Month: December 2019

ALDER & ASH – “STILL BEATING, STILL BORN”

Adrian Copeland’s cello is a full-throated expression. Charting the poles between minimalist classical and maximalist Doom / Industrial clangor, Copeland’s 2019 LP “The Crowneater” is a study in extremity. On the album’s gorgeous closer  “Still Beating, Still Born” the Montreal based artist layers mournful passages over gently plucked strings that resonate with a sense of …

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KOALRA – “THE WIND BUZZ”

Layering overdriven guitars, gut-punch percussion and everything in-the-red everything over sincere melodies, the Chicago noise-punk band balance the bracing with the beautiful with poise and fury. The video follows the post-life travels of a lonely ghost through cornfields, lakes and streams of catharsis following a heart-rending break up. Promising work from a young band.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3H6Xdjfivg

SURVEY CHANNEL – “ACACIAS”

Channeling busted, rust-belt post-IDM beats through distressed and warped ambient passages, the Buffalo, NY artist is a hazily filtered meander through Boards of Canada style tripped-out  experimental music. The track is a bottomless exploration of submerged tones, decaying beats and Midwestern grey hues that underlie an intricate beat pattern that evolves and expands on each …

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SULKIN’ RAVEN – “CAVING IN ON SADNESS”

Combining the lo-fi sound signatures of chiptune with the ascending structure of post-rock, “Caving in on Sadness” by Sulkin’ Raven is a gamble that pays off. While essentially a post-rock song in terms of dynamics and overall structure, Kevin De Nicolo heightens each crescendo by infusing glitching beats, lo-fi bass lines and joy in the …

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CARLY PARADIS – “THE CRUSHING WEIGHT OF HISTORY (REMIX BY MICHAEL STEIN OF S U R V I V E)

This remix of Carly Paradis’s heavenly ascending “Crushing Weight of History” featuring vocals by Mew’s Jonas Bjerre is given the remix treatment by S U R V I V E synth-slayer Michael Stein. Stein veers the already grandiose track into more nocturnal, danger-laden territory with thick synth arpeggios, massive decayed percussion and a night-drive pulse …

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