When artists Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor harmonize their sounds under the moniker Azure Ray, listeners have come to expect a dreamy essence to the pop duo’s sound but on their forthcoming six-song EP, As Above So Below, Fink and Taylor take Azure Ray into an alternate universe. The dream-like quality remains, but these songs are almost eerie-sounding, far more electronic, minimalist and sonically rich. The album is inspired by parallel realities that seem cruelly just out of reach when lulled into a state of calm by their honeyed and wispy vocals, as though the words float above you like clouds your hands will never grasp.
At the closing ceremonies in London for the 2012 Olympics, Muse performed their song ‘Survival.’ Earlier this year the song was picked as the official song for this year’s Olympic Games (read about it here). As it turns out, their energized and highly anticipated performance was cut from the NBC broadcast that aired in the U.S., and music fans are pissed. Not only that, they also cut performances by Ray Davies, Kate Bush and The Who.
Hi everybody and welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. Today we offer a diverse selection of music from two completely different bands. Nothing about them is the same; not even similar. But each song grabbed us in its own singular way, and for totally different reasons.
Brooklyn-based duo, The Last Royals, are releasing a self titled three-song teaser EP prior to dropping their debut LP, Twistification, on Ooh La La Records in early 2013. To celebrate the three-song teaser and upcoming LP, the band are premiering their lead track, “Only The Brave,” as a free download today. See below for download details.
Bob Mould will release Silver Age, his first album of all new studio material since 2009’s Life And Times, September 4 on Merge. The new record features Bob’s current band–drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, the Mountain Goats) and bassist Jason Narducy (Split Single, Verbow)–on 10 brand new Mould compositions in the punishingly loud melodically sparkling pop/rock vein of the Sugar catalogue which was reissued via Merge on July 24.
As the summer stretches into August and you find you’re still in need of this season’s anthem, look no further than Terraplane Sun‘s “Get Me Golden.” Infectious keys and hand-claps, unique-while-familiar vocals, and upbeat percussion are the recipe for a sunny afternoon get-together…and maybe even a little something more. This is the first single off of Terraplane Sun’s new EP, Friends, produced by veteran Dave Trumfio (Wilco, My Morning Jacket) and out October 10.
They say that Robert Johnson went down to the crossroads and sold his soul to the devil. If he did, then quite possibly he has been reincarnated as a white man from New Zealand. If you think that this sounds like the ravings of a madman, wait just one moment and let me introduce you to Willy Moon.
The band won initial attention for the “lush with a slow-burning, wordless, and ambient Americana,” (New Yorker) found in the cosmic dialog begun with their eponymous debut in 2007. That attention was furthered by subsequent releases in 2008 (Rivers Arms), 2009 (All is Wild, All is Silent), and 2010 (Constellations).
“Today is a big day for hip hop…”
… Def Jam founder and hip hop heavyweight Russell Simmons is of course talking about Frank Ocean’s recent proclamation of bisexuality. The Odd Future-member and saccharine crooner revealed that his first love was a man in a poetically intimate Tumblr post (click here to read original post). Cue the ever-pervasive interweb exploding with articles like “Frank Is Gay” and “Is This The End of Hip Hop’s Homophobia?”
Today Jack White released “Freedom at 21,” the third video from his universally acclaimed debut record Blunderbuss (Third Man/Columbia).
Directed by Hype Williams, whose trailblazing 1990s work with 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G. and Missy Elliott defined the modern hip hop visual aesthetic-and whose more recent clips for Kanye West and Nicki Minaj expanded it that much further.
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.
Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist and Bon Jovi founding member, Richie Sambora, is set to release his third solo album, Aftermath of the Lowdown, on physical, digital and direct to consumer platforms, via esteemed LA-based indie Dangerbird Records on September 18, 2012. In a departure from his previous major label releases – Undiscovered Soul (1998) and Stranger In This Town (1991) – Sambora has returned to his roots, creating a vital and visceral album of raw power. The first single, “Every Road Leads Home To You,” is available below for the cost of an email address.
“Survival” will be played throughout the sporting sessions in all London 2012 venues during the entire Games, when athletes enter the stadium, the lead up to the medal ceremonies and it will be made available for international broadcasters of the Olympic Ceremonies to use in their broadcasts.
Italy’s Bloody Beetroots, helmed by Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, returns this summer with “Rocksteady,” a new track for Ultra Music. Out today (June 26), “Rocksteady” is the follow-up to the Bloody Beetroots track “Church Of Noise” ft. Dennis Lyxzén and will take charge of dance floors the world over. “Rocksteady” is available via iTunes.
Hi everybody and welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. Today’s free music comes to us from Toronto, Canada. The band is called North Atlantic Drift and they just recently released their first album, entitled Canvas. We are really pleased to bring you two tracks from the album. The first is called “Waiting In The Afterglow” and the second is “North Atlantic Drift”. Their sound is ambient/electronic and they serve up the perfect soundtrack for a rainy walk through the forest, a hike to the top of a 14’er, a lazy warm afternoon on the beach or anything else your heart desires. We hope you enjoy and we’ll see you next week for more music news for music fans.
Welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. It’s a beautiful day in June; too beautiful to stay in the office. So we’re going to cut through the regular formalities and get right down to the music so that we can get out and enjoy ourselves. This week it’s all about Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. We’re pleased to offer you a free download of a remix of a great song called “Man On Fire. We hope you enjoy it and we’ll see you next week for more.
It’s not every artist that can hit all the right notes when covering an eclectic mix of musical genres, but singer/songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra from Hurray for the Riff Raff is far from ordinary, and that’s especially evident when you hear her amazing voice. Segarra is the principal writer behind this band and their latest album, Look Out Mama, still stays true to their southern-folk origins. Yet it also manages to touch on a wide range of musical styles like soul, psychedelic, Americana, country, rockabily swing, blues, and 60’s surf.
Well, here we are at the end of another week and on the doorstep of another Free Music Friday. The sad news that musician Bob Welch has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound crossed our desks yesterday. It seems as if rock’s royalty is disappearing at an alarming rate these days. As much as we would like to pay each one of them our respects and send them on their way from this world with a fitting tribute, we’re beginning to think that this blog could quickly turn in to an obituary section, something none of us wants. So as much as we can we are going to keep mention of death to a bare minimum and get on with music news for the living. This one’s for Bob.
The Whigs are excited to announce their new album Enjoy The Company, out September 18th on New West Records. Written in Nashville, TN and Athens, GA, and recorded in Woodstock, NY with producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.), the band was able to capture the best parts of their earlier albums and create an exciting album full of driving rock songs that are punk, pop, and melodic, all at the same time.