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Rareware – サンクチュアリ by imogenenebyl
June 18, 2014, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Ambient, Beats, Chilled, Chillwave, Rock | Tags: , , ,

サンクチュアリ  which translates to Sanctuary in Katakana, combines soft vocals and some psychedelic electric guitar chords which create an overall ethereal vibe to the track. Rareware works from Kentucky and mixes many Japanese inspired tracks which explore dreamy and sometimes video-game-like sound vibrations. This particular tracks reminds me of ‘Teletubies’ emerging from the soil.

 



Squarehead – Diddy Kong by Chris
September 17, 2013, 1:15 AM
Filed under: Rock | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Squarehead have been hard at work on their new EP Fables and have released the intricate Diddy Kong as a taste. Enjoy.



ba. – Paklausyk by Chris
August 8, 2012, 9:43 PM
Filed under: Electronica, Experimental, Rock, Vocals | Tags: , , , ,

Getting exotic today with some goodness from Lithuania of all places. This unique breed of… experimental-indie-pop? I don’t know what you’d call it. Alternative electronica perhaps? I don’t know. My job isn’t to needle genres anyway.

Benas Aleksandravičius (+10 points for impossibly difficult surname) is a tricky one to write about due to my inability to speak Lithuanian. Even armed with Google translator, you’d have to do some pretty crazed Facebook stalking to find anything beyond the fact that ‘ba. is what he calls himself- assumably derived from his initials.

Now I’ve briefly spoken about my past love for German rock before on this blog (albeit in a hugely un-related context), and there’s just SOMETHING about ba.‘s music which tingles that little bit of my brain. That being said, the rock sound is only a subtle tinge in Paklauskyk compared to his other tracks like Tai nėra rimta (split) and Era. Worth a listen to all the same- something a little different for your ears today.



Squarehead – Raindrops by Chris

The gap between producers and musicians is a precarious one, especially when it comes to playing live. Squarehead played at Fuck the Radio‘s opening night just over a week ago and put on an amazing show.

Performing songs live as a trio, complete with bass guitar and 50 different effects pedals- if you have the chance, Squarehead are not an act you want to miss if you love music (and, if you read this blog- I assume you do).

Raindrops is a beautifully composed track with a multitude of evolving bits and pieces that in the right atmosphere just fill the room and take you in for a musical candlelit journey over forests and deserts on the back of a magical flying flamingo. The rest of the free album shares a similar feeling, only perhaps with different flying magical animals. It’s something I can’t really describe without sounding like a maniac, so don’t just take my word for it- grab the album, and catch them live in Melbourne on the 21st (link below)… I’ll be there with my flamingo.

SEE SQUAREHEAD LIVE

Download/Listen:

Squarehead – Raindrops



A Bliss Abyss – Moksha by Chris

AND we are back to regular posting schedule. What better way to kick off the week by welcoming all the new members of the Fuck the Radio family to an old favourite; A Bliss Abyss.

The North-Carolina based musician/psycho friend of mine has up and left his friends and family to hike the Appalachian trail solo with little resources to seek solitude. It’s some serious Into the Wild movie style shit, and standing at roughly 2,180 miles- the Appalachian trail passes through no less than 14 American states, and is one of the longest marked hiking trails in the world. Only one-quarter of those who attempt to hike the entire trail succeed. The journey typically takes six months to complete.

Anyway, enough of the geography lesson, you’re here for music; and A Bliss Abyss is one of the most talented and brilliant producers I have ever met. He released his EP for free download off of his website and is surviving entirely on the donations of fans.

The Moksha EP itself is one of the most beautifully crafted records of the year. I can’t recommend it more highly. An amazing blend of electronic music combined with guitar, topped off with brilliant production skills and an ear for incredible detail- this is something to have on repeat for quite a while. Grab it for free off of his website:

http://www.ablissabyss.com/



Olympic Ayres – The View by Chris
May 21, 2012, 3:33 PM
Filed under: Dance, Rock, Upbeat, video, Vocals | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Been digging this kind of sound lately- a little different from the usual mellow beats and pieces that find their way onto FTRbut it’s a Monday and I’ve just re-charged my batteries with a 13hour sleepfest. Perfect way to start the week with a positive attitude.

Olympic Ayres is an indie duo from Sydney, Australia. Check out the video above, and give The View a free download below.

https://www.facebook.com/olympicayres

PS: From Melbourne, Australia? Some exciting news for you soon…



James Litherland – Where To Turn by Chris
March 4, 2012, 11:00 AM
Filed under: Rock, video, Vocals | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

This weekend I’m going to hit you up with another video (perhaps I’ll do this regularly from now on):

The main focus is on the first minute or so- James Blake fans will get tingles. Funnily enough, it was James Blake‘s father who produced Where to Turn, released back in November ’06 before James Blake heavily re-worked it into the minimalist-electronica piece that it is now The Wilhelm Scream. Give the original a listen and see what you think- I must admit progressive rock is not usually my thing, and James Blake did such a magnificent job capturing the mournful emotion behind the lyrics in his version; but I’m a real sucker for talking about samples and the whole father/son thing makes for a neat story.

Of-course, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you simply must check out James Blake‘s The Whilhelm Scream which I coincidently included on this mixtape.

Also, if you think this sort of stuff is cool- I recently wrote an article with some more widely-known samples for Purple Sneakers right here: http://www.purplesneakers.com.au/2012/03/listen-where-does-that-sample-come-from/



Tal Ronen – Deep Thinking by Chris
February 1, 2012, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Chilled, Rock | Tags: , , ,

Tal Ronen‘s expressive guitar solo is accompanied by a smooth synth pad and deep kick drum to create the looming chillout piece Deep Thinking. When the drum kit rhythm kicks in, you are treated to 30 seconds of classical rock goodness- until it dissipates back into nothing. A great piece of relaxing work that yearns to last a little longer.

Tal Ronen – Deep Thinking

Soundcloud:

http://soundcloud.com/tal-ronen



Gang Gang Dance – Thru and Thru by Chris
December 10, 2011, 12:00 PM
Filed under: Experimental, Psychadelic, Rock, Upbeat | Tags: , , , ,

Aside from having one of the coolest photos ever for the cover of their album Eye Contact, New York experimental/lo-fi electroclash outfit Gang Gang Dance recently stopped by my home city of Melbourne for a gig- and I’m ashamed to say I couldn’t make it 😦

Fans of Bjork, The Knife and perhaps even Animal Collective (especially those that have indulged in member Panda Bear‘s solo works) will find familiar-yet distinctly different sounds in Gang Gang Dance‘s work- across the whole Eye Contact record there’s a slight taste of Indian pop, African rhythms and even UK r&b, but only very subtly- the same way you get that odd metallic taste in your mouth before it rains.

For posting today I’ve picked the album’s closing track Thru and Thru. It’s very up-beat, what I can imagine Indian synth-pop would sound like if it was given a western re-hash. Quite an interesting listen, I must admit, it’s somewhat difficult to get into without the rest of the album to support it- but if you are a Bjork fan I’d say it’d be a little more accessible to you.

Also, is it just me or do they use the same samples as Infected Mushroom‘s Heavyweight at one point?

Gang Gang Dance – Thru and Thru



Beirut – My Night With The Prostitute From Marseille by Chris
November 22, 2011, 11:18 PM
Filed under: Rock, Upbeat, Vocals | Tags: , , ,

Beirut- much like previously posted Sea Wolf are a band I liked when I was 14/15. I just recently revisited My Night With The Prostitute From Marseille remembering it’s warm electronic sounds were somewhat comforting during the more awkward moments of puberty.

Not to make it sound like I’m still awkwardly waddling my way towards masculinity (that journey ceased once and for all when this crazy shit put hair on my chest). My Night captures the dreamy escapist feeling I craved as a 14/15 year old- and to an extent still do.

Beirut – My Night With The Prostitute From Marseille



Sea Wolf – You’re a Wolf by Chris
November 5, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Rock, Vocals | Tags: , , , , ,

I haven’t posted much indie/folk music on Fuck the Radio simply because I feel that it’s developed it’s own strongly established scene in its own right. Fans of the genre will most likely already be familiar with the more mainstream names like Bon Iver and Morissey (I don’t use the term ‘mainstream’ negatively here, unlike many hipsters that will abandon their favourite band once it’s Facebook page reaches over 1,000 likes in order to look ‘alternative’). Even the most indie-twee-of-twee such as Kimya Dawson (and her anti-folk duo The Moldy Peaches), Joanna Newsom and Antsy Pants enjoy their spot in the relatively ‘popular’ limelight (one only needs to listen to the soundtrack of the film Juno to discover this).

There was a time when I had a *whatever the latest iPod device was* chock-a-block full of indie punk-folk music. I’d spend weekends lying in bed listening to Noah and the Whale (I occasionally do still indulge in the odd listen on Five Years Time), My Little Pony, Laura Marling, Neutral Milk Hotel etc. This was the time that I learned to love music; when I discovered there was a world beyond the ubiquitous pop music that I never quite found accessible. Then came the whole indie-revolution, and suddenly everyone was trying to like the most edgy and obscure bands they could find.

Sea Wolf aren’t particularly edgy- The album Leaves in the River was released in 2007 and they play out much like a Death Cab for Cutie clone. As for obscurity, You’re a Wolf was in shows as popular as Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries… It even plays during a scene in Zombieland. But I think it deserves a more in-depth listen than being the backing track for a movie or television show can provide.

The melodic, dreamy mood shaped by the brilliant bowed strings and Church’s vocals fills your ears with a near euphoric indie-pop sound that has manage to retain it’s listening pleasure to me all these years since my indie-rock phase.

It may not be the most groundbreaking song you ever hear, but put simplistically, You’re a Wolf is a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

Sea Wolf – You’re a Wolf



Death in Vegas – Aladdin’s Story by Chris
September 7, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Psychadelic, Rock, Vocals | Tags: , , , ,

Death in Vegas’ sound spans across many genres, from grunge to electronica to acid-rock the list goes on and on. Typing their name into iTunes and playing through their stuff on shuffle can trick you into thinking you are listening to several different bands. I feel Aladdin’s Story is a good psychedelic rock track to show off their sound- and it’s been awhile since we had music like this on the blog.

I recommend you check out  Death In Vegas if you like a mix of Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Tame Impala and stuff like The Chemical Brothers, Primal Scream and Unkle. A very eclectic band.

Death in Vegas – Aladdin’s Story

 



Secret Knives – Black Hole by Chris
September 1, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Acid, Chilled, Noise, Psychadelic, Rock, Vocals | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Secret Knives are one of those amazing acid rock bands. A real pleasure to listen to. Really organic- if you love groups like Yeysayer, Tame Impala, Animal Collective and The XX then chances are you’ll love the sadly lesser known Secret Knives.

http://secretknives.bandcamp.com/

FTR download:

Secret Knives – Black Hole



Pretty Lights – Something’s Wrong by Chris
August 31, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Dance, Electronica, Rock, Upbeat, Vocals | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Pretty Lights is easily one of my favourite artists of recent times, even though he’s been around for quite awhile, I discovered his music later than I would have liked to.

Another artist who I wish I could simply post the entire discography of, Pretty Light‘s production quality and sound is something even the creme de la creme of electronic artists could be envious of. I’m very excited to see him live in December. Not only is his music brilliant, but he is generous to give it away for free. I insist you visit the website:

http://www.prettylightsmusic.com/#/home

And of-course, a FTR download:

Pretty Lights – Something’s Wrong

 

 

 



Hooverphonic – 2Wicky by Chris
August 30, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Ambient, Chilled, Rock, Vocals | Tags: , ,

Hooverphonic were one of my first experiences with trip-hop. I can’t believe I’ve neglected to post them, the trouble is that I just want to post all their music.

They released a new album in 2010 that moved away from their trip-hop roots towards a pop/rock type sound that kind of disappointed me, because tracks like 2Wicky just sounded like they had so much more depth to them. However, I highly recommend you listen to their earlier albums The Magnificent Tree and A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular.

Hooverphonic – 2Wicky




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