Two new free mixtapes have hit the Internet in the past few weeks and they share a common sound: dream pop. The way they get there, though, couldn’t be more different.
Music Tumblrs Cactus Mouth and The Unholy Rhythm deliver a set of covers of songs from the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. That means lots of proto-rock tunes from the likes of the Everly Brothers and Bo Diddley, given the indie sort of beach-haze vibe so popular these days. It’s not just a bunch of Best Coast wannabes though; more earnest acoustic material crops up every now and then.
Tears On My Pillow: Part I Tracklist:
01. Mutual Benefit – Cupid (Sam Cooke cover)
02. Chains of Love – Stay (Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs cover) [DOWNLOAD MP3]
03. Sore Eros – Palisades Park (Freddy Cannon cover)
04. Adelyn Rose – Broken Hearted Melody (Sarah Vaughn cover)
05. Die Jungen – I’m Sorry (Bo Diddley & the Carnations cover)
06. Tashaki Miyaki – Nothing Can Change This Love (Sam Cooke cover) [DOWNLOAD MP3]
07. M o r o – The Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel cover)
08. Heavy Hawaii – All I Have to Do Is Dream (The Everly Brothers cover)
09. Blue Jungle – Who’s Sorry Now (Connie Francis cover)
10. His Clancyness – Love Hurts (The Everly Brothers cover) [DOWNLOAD MP3]
11. Wisdom Tooth – Tiptoe Through the Tulips (Tiny Tim cover)
12. Piresian Beach – Where You Gonna Go (Art Guy cover)
13. Le Chevalier – Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (Edith Piaf cover)
14. Grandpa Was a Lion – Moon River (Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini cover)
Download the full set here.
The second set comes by way of French music magazine Magic, Revue Pop Moderne, which celebrates its 20th birthday with this free collection on Bandcamp. If anything, it’s even hazier than the first. It looks at more recent songs though, leaning heavily on the late-‘80s cuts that would have been popular when the magazine debuted. It will come out on cassette soon, but the digital copy is free.
01. Kitteh Fur – The Cedar Room (Doves cover) [DOWNLOAD MP3]
02. The Tyde with Piper Kaplan – Leaves (Primal Scream cover)
03. A.P. Witomski – Seventeen Seconds (The Cure cover)
04. Ghost Animal – Brand New Life (Young Marble Giants cover)
05. Coma Cinema – I Wanna Be Adored (The Stone Roses cover) [DOWNLOAD MP3]
06. Seapony – Emma’s House (The Field Mice cover)
07. Plastic Flowers – By This River (Brian Eno cover)
08. Unfair To Facts – Blue Skied An’ Clear (Slowdive cover)
09. The Fruhstucks – Sin In My Heart (Siouxsie And The Banshees cover
10. Cold Mailman – Fifty-Fifty Clown (Cocteau Twins cover)
11. Leopold Skin – Melt Away (Galaxie 500 cover)
12. Pandit – Just Like Heaven (The Cure cover)
13. Evening Hymns – If I Handle You With Care (Trembling Blue Stars cover)
14. St Augustine – Tell Me When My Lights Turn Green (Dexys Midnight Runners cover) [DOWNLOAD MP3]
Download the full set here.