We're offering five songs for our Download of the Week in honor of our fifth birthday. Enjoy!
Inner Oceans: "Call Through The Wire"
This Denver band has become one of the city's most buzzed-about bands in recent memory thanks to frontman Griff Snyder's knack for pop melodies and synth-heavy production. Explore more music from their forthcoming debut album with their performance for OpenAir Sessions.
Weyes Blood: "Seven Words"
Singer-songwriter Natalie Mering has years of experience in hardcore noise bands, but her output as Weyes Blood is warm and welcoming. Her latest album, "Front Row Seat To Earth," is a collection of intimate folk songs, and the organ on "Seven Words" lends a gospel music element to the record.
Holy Sons: "Robbed And Gifted"
Holy Sons is essentially the solo project of Portland, Ore., musician Emil Amos, who plays every instrument on his records. He's released over a dozen albums as Holy Sons since 2000, covering a wide variety of genres. His latest, "In The Garden," is an attempt at recreating the aura of classic rock records from the 1970s.
Devendra Banhart: "Fancy Man"
Devendra Banhart is long removed from the "freak-folk" of his early records. His recent music has a more polished and mature sound, though he continues to find fascinating blends of instruments and influences. On "Ape In Pink Marble," he explores the music of Brazil and Japan.
Kadhja Bonet's classical music training is all over the single "Honeycomb." The Los Angeles singer-songwriter plays every string and woodwind instrument on the track, but it's her sultry and soulful vocal parts that steal the show.