REVIEWS

Reviews are long form reviews of full albums from experimental artists from around the world.

THE MIGHTY MISSOULA – REMNANTS (SELF-RELEASED, 2020)

Hailing from the gloomy Northwest, The Portland-based The Mighty Missoula return with a full-length LP released earlier this month that contains passages of brooding atmospherics and pulverizing, cinematic crescendos. It’s 2020, I am not sure we are looking for anyone to rewrite the rules on Post-Rock. What The Mighty Missoula do they do very well, …

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SHIMMERANCE – SHIMMERANCE (SELF-RELEASED, 2020)

Shimmerance is a Moscow, Russia based Shoegaze band that plays a heavy textural Shoegaze like they have something to prove. Marrying classic shoegaze production that pairs towering walls of effect-laden guitars against melodies that form a through-line connecting their Shoegaze influences from bands like Swervedriver and My Bloody Valentine to permeations found in the massive …

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BACK TO THE FUTURE THE RIDE – TRON LEGACY (DEATHBOMB ARC, 2010)

A few weeks back we presented the first, in what I hope is many, visual art pieces off of  Back to the Future the Ride’s newest album Tron Legacy. Do not read this review or download Tron Legacy (for free on Deathbomb Arc) without watching the video for “CGI Fridays”. “CGI Fridays” takes us back to the pre-Matrix 90’s when futurism …

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NATURAL SNOW BUILDINGS – THE CENTAURI AGENT (VULPIANO, 2010)

The skinny: Mehdi Ameziane and Solange Gularte, a couple of French bookworms who met in their university library in 1997, have been releasing music under the Natural Snow Buildings moniker since 1998. Their music was first called to my attention by the good folks at Aquarius Records, who had already been following the two for several years. They’ve been …

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KEITH CANISIUS – THIS TIME IT’S OUR HIGH (DARLA, 2010)

As the four song EP Openness is Dreaminess & Everything in Between’s title would suggest Keith Canisius always had affinity for the psychedelics of the early 90’s shoegaze crowd. While pulling equally from the hushed vocal complexity of the Cocteau Twins and the divebomb guitars of Ride, it was clear that Canisius was crushing hard on the Madchester nouveau-hippie scene …

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JUNIOR LOW – HEAVY (BRIDGETOWN, 2010)

The nineties would have sounded much different if My Bloody Valentine were given their proper comeuppance in 1991. If teenagers started putting Kevin Shields posters up in their room, sitting stoned and alone in their parent’s basements piling layers and layers of manipulated guitar noise on top of each other until they seeped up through the floor boards of …

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