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“Through the Deep, Dark Valley” by The Oh Hellos

I downloaded this album from Bandcamp as soon as it released, which is available digitally at “name your own price”. After listening to it several times over the past month, I finally ordered the CD. To my delight it arrived just before Christmas! I might go as far as saying it’s one of my favorite albums for 2012, and I’m definitely looking forward to hearing what The Oh Hellos come up with in coming years.

The anthem-like vocals are incredibly catchy, especially on the opening track (and my personal favorite) “The Valley”. The duo of vocalists, Maggie and Tyler Heath, are siblings that originate from Texas. They blend very well, yet have nicely contrasting textures in their voices. Their lyrics are refreshing rather than mindless, and the overall album melds all the tracks together very well–it is a concept album after all, which is a new phrase I can add to my vocabulary. It’s nice having songs that all relate to each other because I feel I can better appreciate the effort that goes into the producing the entire album. I feel we lose that appreciation when we only focus on individual tracks from artists these days… guess that’s why I still prefer listening to CD’s over my MP3’s sometimes.

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Stumbleine “Spiderwebbed”

Just ordered another album, and it arrived in the mail just before the weekend! I’ve been enjoying Stumbleine’s album Spiderwebbed constantly since then. This chillwave artist hails from the UK, and I really love the dreamy landscape he has created in his music. It’s emotional yet uplifting, possibly due to its very organic structure.

I’m a sucker for his opening track “Cherry Blossom,” and am drawn in by the nostalgic instrumental introduction followed by floating vocals and a strong pulse. “Honeycomb” is my second favorite track. Stumbleine has a breadth of albums available on Bandcamp, but this one was available through Monotreme Records. I got the CD, but digital downloads and LPs are available for sale too. Monotreme Records sent me a free compilation album of their artists with my order, so maybe you’ll luck out and get a copy too.


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Rare Monk

Found another artist to listen to at work, perfect for those lonely rainy mornings when I need a little edge to my routine. Rare Monk has a couple albums out for free download.

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