Discover Sounds explores music, artists and net labels found on archive.org and other free mp3 archives. We also explore sonic-based videos on Youtube. We gather interviews with artists and others discussing the craft and inspiration behind creative recording arts into a series of handmade bound books with prose, photography and graphics. The first volume explores over 100 recordings and will be published February 2016.
Review in progress.
Michael David Rosenberg's song "Let Her Go" was 2014's British single of the year and earned him the Ivor Novello Award for Most Performed Work. He releases recordings under the name Passenger which has been a solo project for six plus years now. The Boy Cried Wolf continues Rosenberg's soft acoustic folk style with more very excellent songwriting and heartfelt performances.
Rainbow Kitten Surprise is an Aalternative rock band formed in Boone, North Carolina in early 2013 by Sam Melo (vocals) and Darrick "Bozzy" Keller (guitar) Melo and Keller began writing and composing music together in their college dorm. Later Ethan Goodpaster (guitar), Jess Haney (drums), and Charlie Holt (bass) joined, influenced by Kings of Leon and Modest Mouse.
Seven + Mary combines acoustic rock, hiphop and soul in songs that will be immediately likable by fans of the style.
Damage and Joy find The Jesus and Mary Chain back in the studio for the first time since 1998. Youth takes the production reins and works his characteristic magic with the Reid brother's signature sound, doling out the brushstroke feedback within washes of acoustic and electric guitars and programmed drums. It's a damaged sound that takes the band to a new level that finds them in a place longtime fans (like me) won't mind going just to see what's next.
Aimee Mann's new album, Mental Illness, steps back a little from her last album's more firm nod toward her pop roots, sitting down and leaning in for an introspective look regarding what we encounter without; without this and that. Mann tells things she seems almost sure of and a little frightened being so sure about. All the while her melodies sway with a pulse beating a pattern we hope will find comfort and solace once shared, once spoken. Fragile as it might be.
Get the album now on amazon or visit her website where you'll find apparel and other things of goodness and grace.
The London Sound Survey is a huge, sprawling website with "...a growing collection of Creative Commons-licensed sound recordings of people, places and events in the capital. Historical references too are gathered to find out how London's sounds have changed." that description doesn't do any justice at all to the scope of this thing. For sound lovers it's truly breathtaking.
When She Kisses the Ship On His Arm
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Tell me about Bare Bones studio.
Bare Bones is the name of my home recording studio and record label. The name is meant to reflect my general approach, engendered by both budgetary restraints and attitude. I like to use what I have at hand to make the best possible work I can. The budgetary restraints can work in ones favor as one is forced to find solutions which are naturally innovative.
Something in my head always goes off around this time of year. It tells me February is coming. For many people that probably means different things. Valentines Day, spring is getting closer, etc. For some of us recording junkies it means that FAWM is coming.
That's February Album Writing Month and the website at FAWM.org re-launches every year to house all the artists trying to writing and recording a full album during the shortest month of year.
The site has discussion boards and lots of discussion and even collaboration. All styles and persuasions. Just go and create. I'll be doing something. Let me know if you are too.
CD -- 15€ for CD digipak, or free download
Talk about bringing so many people together to work on your vision for this project.
The first point is that all the musicians on the record are great musicians. Everyone gave me an emotion prior to my record: Kudsi Erguner on the record “Passion” by Peter Gabriel, I’ve seen several incredible shows by the swiss bands Opak and Hemlock Smith, played some dates as a guitar player with the great band Girls in the Kitchen and seen several contemporary music shows featuring Laurent Estoppey. Furthermore they are friends of mine. So I asked some of the members of the bands above to participate and i’m lucky they all said Yes! The idea was to share something human with people I like. Another idea was to bring external point of view to the story I wanted to tell. For most of the songs there was no indication on what to play, and every time I was surprised with what they gave to me.