This cosmic journey began life springing from the fretboard of bassist Drew Cranford, whose layered chords, agile arpeggios, and fluid tapping anchors the musical foundation of the project. Starting as a solo artist, Drew's writing focuses on complex riffs and technically demanding performances which produce a unique style of bass playing that challenges the understanding of the role of the instrument itself. Eventually Drew crossed paths with fellow Georgia Tech student Jeff Harrison. An experienced drummer, and somewhat pursuer of good tunes, Jeff instantly connected with Drew’s melodic-centric bass riffs and thus a rhythmic foundation was laid. Over time the duo honed material together, practicing for hours in the basement of a house in Atlanta until eventually the two approached Steve Bledsoe to lead the charge on guitar. A past bandmate and friend of Jeff's, Steve would bring a unique sound to the group, blending classic guitar styles with a more modern, melody focused, vibe.
The three soon coalesced into a well-oiled musical unit, gigging locally around the Atlanta music scene, all the while working out the kinks for the songs that would become the self-published 'Peripheral Sounds' EP. Recorded in whatever spare time the group could afford, the EP served as an early sonic blueprint for the future iteration of Cosmic Carpool. Regrettably, college graduation and subsequent geographic separation became too much to gainfully surmount, and the group amicably parted ways for an indefinite period of time. The members pursued various other musical endeavors, with Jeff and Steve eventually touring together again in a different group. The three remained close friends, however, and would occasionally jam as Cosmic Carpool for a bedroom audience.
Years later, with the disbanding of his touring act, Jeff began experimenting with synthesizers and DAWs developing a deeper understanding of not only music itself, but the underlying technology behind the sounds. Eager to pursue this new passion, Jeff set off to reunite with Cranford and Bledsoe, reinventing Cosmic Carpool into a genre-bending, electronic 'space' rock trio. The group, reinvigorated with fresh songs from Drew's catalog and the sonic possibilities of modern synthesizers, began an intense rehearsal schedule to flesh out what would become 'Horizon'. With Jeff at the console and taking nearly a full year and a half to complete, the resulting LP is a testament to perseverance, and the payoff is huge. The entire record is a joy to listen to from start to finish, and while the songs certainly stand on their own right, the true power of ‘Horizon’ is best appreciated as an entire package.
Transporting listeners through time and space by way of intricate arrangements, bruisingly heavy riffs, and soaring electronic melodies, Cosmic Carpool is a sonic force quite unlike anything you've heard before. Hailing from Atlanta, GA, the genre-bending trio crafts a unique amalgam of rock, electronic, metal, ambient, and dance into something that is far greater than the sum of the parts. Every note is intentional, every passage designed for maximum feeling. Written by Drew Cranford (bass) and Produced by Jeff Harrison (drums/keys/synths), with Performances by Steve Bledsoe (guitar/mandolin), Cosmic Carpool’s debut full length LP 'Horizon' is an ethereal journey whose cadence is perfectly timed from beginning to end.
Hello from the Children of Planet Earth - 02:03 info Horizon - 06:09 info Big Blue Beast - 07:20 info Arise - 03:25 info Beyond 2D - 08:08 info Interlude - 01:27 info Phantom Funk - 02:27 info Nintendose - 09:23 info Reprise - 07:17 info Looper - 04:38 info Metal - 08:27 info
"Triad" is the new EP from Groundburst, released on September 4th by Out is within records. Groundburst are an instrumental trio from Dublin. Their music combines complex rhythms with lyrical melodies and unusual concepts and draws upon elements of funk, jazz , soundtrack and electronic music.
Bob Fossil comprises elements of rock n' roll, funk, alternative and progressive styles of music to create their blend of "Fossil Rock." The band looks to continue sharing a meaningful human experience with people throughout the world via music. Enjoy their new album "Safety Meeting".
The single"CU Again" is the title track on Adrian Underhill's album that was produced by Kindness (Solange, Robyn, Blood Orange). The 10 songs on ‘CU Again’ are the culmination of many years of sonic exploration. Having grown up in Vancouver before moving to Montreal and then Toronto, Adrian spent time in rock bands and making lo-fi recordings on his own, before moving towards a 70s songwriter vibe infused with a more modern production style & sound. The LP is set to be released later this year.
Adrian's thoughts on the song:
"One thing I really like about this song is that it is left open ended who the song is being sung for. It’s about the universal feeling of missing someone and that could be a platonic or romantic relationship. To me, the song invites you as the listener to also become the singer of the song, the protagonist, to sing along if you have ever felt the feeling of missing somebody that means a lot to you."
Steven K. Smith has more than 20 recording to his name both solo and collaboratively. He was the founding member of the post rock outfit MABOU from Cleveland, Ohio. His also worked with Jason Sloan in the acclaimed dark ambient project DOLMEN. In addition to A Signal In The Static he is a member of SPIRICOM with Columbus, Ohio guitarist Marc Cody. Smith lives outside of Kent, Ohio on a farm with his wife and a menagerie of animals.
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Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.