Monthly Archives: October 2013

MIKE DONOVAN – “WOT”

FOUNDING MEMBER OF SIC ALPS’ SOLO DEBUT. SKELETAL & ECHOED FOLK, BACKWOODS BLUES, ACOUSTIC SHUFFLE WITH HARMONICA. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12 RIYL: CASS MCCOMBS, NEIL YOUNG, TY SEGALL (SLEEPER), SIC ALPS Advertisements

ARP – “MORE”

Experimental art-pop by an avant-garde artist. Dips into 70’s rock, baroque pop, delicate space folk, minimal piano epics & harpsichord. PLAY: 1, 2, 5, 9, 11 RIYL: Owen Pallett, Jens Lekman, Brian Eno

YAMANTANKA//SONIC TITAN – “UZU”

Toronto/Montreal art partnership. Volcanic prog-rock with post-punk urgency, stoner- metal heft, psych- rock/pop whimsy. Operatic female vocals, guitar dirges, free-jazz cacophony , synth arpeggios, Eastern melodies PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10 RIYL: Chelsea Wolfe, Boris, Savages, Blonde Redhead

CAVE -“THREACE”

Expansive funk minimalism, new soul-jazz meets math-rock with two guitars, organs, sax & flute textures, driving beats. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 RIYL: COMETS ON FIRE, LUMERIANS, ETERNAL TAPESTRY

CANTOO – “SELF-TITLED”

Canadian jangle-pop from member of The Whitsundays. Beach Boys sounds with male/ female harmonies. PLAY: 2, 3, 4, 7 RIYL: THE WHITSUNDAYS, MAGNETIC FIELDS

Diane Coffee – My Friend Fish

Foxygen drummer, Shaun Fleming debut. 60’s West Coast jangly psych gospel-pop. Recorded using pots, detuned guitars, super reverb vocals. PLAY: 1,2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10 RIYL: Foxygen, Jonathan Rado, Cults

Echzeit–String Quartets

Mostly strident, dissonent string quartets by Jarrell and Riehm. Nancarrow’s accessible.

Yaroslav Senyshyn–Emotional Vicissitudes

Pianist performs Rachmaninoff’s lovely preludes and etudes-tableaux, also two of  Yoshinaka’s abstract pieces.

Kyuhee Park–Guitar Recital

A collection of guitar pieces, classical to contemporary, including Scarlatti, Diabelli, Berkeley, Malats, Mangore and Lopez Lopez. Play!

CRYSTAL ANTLERS – “NOTHING IS REAL”

LESS PSYCH-MEETS-PUNK, MORE GARAGE, AND BIG-RAWK VENUE SOUNDS. STILL SHOUTY VOCALS, SHREDDING GUITARS, PSYCHEDELIC IN PARTS,AND DROPPING THEIR BONGO PLAYER. PLAY: 2, 3, 6, 9 RIYL: PARQUET COURTS, JAPANDROIDS, TRAIL OF DEAD

William Onyeabor – Who is William Onyeabor? (Luaka Bop)

From Nigeria, William Onyeabor released eight albums of rockin’ psychedelic Afrofunk between 1978-1985, featuring heavy keyboard & synth, wah-wah guitar, a tight chorus of female vocalists, & vintage arrangements. Then he quit music and and never spoke to the industry again.  The record label spent fruitless years trying to find out what happened to him; […]

Omar Souleyman – Wenu Wenu (Ribbon Music)

A legend in Syria (though currently a guest in Turkey), Omar & his keyboardist-composer Rizan Sa’id earned their fame playing traditional dabke dance music at weddings. But they played this music far more energetically than others had done before, and they electrified their traditional instruments. Syrians loved it! Renowned for their live performances, this is […]

Bombay Dub Orchestra – Tales from the Grand Bazaar (Six Degrees)

Gary Hughes & Andrew Mackay (who formed the BDO) have done a lot of film work recently (Marathon Boy (HBO), Ballad Of Rustom (India), Josh (Pakistan), Project Happiness, featuring the Dalai Lama) and it shows in their new work; here are atmospheric arrangements mixing electronica with Middle Eastern & Indian instrumentation, scales, & vocals, designed […]

Sawi Lieu – Pasaraya (Constellation Tatsu)

This artist from Jakarta, Indonesia has created an abstract masterpiece using electronica as his palate, synth sounds as a brush, & white noise as his canvas. Hard to fathom? So is his juxtaposition of beautiful & unsettling; what might happen next is completely unpredictable, but that can also be captivating….  Filed in RPM. Label homepage: […]

New

Paul McCartney – that is SIR Paul – is back with a full album of originals (it has been 6 years).  Some great colabs on this record and it is pretty classic Paul rock.  Wasn’t he in some band in the 60s too? LABEL: MPL Communications PLAY: 1, 6, 4 FCC: None RIYL: the beatles […]

Mum-Smilewound

The latest from artist Mum is an album titled Smilewound. The music is a mix of Alternative and Electronica-a mx of 8-bit,EDM, Ambient and Indie Dance. The tracks are very upbeat yet have a nice dreaminess to them. Another solid album from Mum. Tracks: 1,3,4,7

Alluxe-Nomad

Nomad is an album from Alluxe. The music is a mix of Electro Hop, Bass Music and Dubstep with some seriously chunky beats to it. Even with these serious beats and sharp cuts to the music it has a very nice smoothness that adds a chilled vibe to the tracks. Tracks: 2,6,9,11 FCC: 7

Teen Daze-Glaciers

The latest from Teen Daze is titled Glaciers. The music is very melodic Ambient with beautiful vocals and drifting synths. The tracks, though, have a good back beat giving them some pep but still retaining a nice mellow vibe to the tracks. There are touches of Alternative/Gothic as well adding a somberness to the tracks […]

MC Zulu-Outlaw Speakerbox

Outlaw Speakerbox is an anthology showcasing highlights, B-sides and unreleased material from MC Zulu. MC Zulu was a pioneer of Electro Reggae and influenced the Dub and Dubstep community as well as the Dancehall community. This anthology is packed with twenty tracks of upbeat, high energy dance tracks that seamless blend dance music with Reggae […]

RH-New Bedford Squall

New Bedford Squall is an album from the mysterious RH from the Iman label. The music is Dark Ambient with long, haunting drones, static and hissing as well as a grumbling undercurrent. The music has a spooky, sinister and menacing feel and the tracks have a certain dreadness to them. It’s like a radio that […]

Left-Slow Knife EP

Slow Knife is a three song EP from Left. The music is a mix of Indie Dance with a Lounge/R&B vibe threaded into the music. The tracks are very upbeat and melodic with smooth vocals. Well worth a listen. RIYD: Asobi Seksu Tracks: All Good

Blackburner-Bass Warning

The latest from Blackburner is titled Bass Warning. The album has a more tamed sound than previous albums but there still is the chunky Dubstep wobbles and stutters that Blackburner is known for. There is also more of a Hip Hop element laced into the tracks as well as a stronger EDM sound. They also […]

BLACK HEARTED BROTHER-“STARS ARE OUR HOME”

MEMBERS OF SLOWDIVE AND MOJAVE 3. SPACE-ROCK, EXPERIMENTAL YET TEXTURED, WAVERING INTO PSYCHEDELIA. GUITAR SWIRLS, HARMONY LAYERS AND NOISY CLIMAXES QUIET PARTS, FUTURISTIC SOUND EFFECTS & SWIRLING SYNTHS. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 8, 11, 12 RIYL: TAME IMPALA, GARDENS & VILLA

HAPPY FANGS – “SELF-TITLED EP”

FIERCE PUNK-POP FROM SAN FRANCISCO WITH FEEDBACK-HEAVY ELECTRIC GUITAR AND STRONG FEMALE VOCALS. PLAY:: 1, 2, 5, 6 FCC: 4 RIYL: VIOLET PALMAS, THE KILLS, THE RAINCOATS

CASS MCCOMBS – “BIG WHEEL AND OTHERS”

A bundle, a bindle, a hay bale, and an oil barrel of road songs, rock songs, folk songs, blues songs, skronk non-songs, cinema songs, cult songs & poem songs. LOTS OF SLIDE GUITAR, WARM VOCALS. PLAY: CD1: 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 CD2: 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11 FCC: CD1: 4 RIYL: IRON & […]