Here's some more great Trip-Hop from Edamame!
This is a specifically heart-wrenching collection of folk songs that confront painful memories, loss, and the emotional disconnect between a father and his children. In short, it's a rather amazing work and I highly suggest giving it a listen. Each tune moves in its own step but falls in line with the broad scope of the complete record and its concepts.
I’m recommending this company because I’m astounded by their approach to musical history. Rather than write a 300 page book on American folk music as a while, they’ll write a 300 page book on American folk music from, say, 1920 - 1935 and will include several CDs of material, or maybe field recordings of solo gospel singing from the 20s. It’s the exact sort of specificity I’ve been looking for in music history; where you are informed a great deal about a small section of time, rather than the vague “Well first there was delta blues and then Elvis and then Stevie Ray Vaughan and before you know it Jeff Loomis was sweeping the fuck outta everyone” which many commercially sold music history books have. They are most famous for Goodbye, Babylon: a collection of religious gospel and early folk music from 1900 to 1930~ which I bought a few days back. Just look at it. They’ve got people like Steve Roden writing for them!
Vinyl LPs usually go for $20 and have extensive liner notes. Books go for around $40. Box sets go for around $80.
This is hidden gem I was lucky enough to be shown a while back. It’s on What.cd but it can be bought digitally on iTunes and Amazon for around $3. It’s essentially drone played by a string trio not unlike La Monte Young’s vision, but is more atmospheric in it’s execution; much more akin to his collaboration with The Theater Of Eternal Music.
“Charlemagne Palestine’s Strumming Moosick (1974) features over 45 minutes of Palestine forcefully playing two notes in rapid alternation that slowly expand into clusters. He performed this on a nine-foot Bösendorfer grand piano with the sustain pedal depressed for the entire length of the work. As the moosick swells and the piano gradually detunes, the overtones build and the listener can hear a variety of timbres rarely produced by the piano.”
Here's the full-length from experimental emo band I Kill Giants! Bitesize but great in quality!
Taiwanese lofi Drone Doom trio Scattered Purgatory have a new demo out! Listen to Old Universe for noise/drone doom very much alike Boris’ TTWSO and the live recording for something more psychedelic!
So this is some Jazzcore (hardcore meets jazz, usually mathcore or grindcore) and is a little less sporadic than most stuff in the genre. This is but a single but apparently an album is coming soon. Pretty good, fun stuff.
Pluto is here. After a whole year of the Celestial Bodies project Ruined Machines' patience, hard work, and creativity have paid off and the end is near.
Composed of a single nine-minute track entitled, "A Lonely Pulse" , Pluto is a gargantuan, contemplative slice of space rock that builds calmly towards a towering climax and subtle ending. In the scale of the other Celestial Bodies I'd have to compare this to the masterful "02/01/2003" from Earth.
If you have not listened to the Celestial Bodies collection now is the time. The entire series minus a single, unnamed release is available as a lump download for $4! That's over two hours of music plus a trip around the solar system!!
As mentioned in the review for the first half of this double album, The Black, Artists of War had labeled their creation "transcendental black metal". This label most incredibly applies to the The Grey. Recorded in about a week, The Grey is a forty minute cohesion of atmosphere, experimental fury, and lucid nightmares. Comprised of 12 tracks that alternate between interludes and full length songs, The Grey signifies untraveled roads for this reviewer and new territory for AoW.
The opener "[Intro/Altar]" bleeds directly into"The Exalted (The Grey Behemon)". As with the entire album, "The Exalted" displays Olsen's penchant for maddening bass and guitar lines. The song blasts away, with drum tracks that never let up and vocals that growl, roar and drone into oblivion. The calming interlude "[Decay]" takes us to the next monstrosity, "Neural Transit". This song grew on me after a couple listens, opening with a primal, abrasive chord progression and nihilistic grunting lyrics. The second half ascends into psychedelic death-visions of reborn eternities and the horror of enlightenment. The rhythm takes a turn for full-on prog metal that makes for the most spectacular part of any AoW song I've heard to date. The perfect blend of funk and brutality to cap off an excellent composition.
Another interlude, "[Ore]" reminded me fondly of Dethklok and leads fashionably into "Long Bow". This is another colossal track that opens with a heavy tremolo guitar/bass part over another blast beat. The guitar breakdown after the 1 minute mark is just fucking sick and leads to an intricate harmony that is both odd and incredibly fitting to the song. The lyrics seem to confront the introspection of man beyond reality, faced with the truth of impermanence or unable to confront fault.
The closing track, "Walls of Eternity" is the only truly long song on the record, coming in at over 9 minutes. This track brings the full force of The Grey back into perspective with AoW's other creations. There is plenty of fast, heavy blackness that meshes well with a welcome classic-metal chorus section that is vibrant with nostalgic atmosphere. Though perhaps a little longer than it needed to be, this tune closes the album out well.
To begin with I couldn't really get into The Grey because of its overuse of blast beats and tremolo, but upon several subsequent listens it has proven itself an apt testament to musical growth and experimentation. AoW has never done anything quite like this (and that shows) but its flaws are greatly outweighed by its substance. Taken as a whole, The Black and The Grey are testaments to the influence and proliferation of metal across its plethora of styles and sub-genres.
F-n badass folk punk gypsy adventure bluegrass. I don't see how you couldn't enjoy the music these fellows create. I'd listened to their earlier EP, Storms Thrashing Our Vessel a bit more than this newer one, but since there's no point playing favorites you should get BOTH. Name your price or get yourself a nifty CD or 7 inch.
Some more swing for you!
Have some lofi ragtime/manouche jazz!