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

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

Where The Heck Did That Week Go???

A 2-4-1 deal today. When I first started on here some years back, I didn’t know of the band Architects. Then their album All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us fell into my lap and after some initial uncertainty, it became one of most binged albums of the year. I spent the next couple of  years anticipating the follow up album, being saddened to hear of the passing of one of the founding members, then relieved when the band continued on and finally released Holy Hell in 2018. They just released a new acoustic version of one of the songs of that album, so today I’m posting that track and the original… Both masterfully and hauntingly done!

Architects – A Wasted Hymn (acoustic)

Architects – A Wasted Hymn (original)

The Roads Are Paved

Not quite sure how I forgot to post yesterday… here’s this weeks highlight. It’s a pick from Crippled Black Phoenix‘s last album Great Escape. I really like the dark tone of this track, and whatever effect they’ve put over the vocals suits it so well. If anyone knows where the sample at the beginning is from, I’m all ears to know, I’m pretty sure it’s Christopher Lloyd from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Anyone else?

Crippled Black Phoenix – Las Diabolicas

An Aptly Titled Band Name

I am going to kick off this week with something a bit different. I would describe this as if Hammock decided to go metal. There is a real atmosphere to the songs, they’re moody, dense numbers, yet the music knows how to soar at times. The vocals might turn you off, but if you can look past them, then I’m sure you will find something to like in this. I keep hearing positive things about this album, and after a few spins, feel like I want to listen to it a lot more inorder to catch all the nuances. Seems like an album for the darkness. Sadness is from Illinois and have been making music since 2014. I might just have to go back for some of their earlier stuff…

Sadness – In The Distant Travels