Friday, July 02, 2010
I recently came across two albums by a band called Sea Exchange. One is called EP3 and the other Schemes. Both appear to have been released this year around the same time. At first listen I was blown away at what I heard and had to find out more about this band. Though after many searches on Google I found very little. It appears that both albums were once available free from bandcamp.com but in its place now is a stream of a 7 song EP called Strobos which are songs found on the EP3 album. I also found the band on Myspace but it appears to be abandoned with no information on the band. To label the music of Sea Exchange is difficult. Dream Pop, Shoegaze and Experimental are just a few that come to mind. If anyone has more information on this band or knows where I can buy his/her/their music please contact me from my homepage or leave a comment below. I highly recommend you check out this music.
Below are links to both the EP3 and Schemes albums. As far as I can tell these albums are being distributed for free though if I am wrong please let me know and I will take the links down. Enjoy!
Sea Exchange - EP3
Sea Exchange - Schemes (rough demos from Collider's upcoming album - Sept/Oct Release)
UPDATE: I received an email from a visitor letting me know that Sea Exchange also goes by the band name Collider and included their bandcamp.com webpage. http://collider.bandcamp.com/ . Out of curiosity, I sent an email to the contact found on their website in hopes of getting more info on the two bands. Here is the response I got from John.
Sea Exchange used to be our old site for in progress demos for our band Collider (Official band name). About 2 months ago a couple blogs found the site and leaked the demos for our 2 upcoming EPs. We just released Strobos EP ( which was EP3 on Sea Exchange site) and Schemes was all the very very rough demos for our next release coming up in September / October. Glad you like the tunes, and you kinda lucked out b/c probably only 5-6 of the tracks on Schemes will really end up making the final cut.
John - Collider
So go to http://collider.bandcamp.com/ and grab the latest Collider album Strobos EP. And be on the look out for their new album in September/October.
Monday, March 08, 2010
I came across Foxes in Fiction in my google feeds this weekend and being a huge music fan I thought I'd help spread the word. From what I can gather from his blog, Foxes in Fiction is a solo project from Warren Hildebrand of Toronto, ON Canada. I have listened to it once so far and am pretty impressed. The first half of the album (tracks 1-9) has an ambient sound whereas the second half reminds me a lot of Bradford Cox of Atlas Sound. Give it a listen.
Download Foxes in Fiction - Swung From The Branches
Foxes in Fiction Website
"The whole thing was recorded for a kind of cassette A Side / B Side format so there is a pretty obvious division in style between the two. The first flows kind of as one long dreamlike hallucination song that segways pretty easily into each track, and is meant to inspire some pretty specific moods, while the second side more lucid pop songs. A big inspiration in making a lot of these songs was short-tracked hip hop albums like J Dillas' 'Donuts'. I don't know how obvious this is. It wasn't even really supposed to have an 'album' feel but it just sort of turned out that way, even two albums?, though I'm hoping it kind of has something for everyone.
Most of these songs are tracks that arose from restlessness, breaks between classes, insomnia and 5 AM isolation while in my in my apartment in Toronto. A couple of them are reworkings of old tracks that most of you guys probably have never heard but I felt would be fitting on this release. In the new few days I'm gonna post the lyrics and some detailed explanations into the meaning behind some of these tracks, cause who doesn't love to know? Hope you enjoy it. xoxo"
Monday, February 08, 2010
About 7 months ago a friend and I made a somewhat pact that we would try to see a show at least once a month. So far we have done what we set out to do. When you are married with small kids, finding time to go out with the guys can be hard. The one show a month pact is our way of getting out and keeping sane.
Friday we saw Girls at The Earl. The opening bands were Smith Westerns and The Magic Kids. It was a great line-up and show.
I'm looking forward to the Surfer Blood show next week at the Drunken Unicorn. And it is looking like I will get to see my long time favorite band, Wilco, next month.
I guess the one show a month pact has turned into two shows a month for February. I can't complain.
Sorry for all the myspace links. Those bands don't seem to have their own sites.
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