Free Music Friday With The Hudson Branch And Jonquil
Hi everybody and welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. This is our favorite day of the week, not only because we head into the weekend, but also because we get to share some great free music with you, our viewers and listeners. Right now all of us here in the northern hemisphere are in the height of spring, the time of the year when everything is blossoming and flowering. The music business is also flowering right now, with multiple releases coming out every week (Monday in the UK and EU & Tuesday in the US). Consequently there is lots of new music hitting the airwaves, record stores and internet; a great time of the year indeed!
Today we have two fabulous tracks. The first is from a band called The Hudson Branch from the windy city, Chicago. The track is titled “Piggyback”. Our second track is a remix of a song called “Run” by one of our all time favorite bands, Jonquil. We have highlighted Chad Valley on several occasions, which is the solo project of Jonquil member, Hugo Manuel. So enjoy, and we’ll see you next week for more.
The Hudson Branch
Chicago-based five-piece The Hudson Branch craft elegantly textured, deceptively subtle songs. World Kid, the group’s sophomore full-length continues along this path, showcasing The Hudson Branch’s ability to write artful indie pop that balances delicacy and expansiveness.
Consisting of Cobey Bienert (vocals, guitar, ukulele, lyrics), Corey Bienert (drums, percussion, glockenspiel), Matthew Boll (bass, guitar, vocals), Jake Boll (guitar, piano, wurlitzer, vocals) and Enoch Kim (piano, synth, violin, recording engineer, vocals), The Hudson Branch formed officially in 2008. But with two sets of siblings in the band and friendships going back many years the dynamic is one of family.
Recorded at Soma Studios with John McEntire (Broken Social Scene, Tortoise) and produced by Neil Strauch (Andrew Bird, Iron & Wine, Anathallo) at Engine Studios, World Kid retains the refined sonic architecture of the band’s debut album Tightrope Walker but sees The Hudson Branch embracing new musical territory. Today The Hudson Branch finds itself at the intersection of story, sound and music. It’s a path the band did not foresee, but finds exciting nonetheless. And now, here is “Piggyback” by The Hudson Branch.
Having wrapped up a their first ever national tour with Keep Shelly In Athens, including sets at SXSW ’12, and a sold-out NYC show with Snow Patrol, Jonquil has unleashed a breezy Keep Shelly in Athens remix of their next single “Run.” The Grecian duo bring their sepia-soaked synths and angelic atmospheres into “Run,” deconstructing the track and reshaping it into something distant and ethereal. The original version of “Run” will be released in May – details to be announced.
The Oxford, UK quartet led by Hugo Manuel (who also performs as Chad Valley) released Point Of Go earlier this year with Dovecote Records, as USA Today declared it their “most accessible record to date.” With influences from Fleetwood Mac to The Smiths, Chic and Earth, Wind and Fire to Arthur Russell, it’s an album that fully embraces what the 70s and 80s understood creating something that’s fundamentally clever in its very simplicity.
Point Of Go was released in the rest of the world via Oxford’s Blessing Force label – newly set up by and for a burgeoning community of musicians & artists from the area and one which also involves the band’s other projects (Chad Valley, Solid Gold Dragons and Pocket House). And now here is Keep Shelly In Athens’ remix of Jonquil’s “Run”.