Bands

Currently Listening To: Austin Basham

Currently Listening To: Austin Basham

Austin Basham is an independent folk singer songwriter from Austin, Texas who is set to release his debut EP titled ‘Hollow Head / Hollow Heart’ this fall.   The EP was recorded in Oslo Norway with Digory Smallz, a producer based out of Vancouver BC, after the two met online through twitter and eventually in person months later to record together.  In the small town of Linton, Cambridgeshire, UK, the two spent many hours in an idyllic English home, burning wood to keep warm, while making final changes to the songs before heading into the Studio.  Once in Norway, they put the tracks down at Subsonic Society in Oslo, while having Greg Calbi (Paul Simon, Bon Iver, John Lennon) master the EP at Sterling Sound.

“Running” is the first single to be released off of Austin Basham‘s upcoming EP.  For fans of Oh Monsters And Men meets The Tallest Man On Earth, check out “Running”.

Gemology – “First & Last”

Gemology – “First & Last”

I think what impresses me the most about Brooklyn’s Gemology is how impressively they stop short on so many elements.  “First & Last” is a soft piece of sensual electropop, evocative both vocally and in its melodic layers.  One more layer and it becomes cluttered.  Any more focus on the vocals and it becomes too explicit.  This track finds a fantastic balance of substance and sexy.

I suppose the song served its purpose: I need more fromGemology.  Listen to “First & Last” here.

 

New Music From Wolf Saga, “You Are Here Now”

New Music From Wolf Saga, “You Are Here Now”

Picking up the pieces here in the office, as I’ve come back from a whirlwind trip to Chicago with way more to do this monday than I expected.  I guess I really did turn off this weekend, partially because I didn’t pick up US data for my quick trip, but mainly because I wanted to take in everything I could from my three-day excursion without being distracted.  I travelled to the windy city with my father and two brothers, for a boys weekend before my older brother’s wedding in two weeks.  I’ve always heard that Toronto people tend to really enjoy Chicago, as the cities really do have a similar feel.  I felt it to in the interesting neighbourhoods we walked through and in the wonderful people we met along the way.

We caught a Cubs game at Wrigley, we did the architecture tour, we ate deep dish pizza, walked, shopped and drank a lot.  We connected with some great friends too.  All in all, a great time.

Helping me back to reality is a new song from London, Ontario’s Johnny Saga (aka WOLF SAGA) called “You Are Here Now”.   Saga says this track is “A song about chasing the dream, but knowing that you can sometimes get distracted and let down.  But ultimately, you have just one life, and it’s important to try”.

Head to his soundcloud page with instructions of how to download the stems and submit your remix.

“Beach” – Still Parade

“Beach” – Still Parade

Normally, Lior beats me to the punch to put up brand new tracks from Still Parade, but I seemed to have won this time.  Sit back and relax to the beauty that is “Beach”, the final track from the Fields EP (due for digital and vinyl release via Serve & Volley Records and Day By Day Records on 19th September).  “Beach” is an acoustic and analogue piece where four different parts are fused together.  The song guides the listener through four sound-landscapes, just as the EP takes the listener through four different tracks, exploring the bands’ “Dream-Folk” sound.

If I worked as a music supervisor, I’d take notice of this one.