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04.27.13 What A Supergroup02.11.13 Recent Digs
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Recent Digs

There is so much great music in the world....and it makes me sad that I will probably never get to listen to it all. This list contains some recent digs that have really captured my interest.
1The Soil & The Sun
What Wonder Is This Universe!

I just heard this band for the first time yesterday and ever since that moment I cannot get them out of my hand. I purchased their 12" along with a digital copy this morning and have given it 4 listen throughs already. Beautiful vocal melodies, intriguing chord progressions, various classical instruments, and thumping drum lines all roll into one to create a truly awesome record. By the end of the year, this album may be getting a five.

While this album is musically great, the back story behind the recording process is where it really comes alive. The accompanying documentary explains the albums title and how it was arranged. Long story short, most of this album is sampled noises from an abandoned mining town in Russia (known as Piramida) combined with refined bass lines and a minimalist approach to composure. Emotional vocals combined with the wooden rhythm of someone running on dock or ghostly noises of someone smacking on a massive chemical container provides listeners with a truly unique listening experience.
Amateurs and Professionals

Being a fan of 90's emo bands such as American Football, Mineral, and Pedro The Lion, I am always on the hunt to find similar groups. My friend turned me on to Penfold at the beginning of the year and I have been captivated since then. The twinkly guitar lines, powerful choruses, and straightforward, heartfelt vocals of Amateurs and Professionals really captures the essence of the mid western Emo sound of the 90's on this album. Fans of Texas Is The Reason, Mineral, and The Promise Ring will enjoy this record thoroughly.

Those who admire the shoegaze sound will appreciate this dig. Shoegaze is a new genre to me that I began to dabble with last year. Of course, the classics like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive provide the essence of what is shoegaze. While I enjoy that immensely, I was searching to see what else this genre could do. Chapterhouse provided that gem for me. The shoegazy singing combined with up tempo, brit poppish drums and digging guitar lines provide a new side to the shoegaze I was originally exposed to.
5Trespassers William
Different Stars

Continuing with the shoegazy digs, I ran into Trespassers William while searching for artists similar to Slowdive. I believe this album may be the ultimate night driving playlist. The ambient slide guitar, acoustic strumming, organ playing, and gentle drumming provide a background wash like that of Slowdive or Mojave 3. This wash is the perfect base for the beautiful and emotional vocals to float on top of.
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