Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Closing Time by Stealing Orchestra

Like much of Stealing Orchestra's record The Incredible Shrinking Band, Closing Time is full of carnival sounds. But it blends those sounds into something straightforward and sinister.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Fever Dream by The John Benjamin Band

"So tired, so tired of this Fever Dream", a simple line opening a lovestruck pop song.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Soundtrack 2 Act 2 by Reger Harmar

This 10 minute piece, Soundtrack 2 Act 2, is part of an exquisite corpse soundtrack for the German silent film The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Robot Candidate by The Sober Irishman

The Irishman raps about the perfect Robot Candidate turning on the electorate and creating an American dystopia.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Best Place In Town Is Also The Darkest by ADD

ADD gives us a long rambling song for a long rambling title with creative use of starts and stops: The Best Place In Town Is Also The Darkest.

Friday, February 17, 2017

DReam by Snowflake featuring Donkey Horse Mule

Snowflake sings a sweet DReam over a simple ukulele line provided by Donkey Horse Mule.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Something For Your M.I.N.D. by Superorganism

Gorilla vs Bear points me at this "impossibly infectious, [...] fully-formed, irreverent Gorillaz-style pop": Something for Your M.I.N.D., and it is gloriously weird.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

BMood by Podington Bear

BMood plays longer than the typical track from the Sound of Picture Production Library. It starts with a beat and piano and ends curiously with some sparsely attended winds.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Boron Rod by Bgm

Bgm wants to use a Boron Rod to rescue a failing structure. It worked well enough to win him a Song Fight!

Monday, February 13, 2017

What For by @nop

What For slides along a dark groove with a pulsing beat.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Vida by Lido Pimienta

An unadorned voice sings sweetly in Spanish: Hay Vida.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Natrona by Paul Cantrell

Natrona is a lively piano improvisation that lingers rather than resolving cleanly.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Canadian Girlfriend by Tuners Union

Sweet piano and guitar pop make up for the painfully cheesy repetition of the title Canadian Girlfriend

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Bursting Jam by Lucky Dragons

Today's Bursting Jam is a lovely brief mess.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Abismo by Los Cuatrocientos Golpes

Skillfully crunchy churning guitars and growling vocals make Abismo a solid metal song, but the clean singing sounds sloppy in a style more reminiscent of punk rock.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Demon Seed by Nine Inch Nails

Demon Seed closes out The Slip with a bang.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Sorry I Ruined Your Life by State Shirt

The dark themes that prevail much of State Shirt's music sit right in the title of Sorry I Ruined Your Life. Fortunately the looping laptop pop sensibilities that prevail his music are also there in spades.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Oh My Soul by Nick Soma

Rarely does a Song Fight entry stretch ten minutes, but a title like Oh My Soul asks for an epic treatment. Nick Soma with a variety of guitar and synth styles driven by his own dramatic voice.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Comme Des Orages by Obsibilo

Comme Des Orages is very well done dark ambient electronic music.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Legend by Lullabelle

Legend offers a succinct and satisfying end to the strange Trial of Florasador Gehrboyzel.

Try it in vorbis.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

1848 by Tiny Creatures

1848 is a short sketch of a guitar lick that birdsong and Tiny Creatures excels in delivering.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Oh My Soul by Cookie Blue

Oh My Soul is a ukulele tune about carrying on.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Betty by Derek Clegg

Today's song is a sweet tender letter to Betty rendered in a folk tune.

Monday, January 30, 2017

enolA toN sI ehS by Sonic Youth

Listening to a song backwards reveals something about how everday sound works. The reverse rhythm that's so striking in enolA toN sI ehS indicates something of the character of an everyday drum hit.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Unexpected Guest by The Worldly Self-Assurance

Unexpected Guest is another very good pop song for Nur Ein from The Worldly Self-Assurance.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Symphony No. 2 in B minor Movement 4: Allegro by Daniel Bautista

Symphony 2, movement 4 ends Bautista's seconds symphony in dramatic fashion, with pounding drums and swirling, crunching guitars.

Recorded in Gentoo and presented in vorbis, Bautista's work is copyleft to the core.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Deixe-se Acreditar by Mombojo

Mombojo calls their music manguebeat, a Brazilian movement in the early 90s. Deixe-se Acreditar seems to draw on surf and alternative rock, Brazilian folk, and other influence. The result is a dynamic and intriguing song.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

I'm Fine, Sky Is Blue by Teru

Jeris: "Free hugs... the audio version. Teru’s remix of I’m fine, sky is blue grabs you with breezy and lush acoustics and continuously builds into a catchy pop tune."

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hack The Market by Ms. Vybe, remixed by Hans Atom

Ms. Vybe's sick rap and catchy mantra Hack the Market make an excellent pairing with Hans Atom's rock guitars.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Secret Things by Ivan Chew, remixed by Jeris featuring Colab

SacJo22 describes Secret Things: "A light touch. Delicate tones. A spacious arrangement. Jeris’ Secret Mixter remix of Ivan Chew (with Colab) is a gently set neo-soul groove. It is is the sound of a secret shared."

Monday, January 23, 2017

Remember Us by Javolenus, remixed by Doxent Zsigmond

Doxent transforms a Javolenus love song into this ghostly track: Remember Us.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Break Free by Loveshadow, remixed by Cdk

Break Free is slow dark dance music with a message of liberation.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Odete (Remix 2006) by Chico Correa And Electronic Band

A washed out chant over break beats gets warped around a dance groove in Odete (Remix 2006).

Friday, January 20, 2017

Disconnected by Duckett, remixed by Alex Beroza

Disconnected throws a appropriately digital, electronically shaken up beat together with Duckett's bluesy vocals.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Seems Like A Little Too Much by The Overambitious

Seems Like a Little Too Much is the perfect Song Fight for a band called The Overambitious. In this case, the result is halting, piano driven pop.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

20 To 48 Hours by Party People In A Can

20 To 48 Hours is creepy groovy rock, "better than you ever imagined."

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Whatever by The John Benjamin Band

JB wants to do Whatever it takes to purge his angry thoughts. His soaring voice and his guitar is enough to put a smile on my face.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Addis 11 by Chenard Walcker

Addis 11 gets into a groove of pasted together funk and never leaves.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Devil's Candy Shop by Nigel Simmons

Made for a Halloween compilation, Nigel Simmons takes us on a dramatic trip through the Devil's Candy Shop.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Best Place In Town Is Also The Darkest by Bgm

Bgm's creative use of starts and stops made him the judges favorite where The Best Place In Town Is Also The Darkest. "It seems that the darkness has won."

Friday, January 13, 2017

Raining Outside by DIY-Note

DIY-Note expertly works loud/soft, tension/release dynamics in Raining Outside, doing them in different permutations, sometimes tight and sometimes drawn out.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Race To The Bottom by Shot Pounder

Shotpounder topped the Song Fight voting for their first win in a Race to the Bottom.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Papaloko by Axial

"AXIAL, from Brazil. Electrorganic songs (as defined by themselves), a great example of high quality copyleft artworks." Papaloko is indeed high quality and copyleft.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ah Clouds by Podington Bear

The pretty sounds come in little bursts and swells in Ah Clouds.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Drop In The Bucket by The Grim

Churning guitars and screaming vocals are just a Drop in the Bucket.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Calling My Own Name by Lucky Dragons

The effect of Calling My Own Name is a lulling sensation, a looping dream.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Conic Sections by Matheatre

Matheatre delivers math and science knowledge in a variety of musical styles. Their lessons on Conic Sections is a choral masterpiece.

Friday, January 6, 2017

1,000,000 by Nine Inch Nails

1,000,000 is a typical pounding Nine Inch Nails rocker. You already know if you're going to like it.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Bitter Monday by Schlimminy Cricket

Schlimminy Cricket has a sweet sad song about Bitter Monday calling on you.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

El Torero Corneado En El Culo by Stealing Orchestra

El Torero Corneado En El Culo builds up the fighter's drama, then seems to slow down at the crucial moment, only to slowly fade away.