cheyenne_h on 07/26/2018 at 02:50PM
French indie-pop band Juniore visited WFMU to perform on Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B on Friday, July 13 2018. Their session was added to the archive this week, and we wanted to shine a spotlight on these wonderful tracks. There are elements of Françoise Hardy and other slinky French pop stars that came before, but there are also clear through-lines to early rock and roll, from overblown organ interludes to bluesy bass walks, and a touch of surf here and there.
Listen to the full performance below, or if you want to hear an interview with the band in addition to the full archived WFMU episode, click here.
cheyenne_h on 07/25/2018 at 11:46AM
Retrowave is a term used to describe music that hearkens back to early synth sounds used in pop. In this case, think of early Japanese animation. Fast cars, chunky moto jackets, night marketplaces, dance clubs and asymmetrical hair. It might also be called Citypop - a term that is a jazzy, cosmopolitan sound that was all the rage in 1980s Japan. This album, Osaka Lights, brings the more synth-driven sound to the fore.
Opening with "Driving In The Rain" (complete with field recordings from a rainstorm), the tone is set: this is an album for cruising around a neon-lit city at night, sparkling and refracted in a million raindrops on a windshield. "Mount Fuji" gets a little darker and blustery, whereas "Palms and Seagulls" has a distinct summery, beachy cruise vibe. Listen below.
cheyenne_h on 07/23/2018 at 11:08AM
The "Enchanted Forest" of Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal is a many-splendored listen. Each track has its own texture and unique flow. The opening, title track introduces the album in a calming, meditative way, but the rest of the album veers from that path often, to introduce new sonic landscapes. "Know Your Birds" helps you learn to identify birdcalls. "Tryptic Dance" trots along with arpeggiating synths, drum machines, and live-looped marimba to encourage trancelike listening, and then hits you with a synth solo that is as unexpected as it is appropriate, it flits around the track with the random calculations of a moth circling a flame. "Orange Sunshine" brings the album full circle, ending in a place that is similar to where it began.
This Baltimore duo is making something in the tradition of many other new age artists working around the world, bringing this gentle, progressive music form back into the limelight. If you enjoy music that is progressive, layered electronic, or vaguely educational, you may want to give this one a listen.
cheyenne_h on 07/18/2018 at 02:09PM
A new curator has joined us in the last few months bringing music from Central and South America, Fonogramas América Afroindígena! If you enjoy the sounds of Latin American folk, blended with sounds of African diaspora, you'll enjoy the music that this unique netlabel has to offer. While their current offerings are somewhat small, they are wildly diverse, rich collections. You'll hear influences from Mexican folk traditions, including mariachi and banda music, as well as indigenous sounds, instruments, and some tracks that are wonderful representations of the cultural diversity that permeates Central and South America.
Have a listen below, or go explore their full collection here!
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cheyenne_h on 07/18/2018 at 02:00PM
Profoundly peaceful and inspiring, Senegalese musician Youssoupha Sidibe's harping skills will likely leave you in a state of relaxed awe. The album shared with us, "Sacred Sound," is a tender and beautiful performance of the Kora, an African harp that can be plucked, strummed, or otherwise brought to life. You can listen to selections from the release below, or visit the full album and experience it for yourself.
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cheyenne_h on 07/18/2018 at 09:08AM
New York-based musician Sam Newsome specializes in pushing the medium of solo saxophone. He was invited to WFMU to perform live on the radio for Kurt Gottschalk's program, Miniature Minotaurs, on July 13th. The recordings are edgy, raw, and innovative. His techniques range from traditional vibrato and percussive methods to unusual additions to his instrument to create extra sounds, textures, and depth to his work.
"My music," says Newsome, "is a type of improvisatory art music in which jazz functions more as a resource than a musical genre to be interpreted with stylistic specificity."
His first improvisation session is more experimental than the second, with chimes hanging from the instrument, percussive key-tapping, and an exploration of low-range sounds that issued from his instrument. The second improvisation is laced with arpeggios and bears a resemblance to compositions by Philip Glass.
Want to hear it already? Click on a track below:
cheyenne_h on 07/17/2018 at 10:25AM
Just a reminder to you artists out there -- you, too, can be featured on our FMA front page! All you have to do is write a paragraph or two about yourself (or, preferably a release on FMA), add a few tracks, and publish your blog entry. Then send us a note about it - we'll take care of the rest! Entries are added at our discretion, so blogging about a release or launch is not a guarantee, but it does increase your chances considerably (as opposed to not writing at all)!
cheyenne_h on 07/06/2018 at 08:55PM
The FMA is full of strange sounds, and some are downright otherworldly! There is an instrument known to some called the waterphone, and it's played with a bow or mallets. This instrument is made of an array of metal rods connected to a bowl that has water inside a central handle (see photo above for some examples). This allows for ethereal and eerie sounds to emerge when a bow is drawn across the metal; different rods generate different tones. If you've ever seen a scary movie, you've probably heard the sound of this amazing instrument. Recently, Philp Gayle appeared on WFMU to perform and has generously shared the recording with us at the Free Music Archive. Listen below:
cheyenne_h on 06/29/2018 at 10:44PM
For the month of July 2018, we're accepting your chillest poolside tunes, hottest summer jams, and most creative summer sound collages! That's right, it's our Summer Jam Challenge!
If you've never submitted a song to FMA before, now's your chance. If you have, you know the drill. Details below.
We are accepting submissions from now until Wednesday, August 1st.
Your song must meet the following criteria:
*less than 7 minutes in length
*licensed CC BY-NC-SA
*must be original work & original to FMA (artists, please no re-posting of music you've already added to FMA)
*thematically appropriate (so, for example, songs about ice cream, sunglasses, pools, days being longer, etc)
cheyenne_h on 06/26/2018 at 07:01PM
Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Lithics pays homage to the art-punks of yesteryear with their impatient, deliberate guitars that march along in argument, sparse percussion that propel the songs along, and delightfully deadpan, imaginative lyrics. In the past year, they've visited WFMU twice (once to appear on Liz Berg's program and once, most recently, on the Evan "Funk" Davies show), and if you haven't heard about them by now, do yourself a favor and give them a listen.
Recommended if you like the Fall, Bush Tetras, or DNA.