By Cameron Deuel
Bandcamp is the single greatest music discovery platform in existence because it grants you instant access to an ecosystem of music in virtually every genre from artists around the world. You could accidentally click on an album under the Recently Sold section and discover your new favorite band. You might also quickly recognize that lo-fi didgeridoo two-step isn’t your jam. (Or maybe it is, and you find acceptance among the didgeridudes and didgeridudettes!) The goal of this column is to point you in the direction of great releases from the last month that flew under the radar. Here are a few outstanding releases from July.
Baywitch – Hellaspawn
Seattle’s own Baywitch (pictured above) have perfected chilly beach pop on their debut album, Hellaspawn. Since every track is basically a haunted surf rock shanty, listening to this album is not unlike trick-or-treating on the ocean floor.
RIYL: Spider crabs, The Love Witch, black sand, Mario Kart 64’s Koopa Troopa Beach
NÍDIA – Nídia é Má, Nídia é Fudida
Portuguese electronic maestro, NÍDIA, has mastered a subgenre I can only begin to describe as “hurried footwork-core” and her latest project is hypnotizing. The first few tracks might feel somewhat disorienting but, by the playful “Underground,” her vision comes into focus.
RIYL: M.C. Escher, hypnotoad, Drowzee, clashing
Playa Gótico – Amirugumi
To the uninitiated, Amirugumi refers to the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small creatures, which suggests that an album of the same name possesses a twee temperament. However, the Chilean indie pop four-piece, Playa Gotico, are self-described as a “lightweight but violent pop band” and have chosen to label their debut album as such – you have been warned.
RIYL: Controlled burns, pirate skulls, birds of prey, gashapon
Sudan Archives – Sudan Archives
Sudan Archives is heavily influenced by Sundanese fiddlers and, on her latest self-titled project, she merges her skills as a self-taught violinist with elements of electronic-based pop and West African rhythms. This project is a pure, cosmic journey guided by an artist with a bright future.
RIYL: Constellations, oatmeal, sand art, linen