Monthly Archives: October 2011

Simon Bird – V

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‘V’ is the fifth release from Dublin based artist Simon Bird. Blending ambient, drone and instrumental hip-hop alongside general electronica, unsurprisingly the tracks in ‘V’ vary a lot. However, this sort of genre mixing is never an issue as long as it works. Luckily for Simon Bird it does, meaning that this release is incredibly intriguing and often wonderfully textural. Really worth listening to through headphones – there’s a lot of interesting stuff happening that you could easily miss.

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Heavy Strife – Synthétiseur

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Upbeat synthpop with an occasionally moody undertone. Incredible range of synth sounds and textures, with a real 80s feeling at some points. Hazy vocals drift in and out on most tracks. You can also expect to hear some well placed guitar now and then. Overall, tightly produced with some shining, memorable moments. The sort of album you can sit back and just let it wash over you. Tragically short but highly recommended.

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Beyond Olden Acre – The Western Seaboard EP

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Gorgeous Irish folk from Dublin. Beyond Olden Acre have a really warm, homey vibe that make them incredibly easy to listen to. Great mix of instrumentation and male/female vocals. However, there are only 3 short tracks on this EP, so here’s hoping we hear some more from these guys soon. With this being such a short release you really have no reason not to give this brilliant group a listen!

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Baklu – Demo B

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Incredibly smooth and laid back instrumental hip-hop from Poland. Great range of tracks that move between hazy and mellow to slightly more beat driven stuff. Awesome mix of audio and vocal samples, along with a few quirky surprises. The track dobre myśli is particularly good, as is the 9 minute ambient finale simply titled ‘B’. All in all very listenable, regardless of how you feel about hip-hop. Highly recommended.

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Regarding recent lack of posts and future posting schedule

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So you may have noticed the lack of posting over the past few days. Unfortunately I have been really busy starting my second year of university and new job. I love running this blog and want to keep it going, but obviously it cannot take priority over my degree or job. However, I am still determined to keep providing you with the greatest in independent music from the depths of the net.

This means Polar Sunspots is undergoing yet another posting schedule change. For me to keep running the blog, I need freedom to post when I can and not worry about keeping to a rigorous posting plan. So that Polar Sunspots can continue to provide you with music without becoming a source of stress for me, from now on posting will be ‘whenever I have the time’. I feel that this will allow me to continue posting on a reasonably regular basis in my free time, whilst keeping up to date with all my ‘real world’ commitments.

I thank you for your understanding, and hope you enjoy all the music I plan to share with you in the future!