The great thing about the internet is that musicians now have a great tool at their disposal. Sites like Bandcamp made everything centralized and made it easier for musicians to release their music on their terms, whether they want to release something as a free download or a reasonably priced MP3 bundle. This idea is really clever as it guarantees that the band gets 100% of the profits from the sales of their albums. For less commercially-inclined artists, this also gives them a chance to just get their music out there. Bands can also opt to sell their albums in a name-your-price basis, a business model used to great effect by Radiohead.
It‚Äôs not only unsigned and undiscovered musicians who use this platform. Even more established acts like Sufjan Stevens and Red Fang have Bandcamp accounts that they use to sell their records. We here at Splintr support talent from around the world, and Bandcamp has proven to be hub of some of the best artists you may or may not have heard of.
With countless talented bands all over the word, it can be a chore to sift through the artists currently on Bandcamp. Hence this new monthly feature on Splintr where we showcase the best releases on Bandcamp. The artists included on these lists release their albums either for free or on a name-your-price basis which makes it easy for you, the reader, to listen to these amazing albums at your own disposal.
1. Home Brew – ‚ÄúTaste Test‚ÄĚ
Home Brew is a hip-hop crew from Auckland, New Zealand. They make soulful hip-hop filled to the brim with soul samples, classic-sounding beats, and amazing flow. ‚ÄúTaste Test‚ÄĚ is their fourth release and will surely please fans of East Coast hip-hop, A Tribe Called Quest, and our very own The Mighty Miscellaneous.
2. Adam Smith – ‚ÄúIslands‚ÄĚ
There‚Äôs a current trend in electronic music where lo-fi sensibilities and quality production have found a middleground; where lush soundscapes collide with 80‚Äės dance beats and the reverb-drenched vocals are indistinguishable from samples. ‚ÄúIslands‚ÄĚ is the perfect album for a drive around the town. Highly recommended for fans of Toro y Moi and Washed Out.
3. Nude Beach – ‚ÄúII‚ÄĚ
What do you get when you mix The Ramones and Bruce Springsteen? You get Nude Beach. This rock n‚Äô roll band from Brooklyn make anthemic powerpop songs that would make The Boss proud. If CBGB‚Äôs were still around, these guys would surely own that place. Recommended for fans of The Gaslight Anthem, Titus Andronicus, and Cheap Trick.
4. Andres Correa – ‚ÄúUn Lugar‚ÄĚ
Some people might dismiss this album as plain bossa nova. Give it a chance, because if you listen closely, the music of Bogotan singer-songwriter Andres Correa is clearly steeped in the musical history of Latin America, with some songs even being reminiscent of 60‚Äės Brazilian music. Recommended for fans of Caetano Veloso, Joao Gilberto, and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
5. Holy Night – ‚ÄúThe Second Cumming‚ÄĚ
Holy Night are a hardcore/noise rock band from Rhode Island. Their music may not be fast, but it‚Äôs definitely furious. Punk rock is at its best when it‚Äôs fueled by anger and nihilism, and this is as nihilistic as it gets. This is face-punching music. Don‚Äôt ever play this in a car or else you run the risk of running someone over. Recommended for fans of Pissed Jeans, Flipper, Ceremony, Black Flag.
So there you have it. That‚Äôs the Top 5 Bandcamp releases for the month of April. Keep an eye out on this site for further installments. You owe it to yourself to discover some great music, we‚Äôre just here to guide you along the way.