Thursday, March 27, 2014

Vudmurk - Sleep Until It Hurts You (2013)

Genre: Black Metal
Country: United States

Before Shawn Kemp was rapper Lil Ugly Mane, he was a one-man black metal band under the name Vudmurk. Using only a guitar, a drum machine, a plastic karaoke mic, and a 4 track, Sleep Until it Hurts You keeps it lo-fi and raw as possible within two and a half songs put together in track recorded on Thanksgiving back in 2007.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sweet Trip - Velocity : Design : Comfort (2003)

Genre: IDM, Glitch Pop, Shoegaze
Country: United States

Mixing two genres that really don't have anything in common often gives mixed results. On this album though, shoegaze and IDM work together to provide a unique experience where the human and intimate nature of shoegaze blends with the souless computer personality. Soft pop melodies are buried underneath the glitch-y sounds to give that souless nature some human qualities which ultimately is what the album alludes to.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Homesick for Space - Unison (2003)

Genre: Post Rock, Dream Pop, Emo
Country: United States

Think of a mix of Deer Leap and The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die but much sadder and depressing and you got Homesick for Space. Using airy vocals similar to Deer Leap's vocalist and the two aforementioned bands approach to post rock without too many climaxes accompanied by melancholic piano, Homesick for Space deliver an album on par with their contemporaries and bands in the future of similar style.


Friday, March 14, 2014

Iglooghost - Treetunnels (2014)

Genre: Instrumental Hip-Hop, Electronic
Country: English hinterland apparently?

If you're into the whole Flying Lotus type of thing, then that should be sufficient enough for you to check this out.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lluvia - Premonicion de guerra (2013)

Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Country: Mexico

Previously known as The Rain In Endless Fall, after a couple of great but highly limited demo tapes under their previous name Lluvia unleash upon us their full length debut.  A great atmospheric black metal album that is described by Lord Vast as anti-cascadian black metal, beautiful field recordings of storms and rainfall separate each track before flying into full throttle blast beats and vocals that could peel paint.  Textural twists and turns with rhythmic changes keep things from feeling monotonous, whilst the overall atmosphere creates a density that you can't help but become lost in.  One of the best atmospheric black metal releases in recent memory.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

XO - Heart (2014)

Genre: Shoegaze, Surf Rock
Country: United States

The two brothers of Say Anything prove that Max Bemis isn't the only one capable of crafting a fantastic album though they never quite reach his peak. At least this is better than Bemis' recent work in terms of quality. Don't go into this expecting a Say Anything clone because it's something completely different. What is given here is a lo-fi, surf rock shoegaze (surfgaze perhaps?) album with the more dream pop aspects of shoegaze. It kind of sounds like a really comfy day at the beach with a special someone.


Friday, March 7, 2014

Fiendsh - Al Capone EP (2014)

Genre: Instrumental Hip-Hop
Country: N/A

All there really is to say is that if you enjoy really chill beats that feel really organic, you should listen to this. Plenty of sampling is done here done in jazzy fashion and pitch-shifted female vocals. It's only 16 minutes, so it's at least worth checking out.


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Hayaino Daisuki - Invincible Gate Mind of the Infernal Fire Hell, or Did You Mean Hawaii Daisuki? (2010)

Genre: Melodic Thrash / Grind
Country: Japan

With the final installment of Jon Chang's illustrious career pretty much ringing in my ears almost constantly since release day (i'm obviously talking about Gridlinks third and final album Longhena), i've been dipping back into other installments of mr Chang's work that also adorn my collection.  This the second of the two ep's released by Hayaino Daisuki is creeping back into heavy rotation also, 4 tracks over 13 minutes if hyper speed thrash grind with a melodic edge that can't help but put a massive shit eating grin on your face.  As fun as it is fast and chaotic, great stuff.



Saturday, March 1, 2014

Ghastly City Sleep - Ghastly City Sleep (2007)

Genre: Post-Rock, Shoegaze, Dream Pop
Country: United States

Ghastly City Sleep is basically a supergroup made up of members from City of Caterpillar, Majority Rule, and Gregor Samsa. Plenty is Godspeed You! Black Emperor worship can still be found here thanks to the members of CoC. Think all the post rock parts of City of Caterpillar except they sound prettier and they have dream pop vocals instead of screams and you got this album. This also features Mia Matsumiya playing violin and doing vocals on the first track so that song is at least worth listening to.