Friday, October 17, 2014

[Teaser of the day] The Wordsmiths - Nowhere To Be Found

  • Indie dance
  • Madchester
  • Alternative pop
  • Baggy
  • Acid rock
  • Indie rock
  • Dance rock
  • Alternative dance
  • Psychedelic rock

[Teaser of the day] shoueno - Miyama Blonde

  • Shibuya-kei
  • Alternative pop
  • Electro-indie
  • Indie pop
  • J-pop
  • Indietronica

The Dirty Guv'nahs - Morning Light

Ginnels - Mountbatten Class (2011)

/Power pop, Electronic, Jangle pop, Alternative rock, Psychedelic rock, Shitgaze, Indie pop/

Comment: given that The Smiths and My Bloody Valentine are being the juggernauts within the modern/alternative pop/indie rock scene it can say the Irishmen can trash and are able to rock our socks off. Ginnels, a Dublin-based project is a nice exemplar of it – it oozes out much refreshing power and hortative energy to give the listener a galvanized feel. More profoundly, the collective used to shift in a modern rock landscape moving from power pop esque muscle presentation and exuberant indie walkabouts with uplifting harmonic solutions to more electronic drenched noisy templates (Kuwait) and gritty low-key shoegaze (or just shitgaze) beams (Cold Legs) and even some Celtic ethnic music chips (Same Same, Cold Legs). There are up 8 tracks, though, all of them are relatively short-running (the total time of 18.11). In a nutshell, the result is straightforward yet convincing. Top notch.                   

Echo Chamber Rope Tick – Oktober Sound Lab (2013)

/Psych-rock, Avant-rock, Drone rock, Psychedelia, Dream folk, Post-punk, Raga music, Experimental rock, Experimental electronica, Krautfolk, Space folk, Experimentalism, Krautrock, Psych-folk, Electro-acoustic, Indie rock, Trance rock, Art rock, Improvised music/

Comment: Andy Nation, Seamo Teare, and Simon Mathewson come from Southwest England to present a smorgasbord of 12 tracks extending over 70 minutes in total. More concretely, they have extracted some thought-provoking elements from different and mostly peripheral musical genres to result in a mellow outlet. The listener can perceive 60s acid folk inspired spaced-out trips, transcendent raga motives, dada-alike vocal pastiches, knee-deep psychedelic music conjured aesthetic freedom, 70s krautrock induced repetitiveness and high-pitched electronic effects, and 80s post-punk-esque insolence and arrogance in full flight. By method, however, the trio`s music can be considered rather jazz music because their soundscape used to be in permanent motion and affording an innumerable amount of disparate changes throughout. By kindred souls there can be drawn parallels upon the likes of The Fall, Kemialliset Ystävät, Gong, New Mystikal Troubadours, The Japanese Girl, early Kraftwerk (especially the albums Kraftwerk 1, and Kraftwerk 2), Ashtray Navigations, Children Of The Drone, for instance. By the way, the issue was released under Chinstrap, which is curated by a famous plunderphonics/sound collage musician, Ergo Phizmiz. All in all, although the result is truly off-kilter, it sustains the level throughout the course.             

DannielRadall – To Make You Mine (Feat. Steffaloo) (2011)

/Poptronica, Chillwave, Glo-fi, Funk disco, Remix, Alternative dance, Electronic pop/

Comment: Guadalajara, Mexico born DannielRadall`s 2-track issue comprises the original track To Make You Mine and Sun Glitter`s remix of it. However, the ditty embraces the feature by Steffaloo whose sensitive female singing corkscrews against high-charm synth glides and funky beats. DannielRandall does obviously draw inspiration from the 70s disco and 80s electro funk, however, merging it tightly with contemporary cloudless chillwave-ish facets and wondrous glo-fi washes. Sun Glitter`s remix is a low-charm version of it – it is more decelerated and subdued. In a word, it does make difference!    

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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