Bandcamp Standouts: Vol. 1

Bandcamp offers all the tools any bedroom producer may need in order to realize their magnum opus. Each year, hundreds of new promising musicians release consistent works rivaling those of top forty pop stars, and this list simply scrapes the surface of what is possible with a lot of hard work and love for the craft.

 

Obsidian Kingdom – Mantiis, 2012

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This breakout album by Barcelona fivesome Obsidian Kingdom surpasses all that we have come to expect from any typical black metal record. With noticeable influences ranging from ambient (“Not Yet Five”) to jazz (“Last of the Light”), Mantiis is a wildly playful beast. A rich array of drones and instruments, paired with the solemn aesthetic of Mantiis, makes for a unique, masterfully crafted sound.

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Various – The Glitchy / The Dusty, Night Swimmers Records, 2013

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Eclectic Frankfurt-based record label, Night Swimmers, released the double album The Glitchy / The Dusty this year, and with it came wonderfully exciting new artists. Sprinkling in sub genres from downtempo to chiptune, all twenty-plus collaborators to The Glitchy / The Dusty bring a nod of originality and a hint of love to the record, making it an electronic delight. Whether you’re spending the night in or out, there is a song to fit your mood.

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Spanish Air – Spanish Air, 2013

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Surfing through the shoegaze-ambient sounds of Spanish Air, this unnamed London-occupying musician is the closest way to substantiate a dream. With uplifting drones and guitar medleys, Spanish Air is an escapist love-letter. With its encompassing, nostalgic aesthetic, the mood of Spanish Air’s eponymous debut is youthful and naive, but absolutely endearing. Look no further than this piece to lift a grey Saturday sky.

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