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  • 78s macht Schweizer Bands weltbekannt. Jeden Monat eine.

    Von    |   27. März 2010   |   17 Kommentare

    Eine Ankündigung in eigener und globaler Sache: 78s.ch ist neues, stolzes Mitglied vom MAP. Die Abkürzung steht für Music Alliance Pact und ist sowas ähnliches wie ein monatlich stattfindender „Blog Song Contest“. 

    Der MAP wurde 2008 unter Federführung vom schottischen Musikblog The Pop Cop ins Leben gerufen. Ziel der Aktion war und ist es, aus jedem Land ein Musikblog zu akquirieren, der monatlich einen Song zu einer Compilation beiträgt, die dann wiederum auf jedem Blog veröffentlicht wird. Die Mitgliederschaft wuchs schnell und rasant und zählt mittlerweile 36 Länder beziehungsweise Musikblogs, die monatlich einem Künstler oder einer Band aus ihrem Land eine grössere, virtuelle Bühne bieten.

    Der MAP bietet eine unglaubliche Variation durch die unterschiedlichen geographischen und musikalischen Hintergründe der Blogs. Die aktuelle März-Ausgabe präsentiert Reggae aus Peru, Shoegaze aus Chile, chinesischen Punk-Rock, Brit-Pop aus Venezuela oder Alternative Rock aus Indien. Eines zieht sich durch alle Songs hindurch wie ein roter Faden: Sie sind durchwegs cool und überdurchschnittlich gut. Der MAP trägt somit zu einer qualitativ hochstehenden musikalischen Horizonterweiterung bei.

    Da darf 78s natürlich nicht aussen vor stehen. Die nächste Ausgabe, die am 15. April erscheint, wird auch einer Band aus der Schweiz die Gelegenheit geben, sich einem grösseren Publikum zu präsentieren. 78s.ch wählt den besten Schweizer Act des Monats und präsentiert ihn über den MAP einer weltweiten Leserschaft.

    Wie gross der Popularitätsschub durch den Music Alliance Pact sein kann, beweist das Beispiel von Malcolm Lincoln. Der Singer/Songwriter wurde vom estnischen Blog Popop für die Dezember-Ausgabe vom MAP ausgewählt. Letzte Woche wurde nun bekannt, dass er Estland am Eurovision Song Contest vertreten darf. Die Wahl kam gemäss Popop einer grossen Überraschung gleich, weil Malcolm Lincoln der breiten estnischen Öffentlichkeit angeblich nahezu unbekannt war.

    Schaut man sich die Schweizer ESC-Teilnehmer der jüngeren Vergangenheit und das Wahlprozedere an, gehen wir nicht davon aus, dass 78s irgendwann einmal den Schweizer ESC-Teilnehmer über die MAP-Plattform bewerben wird. Ich hoffe es zumindest nicht, inständig. Berühmtheitsgarantie gibt’s also auch mit dem MAP nicht. Aber ein wenig Blog-Love von nahezu 40 Musikblogs weltweit kann wohl niemandem schaden.

    Um einen Eindruck zu vermitteln, wie das beim MAP so zu und her geht, posten wir hier die März-Ausgabe.

    SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop
    Admiral FallowSquealing Pigs
    It’s hard to say what Admiral Fallow’s greatest strength is. It could be the luscious melodies which burst out of their songs, or the thick Scottish brogue that defines Louis Abbott’s strikingly unhurried delivery, or perhaps it’s the fact they have the sort of craft and invention their peers could only dream of. MAP exclusive download Squealing Pigs whisks through the speakers with a bundle of verve and is taken from the band’s forthcoming debut album Boots Met My Face, which at times sounds a lot like Elbow.

    ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
    ModularFemme Fatale
    Listening to Modular’s music is like a journey back to a time when lounge and space-age pop were present on almost every soundtrack and TV show. This track is their own rendition of the great song Femme Fatale by The Velvet Underground, taken from a recent free EP called Yoga Para Extraterrestres (which you can download from here). Don’t miss Requiem Para Robert Moog, another great track from this EP.

    AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
    Exciting new trio Otouto from Melbourne have released a new single called Astronauts on their own artist collective label Two Bright Lakes. You may recognise singer Hazel Brown’s voice from Whitley’s song Killer. So catchy.

    BRAZIL: Meio Desligado
    EddieGafieira No Avenida
    One of the founders of the mangue beat movement in northeast Brazil in the 90s, Eddie play a mixture of frevo (a kind of folk music usually related to carnival), rock and jazz. Gafieira No Avenida is taken from the band’s latest album, Carnaval No Inferno („Carnival In Hell“) and highlights some of Eddie’s influences, such as Fela Kuti and Lee Perry.

    CANADA: I(Heart)Music
    Yukon BlondeRather Be With You
    There are all kinds of great power-pop bands from decades past that could be referenced when talking about Yukon Blonde. But you know what? As songs like Rather Be With You show, Yukon Blonde are a lot more than their influences, and it’s not hard to imagine that it won’t be long before future bands are referencing them as an influence.

    CHILE: Super 45
    Inverness has its heart divided between Santiago and England. The band flirts a lot with shoegaze revivalism but succeeds in avoiding a lame emulation of the sound, instead delivering a rich, lyrical world full of dreamy scenes. Their second album Illuminaciones was inspired by the far-away landscapes of southern Chile and received massive critical acceptance last year. The band faces the challenge of doing it again for the release of their next album this year.

    CHINA: Wooozy
    PB33Dance With Me
    Formed in 2005, PB33 independently released their first album Disco Boys & Girls Night Out. It’s about youth, happiness, love, life, friendship and party. They are a band with a punk attitude. Are you ready for them?

    COLOMBIA: Colombia Urbana
    ChocQuibTownEn Circulo (Sa Rissa)
    ChocQuibTown is the most successful urban fusion group in Colombia with two Latin Grammy nominations. The band try to mix hip hop music with native sounds of the Pacific coast. Their new album Oro has just been released.

    DENMARK: All Scandinavian
    The Bronson BrothersAncient Land
    Pop, decadence, France and the 1960s are keywords when it comes to Clyde and Ted Bronson’s musical universe. The excellent Ancient Land is taken from the duo’s freshly-released debut album The Melody Bronson, the title a nod to the 1971 concept album Histoire De Melody Nelson by Serge Gainsbourg, who is also found among The Bronson Brothers‘ influences.

    ENGLAND: The Daily Growl
    Stairs To KoreaAll Of Your Friends
    The awesome one-man band and king of the offbeat tweets, Stairs To Korea is a battery of lo-fi electronic effects, good tunes, wry lyrics and ace guitar solos. And behind his bushy beard there’s a reluctant rock god edging his way out. His new single All Of Your Friends, on the excellent Brainlove Records, is another in the gradual drip-feed of fine releases which should eventually see him with one of the best singles compilations of 2012.

    ESTONIA: Popop
    Honey PowerGet Country
    This light, fresh and melodic indie tune from four-piece Honey Power carries a real country vibe and, as an early taste of the Tartu-based band’s long-anticipated second album, demonstrates good taste and an impeccable arrangement.

    FINLAND: Glue
    FlannelmouthSharp Paper
    Sharp Paper gently opens Flannelmouth’s second album and leads the Helsinki indie band into a collection of intense and diverse pop songs, with intelligent arrangements and a good sense of melody, underlined by the dominant voice of vocalist Tuomo Kuusi. Rather than limiting themselves to the classic four or five-piece band template, Flannelmouth draw their songs with a diverse palette including subtle sounds of ukulele, pedal steel and a variety of other instruments to build an addictive romanticism.

    FRANCE: ZikNation
    Saycet is a French electronic artist made famous by his album One Day At Home in 2006. Pierre Lefeuvre, the man behind Saycet, is a daydream music specialist. His songs carry the listener away in a cocoon universe where nothing can hurt you and every little noise is a delight.

    GERMANY: Blogpartei
    KissogramRubber And Meat
    The death of German indie labels continues. This month Berlin-based Louisville closed its doors, leaving a bunch of the most influential and significant German bands on their own. One of these is Kissogram, whose last album Rubber And Meat got a lot of positive reviews. To bid a fond farewell to Louisville, we are able to present its title track exclusively. Thanks for all the music!

    GREECE: Mouxlaloulouda
    Electric LitanyFebruary
    Preferring patience and restraint over explosive blasts of atmospheric wailing, Electric Litany slowly build up tunes that glimmer with hauntingly melodic ideas and climax with rhythms that capture the traditional musical heritage of Eastern European countries. Their debut album, How To Be A Child & Win The War, offers a sonically cinematic experience that will leave you feeling both elated and emotionally drained. Gorgeous sounds are pulled from within the deepest recesses of the human soul, while vocals full of intuitive swells and fades rise over piano, synths and tremolo guitars. A work of mesmerising beauty, like a tender touch on a sad day.

    ICELAND: I Love Icelandic Music
    SometimeHeart Of Spades
    Sometime, a band formed by Icelandic music veterans, puts catchy dance-infused songs on the menu. Ingredients are the strong voice of frontwoman Diva De La Rosa plus the inventive drums of TheDanni, flavoured by turntable whizzkid DJ Moonshine and manipulated by Oculus. You can taste it while listening to the single Heart Of Spades from the album Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

    INDIA: Indiecision
    The CircusFOPS
    The Circus are an alternative rock act from New Delhi. The band’s music is Incubus-inspired, effects-driven fuzz that makes no bones about what it is and where it finds its roots. FOPS (an abbreviation of Full On Party Scene) comes from soon-to-be-released debut album From Space. It’s wholesome, angular alternative music executed without much fuss. Turn it up, get your party started.

    INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
    Sajama CutPaintings/Pantings
    Sajama Cut are praised for their lyrics and unusual songs arrangements, with influences ranging from Echo & The Bunnymen, The Beach Boys, Guided By Voices, R.E.M. and tons of obscure singer-songwriters. Paintings/Pantings comes from their new album Manimals, a record which has a varied approach in songwriting, with most of the lyrics taken from Marcel Thee’s journal.

    IRELAND: Nialler9
    The Cast Of CheersDerp
    The Cast Of Cheers came from nowhere last month and quickly became Nialler9’s favourite new band. Their downloadable album (get it for free here) is a fully-formed 33-minute blast of post-punk, looping post-rock, tightly-wound songs with echoes of Battles, Foals and Death From Above 1979.

    ISRAEL: Metal Israel
    Orphaned LandSapari
    Orphaned Land’s latest album The Never Ending Way Of ORWarriOR is a sonic tapestry that flies a completely different path than the usual Western metal fare of Europe and the States, though there are common threads. The influence of acts such as Paradise Lost, Iron Maiden and The Beatles are evident, but Orphaned Land weave elements together that run the gamut from blacker-than-black demonic intensity to let-the-sunshine-in hippie flamboyance. The band categorizes itself as Middle Eastern progressive metal with dreams of instilling peace through their music.

    ITALY: Polaroid
    Heike Has The GigglesRobot
    Before you ask, the name comes from a character in an English grammar book the band used to read at high school. Heike Has The Giggles are three young kids who play sharp and dry rock ’n‘ roll in the vein of PJ Harvey and early Gossip. They just released Sh!, their forceful debut album, and you can’t listen to it without starting to dance and play air guitar.

    JAPAN: JPOP Lover
    OmodakaKyoteizinc (Video Mix)
    Known as an electro/techno artist, Soichi Terada teamed up with a few visual directors and has started the collaborative music project Omodaka. Omodaka’s sound is characterized by the seamless mixture of Japanese traditional Geisha songs and electro music. Omodaka will appear live at the Japan Nite showcase at this month’s SXSW and will also go on tour the US with Red Bacteria Vacuum and Okamoto’s.

    MEXICO: Red Bull PanameriKa
    Los MacuanosPueblo Muerto (feat. Scout Klas)
    Is there such a thing as ethno-dubstep? London’s urban soundscape has been well charted by dubstep – how about Tijuana’s? Los Macuanos are a duo formed by Moises „Moih“ Horta and Moises Lopez, and this is their nu-electronic post-nortec mix of blurry Mexican folkloric crumbs with cyclic dubstep. Pueblo Muerto was recorded by Moih and gloomy artist Scout Klas (from Sweden via Vietnam) in his recent visit to the Red Bull Music Academy in London. The song portraits the hypnotic fumes spreading from ghost town Tijuana to the whole stratosphere.

    NETHERLANDS: Amsterdam Event Guide
    The StuttersStarlight Love
    Top musicians as well as first-class artists, this three-piece group have it all going for them in 2010: new songs, more gigs, screaming fans and some very fancy dancing. After the critically-acclaimed first EP back in 2008, their 2010 release Viva La Stutters has got a lot of people excited. First listens see the trio go for a slightly heavier feel than their previous singles but they still stay true to their indie-rock sensibilities, keeping it very rock ’n‘ roll and danceable. Make sure you catch them on their European tour scheduled for early June – we’ll be at the front!

    NEW ZEALAND: Counting The Beat
    An Emerald CitySeizuretron
    An Emerald City’s first album Circa Scaria is the stuff of legend, being recorded in a cave on a storm-swept coast. Even without that back story their music is memorable for combining a traditional rock line-up with lute, violin, tablas, violin and sitar. Their songs start off quiet then build in scale and grandeur to create huge Eastern-influenced instrumental soundscapes. Surprisingly, Circa Scaria reached the New Zealand top 40. After a few months in Berlin, An Emerald City have released Seizuretron as a taster for their forthcoming second album.

    NORWAY: Eardrums
    Solvor VermeerFinal Hour
    Three years ago, I stumbled upon Solvor Vermeer’s music. I was amazed by the delicate and fragile beauty she managed to create with only her voice and the piano as her tools. Since then, Vermeer has developed her sound. She has a rare gift for composing and can make something really complex become catchy and accessible. On her upcoming four-track debut EP, her sound is richer and more orchestrated, with her musician friends having added strings, horns, layered vocals, glockenspiel, etc. The EP will be released this spring on her own Bloksberg Music label in partnership with UK-based Lazy Acre Records.

    PERU: SoTB
    Pipe VillaranSinnerman
    When members of the band Los Fuckin Sombreros went their separate ways, Pipe Villaran began to compose new songs, preparing for what would be his new project, called Long Player. His style is still rock ’n‘ roll, to which he has devoted his whole life, influenced by classic rock and some blues touches. Sinnerman is a preview of the direction his new band will take when their debut record is launched in May.

    PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
    PeltzerA Story To Tell Me
    Peltzer used to be Rui Gaio’s one-man band. Today, there are more members but they continue with their electronic sound and cite the new wave movement, Mercury Rev and The Flaming Lips as their influences. They have released tracks digitally and on three Portuguese compilations. A Story To Tell Me, from their new Outdated EP, is an exclusive MAP download.

    ROMANIA: Babylon Noise
    Hot CasandraChroma
    Hot Casandra is a new project behind which we can find Paul Ballo (the drummer of last month’s featured band, Kumm). It’s a personal playground, where no compromises will be made and everything will sound as wanted. The first song, Chroma, is a dark electro track with beautiful, haunting vocals.

    SINGAPORE: I’m Waking Up To…
    Sidd & His Self-EsteemOccupation
    I’ve been informed that the frontman of Sidd & His Self-Esteem is a nervous individual, so much so that it inspired the naming of the band. Well, if Sidd finds his solace in the sheer gregariousness of his other band members, then this must surely be a case of strength in numbers. All inhibitions seemingly fall away as they deliver brilliantly on this stellar Led Zeppelin-esque track, with confidence swelling in each instrument and the vocals deliberate and full of conviction. Occupation pays homage to lo-fi garage rock, with the mix perfectly balanced for your ears to take in everything.

    SOUTH AFRICA: Musical Mover & Shaker!
    Will MonoSeks Vir Plesier
    What Will Mono does when making music is slightly different to most – he collaborates with other artists by adding their vocals to his music. In this case Will Mono worked with Jan Joknie and Seks Vir Plesier was born. It is Afrikaans electro-pop at its best. Draw conclusions where you will with regards to the content but as for the song as a whole, it’s catchy electro genius.

    SOUTH KOREA: Indieful ROK
    3rd Line ButterflyNine Days
    3rd Line Butterfly has been one of the most loved Korean indie-rock bands since 2002, when their music became known through drama series Ruler Of Your Own World. Following the release of their third album in 2004, the band went on a long hiatus, returning only late last year. Earlier this month, their out-of-print albums were re-released in remastered versions, but Nine Days is a beautiful, melancholic Americana-style folk track from new EP Nine Days Or A Million.

    SPAIN: Oscuro Magazine
    The ClosersCome Down
    The Closers are an industrial rock band from Zaragoza similar to Nine Inch Nails or Filter. Their first work was called The End and is a preview of four songs from their forthcoming debut album. It is a very catchy and addictive work that could make a real impact beyond our borders. Come Down has touches of Primal Scream, but the powerful guitars and killer choruses are more like the best works of Trent Reznor.

    SWEDEN: Swedesplease
    Holy FamilyWhatever There’s To Know
    Holy Family is an electronica trio from Goteborg. The fuzzy beats and glowering vocals on their song Meathooks remind me of some of the heavy industrial music from the late 80s and early 90s, while the lighter, more accessible sounds on Whatever There’s To Know hint at a band that could expand their sound and possibly cross over.

    UNITED STATES: I Guess I’m Floating
    Javelin are an eclectic duo currently residing in Brooklyn by way of Providence, Rhode Island. Their electronic jams have been turning heads for quite some time, yet their upcoming LP, No Mas, and tour dates with Yeasayer will catapult this funky duo to the forefront of independent acclaim.

    VENEZUELA: Barquisimento
    Los ParanoiasNo Sueltes Al Murcielago
    Los Paranoias have a sound that resembles the 80s post-punk and 60s Britpop scenes. No Sueltes Al Murcielago is the second single from their album Aqui Fue, which was inspired by the troubled times our country is going through. The song is a happy rock ’n‘ roll tune with a contagious rhythm – a symbol of Venezuelan optimism.

    To download all 36 songs in one file click here

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    1. #1 Michael

      16:43 Uhr, 27.3.2010, Link

      auch wenn ich bisher nur Eardrums, icelandicmusic & Nialler9 regelmäßig lese:
      Herzlichen Glückwunsch 78s :)

    2. #2 Tim

      19:53 Uhr, 27.3.2010, Link

      sehr cool!
      music around the world, das mag ich.
      und cool dass ihr dabei seid.

    3. #3 Tom

      10:45 Uhr, 29.3.2010, Link

      Na endlich! Hallo Nachbarn :)

    4. #4 PeterPan

      16:15 Uhr, 29.3.2010, Link

      na endlich, würd ich auch sagen.
      besser spät als nie.

    5. #5 David Bauer

      16:18 Uhr, 29.3.2010, Link

      Wir Schweizer lassen uns eben immer ein wenig länger Zeit, bis wir uns transnationalen Organisationen anschliessen…

    6. #6 Tschino

      17:30 Uhr, 29.3.2010, Link

      das muss ein schlag ins gesicht aller schweizer (pop)musikschaffenden sein – sooo viiel konkurrenz! und die meisten sind ja nicht mal angelsachsen. aber gut so – finger raus! ;o)

    7. #7 David Bauer

      17:46 Uhr, 29.3.2010, Link

      Keine Sorge, uns fallen genügend Schweizer Künstler ein, die dieser internationalen Konkurrenz spielend das Wasser reichen können.

    8. #8 Tschino

      22:43 Uhr, 29.3.2010, Link

      das wissen wir doch, David… ach, übrigens: es überrascht bzw. befremdet mich ziemlich, dass ihr euch bei der berichterstattung zur „swiss music award“-veranstaltung dermassen ins zeug gelegt, nun aber zur „m4music“ rein gar nichts zu sagen habt.

    9. #9 Johannes

      23:13 Uhr, 29.3.2010, Link

      Find ich sehr gut, das mit dem Music Alliance Pact.

    10. #10 Tschino

      23:15 Uhr, 29.3.2010, Link

      auch nett: http://www.tracksonamap.com/

    11. #11 Mathias Menzl

      06:19 Uhr, 30.3.2010, Link

      @Tschino: Meinst du die Demotape Clinic? Warts ab, Dienstag, 10 Uhr, same place.

    12. #12 Tschino

      13:58 Uhr, 30.3.2010, Link

      @Mathias: aha! ;o)

    13. #13 mösiö

      14:09 Uhr, 30.3.2010, Link

      das mit map ist toll! die diesjährige demotapeclinic dagegen ein schlechter scherz.

    14. #14 Tschino

      20:22 Uhr, 30.3.2010, Link


    15. #15 pianodunst

      17:39 Uhr, 4.4.2010, Link

      ganz meinerseits: hübsche sache!!!

    78s wird seit Juni 2015 nicht mehr redaktionell betreut. Die Kommentarfunktion ist deswegen deaktiviert.

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