What’s up everybody? Welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. The theme for this week’s FMF is collaborations as you will see below. This week has been full of free tracks. On Monday we brought you a review of Campfire OK’s Strange Like We Are which included a free download. On Tuesday it was an in-depth look at Sting‘s new box set , written by Reed Trachy, our newest addition to the PRS team. This post also included a free download of “Rock Of Calvary“. Today we have two tracks to offer you. The first is from Pyyramids and the second is from Eight And A Half. We hope you enjoy them both. Join us next week for more news, reviews and interviews on Project Rhythm Seed.
The project of Seattle resident Eric Anderson, Cataldo introduced itself to the local music scene with its self-titled debut in 2005. Six years later, we’ve been given Prison Boxing; the kind of album that exemplifies an artist hitting his stride. It’s simple enough – most tracks seemingly the product of a lone songsmith and his guitar. But it’s the inventive arrangements that make Cataldo’s third LP the best so far.
There are very few musicians out there today who can claim to have had the same level of musical impact on the world that Sting has. Over the past quarter century he has written and recorded some of the most melodic, intelligent and rhythmically infectious music available. His discography and body of work is staggering and his approach to the creation of music is energetic and downright prolific. He has been able to jump musical genres like they were mole hills rather than mountains, and he’s done it with style and grace.
Campfire OK’s first album entitled Strange Like We Are dropped earlier this year. It is quite a good record, which begs the question – how come many of us have not heard of this band? With the recent uptick in popularity of folk rock bands it is surprising this Seattle based sextet hasn’t received more attention. If bands’ similarity were described as familial relations Campfire OK would be a cousin of Mumford & Sons as well as Fleet Foxes. That doesn’t mean this band is only for fans of folk rock. You will find plenty of Americana, Jazz, Classical and Ambient influences as well.
By Natalie Ekstrand
The new mini LP, entitled Nightlife, from New York street pop duo Phantogram, comes out November 1st. With their first album release in February 2010, long time friends Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards) and Josh Carter (vocals, guitars) have enjoyed a fair amount of success for a newer band. Compared with such promising new groups as The XX, Phantogram has a promising and bright future in the electro pop circuit. Their musical careers are on the fast track with several festival appearances and ongoing tours alongside other well known bands.
By J. Brown
Australia’s answer to the Fleet Foxes, Boy & Bear recently released their highly anticipated debut album Moonfire. This five-member band from Sydney burst onto the indie-rock scene with the release of their 2010 EP With Emperor Antarctica, and the song “Mexican Mavis” in particular grabbed enough attention to land the quintet a spot as opener for Laura Marling during a recent UK tour.
Greetings once again, and welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. We are happy to announce that at midnight last night we launched the first ever Rhythm Seed Store, which is chock full of great products for a vibrant musical lifestyle. Included are our album and music download picks, book and kindle picks, movie picks, awesome artistic attire, select band merchandise, cool electronics and some bad ass axes. Check it out when you have some time. Shopping and buying items through the Rhythm Seed Store is a great way to support Project Rhythm Seed, so that we can keep bringing you lots of music news, reviews and interviews.
By Natalie Ekstrand
Feist emerges with her fourth full-length album, Metals, after an 18 month hiatus from music. Leslie Feist has often been compared to other contemporary chanteuses such as Cat Power, Lykke Li and Yael Naim. She enjoyed much success with her previous albums Let It Die and The Reminder and is perhaps best known by the masses for her pop song “1234.”
With its play on words, Vice Verses, the title of Switchfoot’s new album, coherently suggests the album’s theme: everything has two sides. “Every blessing comes with a set of curses,” singer-guitarist Jon Foreman sings on the title track, all the while wondering if “there’s a meaning to it all.” That theme runs through the album’s 12 songs and is even reflected in the album’s black and tan cover.
By J. Brown
Rather than focus on one particular band or artist, this particular article will highlight some of the latest (or upcoming) releases that have managed to grab my attention recently.
By J. Brown
“Remember and do pray for me / who’s lost a precious friend / Your pleasures here can’t always be / your joys must have an end / My dear companions snatched away / and I’m near left alone / In grief and sorrow here I’ll stay / and like a dove I’ll moan” —excerpt from “Man in a Tree with a Gun.”
On November 6th, 1975, Sid Vicious walked onto the stage of London’s St. Martin’s College and changed the world. Although the Sex Pistols’ debut performance was cut short by the College’s dean who ostensibly called the music “extremely loud,” Vicious still had time to spit at the audience, destroy his amplifier and get into a fight with the soundman. It truly was one for the history books.
By J. Brown
Now that the 4th of July has come and gone, the warmth and stifling effect of lingering summer days feel as though the season is here to stay forever. With the heat comes a slower pace of life and the new album from Gillian Welch, tinged with tales swirling with passivity, befits the stupor that summer months inspire.
By Alana Crawley
Death Cab For Cutie has adopted a noticeably brighter view on life, shown in their newest album, Codes And Keys, which was released May 31, 2011 on Atlantic Records. Although it is the band’s seventh studio album, it is obvious that they do not suffer from a lack of original ideas, inspiration, or creativity. In fact, it seems that the band has begun to explore other realms of music in this album, relying less on a guitar-based sound and shifting more towards analog synths.
By J. Brown
Kyla la Grange, Marcus Foster, Ben Lovett, Matthew & the Atlas, Ryan O’Reilly, Sarah Blasko, Beans on Toast, Mt. Desolation, Pete Roe, Damien Rice, The Staves, Lissie, Angus & Julia Stone, Alan Pownall: This list of artists might sound like the makings of a top-notch music festival, but actually these are just some of the musicians who appear on Communion’s newest release, a compilation album entitled The Flowerpot Sessions.
By J. Brown
The jazz of the 1930s and 1940s may be far away in time, but it is clearly close to the heart of singer/songwriter Gregory Page. My True Love is Page’s latest release, and he is an ideal artist to focus his newest album on the experience of falling head-over-heels in love. His voice and compositions are sweetly delivered, heartfelt, and entirely original. That being said, his lyrics still have a tinge of the bittersweet, suggesting the fragility and vulnerability that lies beneath the sway of romance and infatuation.
By Myles Crawley
Once upon a time, tucked away in the upper left hand corner of America, there was a little company called Barsuk Records. Now Barsuk wasn’t your regular everyday record company. No, they were much different than that. While most other record companies were busy maximizing on every drop of musical content available, Barsuk would nurture and protect. They would create a safe environment for their artists to flourish in and find new waves of creativity to ride. How beautiful and blissful. And yet, believe it or not, it’s not so far from the truth…
By J. Brown
Confessional, blistering, and packing an emotional and fiery punch is one way to describe the honest and heart-wrenching rock music of Ezra Furman & the Harpoons. The band recently released its third and newest album Mysterious Power. This is an album that doesn’t shy away from the toughest parts of universal subjects, often relayed with heartbreaking and deft lyrics that are as raw as they are poignant. If you’re looking for just a solid rock album, you won’t be disappointed by this band’s latest output. The group is comprised of singer Ezra Furman, guitarist Andrew Langer, bassist Job Mukkada and drummer Adam Abrutyn, and they met each other at Boston’s private Tufts University.
By Lukas Clark-Memler
Pop music will eat itself. Through commoditization and planned obsolescence, the self-cannibalization of populist music is something that cannot be avoided. Thus, purveyors of pop must attempt to transcend the genre, in order to avoid obscurity. Countless pop sub-genres have come and gone in the past few decades – rode the waves of hype, then died out as quickly as they came (disco, grunge, chillwave). But since pop has been prophesized to end in an implosion of Biblical proportions, it makes sense to distance oneself as far as possible from the musical black hole.