Bella Donna is a jazz ensemble influenced by the Ozarks. The creak of tree limbs in the winter, the summer...
Bella Donna is a jazz ensemble influenced by the Ozarks. The creak of tree limbs in the winter, the summer sounds of cicadas, and the rolling hills off highway 65 have helped influence their sound to create what they like to call "Ozark Jazz".
What started out as a solo project for lead singer, Cody Bowers, quickly morphed into a project requiring a full...
What started out as a solo project for lead singer, Cody Bowers, quickly morphed into a project requiring a full band with the addition of drummer, Eric Singer. While the songs grew deeper and bigger, guitarist Dan McDonough, was added as the lead guitarist and the salience of the band begin to appear. Upon release of their independent, self-titled album, the band left on an ambitious US tour playing 27 shows in 34 days. The tour was considered a success as the band secured meetings with both Columbia Records execs, and a journalist from Pitchfork. The band has seen growth in popularity both domestically, and abroad as they've been featured in many international and national music blogs. They have seen regular local and regional radio play . The band is scheduled to tour again in January. They have also headlined The National in Richmond, VA; The Heirloom Arts Theater in Danbury, CT; The Elbo Room in Chicago, IL and have played the main stage at Spaghetti Fest 11.
Nowhere Now, the revelatory debut album by Waterstrider, is the sound of Bay Area musician Nate Salman coming into his...
Nowhere Now, the revelatory debut album by Waterstrider, is the sound of Bay Area musician Nate Salman coming into his own as a singular artistic voice. Self-produced in Santa Barbara and Oakland, the 2015 release finds Salman creating an aesthetic world akin to Thom Yorke and James Blake fronting one of Fela Kuti’s powerhouse afrobeat ensembles. Available through Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records, Nowhere Now is an album born of private evolution which also reaches outward, a nod toward a future where genre is replaced by honest emotion.
“When I wrote Nowhere Now, I was working really hard on being true to myself,” says the Santa Barbara-born Salman, who previously self-released an EP entitled Constellation in 2011. “I wrote songs about the trouble I was having writing songs ("Calliope") and the doubt and confusion regarding who I was and who I wanted to be ("Nowhere Now,” "White Light"). I basically questioned every aspect of life that I could think of ("Soundless Sea," "Passing Ships," "Redwood"), and now I feel a much stronger sense of who I am as an artist and human.”
The music of Nowhere Now, a pastiche of highlife guitar, galloping rhythms, and lush electronics, shows an innovative musician adept at creating immersive sonic worlds, but it’s Salman’s distinctively soulful falsetto which provides Waterstrider with its emotional wallop. His voice, a constant tug-of-war between sultry and sorrow, is such a powerful instrument that fellow Bay Area auteurs like Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi have turned from fans into collaborators.
“I believe it comes from an embrace of androgyny,” Salman says. “At it's core it's probably just me trying to emulate all the singers I admire. I take lots of inspiration from artists like Jónsi, Nina Simone, and Jeff Buckley. I love the idea of something being created from a source that doesn't fit into convention.”
Midnight Snack is a musical family strung together by the ties of adventure and love. The band was founded by...
Midnight Snack is a musical family strung together by the ties of adventure and love. The band was founded by two brothers, who lit a spark, and found friendship in Boston, MA. In a cosmic fury of passion and opportunity, the band began telling the story of their adventures through musical performances and recordings. Their performances have taken them farther than they could have imagined. Midnight Snack is currently based out of Asheville, NC, where they work to forge their dream into reality.
Birkwin & Vienna are a collaborative duo from the UK. After many varied guest appearances for each other over the...
Birkwin & Vienna are a collaborative duo from the UK. After many varied guest appearances for each other over the years, the pair have teamed up to create 'Diane' - a collection of melancholy head-nodders about love, loss and the sea.
"Between Vienna’s unique and powerful vocals, and Birkwin’s mellowed-out and intricate production, the album is perfect for the current seasonal transition into the more introverted time of year." - Portals
"There's a clear comfort between the two, found in the nonchalance in Vienna's weathered talk-sing, like she's recording from an old couch next to an old friend to whom she's got nothing to prove" - The Fader
9 Theory is the solo project of eclectic producer, singer/songwriter, and recording/mixing engineer, Gabe Lehner, who has been passionately focused...
9 Theory is the solo project of eclectic producer, singer/songwriter, and recording/mixing engineer, Gabe Lehner, who has been passionately focused on creating music for over 16 years, perhaps most notably with the past projects Inspired Flight and Metrofique. With a love for learning guitar and writing songs that slowly evolved into an obsession with producing, recording, and making beats, Gabe has come into his own as a renowned producer with a knack for effectively blending different genres of electronic, indie rock, and hip-hop into an original, unique sound, and has become an impressive remix artist as well. He has also come into his own as an experienced and charismatic performer playing hundreds of live shows; performing at music festivals such as Coachella, Lightning In A Bottle, Camp Bisco, Electric Forest, What The Festival?!, Re:Generation; and opening for major artists including Thievery Corporation, Bonobo, STS9, Beats Antique, Emancipator, Wax Tailor, Blockhead, and Sage Francis.
The culmination of Gabe's 16-year journey has led to the birth of his first solo project, 9 Theory, which combines many different genres into a beat-heavy electronic sound with flavors of hip-hop and indie rock that has been compared to acts like Gorillaz, Radiohead, Postal Service, and DJ Krush. Although 9 Theory is based around Gabe's own production and songwriting it also involves numerous collaborations and featured guests, including female vocalists and MC’s both on the recorded music and in the live show. While working constantly on his own music, Gabe as 9 Theory has also been collaborating on other projects with various artists including Amp Live, Grouch & Eligh, and Black Knights, and has done official remixes for such artists as Jason Mraz, Emancipator, Zion I, and Beats Antique.
9 Theory’s debut album features collaborations with MCs Killer Mike of Run The Jewels, Killah Priest of Wu-Tang, Eligh and Scarub of Living Legends, Marv Ellis, and female vocalists Sophie Barker of Zero 7, Dawn Mitschele, and Erica Dee.
Mammal Dap is adventurous, psych-fusion from Northampton, Massachusetts, comprised of Killian Karlsson (guitar), Zack Cross (synths), Reed Sutherland (bass, synth...
Mammal Dap is adventurous, psych-fusion from Northampton, Massachusetts, comprised of Killian Karlsson (guitar), Zack Cross (synths), Reed Sutherland (bass, synth bass), and Colin Jalbert (drums, samples). Together they interweave hypnotic beats with pumping bass, lush pads and soaring hooks. Balancing a deep love of nostalgic tones with a digital-age sensibility, their sound evokes the aesthetics of Bonobo, Flying Lotus and Tycho. Their energetic live shows and rigorous touring have elevated crowds from New England to New Orleans, leading them to share the stage with acclaimed acts including The Motet, The Nth Power, Tauk, Marco Benevento and many more.
Their debut EP, 5lbs High5, captures the group's earliest songwriting sessions in a swirling blend of psychedelic soul and warm electronic textures. The Massachusetts' Valley Advocate describes it as “a lush, laidback and funky sound that would provide a perfect soundtrack for cruising town in a very large Cadillac.” The band's first full-length, simply titled Mammal Dap, release marks their arrival with matured and refined sound. The 11-track album showcases focused, road-tested material wrapped in wildly imaginative production that blurs the lines between electronic music and spirited group improvisation.
EREZ is a singer-songwriter and guitarist originally from New York who moved to Israel with her family as a child....
EREZ is a singer-songwriter and guitarist originally from New York who moved to Israel with her family as a child. She has two native languages and the cultures of America and the Middle East run through her lyrical and musical lines.
When she met Ori Winokur, the esteemed music producer (Asaf Avidan, Avishai Cohen), EREZ was only 18 years old. Winokur was blown away, and immediately offered to produce her debut album. Working intensively one on one, they transformed Winokur's (then) home studio into an experimental laboratory in which they cooked and formed the characteristic sound of the album: warm and round R&B, Soul with jagged edges of Rock 'n' Roll, and Funk in the right places.
According to rave reviews PROPER LADY, her acclaimed debut album of original material demonstrates powerful female musicality. While she and her band perform at clubs and the biggest festivals throughout the country in front of thousands, recognition increases. She is being hailed as one of the freshest and innovative singer- songwriters on the musical scene today: the throat of Amy Winehouse, the strings of Steely Dan -- all in a 23 year old lady.
A lot has happened these past few years. EREZ debut album was endorsed by ACUM (Israel's largest artists' rights corporation) which gave her a generous financial grant to help with the production. Soon after the album -- PROPER LADY --came out she was named as one of Israel’s top young female vocalists by the prestigious ‘AT Magazine’.
?Then in April 2015, the first single off the album, ‘Blending in the Universe?,?’ was featured in an episode of ‘CONNECTED’ - an AOL series starring Susan Sarandon. Two of her official videos have been rocking Israel’s leading music video channel playlist since Feb. 2015.
In the past year and a half EREZ has been touring with her band, performing? on Israel’s largest stages in front of thousands, selling out musical? venues around the country while gaining media and press recognition by platforms such as ‘Time Out Tel-Aviv’ , ‘Haaretz Newspaper’ , ‘Ynet’, ‘Walla’ and many more… EREZ went on a road trip Dec. 2015 to Memphis and Nashville?, Tennessee? where she met some amazing musicians. Spontaneously,? she recorded a session ?at the legendary Sun Studio, while paying tribute to Elvis by recording 'Heartbreak Hotel?'. In February 2016 EREZ and her band were filmed by Balcony TV performing a brand new song of hers, "How do you do." It was featured on their world channel.? EREZ's album PROPER LADY was chosen by Feedbands, ?an awesome boutique music company, to join their list of vinyl productions. It was released in March 2016 and as you can imagine, she is very excited about this! Shortly after the release 'Proper Lady' was named among the top 20 albums fro Israel in 2015 by an international music magazine called Beehype.
Today EREZ is back in the studio together with Ori and their team, working on new music.