Recently, I blogged about NoiseTrade and how you can download free albums and EPs from upcoming/unknown artists based on their recommendations. I have since spent the last week on there downloading and listening and really enjoying it.
I mean, I really love the busker atmosphere of it. But their artist selection is very good. I haven’t explored too many genres other than rock and singer/songwriter, but I’m anxious to dig into their hip-hop and pop sections next week.
But anyway, here are some artists I found on there that come with a very high recommendation from me.
The Lighthouse and the Whaler
Fantastic indie folk band with leanings toward Of Monsters and Men and Mumford & Sons. They have an edge to them, but I really like their songwriting.
The Gray Havens
If you crossed Mumford & Sons with Bill Joel and threw in a little Ingrid Michaelson, then you’d have The Gray Havens. Piano- and guitar-based indie pop with a flair for big crescendos and passionate storytelling.
Their 3-song EP was so so so promising. NoiseTrade compares them to The Civil Wars, which I think is fair. But it also doesn’t do them justice. They have hints of Carolina Chocolate Drops in them and also The Secret Sisters. In fact, this quintent belongs on the next Hunger Games soundtrack.
The Oh Hellos
You can get their whole album for free, which was pretty awesome. Folky and traditional, The Oh Hellos definitely don’t break any new ground, but they’re certainly fun to listen to. Comparisons to The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons are well-warranted.