Posts Tagged ‘Indie Folk’
Curious what we listen to at home? Some of the free MP3s we’ve downloaded ourselves and have in heavy rotation? Each day this week, the members of the MP3.com staff are sharing some of our favorite tracks from the site.
Brooklyn-based trio Pearl and the Beard comprised of Jocelyn Mackenzie, Emily Hope Price, and Jeremy Styles create a pleasing set of songs, each with elements of soulful gospel, indie-pop and hints of vintage swing music. Cabaret fans will approve, as this is the kind of band that could open for Devotchka or Amanda Palmer and leave you lost in its simple, easily accessible beauty.
Bahamas is Afie Jurvanen (pronounced AY-fee) sounds a little like the music you’d make if you spent too much time around Feist–which he surely has, spending three years touring internationally as Feist’s guitarist/pianist. His return to recording under the guise Bahamas is organic–a brew of classical folks strains interlaced with thoughtful storytelling. Great voice, and a “penchant for dark and peculiar,” this new artist creates music scented with the chill and cozy energy of the Bahamas, these acoustic-folk rhythms stick.
He can rock you or he can lull you with an unraveling tale, but either way, once you hear Thurston Moore‘s music (or even Sonic Youth for that matter) one thing is clear: You’re hooked, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
On May 24th, Matador Records will be releasing the Beck produced Demolished Thoughts, a 9-song collection described by the label as “achingly beautiful and amongst Moore’s most nuanced and personal.” Download the album’s opening track “Benediction,” featuring a Moore with a slightly wounded tone over some acoustic guitar love balladry.
Iron and Wine won’t release their major-label debut Kiss Each Other Clean until late this month but Sam Beam has offered an early look at the record with a recent session on Daytrotter that includes acoustic versions of his single “Tree By The River” and new song, “Glad Man Singing.” He also performs some older Iron & Wine favorites.
Brian Wright’s fresh back from his European tour, and he brought you something. No, it’s not a foreign candy bar with a name that sounds vaguely sexual when pronounced in English that he picked up in the terminal. (although, Wiener Nougats are delicious). It’s a free download of “Accordion” of his latest album House on Fire.
While folk stars like Iron & Wine and The Tallest Man On Earth sellout concert halls, we’re noticing that indie ain’t so indie anymore. Deer Tick has even gained the unlikely support of mainstream media’s Brian Williams (yes, the NBC Nightly News anchor). On “Piece By Piece, Frame By Frame,” familiar acoustic guitar chords underline the haunting piano lines and vocal melody of John McCauley.