A couple of month’s ago I featured Overhead, The Albatross – one of my favourite band’s of the last couple of years – as part of MAP. This month, I’ve got a related but very, very different beast.
Joe Panama is the charismatic bassist behind the instrumental act, but also makes swirling, slow-building bedroom electronica, such as the 22-minute epic on offer here. This isn’t pop music, it’s more ‘walk in the rain to a slow-building buzz’ music. It also takes up a substantial portion of the total 17-track download, below, so you might as well have them all, right? Dig in…
Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 17-track compilation through Dropbox here.
IRELAND: Hendicott Writing
Joseph Panama – Side 2
This 22-minute ambient track might be one of the more unusual and slow-gestating songs ever to have been included in the MAP project, but it’s also a great example of Ireland’s modern-day musical diversity: deceptively intense as it flits on, yet still walking a fine line between background music and inventive modern electronica. One for a long, thoughtful walk, it’s a far cry from its creator’s rocky day-to-day project Overhead, The Albatross.
El Violinista Del Amor & Los Pibes Que Miraban – Inofensivos
El Ruido y La Culpa: Una Opereta Lastimera is the band’s fourth album in more than six years on the road. It’s a crazy journey through an eclectic salad of genres, something we’re quite used to with them. Their music overcomes drama, bad mood and guilt with humor, irony and abandon.
AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
Spookyland – Bulimic
Forget wearing your heart on your sleeve. This track stabs it profusely, draws a stake through the middle and stands over watching as your arteries bleed out in 4/4 time. Sorry for the emotional terrorism, but hear this track from Sydney outfit Spookyland and you’ll probably agree it warrants the description. Marcus Gordon’s prose is stark, its delivery brutal at times – but you get the feeling there’s something important to be said beyond the rhetoric. It’s a stoic, turbulent six-minute epic – and the ending is worth the wait.
BRAZIL: Meio Desligado
Bonifrate – Museu De Arte Moderna
Museu De Arte Moderna is the title song from Bonifrate’s new album. It has the psychedelic vibe of the whole record, plus some Beck influence that makes it more contemporary. His album is one of the jewels of the Brazilian indie scene in 2015.
CANADA: Ride The Tempo
Pony Girl – Candy
Ottawa’s Pony Girl creatively blends acoustic elements such as guitars and wind instruments with electronic samples for the delicate harmonies of their single Candy. Who knew two singers in unison could be so beautiful?