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