Bandcamp is a web-based music platform used largely by unbiased artists and report labels to stream songs and promote merchandise. It’s additionally a vibrant digital neighborhood teeming with fascinating sounds simply ready to be found. Every week, I’ll spotlight three releases out there on the location which might be properly value your time and a focus. Should you discover one thing you dig, please think about supporting the artist with a purchase order.
At this level, there are dozens if not lots of of examples of a contemporary report label unearthing an exquisite previous album by a forgotten and/or enigmatic songwriter from the twentieth century and giving it the total, fancy reissue therapy. Of all of those, one of many best is Luaka Bop’s 2014 resurrection of Nigerian funk big William Onyeabor, who “self-released eight albums between 1977 and 1985 after which grew to become a born-again Christian, refusing to ever discuss himself or his music once more.” Earlier than he peaced out, he made an entire bunch of psychedelic, synth-heavy electro-funk and Afrobeat music that also sounds forward of its time, a long time later.
Like William Onyeabor (see the earlier blurb, in the event you haven’t already), jazz guitarist Sonny Sharrock appeared like he could be misplaced to time. After recording just a few albums within the late ’60s and early ’70s, Sharrock — an adventurous jazz guitarist from New York — retired and spent the late ’70s working common, non-music jobs. However influential avant-garde musician Invoice Laswell coaxed him out of retirement, and Sharrock made the most effective music of his profession within the late ’80s. This run culminated with 1991’s “Ask the Ages,” which featured legendary saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and drummer Elvin Jones and introduced collectively the traditional jazz sound of the ’60s and the fashionable power and angle of rock in a manner that’s vibrant, unusual and exquisite.
Kareem Ali is without doubt one of the coolest cats making music proper now. And boy does he make numerous it. His Bandcamp web page has 54 releases on it relationship again simply 4 years, and whereas a few of them are single tracks, many are EPs or full-length albums. You could possibly drop in nearly wherever and get a good suggestion of what Ali is all about, however “Quantum Blackness” — launched in Might — might be the most effective place to start out. It’s 24 tracks lengthy, so that you get a sustained publicity to Ali’s aesthetic: digital music (particularly deep home music), jazz, space-age sounds, Black liberation. The person takes all of it and turns it into one thing that’s endlessly listenable.
Ben Salmon is a Bend-based music journalist and host of Left Of The Dial, which airs 8-10 p.m. Thursdays on KPOV, 88.9 FM and streams at kpov.org. You’ll find him on Bandcamp and Twitter at @bcsalmon.