Bandcamp Standouts: Vol. 2

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

Harq al’Ada – Heat Ritual, 2013

a0769651135_2Soothing movements mix with experimental rock concepts in St. Louis natives Harq al’Ada’s breakout release. A sense of warmth encompasses the krautrock and downtempo influenced tracks, making for a unique and diverse collection of sounds. From the dark, melty guitars of “Useless” and “Boninosuccinea,” to the skittish synths of “Lobster Fist,” and the unsettling vocals on “Prunus Serrulata,” Heat Ritual captures a solemn but equally psychedelic mood.

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Tsaik – Tea Enfoca, 2012

a1050895366_2Chicago producing duo Tsaik show of their natural beat making abilities in their debut album Tea Enfoca. Hard-hitting bass bounces around the tracks “Massa” and “Åpaturia feat. Hominidæ,” as do the ambient synths of “Sp.asia” and “Fuzzy Holo Demoop,” which are all creatively held together by a bundle of liquid, cool samples. Dabbling in ambient, acid, and trap influence, Tsaik show off a colourful range of electronic music, perfect for nearly any occasion.

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Curacy – Meridian, 2013

a0099191357_2Finnish producer Curacy’s Meridian EP flows heedfully along a calming path of chill synths and fuzzy noise. With drone influences, the ambient and natural sounds of the EP are comforting and meditative. Polished and clean, a reflective mood captures the album and makes for a great, relieving listen after a stressful week. Just in time, too; give this a listen should you need to drown out the hellish howls of your family’s holiday engagements. You’ll gain momentary peace for the sixteen minutes Meridian lasts.

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