The Manasota Project Episode 1

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Pre-Order Manasota S/T on 180g Vinyl

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The newest solo project by drummer / multi-instrumentalist, Justin Wierbonski “Manasota” is coming to 180g Vinyl April of 2016. This brand new self-titled instrumental release combines elements of 1970s Krautrock, Clube da Esquina era Brazilian rock, Early ECM sound, and 90s post rock, clean yet natural sounding album that is inspirational, contemplative, mysterious, as well as maturely arranged and produced.

This release is 10 brand new songs that are performed entirely on acoustic drums, acoustic guitar, electric bass, Brazilian hand percussion, exotic stringed instruments, and digital synthesizers.

You can hear two preview songs as well as pre-order the LP here. 

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Emorej – Listen!

Sometime in 2009 or 2010 I downloaded this album from somewhere but can’t remember how and where I got it originally. It kept coming on my random playlist while listening to music on my computer and every time it did, I was like “wow, who is this? it’s really cool” so today I did some binging and found his bandcamp page. Turns out he’s from the Philippines and has a ton of music on his bandcamp! However it looks like his most recent release is from 2011.

I’m currently trying to make contact with him though to see what’s up and if he has any interest in releasing some new music. Until then, I highly recommend “Listen!” It reminds me of what could have happened if Air collaborated with Brian Eno for an LP. Really great stuff, especially the songs “Sorrow” and “Touch The Sky”.

Show this talented musician some support!

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Rita Ro – MILK

 I can honestly say this is one of the coolest albums I’ve heard in a long time. I learned about it while reaching out to people on facebook about my Manasota vinyl project. One of those people I sent a message to was Rita Ro. She said she’d check it out and shared her music with me too. I checked it out and I’m glad I did. I’m actually pretty shocked this doesn’t have more support on Bandcamp. Let’s see if we can change that? Rita’s song structures combine a tribal feel with modern electronics, field recordings, piano, guitars, melody harp, mexican flute, synths, harmonium, toy violin, programmed and live drums, and dreamy vocals. Despite the use of electronics, the overall feel of MILK is incredibly organic. It’s very experimental, but at the same time is incredibly accessible and catchy. There’s a balance of elements rarely captured in modern music. There’s a real sense of nature that comes through and her vocals are equal parts haunting and memorable. Excellently produced and skillfully performed, Ro has a true talent and this one is definitely worth the price of download.

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Ronan Conroy – Discontent

Discontent by Ronan Conroy is a fantastic debut solo LP by this long-time singer/songwriter Brooklyn based musician. Having spent many years playing with bands like The Listeners, and Oh Halo, Conroy set out on his own with the production wizardry of Charlie Nieland to produce a highly polished and passionate album that takes you through many moods. Conroy’s lyrical content is honest and takes the driver’s seat through much of his work. Surrounded by a myriad of excellent studio musicians and delivered by Nieland’s crystal clear production, Discontent is an excellent release well worth owning on CD.

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Subtle People – The Oracle

Subtle People is the work of multi-instrumentalist, Justin Gracer. On The Oracle, Gracer blends 80s sythpop with 90s indie into something uniquely his own. Lyrically complex and vocally daring, there’s plenty of great hooks, cool gated drum reverbs, and a subtle Miami vibe (Where Gracer is originally from). The Oracle is one of my favorite ones by Subtle People and definitely worth getting!

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Help bring the new Manasota LP to 180 gram vinyl

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