Boy I seem to be finding a bit of my old music lately. It’s kinda weird to listen to these songs and go back to old flats/jobs/friends who were there when I first listened to them. Here is this weeks “The End” themed song. Another bang up job by Cake, off their album Pressure Chief. Melancholy yet uplifting at the same time.
Cake – End Of The Movie
I’m disappointed to learn (a bit late to the party) that Agalloch has disbanded. There goes yet another of my formative bands, they had some stellar albums in their career and some of the most epic songs. My new theme is “The End” (all the more befitting with Agalloch now gone) and will run for the next 4-5 weeks. Just to forewarn you, as of the beginning of April I won’t be posting with such regularity. I’m changing lifestyle, going travelling, and so don’t know if or when I will have the time to post. I’d still like to put up music when I can, to keep the soundtrack of my life going, and throw mystery bands at you. Fingers crossed. BTW Look beyond the vocal style in this track and listen to the surrounding music, the lyrics, don’t let the vocal growls etc put you off.
Agalloch – In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion
After the madhouse weekend I had, I’ve repeatedly had the title of this song pop into my head over the last couple of days, so here it is! I’m going back a few years with this one…
Dead Can Dance – The Carnival Is Over
Well you can colour me braindead. So here is a song that doesn’t require much explanation. Apparently this guy makes music which is classified as Dark Folk, though based on this I’d err on the side of Dark Psychedelic Electronic. Rather hypnotic. From his 2010 album, The Dark.
The Third Eye Foundation – Standard Deviation
Wardruna have a new album coming out shortly (Runaljod – Ragnarok) and have dropped a couple of songs ahead of its release. I’ve been impressed by both but particularly enjoy the tribal sounding drumming in this song, and the horn that comes in at around 2:23 is rather haunting. These are the guys who have assisted with the soundtrack for Vikings, not to mention that Einar Selvik is also half of Skuggsjá. Check out my earlier posts relating to these guys here and here if this floats your boat.
Wardruna – Odal
It’s amazing how you can be in a routine for a couple months then straight up forget it. Case in point, here is yesterdays song. As made famous by that unsatisfying second season of True Detective. At least there was a silver lining…
Lera Lynn – Lately
Hello there. Today I’m going to open the doors on a well kept secret. Alicia Merz is Birds Of Passage, and I’m proud to say she hails from my home country, New Zealand. And yet, not once have I heard of her here, which frankly I find disappointing. She creates fragile, drifting music, suitable as the soundtrack to melancholic dreams. Personally I think she’s criminally under-rated here. Also FYI, this album is excellent to drift off to at night. From 2014’s This Kindly Slumber.
Birds Of Passage – Belle De Jour