Sloppy Start to 2020

Well so far it is safe to say that I’ve been pretty abysmal at posting stuff. But hey, no body is making me do it, it’s all voluntary and if I don’t do it, the only person I disappoint is myself. And I can live with that. In any case, here’s a new song from Woob. He’s got a new album out (available on bandcamp for 90 days and then poof it’s gone!) which is a very satisfying blend of his Ultrascope album and some of his recent synthwave works. Dark, Electronic, Ambient, Dystopian, and Atmospheric, or as I like to put it “DEADA”. Well worth a listen, so get going while the going is good.

Woob – Entrance

Foley Horn

Hmmm, I seemed to drop off the radar again there. Oh well. Don’t think it really matters. Here’s something I’ve been spinning a few times lately. Reminds me once again of a heavier Hammock blended with a splash of old Glass Vaults (before they got all hippie and new age haha). These guys released a new EP just recently called The Black Moon, and an album last year which is really quite great called Death Spells. Check them all out.

Holy Fawn – Blood Pact

A Pleasant Meander

If you’re a fan of instru-metal music then I highly recommend you check out this little album. It’s five tracks of very satisfying music, reminiscent of Pelican or Monolord (minus the vocals), or maybe even a heavy Astralia. They’ve managed to capture a satisfying atmosphere with these songs. Definitely worth a listen.

neànder – Aăs

A Step Sideways

Tesseract has been my favourite band for quite a few years now due to a variety of reasons. a)The way they blend heavy and atmospheric, b)the sheer complexity of their songs, and of course, c)the vocalist Daniel Tompkins. He’s got a damn decent set of pipes on him, solid for singing or screaming (though he doesn’t do much of that anymore). He released his first solo album earlier this year (Castles) and it’s firmly in a pop rock space which is frankly surprising. It’s not bad, some of the songs are very catchy, but it’s short and there are a bunch of remixes at the end which aren’t wildly different or inspiring. Having said all that, I do absolutely recommend having a listen to the album anyway, as I think it has a time and place to be listened to, it’s just a matter of finding the when and where…

Daniel Tompkins – Saved

Not Bad At All

Here’s a new band for me, maybe for you too. Has a very familiar feel to the song, reminds me of a bit of that old school rock. Very decent opener for the new album Ebb and Flow. I dunno about you but I’m definitely gonna check out the full album.

Minora – The Void

Surprise!

Frankly I wasn’t expecting this. I’d heard about this band and their whole ‘shrouded in mystery’ thing. I honestly find it a bit gimmicky, and not really that original. Think Ghost. Apparently with these guys, the frontman channels lyrics or something from The God of Sleep(?)… ok. Anyway, I wasn’t really sold by the backstory, and I was anticipating something a bit heavier and more in the vein of technical metal. I was pleasantly surprised by this! In fact I’ve had a bit of a listen to the album and gotta say there are some really decent tracks on here. There seems to be a bit of a blend of Deftones and Bon Iver at times. So here’s the opening track from the album (which I recommend a listen to).

Sleep Token – The Night Does Not Belong To God

Murky Mysterious Magic

My girlfriend and I had a music night the other day and this is one of the songs she played. I like it when you listen to a song and immediately think, I want to hear that again. You know that something is really going right. I think Grimes is this generations answer to Björk, she has the same kind of strange experimental music, slightly otherworldly vocals, and seems to just operate on a different level to most other musicians. And she’s a bit weird too. For example she has a new album coming out in Feb next year (Miss_Anthropocene) which is about a demon that lives in space and loves the thought of an apocalypse… Yeah, ok. This track is one of the singles she’s recently dropped, and I’ve really enjoyed it’s ethereal nature. I think I prefer the edited version but can’t seem to find that one on youtube, so here’s the full length. Do yourself a favour and play it but don’t watch the visualiser.

Grimes – So Heavy I Fell Through The Earth

In The Nick Of Time

Some years ago I stumbled upon this band and posted a song up here. Today marks the 3 year anniversary of that song! Just kidding, it’s a bit over 3 years though, and these guys released a new album earlier this year. I have given it a few spins and I like what I’m hearing. Bit more cohesive (at a glance) than their previous album, and I’m digging that album cover too. So have a listen and see what you think. This is:

Oh Hiroshima – Darkroom Aesthetics

An Inspired Start

Today’s band Atmospheres is from Belgium, and have a couple of albums under the belt. Reach is the only album of theirs that I’ve listened to, and I have to say I really enjoyed this album. It has some very interesting tracks, being a relatively diverse blend of ambient, instrumental and rock. I’m happy that it seems to live up to the bands name. Case in point this track, though for something a little different, also check out their track Time II afterwards.

Atmospheres – Evolve

One Of My Favourite Bands

It may the fact that I’ve had a couple of beers, but if that is the catalyst to post again, so be it. This is one of my favourite bands of the past decade, and that’s saying something given that they only have an LP and a couple of EPs. I’m on tenterhooks waiting for their next album. Seriously. It’s kinda driving me crazy how long it’s taking. This is off their very first EP back in 2012, and to be honest, I gotta say I find the lyrics a little cheesy. But fuck me its got passion. The dude is baring it, and I respect that. It could well be the beer talking but I think one of the reasons I love music is that it lets me get in touch with my emotions. I always say to my SO that I’m a robot, and we laugh about it, but honestly I sometimes feel like that’s the only way I can be in this world without feeling crushed underneath it all. Music lets us share a weight, and lets us recognise that we are all feeling something even if we aren’t wearing it on our sleeves.

Everything In Slow Motion – Red