Cool and unique wrap up the featured singles in this weeks playlist quite well. Take the band The Weight for instance that has a rock fiddle front and center and pull it off without making it sound country. As for the band Surveyor, they gave me trouble in picking a single and that is not common – they have a very tight electro-pop sound, accompanied by some lyrics with grit. Then there is Tamas – these guys are amazing and it’s clear that they are incredibly talented technical musicians. Ain’t nobody playing the drums like that who doesn’t know what they’re doing. Plenty of surprises here, so listen to the greatness of DIY artists and find your new deal.
The artists on this playlist and their music represent nothing less than the very best Venture Artists creating music today. Each of them has a fully-mature, self-aware, unique sound that pushes the boundaries of music today. When you listen to this playlist, keep in mind that each of these artists has the skill to not only create absolutely incredible music, but to engineer and produce their music at a very high level. All the best to each of these artists/bands and we look forward to hearing many more amazing tracks in the future from each of them.
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Look for video interviews with these artists in the coming weeks. The following interviews have occurred and will be published within the next week.
Artist Interivew: Honest Haloway – Posting 8/19
For our second playlist during the hot summer month of August, we have a few exceptional Venture Artists (non-label artists) that have dropped some stellar tracks on us. Plenty of indie electro-pop tracks to take you through the dog days here. Definite check outs are Chase the Night by Work Drugs, Two Voices by The Controversy and for a harder vibe, Sound and Silence by Dead Poet Society. Enjoy and stay cool.
The sheer number of releases this week was impressive, but more impressive are the great albums among this thick pack of tunes. We’re glad to see the groovy, hard-hitting band, IAMDYNAMITE back at it again with their second LP titled Wasa Tusa. There just so happens to be a snake-oil medicine from the 1800s named Wasa Tusa – maybe they’re digging on some old cough syrup or just happened upon the same name – in either case, it’s still fun to say. On their new LP, they have moved away from their older punk influences and have embraced a more electro-pop vibe that works well for the band, while still managing to retain their upbeat vibe.
A nice funky release this week is the album titled Give Up Your Dreams (not too optimistic) by the psychedelic fringed band The Phoenix Foundation. You’ll find yourself submerged in an updated 70s synth-psych chamber of awesomeness, so give it a listen.
If sexiness is your thing with a reminiscent feel to that of Active Child, then the single Josephine by Ritual is definitely your weekend track. I’ve already dropped this into my sexy playlist and it is going into high rotation – lovin it. Whatever your thing you should find it in this week’s playlist.
The Venture Artist releases this week have us returning to a good ‘ole rock roots playlist. If you’re in the mood to get kicked in the teeth with some intense rock goodness, check out the 2nd EP by So Long Albatross. Their style is a bit like a cranked up Queens of the Stone Age meets Wolfmother.
For a synth-rock track that will get you grooving, check out the lead track in the playlist, Insane by Everyday Animals. Their style eludes immediate comparison to another act, but they are cleanly in the synth influenced indie-rock genre with a built in rap-ey (not actual rap) vocal rhythm.
A unique truly unique track has Wilhelm Brothers showing off at the helm of a cello in the song Bright Side of the Moon, which is rare instrumental spotlight, even in the indie-folk renaissance going on right now.
The track Shadows by Social Club provides us with some inspiration in closing out the playlist with another indie-rocker that vocally harkens back to the 90’s grunge vocal aesthetic, but musically stops short of throwing us back into the 90s in our plaid shirts and greasy hair. It’s a unique mix of styles that has us at home, yet stretches the borders of what we know, as all good new music does.
These are all epic bands and they prove it this week with phenomenal tracks. If you like any of the bands featured in our playlist this week, check out their full releases and let ‘em know how great they are – they deserve it as they’re truly incredible!