netlabel: Mimi

“”Lights” is a record which exists within self-confrontation.

Even though the dominating aesthetics seems to be Post-Rock, different and subtle layers coexist under that front.

It lives in confront because, although in an intangible manner, through every track runs a brutal force of tension that agravates with each crescendo, and it never diludes itself on the superficial placidity to where the music drives us.

This is a journey that begins in melodic territory underlined by clarividity; somewhere in the middle of the record a challenge to the listener arises with a long moment of abstraction. Eventually, it all exits and turns into warm sound waves that slowly build a wall and provide us with confort.” [mimi]

  1. India
  2. Lights
  3. Fragmentary Sounds
  4. Cold Sea
  5. Sunrise

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Ballpen :: The Dreams Trilogy

Country: Italy
Release Date: October, 2010
Netlabel: La bèl

From the press release:

This music is based on how my dreams have been working throughout the years.The thing I like about dreams is that there are no schemes, no shames, no recipes and everything can happily or strangely  cohabit with everything else.The way the songs are composed are similar to what I’ve expereinced in my dream so far. Like the hospital  in my hometown  turned upside down and placed in the middle of a race circuit, or me riding a turtle  dressed up like Darth Vader, chasing my auntie along the dock of an unknown port in Malaysia. And other  billions of strange and funny combinations of the puzzle – pieces of my life.And everybody’s life I suppose.Some of this dreams are made in a song form, some others are built like a possible dream would develop.  Some vocal parts  sound like somebody that’s sleep talking and the music is supposed to be what’s  sonically going on in his/her head or you can  hear that the music melts when somebody is falling asleep.  And if you listen at a reasonable low volume you can still hear the  music and what’s going on in the room  next to yours at the same time.It’s very interesting. I swear.Apart from this, I also think that this music is good for your heart.And, by the way, this album has been recorded inside a cardboard box.”

  1. The scaffolding dream
  2. The sea dream
  3. The hometown dream
  4. Pass the ball sail the days
  5. The tap water dream
  6. Serene nightmare
  7. Dream episodes
  8. The magazine dream
  9. Wonderland cowboys
  10. Anna Lisa goes to bed
  11. The bus stop dream

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