Travis Lee Wiggins started Essex Chanel in Chicago in 2005 as an effort to go in different musical directions than his first band, Fetla. After Fetla imposed a two-year hiatus in the fall of 2005, Essex Chanel became Wiggins’s primary focus. Since then, in addition to creating the Sweet Goodness record label, Wiggins collaborated with a collective of local musicians to perform his songs, all of which – nearly 250 tracks – are now available for free – a remarkable and charitable gift, especially considering the caliber of the music.
We first heard Essex Chanel’s 2009 album, Love is Proximity, last fall, and they immediately went up on our radar. Love is Proximity Sessions, Disk 2, will be available on January 26th.
“Skinny Dippin” – Essex Chanel from Love is Proximity (2009)
“She Cuts His Hair” – Essex Chanel from Love is Proximity Sessions, Disk 1 (2009)
Brooklyn-based musical project Scares The Daylights released a folk-pop drenched, prog-rock heavy LP, Burn The Bed, late in 2009 that went largely unnoticed by most music blogs, to the detriment of indie music fans. The musical project is the brainchild of White Shoe Records‘ founder Neil Lipuma. The label has spawned indie artists such as The City and Horses, The Exeter Popes and Twice As Bright, all of whom contributed to Burn The Bed.
Lipuma’s project is largely influenced by the break-up with his long-term girlfriend, and leaving his day job to work as an assistant engineer with Sear Sound, where he contributed to releases from The Killers, Richie Havens and Lykka Li & Bjorn Yttling. Burn The Bed is the product of an introspective man whose adolescence was dominated by the music of R.E.M. and The Smiths, and whose adult life coincided with the onset of the indie rock explosion. Lipuma’s songs are quirky, fun, mellow, and colored by his distinctive vocals, arrangements and poetic, even silly, lyrics, with an underlying ode to Americana.
“Divorces” – Scares The Daylights from Burn The Bed (2009)
“Lion Chair” – Scares The Daylights from Burn The Bed (2009)
Here are some other free MP3s from White Shoe Records‘ recording artists:
“You Are The Sun” – Water Fai from Girls In the White Dream (2008)
“I Love The Girls” – The City and Horses from I Don’t Want to Dream (2009)
Another Brooklyn band, The Binary Marketing Show, have made ripples in the huge indie music pond of the NYC borough in the past year or so, especially thanks to their new LP and opening gigs for Animal Collective, Explosions in the Sky, MGMT and Miccachu and the Shapes.
BMS’s music is dense, experimental, minimalistic pop, full of African-influenced drum beats, nasaly vocals, ambient loops and sound effects. TBMS started as the musical project of Abram Morphew and Jason Meeks in 2000 in Conway, Arkansas.
By the time they moved to Brooklyn in 2007, Meeks and Morphew were playing shows as a duo that eventually involved into a full quartet. Last summer, they released their third full-length record, Pattern, with the stand-out track, “Shape of Your Head.”
“Shape of Your Head” – The Binary Marketing Show from Pattern (2009)
“Tesseract” – The Binary Marketing Show from Pattern (2009)
Previous Installment of the In Dee Mail Special Edition series:
(oodles of fab music you’ve probably never heard; sent to IRC in the mail)