Friday, June 26, 2009

SXSW 2009 Free Tracks Review #4

SXSW 2009 posted 1267 songs for free download in March. I've now listened to all of 'em, and kept 889. Here's six that are worth special mention:

Absence - Carrie Rodriguez: I first came across Carrie's singing/fiddle playing when she was duetting with Chip Taylor. Her solo stuff is grittier and more adventurous, although she lacks Chip's talent for memorable hooks and melodies.

Ornamental - Scissors For Lefty: They've toured with the Arctic Monkeys, The Smashing Pumpkins, Erasure and Fiery Furnaces. Their music doesn't break any boundaries, but is anthemic and tuneful.

This Is Exile - Whitechapel: The second I hear the characteristic growling vocals and speed-drumming, I usually dial in the '1 star' rating that means 'delete this track'. But there was something about this slice of deathcore that kept my attention. I still can't help smiling when I listen to it however.

Weighty Ghost - Wintersleep: A demo version of their single, Wintersleep have the ability to compose and play strong, catchy songs.

School Bus Driver (The Stop Song) - Daddy a Go-Go: Jonathan Richman-style hokum. Great fun.

Whatchadoin? (Villains Remix) - N.A.S.A. Ft. M.I.A., Spankrock, and Santigold: Relentless big beats, fat analogue synths. If I liked dancing, I would enjoy dancing to this.

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