In this edition: we feature the work of Australia’s Oliver Tank, discover Local Hero, plus our weekly considerations and videos.
Artist Feature: Oliver Tank
Last month, we featured Guerre who records on Yes Please! records. The holidays got in the way of featuring his label mate, Oliver Tank. Out of Sydney, Oliver is a dreamwave artist who released his Dreams EP back in November through Bandcamp. NPR mentioned Tank along with five other artists in a post about the gems one can find on music distribution platforms like Bandcamp and SoundCloud. Way to be timely, NPR.
Regardless, Dreams is full of ambient downtempo synthesizer with Tank singing softly over carefully measured tones and beats. It’s entrancing, and great if you need to come down from a tough day. You can pay what you want for Dreams on Bandcamp (link below). We’ve also posted Past, Present, Future, which was recorded live on FBi radio in New South Wales.
Check out: Past, Present, Future [stream]
Download: Dreams [Bandcamp]
Discover: Local Hero!
The boy-girl interplay on Local Hero‘s Lady Wisconsin is enticingly sweet indie pop. The boys added multi-instrumentalist Maya Laner this fall, and she’s already paying dividends. In September, this quartet from Berkeley, California released the Aldgate EP via Bandcamp.
There’s a Beatles meets Vampire Weekend vibe to Aldgate. Full of fun, jangly pop songs, Local Hero keeps it light and entertaining.
Check out: Lady Wisconsin [stream]
Purchase/stream: Aldgate [Bandcamp]
–Did you get a chance to check out our Great Albums of 2011 posts yet? A mix is nearly complete. Be sure to follow along.
–For those of you who need to hear every bit of material that Radiohead and its members make, check out Thom Yorke‘s latest single, Twist. It takes monotony to a new level. Ah, but I like it…
Videos, videos, videos…
Local Hero – Lady Wisconsin
Phone Joan – Damned (great song and video!)
The Tallest Man on Earth – Love Is All (Later with Jools Holland)
Vandaveer – Good Morning (American Inn Project–see below)
We received this statement from the directors of the Good Morning video, and thought we’d pass it along.
“GOOD MORNING: THE AMERICAN INN PROJECT
by Kurt Gohde & Kremena Todorova // music by Vandaveer