Wednesday, November 15, 2017

SIDDHI KID - Savage

My taste in music must be in a state of flux; lately I've been really tuned into electronic / dance songs with a good beat.  Enter SIDDHI KID (http://www.siddhikid.com), an electronic group fronted by Brayden Pierce.

From the press kit:

Unleashing a wild blend of electronica/dance and ghost-pop, SIDDHI KID peers into the duality between man’s emotions and primal urges that define our very nature. Perceivably human, but not so far from animalistic. Conjuring a wild and free infectious dance groove, Siddhi Kid delves into the deepest recesses of our mind with “Savage” where we have the urge to go wild and savage, but forced to remain within the constraints of society.

SIDDHI KID, fronted by Brayden Pierce, derives from the ancient Sanskrit word “siddhi,” meaning “supernatural powers attained from spiritual enlightenment through meditation” and “Kid,” a Felini-inspired reminder to “never lose your childish enthusiasm.” His upcoming album, Animalism, is a visual and aural journey playing on the question of what defines us as humans? With influences and blends from artists such as Daft Punk, Chromeo and Prince, SIDDHI KID delivers an infectious production that pulls from Dance/Electronic and Future Rn’B, peppered with house influences throughout.

So I thought this track was really good.  The beat is catchy and the accompanying video (which you can see on Youtube) is pretty fun to watch.  It features what looks like archival footage of monkeys playing various music instruments with some trippy transitions.  I particularly like the monkey wearing the sombrero and glasses, by the way.

I consider "Savage" to be a fairly short track, compared to similar songs in the genre.  I appreciate that, because if there's one thing that I generally don't like, it's a 10 minute track.  That's not to say that ALL 10+ minute songs are bad, but there's only so much repetition I can handle.  There's not much repetition going on in this song; that is, it feels fairly fresh for the entire 4 minutes.  I didn't feel tired listening to it - in fact, the opposite.

I wouldn't say that the song is "energetic", exactly, but I really love the driving beats behind it.  I feel like it would fit very well on a playlist to help me make a night time drive and keep me alert and motivated.  That's where I see this song playing for me - in the car, at night, driving a long-ish distance.

A quick note about the accompanying artwork (at the top of the blog post) - it completely matches the sound of the song.  You can see the "savage" animals in the picture, at the same time it's kind of trippy and funky looking.  That's the best way I can describe it.  Either way, it's a piece of artwork that would entice me to have a listen!

Definitely recommend it, and you can check it out in a few places:


There are no affiliate links in this post.  The track & video came from a submission to altairwaves@gmail.com.  Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Urban Canals - Night Walks

Colour me surprised today!  I wasn't planning on posting anything (poor planning, there are tons of things to write about when it comes to music and Halloween!), but I got a surprise Bandcamp notification email letting me know that Urban Canals has a new EP out today!

For me, Urban Canals was last seen 2 years ago on podcast episode #85, where I played their track "Generations".  Urban Canals is also Alex Hindriks, who I wrote about a few weeks ago.



This new album - called Night Walks - is not exactly Halloween themed except for name alone.  There are a couple of tracks that you could probably stretch into that theme: "Harmless Monster" and "Sabretooth".  The EP itself has a light pop / indie vibe.

It's a short but enjoyable listen - I think the standout track for me is "City Breaks".  It's a great musical arrangement, and the vocals are fantastic too.  "Down the Street" is great as well - it slows you down from the more upbeat "City Breaks" and sort of guides you through the song.  I don't think I'm explaining it very well, so I'll stop rambling there.  Can you tell I didn't plan this out ahead of time?

The album closes out with a heavier track, "House of Cards".  So I think the Night Walks EP gives you a wide array of musical styles and you can walk away from the experience satisfied. 

Hope you enjoy it!  Happy Halloween!


Monday, October 30, 2017

Mainstream Monday: What are you streaming?

Rather than putting the spotlight on a specific artist, I figured I would write a little about where I listen to mainstream music.  Simply put, pretty much everywhere. 

I tend to listen to SiriusXM's Alt Nation the most.  More often than not I find that Alt Nation has new music well ahead of most radio stations that play the same type of music.  I really like the personalities on Alt Nation too.  They don't usually say very much - they're very generic when they have talking breaks - but they have good voices and every now and then they have some entertaining stories.  Mostly though I come back for the music - though I find extended listening periods tend to mean a lot of repetition in music, which has turned me off several songs now. 

I used to listen to an Ottawa station, Live 88.5, with the Radio Player app.  However lately I've been enjoying Sonic out of Edmonton, Alberta.  Sonic seems to play more of the newer songs that Alt Nation plays, but also sprinkles in older alternative songs.  The personalities on Sonic are much better than on Alt Nation.  I wish I had this station on a local preset but at least now with RadioPlayer it's convenient enough to tune in. 

After that, I play individual songs via Spotify.  Sometimes it's music based on what I've heard on the above sources, but Spotify does a really good job of curating playlists (the Daily Mixes, New Release Radar, and Your Discover Weekly are pretty great).  Generally though, if I'm on Spotify, I'm probably playing music I've listened to before and re-discovering old favourites.  Sometimes I will throw Spotify's algorithms a wild card and play something like Johnny Cash live from San Quentin. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Madelyniris - Adventures (2014)

I found this indie / electronic / pop album while researching music for episode 109 of the podcast.  I first heard her track, "Leave and Never Look Back", and thought it was a fantastic synth-based pop track.  I listened to it WAY more than the other tracks on the podcast. 

So I followed the trail - clicked through Jamendo and found her EP, "Adventures".  Leave and Never Look Back was the opening track, but I was slightly disappointed to find that the rest of the album didn't have quite the same feel.  Don't get me wrong - I still liked the album as a whole. 

It's a little slow moving, but that's not something I hold against it.  All of the songs apart from the opening track have the same sort of sound design to it, but they all share a driving base rhythm that move the songs forward.  Madelyniris' voice sounds really good too, and you can tell that there isn't much, if any, processing on her voice. 

I wish I could find something more recent to share, but "Adventures" appears to be the only album of any length.  You can check out her other work on her Bandcamp page if you're interested.  Here's hoping that she is working on something new as I type!

Friday, October 20, 2017

#109 - New Tracks + Gord Downie

Brand new episode!  Featuring many Canadians, a few new tracks, and I forgot what episode I was recording.  It's definitely 109.  The songs picked in today's show were picked somewhat with Tragically Hip music in mind, in honour of Gord Downie's passing Wednesday October 18th.



Track list:
1. Plastic Light Factory - Robyn
2. The Ladies Of - Deep Possession
3. Not From Georgia - Highway 84
4. Plants - Luminance
5. Madelyniris - Never Look Back
6. Arrow & Olive - Whiskey Woman
7. Mercury and the Architects - The Wolf
8. Stunts - Tragically Hip Hop 
9. Ralph Castelli - Good Morning
10. Lower Loveday - I'd Do Anything You Wanted
11. Rogerthat - Lucky Day
12. Alex Cohen - Good Old Times
13. The Happy Somethings - Happy On My Own


Interested in a good representation of the Tragically Hip's music?  Consider getting a copy of Yer Favourites, a best-of as voted by fans of the band.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Live Show Alert: The Split

I love The Split - such a great band, from my local area too.  This is just a quick post to let you know that they have a concert coming up, in Wakefield, QC!  Check out the details via Facebook.  The concert is Friday, November 10th.

If you want to hear their music, go to their website!  http://www.thesplitsoulmusic.com.  I played one of their songs on episode #90.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Mainstream Monday - Beck "Colors"

Welcome to the first edition of "Mainstream Monday"!  While the blog focuses primarily on music released under a Creative Commons license, I also don't live under a rock.  Mainstream Monday is just a quick listing of what I'm listening to in the world of popular music.

Right now it is most definitely NOT Portugal. The Man.  Well, not "Feel It Still" anyway.  I loved that song when it first came out on the Alternative radio stations (for the record, the station I listen to the most lately is Sirius XM's Alt Nation), but it's almost everywhere now.  I hear it on the local KiSS FM station here, which is basically Top 40.  I'm still liking Live In the Moment.

Do you ever feel like you can't listen to some songs anymore because they cross over?  Luckily I'm not there yet with Imagine Dragons, though they're not getting near as much airplay as Feel It Still.

What I'm most excited is a new album from Beck, "Colors".  I'm listening to it right now, as I type it.  I like it a lot.  It's got a good alternative feel, but is also somewhat light.  The one downside is that it sounds like a lot of his previous work of late.  That's not really a bad thing I guess, just that it doesn't feel like it's entirely new.  More like a continuation.  My least favourite track though is "Wow", which I heard last year...not really a fan.



What's got your attention?


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Ghosts of Invention - Galactic Shadows



Ghosts of Invention - Galactic Shadows Release date: October 5, 2017

"Synthwave" is not exactly the most-listened-to category of music in my playback history, nor am I big fan of electronic music in general.  But friend of the blog/podcast Alex Hindriks (you might remember him from Alternative Airwaves #94) sent along a link to a new 7-track concept album featuring some cool, spacey electronic music.  I found myself liking it a lot!

Hindriks, creating the music as Ghosts of Invention, describes the album on his BandCamp page:

This record is a collection of sounds and tunes that remind me of what it would be like to travel through space. In a way, this is a concept album; with most songs having a constant, non-melodic soundscape filling in the space behind them. I started writing this record shortly after David Bowie passed away; which was also around the time I was watching a lot of films based in space.

I happened to read the description first before listening, and I'm glad I did, because I found that it informed my listening experience quite a bit.  I think GoI does a great job re-creating that "travelling through space" feel and you can easily lose yourself in the music.  I was actually recently listening to a few other 80's-inspired synth music (the Stranger Things soundtrack chiefly among others) and this lines up quite well with them. 

I first listened through the album while at work, and I thought it did a great job at moving me through the work I was doing. 

I highly recommend checking out "Galactic Shadows", especially if spacey synth music is your thing.

Note: there is a link to the Stranger Things soundtrack on Amazon; at the moment, there are no affiliate links on this blog.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Return of the Blog

Hey everyone!  Hope you are all well.  As mentioned earlier this week, I've been making some background changes that affect mostly the podcast feed, but also some minor tweaks to previous posts.

The background changes were that I switched podcast hosts; this past Wednesday I fixed ALL of the links (except for Episode 7 - that one is missing!  If you have a downloaded version, get in touch with me!), so everything should be working.  This also means that finally, ALL regular episodes are back on the feed.  I didn't re-upload any Weekly Airwaves, if those links are broken, they're staying broken.

I also have some exciting changes in the FOREGROUND for you!  I used to blog regularly about creative commons music (and other CC topics, too) but faded away in favour of just doing the podcast.  Well, I'm starting to find I have less time to produce a show all the time, but I'm re-gaining my interest in blogging.

Starting next week, you'll start to see a return of regular blog posts on www.alternativeairwaves.com.  I no longer send my podcast feed through the blog - I use Pinecast for that now.  You can find that feed at https://pinecast.com/feed/alternative-airwaves (I'll make a more friendly link for that soon).  But since my feed isn't exactly complete - you can only find episodes 79 through 107 right now, plus a handful of earlier shows from 6+ years ago - I'm not going to leave you without podcasts entirely!

I still plan on recording new shows - hopefully that will become easier with various changes on my end that I plan on doing for curating.  But I will likely be recording less often.  My original plan was to pick out some of the shows not available on the feed anymore, but since I fixed that, I've pooched my own plans already.  I'll come up with something good, I'm sure.

I might start things a little slow - at least once a week - but you never know what kind of groove I might fall into.  Thanks for listening & reading!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Background Changes

Hi everyone,

I'm going to be making some background changes to the website & podcast in the next little while.  You shouldn't see any changes on the RSS feed - though that likely will be changing - but for a short while the streaming links on the individual blog posts might be broken. 

There are also other changes on the horizon - more on that soon!