Unearthing MySpace Gems
Another week passes and a delivery of five new MySpace pages has arrived for you. I can literally sense your excitement! Just to recap; all of the artists and groups I feature have one thing (at least) in common; all have had less than 10,000 page-views. If you know of any artists on MySpace, with less than that many page-views, that you think I should feature, please let me know.
Third Face – http://www.myspace.com/thirdface
I'm breaking my own rules by featuring this page – I don't know anything bout this person (or these people). A blank bio and no link to another website. I did some sniffing around and found out that Third Face had actually released an LP on Full Cycle records back in 2003 called Topics In Practical Science. So, I can now tell you that Third Face is Mark Young from sunny England. Anyway, the tracks on his MySpace page – they're fantastic! Mark lists his genres as electronica/experimental/folk, but you really need to hear for yourself, it's like acoustic trip-hop. All of the tracks on his page are great, but I think my particular fav is What You Do.
The Bird and The Bee – http://www.myspace.com/thebirdandthebee
Greg Kurstin and Inara George make up this duo and their sound is simply not to be missed. Another of the new breed that is alternative-pop – the mixture of 60's style sounds and dreamy vocals is hard to resist. The Bird and The Bee are actually signed to the famous jazz label Bluenote and have an album due out in January 2007, so look out for that. Once more, every track on this page is good, but I guess the one that really caught my ear was the dreamy acoustic ditty Again and Again.
Moran is a chap named Dylan whom lives in New York (not to be confused with the old York). Listed on his MySpace page as purely experimental, Moran doth hath tunes to delight the masses. The first track on the page is Taken Back, a real stormer of a track – thumping beats and mean samples. You should definitely take the time to listen to the other tracks on Moran's page, It's Been Over a Decade is simply fantastic in particular. Superb beats in an eclectic blend of styles comparable to Blockhead, RJD2, Aphex Twin, man the list could go on. Special shout out to Scattermish for the heads-up on this one.
Briskey – http://www.myspace.com/briskeymusic
Briskey is essentially Gert Keunen a nu-jazz/electronica artist from Ghent in Belgium, however Briskey is, on occasion, a live band too, comprising of another five members. Basically, if you like upbeat jazz, you'll like Briskey. There's a real feeling of mixed styles and sounds with the Briskey music – like they've taken the finer parts from several disciplines to create a new sensation and sound. All of the tracks offer something slightly different, so be sure not to skim over any. I particularly like Caffe Cino, that sounds like it was created as score music to a film, really strong stuff.
Robert Jarvis is Zeal, another alternative-pop mastermind, hailing from Adelaide, South Australia. Only two tracks are available to sample on this MySpace page, but both are fantastic down-tempo creations. The track Salt just has me hooked, a nice mix of electronic samples, a steady chilling bass-line, and flowing vocals. If this is the future of pop music, then the future is very bright. Zeal deserves some of your precious time, so check out his MySpace page and also his website too.
That's your five pages for this week. Please take the time to explore each page and leave them some feedback – don't forget to let me know what you think, too!