Bandcamp Picks of the Week 3/16/16
Are you spiraling in a directionless, meaningless void with no good outlet for new music? Want to stave off the inevitable death of art by directly supporting the people who make it? That’s what Bandcamp Picks of the Week is all about.
Summer Salt – DRIVING TO HAWAII
Genre: Surf Rock
Favorite Track: “Driving to Hawaii”
Summer Salt are a trio of dudes making surf rock in a place that is decidedly landlocked (Austin, TX), but if you can embrace how silly that is, you can embrace this silly, lighthearted EP as a whole and enjoy it for what it is. The record pays clear and regular homage to the Beach Boys while combining their sound with a little more contemporary jangle pop, so it’s a perfect delight to gently waste away a sunny afternoon. This is one of those EPs where the band does slight variations on the same song six times, but Summer Salt has their formula down so well that it’s really hard to fault them for it. You can groove to this record here.
Ulaan Passerine – THE GREAT UNWINDING
Genre: Ambient Folk, Drone
Favorite Track: “Unwinding,” “The Holy Fools”
A lot of people tend to balk at the notion of listening to 17 minute songs, but this record by Ulaan Passerine is a perfect example of how longer form compositions can be enormously gratifying in a way that more traditionally written three or four minute songs simply can’t be. The winding, varied, and layered emotional journeys Ulaan Passerine manages to take the listener on simply wouldn’t be possible if not for the expansive amount of time he leaves himself to compose each track. Different instruments will fade in and out as the driving force of the track, but it’s how they counter and respond to each other that makes the listening experience so lavish. These are songs that breathe with a simple elegance and grace; anyone should find THE GREAT UNWINDING a soothing release. Expand into nothingness with Ulaan here.