Billie the vision and the dancers is band about Pablo, Lilly and Jessica. About the Billies and on-going stories. They sing with ghosts, witches, nightmares and friends. Dancing under Scandinavian melodies.
I must confess, their songs have been the soundtrack of my last weeks. Delicious compositions. If you over-listen they could just sound as another cute-pop band, but there is so much more to enjoy there.
Many artists chop their stories to fit the songs. Not them. Their music flows within the story, giving it the color and the mood. It looks like that for the Billies these are more than songs, they are stories, after all. For being stories, the songs have some unusual metrics and rhymes which I liked very much.
Impeccable instrumental inserts, backing vocals and extremely beautiful passages complement the atmosphere. It is also an enjoyable experience to discover citations within the songs and interpret lyrics’ strong ideas.
This album is a masterpiece! Based on and initially conceived for being an alternative soundtrack for the science-fiction movie Metropolis, by Fritz Lang, the movements have complex and original arrangements. A mixture of orchestral elements with glitch, soft synth beds and spoken words, urban and cinematographic atmosphere… Each song has a rich diversity of sounds and moods, but are well connected under a common theme that excites your imagination!
Ok, no more written words, take your time and enjoy!
Intensive Care is a colorful band with some colorful tunes. Their last release, an EP called All The People Hear With Me, has 2 nicely laid songs with some quite original arrangements. You might listen to Sirenhorses to understand what I mean. I really liked the vocal melodies and how the song develops, grows and fades.
Below you can read what Intensive Care is… Enjoy!
Intensive Care is not that room in hospitals where patients are treated Intensive Care is not a handy lotion for dry skins and occasional fantasies Intensive Care is not a famous British pop sensation’s album name Intensive Care is not a parking space for oversized hummers Intensive Care is not made of wood, or plastic Intensive Care is not an alcoholic beverage Intensive Care is from Montreal Intensive Care is a rock band.
A friend of mine introduced me to this band from Brasília in late 2006. Their songs are simply crazy. A creative mix between rock, ska, samba, swing, and eastern European sounds. It is the kind of music you can (and will) repeatedly sing along with the vocals and with the instrumental part. I can say that after listening to their album “Idem” for 1,5 years, I’m still able to go from São Sebastião (where I work) to São Paulo (about 2h30 trip) happily singing their songs along the way…
Yesterday I finally got the chance to see them live! And they are great. Móveis Coloniais de Acaju (could be translated as Colonial furniture made of a mahogany-like wood) is composed of 10 skilled musicians that create a spectacular atmosphere on stage, always dancing and interacting with their audience. During the song Copacabana (one of their hits), the crowd opens up a circle and most of the band (with their instruments) get off the stage to play the song’s instrumental interlude with their fans. After they are absorbed by the crowd (and still playing the song’s climax) they magically re-appear on stage! Crazy.
They have released an official music video of the song Seria o Rolex?, you can watch it below.
As many growing independent bands from all over the world, Móveis Coloniais de Acaju know the importance of their fans and the internet to spread their music. Each musician post entries to their weblog, songs are available for download on the official site and you can also buy a hard copy of the album Idem at Amazon. You will find them at MySpace (where you can read André Abujamra‘s description of the band).
Plutei are born in the seawater. They represent a specific life stage (larva) of some marine invertebrates, the Echinoderms. Most of them are less than 1mm long, so tiny that inertial forces are dominated by viscous forces of the water. Just imagine if air was honey and we had to go for a walk… Plutei can swim and feed in this environment using their long arms and cilia. However, Plutei are ephemeral. They swim (and eat) for weeks or maybe months, before something else takes place. Currents can take them really far away from the place they were born. Millions of Plutei are born at once. How many would survive? How many would be thousands of miles away? How many would get proper food and not be eaten? Plutei carry the tissue of adults inside them. The food they eat, goes to adult tissues. In the end, the adult in formation takes over the larval body and the Pluteus is gone.
Plutei are part of the ocean’s hidden life. Organisms we can’t see easily, but that certainly got in between our toes when walking along the beach, or were swallowed during a swim… Its crazy and different “life” inspired the first compilation of songs from ccNeLaS, The Pluteus Trip. Download and listen, hope you like it! Go to the compilation page or continue below.
Most beautiful compositions I heard lately… Axial is a Brazilian band that creates delicate songs fusing electronic elements, acoustic instruments and voice. Nicely soft vocals and synth beds get surrounded by subtle glitch effects… songs arrangements are diverse with some improvisations and creative structure of melodic lines. The album Senóide has been released this year and will be available at their website until it get to the stores. You can also listen to their music at Last.fm.
Here are a couple of videos of them playing live! Very nice!
The following lines are based on scattered data, flawed statistics and biased ideas. The author has no responsibilities over its consequences. It is pure imagination.
As it is widely known, Jamendo shares half of its ads revenue with artists. The amount is calculated based on pageviews of published album. According to my account, the average for the last 7 months in Jamendo was €0.00205/pageview. How many pageviews does inrainbows.com has per day? I don’t know.
Statbrain says it has 41773 visits per day (with accuracy of 49.9%). As the album’s page at Jamendo are pretty straightforward, a visitor might create around 2 pageviews. If the $/pageview relation above keeps the same average value, Radiohead would get €170.96/day and €5128.74/month. That is 5 times more than the band with most income from Jamendo! You see how Jamendo’s system works indeed thru the audience power.
At Jamendo fans would not be able to “pay what they want” to download “In Rainbows”, because you always download for free. Fans would download it for free without filling forms, fans would get cover art, ~200kbps mp3 or ~300kbps ogg downloadable by Bit Torrent (as they are doing right now) and eMule, fans would review it, rate it and share with others, put a widget on their website to spread it, and if they feel like supporting the band, they could (and would) do it anytime thru a donation (directly at the album’s page). Did I mention no bandwidth costs? Of course there would also be a link in the album page at Jamendo pointing to their official website, so people would go and order the tasty discbox.
Fans would be happier? Band would be happier? Can’t say, but I think so. As Radiohead has a huge audience, it might not make a big difference for them… but maybe, a few hundred fans would stop to see what the heck is Jamendo. Some would explore just for curiosity some other albums… people would start to realize there is a lot more music out here. Maybe break down the myth that free-music has no quality. Maybe a dozen or so would start exploring other music communities, netlabels and blogs (see some of them at ccnelas “bottombar”) and discover wonderful tunes for their lives.
Maybe next time, Radiohead! I really want Jamiroquai to read this post…