Artist: Various Artists
Title: Starving But Happy!
Release Date: September, 2003
Catalog Number: simballrec09
As it is described by its curators, Starving But Happy! started as an MP3 compilation created by Nicolas Saez and René Margraff in 2001 to bring some sounds together that otherwise would have gotten lost in the data-ocean of that evil world wide web.
Starting with that premise, Starving But Happy! features 18 different artists from different parts of the world and includes artists such as .Tape., Dntel, Ckid, Anorak, Languis, Nowhereman, Transistor Cricket, and I Am a Robot and Proud. This is a collection of music that hovers between electronic, indie, ambient, bleepy and droney stuff. Vocals come in and out of the compositions like any other instrument, but once in a while you might find yourself listening to full-on pop compositions, where guitars prevail with traces of synthesizers and beats all over the place.
According to René and Nicolas, it all seemed to make sense to gather those songs on one disc instead of letting them be alone all over the internet. Most of the artists have releases on indie labels, some with recognition, others with little or no recognition at all (at least not yet.) The goal of this compilation is to present the freshness of this new sound that is being generated mostly in private, to the public, and give the listener a chance to be exposed to music that otherwise he or she would have never heard of.
As the title suggests, Starving But Happy! describes how we feel and how everyone in this compilation feels like: Starving for not having the rewards of fame and fortune, but happy for being truly independent. The songs in this compilation portray a life of everyday worries, pleasures, excitements and experiences that everyone could relate to. Simballrec proudly presents this compilation of excellent music that reflects who we are and how we are.