Earbuddy’s First Compilation Album, THE EAR-P 1, Is Here

The EAR-P 1

Probably one of the most exciting moments in Earbuddy‘s short history — our first compilation album, The EAR-P 1, is finally here. Consisting of artist submissions, Earbuddy hopes to introduce you to your new favorite artist or artists. The EAR-P 1 brings together 10 songs, a nice tight-knit collection of indie rock, pop, electronic, hip hop, folk, and more! We covered every spectrum so that there’s something for everyone. Oh, and the download doesn’t cost you a thing (unless you just want to make a donation). So why wait? Get to downloading HERE and be sure to listen and read further coverage about this release below.

Get to know the artists behind EAR-P 1:

Le Trouble

Le Trouble:

What’s your recipe for a good song?

If you think you’ve figured out good recipe, it usually means you’ve lost it.

What influences your songwriting and music?

Motivated by the fear of writing shitty songs and we have a strong earnest desire to entertain ourselves, you and your uncle.

What can listeners expect next from you?

Selling out, an Intraband sextape, Rehab, self indulgent solo projects, Forced terrible reunion tour, plane crash.

But first, the Reality Strikes EP release in November. We want to play in as many different cities as possible, and a few videos are also in the works.

Follow Le Trouble: Bandcamp / Facebook

Unicycle Loves You

Unicycle Loves You

What’s your recipe for a good song?

Elements of raw spontaneity combined with obvious hooks.

What influences your songwriting and music?

So many things can influence a song. From all the extremely good and bad experiences you go through to the mundane things like going to the grocery store and the laundromat. You never know when you’re going to come up with something that will become a great song. Sometimes ideas that I think are absolute shit will resurface years later and feel like the best idea ever.

What can listeners expect next from you?

We’re finishing up writing and recording our 4th full length album right now, and hoping to release it midsummer 2014. In the meantime, we’ve been testing out the songs in a live setting. So far, the response has been refreshingly positive, and we can’t wait to share this new stuff with the world.

Follow Unicycle Loves You: Website / Facebook / Bandcamp / Twitter

Tica Douglas

Tica Douglas

What’s your recipe for a good song?

I like good, classic pop melodies. But too much of that can get old quick, so I like to build tension with unconventional chord changes. Then, when the familiar cadences hit, there’s a wave a relief that comes with them.

What influences your songwriting and music?

Other musicians, other songs. I’ll hear a chord progression or a phrase from another artist and immediately need to grab my guitar and play. Also, the physical space around me. The more space I have, the more songs I seem to find. I wrote my new album, Summer Valentine, in my hometown on the coast of Maine.

What can listeners expect next from you?

I’m still in Summer Valentine mode, since it was released only a couple months ago. I’ll be playing a bunch around NYC with the band I recorded it with in the coming months. My next show is November 15th at Shea Stadium. I’ve also got a bunch of new songs I’m working on towards my next record. But that’s a ways down the road.

Follow Tica Douglas: Website / Facebook / Bandcamp / Twitter

MammaBear

MammaBear

What’s your recipe for a good song?

LOTS of cinnamon and when all else fails, use a G major.

What influences your songwriting and music?

If my hair looks good that day, I pick up an instrument, and I write a song about how fucking great that is. I also love the band XTC.

What can listeners expect next from you?

Many more albums of varying quality until I DIE.

Follow MammaBear: Facebook / Bandcamp

Souvenir Stand

Souvenir Stand

What’s your recipe for a good song?

I think the foundation to any good song is a solid catchy melody. But there’s not a set formula to achieve that, it works with melodies that are repetitive that just move around 3 notes and it works with songs leap from low to high notes (you know what I mean if you’ve ever heard “Don’t Worry Baby”). It really is whatever best fits the emotional context. But a catchy tune alone can’t complete a song, its the ability for the melody to successfully fuse with its chord structure…and lyrically I’m just a fan of people writing what they know (treat your songs as the therapy you know you so desperately need – that can’t just be me, right?)…and if need be just mask the truth with a few cryptic lines…

Then what takes it from “good” to “great” is an arrangement that highlights the mood, utilizes strong suits and unique talents of the musicians involved, and always dabbles with creative ideas. A good song to me is combination of a classic writing approach and what the individual brings to the song to expand upon that sound.

What influences your songwriting and music?

One of my main influences is the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. I’ve never connected more to any other songwriter – not to mention his vocal style, his arranging approach, and his production/recording techniques. Of course I know so many young adults like myself express a connection to Pet Sounds, (a true testament to his genius) though I’m talking about a far greater scope of his work. He was able to bare his soul over both simple and complex arrangements in the most sincere and melodic way. I put great effort into trying to achieve this level of vulnerability in not only the lyrics, but the arrangement and performance itself. It’s hard not to be be inspired by all he has accomplished and push myself to develop as a songwriter.

What can listeners expect next from you?

We’re currently recording two new songs to analog tape. Souvenir Stand has found its true production sound. However the summer-fun mood has shifted to a slightly darker vibe with the upcoming tracks. But don’t worry its all still very much 1960’s influenced, it’s all I know! And if all goes well, these two songs will not only be made available via bandcamp, but also as a 7″ single packaged along with some goodies. Also the NYC area can expect shows…soon enough…

Follow Souvenir Stand: Tumblr / Facebook / Bandcamp / Twitter

Rice Cultivation Society

Rice Cultivation Society

What’s your recipe for a good song?

There is no such thing as a good song, only potent ones. There’s no recipe for potent songs.

What influences your songwriting and music?

Whatever is on my mind. Nature, mythology, minecraft, people, other music, factoids.

What can listeners expect next from you?

We’re working on an EP as a full band, we’re in the rehearsing stage, it’s all written. It’s going to be recorded more live, and it’s going to be much more electric, and it’s going to be very dark and fucked up.

Follow Rice Cultivation Society: Facebook / Bandcamp

NOTE

NOTE

What’s your recipe for a good song?

Songs are all about FEEL. I want my songs to take the listener someplace for 3 minutes. Vibes, clarity, and bass are key ingredients in my recipe.

What influences your songwriting and music?

I’m a mellow ass person, so that definitely plays a key part in what I write. Everything I do vocally is based on old school principles and structure, laid over top of chill out music. Thus, “Space-Age Gangsta Shit”.

What can listeners expect next from you?

Next up is the release of my first full length solo project on Proximal records. The album is titled Love & Indifference, and it is my best work yet. Also new music and video with my Danish partner Simon for our group The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. And a gang of collaborations with producers such as Co.fee, mat/matix, and Sahy Uhns. I’m outchea.

Follow NOTE: Facebook / Twitter

VAST

Vast

What’s your recipe for a good song?

I generally need to have some form of a visual of what the track or project is representing, whether a still image or something with movement- present in my mind. I then use that image to draw inspiration from, to create a space, to decide on the palette of sounds I’ll be working from.

For this project specifically I used a lot of personal imagery of a lonesome figure, lost in the throngs of people around Brick Lane, lonely, confusion, leading up to an over exposure of light and movement.

What influences your songwriting and music?

I’ve drawn a lot of influences from the Bristol Trip Hop movement and general Bass culture from the UK. I’m a big fan of Berlin Minimalism and have certainly taken something from the use of space in a lot of deep tech tracks, and I am in awe of some of the engineering and synthesis in the DnB scene.

What can listeners expect next from you?

I’m currently working on two collaboration projects:

One with a guy named Harker and our first single is due out next month. Expect glitchy dubstep, neo classical orchestration and some classical vocals.

The other with a Russian MC named I1. Expect something a lot heavier on that front.

Follow Vast: Facebook / Twitter


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