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.
Crooked Still’s Aoife O’Donovan will release her solo debut, Fossils, on June 11th. In the meantime, she’s offering a free, legal Noisetrade sampler featuring live and studio tracks from Fossils. You can download the mp3s by entering your email address below…
One of my favorite songs this past year has been “Hold On” by Alabama Shakes – it is now available for download as a free, legal mp3 on Amazon as part of the MTV Artists Sampler. Kodaline, Stars, Everest, Samantha Crain, and Two Gallants are among the other artists featured.
You know how sometimes you’re in the mood for French Malian music? Well, I’m here to help. Lessazo’s Soleil d’hiver (translation: Winter Sun) is a wondrous blend of instruments and voices, the work of 15 musicians from France and 15 from Mali. Download the double album at the Free Music Archive link below. You’re welcome.
Hem’s spectacularly brilliant Funnel Cloud is now available as a free, 100% legal full album download! Enter your email into the Noisetrade widget below to access the mp3s. I called Funnel Cloud a “nearly perfect album” in my original review and included it on my Top Albums of 2006 and Best Albums of the Decade lists. I’ve grown to love the album even more in subsequent years and think “Great Houses of New York” is one of the most beautiful and classic songs of all time.
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…
Singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata is giving away an entire album as a free, legal download. You can download the mp3s by entering your email address into the NoiseTrade widget below. The album includes seven acoustic “loft” recordings and three studio tracks. Among them are “It’ll Do,” which is a preview song from Rachael’s new Heavyweight EP.
In anticipation of the November 6th release of his new album, From The Top of Williamette Mountain, Joshua James is offering a free, legal download of his brilliant 2009 album, Build Me This (click title for review). You can access the mp3s by entering your email address into the widget below.