Kate Maki – Moonshine (2011)

Moonshine is the fifth record from Kate Maki, substitute teacher and Canadian singer-songwriter. With a long-running desire to record an album in her basement, Maki invited a cast of friends from Cuff The Duke, The Pinecones, Fembots and The Minotaurs to her home to record around one microphone.  Over two snow-filled days during one of the coldest weeks in history, Maki and company recorded Moonshine with a raw, organic sound that can only be made by a group of friends playing around a fireplace. The album’s friendly feel creates a carefree playfulness that causes it to flow freely while remaining focused and maintaining interest. Shaped by drums, upright bass, guitars, pedal steel, piano, organ, accordion and harmonized vocals, it’s Maki’s soft, rustic Gillian Welch-like vocals that stand out. And, like squares on a cozy winter quilt, each instrument, harmony and note on Moonshine are sewn together to produce a delightful piece of homespun art.

mp3 256 kbps | 56 MB | UL

Christy & Emily – Gueen’s Head (2007)

Christy & Emily - Gueen's Head [Front Cover]mp3 160 kbps | 63 MB | UL | KF | CL

Brooklyn label the Social Registry deliver the goods yet again with this fantastic and startlingly fully formed debut by Brooklyn duo Christy & Emily. “Gueen’s Head” finds the high harmonies of ’80s stalwarts the Cocteau Twins and Throwing Muses, and the twee primitivism of the Raincoats, mingling with a folk sensibility and a touch of the compositional avant-garde.