Monday, September 17, 2012

[Download & Watch] Matt Corby's Made of Stone EP

[Sounds like: Mumford & Sons, Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake]

For those that follow Beat Dropping, it's no secret I love Australian singer/songwriters. It's the accent, it's the obvious down under vibe, and it's certainly the craftsmanship that keep me drawn towards the Aussies. This is the fifth time that Sydney native, Matt Corby, has made it on Beat Dropping, and it is by no mistake. With a voice so sweet and a sound so soft, Corby's music is undeniably ambient and emotional - a unique mix of acoustic blues flavored by the country he hails from. 

"Pull yourself out of this state dear / Acknowledge you were a fake here..." 

Almost 22 years old, Corby's music ironically alludes to a musician aged and wised. His most recently debuted project, a mini-EP titled Made of Stone, captures Croby's ability to write pungently raw lyrics in a simplistic manner. Compared to his live performances, however, they do no justice. When performing, Corby, to simply put it, pours his emotions out. In a growling heap of sweeping tones, Matt Corby effortlessly captivates listeners...

Thursday, September 13, 2012

[Download] Cassino Enters Our Radar

[Sounds Like: The New Frontiers, Northstar]
Post written by contributing write, Rachel Rosenson

Cassino isn’t new, and their latest album came out in March of 2011, so that is not quite new either, but my brother just turned me onto them and I don’t want to wait for a new album before I try to share them with the world. Cassino sounds like they would be a very stereotypical Southern country band considering it is the creation of Nick Torres and Tyler Odom, two childhood friends from Huntsville, Alabama that record in Nashville. However, I never would have known of their Southern background until I read it online

Their sound is undeniably folk, even though there is fiddle, banjo and mandolin interspersed within their album. Besides great music, their lyrics are brilliant—they seem to have this underlying theme how people are destroying the Earth and themselves with money, pollution and all of those other horrible American traits we have. 

Kingprince // Cassino

Purchase Cassino's music HERE

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

[Watch] Sunday Lane Takes On Bon Iver

[Sounds like: Emile Millar, Amy Stroup, Jess Dunbar]

It's a song we've heard covered by countless artists since its original debut with Bon Iver. It's by no mistake, either, as "Skinny Love" is a beautifully crafted song. The thousands of covers scoured across the internet, however, make it hard to appreciate any other take on the hit single other than it's original form. We love Birdy's attempt and we're mesmerized by Jess Dunbar's smokey twist, but the rest have always fallen short. Call us snobs or spoiled ears, but the song is old news. 

When I was told Sunday Lane would be tackling Skinny Love after her recently debuted album, From Where You Are, I smirked and promptly sighed out of disappointment. Sunday has been a friend of ours for a while now and we think she has the potential to go really REALLY far....and we still do. Bam, just like that, we're back on the love train and adding Sunday's cover to our list of favorites. With help from fellow band member, Max Helmerich, Sunday keeps the raw sound of the original in tact, yet seems to add a ghostly, campfire atmosphere. We received the visuals for the song last night, and we couldn't resist sharing them with you. Hit the jump to watch...

Saturday, September 8, 2012

[Download] Gwyn Fowler: Thank God For Discussion Threads

Just a few days ago Gwyn Fowler was just an ordinary graduate student from Charleston, SC with a dream of being a teacher and a passion for music. That is until her boyfriend posted a link to her albums on Reddit, sharing with the music world that “[he] fell in love with [his] girlfriend’s voice.” And boy, are we glad you did, sir. Fowler, who grew up in a musical household, has been playing the guitar since she was a young girl and started writing music in college. Her pure voice and soft guitar picking run together terrifically, moving the listener in every which way from song to song. 

Thanks to her boyfriend’s knack for random internet discussion threads, Gwyn is on her way to becoming a music sensation. Her two EP’s, Patterns (2008) and Vespers (2011), have gained great recognition through Band Camp (Vespers has earned the #1 spot on the bestseller list for the week).  You can visit the site to download both albums at “name your price” (throw her some bones, she definitely deserves it). And just when you thought there couldn’t be any more good news – Fowler has announced in an interview with Yahoo News that we can expect a new EP in the coming weeks, so be ready for that. In the meantime, go and help this truly talented musician out, all while helping yourself to simply good music. Enjoy.

Patterns by Gwyn Fowler

Download Patterns HERE 
and Vespers THERE

Sunday, September 2, 2012

[Download] Reasons to Love Jay Trainer

[Sounds Like: Led Zeppelin, Ben Harper, Allman Brothers]
Post written by contributing writer, Rachel Rosenson

I think there are a couple reasons why I love Jay Trainer:
A) He is from San Francisco, and me being a newbie to the Bay Area, I am overly excited about everything San Francisco-esque. 
B) His music is a million things rolled into one. Some songs are relaxing, some have a shredding acoustic guitar, but all of his songs are grand. His guitar and bass lines have a definite blues/jazz thing going on, but he adds a unique twist to each song that really makes a unique sound. An example would be his song "Soulful Rights, Soulful Days" where there is a strong trumpet line and seemingly monkeys or elephants screeching in the background. Others songs sound a lot more mainstream (not in a bad way, just in a they-only-use-instruments-not-jungle-noises way), but either way I love them both. 
C) He is hipster-good-Samaritan in that he created Artfulchange, a social action network that uses art and music to raise awareness for environmental causes. 

Moral of the story I guess is that good people sure do make good music. 

Run // Jay Trainer Band

Better To Breathe // Jay Trainer Band

Download more of Jay Trainer's music HERE