This will most likely be my last post of the year 2008, so I wanted to leave you all with a nice little Christmas present. The band featured this week is called Empires. They are a fantastic traditional rock band from Chi-town. After forming in 2006 and then spending all of 2007 writing and recording. 2008 saw the release of their labor in the completed album "Howl". Howl delivers rock tracks with varying influences and styles. From the obvious rock style of Duran Duran on "Valmont" to the acoustic softness of the album's final track "Hayley". For those that would like to discover a rock band so unknown you can't even find them on i-tunes... this is the group for you.
And now the best part and my present to you... head on over to http://www.weareempires.com/ and you can download this album FOR FREE! That's right... Empires is putting themselves out there to be noticed by making their first album available at no cost to you. So go download this album and give it a listen while you are driving to your holiday destinations. Merry Christmas and I will return after the first of the year with new music to get you going!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tycho, the music project by iso50's Scott Hansen, is capable of providing that necessary disconnet from your crazy thoughts provoked by a crazy day at the office. It is also capable of providing wonderful background music for school work, book reading, and for sure blog writing.
This triumphant ambient music has depth, soul, and promise. With shows typically perfomed in San Fransisco (the artists home), it is unlikely we will see Hansen bring Tycho up into the Pacific Northwest. But his music can definitely be enjoyed to it's fullest regardless of access to a live performance.
Life can be found in this music. It's amazing how sitting back and letting the sounds unfold will take your mind to different places each time you listen. One moment you might be driving on a coastal highway as the sun sets over the ocean and the next you will be soaking in a steaming spring. One might even lose themselves in a peaceful nap where worlds have a way of becoming much more than we could ever imagine while awake.
This music is available for purchase at http://www.tychomusic.com/ as are many of Scott Hansen's prints and t-shirts that were mentioned in a previous article. If this is the kind of music you like than this is a must own for your colleciton. It's also great music to show off to friends as most have probably not heard of Tycho before.