Unearthing MySpace Gems
I have five MySpace Music profiles to share with you today. The thing they all have in common (currently) is that they all have less than 10,000 views on their respective pages. So, we're gonna give them some more views, aren't we?!
I don't plan on going into too much detail on each profile as I am hoping you'll take the time to actually read the info on the pages yourself – I'm no copy & paste monkey! So, in no particular order, here are the five profiles…
Grudle Bay Riots – http://www.myspace.com/grudlebayriots
Grudle Bay Riots are Nathan Allsworth and Tom Hodges, originally from Oxford, but now living in London. They list their genre on their MySpace page as simply experimental. The first track on their player is Using Lift Guilt Trip and this song is nothing short of breath-taking. Nice combination of acoustic strings and bassy beats. There's a very Four Tet kind of feeling to their music, and that's always a good thing in my books. If you like artists such as Four Tet, Bonobo, and Quantic, then I'm sure you'll be feeling these guys. Check them out.
The Entrusted – http://www.myspace.com/theentrusted
These guys list themselves as being indie/electronica/rock. They are a two man band comprising of Amir Boyangiu and Rob Carpenter and they're based in Brooklyn, New York. The most played track on their page is Yield – this track is extremely deep and emotionally evoking, perhaps in a way you'd expect from such groups as Explosions In The Sky, Sigur Ros, or Doves (take your pick!). The music is genuinely spine-tingling stuff and the vocals are sublime. To listen to The Entrusted you have to wonder why you've never heard of them or their music before now.
Jay Purcell – http://www.myspace.com/jaypurcell
Jay is a talented musician/producer from London, he lists his main genres as funk/dub/experimental. The track Zoomba on his page contains a very polished blend of raw beats and classical strings, the arrangement is almost of a quite cinematic nature, given the build ups and layers to this diverse offering. In a way it reminds me of Amon Tobin and/or Massive Attack – but either way you really need to check it out for yourself. By listening to Jay's tracks you can tell a lot of thought, time, and effort went into each – I'd be willing to guess that he is quite the perfectionist!
Musetta – http://www.myspace.com/musettamusic
From Milan, Italy, we have Musetta. Electronica/down-tempo/trip hop, are their listed genres. Their music is in a sort of Lamb/Portishead vein – nicely produced beats and gorgeous vocals. I could easily chill for hours to the music of Musetta. All of the tracks on their MySpace profile are definitely worth checking out, but a particular favourite of mine is Ophelia's Song, it has an obscene repeat play factor – I could listen over and over! The whole package is just so well produced that it is another instance of wondering why I haven't already heard of these guys – it's criminal really.
Sirka Ragnar – http://www.myspace.com/sirkaragnar
Lastly, coming out of Norway, we have Sirka Ragnar – an indie/electronica/rock group. Their track Nove Stereo is a real pleasurable aural experience. Precise electronic samples, paired with a sturdy bass-line, and solid (yet soft) vocals. These guys are about as good of an example of what decent indie/electronica/rock should sound like that you are likely to find! It's a strange sensation listening to their music, where you can find yourself spotting how they have blended the genres, but then also find yourself appreciating how complete and polished it all sounds – a very complete sound.
I hope you will take the time to check out each of the pages detailed above, and also leave the artists some feedback – would also be nice if you left me some comments about the music on this post too!