Even though we live in the most well-connected age known to mankind, our choice of music is still limited to either what’s being marketed or what our friends recommend. And those suggestions, too, are probably the result of aggressive marketing as well.
Most of our search for new sounds ends with the Gaana app ad pop-ups or the easily available torrents for US or UK Top 40. But there are still a host of portals out there that offer a much richer, larger and varied choice in music. We bring you some of these hidden gems:
Those of us who are 90s kids would have, at some point in time, played Super Mario Bros and Pokémon. What if there was a way to access all that old music? Well, Overclocked remix is a website dedicated to the appreciation of video game music as an art form.
This is actually a very well-established portal with thousands of tracks from iconic games like Final Fantasy, Zelda and League of Legends. Even if you don’t love all the remixes, it’s great for rekindling that sense of nostalgia.
This portal gets bands and artists to perform unplugged inside a black cab in one take! It is a great place to find new acts, as well as rediscover some established bands like Death Cab for Cutie, Chairlift, Feist and Mumford and Sons among others. The raw feel that a one-take track brings to the listener is both refreshing and new.
Soundcloud is a giant music-sharing community where you can look for artists using tags and keywords. Unlike YouTube, where you’re more likely to find covers of tracks or just one music video from an upcoming artist, on Soundcloud, artists themselves regularly upload new snippets of what they’re making. Besides this, websites like Trap Nation and other genre-driven portals have Soundcloud accounts, where they share and repost the latest creations from upcoming artists.
Here’s a cozy little folk music site that’s listener supported. The Folk Alley playlist is created by broadcast experts and features a distinctive blend of the best of singer/songwriter, Celtic, acoustic, Americana, traditional, and world sounds. It offers a variety of unknown and recently known folk artists from the US and elsewhere, and beats the more popular music sites in terms of variety and organization.
Songdew is kind of the Soundcloud for the Indian independent artist community, with plenty of local and regional flavour. It’s definitely a good place to visit if you want to know what’s coming out of the country in terms of millennial music. They also have regular contests for bands and artists, so if you plan on breaking into the community anytime soon, this is a nice, quiet starting point.
This list is only meant to get you started. The internet is huge and if there’s something more specific that you’re looking for, I’m sure you’ll find it with a little help from our friend Google. So, go ahead and put together an enviable collection of tunes for all occasions!