Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Kyte are a relatively new band that create a mixture of post-rock and shoegaze. they lean on the poppier side of shoegaze, as there isn't a great amount of guitar distortion here. with electronics used throughout the album along with a lovely vocalist, this album doesn't fail to disappoint.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
so i'm pretty sure abrasive bands with saxophone players are one of the best things ever, and Coughs have all but confirmed that. this album is a headache waiting to happen, a mixture of punk / noise rock with two drummers, a keyboardist / saxophonist, a bassist, a guitarist and a girl screaming over the top of everything.
MP3 192 (most likely the highest quality link on the internet)
i don't remember where or how i found this, but it's good french folk. songs range from lovely and upbeat (The Caterpillar) to gloominess, almost bordering on depressing (Les Yeux De L'Oiseau). this is a band that play music i'd consider cute, but it's not overboard obnoxious cuteness. the brilliant female vocalist helps too.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Sieben is a neofolk / neoclassical project created by Matt Howden, who has worked with many similar artists and bands. violin is the most prominent instrument here, with Matt's seemingly Douglas Pearce-inspire vocals scattered throughout the album, along with pounding drums and acoustic guitar melodies on a select few tracks.
brilliant mixture of post-rock / screamo (i seem to be posting a lot of this). much more focused on ambience, crescendos and breathtaking piano work with some heavy moments thrown in for good measure. to quote another review of this album, it sounds like Godspeed if they decided to take a metallic approach to post-rock. and gained a vocalist, too.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
the DMCA is mad and deleted my Exploding Head post :( back to posting obscure music then!!
anyway. this is a trip-hop album with distinctly dark undertones. various samples, most of them in french, are scattered throughout this album, giving it a depressing and sombre feel. lovely album.
Monday, June 21, 2010
This Heat were one of the most bizarre and experimental bands of the last 70's / early 80's, and this peel session clearly shows it. including various songs from the band's two albums as well as some previously unreleased tracks (i think), this showcases the different styles of their songs, from the 7-minute bass-heavy math rock freakout Horizontal Hold to the frightening, demented Makeshift.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
these guys are similar to Funeral Diner, who i recently posted. however, The Moon Is A Dead World leans much more towards screamo than post-rock, and the songs contain more psychedelic elements. brilliant drummer as well.
this review is a bit underwhelming but this album is highly recommended!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
this is certainly unlike any metal album i've ever heard. 1980's self-titled is a bizarre mix of angular, constantly changing riffs and electronics that go from screeching, glitchy madness to soft and soothing in a manner of seconds. this album is like math rock meets Meshuggah meets jazz, and it works perfectly.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
this is my favourite trip-hop album. not that i listen to much trip-hop, but still. created by a multi-instrumentalist, this album is incredibly versatile and amazing, with haunting samples, viola and piano used throughout it. i don't really know how to describe it. but it is really good. get it.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Serena Maneesh are a relatively new shoegaze band, and this is their second album. it's damn good too, if a bit MBV-esque. first track is godly, love the bass. also, it was apparently recorded in a cave, which is a good enough reason as any to download this.
Monday, June 14, 2010
this album was recorded at the same time as Alopecia, yet the two couldn't be more different. while Alopecia was for the most part depressing and solemn, most of Eskimo Snow's songs are upbeat and full of piano melodies. this album is definitely a grower, and should definitely be listened to as an entire album. the songs by themselves aren't great compared to anything off Alopecia, but as an album they flow beautifully.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
The Underdark is an album most likely inspired by Envy's adventures into post-rock. this album employs a build-up-to-climax approach for most of the songs rather than all out violence like some screamo bands. this basically has some of the best guitarwork in both post-rock and screamo and is one of the few albums that i would not hesistate to call 'epic'.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
certainly one of the most perculiar 2010 albums i've heard so far. Sightings are a noise rock band in every sense of the term - rather than simply playing loud rock music, they mix glitchy noise with rock music. lots of electronics are used as well as screeching guitars and a drunken-sounding vocalist who rambles on about nothing in particular.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
i've never listened to much chiptune before. but for some reason i had this bookmarked, so i gave it a listen and damn it is good. there are pretty much always multiple melodies throughout every song so it's never boring and ends up being a lovely, relaxing album. i really hope most chiptune is like this!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
this is the album i was talking about. it can be argued that it is a bit same-y but i find that while they do follow a bit of a formula, it's pretty much the best formula ever and they do change things up.
if you don't like Decomposing Trees you don't have a soul.
Galaxie 500 were a dream pop band with a singer that couldn't really sing. their guitarist wasn't that great at playing guitar, either. and they still made what is possibly my favourite album of the 80s.
this isn't that album, but it's still very good, especially considering that it's their first album.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
A Storm Of Light are sludge band that in my opinion made a very boring 2008 album. it was basically a bad Neurosis ripoff (the frontman does visuals for Neurosis, which is probably why he decided to copy them). this follow-up album is... still kind of a Neurosis ripoff, but it's a huge improvement.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
another "hipster" hip-hop album, but this one couldn't be more different than Busdriver. i'd probably consider this an indie rock album with hip-hop influences, especially considering that it was apparently recorded after "a road trip of listening to almost nothing but shoegaze". there is the occasional rapping, and everything rhymes, but for the most part this is a slow and relaxing album.
standouts include Seaweed Sheets with its Modest Mouse-esque chorus (the vocalist is surprisingly good at sounding like Isaac Brock), the depressing Barrel Jumping (A Man Of Letters) and the 10 minute 'epic' Down and Out In The Bold New City of the South, which goes from an uplifting song about stalking to a positively sinister song with glitchy piano to a crescendo that wouldn't be out of place on a post-rock album.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
if you're big into hip-hop, you probably won't like this... Busdriver is a rapper who is known for his extremely fast delivery and lyrics that border on nonsense. i've noticed that he's often criticised in the last.fm shoutbox by people who listen to loads of hip-hop for things such as his lack of flow or whatever. i'm not bothered by anything like that, i just enjoy his voice and his super-fast, experimental approach to hip-hop.