Tuesday, November 20, 2012

[Download] The Oh Hello's Leap and Bound with New Album

[Sounds like: Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Connor Zwetsch]

What do you get when you combine Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, and that Connor Zwetsch girl? The answers is The Oh Hello's - a duo who began with a wonderfully immature folk sound a few years ago. They have since developed an identity so harmoniously perfect it brings folk angels to earth, streaming white lights behind them, intertwining and tangling to make a wild assortment of glowing stars that sparkle at all the right moments. It's a generous description, and it may be a little overstated, but this is one of those moments where you get caught up in something new. 

The Oh Hello's first attention grabber, "Hello My Old Heart," was released in December of 2011. For almost a year, the band fell silent until just recently releasing their first, full length album, Through The Deep, Dark Valley. We loved the band's original sound - so simple and raw. Their new album, however, is a "self-contained concept" that does what almost every artist can't do: reform their identity in a way that matures their sound and keeps people listening. From start to finish, Through The Deep, Dark Valley can be seen as a massive leap forward for The Oh Hello's. They keep the acoustics from their EP, invite a few friends to help out, and ultimately produce an album that simply says, "We're really good..."

Thursday, November 8, 2012

[Download] Spencer Hannemann Keeps Growing

[Sounds Like: William Elliott Whitmore, The Wood Brothers, Joe Pug]

Hey remember that guy we told you about a while back? Let me clarify. Remember that guy with the angel-molded voice that has countless projects online up for grabs? Well he's back with a new album, titled Dead as Disco, and it's a collection of 10 more freebies that have us falling in love with Spencer Hannemann's music all over again. This methodical folk-machine of a singer/songwriter released Dead as Disco yesterday, only two months after releasing his first official full length album. At a certain point, we thought we would be scratching our heads and anticipating a sudden drop off in execution from our new friend. After all, he has six EPs and two albums all within the last two years. Probably ridiculous and definitely addictive, Spencer's music is a must grab. Obsessed with playing and distributing his work, Spencer is inevitably growing his sound at an exponential rate. 

It hits you pretty quickly. The first song off Spencer's new album, "Nebraska," is a refreshing rise in tempo (a very minor rise) from his ordinarily slow and raw songs. And although most of the album stays within his normal sound, there is no resentment coming from our corner. It's his niche and with his raspy, deep rooted voice, he belongs there. You can grab Dead as Disco off his website, along with his other work, for free after you stream the new album below...