The popularity of jangly guitars has varied since the 1960s, but will never die. And when the style is incorporated in a song with vocals that are diverse in their attack, sometimes compassionate and other times almost angry, jangly guitars will always be welcome. That is the case with “Blood in the Sink.”
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
The Federal Empire is not a one-melody pony. We're ready to argue that their previous release, “What Are We Fighting For,” is the top anthem of 2017 (and top protest song). Now, they show a tender side with a relationship lament. “Gasoline” is downtempo compared to the earlier release, but has a heightened sophistication in its arrangement.
The core members of The Federal Empire are Chad Wolf and McKay Stevens. They are based in Los Angeles.
Quoting SubmitHub content:
The song can apply to anyone who has been in a relationship and seen it burned to the ground. And especially those of us who keep going through the self-destructive cycle even when we might know it is hurting us. "Play with fire you'll get burned, I should've known, I never learn". The song builds slowly with minimal, ambient production and ends with a cinematic climax. Hope you enjoy it!
Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of their releases. The end of an offer may be based on the expiration of a set period of time or on a limited number of downloads. 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 legally downloadable music that we recommend. Our plan is to post at least one FL&R song each Friday. Today's downloads require a jump to the best site for discovering Australian music - Triple J Unearthed.
Hayden Calnin is a fusion of Folk and Electronic. For “Collision,” the balance tilts toward Folk. Calnin describes the song as “an expression about a really dark time for a friend of mine.” The sentiment seems suitable on this day after the death of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington.
Did you look straight at the wall?
Or turn away in your own thought?
Were you hoping for a hero?
But no one came
Did you feel you’d go right through?
Did you think that we’d miss you?
Did you yell or were you silent?
I know you’ve always been a ‘lil quiet
Did you think to turn around
Or were you just too far down?
– To access the free download, go to Triple J site (https://www.triplejunearthed.com/jukebox/play/track/6120396) and click the down arrow.
Sunscreen brings their jangly guitar to “Voices.” The trio is based in Sydney and comprises Sarah Sykes (vocals, guitar), Alexander McDonald (guitars), and Hugo Levingston (drums). According to Sarah:
“’Voices’ began last year as a jam between Hugo and Alex in my old garage. They started playing this insane, driving rhythm, and I began to sing over the top ‘it's my head, it's just in mine,’ lyrics that would eventually become the chorus. The theme of the song is anxiety. The lyrics are semi-triumphant, acknowledging that things in reality aren't as bad as they seem. But they're also self-deprecating; about kicking yourself when you realise it's your own mind that's causing the problem.”
“Voices” by Sunscreen – To access the free download, go to Triple J site (https://www.triplejunearthed.com/jukebox/play/track/5897556) and click the down arrow.
Dine Alone Records released a Summer Sampler. The 26 songs cover a range of genres. The download site is http://dinealonerecords.com/sampler/.
01. Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs - “Talk 2 Her”
02. Matthew Logan Vasquez - “Same”
03. Dave Catching – “Bought and Sold”
04. New Swears – “vDance With The Devil”
05. Land of Talk – “This Time”
06. Single Mothers – “Leash”
07. Seaway – “Apartment”
08. Julie & The Wrong Guys – “Farther From You”
09. Dead Heavens – “Adderall Highway”
10. Amber Run – “No Answers”
11. INVSN – “This Constant War”
12. City and Colour – “Rain”
13. Spencer Burton – “Unmistakable Love”
14. SUSTO – “Jah Werx”
15. The Sadies – “Another Season Again”
16. Brent Cowles – “Lift Me Up (Leave Me Here) ”
17. The Flatliners – “Indoors”
18. Luke Sital-Singh – “Hunger”
19. James Vincent McMorrow – “True Care”
20. Sleepy Sun – “Seaquest”
21. CHIMNEY – “Walk Don’t Run”
22. BROS – “Watch Who You’re Talking To”
23. The New Pornographers – “Whiteout Conditions”
24. Dune Rats – “6 Pack”
25. The Dirty Nil – “Fuckin’ Up Young”
26. Gone Is Gone – “Sentient”
Thursday, July 20, 2017
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It’s easy to get lost in one of the elements of “The Enemy.” The vocals in the track from Mars Motel are self-assured and penetrating. The mixing often emphasizes the percussion. That’s particularly true following the 23-second intro, when the percussion and bass line are given equal rights with the vocals. Of course, there is our favorite element – the guitar. The solo that starts at 2:43 isn’t demanding, but it is impactful within the context of the song.
Monday, July 17, 2017
The video for “Did I Offend You?” is a charisma crescendo, where “charisma” is defined as a combination of physical attractiveness and personality allure. Currently, Lauren Ruth Ward is the most charismatic on-the-rise Indie performer. That isn’t apparent at the start of the video. Ward appears to come out of a deep thought, asking the question, “Did I offend you?” Using eye positioning to feign cute teenage innocence, she follows with the explanation, “I was only playing games.”
Dahlia Sleeps continue to evolve, and we are believers in this evolution. Eighteen months ago, they were a duo who described their sound as “skeletal production by Luke Hester… alongside aching vocals by Lucy Hill.” They have added Spencer Buckley and Callum Sharp. At least as importantly, while the vocals continue to “ache,” the production around the songs has increased without becoming disruptive.
“Burn” by Dahlia Sleeps
“Still Light” by Dahlia Sleeps