Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Birdman Rallies

So I'm a little late on this one.  As you can tell from the last post, I have not updated the blog in ages.  I've been in South America for a couple weeks as well as starting summer classes, and needless to say I've been pretty busy. I've been sifting through all my old e-mails from people kind enough to send me over their music the past month or so, and one of the first that stuck out to me was the single "Storm Cloud Heat" from The Birdman Rallies. The "band" is actually a one-man project from York in the U.K., and he has been quoted as saying "[I] often take a sonic idea, say a repeated rhythmic noise or vocal sample, and building up textures around it, graft it onto a song".  The lead track from his new album moons really seems to demonstrate this.  The melodies are wonderfully unique, and the layers compile upon themselves to create a fun, addictive little tune.  One that, for me, is a great summer ditty.  I've posted "Storm Cloud Heat" below for your listening pleasure, and be sure to check out his Bandcamp for a free download of his album moons.  Hope you all enjoy!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Silent Enjoyment

The guys from Silent Enjoyment describe their music as a perfect companion for one's way home after a night out, or for traveling. Considering that tomorrow I leave for Argentina to visit my cousin (yes, another break the in action for Audio Splash!), I figured it would be perfect to pick up their new EP From Tulsa To Des Moines. The release, which has been floating around since the end of January, aims to combine the "convenience of Scandinavian pop" with the "dopeness of instrumental hip hop".  Since the band is currently located in Cologne, they also mention to have acquired some inspiration from various techno sounds in their present hometown.  What ends up being concocted is a slightly dark, dub-influenced fog of sailing electronics and melodic samples.  Considering all of this, Silent Enjoyment still manages to establish catchy hooks and draw the listener in with a well-laid out beat.  Have a listen to the first song of the EP, "From Tulsa", below.  If you want the whole thing, they offer it for free at their Bandcamp.  Since I leave for South America tomorrow, this is probably my last post until I get back (unless I have a quick chance tomorrow), so enjoy the next couple of weeks everybody!  Try not to miss me too much.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Hello Phones

Recently I've been diggin' Turn on the Bright Lights by Interpol, so when I opened up Hello Phones' SoundCloud today I was excited to hear that the first song "Drip" carried a lot of the same resemblance.  In a similar post-punkish fashion, "Drip" includes a lot of similar liquidy, emotional guitar rhythms.  They almost appear to glide under like velvet, yet also manage to incorporate a bit of a bite.  Hearing this first, I was surprised at the diversity Hello Phones is able to accomplish; upon listening to other songs from their debut album Get It Together I could see their palette extends much deeper.  "Fantastico" is a homage to '80s synth ballads and "Aquarium" is a very rock-oriented jam that mixes in touches of electronica.  The accumulation of everything is a very interesting mix and strangely addicting.  I have posted "Drip" below, but if you're interested in hearing everything else you can take a visit to their SoundCloud or Bandcamp.  Also, on May 7th they're playing a show in Brooklyn at the Glasslands Gallery.  If you're in the area and haven't been to the venue, it's a real neat place, so if you can try and hit them up!

 Drip by hellophones

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Work Drugs

The Philly glo-fi group Work Drugs have officially released another song, this time it's a single off their new album that is due out this summer.  The song is called "Coral Gables", and it continues with their amazing blend of "sedative pop" and chillwave influences.  This time they also mix it up with some subtle groovy and funky guitar lines.  Check it out below, and you can also hit up the SoundCloud page for a free download.  Enjoy!

 Coral Gables by Work Drugs


My apologies to the three loyal readers here on Audio Splash, I've been so busy at school with finals and projects that I've had absolutely no time to post. Work finally seems to be winding down, so I'm hoping I can get back to posting on a more regular basis.  To get back into the groove, I present to you the lead single "UR Road" from Sameblod's debut album Braided Memos, which came out a few weeks ago on April 20th.  While the artwork for "UR Road" represents a cold winter setting, the actual song couldn't be more different. "UR Road" is an infectious electro-pop jam meant for a drive down by the beach on a summer afternoon.  Backed with a steady groove, the synthy undertones take the listener on a relaxing, easy-to-swallow journey into a serene state of mind.  Check it out below, and if you like it find out more on their Tumblr.

 UR Road by Sameblod