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I started a small project of mine to share the work of small musical artists. I'm doing a newsletter with one article every Friday.
I'm searching small artists, not really known from your typical radio suggestions, Spotify algorithm...
So I'm asking you if you have small artists around you or people you follow that didn't manage to be featured somewhere!
If you have contact with some artists feel free to add me on Steam, I would love to contact them and ask them some questions
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Small Ears


Welcome to Small Ears, the place where you (and your friends) can hear about musics that you probably don’t know. The goal of this newsletter is to get out of the “top of the chart” and help you discover people that put their heart into the music without getting the same exposure as popular artists.

Links to articles :

1 - One Z

2 - Heart Beach

3 - audrey

4 - Balcony Weekend

5 - Brian Protheroe

6 - Low.bo

7 - Castle Hughes

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Not really sure if this is small enough to count, but Tomas Novoa makes great music.

1 month ago
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Not sure if it counts, but I find KAMRAD quite good, a lot of his streams on Spotify come from his 3 hits, otherwise it's not a lot.

1 month ago
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Lissie. I primarily like things from her first two albums. For her songs, I either loooove them or don't care to listen at all. There's no middle ground for me.

1 month ago
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There is this album called Soul Below from LJONES, it's available on Bandcamp with the "name your price" model so I suppose you could also get it for $0 if you are really strapped for cash.

If you like Nujabes, Fat Jon, or Pete Rock then this would be perfect for you. It's one of the rare albums that I can listen to from start to finish because there is no song there that "stands out" in some bad way. It's filled with catchy tunes, beats, and a plethora of samples. One tune even samples Bic Runga's famous Listening for The Weather song.

Here is a preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTg4v2Cnfyo

1 month ago
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Me in the shower.

P.S. Neighbours disagree.

1 month ago
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I like hearing it.

1 month ago
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Stalker.

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La Lá (suuuupertalented Peruvian singer)
Barton Fink (Canadian band, reminds me of Gorillaz sometimes)
Graveltones (hard blues duo)
Mose Allison (soft blues classic)
Dope Lemon (don't know how to describe it)
Brian Protheroe (inspired many famous musicians from what I've read)
Razika (a rock-esque girlsband from Norway)
элли на маковом поле (soft ballads)
Di Melo (underrated musician from Brazil)
Andy Shauf (poetic young man)
Smooth Hound Smith (country and blues duo)
Kahimi Karie (a talented singer-songrwriter from Japan)
Sybille Baier (sad poetic guitarist-singer)
Vashti Bunyan (poetic singer with an angel's voice)

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Great list, found a couple of good songs in there !

1 month ago
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My brother's old band but it's, perhaps, not small enough for your needs. They sold a few CDs with a not-heared-on-top-of-charts-label and made music for a small videogame, so maybe not your target. Many inspirations like Zorn, Mike Patton, tons of metal groups, 8bits music, and so on. The result gives something original :-)

1 month ago
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Hey I listened to this band a bit and it's really cool :D thanks for letting me know they exist

1 month ago
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Thanks for your kind words ! I'll transmit to lil'bro :-)

1 month ago
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Nice. I used to listen Rococo Holocaust, like many years ago.
Didnt knew anything about the band, my attention was drawn by the cool cat on the cover :D

1 month ago
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Internet is a small village :-)
The cat was cool indeed. For the record, he was one of the numerous family cats until he died of old age. Album cover has been made by a pro photographer (for something else, then he gave the authorization to reuse the pic for the CD) so it seems to come from a photo bank, but it was really our cat !
By the way, his name was Tabou (french for taboo) and he was very upset to be taken as a model : he was actually pissing when the pic was taken, with ears on the back because angry :-) He was very cool and lovely in normal circumstances.

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Cool idea. Is there genres you're not very keen on?

There's this Slovakian band I love, playing proggy death metal on the atmospheric, dynamic and melodically intricate side of the genre, sort of old-school Greek style. They've never been very popular, likely due to where they're from and them having quite a niche style even within extreme metal boundaries. They came back a few months ago with a new album Psycold (Bandcamp) after over a decade of inactivity, and can't say anyone noticed. I highly recommend checking out their discography. Band formed in the early 90s!

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how many spotify streams counts as small? or everything that is not on spotify is small?

i'll go with these then (all way below 1000 monthly streams on spotify):
Neutral
Ô Paradis
Awen
Der Blaue Reiter
Parzival
Rose Rovine E Amanti

Actually most band in these genres (Martial Industrial, Neofolk, Neoclassical) apart from like really known ones like Laibach, Rome, In The Nursery, Death In June are way below 1000 monthly streams, some even below 100

1 month ago
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Prolapse - edgy name, but a great, not well known post-punk/noise rock band

1 month ago
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Luckily Miracle of Sound has started getting really popular. Popular enough at least to pay the bills and gain attention outside his own channel. Mostly over people thinking "Valhalla Calling" is stolen by him from some ancient Nordic tribe (no I'm not joking) and calling him a thief for stealing the music. It's... yeah lol

6 days ago
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OK that funny story...but I know beautiful female photographer who have more professional equipment than amateur. She posted her photo of herself online and people thinking it is fake (downloaded from internet).

3 days ago
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I really love Helen Lawson's music but she hasn't released new music in years. The only other artist I can think of is Mizan K.

1 month ago
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This is a band of a friend in Portugal.
https://nu-n.bandcamp.com/
It may be a little more niche than what you're looking for. They are starting to get some following in gothic festivals in Europe but you know...

1 month ago
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Uncle Pecos.

Hey, you never specified it has to be live.

1 month ago
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My friend Alex is a singer-songwriter in the Washington, DC area here in the USA. He quit his "regular" job to focus on his music a few years ago, it's his passion.

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Every barbershop quartet. A barbershop quartet is four singers singing four part harmony; one is melody (lead) with three others (bass, baritone, tenor)

I admit they are very unique since their competitions is mostly in USA, but they become more mainstream nowadays and young people start to catch up with many groups. They are rarely have concert in public btw due to the nature of the community. Some popular groups and my favorites:

Vocal Spectrum (which one of the member, Tim Waurick has a Youtube channel).
Ringmasters
The Newfangled Four
Storm Front (Yeah, I know. But that's their name. I am sorry.)1, 2, 3
'Shoptimus Prime (They are the quartet you meet in Cuphead!) 1, 2, Cuphead Theme
After Hours
Midtown 1, 2
Signature 1. 2

Or I love listening to the older ones, like FRED, Lunch Break, Masterpiece, The Gas House Gang, Michigan Jake, MaxQ, Crossroads. Or the most popular one Main Street.

1 month ago
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when it comes to small musicians i like the lollipop guild.

1 month ago
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My first thought was of Bushwick Bill

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1 month ago
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First one to come to mind is 99 Payasos, Chilean punk pop https://open.spotify.com/artist/2WSHIN9bs2GkKpPCaRz23c?si=PeUkQWzKQBCVBkjQCivV8Q

1 month ago
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Wow really good ! I'm checking their songs right now ! Which one do you recommend ?

1 month ago
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Darkwood! Their stuff is so good! German neofolk, songs in German and English, very chill and hauntingly beautiful. What also doesn't hurt is that they are an awesome bunch, I've had the luck of meeting them at some shows and they are just lovely, talented people. :) Forgotten Beauty and Verlorenes Heer are probably my favourite songs of theirs. :)

https://www.youtube.com/user/notwendfeuer

1 month ago
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How small are we talking?

able machines has only 711 likes on Facebook, and is radio-friendly, but has 511,563 plays of their song Narcissist on Spotify.

Whorticulture has 338 likes and less than 3500 plays per song. After releasing five original songs, all of which are good, they released a cover of a Tori Amos song last year. The accompanying music video, which was one continuous rotating shot, garnered some attention. This was soon followed by their first live performance.in their hometown of Denver, Colorado.
As of earlier in the year, they were remastering their songs for a physical release, and working on new songs for "season 2". Starting later this month, they are opening for Solar Fake on 10 dates of their North American tour. Just today, Whorticulture won a slot to open for Aesthetic Perfection on their upcoming tour date in Denver.

I posted a song a couple weeks ago on SoundCloud. It has one play, which may or may not have been me.

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Think Mothica counts as relatively small, found her when she popped up in my YouTube mix. Songs are a vibe, then I see the music videos and it's "Ooh, I love that outfit!" XD

1 month ago
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I don't know If they're really that small but Gemini Five is/was an amazing band and I discover It because of the "Getaway in Stockholm" videos.
Really nice rock vibe:
https://youtu.be/ZJxPPFw9PzE

1 month ago
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The music picked for those recorded racing events was amazing It really gives more meaning.
https://youtu.be/8DF7wetFpPM

1 month ago
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I do not have any strong recommendations for this these days.
For various reasons, I am stockpiling music data, but I have not played it yet.

Lately, I've been receiving the toxic radio waves from crazy video clips.
[NSFW?]
🎞 📼

1 month ago
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Ed Harrison released Valley recently which is different.
Been listening to Neotokyo soundtrack*s everyday for a number of years now. I guess it's ok.

Cry of Fear creator coincidentally has a fitting band.

Certain Grim Beard game reviewer uses self-made industrial concoctions in his videos, which can be enjoyable.

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Hey thank you for these ! Do you know if Ed Harrison has an email somewhere to contact him ?

1 month ago
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ed@0edit.com ? Aside of that, commenting on his youtube/soundcould/twitter is your best bet.

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