I just found the San Francisco based band Film School while listening to KEXP the other night while on call at the hospital. Their music is reminiscent of really good 80s alternative rock (Joy Division and Smiths come easily to mind).
The disc opens with "Intro", a sonically-swirling short introduction of pleasingly-distorted electric guitar. I really love the ethereal feeling and driving sound of the second track, "On and On." And, I really dig the open bass and guitar chords on the third track, "Harmed." Go to Insound to listen to full downloadable mp3 samples of these two songs. Also, the open, other-worldly, sound on track four, "Breet" is really a joy to listen to.
:: peder ::
I just received a CD from Southwind, a bluegrass quartet from North Carolina. Most of the tracks have vocals, but some of the instrumentals really stand out, such as "Blackberry Blossom" and "Sheebeg & Sheemore." The former is an upbeat, more standard bluegrass number with some great banjo work by Matt Lawson. The latter a very beautiful, melodious, and meloncholy song. It's quite pastoral. I keep listening to it over and over again.
:: peder ::