Thursday, March 13, 2008

SXSW 2008 Free Tracks Review

SXSW 2008 has posted 764 songs for free download. I'm gradually working my way through them. Highlights so far include:

American Hearts - A.A. Bondy: Dylan-inspired, thoughful folk.

One And Only - A.J. Croce: Jim Croce's son continues in the singer-songwriter tradition without his father's tendency toward cloying sentimentality.

Come On, Claire - Aberfeldy:
Quirky, stripped-back, melodic pop.

Sun Lips - Black Moth Super Rainbow: Distorted, wobbly synths and a vocoder, what's not to like?

I Guess I'll Forget the Sound, I Guess, I Guess - Bodies of Water: A proggy, choral melange. Delightful.

Bottom Dollar - Christopher Rees: A soulful duet with Becky from the Hot Puppies doing her best Macy Gray impression.

Sleep Is Impossble - Deluka: A pleasing chunk of angular, funky synth-pop.

Saturday Girl - The Feds: Loud, raw, shouty rock. Guaranteed to increase your driving speed by at least 10mph.

Julia, we don't live in the 60s - The Indelicates: Poppy melody and raspy laddish vocals.

Viviendo - Karina Nistal: Afro-cuban hippety-hoppety electro. Nice.

Restless - Langhorne Slim: Because you can never have enough 'train songs'.

My Girl, Suicide - Mr. Lewis & The Funeral 5: Tex-Mex with a dash of burlesque.

Samba Pesada - Sexto Sol feat. Vernon 'Spot' Barnett: Pleasantly rhythmic in a Santana-esque manner.

Shake The Magic Eight Ball - The Sound of Urchin: Brash, confident American rock.

I Feel Weird - Steel Train: A pumping, obsessive love song.

Everyone's Got'em - White Ghost Shivers: A joyful jugband workout. Could have been written and performed 100 years ago, except for the (welcome) lack of needle crackle.

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