Thursday, May 23, 2013
We spoke with Now, Now way back in November, and drummer Brad Hale let us know that we would be hearing an album from his solo project Sombear sooner rather than later. Well, we finally have a song, title, and release date for this album, as Love You In The Dark will be out July 23rd via Trans Records. Hale posted up the title track for the album, an emotionally powerful synth pop track featuring a minimalist beat and vocals heavily edited with a vocoder. The dissonant synths in the bridge help communicate his inner struggles and suffering, while the entire song still feels stripped down and natural even while a multitude of effects and computerization are used. It proves to any naysayer that even electronic based music can feel relatable and real. I'm excited to hear what this album has to offer, and you should be too, so follow Sombear on Facebook for all the news on the album.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
|Album Rating: B|
Irrelevant Recordings) or CD (through Out of This Records). Stream some other tracks on Bandcamp.
With 2013 nearly halfway through its course, we've seen the Pianos / Touche Amore Split, and the band's newest track, "Hiding." Probably the closest shot to post-rock featured on the discography so far, it actually feels very natural with a hint of reverb and atmosphere, like the newest Appleseed Cast album, or anything Prawn has ever released. With this slight shift, though, it loses absolutely none of its strikingly powerful emotional wells, and brings a good portion of excitement when the band says they're beginning to write their third record. They have some tours this summer they need to focus on, but it's fairly safe to say we'll see something by the first quarter of next year at the latest.
To keep yourself busy in the meantime, here's the band's discography minus the single on Bandcamp, and the single can be found here.
|Album Rating: B|
|Album Rating: A|
It’s with this in mind that Morningbell comes in with its sixth album, Boa Noite, and what an example it sets for all of us. After ten listens, the only things I can coherently note about it are emoticons, marking each little moment. Here’s where it made me smile, here’s where it made me sit up in my chair and gasp in awe, here’s where it made my eyes water as I completely crumbled in its wake. Boa Noite is full of little treasures, but it’s so cohesive that it defies attempts at dissection: throughout 38 minutes, the band reaches blissful highs, crushing lows, festive days and contemplative nights…sometimes all in the same song. The press release describes it as a gauntlet. It wasn’t exaggerating.
Monday, May 20, 2013
|Album Score: A-|
|Key Release: Once (2004)|
|Album Rating: B+|
Saturday, May 18, 2013
|Key Release: The Mantle (2002)|
Friday, May 17, 2013
|Album Rating: A-|
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Lovecreek is available now. Here's the video for single "I Am Who I Am":