I listen to an absolutely enormous number of extremely obscure bands/artists, often with less than even 100 views per song on youtube. One of the greatest benefits of this is that is extremely easy to get in touch with and make friends with the artists when they don't have a substantial enough audience for it to particularly matter. One of my favorite examples of that is with the band "Sundrowned", who originally didn't have any of their lyrics available anywhere; Curious about this, I shot them a message somewhere asking if they had omitted the lyrics on purpose, only for them to reply quickly that they simply 'forgot and were planning to do it later'. They proceeded to send me the raw text of all the lyrics, probably what they read from in the studio, because it had no punctuation and filled with typos. I proceeded to fetch their artwork and make them a whole page on Genius, setting up the band name, art, photos, bio, records, and fixed all the lyrics they sent me to load onto the site. I mainly only did this for my own benefit, and realized after the fact that maybe they didn't want that done, so I shot them another message letting them know I'd set up a genius page with their branding using the lyrics they provided and stated I would take it down if they wanted. To my great surprise, they replied with an extremely enthusiastic 'thank you', because they were apparently planning on paying someone from the label to do it, yet I did it for free. Even more shockingly, they were so thankful that they provided me with a google drive link
to one of the songs from their new EP, which wasn't even going to be announced until three weeks later???
They just said 'we trust you, please don't show anyone'! Imagine my surprise and excitement! Probably one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had interacting with artists I love and admire. I've had a lot of other delightful experiences chatting with obscure artists I listen to, namely Asian Death Crustacean, Defsharp, and JC Foster. JC Foster in particular I actually helped a little bit with changing the lyrics on one of his songs that he was worried would come off wrong in the original version! I've been ranting for too long; I'll link some songs from my favorite obscure artists, including the ones I've mentioned in this reply!
- "Echoes Follow" by Alon Mor
; (42,000 views) From my #1 best record of all time. In my honest to god opinion, Alon Mor is the greatest musician to ever live. This is the second track (following the brief album intro) to the absolute best album I've ever heard in my life, and I and most people I've showed the album to agree that it is nothing short of life-changing-ly incredible. It is also completely and utterly indescribable. This album combines everything from electronic to orchestral to rock to outright noise music into the most cohesive form one could never imagine. If you like the way this song songs, PLEASE for your own benefit, go listen to the entire album Lands of Delight
, and then listen to his prior album Long Awaited Journey
- "Sinkholes" by Defsharp
; (1,100 views) This artist could hardly be described in any normal fashion, but they're clearly some kind of experimental/indie rock. They used to be an EDM producer, and an absolutely incredible one at that! I've followed their work since long before they shifted to rock, and have loved every second I spent listening to their work! In general, their work is extremely dramatic and progressive, with powerful crescendos and bizarre yet beautiful electronic backing that creates a truly one-of-a-kind sound. Sometimes they do much more consistently mellow songs, but you can probably tell which style I prefer!
- "Kobe" by Bossk
; (5,200 views) From my #2 best record of all time. There is little I can do to describe this band. If you like post-rock, post-metal, post-punk... this band is called "post-everything". It is by leaps and bounds the greatest rock project I've ever heard. If you love shoegaze and post rock, or frankly anything that pursues a greater cohesive aesthetic and experience over traditional structure, you absolutely MUST listen to this song, and perhaps the entire album as well if it sounds up your alley. This is their most popular and most approachable project as well; their debut I & II are far more in line with post-rock's conventions.
- "Magic" by Shurk
; (2,200 views) From my #4 best record of all time. Shurk is probably best known for making the dubstep song "Haunted" several years ago, because Markiplier used it as his outro for his horror videos so long ago. But despite that extremely conventional sound that most are familiar with them for, their 2019 album "Per Form" is one of the most mind-bending and unconventional electronic music projects I've ever heard. Pounding drums and constant crescendos, haunting and otherworldly backing "melodies". This album sounds like aliens communicating, in the coolest way possible.
- "Babel" by Sundrowned
; (2,800 views) From my #3 best record of all time. This is a 'blackgaze' band, a relatively obscure genre combo of black metal and shoegaze! It is from their debut record Become Ethereal
, and it absolutely fits the title. This song and the album as a whole truly makes you feel like you've ascended, like you're floating, intangible, impossible for the world to affect you.
- "kopkaT-T<3" by Lonemoon
; (4,400 views) lonemoon is a very eccentric rapper and producer, one of the very few transgender rappers I'm personally aware of! She has an extremely broad back catalogue, ranging from extremely traditional and widely enjoyable R&B style music like in her project better luck next time!
to my absolute favorite of her work, which this song is from. It is a blend of electronic sounds and samplemashing like you've never heard, creating an extremely uplifting and exciting, somehow 'cute' , experimental sound that makes me feel better about self every time I put it on. Also the music video I linked has her cat in it, and her cat is very cute, go look at the cat.
- "Baikal II" by Asian Death Crustacean
; (4,600 views) This band self-describes their work as "ambient jazz-metal", which certainly sounds strange to imagine, but trust me, it will make sense after you give it a listen! Some of the songs, including this one, definitely derive less from the 'jazz' aspect than others, but its still a thoroughly interesting experience. This song is from their debut, and currently only record, Baikal
- "Pr" by JC Foster
; (800 views) JC Foster, also known by his other music project "Executive Tire Swing Club" or his youtube channel "JC Foster Takes It To The Moon" is an indie pop artist and rapper. His earlier work on his other music project is more the sort of thing you would expect to come out of an artist like Jack Stauber, but lately he has been branching into sample-based rap and R&B, and the products have been absolutely stunning! While his mixing is still a little bit rough around the edges compared to the other artists I've recommended here, his performance and talent as a producer is absolutely undeniable, and his flow is impeccable. By the way, its possible you've seen his youtube channel through an older viral video of his where he sings Boulevard of Broken Dreams as "I walk to burger king, then I walk back home from burger king". If you enjoy that kind of stupid shitpost, his channel is an absolute comedy goldmine.
I have an obscene quantity of other extremely niche artists I would love to recommend here, but this reply is already ABSURDLY long, so I'm going to leave it at this for the benefit of you all. Sorry for going on for so long, I just absolutely LOVE MUSIC! I really hope you enjoy some of it! Feel free to only listen to what I manage to sell you on with my little pitches. To close off, I'll list all the other artists I really desperately want to talk about but couldn't bring myself to lengthen the post even further with; all of these are good enough and I listen to frequently enough for me to keep them in my personal digital collection on my computer: drumcorps, frontierer, holy fawn, lop abuse on somebody, memorist, pijn, noltem, stone healer, part chimp, secret fun club, acloudyskye, all under heaven, antisonisk, cursetheknife, dan larkin, kollapse