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Boca Chica- Valentine

March 13, 2010

After melting my heart with a Christmas tune- Boca Chica is back with the  5 track ep Valentine that leaves the heart in a puddle again.  It was released in time for Valentines Day…but I was never one for one particular day devoted to amour- why have the same day as everybody else when you could have your very own special day devoted to affairs of the heart?  With 5 tunes of Hallie Pritts delightful vocals and superb instrumentation from the band there is no better way to occupy your ears on whichever day you choose!

Lake Erie kicks it off with a banjo start and strings that mesh well with the vocals and Pins And Needles has a low key start with building instruments and great syncopated work between banjo plucking and drums.   Valentine keeps it more subtle with guitars and drums and Like Sheep In The Knight have mostly French vocals for some ooh-la-la flair.   The Hourglass Waltz is definitely the standout track for me- perfect harmonies with subtle banjo, xylophone and drums- what really makes the tune so good though is the sampling and electro sounds used towards the end- lovely stuff!

The Hourglass Waltz

To get the full ep head over to Indiecater and for €2.50 you can have these tunes echoing in your ears for every special day you want to make your own Valentines!

For more Boca Chica goodness check back here in a month for a collaborative track from Eardrumspop!

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An Indiecater Christmas 2009

December 28, 2009

Ahh another Christmas over and I can finally find some time to catch up on all of the new Christmas tunes!  The ever reliable Indiecater has put together another set of stunning tunes and quite a few absolutely breathtaking….so if you have just finished your leftover turkey sandwiches do take care!

Some tunes from groups that have appeared on previous compilations and in particular Adam and Darcie‘s It Came Upon A Midnight Clear is jaw-droppingly gorgeous.  Some new groups as well and I will be following Oldfolks Home and their electronica tunes for some time to come!  You can stream each of those tunes below as well as get the download for Standard Fare’s Tinsel Politics.

As I have done in previous compilation posts- just a few thoughts on each…

The GarlandsChristmas Song Bells galore and great female vocals.
Candy ClawsSnowdrift Wish Unmistakable sublime electro and great harmonies.
LoxslyMrs. Kris Kringle Hilarious lyrics- slow start but the horn section at the end is excellent.
Adam and DarcieIt Came Upon A Midnight Clear Subtle instrumentation which supplements the gorgeous vocals- both solo and harmonies simply outstanding.
Allo Darlin’Baby, It’s Cold Outside Great female vocals and lyrics with good array of instruments incl ukulele and rattle.
Woodpigeon Little Nemo Great male harmonies.
Boca ChicaSnow Angels Female vocals with subtle drumming and some nice harmonies further in.
Oldfolks HomeWe Don’t Cry At Christmas Feck me- a great tune with subtle electro, sampling and excellent vibe.
Betty & The Cavaleros Hey! I’m Your Gift Today Bossa-nova funk with a superb female vocal.
Standard Fare – Tinsel Politics Boppy start with drums and good rock vibe.
Sunset New York Love Great array of instruments and some good harmonies.
I Hate You Just Kidding It’s Fun To Do Bad Things Subtle male vocals and harmonies.
Sweet JaneSilent Night Great reverb and pounding bass drum with deep pitched female vocals-oh yeah!  Electro choir at end in a shoegaze haze makes it a great ending!

As the 12 days of Christmas aren’t over just yet- head over to Indicater and get the tunes for €6- the best money spent next to the acid indigestion tablets after all of the feasting!

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The Very Most- Winter: An Indiecater Release

December 7, 2009

Ah the end of the year approaching and what a year for The Very Most who have been delighting my ears from the beginning of 2009 with their EP release for each season- no better way to mark the time than with their lovely tones!

Their tunes are full of the emotions associated with each season and once again the three tunes on the Winter EP have summed it up well- the Christmas spirit in the air with their harmonies keeping the chill at bay with that warm feeling in your heart.

They kick it off with a cover of Away In A Manger which has some great upbeat harmonies and the interesting use of a Doucaine just after the halfway mark.  I wouldn’t have spotted the instrument without knowing it was in one of their tunes but it has an interesting sound.  (Slight aside being an oboe lover- I thought it would sound more like a shawm which has a shrill edge to it but it was more subdued and probably a bit closer to the clarinet- music geek bit over)

It’s The Best Thing is next with a slower start but the same great harmonies and in a word is cymbaltastic!  A great vibe altogether which is carried into When Does The Goodwill Start?- a snappingly good tune that will get you into the Christmas spirit…even for those heavy hearted grinches among us!

You can listen to Away In A Manger right now but you can get all 3 from Indiecater for the paltry sum of 2 Euro- so get clicking!


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The Very Most- Autumn: An Indiecater Release

October 28, 2009

Ah autumn is finally in the air!  Even if it’s a rather muted affair in Dublin the memory of the east coast in the US remains with the brilliant colours of the leaves, the nip in the air and the sharp smell of the freshly fallen leaves- superb!

While it is one of my favourite time of years the lack of sunlight has always been an issue so nothing better to deal with post-daylight saving time blues than some tunes from The Very Most!

Their 3rd season-related ep has hit Indiecater and has hit the high mark as usual- three sublime tunes that are full of sunshine even if it is slowly dying away.

When Summer Finally Dies kicks it off with some lovely sublime vocals, backing and great beats with Sweater following it up with some warm tones and a superb toe tapping vibe.  Autumn Air ends it with a rather more sombre tone which is befitting of the season- still some sunshine there with the vocals but the slight use of  sleigh bells is certainly a sign that winter is on its way!

You can download or stream Autumn Air below and head over to Indiecater where you can stream all three tunes and buy them for the very pocket pleasing €2.00!

The Very Most – Autumn Air

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Sunbear- Bits: An Indiecater Release

October 20, 2009

Time again for another Indiecater release and this time its a doozy from the Dublin band Sunbear– which has been defunct since 1999 and a group I sadly missed the first time round!

Bits is a collection of their two eps ‘Bits And Pieces’ and ‘Dog’ along with a couple of unreleased tracks thanks to Mr. Indiecater getting in touch with the former drummer- sometimes Dublin is a great community when you simply ask!

Since they are new to my ears I have to say that some of the tunes do have a contemporary sound in relation to the Irish music scene- which is indeed a positive thing to say for Sunbear…but also a damning indication that some current Irish bands haven’t moved on.

There is unquestionably a 90’s shoegaze vibe for most of the tracks but some have quite a nice melodic flow and indeed for the The Bits (That Float Around When You Close Your Eyes) there is a bevy of instrumentation that you would find in todays new-folk outfits with (possibly) a dulcimer and a small selection of strings.

The collection of tunes is more or less in the same order as the original ep’s combined and the opening track Leadbelt kicks it off in fine fashion with some great beats to go along with the hazy guitars.  Seeing Stars has good driving beats to keep the vibe going and Each To Their Own has a great keyboard start but unfortunately it doesn’t go anywhere and it’s only with the beats and guitar jam in Halved that the vibe returns.

Going To The B has more of a melodic element and a good toe tapping pace which is continued on in Ran All The Way  but certainly with a more distorted sound.  The harmonies really come out for Somebody Change The Season which has an ear catching good vibe and muted guitars which come back in full-hazy-force in Pennies.  Dog is probably the quietest track on there with a sparse intro and subtle instrumentation for most of it and the following tune Clown Hands is unmistakably mid-90’s influenced with the vocals and arrangement.

Poke My Side and Send That Monkey To Mars are similar in function with a quiet start and about halfway through they pick up pace and bring in the shoegaze element with a nice flair.  Fond Memories of New York follows and it is a good toe tapping tune but it’s The Bits (That Float Around When You Close Your Eyes) that is that is really ear grabbing.  A great end to the mix and while it has an unusual and slightly undefined start, the addition of the strings and various instruments really makes this an outstanding tune.

Overall it’s a good collection of tunes and you can have a listen to Leadbelt below.  Head over to Indiecater where you can stream the whole collection and get the download for the miniscule amount of €4.00!

Sunbear – Leadbelt

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Indiecater Volume 4

September 14, 2009

I am really beginning to wonder if mp3hugger also exists in an alternate universe- how does he find the time for his own posts and all the great work he is doing with Indiecater?!  I will have to pry the secret from him soon since I seem so short on time these days.

I will always find the time for an Indiecater compilation though- up to volume 4 now and the good tunes keep on coming in!  Nineteen tracks on this one which is a good indication of the number of great groups out there at the moment- no matter how you find the music these days there are always a plethora of groups to keep your ears occupied.

As with my other compilation posts- just a few words on each track…with the exception of  Sofia Talvik who will get a few more!  One of my favourites over the past few months and I was only recently able to get her cd’s as she and her husband run the shop but were away touring in the US.  No better way to kick off than with My James Dean- a very catchy number off of her latest album Jonestown and you can have a listen or download below.

Sofia TalvikMy James Dean Excellent dreamy tones and great subtle instrumentation.  Download or listen:

SubplotsPolitis Great harmonies and beats.
Marching BandAggravate Damn- toe tapping,  body wiggling and downright infectious vibe.  Multilayered harmonies and beats and the only disappointment is that it has to end.
OfficeDominoes Familiar sounding and will have your head swaying.
LanguisTimes Are Changing Instrumental start with hazy lyrics and good vibe.
Mitchell MuseumWarning Bells Good vocals and percussion.
The Love LanguageLalita Jangly guitars with catchy voice- definite change of pace.
FM BelfastUnderwear Great dance vibe and hilarious lyrics!
The Second Hand Marching BandA Dance To Half Death Good instrumentation-sometimes dirge like.

PrincetonMs. Bentwich Chirp chirp start-simple but effective instrumentation with catchy voice and good vibe.
The UglysuitChicago Came across a while back but still great vibe with lead vocals.
RoofwalkersTear Down The Tents Light instrumentation- good sounds but wished it notched it up a gear.
WarpaintBille Holiday Wow- damn ear catching hazy female harmonies with subtle instrumentation.
Black NielsonLove Song To Chan Marshall Slow start but gets going over halfway through-good beats.

Sweet JaneBlackboots And Blackhearts Slower number- good voices but bit too downbeat. Download promo.

ZinedinesTwice Upon A Time Cheery harmonious start and good pace.
DelorentosSolitude The phoenix band-back now and nice vocals and instrumentation.
HoneyheadsOut Of Marseille Good harmonies- light start but heavier instrumentation later on.
Shout Out Out Out OutGuilt Trips Sink Ships Good god- you might get lost in the name just as you will in the excellent percussion- funk-ing hell yeah!  Definitely a bit of funk but also some dark synth and then the voice kicks in and its full steam ahead for a total of 8 mins of joyous fun.

As always with Indiecater’s compilations there are quite a few groups I am going to have to follow up on- Marching Band, Warpaint and Shout Out Out Out Out top of the list!

For a listen to all of the tracks head over to Indiecater and you can stream the whole album- if you like what you hear you can buy it for the very economical €7- so get clicking!

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Candy Claws- In The Dream Of The Sea Life

September 2, 2009

Ahh another delightful release from Indiecater with Candy Claws– electronica soaked tunes with some of the catchiest syncopation I have heard in a while.  Everything is certainly there to remind you of the sea life- hazy voices, dreamy distortion, and analogue sounds that will leave you with visions of the sea, sunshine and the wind whipping through your hair…all things that Ireland are sadly lacking this year!

It kicks of with Diving Knife with quite a long lead in of just over a minute but then there are quite intense sounds that will certainly grab your attention.  Lantern Fish follows with a very catchy start and what sounds like distorted splash sounds throughout.

What comes next is a triumvirate of tunes and as with any tri-structure they are strong on their own right but together they have a strength that is hard to beat.   Starry Fighter Kite kicks it off with some damn catchy almost clockwork syncopation and harmonies with Catamaran following up not only with great harmonies but great synth and bells/xylophone that will give you the impression of cutting through the waves.  Sun Is My Girl ends it with some great distortion and vocals that make you feel you sunning yourself on deck while drifting in the shallows.

What follows is quite good as well- the harmonies in Flashy Storm are superb and Island Grows and Snowflake Eel Wish have a slight change of pace with some slower syncopation.  Not Strange Winged Snail is the beginning of end and brings in a hint of steel drums and the sitar tinged Snowy Shores is the perfect last track with subtlety being the key.

All in all there is great continuity through the album and track-listing really makes this an album that you need to listen to as a whole and not the individual tracks.   That being said, there is no better time to decide to host music on the blog with an Indiecater release and you can check out the cracking tune Catamaran below- and in keeping with the the puns from Mr. Indiecater, I would be surprised if it doesn’t float your boat!

Candy Claws – Catamaran

So head over to Indiecater where you can check out the whole album and get the download for €4 or if you’re one who likes the likes the physical feel of music, Mr. Indiecater is also now releasing cd’s so you can get the cd for €8 if your quick!

In The Dream Of The Sea Life Front Cover

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Adam And Darcie- California Trail

August 6, 2009

I can’t say that I have knowingly listened to any band from Utah…a place better known for canyons and gorges and the Mormon religion than its music.   The only group I do know from there are the Osmond Family which ‘may’ have graced these ears when I was 5… but that is better left unsaid and certainly the only time you will see that name in this space.

Indiecater to the rescue then with the release of Adam and Darcie– a collection of folky lo-fi tunes with some sweet harmonies and great instrumentation.  In fact almost every track has such a great mix of both that the tunes are more akin to chapters in a book than to tunes by themselves and something that has to be digested as a whole rather than individually.

It starts off with the slow burner The Fox, Hare, And Doe which transforms into a great pace with the introduction of the xylophone, guitar and drums about halfway through.  Never Been A Pilot follows and is just sweetness personified- delectable harmonies that are perfect for any sugar-eared person and in the later half some excellent instrumentation that ends on a great vibe.

Hands-Mind, Festival, and I Need To Let Go Of What I Won’t Miss all have some good instrumentation and vocals that will leave you in a relaxed frame of mind but it’s Nowhere, No One which peak my ears next- with some simple plucking and delightful female vocals from Darcie it really is a delightful tune.

All I Ever Do Is Fall follows with some good vocals from Adam and goes into National Forest which is really the standout track on the album for me- excellent guitars and beats with such sweet sweet harmonies halfway through that I wish it would continue for another few minutes.

After that the album is a come down from the sugar high and returns to dreamy vocals and subtle instrumentation with Before It’s Better, California Trail, Grass Valley and the two instrumental only numbers Steep Hollow and Gold Hill which starts off in an almost lamenting fashion but brings out the beats for a vibrant and engrossing end.

So if you are feeling sweet deprived, head over to Indiecater and get California Trail for just  €4.00- considering you can forgoe your sugar hit for today that is a very good buy indeed!

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Elephant Stone- The Seven Seas

July 16, 2009

Another excellent release from Indiecater with Elephant Stone– I don’t recall hearing them before but definitely a bounty of ear-catching tunes.

This Montreal based group are certainly different than the usual electronic/punk groups that I hear from there- excellent high registers with falsettos that are never cloying and are reminiscent of so many Swedish groups that have been in my ears recently. [Edit-see comments]

Throughout the album there is a great psych rock vibe and surprisingly an eastern tinge to the tunes which really works well.  I have to admit that when I first heard the sitar I did cringe (with memories of ruining my mothers Beatles LP’s by skipping over those Harrison tracks) but it is played extremely well and when combined with both western and eastern percussion the tracks are pretty rockin.

It starts of with Bombs Bomb Away which is a rousing sunshine tune and the next one which caught my ear is I Am Blind which has just the right balance with the reverb.  The Straight Line is the one that really caught me out with its sitar start and about halfway through there is a metamorphis with the addition of drums and an excellent post-rock vibe.  Blood From A Stone marks another change and feels more like a soliloqy with its instrumental start and strings later on.  It ends with the excellent Don’t You Know which has a good slow shoegaze start and again halfway through there is a complete change of tack with the introduction of the eastern instruments and it ends on a great jam reverb and all.

So head over to Indiecater and get these tunes for the paltry amount of €4.00 which is still less than a shot of voka and will stay much longer in the head!

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South Ambulance- EP #5 An Indiecater Release

June 22, 2009

Another excellent release from Indiecater in the form of South Ambulance– simply named EP #5 but there is nothing simple about their tunes.   Delightfully layered with a tinge of melancholy that will catch you on the fist listen and keep you there for quite a few more.

Dear Mutiny kicks it off with staccato striking piano chords and a lonely sounding voice which is then joined in a harmony of discord with another striking piano and eventually a guitar joins the fray with some backing vocals.       Blissful dissonance!

They Stick Together has a more  jangly start with guitars but the ethereal voices are still there and What The Doctor Said turns into a great shoe-gaze number.

The Stay Away starts off with rather melancholic voices but is then lifted to give you that feeling of flowing along and coming back across yourself- brilliant!  Circling With Thee has a great fast pace which is followed by the Rabid Ghost and is a multi-layered tune that is perfect for the wind-down.

Maybe it’s their mention of Poe in their blurb at Indiecater that has me in a literary reminisce but the tunes actually remind of a passage from The Willows by Algernon Blackwood that I had read last year.

Great revelations of nature, of course, never fail to impress in one way or another, and I was no stranger to moods of the kind.  Mountains overawe and oceans terrify, while the mystery of great forests exercises a spell peculiarly its own.  But all these, at one point or another, somewhere link on intimately with human life and human experience. They stir comprehensible, even if alarming, emotions. They tend on the whole to exalt.

Dare I say that there there is The Swede in the story to go along with the fact that the band hail from Sweden- can’t seem to escape them these days but with tunes like these I welcome them all with open arms.

So head over to Indiecater and this delightful ep can be yours for the paltry sum of €2.50- for 6 tunes you can’t beat it!

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