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
Hey these guys have a new album out soon, Chalice Hymnal. They do a pretty cool style of Instrumental/Psychedelic with touches of orientalism and 60s/70s vibes. It’s diverse and cool. Some other guy had this to say about the new album:
This record is by turns calming and ambient (“Rebecca”), cerebral and spectral, (“The Moth & the Flame”), meditative and noir cinematic (“After the Funeral”), gnarly, mathy, and kraut rock-tastic (“Pelham”), plus a whole bunch in between. The sounds of a bunch of musicians stretching their limbs and reaching past the horizon. (link)
Grails – Deep Snow II
This dude shuffled up on a spotify list a while back and caught my attention, but it was only today that I remembered and followed up with a listen. Creating a blend of chill music which might bring to mind such artists as Moby, Röyksopp and Subheim (if he was cheerier sounding), it seems like a decent way to round off the week.
Emancipator – All In Here
I hinted at something dark for tonight’s post. Well this song is a little dark, certainly a bit grim sounding, and ridiculously epic. It deserves your attention. I recommend really getting down to the nitty gritty with this and having a good ear bash. This is a song by Agalloch off their 2010 album Marrow Of The Spirit. I’ve been a fan of these guys for as long as I can remember, though sadly I don’t listen to them so much these days. They pull off a pretty damn unique sound so keep an open mind and approach with gusto!
Agalloch – Black Lake Nidstång
Here’s a song from an album that came out waaaaaay back in 2012. This is The Helio Sequence, an Indie Rock duo whose drummer also plays in Modest Mouse. The vocals in this song really put in me in mind of The Boxer Rebellion. An easy listening tune for the ears. And hey it’s October!
The Helio Sequence – October
Here’s something with a spot of groove for friday. A band that falls under the garage rock umbrella… which actually makes me want to sort out a garage to listen to this kind of music in. Hmmm wonder if I could sneak into the neighbour’s one without them noticing…
Fort Union – Blood Of Me
Described by the artist as “distorted complex and subtle intricate drums overlaying gritty horror inspired soundscapes”. Sounds like a great premise to me. Where do I sign?
:10: – Deep Wounds