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Earbuddy

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Earbuddy is a music website catering to an indie-centric crowd. We write reviews, people get mad, that's about it.
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Music website established in 2011 with a strong (but not exclusive) focus on independent music — all genres accepted but discriminated on a writer-to-writer basis.
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music writing / blogging
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indie rock, rock, electronic, indie, music, garage, experimental
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Paul Todd submitted media.

Endlessly by Social Station

Earbuddy

Nice creepy vibe to the music which I think too many bands leave out when they cite Joy Division as an influence. Great time of the year for this music as well -- soundtrack to my next Halloween party.

Jon Irizarry submitted media.

Take The Blame by Rigbi

Earbuddy

Being a cynic myself, I can identify with the song's message. Obviously, I enjoyed this song, which finds Rigbi knocking out some impressive riffs paired with Ben Gibbard style vocals. Really dig this one.

Mulu Habtemariam submitted media.

Earbuddy

Kind of an abrupt end. Excellent flow and tight beat; wasn't expecting the lovely female vocal either. Could be something great if a little longer, unless this is an interlude into another track.

jordan parker submitted media.

So Slow by Mara

Earbuddy

Smoky, sinister vibe that will leave listeners intrigued and wanting more.

Alex Robertson submitted media.

Summer Love by Vos Lake

Earbuddy

Nice catchy electro-pop that I could see getting exposure on Sirius XM's Alt Nation and becoming a hit. Living just miles away from Tennessee, I can always appreciate hearing a local act really giving it their all.

Gustav Svedung submitted media.

Train in the Sky by Gus By Heart

Earbuddy

Another solid jam, really does tap into the folksy rock sound of Wilco or Uncle Tupelo.

Luke Dowler submitted media.

WEST E.P. by College Towns (Luke Dowler

Earbuddy

A little too mellow for me, but a cafe crowd is going to eat this up faster than a banana nut muffin.

Mike Savage submitted media.

Earbuddy

Excellent video; captures the heart of the song. Very anthemic and just taps into a nostalgia of wild youth.

Derrick Dickey submitted media.

Earbuddy

Nice chilly vibe throughout. I love how it erupts in its closing moments, which really makes you appreciate its subdued buildup.

Cody Hunt submitted media.

Earbuddy

Wow, all of these look just alike. Are they related?!  Just kidding. Nice to see how your song came together in its connecting parts. Very mellow song that fans of Belle and Sebastian would likely appreciate.

Toph Allen submitted media.

Limits by Toph

Earbuddy

After hearing this, it's clear that there are no limits for Toph Allen.  Fantastic stuff here, deeply moving.

Kevyn Smit submitted media.

Earbuddy

Very calm relaxing melody, perfect soundtrack for a long trip and likely matches the beauty of the destination (assuming it's somewhere nice).

Young Wolf Hatchlings submitted media.

Earbuddy

The original track is a good base to work with because it's such a catchy song.  This version -- with its slowed down vocals and more percussive production -- is likely to get some plays just because listeners will want to hear another take on "Habits", but it won't leave a lasting impression like so many of the remixes before it.  Maybe it's a case of being too late to the party.

Andrew Tomlinson submitted media.

Ayn Rand's Grand Plan by THE WITCH AND THE ROBOT

Earbuddy

Like the experimental glass clinking percussion. Rocks pretty good too with this weird robotic hippie vibe. It's strange stuff, but I like it. 

Gustav Svedung submitted media.

Belong (feat. Adna) by Gus By Heart

Earbuddy

Very pretty piano melody, perfectly complemented by gorgeous vocals. Those harmonies are the stuff of magic. If this is an indicator of the album as a whole, I think it could be a winner.

Olivier Désir submitted media.

Submerged by THE FLOAT

Earbuddy

Mysterious...I want to submerge myself further in the music of The Float. Just when it gets pretty, some menacing bass disrupts it, but it's totally welcome.

Miranda Johnson submitted media.

It's Elementary by Rigbi

Earbuddy

Nice percussive pop rock that fans of The Dodos or American Authors will surely enjoy. 

Vera Elentari submitted media.

Mr Bomb by Ninja Kore

Earbuddy

I'm sure that if was in a club and this popped on and I was under the influence of a lot of alcohol, then this would be my thing.  However, outside of the club, I'm not going to be bumping it in my spare time as it doesn't stimulate me mentally.  Not really a fault of the song but the genre in general.  

Boehm Official submitted media.

Earbuddy

Wow, wasn't expecting the tropical mix that I got.  I was expecting to cringe immediately considering the source material, but this remix works like it should -- adding something new while complementing the original song.  

jordan parker submitted media.

No Control VV by Vera Vera

Earbuddy

Really enjoy this understated garage rock.  Hints at some massive power but never unleashes it, so it comes across like a grittier version of Fear of Men or 2:54.  I'd love to hear more and learn more about Vera Vera.

Magnus Reimer submitted media.

Throw Yourself by Magnus Reimer

Earbuddy

The vocals were a surprise for this kind of song. I was expecting wispy and soft but instead the voice was weathered (rugged). Not saying it's a bad thing, but it is kind of a clash with the dainty synths. I do appreciate its heavier sound though. I'd like to hear more.

Miranda Johnson submitted media.

Something by Joshua Worden

Earbuddy

Comes together quite nicely with the somewhat risque subject matter and 'whirr whirr' pop cooing.  Totally felt myself consumed by the song's strange, mysterious vibe, and I loved it.

Bruce Thornton submitted media.

Earbuddy

Stop with the dollar signs in place of the letter 'S'. It's 2014 now. That said, really dig the beat and production; it makes up for an otherwise lackluster vocal performance (too muffled to understand). 

Chris D'Lima submitted media.

The Storm by Chris D'Lima

Earbuddy

First, let me say this is one of the most original ideas I've heard from a song.  It's ideas like this, which should shape your songwriting as a whole because you're going to find an audience that nerd out over intelligent, unique stories.  Second, the vocals are undeniably powerful, perfectly suited to the emotional subject of the song.  Last, the arrangement is what I would expect for something like this.  The acoustic strumming and strings allow the storytelling to be front and center.  Good stuff all around.

Joel Sumerling submitted media.

Earbuddy

It's kind of hard to judge to this since it's only a snippet, but I'd say that my wife summed it up best when she asked, "Am I at a rave?"  So I believe the EDM crowd would eat this up.

Joel Sumerling submitted media.

Sticky Cow (Sample) by Tigerskin

Earbuddy

It's easy to get behind the warbly bass and tin can percussion.  I'd like some bigger booms to make it feel like an even more complete package -- to really leave me absolutely blitzed.  Otherwise, this is like a massage to the brain and a workout for the limbs, which is still good obviously. :)

Mike Savage submitted media.

"Be Mine" by MEIKO

Earbuddy

Already familiar with Meiko from her self-titled release, I'm very excited about the progression she's made in this song, adding a little bite via some menacing riffs and pounding drum beat to her already seductive vocals.  I could definitely picture this one becoming a hit.

chasbo zelena submitted media.

Earbuddy

Old school blues with modern touches.  I could hear this in a bar or in an iPod commercial, meaning it fits and works for both.  Skuzzy, barstool shakin' fun.

Ben Garnett submitted media.

Zero Life Experience by The Organ Grinder's Monkey

Earbuddy

First things first, I love that name for the band -- it's INSANE!  Most importantly it stands out among the crowd.  Next, I'm relieved this fits more with the 'glitch' and 'electro-indie' descriptions than shoegaze because mass amounts of noise without any clear vocals is often a turnoff for me.  "Zero Life Experience" has shoegaze moments, but they never interrupt the vocals.  Overall, quite interesting.  I'd like to hear more.

BEN TILLMAN submitted media.

Earbuddy

I'm a fan of VHS style videos and this one serves as a little introduction to the band and their city, which I'm guessing has a major influence on their surf rock sound.  It's quite enjoyable pop fun that both lovers of mainstream alt and indie rock can get into.

Hidden Witness submitted media.

Recomposed by Hidden Witness

Earbuddy

Dominic ‘Dom’ Bennison's vocals remind me a bit of early '00s act Tantric, which was the main draw for that band when they were popular.  "Recomposed" is good, but I might suggest a little more oomph behind the band's instrumentation as the vocals do tend to overpower them.  Nice introduction to the band, but I wouldn't lead with it.  I'd go with a song that has a stronger chorus.

Hidden Witness submitted media.

Smiling Inside by Hidden Witness

Earbuddy

I'm still picking up the early '00s sound with this Hidden Witness song also, so if that's what the band is going for, then they're knocking it out the park.  The vocals are a little more restrained in this song, which helps put a little more focus on the music.  Nice overall.

Derrick Dickey submitted media.

Close Call by DSP

Earbuddy

It's good, but music like this is very, very hard to sell in a 'single' form.  Rather you almost have to hear the whole album for it to make sense or fully appreciate it.  That said, some very dark vibes like an understated Nine Inch Nails circa 'Ghosts I-IV'.  Only those with a taste for this sort of music will enjoy it.

Miranda Johnson submitted media.

All My Woes by *Chi

Earbuddy

I'd like to think of this as a rough copy because I think with added production, this track could be a BEAST.  Bring some more clarity to the vocals and push them ahead of the music, pump up the percussion, and allow that violin to almost stand on its own near the end and this will blow everyone away.  That said, this is a very nice introduction to the project.

Robert McKinley submitted media.

Shadow by Love Dominique

Earbuddy

Reminds me of '90s R&B like Brandy or Monica.  Lovely vocals, and I particularly enjoy the aggressive turns in the arrangement.  I'd see this fitting more with mainstream R&B rather than indie's modern take on R&B -- dominated mostly by male vocalists with a penchant for electronic backdrops.  Sounds more like a deep cut on the album too rather than a lead single.

Aaron Jackson submitted media.

Earbuddy

Great production. It has a very crisp sound and fits well with anything on a mainstream level.  That said, many of the track's ideas and themes have been explored in countless rap songs already.  If the entire album is going to stand out as something different, then it needs to be 'different' rather than recycled verses of 'I'm going to do this' and 'I'm better than these guys'.  

Fore M submitted media.

Earbuddy

All right! Forceful beat, vocalist is complementing the production with his flow.  Tempo sounds like it's leading to a big finish, which draws me into the song even more.  

Briony Morgan submitted media.

Daylight Paranoia by Sounds of Sirus

Earbuddy

"Daylight Paranoia" would likely find a home on Sirius XM's Alt Nation.  If I was promoting this song, I would push for it to get placed on their channel as it would likely pick up steam in rotation and make it to their weekend top 20 countdown.  I especially love the strings that come into play during the song's thrilling climax.  Good stuff, guys.

James Dilger submitted media.

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Earbuddy

Straddles the line of '70s and '80s power rock; I wouldn't tag it with '90s. I'm picking up a lot of Boston when I hear this.  If you're going for a vintage rock sound -- something I'd hear when digging through my dad's old dusty records -- then embrace that because there is an audience for it.

John Masters submitted media.

Room Service by Harness Flux

Earbuddy

Got an old school indie rock sound that lovers of Pavement and Built To Spill are sure to immediately connect with.  

Carriages . submitted media.

Roots by Carriages

Earbuddy

I wouldn't really dance to this, and I think that'd be the general reaction of most people. This is quirky music, definitely for a more experimentally-inclined audience.  I love the use of field recordings, pairs quite nicely with the gentle synths.  Nice voice on the singer as well, but it almost overpowers the gentle nature of the music and could be offputting to some listeners.  The chorus is catchy enough, but I wouldn't lead with this song as the single for the full album.

Paul Todd submitted media.

Earbuddy

Really enjoyed this one.  Couldn't hear the Bowie or Joy Division influences, but after checking out some of their other songs on their Soundcloud, I'm picking it up!  "The Sun and The Air" reminded me more of The Antlers and Majical Cloudz, which isn't a bad thing at all.  Love the 'tink tink' percussion and back and forth style of the vocals.  It's slow-moving and moody, but listeners will hang on its every word.