“Sunrays” - Catching Flies
I’ve been wanting to post more amateur music for a couple of reasons. First, how can you really describe a musical movement if you only listen to the recommendations of the well read blogs? Second, can you really have a micro-genre if there are only two or three developed artists in the field? For instance, Tri-Angle is THE name in down tempo beat heavy techno/R&B, but is witch-house really a “thing” if only one label exists? Third, if you read one blog you read them all (they all have their nuances but compare the major posts of p4k/stereogum/gvb).
All that said, it’s hard. Posting unpolished, unprofessional music is always a risk. There isn’t much of a point except for the risk taking, and anyone who emails me personally is guaranteed not to be taken seriously (I also wouldn’t reference your success in Red Bull magazine).
I chose “Sunrays” because of what it lacks more than what it has. It needs a melody. The track alone provides too much space for the production alone to stand out, and it’s missing a key ingredient that, if done correctly and by someone who knows what they’re doing, might elevate it past it’s Soundcloud obscurity (Mr. Lies already achieved this feat earlier in the year). But it also got me thinking about witch-house. Balamb-Acab and Holy Other have seemingly taken over the field. Where have Salem gone? Where is oOoOO? Maybe Soundcloud is the real breeding ground for the genre or maybe it’s leading to a Burial infused Trip-Hop sound. But what stuck about Catching Flies are the jazz influences. The nods are more to witch-house than to R&B or Dubstep staples, but there are moments of jazz wisdom. Sunrays provides the perfect backdrop for a jazz singer, “Let Your Hair Down” leads with a great jazz sample but under-performs. From someone who deeply misses jazz and the effect it has on music, it’d be great to see a comeback.
Ps. Change your name.