Human Behavior’s orchestral melancholy floats on a sea of experimental folk and bluegrass. Their new album “Bethphage” is written in Chapters. The tales are told through a raspy whispered lead vocal by Andres Parada, the groups core member and songwriter, pulled along by a chorus of lamenting female cooing. Sporadic noise and banjo plucking play while violins chatter and guitars strum. The album has a unique vision of Americana, bluegrass, and folk sewed together with Gothic visions and desolate landscapes to create a tapestry of sound hung in the parlor of any Edgar Allen Poe story. Trauma, pain, death, and lonliness are the characters of this forlorn story. They sit together and chat about their victims over afternoon tea. What droll simple minded folk are they to fall prey to such as them. Andres Parada knows them well and fights their hold on his sorrowful heart through song. Folktale Records released the album on both black and mint-green vinyl on February 3, 2015. Diet Pop Records made a CD available on February 25, 2015. Purchase the album on Bandcamp here:
Manett is a refreshing new musical project by a Brooklyn based artist. She grew up on an island in Micronesia and arrived in NYC at the age of 19 where she attended film school. Her music is an ethereal modern take on psychedelic 60’s rock with a nudge to indie folk and a punk heart. Her dreamy vocals are reminiscent of Portishead, Nico, and Beach House, and their simplicity and style transport the listener to a woodland meadow where fantasy creatures play the instruments and little birds sing along. Her guitar is simple with just the right effects that swarm like bees to flowers. In her new EP, “Stigma-Style” released today, she includes complex beats underlying the simplicity of her instrumentation allowing for her vocals to shine. Just when you think you understand the folk hearted-ness of her writing she changes the vision through a seamless transition into more of an electro-pop vibe full with synthesizers in her song “The Birds (for Paulo)”. You can listen here and download her new Ep for FREE download and you can also get it on cassette tape (for $5) complete with a bonus track from Kerchow Records.
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Here are some new and interesting beats for you to chew on. Jamill Beats creates hip hop beats with a little bit of an old school style, some finesse, and more modern style percussion. Many of the tracks hark to a simpler day of hip hop. They are not over produced and contain few instrumentation choices so the beats are not overly complex and too stimulating. Some have a dark feel to them while others have a lighter more delighted impression. Jamill Beats resides in Franklin, IN near Indianapolis. Jamill is an 18 year old producer and given the ability present here you can be sure the talent will continue to grow. Like Jamill Beats on facebook. Purchase on iTunes.
Postac’ is a solo electronic project out of Buffalo NY started by Ezell Jordan in 2013. He started in the punk world and his path led him through some experimentation of new genre’s and finally electronic. His music is space, quiet and ethereal. It creates sweeping imagery in the mind and leaves the listener to impart their own colors on the musical canvas. The songs draw on a few different types of electronic music and all songs are cinematic in nature. If you close your eyes your transported to a dream like state full of mystery and intrigue. His style is never repetitive, and always interesting. Each track brings a new interpretation of his sweeping imagination and leaves you hungry for more. His first album release, “A Reason” (2013), was influenced by the sci-fi book, Clone by Sniffcode.com. With his second release he expanded that idea and with Finding My Home (2014), he produced a higher quality of work that infused more pop like beats while keeping with his cinematic approach.
Nic Nassuet’s music is reminiscent of 90’s rock with a folk heart beat. Nic Nassuet writes with an honest sincerity. In the song “When it Falls” released in February of this year Nic creates a sordid tale of one haunted by his own demons. The song features violins, cellos, upright basses, guitars, and rock vocals and unique percussion. In it he laments,
“I have become this thing
I’ve started haunting my own dreams
Forever lost in the depth of me.”
Some of his tracks feature Catrina Grimm, Josh Riccio at Sing Engine Studios engineered, and all have a clear insight into Nassuet’s own heart. All of our hearts hold some darkness and some solitary pain, but Nic has found a way to make that beautiful.
CIKATRI$ is an avant-garde keytar-punk band, from Stockholm, Sweden, with lyrics in french. Their brand of punk harks from 80’s punk with the lo-fi quality recording, slurred vocals, hard hitting rhythms, fast paced chord changes and who gives a #$%* attitude. All this has been put into a blender and what was spit out is CIKATRI$. They remind me of early riot girl music such as Bikini Kill, with a cleaner edge the likes of Blondie. Their first appearance in the USA will be at SXSW and will be touring the U.S. Southwest, including Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Their third album, a double 7” EP named “Aie ! – le trois” came to eager fans recently. Aurélie Ferr, the band’s core member, writes all of the songs. She also spends a lot of time as a freelance sound engineer around the city of Stockholm. Live, Aurélie plays keytar and sings, Anton plays guitar, Robert plays drums, and Jocke is on bass. Fans of classic punk and those new to the genre will find much to enjoy with this band. There is even the occasional trumpet and keytar solo!
Le Vant is a dark electronica project by Romanian producer and sound-designer George D. Stanciulescu. It has a variety of feels and sounds to it that range from electronic pop to moody experimental. Stanciulescu began in 2010 and has gone on to perform many festivals and shows. His music is ethereal by nature and is the perfect soundtrack to an overactive imagination. His song “Sideways” has many conflicting elements that join together in their different moods to create something full of dissension that somehow does not lead to discord. There are almost combative elements to the song with its gritty dark city feel and its lighthearted synthesizers all dancing together of a heavy distorted beat. Beauty and the beast collide to create something magical. Listen below and find him on facebook for more.
“Children of Babylon” is the first single in three years from Sweet Eve. They have not had a release since February 2012 début album “Shadow Over Me.” “Children of Babylon” is the first track to be released from their upcoming album “The Immortal Machine” produced and engineered by Russell Knight. Sweet Eve is a metal band from Los Angeles composed of Tony Francis on Vocals/Guitar, Russ Knight on Drums/Keyboards, and Ian Shea on Bass. Children of Babylon features samples from President George Bush discussing why America needed to go to war. The music thrashes with heavy distorted guitars, raging drum beats and melancholic angry vocals. Fans of Metallic will surely find elation with the music made by Sweet Eve. You can find the new album available shortly on iTunes. You can listen to their latest release “Children of Babylon” and like them on their facebook page here.
Sima is an up and coming superstar that has performed and been passionate about music since a young age. She produces and writes all of her music. Some of her biggest influences include Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, and The Cure. There is a bit of her influences present in her music but it also has a unique flair all its own. In the track “Beautiful Liar” there is a clear 80’s pop rock edge throughout but has a new perspective to the genres. Her voice has an original take on many female pop greats including Madonna, and has no trouble standing on her own when compared to such talent. Distorted guitars, synths, and perfectly placed breakdowns all lift up Sima’s solid vocals and harmonies. It is clear she is not only a performer but has much talent when it comes to production, arranging, and the like. Her music evolves not only through a series of songs but in just one single track. “Beautiful liar” has an evolution that picks up, drops off, builds, plummets, and then crescendos into a distorted whisper. It’s not just your basic, verse chorus, bridge, it has a story through song that begs you to listen to the end. You can listen and find her on all the links below.