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24 February 2012

Free Music Friday - February 24, 2012

Welcome, lovely children of the world, to a nice warm bath of soothing music with a little rock and roll thrown into the middle. This first artist Baobab combines elements of world music with familiar folk melodies to the delight of all; 50 Foot Wave has been doused with the spirit of generosity and is giving away their entire discography of rough/math rock for free; and you can sample the beautifully concise notes of the piano from Perfume Genius.
1. Baobab - Baobab
(free download from Bandcamp)
Baobab is giving their (well, his, since, apart from some backing vocals on one track, the effort is solely that of one Phil Torres) self-titled album away for free, and it's well worth the download. The music is a blend of modern folk and African musical idea. Gentle and pulsing, the songs are a mix of acoustic and electric instrumentation and the album finds itself at the intersection of Devendra Banhart, Fleet Foxes and Vampire Weekend.

-Andrew McNair

(free download from artist website)

Aside from Throwing Muses (whose demos for their upcoming album Film may be downloaded for free here: -- their first album of new material since their self-titled 2003 release), Kristin Hersh also records music with her band 50 Foot Wave (who've been a bit more active in the past 9 years). A bit rougher around the edges than the poppier Throwing Muses, 50 Foot Wave is straightforward rock with a slight math-rock tendency. And you can now download their entire discography for free (in both MP3 and FLAC) from their website.
-Andrew McNair

3. Perfume Genius - "Hood"
(click to stream or right click to save as) 

From LP: Put Your Back N 2 It

From his new album Put Your Back N 2 It, Seattle-based Perfume Genius gives us "Hood," an enthralling, but frustratingly short, piano ballad. Driven by tender, reverb-laden vocals, the song builds from a sparse, vulnerable sound to a brief climax of epic power. The song is little more than piano and vocals, but it's refreshing in its simplicity and leaves you wanting more. Find out all about Perfume Genius here!

-Tomi Mendel


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