Hello, everyone! Can you believe that it’s already autumn?!? Indeed, where does the time go? Been a bit busy with school and several music projects, but I wanted to take a brief moment to mention some of the great new releases that are now available, or that soon will be. So get ready. Aside from reading my dreadful copy, I will require a little more effort from you, the gentle reader, as I advise you….. nay, URGE you, to turn up your speakers, plug in your headphones and check out some of these exciting indie artists, and the new work they’ve been putting together:
Alien Skin: I’m Your Machine
My dear friend George, of Alien Skin, has just released an absolutely FAN-FRICKIN-TASTIC new single, and it’s one his best-ever. I didn’t think it would be possible to top his amazing Secret Garden album, but he’s done just that. It’s clothed from head-to-toe in that glorious electro-fied Kraftwerk mystique. Vocoded vocals to an up-tempo beat, with Alien Skin’s trademark melancholy vibe. You need this one on your iPod!
But don’t take my word for it……. check it for yourself, along with it’s top-notch B-side, at Alien Skin’s official Bandcamp page:
EmT: Stay (Demo)
A new band from the UK I’ve recently been introduced to, EmT are an amazing synth-pop duo that are currently in the process of releasing their first album. They have several demos up for listening on SoundCloud. All of them are fantastic, but one song in particular, called ‘Stay’, is of significant note. With a female vocal that resides somewhere between Alison Moyet and Lisa Stansfield, it just oozes soulful emotion. It’s not very often I find a song that makes me want to play it over and over again, quite like this one. I’ll be doing a proper interview/Q & A with the members of EmT, and will be posting that here on the Eminent Domain in October.
But for now, stop whatever you’re doing, and get the hell over to SoundCloud, and check this baby out:
Shaun Kelly: Airwaves
From a dear old friend, a fellow NY-er, and my one-time mentor in all things synthesizer-related, comes the announcement of an upcoming release that I’m particularly excited about. Shaun Kelly will be releasing his Airwaves EP project in the near future. It’s true to Shaun’s fondness for the more experimental side of electronic music. He currently has four splendid demos available for listening on SoundCloud. The one I’m most excited about is ‘Within Seconds’. It’s epic. Like me, Shaun is an avid OMD fan, and that much is readily apparent upon listening to this track. ‘Within Seconds’ sounds like a lost track that could’ve been lifted off one of OMD’s first three albums. Think along the lines of OMD’s ‘Sealand’, ‘Statues’, or ‘Stanlow’. It’s so tastefully done. I can’t WAIT to hear what the finished product will sound like, as Shaun tells me that he has written lyrics, and intends to record a vocal for it as well.
You can check out this demo at:
Jonteknik: The Satellites of Substance
From another good friend and admired muso, comes the latest release by UK electronic wunderkind, Jonteknik. The Satellites of Substance is a mind-blowing album featuring 15 world-class electronic instrumental gems. Never one to shy away from his love of Kraftwerk, Jonteknik not only rivals the vaunted fathers of electro, but he actually surpasses them on several tracks. I’ve said it many times before, but it’s even more true now: in the absence of a new Kraftwerk album, Jonteknik is the next-best thing. He gets that Kraftwerk essence better than any other artist I’ve ever heard. He knows how to authentically emulate that classic Kraftwerk vibe without sounding like some cheap Detroit knock-off. He’s the genuine article, folks, and this album is the perfect testament to that. In fact, it’s worth mentioning that the limited edition CD pressing has already sold out! The word is getting out. If you haven’t checked him out yet……. DO IT NOW!
The digital release of The Satellites of Substance will be hitting iTunes and other online retailers in November. I will be offering up a proper, in-depth review of the album in the coming weeks, so be on the lookout for that too. For the time being, you can check out some mp3 snippets via his official website, which can be found here:
Pacific Deep: Like Totally
I’ve been promising to get this review posted for the past two months. I know……. I’m TERRIBLE! Guilty as charged. This will be coming in October…… I promise. This is another new artist I’m very excited about. A gifted duo comprised of Bay-Area native, Carl Grace, and New Zealand maestro, Raymond Hayter, Pacific Deep write some of the finest retro synth-pop I’ve heard in ages. Thoughtful lyrics, and absolutely glorious melodies. Their debut album is available now via Bandcamp with a name-your-price option. Give it a listen, and show these boys some love via PayPal.
And keep an eye out for my in-depth review of Like Totally. No, really. I like TOTALLY mean it!
Their page can be found here:
Well, folks, that covers all the important stuff I wanted to get out of the way before September goes the way the 8-track and Reaganomics. But HOLD THE PHONE! I forgot one more thing…….. MY new track!
Eminent Sol: Tomorrow May Come (Single)
I’ve finally posted an official release version of a song I wrote for my father back in 1999. It’s a good old-fashioned synth-pop ballad in the vein of late-80’s era OMD and Anything Box. The song is very near and dear to my heart, and I’m proud to share it with you, and all the world. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Thanks to my dear friend, Richard Rider, for the awesome mastering job. Take a listen, and if you like what you hear, please kick a few quid my way.
You can check it out here:
Thanks for checking out my blog, and more importantly, thank you for supporting these fantastic independent artists.
See you in October!
Jimm Kjelgaard – September 2013