Advances in Mathematics – Sad Xmas Present EP

Posted by Indie Music Finds | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Rock | Posted on 12-12-2011

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Advances In Mathematics, a damn fine instrumental band from Manchester, have just released Sad Xmas Present. Their sound is characterised by lucid guitar licks underpinned by shuffled jazz drumming that results in a unique listening experience. Sad Xmas Present has been described as an EP despite containing just two tracks: Borders which is so called as the chord progression ‘borders’ on being a country song and Sad Xmas Present which was in fact a tremolo guitar pedal band member Ben received 4 years ago.

Being an instrumental band, the naming of songs can be a bit indirect and somewhat haphazard. ‘It’s Ryan Giggs’ is regarded by the band as their worst song title which despite being funny at the time has since been renamed as ‘Slow News Day’. The name of the band itself even has a somewhat unusual tale as it was randomly selected from a list of scientific journals.

Sad Xmas Present has been made available as a free download from today onwards from the Advances in Mathematics bandcamp where you can also get Sad Xmas Present as a limited edition CD for a mere £3.50 that comes hand wrapped and is one of just thirty copies.

Sad Xmas Present - Advances In Mathematics

The Black Atlantic – Darkling, I Listen

Posted by Indie Music Finds | Posted in Album, Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Rock | Posted on 11-11-2011

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The Black Atlantic - The Flooded Road

After the success of The Black Atlantic’s 2009 album Reverence for Fallen Trees, the band are preparing to release their EP entitled ‘Darkling I Listen’. The Flooded Road is the first single to be released from this EP and really shows a certain progression in The Black Atlantic’s sound since 2009.

The Black Atlantic had planned to release the EP today but due to delays in the mixing process it won’t be officially released until the Eurosonic musical festival on January the 13th 2012. However, the full EP will be made available to stream for free from the 5th of December 2011.

Tre Burt and a Big Gust of Wind – Little Mornings

Posted by Indie Music Finds | Posted in Acoustic, Album, Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds | Posted on 23-05-2011

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Tre Burt and a Big Gust of Wind is to put it simply really quite amazing. It’s essentially a one man and a guitar act (bar a couple of tracks with banjo) as shown in the somewhat humourous artist name but this certainly doesn’t stop him from creating some of the most engaging music I’ve heard in quite a while now.

There’s a soothing quality to Little Mornings, something to listen to forget about the rain outside. This 13 track masterpiece certainly has a lot of potential for mainstream success but this is someone I can’t see selling out for a mobile phone company advert and even better, Little Mornings is currently available for free download from his bandcamp.

Towards the end of 2009, Tre Burt and a Big Gust of Wind also released the ‘Paraplui’ EP. I wish I’d discovered this gem earlier now because it also definitely deserved an IMF feature. Listen to and download Paraplui for free now on bandcamp.