- Psychedelic rock
- Experimental rock
- Alternative rock
- Dance rock
- No Wave
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
- New Weird Finland
- Free folk
- Dream folk
- Forest folk
- Weird folk
- Experimental folk
/Ambient, Experimental electronica, IDM, Folktronica, Post-rock/
Comment: Mel is the Japanese musician Aogu Yoshida (also known as On_14, and Ao) who is being part of the discography of such labels as Test Tube, Bypass, MiMi, On-Li, Rain Music, Complementary Distribution. Unguarded was issued in 2010 under the Chinese label Bypass. The album consists of a couple of lengthy compositions, however, being truly eclectic and mixed. More concretely, borderline post-rock meets downhome folktronic meets circulatory IDM meets panoramic ambient. The issue is based on an edited live recording with purpose to preserve the previous warmth inside it. The listener can perceive both acoustic and electronic feel, both freedom and titillatingly aesthetical pressure on her/his nerves. Furthermore, some of these acoustic chords seem to be loaned from the Japanese traditional music. Despite of being heavily segmented in form the whole sounds in an organic way. In a nutshell, it is truly appealing.
/Dark folk, Medieval, Americana, Post-folk, New Weird America, Indie folk, Drone folk, Folk indie, Art folk/
Comment: beast does not behave quite in a way how the title would like to see. More profoundly, this 7-track issue is an artsy interplay between silence and ascending and expanding (indie) folk numbers having hints at different folk music periods and locations – from hysterical, Arcade Fire-esque indie outbursts and joyous burlesque interludes to more restraint, even medieval/pagan folk-induced alike shards, beguiling Americana elegies and going to Appalachian at times. Even some post-rock alike scraps are presented in the periphery. The ordinary instrumentation is laced with compelling glockenspiels, overdriven synths and sublime accordions. Their soundscape is filled with emotive charge to the very last seconds of the issue. Beast, Please Be Still is a 7-head collective from Seattle, Washington whose music can be compared with the likes of Arcade Fire, Anahita, Espers, and Darkwood, for instance. In a word, it is an outstanding effort by any means.
/Mood music, Easy listening, Jazz, Chill out, Regatta pop, Yacht pop/
Comment: Bruno Susio`s Blue Espresso is properly up-to-date because of chiming like a breeze in the midst of depressing autumnal darkness. It is a moody blend of light-weighted yet picturesque jazz progressions, easy-going chill music and cloudless yacht pop chords filled with slightly psychedelic and artsy brass facets here and there. However, by harmonic side it winds up stepwise hence revealing the essence of the album`s core. It reminds me of the years throughout the 80s in the Soviet Union when such kind of music was played in the radio sometime between 2-5 PM. By the way, Bruno Susio is a man behind Smart Note Records, a label with the intent to distribute Italian-based soul, funk, and jazz groove all around the world. All in all, though this 19-minute issue is seemingly unpretentious the result is flawless. Love it.