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!) As your Bandcamp Counselor, the goal of my 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 this summer.
FLEXA by Parisalexa
Seattle-based artist Parisalexa has been busy this year. The talented vocalist and producer released her debut EP, performed at several festivals including Capitol Hill Block Party and Doe Bay Fest, recorded an in-studio performance at KEXP, and released her latest mixtape in June. Thanks to the laidback confidence and crisp production on FLEXA, listeners are treated to a well-rounded glimpse at one of the city’s rising stars.
RIYL: Vinyl crate-digging as self care, fresh flowers, deleting old contacts from your phone
Lead image of Parisalexa at Capitol Hill Block Party 2018 by Travis Trautt
Modern Express by Watoo Watoo
Watoo Watoo is a French pop duo who released Modern Express, their final album, earlier this summer. Their farewell comes in the form of a charming “POP!” record that doesn’t overthink its roots in twee and indie rock.
RIYL: The brief moments of happiness in Stranger Things, marmalade, animated cats, reversible jackets
Infant Island by Infant Island
While it comes as no surprise that a band called Infant Island centers around a lot of screaming, the Virginia-based four piece also shows an impressive maturity in their self-titled debut. Their Bandcamp bio simply says “atmosphere & anguish,” which is accurate and indicative of the band’s focus on brevity. Infant Island is shoegaze express, screamo in italics, and a promising first album.
RIYL: Skyrim Giants, night swims, Caliban from The Tempest, fossils
Clear Tamei by Iglooghost
Steel Mogu by Iglooghost
To understand Iglooghost, you first must visit the Mamu dimension, which is part of the UK artist’s multimedia narrative surrounding his releases. Both Clear Tamei and Steel Mogu are follow-up releases that add to a storyline that includes gods-in-training, cross-temporal battle, and hyperspeed. Both releases embody the same sense of adventurous delight without forcing a story that abandons their audience.
RIYL: Preprogrammed ringtones, 3D printing, ice levels in video games, Legends of the Hidden Temple