Music

The Dada Weatherman “EarthQuakes and Failed Mutations” – a blues and country album licensed under Creative Commons

Delicious acoustic and piano ballads characterize The Dada Weathermans second offering, EarthQuakes and Failed Mutations. The album is an interesting mix of blues, folk, and pop rock with soothing melodies. Its perfect for easy, laid-back listening on gloomy days when you just dont want to think about the rest of the world. Influences range from Bob Dylan, Arthur Rimbault, Leonard Cohen, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson, Nick Drake, Django Reinhardt, and newer artists like like Devendra Banhart, Conor Oberst and Elliott Smith.

Signals To Aircraft “Pilot Tracks” – German indie band’s debut album doesn’t disappoint

"Pilot Tracks" is Signals To Aircraft's debut album released only last December. The 11-track album has an interesting collection of lighthearted, upbeat songs for easy listening and slow, moody ones with heavy riffs to set a more serious tone. The songs can only be described as "passionate and melodic", with a lot of replay potential. This isn't a huge surprise since Signals To Aircraft's style is quite similar to The Pavement and The Weakerthans'. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, of course. Signals To Aircraft has their own unique sound that sets them apart from their counterparts.

Mindburner “Your Slave” – 80’s inspired free electronica album

Mindburner, AKA Alan Watkins, was born in Belfast in 1968 and he has been producing electronic music for the past 15 years. He owns several vintage synthesizers and enjoys playing them very much. He involves various styles in his music, and incorporates influences from early 1980s electronic pioneers such as John Foxx, Gary Numan, and others. His music generally ends up being about the darker side of life: the half shadow, the unanswered question, or the hidden fear. These emotions drive him to write and produce.

Knockout – get a taste of Italian hard rock with the band’s self-titled debut album

Fans of old-school rock will appreciate Knockout's four-track demo album. Rhythm is tight, lead guitars are beautifully executed, and vocals are faithful to the 90's hard rock tradition. A song can start out slow and then build up momentum, lose it, then build it up again for an electrifying finale. Knockout's demo album is perfect for those rock-on moments when you're in the mood to do some serious head-banging.

Cakeflap “The Bakery is Open” – The Fiercest One-Track Album Ever

The album The Bakery is Open is the debut album of Cakeflap - a four-member band from UK. According to their Myspace page, the band started as just a collaboration of four 'disgruntled employees' who've had 'one too many Digestives'. They then decided to make exhaustingly long songs that run for as long as 20 minutes! The Bakery is Open is a one-track album and that single track is a medley of 18 different instrumental songs. Very understandably, cakeflap describes their music as progressive rock and jazz fusion.

Steven Dunston “Hymns about Her” – a melodic piano-filled pop album with flawless vocals

Steven Dunston originally intended his songs to be freely distributed in the Web. Thus, he joined Jamendo and released two albums in 2006, both of which have been consistently faring well among audiences in Jamendo. One of these albums, Hymns About Her, has been receiving noticeable praises from web users, calling it nothing short of a masterpiece. After listening to the songs in Steven Dunston's latest album, I couldn't deny it myself. The songs are relieving to listen to; the raw vocals of Denston is highlighted by the stripping down of the musical arrangement. Most of his songs only have the piano as accompaniment.

Jamison Young “Shifting Sands of a Blue Car” – a free alternative pop/folk rock album from Prague

Jamison Young is a rock live performer who for a while now has been singing and writing songs only licensed under Creative Commons. Nowadays, he plays concerts in different places across Europe, as he is based out of Prague. Last year a song from his latest album, Shifting Sands of a Blue Car, was included in the soundtrack to the The X-Files: I Want to Believe movie. Jamison Young likes to listen to songs from the 60's and the 80's and contemporary Creative Commons artists. According to him, the songs he likes are those that he "can listen to again and again yet still stay fresh".

K. Sparks & Angelous “Queens vs Brooklyn” – a brand new free hip-hop album

K. Sparks is a New York based rap artist, music producer and lyricist all in one. He has been on our radar for a while now. Back in January 2009 we've promoted his album "Definition" on FrostWire. In just a few days, he received over 25,000 download and got a great response from hip-hop fans. Today K. Sparks released his newest project with Angelous entitled "Queens vs. Brooklyn" and once again he is giving it away as a free download licensed under Creative Commons.

WhiteRoom – a neoromantic pop album by WhiteRoom

Ever heard of neoromantic pop? I must confess that I haven't, that is, until I came across WhiteRoom's self-titled album. "WhiteRoom" is fast-paced, mournful, and thoughtful---all in equal measures. The sound is quite unique. "If Radioheads unborn bastard children had survived, been raised on a steady diet of Massive Attack, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and Duke Ellington, you might have managed to engineer a group like WhiteRoom," says one music review. I couldn't agree more.