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

Acres Mixtape Volume One

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.

Track List:

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”

Remote/Remote “Rotations”

Jonas K.P. “You, I, Us”

Matt FX “Breezy”

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~ Ryan Boos

Jonas K.P. Set Me Free

In this pasture of sound you want everyone to succeed.  As I search for these Acres, I’m blown away by how small things are when you shrink them down, from the massive amounts of explorers I’m finding. For example, looking at my own sounds, they become almost immediately less than what my perception glorified them as being before.  I’m sincerely figuring out that maybe making music is not my first source into the creative exploration. It might not be developing this site either, it might be as a listener. Just someone who allows the music to wash over them exclusively so that my findings can come true without the absolute nature of my ego. That’s what this track has made me think about anyway. Irony being, I just talked about myself the entire first paragraph. Jonas K.P. is one of those Artist that just blows your mind into some maze of come togetherness, or self revelations wrapped in some starry nights. More and more I want to be free, honestly free, just sitting on some hood of a car looking down on some city, up in the hills, listening to songs like “You, I, Us.” This is not a knock on my current life, I love it, but damn the man you know?

On this wonderful song, there’s nothing simple here. Everything about it feeds off all the elements used to make it. It’s a symphony of beauty posed to us as some giant conversation.  It’s as progressive as setting up a camera for one whole cycle of the earths offering, and fast-forwarding through the whole business to the length of this song. This is one of the best songs I’ve heard on Soundcloud to date. I won’t ever throw around the previous statement lightly, and if you see it on here every so often, its sincere. Jonas has release an EP on Beatport called Abyss, that you should happily purchase here. On the full length you can’t disengage from the similarities to Tycho, but this kind of music has a million faces, regardless of who blew up first.

This is the color montage bits, with escaped heavy rich textures unfolding. I want to climb to some tower and blast this song through the city, and knock down the chain society presses on us all to be something we were never meant to be. Songs like this play the parts that make us wake up to discovering something. Discovering “You, I, Us,” something like that. Here’s to finding out all the things we haven’t learned yet, and here’s to Jonas K.P. out of Denmark, he just made my week. Thanks buddy, discoveries have never sounded so damn glorious.

~ Ryan Boos