Saturday, 2 March 2013

Five For Free #161

King Of The Opera - The Floating Song

Alberto Mariotti is no newcomer. Under his previous name of Samuel Katarro he's released records in the past, but 'Nothing Outstanding' marks his first album as part of a band; King Of The Opera. Having already received support from luminaries such as Patti Smith, Julian Cope and Pere Ubu, these guys could be well on their way to success. Tracks like 'The Floating Song' prove exactly why.

Download 'The Floating Song' for free by heading here

King Of The Opera's website

Stream or buy the album

Catch them live:

King of the Opera at 909 Café - Friday, March 15, 2013 at 8:00pm, Castiglione del Lago, PG, IT
King of the Opera at Musik Off Club - Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:00pm, Modena Mo, IT
King of the Opera at La Mela di Newton - Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 8:00pm, Padua, IT
King of the Opera live at (Host)eria (rassegna "Introducing") - Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 8:00pm, Teramo, 64100, IT

Tricky - Nothing's Changed

The king of trip-hop returns with this first track from new album 'False Idols', which is out at the end of May. On first single 'Nothing's Changed' we get to hear little of Tricky himself except for the trademark atmosphere and chopped up beats. It's a ghostly song led by a female vocal with a probably political rather than emotional message.

Download 'Nothing's Changed' for free from Tricky's website

Cocovan - Roosevelt Hotel

Crafting much lighter electronic textures is French instrumentalist and producer Cocovan, a fiercely independent artist who's turned down numerous A&R offers to pursue the opportunity to make the music she wanted to make, not what she was told to make. A series of tracks will be released this year, starting with the excellent electro-pop of 'Roosevelt Hotel', written and produced entirely herself.

Cocovan's website

Download the EP

Brave Baby - Lakeside Trust

Yes, another track from South Carolina's Brave Baby and another from their very good new album 'Forty Bells'. Have a quick search of the site if you're new to them and you'll find more freebies, but the upbeat and catchy 'Lakeside Trust' will probably be enough to ensure that fans of quality alt-rock and guitar-pop are onside right away. Another corker.

Brave Baby's website

Stream or buy the album

Helado Negro - Mitad Del Mundo

This track comes as a welcome diversion for Weathervane Music's 'Shaking Through' series, which has generally concentrated on US alt-rock and similar genres. Here Helado Negro creates an original piece of modern dub and combines it with more electronic sounds. The result, 'Mitad Del Mundo', is probably one of the finest offerings the series has thrown up so far.

Stream or download 'Mitad Del Mundo' for free by heading here

Helado Negro's website

For more news, reviews and downloads follow The Sound Of Confusion on Facebook or Twitter