Today we bring you our latest Key Studio Sessions compilation, pulling together the best of what we’ve recorded in the final four months of 2013. I’m always psyched about these comps, but The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 9 in particular presents a tremendous variety of musicians from around the Philadelphia region that I’m excited to showcase for you. Bucks County has a healthy showing, from the acoustic alt-punk swagger of Balance and Composure and the retro-grunge of Daylight to the booming Americana of Levee Drivers and the flower child folk stylings of Lily Mae. We trip away into a spacious, 12-minute jam by Chris Forsyth and his Solar Motel Band, rock out to Amanda X and get chillingly meditative with ambient musician and filmmaker Michael James Murray. A Christmas selection from Jersey’s The Classic Brown makes the cut, sultry new jammers from Delaware’s Mean Lady and Central Pa.’s Kate Faust, a fierce bass-backed rap by Curly Castro, an Afro-Cuban jazz rocker from Toy Soldiers, and more. Special thanks to guest engineers Steve Poponi and Mike Kennedy, to Tom Volpicelli at Mastering House for his post-production help, and to production assistants Dan Hutton and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Rachel Del Sordo, Megan Kelly, Laura Lynn, Caitlin McCann, Ally Newbold, Kellie O’Heron, Tony Oppenheim, Matthew Shaver, Mike Trutt and Tiffany Yoon, and videographers Bands in the Backyard and Bob Sweeney for sharing their work this fall. Listen to the 17-song set and get a free download below.
Want more? Get a roundup of our previous free-downloadable Key Studio Sessions compilations after the jump.
The Key Studio Sessions Volume 8 – featuring Lucy Stone, Dice Raw, Waxahatchee, Mic Stewart and more
The Key Studio Sessions Volume 7 – featuring Pissed Jeans, Waxahatchee, The Lawsuits, Slingshot Dakota and more.
The Key Studio Sessions Volume 6 – featuring Reef the Lost Cauze, The Districts, Cold Fronts, Bad Braids and more.
The Key Studio Sessions Volume 5 – featuring The Spinto Band, Heyward Howkins, Ground Up, Lauryn Peacock and more.
The Key Studio Sessions Volume 4 – featuring Arrah and the Ferns, Lushlife, The Menzingers, Chill Moody and more.
The Key Studio Sessions Volume 3 – featuring DRGN King, Black Landlord, mewithoutYou, Young Statues and more.
The Key Studio Sessions Volume 2 – featuring Hop Along, Lantern, Restorations, The War on Drugs and more.
The Key Studio Sessions Volume 1 – featuring Cheers Elephant, Grimace Federation, Attia Taylor, Purling Hiss and more.
Amanda X, American Babies, Balance and Composure, Chris Forsyth, Chris Kasper, Curly Castro, Daylight, Kate Faust, Levee Drivers, Lily Mae, Mean Lady, Michael James Murray, Northern Arms, Oldermost, The Classic Brown, The Key Studio Sessions, Toy Soldiers, Weekender, Weird Hot