Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Three for Free, Legal and Recommended (“FL&R”) – The January 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 a set period of time.  But at least for now, here are songs that qualify as Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) downloads.
     Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find freely downloadable music that we recommend. The below music covers a wide area of the genre map, but the common characteristic is that each song has “The Indie Obsessive Stamp of Approval."

     The guitars in the single “Down the Drain” by The Fluxx begin in a background supporting role, but execute a coup at 2:28. After the takeover, the guitars reign supreme. The Fluxx is from Oslo, Norway and comprises Stephan Gracia Slaaen (vocals, guitar), Iver Paulsberg (bass), Lars Andre Hagensen (drums) and Jan Kristoffersen (keys).

      “Mariana (I’ll Find You)” is a track from herMajesty, which is a New York-based band. The members are “JP” (vocals, rhythm guitar), David Leather Wood (guitars, backup vocals), Joan Chew (bass), Dov Manski (keyboards) and Konrad Meissner (drums, percussion). In describing the song, herMajestry states:
“'Mariana (I’ll Find You)' features loops of field recordings of rooms in an abandoned home and sounds of a dilapidated front door that were processed in unique ways to create a post-apocalyptic Giorgio Moroder symphonic.  The song, like all of the EP, touches on existential issues of an immigrant man’s journey.  'Mariana' asserts that perseverance, faith and love in times of chaos, transition and loss lead to redemption and salvation."

    The third song is from Turku, Finland. “Nowhere” by Swaying Wires is a track from the album entitled “I Left a House Burning.” The members of Swaying Wires are Tina Kärkinen (vocals, guitar), Sami Lehtonen (guitar), Nicklas Hägen (bass) and Jussi Virkkumaa (drums).

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