Feb 28, 2015

Garmisch - And Now We Stand Against The Wall

We are staying in Malmö for today's post.  We have liked Garmisch since we first heard them BlocSonic's netBloc Volume 5 (The threat at Goliath's feet...). 

Black Paint was a wonderful introduction to the band and it was nice to revisit BlocSonic's marvelous back catalog to listen to more recent offerings.

And Now We Stand Against the Wall is a magical anthem that at times sounds like early Pink Floyd, but always stands out as uniquely Garmisch.  The tune appears on a BlocSonic release called Fishes.

There is a more recent remix of this tune posted to their Soundcloud page.

Their Facebook page has this helpful note:
They’ve from the start been putting together a mixture of influences and ideas, still trying to find their intended style; without any intensions about ever really getting there.
We may have to visit Malmö.

Garmisch - And Now We Stand Against The Wall 

Feb 27, 2015

Emerald Park - The Rules of Engagement

We have never shied away from the macabre at BSWC and we won't start now.

Emerald Park is a band from Malmö, Sweden. They released Black Box CC in July 2014 on Swedish netlabel, 23 Seconds

Emerald Park features lovely melodies with tight, witty lyrics. The first lines from today's post will surely grab you and lure you into the rest of the story.

23 Seconds has been around since 2006. It is always nice to see longevity in a netlabel. Johan Lundin founded 23 Seconds in the Swedish harbor city of Gothenburg. They have an extensive CC catalog that is well worth exploring.

Tack så mycket.

Emerald Park - The Rules of Engagement

Feb 26, 2015

Dot - IMF

Dot is Natasha Musevic. She is a Slovenian born music producer, singer, DJ and a multimedia artist who moved to London at the age of 19.

Listening to this track you can hope that the revolution will be in the commons. "I obey the Government everyday, the question is will the Government obey me."

IMF appeared on a 10th Birthday Mixtape assembled by CC-Europe. That was in 2012.  The track appeared on a ReadWriteMusic release in 2010.

Political music can be real and beautiful.

Dot - IMF

Feb 25, 2015

dustmotes - Glass Harp

Putting some new British trip-hop in the feed this morning.  A release called What We Left Behind by dustmotes dropped on the Dusted Wax Kingdom netlabel this week.  It is a wonderful collection of melodic and innovative trip-hop.

The moving force behind dustmotes is London-based Paul Croker.  One of the calling cards of the dustmotes releases is the blending of the "crunch" of the turntable and smooth digital samples.  

A snip from a description for a previous release explores this aspect:
His love affair with the vinyl format started at the age of 4, when he was given his first 7" single, and would grow throughout the next few decades throughout the Hip Hop, Trip Hop and Big Beat movements.  During the early years, he ruined a few parentally-owned record players teaching himself to scratch and mix records.
Smooth and crunchy, have a listen.

dustmotes - Glass Harp

Feb 24, 2015

Todeskurve - Drunk Pedestrians - Mean ( Feat Holly Heffelbower Relic) ( Tony Akano Loving Spouse Remix)

We have been spending some time exploring the Creative Commons community on Soundcloud. One of the big changes since the beginning of Black Sweater, White Cat has been the growth of Soundcloud from it's early, somewhat awkward user interface to the varied and diverse music site it is today.  

One thing that marks it is the lack of transparency in licensing. There are CC tags and CC groups and that is one way to find music in the commons.

Indeed, that is the way we found today's post.  It was posted to a CC group by Todeskurve. He is from Germany and co-moderates a number of CC groups at Soundcloud.

Homework from this post is to check out Drunk Pedestrians.  We are intrigued. Here is a little more from their website:
I remember waking up, naked and freezing, laying on this sort of tan-beige carpet in a hallway that Ishityounot reminded me of something out of a sci-fi TV show with ships vaguely resembling genitalia. It’s funny because that’s exactly where I was: a spaceship. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was fortunate to show up on a ship populated by my own kind. Showing up naked on some exo’s ship could’ve ended up kind of nasty. Still, I didn’t know that at the time, and I was more confused than even during the worst drinking blackout I’d experienced. No one would tell me what had happened and I was covered in some sort of weird goo.
There's more to the story.

Todeskurve - Drunk Pedestrians - Mean ( Feat Holly Heffelbower Relic) ( Tony Akano Loving Spouse Remix)

Feb 23, 2015

Gurdonark - Maisie's Dream

"Music connects us through shared stories and through melodies without a narrative."

This sentence is how a description of the subject of today's post begins over at ccMixter.org.  The track was produced by long-time BSWC friend, Gurdonark. He has been a mixter at the Creative Commons remix site since November of 2005.

We've included his work on the blog and on the BSWC radio program. You can find this work here, here, here, here, and here.

This track is vintage Gurdonark.  It was posted to the site this past November. In a review of this piece at ccMixter, mixter SacJo22 uses a term, (coined by Gurdonark himself), new to us, but fitting for the style, weirdbient.

We'll let Gurdonark explain:
Mary Emma Jones, a 19th Century Stage actress, performed as Miss Clive. Histories remember her as the companion of English artist Frederick Sandys, a Pre-Raphaelite painter. Mr. Sandys gave her the nickname Proud Maisie, as in the (now public domain) poem of that title by Sir Walter Scott...I tried to take the music to an other, dream-like place, where everything is too simple and not simple at all.
Music connects us through shared stories and through melodies without a narrative.

Gurdonark - Maisie's Dream

Feb 22, 2015

Elènne - Between Us (Feat. Mothica)

The future is now.  Elènne  has been making music since 2010. The 23 year-old artist and producer from Stuttgart has a huge presence on Soundcloud.  

For this track he teamed up with the ethereal singer Mothica.  The match was made in heaven. We are excited to share the results.

The track is described on the Nation United Music website:

The track is filled with different synth progressions and drops while allowing Mothica to deliver intoxicating lyrics/vocal work between a lover and a caller.
Get in on the ground floor.

Elènne - Between Us (Feat. Mothica)

Feb 21, 2015

Mr. Juan - Baby You're Really In Love

Today's post comes from France-based musician Juan Naveira aka Mr Juan who is also known for his side projects, Juanitos, Miss Emma and Limbo Deluxe. We had the pleasure of discovery when we posted a tune by Juanitos at the end of December. It was awesome to find his solo projects in February.

Our selection is from a 2013 release called London Jerks. Ahhh. French/British amity abides.

Here is a note from Mr. Juan's website:
If you dare to call it as « muzak » then you should admit it is a sort of arty muzak whose inspirational sources do hark back to whimsical space age pop and elfish exotica/tiki pop in addition to the aforementioned sections.
Elfish Exotica is awesome.

Mr. Juan - Baby You're Really In Love

Feb 20, 2015

Jennifer Paulos - I Say No More

Reggae and Dub music doesn't recognize borders.

Today's post comes from a 2-year old release on the netlabel, Dubophonic which is based in Cyprus.  Cyprus is an island in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. 

Dubophonic works to maintain a very broad definition of the genre of Reggae and Dub:
We retain focus on the art of dub music in its most diverse forms, whether it is electronic or acoustic/organic, roots or steppers, classic or contemporary. We are especially interested to promote crossover projects, fusing dub music with other genres of music, trying to define the outest boundaries of dub. 

Jennifer Paulos has Spanish, Swiss and Portuguese roots and works in Spain. Her music career has been building for a number of years and this release really showcases her talent and potential. this is a great track.  

Here is a bit from the release's liner notes:
Born in Ponferrada, Spain, the Hispano-Swiss-Portuguese artist has started releasing her first works back in 2010 with Hide Side on “Corrupzion in Zion” (2010) and since then she is moving only forwards. The collaborations with the local Spanish artist Dub Presidents, who produced her first album “The trial of the Self” (2010), as well as with Mystic Selectah (2012) from Madrid, were the starting point in her musical path. It was only a matter of time she would accomplish her international breakthrough through her collaborations with Izi Dub (FR) and Hi Fi Champion (CAN) in 2013.
The release is called Revolution and anyone who feels in their soul should check it out.

Jennifer Paulos - I Say No More

Jeckich & Jöckich - Bütz mich!

Here is a nice discovery on a really cold Friday morning. 

Jeckich and Jöckich have a fantastic release on the iD.EOLOGY netlabel from several years ago. They are from Cologne and probably celebrated the Carnival season with Bütz mich!

Nice work.

Jeckich & Jöckich - Bütz mich!