Seattle rockers Crater may be babies to the scene, but they are most definitely not stillborn. They have one song out on SoundCloud. Who’s singing? No clue (I think her name is Cici, but as of now it’s unclear). What we do know is that her voice is incredible. Thanks to some reverb and echo, it’s portrayed as angelic. At the same time, though, it’s void of impurities and mixed with the right amount of crunchiness to match the grunginess of the guitar, bass, and overall industrial feel of the tune. Speaking of which, the guitar and bass perfectly fill the empty soundscape, providing an overwhelming wall of ethereal harmonies, somewhat reminiscent of early Wye Oak. As the two slur from octave to octave, and at other times note to note, they provide a pendulum effect, hypnotizing the listener.
The Binary Marketing Show is a self-described electro-experimental sci-fi musical outfit from Portland, Oregon. Their newest offering titled Anticipation of Something Else is quite intriguing. The duo describes the record best:
Electronic beats fashioned out of 8-bit microprocessors, a variety of synths tones, and found samples. Spoken word samples like those on “anthropomorphic moon landing” sometimes came through our bodies while holding parasitic elements of a circuit. We see these events as a kind of communication originating from the silence that surrounds us in a place where nothing is ever silent.
They’re at times chaotic, playful, and creative, and their melodies are unbelievably catchy. ”picnic on Makemake” is one of the record’s standouts.
Recording under the moniker Ides, Alanna McArdle is insightful to say the least. Her newest effort, “Machine,” is as beautiful as it is somber. The song features a seemingly lackadaisical guitar riff intermittently polluted by various effects and vocal harmonies. A closer listen, however, reveals perfectly complimentary moments of delicate embellishment. Her lyrics, “I am stone / a wall outside of its home / and I don’t believe in anything anymore,” lend themselves to the simplistic nature of the tune as a whole, allowing you to lose yourself in thought rather than being hyper-stimulated by a bombardment of complex textures.
Cataclysmic in its size and pensive in its approach, JLYY‘s inaugural “Glass Drum” will strike a chord with harmonic rock enthusiasts everywhere. I would not, however, position this tune as only for distortion heads. There are some undoubtedly dark and beachy vibes at work here that make me both concerned and relaxed. It’s an interesting dichotomy that instantly drew me to the tune in the first place. This is also the only JLYY song on the market, so I’m interested to hear what else they can conjure up and in what direction they choose to move.
Check out the video for the song below, and download it from their SoundCloud.
Oh man, did I ever need this tune—”Forfeit” is delicate and soulful. Gallant sucks you in with his angelic falsetto, then sways you back and forth. You’re caught between the ebbs and flows of a gentile and powerful tide. It’s best just to zone out and vibe out, letting the melody and rhythm overpower and overwhelm your sensitive senses. The tune ends before you know it, and it’s also way before you’re ready to say goodbye.
“Forfeit” will be available via Gallant’s TBA Zebra EP.
Let’s first point out the obvious here. Eva Stone, or, if she goes by her real name, Amy Holford, can fucking sing. I mean, she’s got a unique set of pipes. On top of that, she has fluid fingers for her piano and guitar prowess.
Now, the more intangible things—the thing with this girl is passion. The thing with this girl is soul. The thing with this girl is musicianship. The thing with this girl is that I think I may love her. I feel her pain. He’s gone, she’s all alone, bearing her soul for the listener to grab and wring for their delight. She’s as vulnerable as she’ll ever get. It’s beautiful.
About A Million is the brainchild of mostly Anthony Leitch. He has released two records on Already Dead Tapes & Records, the last of which came out back in February of 2012. His Tumblr has been inactive for the past year. One would think this kid was dead, hiding deep in a cave, sheltered from the daylight… until this past September, when Already Dead Tapes & Records put out their Third Annual Compilation that features a new tune from the Honey Brook, PA songwriter. He makes sincere and heartfelt folk with a delicious pop twist. In “Swept Up,” he blends obscure toy instruments and what sounds like a xylophone (or some sort of mallet instrument) into a delightful upbeat tune, suggesting more listening is on the way.
The hip-hop affinity of UK producer Blue Daisy has shone through on much of his work in the past. His monster of a FACT mix, for example, was riddled with veritable heavy-hitters from both sides of the rap pond, hipping us to stuff like this humongous Giggs jam. Most recently, Blue Daisy took his affection for devilish tomb-bap to the next level, debuting as lyricist with his Dahlia Black alias.
The newest track to emerge as the precursor to Blue Daisy’s Used To Give A Fk EP follows right in that same vein of god-forsaken underworld trap, cultivated on his previous endeavor. Alongside long-standing collaborators Unknown Shapes, the Camden native whips up a pummeling instrumental that takes weeping air-horns, lashing snares and tortured horns into a grim whirlwind of abrasion and nasty sub-frequencies. Testosterone levels run high on “5s Up,” but it is Blue Daisy unerring eye for detail as a producer that turns this knocker into a standout. Watch out for the EP dropping May 6th on the acclaimed Black Acre boutique label.
It wasn’t until yesterday that we all noticed he had finally been signed, and by Ghostly of all labels. It would have never occurred to use that Valenti and company would even think of Lord RAJA as a contender, but the more we listen to his free Rubies EP, the more we’re glad he entered into another marriage. The Rubies EP is experimental in its purest sense. Raja crafts this record with childlike curiosity, playing with samples and sounds—manipulating them, crunching them, effecting them—until he likes what comes out.
Head over to Ghostly to download this EP for free, and keep a look out for more from this star on the rise.