Some years ago I stumbled upon this band and posted a song up here. Today marks the 3 year anniversary of that song! Just kidding, it’s a bit over 3 years though, and these guys released a new album earlier this year. I have given it a few spins and I like what I’m hearing. Bit more cohesive (at a glance) than their previous album, and I’m digging that album cover too. So have a listen and see what you think. This is:
This chap has a new album dropping tomorrow and I for one am pretty interested in seeing how it turns out. This track is an interesting combination of chill out and shredding. The words I’m looking for… feel good instru-metal? There’s definitely an uplifting vibe to it. If I remember rightly, the dude just quit his job to focus full time on his music, and best of luck to him. Keep up the stellar work!
I Built The Sky – Up Into The Ether
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
Today we have a song from the Danish band Lowly‘s new album Heba. They’ve struck a pleasant balance of dreamy upbeat indie rock, which has a bit of a dark edge to its lyrics. Yay! This is reminding me somewhat of Warpaint‘s self titled album, while the vocals give me flashes of Edie Brickell. All things good.
Lowly – Deer Eyes
This song is giving me flashes of a whole bunch of different artists and it’s bugging the crap out of me, maybe a bit of a Nick Murphy crossed with Arthur Russell vibe? Yeh that’s pretty obscure… I don’t know James Vincent McMorrow but this is a pretty nice track I gotta say. Off his 2016 album, We Move.
James Vincent McMorrow – Rising Water
Thursday already? Excellent! Have some of this! The album cover has a dogs mouth on it with that weird pink/brown gum thing they do so well. Plus some teeth, fur, and a little bit of nose. Which could be an adequate way of describing this electronic track. Oh and I should probably mention this is one of the guys from Fuck Buttons, if that’s a further indication of what to expect.
Blanck Mass – Silent Treatment
When Planet Of Ice came out, it was a formative album in my growing music collection. I spent the whopping $30 and recklessly bought the CD, because hey, I was a freshly minted working man. It went on high rotation and will always be the sound of that summer in 2007. I never really got into any of their albums since then, but I think that’s on my shifting music taste. Which brings us to their upcoming album VOIDS and this, the single they’ve released from it.
Minus The Bear – Invisible
Tuesday’s go-getter tune is a song by pg.lost, an instrumental band from Sweden. While I have in the past, picked and mixed from their albums, the latest one – Versus – is a solid listen from beginning to end. Allow this fella to whet your appetite. Definitely has a Tides From Nebula vibe with just a whimsy of Collapse Under The Empire.
pg.lost – Off The Beaten Path
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
Well here’s a new artist for me – Made Of Oak. This electronic grooving song is off of 2015’s EP Penumbra, and it seems solid. Can’t argue with that purring beat. Though I do have a weird urge to hold hands with someone now haha.
Made Of Oak – Pinebender