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.
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Check out the far out new video for “SETI Signals” by Minneapolis psych rock outfit Leisure Birds. The track is off the band’s sci-fi themed second LP, Globe Master, out now on Moon Glyph. Listen to another Globe Master cut below.
“In Due Order” is the latest track from everyone’s favorite Swedish YouTube enigma, Jonna Lee (a.k.a. iamamiwhoami). This uptempo video features Lee and her fuzzy friends dancing to a propulsive beat. I dare you to stay still during this one.
Hey creeps, Halloween isn’t over yet! Check out this spooky new video treat from Philadelphia’s Gracie. The track “Sisters” is from his upcoming Treehouse EP on Small Plates Records. Fun fact: Andrew Balasia named this project after his Golden Retriever. Scary, right?
Gorgeous candle-lit seance vibes emerge in this debut video from Johanne Swanson (a.k.a. Yohuna). If you are like me, you have already fallen in love with her voice from listening to her breathtaking Revery EP. The video for “Mateo,” directed by Christian Filardo, captures the essence of the song’s mystic beauty with blurred, distorted faces and mysterious flickering light. Embrace the enchantment, spirits will smile.
Pressed And is the name of a side-project collaboration between Andrew Hamlet of the Atlanta based synth-pop duo ArnHao and Chapel Hill’s post-chillwave producer Matt Jones a.k.a. It is rain in my face., who’s track “A Fish In the Sea” has begun making the blog rounds.
Bridging the gap between dubstep and dream-pop, “Pat Pat” is an electronic slow jam built on lush vocal samples and a creeping beat, with a few strategically placed pops, crackles, and claps to spice things up. There is also an underlying, bassy drone which emerges from the noise, giving this track some serious flow.
Happy Trendy is the side project of Kumon Plaza’s Dylan Khotin-Foote. His new album Old Friends is a fantastic collection of lo-fi, bedroom synth pop ready to tickle your ears. You can download the album for free on his Bandcamp.
Warren Hildebrand (Foxes In Fiction) helped put out a limited edition of color-coded cassettes on his label Orchid Tapes. If you are interested in buying a tape (which you probably should be) you can contact Dylan/Happy Trendy directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back to the Future the Ride is the solo project of Brian Miller, who plays drums for the band Foot Village. On December 7, he will release a free solo album called Tron Legacy on his label Deathbomb Arc. Watch the psychedelic video for “CGI Fridays” above, complete with clunky CGI and avant-garde subtitles. Download the single “Full Moon on an Empty Planet” after the jump.
Brian cites inspiration from the original Tron movie in creating his own brand of futuristic drone:
When I saw the first trailers for the movie Tron Legacy, I was very excited. I think it looks beautiful and does exactly what the first one did: create a fairy tale about contemporary technology. That said, as the first film has moved further away from being an example of “the now”, my fascination with it has only grown. It is a movie I’ve watch many times each year since I was a child. Its depiction of technology has become both ancient and futuristic at the same time. The romanticism of the first Tron moves me like few other films do, and with my own version of the Tron Legacy soundtrack I am sharing my extended vision of that world. A counterpoint to what the film Tron Legacy must be. Back To The Future The Ride is an act conceived of from the get go as rudimentary futurism, time travel in the hands of everyone. My album, Tron Legacy, is a journey down an alternate time line in which the advancements of today’s world were made not only with yesterday’s technology, but with yesterday’s less commercialized, more home-grown love of the tools.
Back to the Future the Ride - Tron Legacy
[Deathbomb Arc, 2010]
1. The re-Dawn of Distance 2. CGI Fridays 3. Surface to Air Hieroglyph 4. Full Moon on an Empty Planet [mp3] 5. Sleep on Stars Tonight