I'm a big Emmy the Great fan so it's a pleasure to be able to share some of her music with people who may not already be familiar her. Emmy's known for her witty and really well written lyrics. That being said, this blatantly isn't the best example, (you'd be better off clicking here) but it is free after all.
Ah Jenny, where to start? If you don't know already, she's kind of a big deal. It's her album launch/birthday party double whammy celebration next weekend. Here's a brief bit of the write up I gave her for the next issue of SLAP Magazine. 'Rather than filling your living room with balloons and having some friends round on your birthday, Jenny Hallam is releasing her first album, putting on a gig, organising coach trips to London and back for a mega-party – and you’re invited! At just 19 (at the time of print) Jenny has already played the likes of Westfest, Mappfest, the Pyramid Party and most recently The Colwall Family festival. She moved to London to attend university and wasted no time in making music connections down there and becoming a regular at several open mic nights before being noticed and offered gigs around the area. She’s even supported Placebo’s drummer’s band Planes but she still found the time in her busy schedule to come back and play my birthday party in November, something which I’ll be eternally grateful for.' So, with that in mind, here's a nice little bit of promo for her. Jenny's fantastic album (I know, I've already heard it) is out next week but you can get a sneak peak of it with a different arrangement of BBQ Sauce. Enjoy.
Long-term friend and current housemate, Craigus Barry has really outdone himself with this, The Quiver EP. He's put the whole thing on BandCamp for free download so get it now before he changes his mind and if after hearing it you're moved to buy a copy (you probably will be) then you can get a physical copy for a mere £3. To save me from waffling on, I'll just copy and paste what he has to say about it.
'The musicians who worked on it were unbelievable! Hywel who recorded Starry Lion and Quiver has excelled himself in capturing my vision of these tracks! Ricky at Studio Neck; Who mastered/mixed tracks 4/5 and 6, likewise put his own slant on these 8 track recordings.
This EP is unlike anything else floating around: a micro cosm concept ep of sorts! Utterly self contained! The emphasis on this release has been on quality over quantity. Many thanx to those involved and those who have purchased a copy already.'
_For me growing up, BritPop was my coming of age music. I was mad about Guns n' Roses, Nirvana and Iron Maiden growing up but it was around the time of BritPop that I was really finding my feet as a person. I was like 17, had long since moved out of home, had my own place and a job so money and to quote Jez from Peep Show "BritPop was just kicking off, Four Weddings had just come out, it was mmmental!"
Echobelly, Sleeper and Elastica are without doubt my favourites from that time (although I loved it all - and still do!) but for me Sonya's voice and Glenn's guitar work really set them apart. Echobelly have since disbanded and now Sonya and Glenn are a two piece called 'Calm of Zero' and as a quick look at their website will show you, have released a 6 track acoustic ep, but as well as that, they now have a lovely track that was recorded on Glenn's home studio called 'Autumn Angel'. Enjoy.
_I first heard Charli's music early last year when Sohodolls front woman and now super producer Maya von Doll booked her to play one of her 'Shut Your Pretty Mouth' nights in Soho. I knew if Maya was tipping her then she must be good. I checked her out and yeah, she's pretty damn cool. For Valentine's Day, (and today only!) she's uploaded a track to SoundCloud and is letting everyone have it as a FREE download, for today only.
(Note: Although that link has long since expired, I found that someone else has uploaded it to SoundCloud. You can only stream it but at least you can hear it.)
Making your music folder better, one song at a time.
_Pretty much everyday I seem to find some amazing exclusive tracks that
some awesome artists are giving away for free as a special one off
promotion. Today, it occured to me that instead of just downloading
them, maybe reposting them on facebook if they're special enough/someone I know and
then moving on, I should start a little music blog on here. Even if it
doesn't last forever, it's still a free song for you each day that it
does! I'd say the character of this blog is mostly electropop and singer/songwriter but I've got plans for mathcore, post-rock and glitch-hop. A lot of these tracks have a download limit of 100 so get in there on the quick. I'd also point out that a lot of the songs will need renaming once you've downloaded them so I'd do them one at a time.