Saturday, October 30, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
on Moisissure, Igorrr (whose name is not actually Igor, but Gautier) creates a dark and spastic breakcore album on which a huge amount of different musical styles are pushed to the extreme. the fierce, heavy breaks are most often accompanied by baroque classical music (bear with me, it's not a Rossz ripoff) which Gautier mutilates beyond belief on tracks like Oesophage de Tourterelle and creates songs a la Nero's Day At Disneyland with medieval choir samples or something, but also features metal elements (mainly growling, but some blast beats) and strangely enough, acoustic guitar. the amalgamation of so many styles of music along with the overall dark atmosphere of the album may put off some listeners but anyone looking for some interesting and unique music that pushes a load of boundaries may love this.
Sailors With Wax Wings, a solo album by a member of bizarre 'shoegaze' band Pyramids, boasts an impressive lineup of guest musicians - the list of talent ranges from David Tibet to Aidan Baker to Dominick Fernow (a.k.a. Prurient) along with many more. Sailors With Wax Wings is a dreamy, droney and completely captivating release that fits somewhere in the 'ambient' category of music with a wonderful range of soundscapes throughout the 52 minute long album.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
i've never really cared much for any of Cursive's work aside from this, but god damn this album is genius. post-hardcore / emo influenced indie with PASSION. the singer is dynamic and incredibly expressive and the addition of a viola player creates a fantastic sound in both the softer and heavier songs. ending with a 10-minute epic that many post-rock bands can't come close to, this album is a monster.
2011 edit: STAYING ALIVE IS PRETTY MUCH THE BEST SONG EVER JUST SAYIN
Monday, October 18, 2010
this is obviously not an album. this is a really fun little indie game that i recently bought and loved. the art style, very similar to NES / SNES games is vibrant and wonderful. the gameplay revolves around 'flipping' where you press a button and gravity reverses for your character. this creates a goldmine of clever puzzles. i recall one section where a character followed you if you were on the ground but stopped moving if you were on the roof, which led to a variety of situations where you had to try to not get the follower falling into spike pits. the game is also a bitch difficulty-wise (you can unlock a no-death mode. there is no proof whatsoever that anyone has completed this.) and the huge overworld combined with the collection of 20 tokens and time trials means that even after you finish the game has a great deal of replay value.
download or support the creator (it would be great if you did this regardless of whether you download it from mediafire or not)
A Bright Cold Day is Dutch's debut album, released this year. mostly created by a former Jedi Mind Tricks member, A Bright Cold Day is a lovely trip-hop album with a multitude of instruments used making each track unique and the lush female vocals add to the overall dreamy feel of the album, making this a lovely album to fall asleep to in my opinion.
there's a good reason why this is often referred to as one of if not the best death metal album (s). anybody who comes into this album thinking it'll be another band full of bland chugging riffs will get the shock of their lives. the guitarwork is like nothing else in the genre, almost bordering on sludge at some points (Clouded) and barely any tracks on the album sound similar. the drumming is absolutely intense and the vocals do stick true to the death metal formula (and as such can take some getting used to for listeners new to the genre) yet sound fantastic. this album can be a grower, on my first listen i knew it was different but disliked it, but it's well worth keeping as it is truly a classic.
(i should seperate that into paragraphs. but fuck it.)
Friday, October 15, 2010
I'm Not As Good At It As You is a solo album by Jenn Ghetto (under the name S), who used to be one half of the seminal slowcore band Carissa's Weird. due to Jenn's roots this album is of course very depressing, mainly focusing on the lovely guitar playing and vocals in combination with crushing lyrics.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
i thought this was a Hella album for so long but apparently it is just Zach's solo album?
anyway, noise and drums. also, on the loudness scale it is about a 59 out of 10. seems like it's mastered ridiculously loud or something, fuck if i know why.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
more French music. Dernière Volonté is a one-man project who, on this album, takes the martial industrial / neofolk sound from his previous albums and fuses it with synths and more 'traditional' song structures. this odd mixture of musical styles is done brilliantly, creating lovely atmospheric music that, as well as being a solid entry point for people interested in martial industrial, may interest long-time listeners of the genre (though if they are then they've probably already heard this guy) due to the record's uniqueness.
Mihai Edrisch are a screamo band from France. after they broke up, one of their members became part of Daïtro and i'd say Mihai have a fairly similar sound albeit the post-rock elements are almost nonexistant and the majority of the album is pure chaotic screamo. this band is also more solid proof that anything sung in French manages to be excellent. (i don't know what else to write, but this band is very good)
Thursday, October 7, 2010
guitar solo-core mostly done by one guy. uh, the guitarwork is definitely a standout (as it should be). unlike other 'technical metal' this album isn't really just solo after solo, there's a lot of variety and different styles utilised throughout the album giving it a uniqueness and keeping the listener's attention for the 50 minutes it runs for.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
(this is not the cover of the album which google / what.cd failed to provide me with. but "Deer God" is a song on this album so i just decided to grab this instead.)
Computer Cooties is a new mixtape recently released by Busdriver. sampling a huge amount of artists ranging from indie rockers Wolf Parade's "You Are A Runner And I Am My Father's Son" to Flying Lotus' (who, along with being sampled, also features on another song) creative instrumental hip-hop track "Computer Face: Pure Being". those are the only two songs i immediately recognized but there are most likely a ton more with Busdriver's ridiculous lyrics and delivery providing a different outlook on each of the songs. oh and there are a bunch of remixes of songs too, none of which i know but whatever.
MP3 192 (input your e-mail and it gets sent to you for free, it's also being streamed here)
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Bailter Space are a shoegaze / noise rock band who are hugely underrated. this album, Robot World, was released in 1993 by a bunch of guys in the middle of nowhere (AKA New Zealand). it is basically a primitive version of A Place To Bury Strangers (maybe not as heavy on the industrial elements), lots of feedback and noisy guitar riffs. listen to it on a high volume.
Future of the Left, formed after mclusky broke up, released their second album Travels With Myself And Another last year which is another kickass punk-influenced noise rock record. the crunchy guitars and vocalist Andy Falkous' ridiculous lyrics are present as usual yet the overall sound of the record is slightly toned down (...very slightly) and more varied, giving this record a refreshing quality compared to the rest of the band's material
Sunday, October 3, 2010
God Bless Your Black Heart is what i would consider The Paper Chase's 'ballad' album, similar to their previous, more lo-fi albums but not quite as noisy. there is a greater focus on the quieter, less insane songs, though their are some moments where the grating guitar riffs become the main focus. vocalist John Congleton is as dividing as ever with his nasally vocals not being the most pleasant thing to listen to but fit the lyrics (usually about some horrific occurance) perfectly.
31knots are an indie / math rock band who serve up a solid album full of brilliant hooks from both the piano player and guitarist. the music is supported by the dynamic vocalist who is reminiscent of John Gourley (of Portugal. The Man) with a bit more of an aggressive edge - which is a pretty good description of their music as well. the album also features modest experimentation with a few strange ambient interludes scattered throughout the album.