Archive for the ‘Lo-Fi’ Category

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Lost – Remedies

July 29, 2013


Remedies describe themselves as, “an experimental bedroom pop band from Birmingham, AL”. “Lost” is the second song on their four-song EP, “Inanimate”. It showcases a lovely guitar riff, an atmospheric synth backing, and pleasantly distorted vocals. The result flirts with shoegaze. Their claim to pop is supported by the enjoyable vocal hook that encourages humming along. The distortion seems to present the vocals distilled through cavernous echo-y hallways before reaching our ears. It’s like the singer has decided to sing with the band but only from a different room. It’s a rather beautiful effect. Enjoy it and check out the whole EP here.

Lost – Remedies / Or Download Whole EP from BandCamp

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Stay Pretty – Soft Pipes

September 14, 2011


So I know I’m hopping on the “Stay Pretty” train a little late, but I was confused as to the release state of this track when I first saw it on Knox Road. Soft Pipes certainly has their music on iTunes, but this song wasn’t there. Finally I found out this song was released to hype up some fans before the September 27th EP drop. Well I’m pretty hyped. I was hooked from the first eight seconds. Starting with a fuzzy lo-fi sound, it turns pure and clean. Throughout the song this pattern is followed. The indie vocals sound like they’re coming through a phone and then the guitar hook comes in and lays claim to some of the cleanest production out there before bringing back some fuzz. I love it. Very rockable. Enjoy!

Stay Pretty – Soft Pipes / Or from Mediafire

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Lean on Girl – The Proffesor David Aaron

March 9, 2011


So I’ve mentioned GarageBand.com before, when I did a post on KSXi. It’s not to be mistaken with the Mac program, it was a website where unsigned artists could put up their work in any genre, to get their music out there and heard by peers, fans, and label reps. These days that’s mostly done on Myspace and SoundCloud, which makes sense seeing as iLike bought GarageBand.com, and Myspace bought (or entered some form of partnership with) iLike. But I miss that site. It was really cool; I would just select the genre I was feeling and it would take me to a chart of the most listened to, most favorited, or most recent music in that genre, telling me what country it was made in and linking me to streaming and, depending on the artist’s preference, downloading. It also had this really cool idea: its most popular tracks for a week were grouped by genre and available on iTunes as a podcast.

Anyways, I found this band (or solo act, not sure) on GarageBand.com. So that dates it for you. It’s pretty old but really good. And I see it nowhere online except for their iLike profile, ported from GarageBand.com with default links to “Buy” the songs, not that they exist on iTunes. This is pretty sad considering the spelling of “Proffesor” is distinctive enough to make an excellent search term. So I bring it to you in the hopes of spreading the legacy of a perhaps fallen by the wayside project and maybe hearing feedback from anyone who knows more than I do.

This song is what I had to listen to after the first time I saw Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. I said to myself (and the friends in the car), what can follow that? I need something rocking, but indie, practically lo-fi, but with electronic influences. This immediately sprang to mind. What I really treasure in this song is the vocals, especially the repetition building in the chorus that becomes a round later. It’s just very satisfying. I hope you like it, because I think from time to time I’m going to post artists I haven’t heard from in years like this one that I found on sites like GarageBand.com or PureVolume. Try it out for size.

Lean on Girl – The Proffesor David Aaron / Or from Mediafire