Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Three for Free, Legal and Recommended (“FL&R”) – The June Version

     Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of new releases.  The end of an offer might be based upon reaching a maximum number of downloads or the expiration of some period of time.  But at least for now, here are songs that qualify as Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) downloads.
     WARNING: This post meanders through the genre map.

     Ten days ago we marveled at the number of current bands that have wolf-related band names. And there have been a number of Indie Obsessive posts around songs entitled “Home.” This combines the two themes, because we enjoy the song “Home” by Little Wolves.
     “Home” brings a measure of Dance to Rock. The Facebook page of Little Wolves refers to the genre as Psychwave. Little Wolves is a project of Los Angeles producers Samuel Jacob and Ronnie Watson.
     “Home” by Little Wolves (Currently, the song is a free download: just click on the download arrow in the embedded song.)

      Indie Obsessive had an interest in Orchestral Rock from the beginning of the blog, but the interest didn’t start migrating into an obsession until we saw San Francisco’s Family Crest. Nashville’s Lauryn Peacock provides another reason to get excited about the future of the genre.
     The song “Quiet Moments” has a focus on string instruments, which are plucked at times. But percussion certainly plays a significant role and the electric guitar provides an interesting contrast.
     The music of Lauryn Peacock requires “guests.” They include Rick Mazzotta (percussion), Mike Weiss (electric guitar, bass), Greg Jehanian (electric bass), Denison Witmer (vocals), Carl Cheeseman (guitar), Joshua Stamper Dark Horse Orchestra, Jonni Greth (vocals), Andy Greenhow (cello), Kent Ellingson (vocals), Mike Chen (cello), Matt Goldsborough (electric guitar, bass), Jordan Berger (drums), Brad Jacobsen (electric guitar), Daniel Delaney (cello), and more...
     “Quiet Moments” by Lauryn Peacock 


      The sound of Kill the Waves resides somewhere between the first two bands. There is an Indie Pop element combined with strings. Kill the Waves is from Glasgow and is formed of Tim Kwant (vocals, keyboard & guitar), Joe Williams (bass & keyboard), Dish Speybey (cello, keyboard & vocals), John Luke Treadgold (drums), Heather Thikey (violin & keyboard) and Rob Williams (guitar).
     “Better Days” by Kill the Waves - Indie Pop with a high level of sophistication. 

     More Nashville? More synth? More free? If you said “Yes” to one or more of those questions, then you’ll like “With Saints” by Future Unlimited. The five members are David Miller, Samuel D'Amelio, Matt McCord, Gabe Pigg and Jim O'Shea.
     “With Saints” by Future Unlimited - If I were looking for a 50-second block of music for a high energy movie scene, I would go with this song, starting at 2:09.

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