Port St. Willow
Soft Light Rush (ii)
Nick Principe, aka Port St. Willow, has released a six-minute sonic and experimental masterpiece, with welcomed flourishes of folk, rock and even electronica. Led by his astonishingly delicate falsetto, “Soft Light Rush (ii)” is a true world of sound throughout, various instruments poking, prodding, and making brief appearances here and there: somber brass tones, a few lonely guitar strums, tingling xylophone. There are many elements at play, but the track is never too busy or crowded; in fact, it does an excellent job of having all these elements interact with great balance, always leaving enough space for each instrument to breathe in, exhale and shine during each of their select moments. Even when the tension starts to grow towards the 3:00 minute mark, the sounds somehow clash together harmoniously, and the track feels as though it’s finally woken up from a long, dream-filled slumber.
At first glance of this post’s title, you may have thought we’ve lost our minds. However, we assure you that this post is completely intended! We haven’t lost our minds. That we know of.
We think you’ll agree that music and writing go together– if those things weren’t linked, you would be rifling through some list of MP3′s on the net for new tracks and Music Ninja wouldn’t be the success it is today. We feel that you appreciate our insight which is why we love to blend these two things together. With that being said, one of our contributors has done just that, only in the form of an entertaining piece of fiction.
You may have read pieces from A Servant here on TMN. Well, aside from writing for us and writing a personal blog, he also is a novelist. Today we’re bringing you a sample of his work
from his novella, Geoff and Katie’s Playlist. We feel like this was a good fit for TMN based on the nature of the book. This dual narrative story has a unique set up in that the chapters are titled with recognizable song titles. A Servant did this for a specific reason; he wanted to set the soundtrack for this story. So think of each song title as the mood for that particular chapter.
Geoff and Katie’s Playlist is an easy read, entertaining, and heavily entwined with the music world we all live in. We’re happy to feature the first two chapters here on the site, but if you’re really interested, A Servant has made this available for free download for the next five days. Happy reading!
Track 1: “Sympathy for the Devil” The Rolling Stones.
My name is Katie. At least for now. I’ve had many different names and I’m not very attached to any of them. I’ve noticed the people I’ve interacted with are very into their names, as the saying goes now. I’ve never entirely understood, but then again, they don’t live on for thousands of years like I do, do they? They can’t change forms to any living being they see, can they? I suppose it’s only natural that they be attached to their names, as their names differentiate their forms from others like them.
If you’ve been following the site (which we assume you most certainly have) you know that we’re huge fans of Wildlife Control. This brotherly duo hailing out of Brooklyn and San Fran first grabbed our ears and hearts with tracks like “Analog or Digital” and “People Change.” They’re affection for whisky, sriracha, good music, and being genuinely good people has solidified their spot in TMN’s favorite artists for years to come.
Today we’re happy to bring you their new single, “Ages Places.” This driving melodic track features some crunchy guitar riffs, repetitious piano, and a downright dancy tempo. As with all their tracks, they blur the lines between electro pop, indie rock and jazz. And, as usual, this release is impressive, catchy and will get maintain a spot in our playlist for some time. Make sure to download this track, and if you’re heading to SXSW, catch Wildlife Control at any of these shows:
Friday March 15 – midnight: Official Showcase presented by CD Baby
Wednesday March 13 – 6:30pm: SoundCloud & Tumblr Creator Clubhouse
Friday March 15 – 2:40pm: BPM / SDR 4th Annual SX Party
Saturday March 16 – 3pm: House of Creatives Filming presented by No Shame
Ich R U (Justice Remix)
Christmas came early, way early. Justice have just delivered a nostalgic sounding remix of “Ich R U”, one of the latest single from German electronic super star Boys Noize of his prolific full-length Out Of The Black. Taking on most of the original filtered vocal samples, Justice simplifies the track adding doomy dark elements while still grounded to their very style.
Boysnoize will celebrate his 100th release on March 18th, marking the release of this track accompanied by a Chemical Brother remix