Diamonds in the Rough Ft. Jacob King, Markus Nikolaus, The Kerosene Hours, and Feedbag

Jacob King

Jacob King is a singer-songwriter and exceptional guitarist out of Buffalo, NY.

His vocals quiver and shake, and simply bring a calm feeling of antiquated hope to the listener.

His aesthetic is quite vintage. And sounds as if it was recorded in the basement of the Brill Building in the latter half of the sixties.

King’s music was recorded on 4-track cassette. And released on the indie label, Foxhead Record Co. Keep up with his music on Spotify!

Markus Nikolaus

The quintessential underground sound could be summed up by the raucous vibrations of Markus Nikolaus. But, would not one wish to hear more?

The vocals are oh so poignant, the aesthetic is gritty, and the beat is just to die for. What more could a rock and roller wish for?

The track is rugged, yet embodies a sleek and relaxed sound, a sound that evokes emotions of the darker, more unique quadrant of indie rock.

Keep up with Markus Nikolaus on Spotify, and be sure to give him a follow!

The Kerosene Hours

Have you ever been so very upset at her that you wear her favorite dress, just to make her mad? Well my fair-weather friends, that’s what this song entails. And we’re not so sure you’ll ever regret wearing it.

The underground dream is alive and well with this particular track. So much so in fact, we feel it belongs within a David Lynch film.

Now sit back, relax, and get down to the cyclical madness of The Kerosene Hours.

We hope that you enjoyed this track, as much as we did.

And please don’t be selfish, share the love and get down and dirty with the king of the modern day crooner. Don’t be afraid.

Stay up to date with The Kerosene Hours on Spotify!

Feedbag

A long, long, time ago, out of the deep waters of Stagnant Pond, Feedbag arose from the depths. Covered with moss and oh so very primal. Indeed, she emerged from the dark waters with fragments of melodies in her head. And over the aeons, the melodies slowly took form and have at last reached their final stage.

And lucky for you, she lives on to share these melodies with you.

We don’t cover many cover tracks, but a unique cover that we feel may supersede the original, is always welcome on our platform.

This lo-fi underground version seems to beckon to a deeper place, and is riddled with a downtrodden emotion of happy sadness. A true work of art in our lowly opinion.

Follow Feedbag on Spotify you filthy vagrants of the underground! It’d be much appreciated.

Now go, and spread the word, for the world weeps with sadness, because deep down inside, we all know that the superficial music on the popular airwaves completely blows.

Spooktacular Tracks Ft. Francesca Blanchard and Hieronymus Harry

Francesca Blanchard

Francesca Blanchard is a French-American artist & producer based out of Burlington, Vermont. Her music infuses super-pop arrangements with complex emotional subtleties of experimentalism.

“je sais plus quoi te dire” is a parody of emotional indulgence at its absolute finest. A true trick, or treat.

Inspired by the French Ye Ye Pop era of the sixties, the track is a nonsensical cry for a long lost lover’s attention. An instant classic in our book!

When Francesca isn’t on stage or in the studio, chances are she’s hiking somewhere in the mountains.

Hieronymus Harry

Hieronymus Harry returns to the blog with a jester-like yet down-home fancy. The track waxes and wanes, but in the end, the folk-laden grandeur of the single shines bright.

The track is a hypnotic – spellbound infusion of twangy guitar solos and euphoric wails that explore the mystic meanderings of fulfillment and oneness with the cosmos.

“It’s about finding that bright, comfortable space within yourself where others can come and meet you. We meander in and out, but finding contentment with its absence can be the quickest way back in.”

“Radiant Planet” is the second single off of Hieronymus Harry’s debut album, The River of Doom, which arrives to streaming platforms November 11th! We can’t wait to give it a spin!

Autumn Moonlight: Sid’s Balcony, tyypes, Friendly Faces x Simona Boson

Sid’s Balcony

What Sid’s Balcony is doing in the studio is a little different than the average Joe, and it almost makes one want to dance, in a kind of experimental fashion – oh, and wait for the translucent mirage of the chorus to set in, it’ll blow you away.

“Getting Down” is about putting on a cheerful face in social situations even when somewhat uncomfortable and feeling the weight of social anxiety creeping in…

In short, it’s a play on words, meaning being both “getting down” as a dance expression and also as an emotional state of being.

The track is an absolute slow burner. A retro reflection in low fidelity. A sexy tidbit of attitude, style, and electrified resonance from within.

Sid’s Balcony is a sonic reflection that draws inspiration from the deep well of early nineties hip hop and psychedelic dream-pop.

Follow Sid’s Balcony on Instagram.

tyypes

ttypes is the solo project of Grand Rapids own, Tim Krauss.

The most convenient overlay for the sound of Krauss would be ‘indie’, but from there it creeps ever-outward from ambient instrumental, to piano-pop, to psych-rock, to electronic pop, and other various genres.

Krauss draws a lot of inspiration from the books of Ursula K. LeGuin and writes politically charged music from time to time. But not all the time.

This particular track reworks Beck’s remix of Philip glass’ ‘NYC 73 78’ which is looped, tuned, and harmonized in a heavenly fashion.

The vocals almost resemble poetry more than traditional song lyrics. It’s an iridescent trip through both space and time. A true treat for the underground listener.

Keep up with tyypes on Instagram.

Friendly Faces x Simona Boson

Friendly Faces is an independent psych-folk outfit out of Chicago.

All the project’s music is written and preformed by Cameron Goulder and Griffin Mang, but now features Jakob Morris on the bass guitar. And for this particular single (that came out the 1st of October) features the beautiful Simona Boson.

We hope that you sit back, and fully enjoy this little track of lost innocence. Don’t be a fool.

The track is a sad, moody letter of endearment to the devil himself. Yes, that’s right, Lucifer. The prince of darkness. The Morningstar.

The track is inspired by “Satan is Real” by the Louvin Brothers.

Follow Friendly Faces on Instagram.

ty’s experiment626 [spotify exclusive]

The structure of this original track is inspired by Erykah Badu’s “Green Eyes”.

The demo was produced in-house using an electric guitar and midi keyboard, and the final version includes additional instrumentation layered over top of it.

Most of the lyrics are freestyle – spontaneous in nature. In short, the track is a meandering reflection on existentialism, fear, the ego, and the desire to just let go of it all, and give into the inner darkness of creativity.

The production quality is superb, the experimentalism is otherworldly, and the ensemble as a whole is just quite simply a sublime sonic experience to behold.

Be sure to check out the rest of the EP on Spotify.

Keep up with ty on Instagram.

Experimental track of the month: Micah Frank & Chet Doxas — Ave Maria Ft. Mary Lattimore

The sublime single “Ave Maria” by Brooklyn-based Micah Frank & Chet Doxas, exemplifies a masterful harp performance by Mary Lattimore, and seems to beckon a new age of spectral experimentalism.

The enigmatic track evolves from a lone tape loop into a fragmented spectrum of sound with melodic splinters of woodwinds and electronic elements woven throughout.

The cryptic soundscape unfolds as a hypnotic trance, and seems to lull the listener into a catatonic state.

The eclectic spectrum of intricate sounds, and Doxas’s woodwind voice sits atop the vibrations with timid fragments of brilliance. Follow the project on Instagram.