Stark Indie Folk From Finland: Ochre Room, “The Fowler”

It’s a sign of our conflicted musical times that a band can release a stunningly crafted video for a song that’s being released on 7-inch vinyl. That’s the case with Ochre Room, a folk-rock act from Finland that comes across sounding like a more ethereal Neil Young on their latest single “The Fowler,” which sees its official release on February 25th. The music video directed by filmmaker Sami Pöyry possesses a gauzy, look through a rain-dappled window effect that meshes perfectly with the audio.

<p><a href=”″>The Fowler</a> from <a href=””>Monadi-Filmi</a&gt; on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Volunteer volunteers “The World Will Begin Again” Video and EP

volunteerNashville-based act Volunteer is the creation of Floridian Cory Quintard, who has an epic songwriting mind if his band’s debut EP is any indication. Like Coldplay with cojones, The World Will Begin Again offers up grandiose choruses, ringing guitars, majestic keyboards, and arena-scale drumming that will sound great blasting from your speakers even if they’re 3-inch ones attached to your computer. The full EP is out February 17th, check the title track out in the video below:

Doomtree’s “Final Boss” From Upcoming Album

DOOMTREE_photo_creditKellyLoverudAfter coming across Dessa last year, hearing that Doomtree, the hip-hop collective she’s a part of, will be releasing a new album All Hands on January 27th registered high on my musical radar. The group has posted a song from the upcoming set on Soundcloud, and it’s a sweeping track that manages to sound futuristic and old school simultaneously, channeling Africa Bambaata via drum and bass electronica. Listen for yourself below:

Streaming Boom Changes Digital Music Landscape…Or Does it?

This graphic shows the increase in streaming use in 2014, pretty impressive numbers from a percentage standpoint.

Infographic: Streaming Boom Changes Music Landscape | Statista
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What does that mean from a dollars point of view, however? And if streaming pays less than traditional sales methods, what does it mean for the artists, rights holders, etc? For that, here’s another Statista graphic:
Infographic: Digital Accounts For Nearly 70% of U.S. Music Revenues | Statista
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That’s still a percentage-based graphic, however, which doesn’t answer the real question–who’s making money in this new music industry model? One last graph, to show that in country music, at least, they’re taking it to the bank–this isn’t just album sales, however, it’s overall income:
Infographic: Country Music Acts Earn Staggering Amounts of Money | Statista
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My bet? It’s the traditional record labels who are still making the majority of the money in the music business…the digital transformation may have taken them by surprise kicking and screaming into the new millenium, but they still own the rights, produce the recordings, and their lawyers are still the best at screwing over the actual artists, the musicians and songwriters who really make the music we all listen to, however we get it delivered to our ears.