Posts tagged ‘Experimental’

March 25, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Brevity is next to levity and we keep it frothy with these brief write ups on new music from Jimmy Beach, Alex Hellcat, Retrograde Conversations, Marmalade Mountain and Sound Science after the jump.
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March 23, 2022

The Midweekly – Dog Fashion Disco

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

Sometimes it’s a haunted house, or a freakshow. Could be a kinky burlesque, or a twisted carnival act. No matter the flavor of this variety show the house band will always be Dog Fashion Disco. Close to 25 years ago this experimental hard rock group oozed out of Maryland, and after a few lineup changes and a hiatus, they are still creeping and crawling. Cult Classic is the latest album from DFD. It’s nine tracks of metal riffs, circus organs, and ska horns, with complex structures and infectious hooks. Todd Smith, singer and the only member who’s been a constant in the band, whispers, roars, and croons out images from horror, sci fi, and other dark corners of pop culture, with some of the cleverest writing found in this genre. In these tunes there’s a lot of smirking, and poking fun at the way we view the macabre. Long time fans might notice this record lacking a bit of the more exploratory elements from DFD’s past releases, but they haven’t lost their edge. As long as the reptile woman is still strip teasing for the pagan ghosts, DFD will provide the soundtrack.

March 11, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Holy hell, is it Friday again already? Time keeps on slipping, but this music does not. Check out our micro-reviews of new music from MOWESBY, Jake La Botz, Adee Gershon, Shrill Carder and Robert PM after the jump.
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March 8, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Ringhold

It’s the end of the world and Ringhold feel dark and vibey as hell. On “Latest News” the Estonian duo lay down a bewitching minimalist groove via Kalle Tikas reverbed out electric guitar and eleOnora’s vocals – which give us everything from Nico to Beefheart, often within a single passage. If it all feels a bit fatalistic, well that’s because it is, with lyrics focusing on ecological extinction and an experimental vocal passage in the middle that sounds first like animals dying and then humans dying (it works, trust us). If the end is nigh, and lately signs point to yes, there’s nothing that says we can’t have a great soundtrack as we ride into oblivion.

February 22, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Emma Ladji

When someone describes their song as “a tulip inside an orgy of bees” it successfully grabs the weary, heard-it-all-before music blogger’s attention. When the song actually lives up to such a unique pitch? Well that’s something special indeed. “Tulip” by Emma Ladji starts with a Laurie Anderson style minimalist electronica loop before blossoming (sorry, couldn’t resist) into a layered vocal sound bath, and eventually a slinky experimental jam not unlike FKA Twigs or Solange’s more esoteric work. It’s a different type of sexy than what we usually get in an r&b jam, more buzz and pollinate than bump and grind, but still steamy none the less.

May 11, 2021

Play Listy For Me – Experimental, Instrumental & Ambient Vol. 4

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

Tune in and bliss out with this collection of compositions existing beyond the dimensions of your “pop” and “rock” or “roll.”

April 22, 2021

Fasman’s Finds – Light in the Attic

Fasman’s Finds is our column from Rebecca Fasman (intrepid record nerd, DJ, and curator at the Kinsey Institute) in which she shares what she’s listening to and why. 

Light in the Attic released a third, weirder, less categorizable compilation in their Japan Archival Series. The series consists of Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980–1990 and Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976–1986 (which are both equally perfect in their well-defined scope), and now Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan, 1980–1988.

Each track has at least a toe if not a whole foot in at least one different genre, but the end result is something that is so deeply invested in experimentation that it defies labels. It’s refreshing to hear, since we are bombarded with overproduced music that sounds similar across multiple genres. The tracks on this compilation are great and weird and the more you listen the less weird they get and the more you want more. 

The track I’ve selected, Area by Neo Museum, has a goth-y dark synth austerity that I can’t stop listening to. 

April 21, 2021

Play Listy For Me – Experimental, Ambient & Instrumental Vol. 3

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

We realize now we should’ve posted this playlist yesterday on 4/20 but everyday is the right day to expand your musical horizons and your mind maaaaaaaan.

April 10, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Are we crying because of allergies or because we’re blessed with so much great new music? Only our hairdresser knows for sure. Today we bring you new music from Pallas Athene, 4 Oceans, Abrasive Trees, Lost Near Blue Ape, Sound Science, Twin Dive, WondRWomN, Parallel Action featuring WondRWomN, Wonders of the Yukon, Camera2 and SeepeopleS.

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March 27, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

An embarrassment of riches, riches of the musical variety, that’s our current situation and we are happy to share the wealth with new music from Marwood’s Fall, If By Whiskey, Polarized Eyes, Professor and the Madman, Mellowpunk, Natty Wylah, vern matz, Jeni Schapire and End of Code.

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