Another way I discover music is when friends on twitter tweet about music they've discovered. I really like the feature on Bandcamp where you can announce to your timeline that you've just downloaded an album from the site. When I see that... I check it out.
It was in this manner that I discovered ’cross mountain’ by The Smallest Bones... a five-track EP of the most delicious acoustic guitar-led melodies. The Smallest Bones is an instrumental side project of another netlabel face of mine - Julia Kotowski aka Entertainment for the Braindead.
Hers is a wall-of-sound aesthetic... with each track underpinned by the most vibrant field-recordings... the opening track ’wear a warm coat’ refers to, what sounds like, a French cafe... whereas ’a ghost in the kitchen’ sounds like it was recorded in a garden space with the most vibrant birdsong.
The bandcamp page describe the noises you hear and where each field-recording was made:
- a street musician (Alexanderplatz)
- a train ride (Neukölln),
- a yard door (Kreuzberg),
- a parrot through a closed flat door (Flughafenstraße),
- a rattling ventilation fan at (Multilayerladen, Kottbusser Tor)
- old bikes in a backyard (Südstern), and
- an early bird (Hasenheide).
I guess I wasn't ’that’ far off with the Parisian cafe vibe... albeit in a different country.
As the EP progresses you hear new instrumentation that compliments the sound: subtle electric guitars... glockenspiel-led percussion... distorted feedback in the ending of ’you are not (always) alone’ or Kotowski's ethereal female vocals that enhance the final track ’hands in my pockets, I walk home’ and bring the EP to a delightful and joyous conclusion.
I would heartily recommend this EP and look forward to hearing more from Kotowski’s side project... it’s my kind of wonderful!
Amazingly a free download from http://thesmallestbones.bandcamp.com/ ... listen to it below: