Woolgatherer, out of Knoxville Tennessee is into bringing you the niceties of a classic indie vocal, that remind me a lot of Sea and Cake, and a touch of Pavement. Both of which, well, it goes without saying. The music creates an atmospheric buzz, the kind that has some chicago indie soul, and the riffs that slide enough to make you feel that motion in your heart.
We do grow in the summer, or at least the moments of joy are longer, and our memories can only hope to stay in that time. We Were Born Canaries “My Beat” is a whirlwind through the wonder of looking up. It’s funny how much this video is the exact opposite of the light in the face perpetuation we see today. When is the last time you went anywhere and didn’t see tons of people looking into their pits of social acceptance? It’s such a staple now, you can often see the driven multi-tasker light up a cig, hit the text button, and work their cars. Best advice, get the hell out-of-the-way, by looking up and moving to your own beat.
I’ve been listening to the album all morning, which came out April 20th on A:Larm music. First impression is nothing short of chill. The music provides a space for Stine to solidify her soft, easy-going approach to delivery. Her voice is pure, leaving out the force that would inevitably take the light away from the blissed out places Jakob takes you through. Much of this record reminds me of a silhouette trying to burst out from beneath an ever passing ideal, that you eventually grow out from under. Like my favorite premise in a movie, this is a coming of age tale, or at least it sounds how that looks to me. Pop over to iTunes and support the band.
Jacob who sent us the info, also told me Brian Batz from Sleep Party People mixed the record with the band in his living room. I love those little nuggets of information about music, and how it comes together.
We Were Born Canaries is Stine Grøn & Jakob Steen.
~ Ryan Boos
Vocal Samples out of Britain has an interesting frame on his track. He mixes experimental structures with samples and shifty clips that essentially rest in a worldly ether of IDM and stuttered electronics. On top of this, I find a certain darkness to the music. Its an ominous feeling of emotion that reflects shattered souls on the cracked ice, in the lake you see images through. The way he uses sounds to create this original motion works well, nothing wrong with a cinematic music. “Among My Soul” continually moves, dropping randomness with a needle, on an old record from India.
I’ve debated all morning whether to go out and enjoy the record stores today. I might hit them up later, Knoxville has some really great hidden gems, one thats five minutes from our house. Nothing like getting a top shelf margarita at our spot and stumbling around Lost and Found records for a few, which happens throughout the year. But until I hit the street for a stroll, I’m enjoying Hair, the new Ty Segall and White Fence record.
I’ve been a big fan of White Fence since the first album came out, such a fan that we tend to listen to Presley’s sunny antics all summer long. The follow up Is Growing Faith was a big staple in our house as well, all of White Fences songs play so well, I can’t really say I skip around too often on either record. They’re on my imaginary top ten, of the last ten list. I’m really looking forward to the double album, Family Perfume volume one vinyl is sold out on Woodsist. Thankfully, I put in my order soon enough though, just got word Amazon is sending me a copy. Finally, after weeks of messages saying “this item cannot be found,” even though I already paid my dimes man. At least I have the this collab. record to play until then, sounds awesome.
On Hair both Segall and Presley share their sounds fairly evenly. Both are similar from the start anyway, but White Fence tends to be a bit more on the hazy psychedelic side, with Segall shredding anything in his way.
Well, not much else to say right now, I’m really enjoy the album, and walking outside to sit on the porch and almost tripping on the Drag City box was the best Saturday morning gift I’ve had in a long while. The album officially comes out April 24th.
In the interest of being on point with honesty, BlakeAndrew is my closest friend. Our experiences together are vast, from DJ sets to producing songs, and he was a big part of me getting into blogging. He runs the solid DJ electronic music blog Twilight_Frequencies, which is where I got my start writing online.
Blake has been working on his first full length release for several years. He came out with an EP when Myspace was the best place to release music, which implicates how long Blake has been doing his networking in the new media world. Blake was the first person I knew to cross multiple platforms with his creativity, and use those places to share music, design work, blogging, and general technology news, among other things. I think his consistency in the game, is similar to the type of music he makes.
Awakening is like a machine that keeps coming. And at the end of it all you hear the “Voices” that give you some comfort. It makes perfect sense the closing song on the album is the one that eases up a bit, as if to signify a big change in life.
The structures are always tight in his songs, with great emphasis on solid drum samples, and an atmospheric that lends to a heavy use of the word dark. Blake would be the first to admit he is largely influenced by Trent Reznor, and the historic nature of the epic genre called Techno. I listened to the album months ago, and other than my Jack Russell Terrier named Leo running scared out of the room, the experience was interesting to say the least. Even if your general cup of tea doesn’t rest on a more ominous, gritty end pieces; BlakeAndrew manages to shed the fear with his great production, and consistency. On top of all this metal being bent there’s a veiled soulfulness to the music. The rhythms are solid, almost too perfect, but they have a shake to them, which reflects the diversity in the man.
Make sure to nab the entire record for the low low cost of $5.00. You can grab some nice singles, including “Voices” which is my favorite for free on soundcloud.
~ Ryan Boos
Special thanks to Ellen Epley for the photograph, I highly recommend visiting elleneply.com to see her other work. She captures the moment really well and her subjects never seem to force anything for the camera. I kept getting the sense that these photos snapped themselves, just by the way her collection sits naturally. I chose this particular photo b/c I felt it speaks to what we’re trying to do on Acres. The site is about people forming this community together. The feeling I get from the image is this acceptance to explore something new, to let your guard down and do something. The girl in the photo looks right at you, and for me it suggests purity, and the liberty to change course in life, even if it’s for a moment. There’s no doubt, that I tried to mimic the overall impression the weather had been leaving on me lately, with volume one. It’s not too hot or cold, its upbeat and chill at the same time. I think this mix has enough edge to keep you awake while also giving you the atmosphere to chill on the porch. Spring time is without a doubt one of my favorite times of the year. I was really excited to add these groups to my collection this last month. They’re all really amazing musical acts that offer up something special. Don’t forget to Download the mix for free, and take it with you wherever you are, and wherever you go. Lastly, thanks to the Artists who have submitted their voices for the Acres, Discovering You tag line. Keep sending them in, I think they really sound nice in the mix.
Sleep Party People “Chin”
Beaches Beaches “Got Feel”
Tea Leigh & Luke Reed “Rivers Of Love”
Sean Bones “Here Now”
Mountain Range “Evelyn(e)”
Bear Cubs “Cascade”
Everything Sleeps “Hold Me Down”
Jonas K.P. “You, I, Us”
Matt FX “Breezy”
~ Ryan Boos
Sometimes its just fine to tell someone how you feel. The new Notyou,may song “Wine” does just that. There are words on the walls if you stop for a second and read them. You might find the word love hanging from a tree branch in the yard you ignore everyday. I think we all spend a grip of time trying to figure out what the hell it is we’re all doing. But this seems tolerable if we are in love, sharing wine with that person, exploring the riches of our ethos. There is very little in life as strong as the bond you form with the person you try to spend most of your time with. It’s nice to hear a song that openly sings about that. Being in love and talking about it can’t help but be cheesy, but the courage to do so makes you unique. Notyou,may is Allan Vizzuett, co-founder of Matinée as Hell, and Bad Pop Records.
Please don’t smoke, its bad for your health.
~ Ryan Boos
Aaron Evo’s sound is like the music being played as you land on mars. Evo just released Logbook which is available on a multitude of places online including Amazon. On “Whats Your Flavor” the sound is a kind of stop, start, glitter funk throw back. He gives you enough to chop on, and leaves plenty of background for you to keep looking around the corners, wanting more.
~ Ryan Boos
Naked House is Damon Guyett, from Waterdown Canada. On his soundcloud page it says “Naked House was born from a desire to find a way to express myself about why I think I am the way I am. I still haven’t answered my own questions concerning that yet, but that’s what the beauty about this project is to me. It’s the chase, paranoid and neurotic.” Many of us music makers feel this same way, but might not ever relay the message so clearly. If you find yourself making sounds and exploring the colors in your head, I’m guessing you’re looking for yourself while also creating something unique and plentiful for the rest of us to experience. In the shapes we create, I find my traveling goes to the field. I’m walking into the sun with amber wheat at my knee, which is not the most creative comfort zone to think of, but its repeated use make it easy, especially in these sounds. Naked House has a very free action recording style. You can tell there’s plenty of joy going into it all. These aren’t forced tunes, but something played brightly, with a respect to the art.
~ Ryan Boos
I have been having the hardest time sticking to a review of just one track, and I can’t do that here either! Daniel Wilson is out of Ypsilanti, Michigan and has the soul of ten thousand holy ghosts. This man can sing and make your heart bend into shapes you didn’t even know where possible. His lyrics are about life and love with the prospect of gaining and losing both. I could compare him to other musicians but honestly I don’t think that is necessary one bit, Wilson holds it up all on his own perfectly fine. “Killed Ya” is a simple and deep down soulful track about people who come in your life who make you change from the person you really are into this strange person. Killing your soul or turning you inside out. Get lost in the impeccable vocal range and simple rhythm of this unforgettable tune. (sounds cheesy! it’s not!!!!)
The next track I’m going to throw at you is a 3o second acapella tune Wilson recorded one month ago called “Young Rubbish.” I really wanted to put this track here because this is a blog dedicated to discovering new things, and I think that this song fits perfectly. Wilson sings about being young, and really following your dreams and keeping that thought forever, to stay ‘un grown.’ I hope it resinates with all sorts of ages, to give you guys the realization that no matter where you’re at in life its never too late to do what you really want to do.
Now lets talk about the illusive Daniel Wilson for just a second. This kid really has the vocal talent of gold, he throws the most dissonant chords from his voice creating the perfect amount of tension. I know this might sound crazy but his voice reminds me that of a female Tori Amos, she has a voice most anyone could listen to unaccompanied by her music any day. Elegance describes Wilson’s tracks very well I believe and what a word from a man growing up in Detroit. For now, it doesn’t seem that he has any albums released. Wilson is hoping that in the future he will learn and experiment with more instruments, right now he explains he feels limited on what he can do. I know we can expect great things from this man, so give him a welcome to the world of music because he’s about to leave everything else behind, he just doesn’t know it yet.
I was a young boy in the 1980′s and this video is right on point, so is the song. Sean Bones “Here Now” is on its way to be a smash hit anywhere and everywhere. Its only a matter of time before you find yourself hugging someone while caps are flying in the air, and the clear blue ether is vibrating in your intoxicated eyes. Have a great weekend, and it will only be better with this playing in the background. Bones literally delivers a perfect summer pop song, its done so well, the materialistic fools around you would even drop their cell phone clips to dance. Pure fun to kick off this warm season. Have a great weekend people, this might be the potion just for that.
~ Ryan Boos
I try to refrain from using the phrase “True Indie” but on Giga Herbs “Balloon In Heaven,” I’ll make an exception. The song is just fun for starters, and the idea of being a “true” anything is a nothing easy to explain, because nothing is as original anymore to be called such a thing. However, I believe that when a group plays with so much anarchy in their voice and overall delivery. Its pretty easy to come to the part where I think they’re a pure sense of the genre, especially the way it was conveyed in the 90s. And of course the imagery and name they use helps with that overall thinking. It Sounds like a bunch of wacky punks getting together in garage somewhere with very little money to burn, so they just rock out in Staten Island or Brooklyn, and play this shit out of their duct taped amps. Whatever, it’s a cool song out of NYC, you should cop the free download indeed, and just herb out to it or something.
~ Ryan Boos
Welcome to a true DIY from Brooklyn, NY. Cloud Mouth takes the cake for across the board original sound and all around talent this week! After spending much time on SoundCloud I saw the graphic you see above and decided to click on it. NO regrets here! Sadly, I have no information on the lady behind the scenes other than her name is Natalie. So I’ll jump right in, lets start with the track “Every Song You’ve Never Heard” which is a collaborative piece from her band Diatone. In the first 15 seconds you’re greeted with her rich, honest and simple vocals. Her harmonies are fantastic and her voice sounds like honey is dripping from the notes, the sounds from Diatone reminds me a lot of Stereolab. They lead into the pit of the track with drums and synth that could carry you away on a cloud they blew from a kiss. Far out, right?
Alright, lets move on. I give to you another track which is completely different in dynamic. This track titled “Waiting Rooms” makes you feel a little uncomfortable at first, like you’re not really sure you should continue to listen to it after just hearing the beautiful winds you heard before. I stuck around just because a year ago today I sat in a waiting room for what seemed like hours and I can tell you this track rings true to what I felt. This makes me feel anxious, and eager to get out of where I’m sitting, but patiently waiting all at the same time. I think it could be the ticking in the background or all the repetitive noise which keeps building and building, or it could be the sheer moment of my experience. I’ll never know I guess, but this track hits it for me.
Cloud Mouth has a knack for hitting every kind of nerve you have track by track. I’ll leave you with this, a note from Natalie’s SoundCloud page:
“all noise comes from silence
all silence comes from noise
all boys come from girls
all girls come from boys”
Derek Hanson likes to float you up and down to Shifty Teeth’s perfect fitting song “Maladroit.” I have Matt Flynn aka Shifty Teeth on my list for upcoming postings, his musical tone is vast, and this tune was meant to have something so subtle, visually, as its compliment. I wasn’t going to fall asleep watching the video, but I felt so relaxed, and the hard edge experiences I’ve had as a youngster while skating are completing removed. Hanson manages to make skating like cloud watching. It’s either what we remember while we die, or the slow flips and rolls we vividly live while dreaming. Thanks to Holly, I stopped being busy and watched the video. Even though I posted it, she’s a big fan of the work, and persistently pushed me to share it with all of you. She’s been getting us ready for the upcoming Farmer’s Market booth we have for OlioTree, so she’s really the busy one.
Maladroit by Shifty Teeth
Video Work: Derek Hanson
~ Holly & Ryan Boos
This is one SoundCloud collaborating junkie right here! I give to you Atuin, an amazing folk artist who’s bounced around Germany and Turkey his whole life. Atuin is known as Taner in the not so musical world that is every day life,and has been my favorite male lyricist for about a year. I’ll be talking about two things today, my favourite track of his titled “Little River” and his newest release which is titled The Amazing Business. Alright, lets jump in to this “Little River” shall we?
Atuin has collaborated with a SoundCloud artist known as Jonny Bear and I have to say together, their sound is priceless. I remember the first time I heard this song, it was in the morning when I woke up and had pressed play on my dashboard. The lyrics start out like this “I won’t stop by because I’m a river. A moment is all I can deliver…Jump right in, I will make you shiver.” The sound scape alone will make you feel these lyrics without anything being sung. This is why it’s an amazing track, if you were to take out the music and keep the vocals, you would hear the music just the same. With such simple lyrics and beautiful vibrato between the vocals and the strings in the background, this song will make you shiver, give you those goosebumps which always feel so strange.
Moving on! Atuin has released 4 albums over the course of his busy and interesting life as a musician. The Amazing Business came out almost a year ago, I hope to hear more releases soon! When Taner was younger he used to spin hip hop, which he says still holds a soft spot in his heart today, but he had to let go and record these solo lo-fi tunes you’re hearing now. Atuin has no shortage of imaginary words to fill your mind of stories and moments to make you feel like you’ve experienced them your self. To me, that’s just what this album is, a long line of stories. Here is a track from the album titled “To The Left Behind” which has a special place in my heart.
So there you have it folkies, story tellers, easy listeners, here is an artist who can fill all your wants and needs within this genre. Head over to his BandCamp and get his album which he has available for $5 and then head over to his SoundCloud and listen to all the collaborations he’s done so far. Maybe you’d be next!
I found this gem just a few days ago somewhere under the sludge of everything else I kept running into. This goes out to all the ambient lovers, to the kids who like to build sounds and move into motion. I give to you CASSINI, a one man gig from Montpellier France and this one man is named Dorian Gaubert. When I first came upon this work I was sent into this state of relaxation and really wanted to stop hunting for musicians for the night, instead get lost in these tracks. His tracks are far from noise, but they have a noise like quality to them in that there really is no perfect place for some of the textured sounds Gaubert throws in. The first track we have here is “Dwarf Planet” which is a remix Gaubert did not too long ago of an I-Dults track.
I nestle in with the warm record fuzz and the bright bells right off the bat. This track is the perfect fit for some sort of film with limited talking and tons of exploration. That’s what it is!! These tracks make me feel like I’m exploring something in some strange land with the softest grass and insanely tall trees. I’m sure that’s really a place, but I’ve not been across any of the great ponds. There is an element of Explosions In The Sky mixed with Sigur Ros and throw in some Gold Panda somewhere in the sound scape you hear.
The next track is called “All Nights” and it brings you back to those nights where you don’t want to really go home until the sun comes up. Not because you’re having a ton of fun, but just because you want to end the day with the sun coming up. We all have had those times, and now that it’s spring I expect you night owls to be up and ready for it.
My favourite part about this track is that it ends how it begins. I know most music isn’t as conceptual as I make it out to be, but I’d like to think that Gaubert did this intentionally just as most nights turn out the same.
What you hear is what you get of CASSINI, he currently has nothing released under this name, and the only way you can listen to his music is through his SoundCloud. I only hope that he continues to push this project in a direction of releasing his tunes to the greater public. For now you can download your favourite tracks of his for free. I hope you get lost as much as I have in the sounds CASSINI brings to us from his big little city of Montpellier, France.
Out of Chicago, Canyon captures the essence of his moniker effortlessly. Immediately you’re morphed into this light, the kind that assists travelers through their voyage. Like the image of the mountains, Canyon exudes the kind of symbiosis one can only imagine. The flutters of post rain colors drift through the valley, brushing against the bears and the birds. The dark swiftly comes, and this here music lights the way. There’s more on Canyons’ Soundcloud page you should get into for sure.
There’s something hauntingly sexual about Canyon, and the sound being washed over us. He manages to create a certain amount of distance between him and his listener. The textures mix some aspects of Jazz, and you get a sense someone has the Blues.There’s a pop element splashed within, and the breath of a women panning in/out over deep bass lines. One thing I enjoyed about all the songs is Canyon wastes no time, he’s trying to take us somewhere and he does. You can feel this from the start. The music is riddled with elements, and the means of delivery doesn’t take away from the organics. Canyon has a few albums on Bandcamp, you can name your price. The ride is well worth it on all levels.
~ Ryan Boos
Our very own Tea Leigh has just released an early version of her new project with Luke Reed. While they haven’t decided on a name yet, the single has giant implications on the direction they’re planning to go. I’m hearing a brighter version of Beach House, and some lovely similarities to one of my favorite bands Dean & Britta. Comparisons aside, I think the music stands alone giving these two a great jump start to the project moving forward. Luke told me they have some other tunes almost ready. I guess we can all look forward to an album at some point. They’ll be starting a mini tour East to West in July, we’ll keep you posted on that. In the meantime, get out your favorite water shoes, and lets get ready to dream big. This is some lovely pop, the kind that make you wanna nestle in, and just chill, while it flows you down “Rivers Of Love.” Gosh that sounds cheesy, yes!
~ Ryan Boos
The wave will crash on you, wave being anything that might kill your spirit. But you’ll recharge that battery indeed. The continuation of a rather bright influx of yourself, is at times the remedy worth seeking. You might establish this horrid rule that won’t allow you to see the endless ability you have, it’s just deep man. You have to run the hills, even if your body is planted like a fir that’s never been touched, or loved.
Ole Torjus is the person responsible for these words, although he used me to type them to you. You hit play on his music, and you’re going to learn something about yourself, this much I promise you, although you have to believe you can. I spend so many hours worrying about shit, mainly the things I can’t control. I use music, this site now especially, to clear my mind for a few ticks. I hate people most days, and I hide behind this here laptop to exude some kind of social persona. I love people most days too, see what I mean. Who the hell are we anyway, aren’t we all “At the bottom of a strange hill?”
There’s music everywhere, and so many faces and lifetimes that go with it. If you get lucky, it will find you at the moment you need it most, this is what happened with Ohsowhy from Sweden. She contacted me to say hello, and extended her excitement for Acres. The cool part was she never did the now classic “check out my tunes” which would have been fine, after all, this is a music centric blog. But I was surprised by this, and thought it was a real classy thing to do. It’s a respectable thing to let the pace of whatever our communication would be, just be. And sure enough I went right to her page and was impressed by her sound.
She’s the real thing when it comes to Soundcloud in my opinion. She networks with others, has several collaborations with artists, and looks to be plenty active with comments. It’s not our job to decide who uses that site the right way, but she’s one of the good ones indeed.
Ohsowhy has so many good songs on her page its difficult to find a place to start. Let’s begin with the latest track, which is a collaboration with Naked House (who I will be exploring as well). Its pretty remarkable what genres they cross. They cover ground from electro, to the mountain sounds of the banjo, which is used to segue us into the next phase of the tune. Normally something like this might not be possible to pull off, not to say people don’t try. They sure nail it because they keep the beat simple, and the song sticks to the pop formula. This was an instant highlight and something that might be on one of our upcoming mixes.
The other tune I selected is the (old) Madonna esque “The Poor and the Genius.” I think the classic pop feel makes me think of Madonna before she became the mistress of Euro radio techno, is this what they call it? Anyway, it’s a really good song, that has all the right radio elements. This is another reason why I like Ohsowhy so much. She’s a great singer, and has real music chops, but isn’t too good to get in the mud and just have fun, being weird and exploring the abstract for the sake of being human. Well done sister.
~ Ryan Boos
Timberwolf is a pretty original thing. Samuel Tucker Young who lives in LA has a very creative way of releasing his indie folk into the world of SoundCloud. His tracks remind me a lot of John Vanderslice the way the layers are added on slowly and then stripped down. It’s easy to get into Timberwolf and just let the tracks play. This particular piece “PeaceBone” by Animal Collective has been remixed and redone by Young and very well might I add. It’s not often when you hear a good folk cover of Animal Collective like the one done by Taken By Trees in 2009. Animal Collective is known for their massive layering & insane reverb…I’m not going to lie, its hard to understand the lyrics some times. Here is a simple and easy way to really connect with the track it’s self. For the hard-core fans, i’m sure you’ve heard every cover/ remix in the book, but this one sticks out to me for sure.
Young grew up in Nashville, TN but moved to LA after finishing up film school in Florida. His group Timberwolf is really just Young producing everything from his studio in his house using midi samples he wrote him self and real instruments laying around his living space. Young has released his newest album on several different sites but I’m going to send you to his BandCamp to get a peak of his self titled album Timberwolf. If you’re one that likes John Vanderslice or Animal Collective I would absolutely recommend you to check out this track!
Here is Ellis Swan dwelling in Chicago with his hazy, fuzzy, old school, vocal punches. Everything about Swan is antique. His lyrics are stories told like they happened straight out of the 30′s or 40′s, when that simple folk started taking over the waves of America. He has this twisted and dark sound that transports you to a cloud of fuzz and black and white images. Many of his tracks remind me a little of David Lynch, the way he sings his melodies, a little less creepy, which for Swan is a good thing. This track “Don’t Wanna Lie” has a heartbeat that you won’t be able to get out of your head it will haunt you with its simplicity and dark lyrics.
Swan doesn’t seem to have any albums out at this time, which is a huge bummer for me. Head over to his SoundCloud to listen to a collection of 9 tracks with a few available for download. Go get lost in that grainy hazy simple time of life and sound.
HOPEFULLY THEY WILL PUT THIS SONG BACK UP, FOR SOME REASON THEY PULLED IT OFF SOUNDCLOUD. TOO BAD, I LIKED IT. MAYBE IT WASN’T BENT ENOUGH?
Here’s a cute little number for your Sunday morning. It’s a foggy one where I live, and the coffee is super hot. I came across “Hid” and thought it fit nicely with how the rest of the day is appearing in front of me. Just another simple Sunday with all the plants hanging now for us, and people in our neighborhood fine tuning their yards, well when they wake up. So far its just me and the birds. And a few church goers heading to their early service. Cheers to all of that! Out of London, Bentcousin has a range of tunes on the rest of their Soundcloud page. “Hid” is a standout because its simplistic, and the story it tells leaves you without confusion. There’s a love story here, one that happens really fast. They describe the first few day that transpire when you meet someone of interest, but the reason I like the lyrics is b/c It develops this movie in my mind. When it ends I’m still seeing the people maybe linking back up, or starting a life. This was me when I met Holly, although a little different. She came over one night, and never went home. Now we share everything, and the awkwardness has not been around for some time. Love is never easy, and always elusive, but worth every piece of emotion it gives you, b/c wonderful things can blossom out of the happiest and saddest of times. That’s what I took away from posting about this song.
~ Ryan Boos