No Stranger Feeling is a music blog curated and edited by Tim, who currently resides in the greater San Francisco area. Formerly known as Samhain Sounds, the purpose of this site is to highlight notable independent music releases with a loose focus on experimental, psychedelic, and impressive D.I.Y. pop sounds.
Artists, feel free to continue sending me your sounds through email or Soundcloud. If you do not appreciate me sharing your music with the world, please let me know and I will take it down.
Listeners, please remember to support the artists you enjoy by purchasing their music/merch and attending their shows when they come to your town.
“I Know You Suffer” is the second single from Top Girls’ We Will Rise EP, out now on Chill Mega Chill. This sinfully short and ever-soulful new-R&B jam from North Carolina’s Evan Adams will send a shiver up your spine as his smooth and subtle falsetto washes over a fleeting beat.
Download the single from Bandcamp, which comes with a blown-out remix from Police Academy 6 as a sweet bonus (also posted above). You can order the Top Girls We Will Rise EP on a rad limited edition cassette tape from Chill Mega Chill.
Bodyboat is a currently anonymous electronic project from Oslo that has recently caught the attention of the blogosphere with its silky, haunted beats on a couple of solid tracks. You may have stumbled upon the creepy video for Bodyboat’s latest release, “0044,” but it also serves well as a stand alone piece allowing your imagination to run wild.
“Eros” is another outstanding, more pop-centric jam with undertones of subtle darkness hidden beneath the sexy vocal samples. So far, only a few tracks have surfaced under the Bodyboat stamp. They can be found on Bandcamp or Soundcloud. As far as I know this artist is unsigned, but fans of the Tri-Angle label should definitely keep their ears open for Bodyboat’s next move.
Witch Gardens is currently my top contender for the coolest band in Seattle and the cutest band in the world. The old-fashioned, soul-gazing harmonies of this adorable four-piece will warm your heart and bring a teeny-weenie tear to your eye.
With a new album in the works, the band has offered up a taste of their sweet new material on the autumn-tinged singles “Rain Delay” and “I’m A Dark Individual.” Listen to Beth and Karolyn’s seraphic vocal harmonies wash over Casey’s west-coast guitar shreds and Sara’s bitchin’ drum kicks.
You can order “Rain Delay” in 7” vinyl format from Highfives and Handshakes, paired with recent ballad “Goodbye Ball” on the flipside.
Watch the fun and spooky video for “Rain Delay” here!
No Stranger Feeling Presents: Samhain Sounds Vol. II | Halloween 2011
No Stranger Feeling presents ten spooky tracks for trick-or-treating, handpicked from some of the creepiest singles and compilations of the season. Listen to the mix on 8tracks, if you dare… then click on the links below to download/purchase the music.