Posts tagged folk
Posts tagged folk
Music from my hometown Cologne - and beyond: Excellent 12 track folk sampler featuring the talents of Entertainment for the Braindead, Hello Piedpiper, Wool, Town of Saints, Honig ecc. Don’t miss this …
Winter is nearing, you can smell it, when you’re outside, at least here in Germany. Christmas is drawing nearer. Christmas will be in less than a month, can you believe it? Sufjan Stevens made music fans all over the world the wonderful early Christmas present. Take from his recently released 5-EP-Collection “Songs for Christmas II: Sliver & Gold” he compiled a free download sampler which can be downloaded at noisetrade.com. 12 tracks = one hour of festive, yet not corny at all modern Christmas music. Get it now, don’t let them annoy you with another year of “Last Christmas” trash…
Am I wrong or is Noisetrade becoming an insider tip for promoting new releases by mainstream artists (no offence intended)? After Amanda Palmer a couple of days ago, here’s a free Aimee Mann EP, introducing her new release “Charmer” (with one track) and a couple of nice tracks from older releases.
Ikos - Christmas Carols And Songs
A beautiful 2002-release by London based band project Ikos (featuring guest appearances byThe Choirs of Peterborough Cathedral, Jane Siberry and others) led by multi-instrumentalist David Clifton, somewhere between traditional christmas music, acoustic folk and electronica. An atmospheric, elegant, very festive, yet surprisingly un-kitschy release. Listen to the arrangement of Handel’s “For Unto Us A Child Is Born” from the Messiah. Wonderful!
You can get a special radio mixes EP too:
And oh: Almost forgot: Merry Christmas everybody …
Various Artists - A Familyre Christmas - Volume 4
The 4th edition of the Familyre Christmas collection features a very fine collection of very good holiday indie music with artists from the Sounds Familyre label. Get it, while it’s free … and check out the previous editions too that you can buy for small money. This may be the best holiday related indie collection you can get.
With due respect: What a strange band name M-PeX and what a lame album title iPhado … yet, this mix of dubstep, electronic music and Portuguese guitar music is astonishly coherent and - contrary to what I expected from a release named like this - quite an original and refreshing contribution to the very interesting Portuguese folk music.
As you may have noticed, I dropped last week’s #musicmonday. I was off for a quick holiday in my home country Sardinia/Italy. Now I’m back in Germany and even if I still got a lot of things to catch up, I’ll take some time to dedicate a few words to one of the most creative, most versatile and most interesting artists (that’s a lot of “most”) in the free music world. His name is Marco Lucchi, he is from Modena/Italy. He is a multi-instrumentalist and composer that has released a REALLY impressive number of high quality releases during the past three decades (or so), most of the them are available for free and all of the are worth listening.
It’s almost impossible to pick out one “typical” release of Lucchi, as he is involved in so many different ideas and projects. To have a brief introduction of his work and his biography, it’s best to visit his soundcloud-page and read the bio there and listen to some of his past and present recordings.
I’m pretty sure, that if you have the slightest interest in experimental music, avantgarde music, folk music or ambient music, you will find a lot of music from Marco Lucchi to listen to and to enjoy. I’ve downloaded/listened to at least 20 releases of this guy and still, every new release I explore surprises me.
Here are some good releases to start with. They are not intended as a representative cross section, but simply some of my personal favorites:
Nils Økland is a Norwegian Hardanger fiddle player known as a bridge builder between contemporary music and Folk. He was musical director of the Ole Bull Academy in Norway for six years, has performed as a soloist with orchestras and ensembles throughout Europe, and has conducted several tours for the Norwegian Concert Institute. He has presented debut performances of several works for solo Hardanger fiddle and orchestra, including self-composed pieces.
There’s so much awesome music in the world to discover … check out this track (roughly translated into “I’m going to go to the desert to die”) from Mexico, it might change your ideas about what Mexican music sounds like… this is simply awesome, wow!
I’ve found it on the new compilation (simply named “Compilado 002”) from Mexico-based music platform Estándar.
Get it here at the Free Music Archive (I love this site!)
And check out the first Volume of that series too… plenty of stuff to discover…