Instrumental Solo Projects You Need to Hear

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You’re the only person who needs to come up with fresh ideas. You need to cover equipment, recording, merchandise and promotion expenses by yourself. Performing live is usually a distant goal, one that may even never be realized.

But hey, no personal and musical disagreements among group members, no worries about others’ schedule and you have a complete artistic freedom.

Going solo and the traditional band setup have surely their own pros and cons. But perhaps as a side effect of the extent to which technology has altered how music is made and distributed, the former has gained momentum over the past couple of years.

Taking the solo route is no piece of cake and deserves closer attention of music listeners. Below is a list of instrumental (post-rock/progressive rock & ambient) solo projects that need to be on your radar. It was not an easy task to narrow down this list to only 30 and I had to leave out a whole host of talented musicians. Take a listen and feel free to add your own favorites in the comments below.

Presented in alphabetical order.


APRIL RAIN

TAGS: Post-rock, Ambient, Saint Petersburg, Russia
*April Rain is no longer a solo project, and has recently developed into a full band. But three releases so far are played, recorded and mastered by a solo musician.
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Bandcamp // Facebook

ARCADE MESSIAH

TAGS: Progressive metal, Stoner rock, Hastings, United Kingdom
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Bandcamp // Facebook

AS SEAS EXHALE

TAGS: Post-rock, Ambient, Orlando, Florida, United States
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Bandcamp // Facebook

AURAL METHOD

TAGS: Ambient, Cinematic, Post-rock, Houston, Texas, United States
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Bandcamp // Facebook

AURORA BOREALIS

TAGS: Post-rock, Ambient, Belgium
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Bandcamp // Facebook

BITCRUSH

TAGS: Electronic, IDM, Post-rock, Oakland, California, United States
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Website // Facebook

CLOUDKICKER

TAGS: Progressive metal, Experimental, Post-metal, Columbus, Ohio, United States
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Bandcamp // Soundcloud

EAST OF THE RIVER

TAGS: Post-rock, Cinematic, Ambient, London, United Kingdom
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Bandcamp // Facebook

FRAGMENTS OF WINTER

TAGS: Cinematic, Orchestral, Ambient, Electronic, Surrey, United Kingdom
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Bandcamp // Facebook

FRENCH TEEN IDOL

TAGS: Electronic, Ambient, Post-rock, Rome, Italy
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Bandcamp // Facebook

LIGHTS & MOTION

TAGS: Cinematic, Post-rock, Ambient, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Soundcloud // Facebook

LOWERCASE NOISES

TAGS: Ambient, Cinematic, Post-rock, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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Bandcamp // Facebook

MESOZOIC

TAGS: Post-rock, Ambient, Townsville, Australia
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Bandcamp // Facebook

MY LIFE OVER AND OVER

TAGS: Post-rock, Atmospheric, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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Bandcamp // Facebook

NIHKEETAH

TAGS: Post-rock, Post-metal, Progressive rock, Vilnius, Lithuania
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Bandcamp // Facebook

PIECE OF SKY – NATIVE EXPECTATION

TAGS: Post-rock, Experimental, Vladimir, Russia
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Bandcamp // Vk

PILLARS IN THE SKY

TAGS: Progressive metal, Djent, Crewe, United Kingdom
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Bandcamp // Facebook

PLINI

TAGS: Progressive metal, Djent, Sydney, Australia
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Bandcamp // Facebook

QIBE

TAGS: Post-rock, Shoegaze, Cinematic, Jakarta, Indonesia
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Bandcamp // Facebook

RHIAN SHEEHAN

TAGS: Ambient, Cinematic, Orchestral, Wellington, New Zealand
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Bandcamp // Facebook

SITHU AYE

TAGS: Progressive metal, Djent, Glasgow, Scotland
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Bandcamp // Facebook

SKY FLYING BY

TAGS: Ambient, Neoclassical, Post-rock, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Bandcamp // Facebook

SLEEP MAPS

TAGS: Post-rock, Progressive rock, New York, United States
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Bandcamp // Facebook

SLEEVENOTES

TAGS: Post-rock, Cinematic, Ambient, Manchester, New Hampshire, United States
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Bandcamp // Facebook

STARTLE THE HEAVENS

TAGS: Ambient, Cinematic, Post-rock, Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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Bandcamp // Facebook

THE LIVING SLEEP

TAGS: Ambient, Post-rock, Neoclassical, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Bandcamp // Facebook

THE SILENCE OF A WHISPER

TAGS: Post-rock, Ambient, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Bandcamp // Facebook

THESSA

TAGS: Progressive metal, Djent, Anglet, France
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Bandcamp // Facebook

TRUCITATE

TAGS: Post-rock, Ambient, Neoclassical, Leipzig, Germany
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Bandcamp // Facebook

WIDEK

TAGS: Atmospheric, Progressive rock, Post-rock, Poland
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Bandcamp // Facebook
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