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
I don’t really know this band that well, I’ve listened to an album of theirs once before and found a couple of tracks that I dug, but it seemed like a bit of a pick and mix band. Well in the last little while, they’ve dropped two tracks, both of which I’ve enjoyed. So here is one of those. Of Note: I find the rising inflection at the end of sentences to be surprisingly satisfying, keeps my attention I guess. I also like the electronic touch and that gradual build and punch which comes later in the song, reminds me a bit of ol Chester Bennington. This is:
Fight The Fade – Everything Is Fine?
Is this guy singing into a fan? Or is he just a little bit nervous? Either way it’s a tad unusual. I’ll admit it took a couple of listens before I really got into this track but now I rather enjoy it. Something about that crunchy guitar and the various styles the song flips between is kinda satisfying.
Zeds Dead – Stardust
I can’t remember whether I finished off the Circular theme with any aplomb, but now seems as good as any time for a new theme. Thanks to a friend for their suggestion of “Tides”… I’m sure that will prove a little bit of a challenge. But in any case, here’s the first. How To Destroy Angels is an experimental electronic/rock band consisting of Trent Reznor, his wife Mariqueen Maandig, and a couple other notable ragtag characters. This is off their 2010 self titled EP. It contains the lyric ‘tide’ and subject matter relating to tides.
How To Destroy Angels – A Drowning
Back in 2014, näo released their third album III. It was easily one of my top albums of the year and since then I’ve been eagerly awaiting a follow up album. Well recently they deployed an EP (Duel), which, while I’m disappointed in it’s briefness, is an enjoyable listen all the same. But it does leave me wanting more. So I will continue anticipating the next full length album. Here’s the third track for you to dissect. I particularly enjoy whatever starts going down at the 3:15 mark.
näo – Myst
Here’s the last song for this week. A new band for me producing electronic rock which reminds me a bit of Nine Inch Nails (hey that relates to the name of the song!). This is a pretty ‘vibrant’ accompanying video, bit trippy. Sounds like a pretty good listen on headphones as there’s a lot of little musical nuances going on all over the show.
Archive – Driving In Nails
About 2 minutes ago, I’m supposed to be out the door but I just had to make myself late in order to get this post done. I mean what kind of person would I be if I didn’t prioritize music over some persons birthday dinner?! Here’s some shimmery, upbeat electronic rockin beats. Thank god Tuesday is done and dusted!
Yppah – Neighborhoods