Browsing Bandcamp, the Billie Holiday cover art to l’Orange’s Old Soul caught my attention. The music is not for everybody – some may find it repetitive – but I love it, film clips and all. You will hear Billie Holiday as never before, and another unique voice, that of Kelsey Lu. On “Lost Souls,” you’ll also hear Hassaan Mackey spitting those rhymes. I love the fact that “I’ll Be Seeing You” is sampled on the final track, “The Mourning.” The word transcendent is overused these days, but this one fits the definition: extending beyond the limits of ordinary experience. You can download the entire album for free below…
All Those Days to Feel Better is the latest release from busy Chicago-based singer-songwriter Derek Clegg. It’s a wonderfully twangy collection of songs. That album as well as several others by Clegg are available for free download at Bandcamp and the Free Music Archive.
You know when you hear a song and you think “this is classic, they’re gonna be a big star”? That was my reaction to Tyler Lyle’s new EP, Expatriates, which is available on Bandcamp. The atmospheric opener “Medusa” is my favorite, but the entire album falls somewhere between Elliott Smith and David Gray. Love it.
I found and fell in love with Molly Drake’s voice on Bandcamp before reading that she was Nick Drake’s mother. Molly was a very talented poet, composer, singer and pianist whose music obviously had a strong influence on her son’s work. Sadly, Molly’s exquisite music was mostly a family secret during her life and is only now being released to the public. The previously unreleased songs included on her upcoming self-titled album were recorded in the 1950s in the Drake family home and restored by Nick Drake’s engineer, John Wood. Molly Drake will be released on March 5th.
Happiness is like a bird that only sings
When his head is in the skies
You can try to make him walk beside you
You can say the door is open wide
If you grab at him, woe betide you
I know because I’ve tried
There really isn’t enough variety in the tracks to describe them individually, but the entire album features Molly Drake’s unusually pretty soprano and piano in a lilting, old-fashioned parlour style of music. Her lyrics, however, delve into the same kind of elegant, poetic, somewhat melancholy introspection that her son would eventually explore.
The ballads “I Remember” and “Never Pine for the Old Love” are especially lovely and classic. Other highlights are “Happiness,” “How Wild The Wind Blows,” “Breakfast at Bradenham Woods” and “The First Day.”
You can preview three of the songs via the Bandcamp widget below and order the album at Amazon.
Our friend Brin has released a new Bing Satellites EP, The Dream. It’s a glorious concoction of sounds, representing a singular talent. If you haven’t jumped into his world yet, now’s your chance. Bing Satellites gets several hours of play each week in the Muruch house and has become a respite from the stresses of life.
Muruch posted about Tristan Allen’s collaboration with Amanda Palmer back in 2010 and I recently stumbled across his debut EP, I-V. It’s a warm and virtuosic performance, channeling the best of Glass and Nyman. The opening track, “Set in Motion,” is breathtaking. I-V is currently available for the low price of $0 at Bandcamp. There’s also a demo track previewing his next collection.
I stumbled upon Dysphemic & Miss Eliza’s brilliant, beautiful and very cool EP, Synthetic Symphony, while browsing Bandcamp and it seems they’ve not been discovered by the world at large yet. The Australian duo are kindred spirits of Luminescent Orchestrii, playing – and apparently “pioneering” – what they deem “Classical Dub-step” music. Strings and beats, people, it’s fantastic!
DJ/Producer/MC Dysphemic (a.k.a. Julian Treweeke) and classically-trained violinist Miss Eliza met at a rave, soon fell in love and eventually joined forces to make music. Their website asks us the question: “Ever wondered what a violin making sweet, sweet love to a sub-woofer sounds like?” Wonder no more. Dysphemic & Miss Eliza’s 6-song EP, Synthetic Symphony, is available as a Name Your Price (including free) download at Bandcamp…
Among my favorite free finds this year is A Method of Symmetry by Agent Whiskers. I keep very little electronic music on my ipod, but this album is good enough to rest alongside Daft Punk and The Chemical Brothers. A cinematic soundscape with a propulsive beat, it reminds me of the former’s Tron Legacy soundtrack. The album is available for free/name your price at Bandcamp and Agent Whiskers has many more creations available for download at his Soundcloud page.
As I first informed you back in May, local band Crazy Jane will reunite tomorrow, August 24th, at Charleston’s Live on the Levee concert series.
Until this week, the Muruch post was pretty much the only online presence Crazy Jane had since Muruch’s 2000-04 archives (which had several Crazy Jane posts) were accidentally deleted and the band broke up before the social networking age. But now that the concert is upon us, news about the band is starting to emerge elsewhere…
My Charleston Gazette colleague, Bill Lynch, wrote this article on the band, who gathered at Taylor Books for an interview.
And the best news of all is that Crazy Jane now has a Bandcamp page where you can listen to and purchase ALL of their previous releases as well as two new songs!
Live on the Levee with opening act Mother Nang (another reunited ’90s relic) begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 24th at Haddad Riverfront Park. Headliners Crazy Jane will take the stage at 8:00 p.m. The outdoor concert is free and open to the public.