• Free Music Friday – CasioKids and Stizreth

    By Myles Crawley

    Hello and welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. This week came out of the gate and flew right by. It seemed like it was over in the blink of an eye. On Monday we brought you Tyler, The Creator. Then we brought you Laura Marling a day later. On Wednesday it was a video from Flaming Lips again. And Thursday we introduced you to Cameron McLain. And here we are at Friday, where all the songs are free. Today we have CasioKids and Stizreth on MP3. So enjoy yourself this weekend, and for everything you need. We’ll be back next week with Project Rhythm Seed.

    Casiokids are a Norwegian synthpop ensemble from Bergen, formed in 2005. The band consists of Ketil Kinden Endresen, Fredrik Øgreid Vogsborg, Omar Johnsen and Kjetil Bjøreid Aabø. After releasing the single “Grønt lys i alle ledd / Togens hule” in the United Kingdom, the band was described by NME as “the best thing to come out of Norway since black metal.” CasioKids have been compared to fellow Norwegian artists The Whitest Boy Alive, Röyksopp, and Annie.

    Combining haywire melodies and an exuberant stage show featuring massive puppets, with video and shadow theater, they infuse electro-pop bliss and indie-kid abandon into one ragtag package. It’s an often stunning example of a band that’s mastered the ability to craft songs made for dancing but with enough melody and imagination to stand alone as perfectly sculpted pop gems.

    With their combination of old analog keyboards, Norwegian pop melodies, and an amazing live show, the Casiokids have quickly created an imprint for their sound. It really doesn’t matter that the band sings in Norwegian, their songs are so fun and danceable that the music alone is enough. Here is CasioKids new song “Det haster”.

    We ran across Stizreth during a random search on Soundcloud. We don’t know a whole lot about him, other than he does some pretty amazing remixes and dubstep conglomerations. His real name is Seth O’Dale and he lives in Grass Valley, California. This is what Stizreth says about himself:

    “I believe in the little fish, I believe in the underground, in you and me, making music that not many hear, but hopefully affect those who hear it. I don’t listen to big names, I don’t believe in selling music to get rich, maybe to help your family, but not just to help yourself. I listen to you. I listen to the working man/women. We hold the power. We hold the key. So many doors are available to us, when we realize where they are. Keep your heads up, and make music because you love it, don’t let anyone bring you down if they tell you they don’t like your music. It doesn’t matter. If you like it, others will like it, and you will not fail.”

    Words of wisdom that we can certainly get behind. Here is Stizreth’s remix of “Lord Of The Rings: One Ring”:

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