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
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
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
Here is post number 2 for this week. So far so good. I’m actually having a little bit of trouble deciding which songs to post at the moment as I’ve accrued a reasonable selection since I stopped posting in 2017. Lucky for me! Anyways, this band takes its name from “Wolf-Alice,” a late-seventies short story by Angela Carter. Think of it as a blend of “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Through the Looking-Glass,” about a feral girl who is raised by wolves. Typically led by a female vocalist, this song is the odd one out on the album in that it has the drummer assume vocal duties. It’s a gentle little number (for the most part), and reminds me a little of Solomon Grey, probably due to some of those falsetto notes. I enjoy drifting away on it a little I must say.
Wolf Alice – Swallowtail
Hello strangers, I see it’s been about 2 and a half years since I dropped off the face of the earth. Sorry about that. I actually thought I’d written something about how that might happen, but apparently all I did was drop a bunch of “hints” with songs about “the end”, and now I reread my posts, I see that could have been taken the wrong way. My bad!
Anywho I’m back and feel like I have enough time on my hands to tackle a variety of projects, this being one of them. I know that last time I managed to post 5x a week, and while I’d love to pull that off, I may have to lower my standards ever so slightly. I’ll aim for 2, and if I can do more, then hoorays all round! A little like my return (though more acclaimed), I’m posting a band who also dropped off the radar for a number of years. This is Do Make Say Think, a Canadian instrumental band, and if you don’t know of them, then it’s time to rectify that.
“Do Make Say Think has been widely celebrated as one of the preeminent instrumental rock bands of the 90s-00s. Stubborn Persistent Illusions is the group’s first album in eight years – and a stellar addition to one of the most consistent, inventive, exuberant, satisfying, and critically acclaimed discographies in the ‘post-rock’ canon.”
Do Make Say Think – Return, Return Again
Argh this video is hard to watch, being that it’s a great snapshot of 2000’s style metal music videos… Yikes. I do remember binging the crap out of this song, I was particularly taken by those harmonics (and they’re still cool). This is a mix bag band, made up of members from other bands who got together and made a song for the Roadrunner 25th Anniversary album. The vocalist is from Trivium and was the nominated ‘leader’ for his group, all at the age of about 20 I think. Not bad, not bad.
Roadrunner United – The End
Here’s some interesting sonical stuff for ya. These guys are a psychedelic noise rock band from the UK and this song is off their 2016 album Lucky Beast. There’s definitely a bit of interesting stuff going on in there. Have an ear gander!
The Infinite Three – Like Moss