Obscure Sound: Best of March 2012

Here’s another massive compilation, featuring 21 tracks that made March one of the best months for new artists I’ve seen this year. There’s a bunch of great stuff here from a wide array of bands, featuring unsigned groups with a very bright future (The Twees, Que? Zoo and Dr Skull, Rural Ghosts), those just about to break out (Dent May, Fly Golden Eagle, Deep Sea Diver), and already-successful favorites (Beach House, Lotus Plaza, James Iha, Damon Albarn). There’s a little bit of everything here, and I hope you enjoy it. Springtime finds everything in full bloom, along with the variety of new talents we’ve been treated to. The compilation starts with two funk-disco homages, and then retreats to the ethereal realm of dream-pop. From that point you can find just about everything in between. Enjoy.

01. Dent May – Best Friend (post)
02. Fly Golden Eagle – Take You There (post)
03. Lotus Plaza – Strangers (post)
04. Beach House – Myth (post)
05. Sindie 4 – Antisleep (post)
06. mr. Gnome – The Way (post)
07. James Iha – Summer Days (post)
08. Moonface – Headed For The Door (post)
09. Lower Dens – Propagation (post)
10. Deep Sea Diver – Ships (post)
11. The Twees – Tempermental Health (post)
12. The Smiling Lies – Space Elevator (post)
13. Jessie Baylin – Hurry Hurry (post)
14. Damon Albarn – The Marvelous Dream (post)
15. I Used To Be A Sparrow – Life Is Good (post)
16. New Build – Do You Not Feel Loved? (post)
17. Rural Ghosts – Rural Ghosts (post)
18. Titus Andronicus – Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape… (post)
19. Que? Zoo and Dr. Skull – Poem (post)
20. Woods – Wind Was the Wine (post)
21. Dunes – Jukebox Adieu (post)


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Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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  1. I appreciate these mixes you put together, Mike. Hopefully this website is profitable enough for you to keep going and providing this music for me and many others like me.

  2. Joris, new Andrew Bird material has already been featured in compilations this year. namely though, there are no MP3s I’m allowed to post that haven’t been posted already.

  3. I really love the site and especially the compilations, but I feel that this one is really heavy on the washed-out vocals, Beach-House-but-worse style sound. Some of the stuff is pretty cool, I just wish there were more variation.

  4. Just love what I heard so far, your compilations are pretty cool.
    Thanks for this great job.

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