eMusic, the world’s largest retailer of independent music (at least according to their latest press release!), has announced the creation of eMusic Selects, a highly-curated boutique music space that’ll showcase unsigned and underexposed new artists.

Each month, eMusic’s staff will handpick up to two deserving artists for high-profile visibility to eMusic’s 400,000 subscribers. The acts will then be featured prominently on eMusic’s homepage and receive in-depth editorial coverage on the eMusic Selects page, and on the site’s blog.

Subscribers will be able to access a free song download from each act as well. The artists will agree to provide their often previously unreleased music exclusively to eMusic in the digital format for 60 days.

The new program launched yesterday (February 12th) with the Brooklyn-based High Places and (more importantly, for our purposes) Michigan’s own Breathe Owl Breathe.

The Ann Arbor-based group is described by eMusic as “an earthy Michigan trio with roots in indie, classical and traditional music. The group employs an array of stringed instruments (most notably the cello and guitar) and vocal harmonies to craft a sound that is playful and reverent, silly and heartfelt, mysterious and familiar. The band is composed of Micah Middaugh, Andréa Moreno-Beals and Trevor Hobbs. Their eMusic Selects title, the Ghost Glacier EP, contains six new recordings and two older ones highlighting their gifts of songwriting and poignancy.”

Kudos to the artists

and let’s hope the owl continues to breathe for a long, long time to come.

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