"The Raging Sea" by Khyaam Haque begins simply, gently rocking us in the waves, but soon casts us adrift on a turbulent ocean.
Trey Pollard's composition "8 Pairs: Fugue VI. Very Slowly" is a beautiful, melodic piece that reminds me a bit of Cage's Quodlibet from String Quartet in Four Parts, but with a more reinforced bass end and a greater sense of lyricism
"The Sound of Something Else" by Jakals is a fluid, mixing ground of chromatic mediant relationships, time signatures, and beat patterns, resulting in a psychedelic, dazing feel.
Joel Stein's "The edge of sleep" is a nocturne that brings down the listener's energy like a lullaby, but leads us to peace, not drowsiness.
Des Reid's work "Prelude" is a kaleidoscopic, picturesque view of a starry night portrayed through a classic-rock-like chord progression, a deep indebtedness to jazz, and a developed sense of musical spaciousness.
SHIELDS's tune "I Already Know" is a catchy, rhythm-heavy tune that doesn't go completely into the mainstream, instead refreshingly vying for control over the edges of what are indie and alternative musics.
"Tomorrow's News" by Jon Reynolds & The Aches is beautifully harmonized, tastefully textured, and not overdone on the country flavor.
Nanaki's work "The Days Go By" is an atmospheric, crystallized mobile hanging in the sky; heavy and light, dark and shining, motionless and blurringly fast.
Truth Teller's song "Knife" is a thrilling, energizing tune that is texturally clear while not being simple, and dark while not being a mere bout of screaming.
"Nicotine" by Laramie is a lyrical, singer-songwriter-feeling indie tune blending modern alternative music with a feeling of jazz at some points.
We Are The Catalyst's song "Predators" takes the music of Lacuna Coil and Evanescence and builds on it, pushing it to new heights.
Another great tune from Art of Khaos is their shredding tornado "Monster Inside".
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If you are looking for a metal tune that is modern but not overly dissonant, get the song "Overcome" by Art of Khaos on your playlist.
Celebrating self-expression in Hip Hop culture, "Skeme Goes All City" takes us to the roots of modern American music while bringing us a to-date account of the state of creativity. Enjoy.
"Lost in the space" by Manuel Zito is a simple, but charming work for piano that features an ostinato that is (by nature) repetitive, but not in the boring way by any means.
For a great blend of classic rock, alternative, and hard rock, take "I Don't Mind" by the Julian Frampton Band for spin.
Music Within's tune "Weightless" is a gentle, subtle tune that lulls the listener into a state of relaxation and stillness.
"The Long Twilight Struggle" by The Transversals is a powerful rock/electronic track that features striking quotes from JFK in the form of found sound.
"Anthem" by O Mer blends soul, electronica, and Middle-Eastern music to create a beautiful, personal, and politically charged memo to us all: don't put people, or music, in boxes.