The 4am: 1

The 4am is a mixtape file containing nothing but music donated directly by new and/or unsigned acts. The 4am is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. The 4am is mixed down to 128 of the kbps. The 4am will not clean your monkey. Do not feed The 4am.

1: It’s Too Quiet

So I’m podcasting again, after a false start earlier in the year (the hosting failed me on that one). And I’m podcasting new music by new bands and musicians, because that’s what I love.

I have a terrible habit of assembling these things with an ear to tempo. I downloaded sixty songs out of the 200 or so I’ve already been sent, just to start sorting, and pulled the ones I immediately liked from the big folder to the small one marked 4am-1, and then dropped that one into WinAmp… and it just so happened that most of the first submissions I liked were the quiet ones. So this first edition is a gentle one, for fragile Monday morning minds. Don’t assume that future editions will be as subdued.

Brent Wilcox has been around for longer than he’d want me to say. He is, of course, Googleable. I’m hoping he’ll send more of these electronic sculptures. The big piece in the middle is a sort of thumping, organic postrock: like Animal Collective (or, more accurately but obscurely, Kemialliset Ystavat) doing Godspeed! You Black Emperor. Which is why it’s eight minutes long. I personally cannot get enough of this hideous clanging noise, and framing it with the autumnal strings of the Lanterns and the guitar reverie of the Vulcans is probably some kind of crime. Kendra Morris is evening balm.

Like I say: a gentle start.


Brent Wilcox – “Sound Sculpture 1″ (0:47)
Lanterns on the Lake – “This Year” (2:26)
Yoda’s House – “Wraith Rite” (7:56)
Lonely Vulcans – “Oh The Stars” (1:27)
Kendra Morris – “Teeth And Bones” (2:53)

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