Free Music Friday – Ashtar Command, Data Romance And A Bibio Remix Of Noah And The Whale
Hi everybody and welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. We hope you all had a fantastic week. As usual it’s nice to see Friday roll around, with the weekend waiting in the wings. This was a great week of music here in the Rhythm Seed offices, and we were absolutely delighted to share it all with you.
On Monday we brought you a review of Boy and Bear’s new album, Moonfire – and what a splendid album it is! On Tuesday it was a musical present from a far away land. Straight from Snowdonia, Wales, We Are Animal lit the house on fire. These guys are destined for great things. On Wednesday it was another album review. This time, Phantogram’s Nightlife and a free download of their song “Don’t Move”. On Thursday we introduced you to a brand new band on London’s own Luv Luv Luv Records called Binary. Their tune, “Prisoner” reminds us of a mixture of T.Rex and Duran Duran, but with a fresh, modern feel injected. On today’s Free Music Friday we have three new tracks for you. The first is from Ashtar Command and features Alex Ebert from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. The second is from a cool new Canadian band called Data Romance. The third is a Bibio remix of Noah and the Whale’s “Waiting For My Chance To Come”. We hope you enjoy and find time to download and listen to all three tracks. Remember to support your local musicians and go out and see some live music.
Ashtar Command is the name of a collaboration currently composed of Chris Holmes (not to be confused with the former guitar player for the metal band W.A.S.P.) and Brian Liesegang. They just released their second album this week: American Sunshine, and have had songs featured in a number of feature films, television series, television commercials, and video games such as one of the first Microsoft Zune commercials, two Nissan Altima commercials, The Avengers soundtrack, and most recently on Rockstar Games Red Dead Redemption original soundtrack.
After hearing Chris Holmes DJ in South America, Paul McCartney requested that Holmes do something before McCartney’s own Friday set at the Coachella Festival in 2009. Chris Holmes toured with Paul McCartney throughout South America this year. Project Rhythm Seed originally highlighted Ashtar Command on August 17th, 2010. You can read that article here. And now here is Ashtar Command’s “Save Me” featuring Alex Ebert.
Data Romance is Ajay Bhattacharyya and Amy Kirkpatrick. A happenstance meeting between the two, in their hometown of Victoria, BC, led them to discover each others’ artistic talents which would eventually be incorporated into their music. While the music and vocals seemingly come from opposite ends of the artistic spectrum, it’s this dichotomy that ultimately blends to create the band’s uniquely personal sound. The band released their self-titled debut EP this summer. Shortly after, they joined the acclaimed IDentity Festival – hitting cities on the east coast and performing alongside bands like The Crystal Method, Rusko and Kaskade.
Data Romance is currently at CMJ in New York City where they are playing four separate showcases over the 19th, 20th and 21st. Now here is their track titled “Spark”.
Bibio Remixes Noah And The Whale
It’s been a couple of months since we shared Yuksek‘s fantastic remix of Noah And The Whale’s “Life Is Life.” With a North American tour around the corner and the recent release of the “Waiting For My Chance To Come” music video, the London-based five-piece teamed up with British music producer Stephen Wilkinson, better known as Bibio, to create a whole new take on “Waiting For My Chance To Come.” Bibio’s music is primarily electronic and experimental in nature. He currently releases music on the Warp Records label. Wilkinson developed a passion for experimental music during his time at Middlesex University in London, where he studied “sonic arts”. He developed his own style of music, drawing from contemporary experimental bands, and incorporating field recordings and found sounds.
Electronically modified guitar melodies and droning synthesizer sounds are a recurring theme in Bibio’s pieces, causing many people to label his music as a hybrid of electronica or intelligent dance music and folk music. Grab, hear and download the synth-heavy, vocoder-infused, and cowbell-driven remix of “Waiting For My Chance To Come” that will heat up any Autumn day.