Posts tagged ‘Math Rock’

April 6, 2022

Wordless Wednesdays – The Still Point

Wordless Wednesdays is our column where we spotlight the best new instrumental tracks.

Fun fact about Postcard Elba – 75% of the staff are musicians, so it is with great authority that we say that The Still Point are a bunch of real jerks. Coming in here playing beyond our wildest dreams with licks that are so clean and tasty and adventurous and tight and precise and it’s like, ugh, we get it already – you fucking rip. Landing somewhere between jazz and math rock “Landspeed” is a masterclass in subtle shredding. Guitarist and bandleader Hayes Cummings grabs the ears first with runs that give us hand cramps just thinking about, but dig deeper and notice that the rhythm section is also so good it’ll make drummers and bassists want to list their gear on Reverb too. This is, quite simply, as good as musicianship gets.

April 1, 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.

No foolin’ we got five great songs that need little help from us to sell them, because they’re that good. Check out the latest from Andrew Vogt, a-tota-so, Monokino, Declan McNulty and Wrong Eagle after the jump.
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March 24, 2022

Thursdays With J.R. – Odd Sweetheart

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

Morse code and reverb-laden guitar fades into your ears as you’re gently guided into the soundscape ahead.  This week my ears traveled afar with Odd Sweetheart and their track “Structures”.  The full groove kicks in at around 40 seconds and you get whirlwind hi hats and thick yet well mixed bass tone.  Simple yet holds the original groove the Morse code directed in.   The vocals drip out of the singer’s mouth with emotion but a simplicity of singing it a thousand times.  Voice is crisp and weathered, I feel the story.  Imagery of rib cages being torn apart may make you think we go to distortionville, you’d be wrong.  The guitar stays really clean the entire time, some overdrive, delay and as previously mentioned, reverb.  It gives it a garage-indie sound that you aren’t expecting when the song starts.  I appreciate the groove quite a bit, the drummer is very tight and tasteful.  Bass drum and guitar in tandem as you soar through structures of the mind.  Tight and short, with a neat instrumental composition to round out the ending.  Don’t judge a song by its intro, you may miss a trip as good as this one!  

March 2, 2022

The Midweekly – The Poison Arrows

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

Somewhere between the tension of a bow string, and the intoxication of a freshly dipped arrow head you will find War Regards. It’s the newest, and long-awaited LP from The Poison Arrows. This trio from Chicago have been working off and on for over a decade, with long breaks between releases. And since we all have just taken a mandatory break it seems like a great time for TPA to put another out. War Regards is post-punk in sound and attitude. The lo-fi production puts you right there in that alley bar, basement party, jam room, or whatever concrete walled, hardwood floor venue of the scene one might frequent. Bass lines chug along with discordant melodies from the guitar. The beats shift into different gears throughout, depending on which projectile a track is laced with. Could be a heavy, wired bounce from the opening title track, and it’s follow up tune, or could be a slower, trippy shuffle near the end of the record. Each one led by foaming-at-the-mouth yelling, or slurred-speech moans from the vocals. These handful of rock concoctions are boiled down to their purest essence. No matter the poison, be it mood swings, medication, or coffee, this midwest outfit has plenty. And who knows, it may be the antidote in disguise. 

February 3, 2022

Thursdays With J.R. – Kyoto Kyoto

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

I really can’t put into words how awesome a trio can be when in step and on the same page artistically.  I got the privilege of hearing such a trio this week with the track “Grangbeen” by the London UK based Kyoto Kyoto.  This song really played to my musician’s ear and took me down quite the rabbit hole of nerdery.  I will try to put some sort of digestible framework around this piece of sonic explosion.  Let’s just separate each piece of the puzzle, that will keep this under six billion words, yeah.  Well, if you’ve read anything of mine so far you know I like drums so let’s start there.  They are fantastic.  They sound great, the drummer is tight, solid, has bass and snare drum chops and doesn’t push it even when the song gets chaotic.  There are big breaks where the dynamic shifts quite drastically and the drummer is in step for the ride.  It opens with a breakbeat that is relentlessly and deceivingly difficult to keep steady, they nail it.  I am most impressed by the mature and tasteful choices in fills as the song crescendos, it continues to drive and build, increasing the anxiety without being all over the map.  Great off time cymbal hits in the end groove.  When the bass solo kicks in it comes back around to its part and lays into the groove until the song lets you go.  The bass guitar tone is perfect, you can hear the attack, but it has a warmth that really lends to the groovy parts.  When it comes time to get loud it fits, when it comes time to solo (the bass solo alone is worth the spin) it resides comfortably in the mix.  Tip of the hat to the EQ work, and for having a solo, solos rule.  Guitar is nice in beginning, chords and nice picking patterns that hold tight with the drum and bass.  A chorus watery pattern leads us into the wall of metallic waves, that leave you surfing into the abyss of chaos that lurks ahead in the repeating pattern building and building into the sweet release of our first groove.  This time the bass as we spoke of, rips a nice little solo, guitar almost fades out while the song ends.  Vocals are sparse but quite fitting, they slowly talk their way into the first groove and into a very intentional repeated phrase before we hit that metal surf and ride until Solotown (*unfortunately Solotown as of now does not exist, will update if that changes).  They are reverb laden but not as much as you may expect, a change from my recent spins.  Really liked this song and this band, it’s on their newest EP Mirror Flexing Jaw which just came out.  Highly recommend, check it out here.

April 23, 2021

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.

Today we have new music from and a total of 25 words about Mount Forel, phobia quartet, Women of the Night, Dome Dwellers and The Vain Travail.

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