- Two new bands I’ve discovered via the power of satellite radio (XM/Sirius’ ‘Chill’):
Brothomstates- This guy is unreal. He’s a Finnish composer and programmer. Doing a little research on him, it seems most of the praise lobbed his way is aimed squarely at his melodies. Which are catchy and unpredictable, but I think he really excels at making beats. His beats are very technical, tricky little things, still head-nodders though. Very very inspiring stuff. Apparently the last album he made though was in 2006. So I don’t know if he’s started a career, does more commission work for things like commercials, or what. Head over to his official page, you’ll be as perplexed as I am. Still though, if you can find this shit on the Net anywhere, I’d recommend it.
Grimes - Little more uptempo than I’m used to, and maybe more uptempo than the average “Chill” listener is used to, but the female vocals really pop. This stuff is kinda like Cults but more dreamy and the music is more outright Electronic. Okay apparently this is this project of the singer, and the singer alone: a Vancouver born musician named Claire Boucher. The story of her and her then boyfriend renting out a house boat from Minneapolis to sail down the Mississippi to New Orleans is batshit crazy enough to like her. Relatively new, her debut came out in 2010. Her newest album, “Visions”, just recently released and is on the top of my list for electonic albums of these first couple months of 2012.
Gotan Project - This group is French, based outta Paris. It consists of three major members, all of whom came from a variety of other projects. This stuff is the most trip-hop of everything I’ve posted here. There are vocals, but it’s essentially talking/story-telling. You can really hear the French influence: the accordions, the notation and scales used, even the subtle production style. I haven’t heard a ton of French music, but from what I have there seems to be this thing going on where they let things play out quite a bit, no over-producing. This band particularly does that; it almost kinda reminds me of a Jazz LP, where the producer is trying to hit that sweet spot of a live, carefree sound with an organized batch of songs we call an album.
Washed Out - Layers upon layers of ambient synths and waves of sound, this Georgian musician (Ernest Greene) almost sounds European, both his production style and voice. He’s relatively new, with only one official studio album under his belt, the 2011 SubPop release “Within and Without”. Not sure how everyone slept on that, including me; I don’t ever remember seeing anything about it last year. Interesting going from Gotan Project to this, the levels of monkeying with the sounds are on opposite sides of the spectrum. Not that it’s over-produced, that’s not what I’m saying… but it certainly is more Phil Spector wall-of-sound than a lot of other Electronica going on today. Definitely worth looking into.
(There’s soooo much good music out there worth checking out. You’ve just got to put the time in nowadays. It isn’t brought to your front doorstep anymore the way it once was.)
- I also came across a “Chill” mix on the net by a guy who calls himself Hard Mix. This is his Tumblr. He’s a musician and designer. He did a chronological order chart of the events in “Pulp Fiction” that’s downright brilliant: