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I do not claim the following to be new music, however, much of it may be new to me – that’s part of the fun of discovery. Nonetheless, these are definitely songs I am enjoying right now!
Signal-To-Noise "Something To Say" SpaceKat Tommy "You Have The Bridge" Joywave "Destruction"
Signal-To-Noise “Something To Say”
I’m a real fan of music that has depth and pulls you in rather than feel it has to shout at you to get its attention. This song fits right into that category. Soft and deep, and with wonderful, complimentary vocals that float within its multiple layers of instrumentation, “Something To Say” appears cold and dark, but makes you feel warm and toasty at the same time. There was a point at which I both suspected (and maybe even wished) that the song would really take off with an epic climax, but there’s definitely something to say for it remaining restrained. Sometimes good music doesn’t need a buildup – it just needs to introduce a few new elements here and there (with some pensive lyrics to back it up) to keep your attention. I love Signal-To-Noise’s work and I implore you to check them out ASAP.
SpaceKat Tommy “You Have The Bridge”
If you know me, you know that I love instrumental music. Sometimes the best stories are told without the benefit of words. After all, words are a way of conveying ideas limited to what only words can describe. Sometimes, the lack of vocals in a piece of music is exactly what is called for. This isn’t for any lack of talent or ability in the person who would otherwise be singing – it’s a matter of letting the colors, the shapes, and the textures take you someplace that lyrics couldn’t do. SpaceKat Tommy handles this as a matter of course. I’ve been listening to his stuff for a while and while the above song may seem simple – or even retro in many ways – I find it swells within me a dark yearning for something deep, ethereal and resonant. Mood music, certainly, but with a kick. I thoroughly enjoy the sonic textures and the apparent simplicity of the piece. Check SpaceKat Tommy out if you want to hear more amazing stuff like this (and better)!
At first this sounds like something that I wouldn’t like at all – I’m not a big fan of “monster riffs”. But after all the chatting and talking the coming performance up, the song starts… and holy cow! I’ve tried for a long time myself to create music that blends something pseudo-heavy with well-blended synthetic textures, but that still comes off accessible and poppy. “Destruction” pulls this off perfectly. I thoroughly enjoy the instrumentation and the production. Great breaks, great builds, and just a great journey. Great fun and I’d love to hear it live! And hey, they’re from Rochester, NY – which is right around the corner from where I grew up.