Sometimes Bandcamp is beautiful. Sure it’s vast and chaotic, but amidst the chaos often hides a bit of peace. Many times I’ll stroll through the “Baltimore” tag just to see what oddities are occurring in my hometown that avoid PR, labels, and email hype. What I happened upon this instance is the glorious found-sound samplings of Hugging.
Hugging is the side project of Jason the Swamp, a Baltimore artist whom I know nothing about. When Jason isn’t swamping, he’s skirting the art-rock experimental pop vibe. It’s pretty stunning in its own right (check his most recent EP, Remember, Resemble). What he’s doing with Hugging is somewhat different—creating exceptional melodic instrumentals with bits and pieces of samples from all over.
Today is his newest LP, filled with a wide array of moods and moments that tell a lonely story of hope and mystery. While most of the tracks build to a higher beat or energy, the song I was most captivated by was “How Many Marigolds?” This song is a peaceful summer dream x10. It’s hard to listen and not immediately imagine floating down an undiscovered waterway, birds darting through the distant clouds that thankfully cover the sun’s heated rays.