Insomnia Radio: Indie Music Network New Independent Music, Blogs and Podcasts 2015-04-19T06:37:09Z http://insomniaradio.net/feed/atom/ WordPress Charles Stepczyk http://feeds.feedburner.com/irla <![CDATA[Signal-to-Noise: Something to Say]]> http://insomniaradio.net/?p=48122 2015-04-19T06:37:09Z 2015-04-18T12:00:24Z Signal-to-NoiseSignal-to-Noise is the brand new project by Michael Downing, a talented electro-rock songwriter & producer based in Chicago who draws on influences from a diverse range of favorites (e.g. Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, and Supertramp, etc). Starting this past January, Michael locked himself away in his Chicago apartment, where he composed and produced his first full length Signal-to-Noise album, a standout piece of work that is available via his Soundcloud page or central band website.

Not too long back, in December of this last year Downing abandoned a career in neuroscience to become a full-time musician. Up until that point all of his major life decisions were based on fear; fear of disappointing others; fear of becoming impoverished; fear of the consequences of not following the beaten path. He had forgotten that life is an experience, an ever-changing amalgamation of thoughts and feelings whose substance can only be defined by the experiencer.

Signal-to-Noise is a reminder to live in the present, look inwards, turn down the noise, and find your signal.

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Stuart Morrison http://feeds.feedburner.com/iruk <![CDATA[La Casa Al Mare: M]]> http://insomniaradio.net/?p=48113 2015-04-17T07:37:27Z 2015-04-17T12:00:52Z La Casa Al Mare La Casa al Mare is a three piece band from Rome, Italy, experimenting with shoegaze, dreampop, psychedelic, noise music. They are releasing their This Astro EP this month, and today’s Dose M is from it. Check out the videos below for M and another track from the EP Sunflowers.

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Charles Stepczyk http://feeds.feedburner.com/irla <![CDATA[Jeremy Bass: Winter Bare]]> http://insomniaradio.net/?p=48091 2015-04-16T07:32:21Z 2015-04-16T12:00:27Z Jeremy BassBrooklyn’s Jeremy Bass recently released the first of two EP’s included in his recent successful Kickstarter. Winter Bare, the excellent first gift in the pair enjoyed a successful release party a night or two back. Jeremy says of the new EP, “‘Winter Bare’ is an album of love songs, but its lyrical center tends to hover around love’s fragility and the potential for loss, rather than committing wholly to the joy of falling in love or the devastation of losing it.”

The tune was the first one that Bass wrote after falling in love again following a devastating divorce that left him physically isolated from the world.

“I thought that feeling was dead in me for a long time,” he says, “But then suddenly, without looking for it, it reappeared when I least expected it.”

Bass’ and his new girlfriend were long distance for a time, which is reflected in the song’s longing and its preoccupation with the unknown. He had begun working on his pair of upcoming albums during his period of isolated existence in the brutal winter of 2013.

“It was on one of those dark nights when it was all I could do to keep myself from going crazy,” he remembers. “Winter has always been tough for me, and the winter of 2013 was especially hard.”

Just prior, Bass was splitting up with his wife, selling the house they shared together, and toiling away for the third year straight on a debut album that he had become disconnected with by the time it was finally released late last year. Returning to single living in Brooklyn during the intense New York winter of 2013, Bass found himself secluded in an empty house, sifting through his memories.

“I was drinking, I had run out of money, I was nearly unemployed, and certainly unemployable,” he confesses. “But, I had a fireplace and my guitars.” Though Bass was in the grip of despair, he thought that maybe he could write his way out of it and actually change the course of his life in the process. By the end of the winter, I’d fallen in love again, and had a set of songs that wove their way through loneliness, despair and near-insanity, to love and longing, and ultimately hope,” he says.

Following up from, “Winter Bare” – which arrived on April 14th will be a strikingly different album of Bossa nova-inspired tunes called “New York in Spring” on June 2nd Musically, the album bares the influence of musical outlaws such as Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Tom Waits.

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Chris <![CDATA[IR Canada Show #50 – Part 1]]> http://insomniaradio.net/?p=48088 2015-04-17T07:42:10Z 2015-04-15T12:54:18Z IR Canada

This week it’s a review of shows 1 through 25.  It covers just over the first year of the show.
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Automatic Toys – Dancing With The Devil

Larissa Featuring Kola T – D.T.N.A

Glo – Don’t Believe

In My Coma – Losing Sleep

Core – Best of Me

Mushy Callahan – Shot Down

The Little Black Dress – Call The Paparitzi

Persist – Don’t Wannabe

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Stuart Morrison http://feeds.feedburner.com/iruk <![CDATA[The Wheel Workers: Yodel]]> http://insomniaradio.net/?p=48078 2015-04-14T21:31:32Z 2015-04-15T12:00:36Z The Wheel Workers Today’s Dose is by The Wheel Workers who are a Houston-based five-piece recently nominated as Houston’s “Best Pop Act” in 2014’s Houston Press Music Awards.

It is from their album Citizens which arrives on May 26th, 2015.

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Charles Stepczyk http://feeds.feedburner.com/irla <![CDATA[Ever: Bodies]]> http://insomniaradio.net/?p=48053 2015-04-14T07:59:41Z 2015-04-14T12:00:08Z EverIsle of Wight based female singer-songwriter ‘Ever’ crafts a form of melodic electronica, a self-described original brand of personal confessions. Its a stunning debut from this new artist, with a self-exploratory theme finishing off with quite the beautiful outro and gorgeous vocals shining throughout.

Today’s featured single is the debut which officially became available late last year on 12.12.14, and includes exceptional artwork above by Valerie Vargas. An EP should be available shortly, and you can download the track here or alternatively under a pay-what-will model over at the Bandcamp link below. Several teasers from the upcoming EP are also available in addition to a great Kings of Leon cover track that we highly recommend checking out.

Influences: Kimbra, Grimes, Daughter, Lana Del Ray, Lorde and Laura Marling

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Stuart Morrison http://feeds.feedburner.com/iruk <![CDATA[Les Limbes: Hypersonic]]> http://insomniaradio.net/?p=48047 2015-04-13T07:33:43Z 2015-04-13T12:00:24Z Les Limbes Today’s Dose is the single from the debut self-titled EP from French outfit Les Limbes. The EP will see release on April 17th through Hidden Shoal.

“Les Limbes is an exercise in intensely focused energy and atmosphere. Its four instrumental tracks are driven by dense, heavy guitars and a lithe, propulsive rhythm section, counterpointed with soaring strings and driving pianos. This mix of adrenalised rock heft with atmospheric pop dynamics is both mesmerising and incredibly visceral, no better exemplified than on new single ‘Hypersonic’.“ [bio via HS]

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Stuart Morrison http://feeds.feedburner.com/iruk <![CDATA[IR: UK #128]]> http://insomniaradio.net/?p=48039 2015-04-12T21:09:51Z 2015-04-12T19:20:20Z
Episode number 128 of Insomnia Radio: UK

Ro at the controls again. Eight tracks from UK Artists

Release Date: Sunday 12 April 2015
TRT: 41:53
Rating: Work Safe

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Charles Stepczyk http://feeds.feedburner.com/irla <![CDATA[Telephantom: Silence]]> http://insomniaradio.net/?p=48023 2015-04-12T08:23:58Z 2015-04-12T12:00:39Z TelephantomHouston Texas dream-pop band TELEPHANTOM recently released their first 3 song EP earlier this year on February 2. They’ve got a great video to go with the stellar track which dropped in January, which we’ve embedded in both forms further below. Additionally the band has issued a new track in the last few days titled, ‘Good With Words’ which you can check out over at their Soundcloud page.

Influenced by: STRFCKR, The Stone Roses, Small Black, The Raveonettes, The Presets, M83, Jesus & Mary Chain, New Order, Pulp, Suede

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Charles Stepczyk http://feeds.feedburner.com/irla <![CDATA[Small Talk: Brothers]]> http://insomniaradio.net/?p=47994 2015-04-11T08:41:35Z 2015-04-11T12:00:04Z Small TalkWelp…National Siblings Day may be over but we apparently can’t let go of the feeling based on the title of today’s featured track. The aptly named ‘Brothers’ comes by way of the new Boston indie rock group SMALL TALK, specifically the second single from the excellent brand new “Us Kids” EP.

This promising EP just released on Wednesday April 8th, along with today’s featured single, and you can additionally check out all four tracks which are already generating a load of early interest on their Soundcloud site below.

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