The Avalanches

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Electro, Independent Music Finds, Other | Posted on 06-09-2009


avalanchesleftyou1The Avalanches are an interesting Melbourne act who released their debut album ‘Since I Left You’ way back in 2000. What’s so interesting about them is that this album was put together from around 3,500 samples taken from old vinyl records. What you get is a very unusual listening experience. A fluid album in which the tracks blend together seamlessly with a surrealist edge and the feeling that… “I’m sure I’ve heard that before somewhere”.

Radio – The Avalanches

Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life – The Avalanches

The follow up album has taken a long time with some debate and confusion as to whether it’ll be released at all. The Avalances MySpace page’s headline reads ‘clearing samples’ which I’m guessing means they have to check the copyright of all the samples they’re using. Anyway, I’ll be sure to post up here when it is finally available. In the mean time ‘Since I Left You’ is definitely worth checking out.

Hockey – Mind Chaos

Posted by Sophie Stratford | Posted in Album, Electro, Independent Music Finds, Rock, Sophie Stratford | Posted on 04-09-2009


l_ddc0e002106949c6b4f0b2bcd195bbc1Portland’s Hockey are set to release their debut album ‘Mind Chaos’, it’s a consistent record that blends chunky beats, razor-sharp lyrics and a whole lot of soul. For men with such chaotic minds, the band has channelled many influences into this album from Tom Petty to Michael Jackson to LCD Soundsystem.

Mind Chaos is a witty pack of literate songs you can dance all night to, especially single ‘Learn To Loose’ where vocalist Ben Grubin combines a vocal soulfulness and vulnerability with an arch raising eyebrow wit which is irresistible. Embracing an urge to mix the rhythmic sharpness of old school hiphop with the rawness of garage rock and the vitality of modern electro, Hockey have created a colourful, vibrant and infectious record, the band say “Everyone’s making dance music now true, but we started in 2002”.

Released 21st September 2009.

By Sophie Stratford

Peter Squires

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Acoustic, Album, Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds | Posted on 02-09-2009


l_a4b36c8708044cb3ad8bd7beef9ed27a“Raw, unpolished, and disarmingly personal, ‘Woe is Me’ the debut release from indie-folk newcomer Peter Squires is a sweet and sincere portrait of a young man recovering from heartbreak.

Recorded in his Brooklyn bedroom, Squires’ songs cathartically express lovelorn despair with refreshing humor and self-awareness.  Like the best work of Morrissey and Magnetic Fields, Peter Squires keeps things playful while he breaks your heart.”

Peter Squires is making his album available for free. Download link here. (clicking starts a .zip download)

Woe Is Me – Peter Squires

Newton Faulkner – Rebuilt By Humans

Posted by Sophie Stratford | Posted in Acoustic, Album, Independent Music Finds, Rock, Sophie Stratford | Posted on 02-09-2009


51tw7ryNPGL._SS500_Newton Faulkner, the acoustic guitar virtuoso returns with his eagerly anticipated second album ‘Rebuilt By Humans’. In this album Faulkner’s beautiful voice ranges from bluesy croon to falsetto howl and it hasn’t sounded better. First track and single ‘This Is It’ was one of the earliest songs he wrote for the album – a elated hymn to the joys of giggling.

The album title makes reference to Newton’s near career-ending accident on Boxing Day last year when he slipped on ice and fractured and dislocated his right wrist. His injury forced the postponement of his UK tour and some recovery time which gladly has not affected his genius.

The album pushes the frequencies with a multitude of instrumentation and amazing song writing. Newton says “I had brilliant fun making this album, and hopefully it sounds that way”.

Released 21st September 2009.

By Sophie Stratford

Nicholas Kopernicus

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Acoustic, Album, Charlie O'Shea, Other | Posted on 01-09-2009


Afrobeat, Blues, Folk, Funk, Hip Hop, Reggae and Soul.

Nicholas Kopernicus are an instrumental duo from Brooklyn made up of pianist/producer Jason ‘classicbeatz’ Minnis and guitarist/songwriter Seon Gomez. Their tracks also feature a selection of live instrumentalists such as flautist Brandy Means as heard on ‘Candle Dreams’ (below).
The debut album ‘Audiocentric’ has just been released in shops and soon to be available as a download.

“A modern journey through music of the African Diaspora.”

Candle Dreams – Nicholas Kopernicus

Commentariolus – Nicholas Kopernicus