It’s about time I get another one of these “Press For Prints” posts up, where I feature the stunning work of poster designers I come across in my search for new music. I don’t recall how I ended up on the website for Seattle, Washington based creative duo Don & Ryan Clark (aka Invisible Creature), but I was pretty blown away by some of the great prints they’ve created. Check them out in the store.
A bit of a site outage yesterday, but everything seems to be back to normal now. Let’s play some catch up shall we?
I first heard of Leeds-based musician Favela last year when Lior intro’d me to the song “Easy Yoke”. Today, I’m happy to get some more of his music on this site, thanks to Andrea Forti’s post on Going Solo. This time of year makes me crave this sort of ambient electronic music. “Gong” shines with that cascading drum machine beat, plucking classical guitar and haunting vocal.
Actually, no… I’d like to hear a lot more.
Have you heard of Black Coast? Black Coast is a new solo project of New York based producer Stan Rapoport, who’s been collaborating with NYC Poet and Songwriter M Maggie. Back in October 2014, Black Coast‘s debut single “TRNDSTTR ft M. Maggie” reached #3 on HypeMachine charts and today they’ve got a new track to share.
Check out “Enough” (for fans of Fickle Friends, Tegan and Sara)
Another year in the books. You ready to find out what 2015 holds for new music?
Let’s find out.
NRVS LVRS are a San Francisco 6-piece who began their journey at the beginning of 2014, when a collection of songs written initially for the purpose of musical experimentation, found themselves at the centre of a newly forming band. Led by Andrew Gomez and girlfriend Bevin Lee, The Golden West is the resulting work that has the band exploring the fading art of political music.
“Each song examines a different point of view on the latest tech disruption and its leaders” says Gomez. Exploring the many problems the current technology boom in their native San Francisco is causing, the band capture a city with a disappearing arts & culture scene, where work and free time have become indistinguishable, and locals are being priced out of their own homes. Musically, the group meld circuit bent bleeps, grimy drum loops, buzzy toys, humming synths, processed handclaps and failing 80’s keyboards, creatively edited together with the flesh and blood sounds of guitar, bass, & drums.
Take a listen to “City Lights”.
This will be the last post of 2014 for me and I’ve gotta say that it’s been a pretty awesome year for new music. Looking back through all our posts here, I wanted to make a list of artists and bands who really turned my head and caught my ear. Here’s my list of 7, in no particular order and classified as “Favourite New Artist Of 2014″ only by when I first discovered who they were, regardless of how they existed before 2014.
Take a listen and have a Happy New Year. See you in 2015.
Contributing to Indie Music Filter has always put me in a playlist-oriented mindset. However, in 2014, I’ve found myself digesting music in the context of the full-length album, which I have not really accomplished consistently since I was a teenager. There were so many outstanding themes on albums, from power-pop cavalcades to existential caverns with new turns at every listen. Ranking my favorites has proved near-impossible, but it was a dark, disco noir dealing with everything from sensuality to selfishness that took my top spot.
10. Flying Lotus – “You’re Dead!”
9. The New Pornographers – “Brill Bruisers”
8. Dum Dum Girls – “Too True”
7. Owen Pallett – “In Conflict”
6. Hundred Waters – “The Moon Rang Like a Bell”
5. TOPS – “Picture You Staring”
4. Real Estate – “Atlas”
3. Angel Olsen – “Burn Your Fire for No Witness”
2. Todd Terje – “It’s Album Time”
1. Mr Twin Sister – “(S/T)”