My picks from Second Nature Recordings
After spending more than 48 hours, sweating under the covers with the flue, I am finally over the worst fever delirium...thank God!
Anyway, the other day I stumbled upon Second Nature Recordings and I've collected 10 mp3's from 5 of their signed artists. Enjoy!
Vancouver's Ox is a musical meeting of the minds in the tradition of The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Velvet Underground, and Frank Zappa – a musical affirmation that anything goes, anything rocks, anything rolls.
L.A. City [mp3]
Appleseed Cast frontman, Chris Crisci, departs from space rock and moody atmospherics for a multi-instrumental fuzz-folk masterpiece. Layers of home-recorded toy pianos, glockenspiels, children’s xylophones, trumpets, and cellos combine with the traditional folk-rock instrumentation of acoustic guitars, banjos, and harmonica to form an eerie mix of Daniel Johnston, Van Dyke Parks, and Marc Olsen.
Taxi On Vermont [mp3]
Rocky is a soft-spoken, very sweet, very hard-working 28-year-old father of two, born in rural Texas and raised in the Pacific Northwest indie scene (where he fronted the acclaimed but emo-stigmatized Waxwing). He has matured over the course of three increasingly accomplished solo albums, and writes songs that seem to have been scratched into a boxcar wall by a worn-out and lonesome ghost.
White Daisy Passing [mp3]
Portland Is Leaving [mp3]
The City Is Calling [mp3]
The Light and the Sound [mp3]
Be careful of what you think you are hearing. An aurally deceptive experience, The Metapolitan is Mike Behrenhausen and Jme White unrestrained. Using very few samples or synths, and without sequencers, Blusom captures the soul of analog manipulations by Eno, Branca, and Rhys Chatham. Meanwhile, they manage to erect these visions around Behrenhausen’s delicate, personal pop structures a la East River Pipe.
Midnights and Mornings [mp3]
Prospering at home between the flint hills and wheat fields of their native Kansas, The Belles are a two-piece (give or take a few friends) consisting of Chris Tolle and Jake Cardwell, born of the underrepresented elements of Lawrence, Kansas’ music scene. The Belles have purposefully channeled the tradition of crafted songwriting and lagging downbeats more akin to locals such as Gene Clark or Freedy Johnson.
(These Things Will) Kill Me [mp3]