Wednesday, April 01, 2009

SXSW 2009 Free Tracks Review #1

SXSW 2009 posted 1267 songs for free download in March. So far I've listened to 329 of them. Here's half-a-dozen that I haven't deleted...

Ghost Town - Shiny Toy Guns: 'Kill Hannah'-style high-energy, female-fronted, synthesiser-assisted rock. Long hair & skinny jeans optional.

Sushi - Kyle Andrews: Bedroom-recorded, hook-laden synth-pop. If David Mead hadn't learned to play guitar, he might have sounded like this.

Kicked Out - Bill Rice Band: With a hook-line like "They told me where to go, but they'd already kicked me out" it could only be country-rock. But it's good country-rock.

Say Whoa - A-Trak: Montreal-based DJ and turntablist Alain Macklovitch bangs out a lyrically-light, bass-heavy, disco-friendly dance track. Repetitively enjoyable.

Sunday Paper - Susan Hickman: A 'Yah-Boo, I never wanted you anyway'-style country yarn with an ending that made me smile.

Shake Your Tree - Tony Moore: Former Cutting Crew keyboardist rattles through a 'kitchen-sink-included' production that is crying out for a musical to be wrapped around it.

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