Friday, December 2, 2016

Free Friday (“FL&R”) – December 2

     Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of their releases.  The end of an offer is usually based on the expiration of a set period of time.  But at least for now, here are songs that qualify as Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) downloads.
     Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. The hope is to post at least one FL&R song each Friday.
     The guitar at the start of “Ohly Grail” is suited for Pop, while the vocals are well suited for a harder Rock. Think Wu Lyf. Letters to Lions is an Indie band from the Southern beaches of Sydney. The band consists of Joel Osborn (guitar, vocals), Adam Newling (guitar, vocals), Jackson Kent (bass), and Curtis Newbett-Hill (drums). The band released its debut EP “Clean Eating” in July 2016.
     “Ohly Grail” by Letters to Lions

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     Move quickly if you want the free download. The trio says the number of downloads is very limited. “Inspiration!” by W. H. Lung is collection of sounds that blend into a sound that makes us anxious to hear the follow-up releases from the band. Quoting their press materials:
  W. H. Lung is a recording project founded in Manchester in mid-2016. Its first single to yield is the dream-like and shifting ‘Inspiration!’, recorded at The Nave in Leeds and produced by Matt Peel (Eagulls, Autobahn, Pulled Apart by Horses). A song that speaks to the ideas of eternity, belonging and meaninglessness, it takes the shape of a kraut/psych journey; persevering but never dull, and bringing it home before the break.
  The motorik nature of the track stems from W. H. Lung’s writing ethic which, with an Alesis drum machine at its core, aims to create a surrounding maelstrom of ethereal circuits and hypnotic rhythms.
     “Inspiration!” by W. H. Lung


     Sunbathers is a band from Washington D.C. and Baltimore. The members are Sean Lynott (vocals, synth), Pete Mindnich (guitar, vocals), Tim Boaté (guitar), Peter Leonard (bass), and Shohsei Oda (drums).

Thursday, December 1, 2016

November Songs that Bear Repeating

     As a welcome to the new month, here are favorite songs from November posts of Indie Obsessive. More than any past month, November appears to have had an emphasis on singer/songwriters.

     “Scared for the Children” by Jeff Beck (from the post of November 14, CLICK HERE if interested in the post or the lyrics).


     “Twenty Years” by Fred Page (from the post of November 9, CLICK HERE if interested).


     “My Little Darlin Knows My Nature” by Kyle Morton (from the post of November 23, CLICK HERE if interested in the post or the lyrics).

   
     Holly Throsby feat. Mark Kozelek "What Do You Say?" (from the post of November 28, CLICK HERE if interested).


     “In a Pigsty” by Slow Dakota (from the post of November 7, CLICK HERE if interested in the post or the lyrics).


     “Unforgiving War” by We Were Strangers (from the post of November 21, CLICK HERE if interested).


     “Cocoon” by Milky Chance (from the post of November 12, CLICK HERE if interested in the post or the lyrics).



     “Written” by Jack and the Weatherman (from the post of November 2, CLICK HERE if interested in the post or the lyrics).


     “Lightning Parade” by Secret Company – A Song Review (from the post of November 30, CLICK HERE if interested).


     “Something Broke That Day” by Woodlock (from the post of November 18, CLICK HERE if interested).


     “You I Know” by Runabay (from the post of November 11, CLICK HERE if interested).

“Twigs and Stones” by Siskiyou - Throwback Thursday

     In the final seconds of the Thanksgiving episode of the television sitcom “New Girl,” a song started playing in the background. It came with one of those energy surges you experience when a song is recognized but hasn’t been heard for a year or more. Truthfully, the melody and voice were recognized, but the song wasn’t identified until the ending of the sitcom was replayed numerous times.

     The song was “Twigs and Stones” by Siskiyou, a band based in Vancouver. The members are Colin Huebert, Erik Arnesen, Shaunn Watt, Peter Carruthers, and Andrew Lee. The lyrics of the songs (included below) are simple, but poignant. The verses are different descriptions of how the person would be only a shell of himself without his partner. Vocally, the choppiness makes the song more attractive, not less. Instrumentally, we love the horns!


Lyrics of “Twigs and Stones” by Siskiyou
I am a house built out of twigs and stones
I am a house, but I'm not a home

But I got love to give and give, and give and give, and give and give
Yeah, I got love to give and give, and give and give, and give and give

I am storm cloud, but without a lightning bolt to help me see my way
I am rain drop, but without an earth below, I am due to fall apart

But I got love to give and give, and give and give, and give and give
Yeah I got love to give and give, and give and give, and give and give

I am a mountain; not a mountain range without the love from your heart
I am heartbeat but I'm slowing down, down, down, down, down, down, down, down, down

I got love to give and give, and give and give, and give and give
Yeah I got love to give and give, and give and give, and give and give