Free Music Friday With Knesset and Trebuchet
Hi and welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. Over the past three years we have offered up hundreds of free tracks from a varied blend of artists and bands. Although many of them were unknown at the time they first appeared on our site, when we look back through the archives we find quite a few that have gone on to become popular names in the music business. Today’s two picks are no different.
Our first track comes to us from a band called Knesset. It’s a song called “Steady Hands” off of the band’s debut album, Coming Of Age. Our second track is from Trebuchet, a new band from California’s wine country. It’s called “He Ran” from their new self titled debut album.
We hope you enjoy both tracks and look forward to next week and much more music news for music fans across the world. Have a great weekend!
Formed in 2007 in the unlikely locale of Phoenix, Arizona, Knesset is a band that is turning heads and garnering praise from many new listeners. Comprised of Evan Fox (guitar, vocals), Eric Graf (bass), Mitch Manger (mallet percussion, keys) and Michael Bell (drums, percussion), this young band shows expertise beyond their years at fusing engaging pop hooks, towering shoegaze textures and strikingly sincere lyrics. Their discerning aesthetic of unique tones, melody-packed songs, shimmering vibraphones and propulsive drumming has earned them a growing buzz internationally.
Knesset have been featured on NME, Rolling Stone (GER), BBC, Q Radio and The Line of Best Fit and have already toured in support of their release throughout North America and Japan with Luminaries, White Denim, The Album Leaf, The Appleseed Cast, Cold Cave, Asobi Seksu and Her Space Holiday.
The band’s debut album, Coming Of Age, was mixed by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions in the Sky, The Walkmen, The Mountain Goats, etc…) and features contributions by Michael Bell (The Books, Lymbyc Systym) and Marc Bianchi (Her Space Holiday). Here is “Steady Hands”:
Rarely does a band’s sound mirror its name so appropriately as Trebuchet. Much as this real-world instrument of destruction lofts deadly missiles into enemy defenses, the Sonoma, California based foursome fires salvos of meandering melodies and intricate harmonies into the listener’s ear that cause bedlam in the brain. From the bouncy strum of the ukulele to the determined, relentless thumping of the kick drum, from the wailing cry of the mandolin to the sudden, crisp four-part harmonies, Trebuchet’s songs are sure to wash over you and leave a lasting impression.
The sound is unique and particular, composed simply and totally for the sake of music, rather than the sake of the audience. The foundation of the group resulted as much from mutual musical taste as it did from boredom and convenience. Three-fourths of Sonoma County’s resident upstart post-rock ensemble Not To Reason Why, consisting of Paul & Lauren Haile and Navid Manoochehri, teamed up with Furlong front-man Eliott Whitehurst to walk an unfamiliar and wholly different path.
While Trebuchet is still in its infancy, this inaugural effort showcases the depth and variety of their talent. It is a refreshing experience to listen to seven entire tracks of a complex but ultimately complimentary album, and yet be hopelessly unable to peg the “lead singer” or put into words the specific style of music. If someone is ever able to coin a term that capably encompasses the breadth of their unique sound, and gives title to their genre, Trebuchet’s next work will surely render the definition wholly inadequate. And now here is “He Ran”: