Discover Weekly highlights 2-19-17

1. “Radiate” by Erik Ekholm

It’s as the title of the album says, “Extreme Epic.” This piece builds where it’s supposed to, and drives on, for an ongoing, never dull listening experience.

2. “Confessions of a Toothpaste Machine” by Third Dimension Doorknob

Unfortunately, my favorite track of the week is not on Youtube. But…this thing is amazing. Seriously. I just wish it was available more places.

Here’s the Spotify link:

3. “Butterfly Effect” by fox capture plan

This piece has so much going on, that though it may not be specifically my “flavor”, I couldn’t not include it in the list. It stays true to its name, as “the butterfly effect” is the idea that everything affects everything. It’s…stimulating, to say the least. Give it a whirl.

4. “Formed by Glaciers” by Kubbi

It’s great to slow down sometimes. But it’s rare to find a slower piece, a simple one at that, that still carries the power and emotion to make it worth my time. But, there’s this one. It’s one of those, “I can’t stop listening” kind of tracks. Really makes you take a moment to think.

5. “Slay the Chopper” by Zweihänder

I think it’s rather well-known that the Germans are the kings of electronica. So naturally, when I see a German name in my Discover Weekly, I get excited. And needless to say, I was not disappointed.

 

That’s all for this week.

Listen on,

Hailey

Discover Weekly 2-11-17

Spotify understands me! Let’s get down to it:

1. “Within” by William Joseph

Goals. Seriously. This is what I want to do. So much depth. So much beauty.

3. “Babylon of the Occident” by The Shanghai Restoration Project

This is so gorgeous and so different. A great blast of Western music with so much Eastern influence. So chill and so intense.

3. “Turn my Crimson into White” by Stephan J. Anderson

The epicness and heart in this. The more you listen, the more you hear. I love that guitar in the background messing around in the beginning. And the flutes. And the size of the drums…And those hand claps. So much African flavor in a great big epic track.

4. “When Leaves Fall” by Thad Fiscella

It’s hard to find piano pieces that don’t sound like boring background music. But stop and listen to this one. There is so much heart in its simplicity, in how it communicates emotion and tells a story. It goes to show that it doesn’t take much to make good music.

5. “Wheels Down” by Adam Young

Though this is a little smooth for my taste, it can’t go without being mentioned. It’s good. It’s big and full and fun and has a lot to it.

6. “The Moments in Between” by The Reign of Kindo

This song has everything: arrangement, emotion, drama, and creativity. It breaks all the rules so smoothly, but still keeps a “normal”ish sound to it. It’s a great working of new ideas within an old structure.

7. “Waterfall” by Joel Ansett

And now for something completely different. Listen it this. It’s beautiful. The lyrics, the vocals, the simplicity and space. This song lets itself breath, and everything in it compliments the message and emotion that it’s trying to get across.

 

So much good stuff, I know. Hopefully next week will be good too.

Listen on,

Hailey.

Hailey Investigates: Anamanaguchi

Sometimes I discover cool music, and I want more of it but just don’t have the time and focus to listen to more at that moment. So I created the Investigate later playlist: a dump of cool stuff I have yet to look into more. It’s grown rather huge lately, but I want to dig into it some more and actually follow through on the investigation. And if an artist turns out to be cool, I’ll share it on here.

Today we’re looking at a band called Anamanaguchi. Anamanaguchi composes for video games, as well as produces a bunch of their own stuff.


This track is called “Danger Mountain,” and it’s what got them into my Investigate Later playlist in the first place. It throws me back to classic Sonic the Hedgehog tunes from SEGA Genesis. It also carries a notable Japanese flavor, which is awesome and full of energy. It’s just…fun. Fun and timeless.

Wikipedia:

“Anamanaguchi combines digital electronic sounds such as those seen in Chiptune and Bitpop with traditional band instrumentation. As with other chiptune artists, they have created music using video game hardware from the mid- to late 1980s: namely an NES and a Game Boy.”

 

Though I don’t see myself as listening to much more of Anamanaguchi (as I personally can only take so much 8-bit), here’s some other cool tracks I found by them:

“Meow”

“Helix Nebula”

 

Listen on,

Hailey

Discover Weekly highlights 1/22/17

Okay, so this week I got a lot of cool stuff. It was hard to narrow it down.

But I’m gonna start with the best:

1. “Pheonix Rising” by Calum Graham

This blew me away. Absolutely amazing. Yeah…I just…don’t have much more to say about it.

2. “If You Could Hie to Kolob” by Jonathan Keith

As Spotify has been getting closer to figuring out my taste, this week they included a whole bunch of instrumental hymns and worship songs. Unfortunately, most of them are the style you would hear in the background of a Hobby Lobby (no offence, Hobby Lobby. I seriously love you). Except this one. The piano is played with such drama and depth that I would like to replicate in my own future playing. And I don’t even know this actual song!

3. “Eve” by Neulore

Every once in a while I will be surprised by some really nice lyrical music. This is one of those songs. It’s deep, the words are meaningful, and the music is expressive. It all blends together so well in a way that makes a different kind of sound. The well-built atmosphere behind it keeps me listening.

4. “Vrij” by Matthijn Buwalda

So the other week Spotify thought I was Swedish, this week I have a Dutch song for you (they had a Finnish song in my playlist this week, too, but I like this one more). I dunno, I just feel like listening to foreign music gives one a better appreciation for the music and language as a whole, as you can’t be distracted by the words. It also gives a broader appreciation of talent and culture around the world.

Anyway, this is a simple and fun song that I’ve had the pleasure of listening to.

Oh, and “Vrij” means, “Free”, by the way.

5. “I Give Up” by Elijah Bossenbroek

Now we get into some other instrumental stuff. So much expression and heart in this. Just listen and feel it. Feel the epicness.

6. “Dark” by Greg Maroney

Another instrumental piano bit. This solo piano piece holds its own. Despite its simplicity, it breaks rules and has enough power to it to keep going without dragging. Beautiful.

And that’s what we have for this week! I will leave you with this rendition of “Hallelujah” by Josh Vietti.

As always,

Listen on, crew.

Hailey

Discover Weekly highlights 12-26-16

Hey all! I love finding new music. Having listened to so much stuff, it’s hard to find new things without some digging. But the internet changes the game. We have more access to the musical underground than ever before. Literally anybody with a computer can make and upload music. And that’s cool. And anyone with a computer can access this music. Which is awesome.

As someone with somewhat eclectic, anti-mainstream taste, I always tend to be disappointed in Spotify’s picks for my personal “Discover Weekly” playlist. However, Spotify has finally started putting cool stuff in my “Discover Weekly” playlist. Sometimes when I find this cool stuff, I just have to share it. Which is the point of this post.

This last week had some major highlights. I feel like I got super lucky.

1. “To The Quick” by Enter the Haggis


Okay, so get this: Instrumental Celtic rock. It’s got all the rock basics covered, but with insane bagpipe and fiddle action. How Spotify knew I would like this is beyond me. But it is wicked awesome.

2. “Hotel Midi” by Ronald Jenkees

This is just fun. Chill, groovy, atmospheric, and electronic without being overbearing. It was simply a pleasure to come across. Thank you, Spotify, for this treat.

3. Soluppgång (feat. Jenny Wahlström) by Robert Eriksson & Paul Biktor Börjesson


Okay, so yeah. I lose a few points for the boring mainstream worship music production of this one. In case you can’t tell, it’s “Rising Sun” originally by All Sons and Daughters. But, look! It’s in Swedish! Swedish! How often do you hear Swedish versions of modern worship songs?
…I didn’t think so.

So there you have it, that’s this week’s findings. I’ll post again next week if I find more cool stuff.

Peace out, Hailey.