Posts Tagged ‘classical instruments’
From the San Francisco California/ Hason Ohio based duo electronic music group Andain springs a fount of light-weight beautiful trance music that is perfect for the soft sound music lover. Their soft airy vocals and music box chimes paint dreamy love songs and emotive soundscapes. Many of their other tracks fall square into the dance trance genre with steady pulsing drum beats and long fade-in fade-out synth intros and pumping heartbeats with high-hat accompaniment. However, this song Promises, along with the rest of the songs on their soon to be released full debut album should prove more diverse than their previous works that they began with when they were first founded in 2001. The group has recollected and I’m looking forward to the rest of what their new album.
Andain’s new sound movement is familiar to fans of Imogen Heap, M83, Kate Havnevik and other creators of love inducing electronic music appropriate for any fantasy film, authors of deeply emotive and powerful music who tend to incorporate more classical instruments and more classical vocal elements.
Starting with their EP in June of 2009 the classical ambient pop sounds of I’m Not A Pilot made their full length debut last November with “Need Money For Rocket Fuel” making waves on the Milwaukee music scene. With half the band working full-time throughout recording process the group has been building a grassroots following with the loyal support of friends and family along with their growing local fan base. Touring locally they earned the title of “Band Of The Year” by Radio Milwaukee and I believe has a bright future ahead of them.
Also, check out the music video for their song No Heart off their EP.
Crashing into the folk music scene out of Milwaukee Winsconsin The Vitrolum Republic instantly comes across with the depth and tone of a group well worn with the experience of decades of music making. Perhaps the two and half years they took to produce the album allowed them to polish their sound, but even then the tracks stand on their own as timeless additions to folk music tradition.
For Highbrow Sideshows and Rowboat Serenades is their first full length album and well worth the wait (in case you already knew about them and were waiting). You can listen to the entire album and learn more about the band at the Vitrolum Republic official website.
Matt Costa just joined Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records to gain distribution for his latest album. He’s a home grown singer songwriter who worked his way to recognition recently and is well deserving of his success. Check out all of his songs if you like his work. A more upbeat song of his that I also like a lot it called “Mr. Pitiful“. Enjoy this Song of the Day!
I believe I have my friend Tyler at Tyler Management in LA to thank for bringing this genuine sounding and good natured band to my ears. Boy and Bear make good contemporary and mainstream use of the banjo giving the instrument a respect outside of its folk porch roots. It reminds me of the Grapes of Wrath and songs of the old south, but with modern hooks and lyrics.
My thanks goes out to Anne for recommending this band to me. I really love this song Rio by Hey Marseilles. I don’t remember if I’d heard their music before although their name sounds familiar. The music video is as creative and genuinely put together as the song and done so with heart and an appreciation for hand-made homegrown collaboration and creativity. Although, I haven’t done any reading up on the band yet as I have done for a lot of my other posts. But this indie band is amazing! Their sound creates such warm, joyous, and genuine feelings inside me that it’s as if the music is reaching into the depths of your soul and finding the things that are most beautiful and true and asking in the most honest and true way for them to come out, to live in the sun, to not be afraid to make mistakes to love to laugh and cry. It asks us to live life without shame or regret and to take everything that we are for what we are and to be true. But most of all to enjoy and feel deeply, to appreciate our fleeting moments and cherish that which we find beautiful.
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Disclaimer: I only used this video because it has the full version of the song that I wanted.
Another version of this song is available here, without any Twilight clips. hehehehe
And I guess if you’re a Grey’s Anatomy fan then you should take a look at this video for the song. I didn’t use this one because it has words dubbed over the track in some spots.
Grey’s Anatomy version of Colorblind by Natalie Walker
Natalie Walker has outdone Counting Crows in this version of Colorblind in my humble opinion. The rest of the album “Urban Angel” is beautiful, but this song stands out above the rest for me. It was really hard to find a music video with this version of the indie song, so please forgive the Twilight clips if they turn you off. If you’re not a Twilight fan, just ignore the video and listen to the song.
Cat Power is powerful. I didn’t read up on her like I do with most of the artists I post on here. I usually read the Wikipedia article and summarize what I find interesting and say something else I find on Last.fm and what else I glean from the artist. But I’m too lazy tonight to do that. But I will say that her song The Greatest kicks my butt and that the video was just a fan made music video made by a guy with only two videos on YouTube. Pretty crazy eh? Well, I think the music video is amazing and matches the song well. k, enjoy! If you know of some other great Cat Power songs, please comment below.