Thursday, June 16, 2016

Week 008 - 06/16/16

Week 008 - Sorry for the lack of updates this week, to compensate enjoy some extra free albums. Next post will be on Saturday, hopefully. 

Moddi - Set the House On Fire
Release Date: March 6th, 2016
Genre: Folk
Price: 100 NOK ($11.89)
For Fans Of: Ane Brun, Passenger, Bright Eyes, Sufjan Stevens
Recommended Tracks: House by the Sea, Let the Spider Run Alive, Soon you'll be somebody else!, For An Unborn, Run to the Water, One Minute More, Northern Line

Moddi is one of those artists who has that special "thing" to them that propels them above and beyond contemporaries in the genre. Here, Moddi stabs with a reserved punch of energy with his softly stated vocal melodies that slide with pure elegance and finds volume with the harsh, raspy raise of his voice. Instrumentally the album is both quiet, yet busy, with a consistent acoustic guitar base, along comes solemn percussion, pianos, accordions, and various other instruments to give the album a distinctive personality. Don't miss out on this one!
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Foreign Fields - Anywhere but Where I Am
Release Date: April 23rd, 2012
Genre: Electronic/Folk/Ambient
Price: $7.99
For Fans Of: Bon Iver, The Sky Life, Sufjan Stevens
Recommended Tracks: Taller, Mountaintop, Where The Willow Tree Died, A Difficult Year, Keep Us In Mind, Pillars, Perfect Home
Foreign Fields' debut album is undoubtedly one of the best of the folk genre. The album carries a heavy, hush-hush attitude. Softly shown with delicate vocal melodies and often seen with the instrumental backing, that often seems to move with an unnatural, mechanical feel. Perhaps to reflect the lyrical content of the record, which often explores themes of being 'out of place' with the crowd. A blink in the fold that really shouldn't be there. Delicately composed and effectively memorable, this is a record worth listening to.
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Aidan Baker - Wound Culture
Release Date: June 1st, 2002
Genre: Slowcore/Ambient
Price: FREE
For Fans Of: Tim Hecker
Recommended Tracks: K, Merge, Untitled 1/2, Wound Culture
There aren't many artists with such an accomplished discography as Aidan Baker. A member of over 10 projects and collectives and over 130 releases under his belt, Aidan Baker has seen the ropes of a many variety of styles and genres. Wound Culture, one of the first released under his name, is a slowcore album that lends itself to elements of ambient noise and orchestral exercising. The album has some pretty complex instrumental work going on despite what many would call minimalistic songwriting. With very intricate sound design splitting hairs with the slowly moving guitar work and the background noise that contributes to the blue, gloomy feel of the overall album. If you're feeling down or need something quiet for the night, let this album be your companion!
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Rabbit Junk - Consolidate
Release Date: May 18th, 2016
Genre: Hardclash
Price: FREE
For Fans Of: Mindless Self Indulgence
Recommended Tracks: Dig Dug has a Posse, BEAST, Locked, Fffriends, Invasion, Broken Highways, Precipice, IDONTGIVEAFUCK
A compilation of Rabbit Junk's three newest EPs, plus a few bonus treats! Rabbit Junk continue to keep the energy going with psychotic genre clashing to the tune of hardcore, metal, hip hop, and electronica in a full on blast of punk fury.
Stream Here - Don't forget to support Rabbit Junk by throwing some coins their way or by sharing with friends! <3

SAFE - Stay Down (Non Bandcamp)
Release Date: December 13th, 2015
Genre: Hip Hop
Price: FREE
For Fans Of: The Weeknd
Recommended Tracks: Eternity, Back 2, Way Out, Feel, Siri, Honest
SAFE's debut mixtape captures that dark, empty essence of the high life that made The Weeknd's original mixtape trilogy so endearing. Stay Down carries an incredibly dark undertone with lyrics that level between your typical party going fare and downright paranoia. Its what makes Stay Down interesting, I suppose. Behind the mask of having the time of your life, there's a very depressing, dark undertone that suffocates the listener with a level of self awareness lost in the glitzy barrage of seductive synths and stabbing high hats. Akin to the original Weeknd trilogy, this is one of those tapes that demonstrate an incredibly smart deconstruction of "party tapes".
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