My 20 Picks For 2012

2012 was an interesting year for Holly and me. We learned we’d become parents, due date late January 2013. Our son’s name is Cove, he now is the proud owner of years of collecting music, and a few choice instruments. My first album came out under Nomadic Firs, which had so many weird, and exciting moments. With those two big items I give you this random list, which is a collection of Artists I heard getting played over and over again in our house. These are some of the folks that took me out of my own creations, and allowed me to just be a fan of music again. Something I honestly misplaced, and the reason I do this site. So cheers to all of you for making this last year fun for us, we appreciate it.

Mountain Range

Mountain Range

Tours

Tours

Brandon Locher

Brandon Locher

BeachesBeaches

beachesbeaches

Noble Robot

Noble Robot

Ohsowhy

Ohsowhy

 

Delano Taylor

Delano Taylor

Jaaska (FKA Nite Moves)

Jaaska

Tea Leigh

Tea Leigh

A Tree For Climbing 

A Tree For Climbing

BlakeAndrew

BlakeAndrew

ChromadaData

ChromadaData

Jonas K.P.

Jonas K.P.

The Through and Through

The Through and Through

Phantom Power

Phantom Power

Forrest James

Forrest James

Heart Island

Heart Island

Headaches

Headaches

Tiiiza

Tiiiza

Julsy

Julsy

BlakeAndrew Releases Awakening

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