YMHM – SPOOKY EDITION
TRY TO GET THROUGH THIS WITHOUT PEEING YOUR PANTS. AHAHAHAHA!!!!
Black Marble – It’s Immaterial
Black Marble do synthwave the correct way, though it doesn’t deserve anything more than ‘acceptable’ per say. The songs are nice to listen to and melodic in nature. However, if you’re looking for something new, this isn’t it. That’s not to say though that it isn’t a fun listen, in the same way that say the Stranger Things band invokes 80’s nostalgia. This certainly accomplishes that as well, especially on muddied bass heavy tracks like “It’s Conditional”.
Dame D.O.L.L.A. – The Letter O
Front Page Music, Inc.
OK, this has got to be the best record of 2004, right? Oh, that’s not very high praise, huh? Well, it has Lil Wayne on one of the songs! Wait, Cash Money made them remove that song? Well that’s just fine. But hey, check it out, this is surely the greatest NBA player turned rapper album since Ron Artest! If that ain’t a ringing endorement, then I don’t know what is. Go Blazers and #RipCity!
Destrage – A Means To No End
Metal Blade Records, Inc.
I have the biggest soft spot for Destrage, having only first heard their music at the recommendation of a friend in 2014’s Are You Kidding Me? No. Sure, they still can’t think of good album names for jack, but the high energy shredding a prog chops of the band itself make up for that. This brand of cocaine-sniffing metal rivals that of bands that garner much more praise. However, as the saying goes, “Italians do it better”.
Helado Negro – Private Energy
Asthmatic Kitty Records
Dashingly suave and as chill as ever, Helado Negro’s newest seems to be making bigger waves in the music circle (chillwaves to be specific). Roberto Carlos Lange kicks things off with a simple formula of submerged electronics over layers of his soft, crooning voice, and gently works in uptempo drum machine loops to drive each song home. Private Energy is easy listening, yet staggeringly dense in its many layers, and back and forth English and Spanish translations.
Marching Church – Telling It Like It Is
Sacred Bones Records
Elias Bender Rønnenfelt has a side project, Marching Church! I have always appreciated his ability to add new layers and experimentation to his music. Plowing Into The Field of Love for example was an evolution of Iceage’s sound, and while I enjoy the first two records more, it’s important to realize that records like Telling It Like It Is models growth and maturation. It sounds like an Iceage album in many parts, plus Elias is still only 24 years old.
Muuy Biien – Age Of Uncertainty
A morose post-punk out of Athens, GA, Muuy Biien take the Bauhaus root on Age of Uncertainty. If the unsettling album art mish-mash of faces welded together wasn’t any personification, the haunting guitar riffs and monotone vocals are a dead giveaway of apparent idols and influences past. Muuy Biien invoke dark imagery, and in turn reinforce the notion that bands can still create “dark entries” in this 21st century if you will.
Ricky Eat Acid – Talk To You Soon
The best part about Ricky Eat Acid is that he churns out a few projects or so a year. At that rate, maybe a few stinkers are thrown into the mix, but Talk To You Soon is wonderful nonetheless. Being a jack of all trades in all things ambient, songs take a liking to starting off ever so soft, only to work into a full on glitchfest. It’s dancey, yet lush and gentle for a complete package.
John K. Samson – Winter Wheat
John K. Samson
I hope John K. Samson was the inspiration for mewithoutYou’s changeup folk-rock release It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright. Not only has Samson enraptured all and any feelings of angst and hope in former projects with The Weakerthans, but his diverse output as Propagandhi are also pretty telling of his musical ability. You can see where a voice like Aaron Weiss takes a hint or to from, but he’s also right up there with names like John Darnielle in terms of sheer heartbreaking poetry and lyricism.
Silent – A Century of Abuse
Three One G, Inc.
In a world of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds imitators, be a student of The Birthday Party I say! It’s always a welcome addition into the music world when bands can burst onto the scene with such noisy force, and California’s Silent have accomplished just that on their debut. A Century of Abuse is captivating right from the first wave of noise.
TOY – Clear Shot
You know those super popular records from the late-2000’s that captured pseudo indie kids’ imaginations as being something bigger than it actually was? I’m talking about the MGMT, Flaming Lips, STRFKR kind of bands; songs that could at the very least thrown in some psychedelic noises in their overall radio sound. Toy is the mind melting magic, with a little more fleshing out of its parts. Tracks take on a very sweet psychedelic sound, yet pile on riffs and walls of sound to make an even greater indie rock outpouring. Try it!
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