this is an album about home. i'm never sure whether a lasting feeling of home exists. it seems there's always something to hope for, despite the achievement of prior hopes, and it could be, i think, that hope is what keeps us from home.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Minus the Bear is a product of the first two decades of this century. From their first show in 2001 to their impending dissolution at the end of 2018, the Seattle band thrived on the musical awakening in the era of the mp3, the internet, poptimism, and the crosspollinations generated from an expanded consciousness of new music forms.
Moaning Lisa is the product of four Canberra-based music grads who find purpose in making loud noises together. Their music operates on the edge of the grunge genre: somewhere between composed restraint and fuzzed-out, life-affirming alternative rock. Moaning Lisa create an atmosphere entirely of their own, in their raucous live shows that see them consistently pack out venues across Australia's East Coast.
dyl caught me off guard with how good it is. Lots of bands struggle to find a balance between atmosphere and accessible song structure, this knocked it out of the park and then some. Good dang ambient pop.
With an array of musical influences behind his back ranging from Caribou to Brian Eno, Daniele’s expansive palette reaches far and wide to underground and now dissolved acts of ‘70s and ‘80s such as Hüsker Dü or Fugazi, although Soul Island’s particular sound could be more comparable to a blend of electronica, chillwave, ambient-house and alt-pop, expanding on timbres similarly likened to MGMT, Everything Everything and other uniquely sculpted pop groups of the new dawn.
Los Angeles-based alt-folk band Sci-Fi Romance’s new album 'Dreamers & Runaways" expands on the textured blend of folk, Americana, punk, and metal influences the band has showcased on its previous releases. It is also the record where the social consciousness that has run beneath the surface of much of the band’s work takes center stage.
An integral factor within the release of this album has been the concept of sustainability. The ambitious and visually stunning video for the album's title track won acclaim from charities (including Greenpeace, Plastic Oceans & Surfers Against Sewage), awards (Best Video at the AIM Awards and nominated for Best Alternative Video at the MVAs) and viewers around the world for highlighting the monolithic problem of plastic in our oceans and as a result of the issues raised in this video, a conscious effort has been made on all sides to reduce the amount of plastic involved with bringing Birthplace into the world.
Daniel, a New Orleans native, has spent the majority of the last ten years touring and sharing his music across the US, Canada, Ireland, and England. After Hurricane Katrina drove him from his hometown, he landed in Cork City, Ireland where he became the bass player for Indie Rock band Remma. The band was signed for a time to Morrissey’s Attack Records and recorded an EP produced by Noel Hogan of The Cranberries.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The six songs that make up Momentary Glance are expansive & trance-like, slowly unfurling over the course of forty-two minutes. The deep, natural reverb of hotel2tango & added atmospherics of Liza’s band mates create immersive environs for her patient guitar work & uniquely vulnerable vocals. Liza’s dreamlike lyrics often return to themes of winter, animals, nature as a source of reflection and the unwritten letter.
Monday, October 15, 2018
Sunday, October 14, 2018
when they poured across the border
i was cautioned to surrender
this i could not do
i took my gun and vanished.
i have changed my name so often
i've lost my wife and children
but I have many friends
and some of them are with me
there were three of us this morning
i'm the only one this evening
but i must go on
the frontiers are my prison
an old woman gave us shelter
kept us hidden in the garret
then the soldiers came
she died without a whisper
oh, the wind, the wind is blowing
through the graves the wind is blowing
freedom soon will come
then we'll come from the shadows
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Palodine has been described as "a melancholic, yet intense and powerful experience". Band members Katrina Whitney (vocals,percussion) and Michael Aryn (guitars, multi-instumentalist) formed in 2007 in Seattle WA.
Thursday, October 4, 2018
“Whenever I find myself down in the well of self-loathing or in desperate need of affirmations, I always return to Joan Didion’s 1961 essay “On Self Respect”;” shares frontwoman Mar Meredith. “It is a bible of sorts for me — a map that leads back to myself. I wanted to create a similar signpost, for myself and others, to look at ourselves in the mirror and know: I am complete, I am in charge of my own life, I am responsible for my own mistakes and my own victories.“
“Woman” follows in the vein of Cat Power’s best tracks, a quietly defiant song that asserts her own self-possession without having to yell it from the rooftops. Marshall sounds positively dangerous over a sashaying bass line—performed here by TV on the Radio’s Jaleel Bunton—while she spouts off sneak-disses like, “your money’s like a weapon, a tool to get me / you think I’m like the other ones / well, my money’s like a weapon, tool for me.” The word “woman” becomes both flippant tell-off and rallying cry, a way of saying, “I’m in charge here, chief. Your input is not needed.”