Archives for September 2009

Metavari – Be One of Us and Hear No Noise

Fort Wayne, Indiana's Metavari craft delicate post rock songs, brimming with tension and sparse beauty.  Tommy Cutter (guitar), Andrew McComas (drums), Nate Utesch (keys), and Ty Brinneman (bass) mix dense instrumental interplay with toned-down electronica rather pleasantly, creating a wonderful balance of their abilities on the LP Be One of Us and … [Read more...]

Castanets – Texas Rose, The Thaw, and The Beasts

Touted as one of the pioneers and leaders of the “freak folk” movement of the 2000s, Castanets is also known for their ever changing line up. Sometimes a few members, other times a full-fledged band but most of the time, one sole band leader; Castanets is still one of the most unique bands on the market. San Diego-born and raised, Raymond … [Read more...]

The Twilight Sad – Forget the Night Ahead

Dynamics, at the core, are an integral aspect to any sheet of music. And even at their most literal definition, the volume increased and decreased in a piece of music can mean everything to its success. While The Twilight Sad’s music borders on two different sets of dynamics: forte (loud) and piano (soft), their ability to manipulate them and force … [Read more...]

Ecovillage- Phoenix Asteroid

Ecovillage makes music so ethereal and airy that everything just seems suspended. The Swedish dream-poppers fill up the listener's ears with an overload of synths, to encompass the band in a full haze. There's no denying that Phoenix Asteroid is a crystal clear gaze into the essence of dream-pop, and for that representation, Ecovillage deserves … [Read more...]

Holmes covers David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”

If you go to the movies or watch TV, you've heard the music of Roy Shakked, who answers to the nickname of HOLMES. Heavily influenced by the standards (and that means The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Prince, ELO, Queen, and, OK, ), it's not surprising that Hollywood has picked up on Roy’s tunes, placing them in programs and features such as CSI Miami, … [Read more...]

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – White Lunar

With a shared connection to Australian melancholy and melodrama (as well as being susceptible to ill-advised facial hair and drug-addiction) it was perhaps inevitable that Dirty Three lynchpin Warren Ellis would eventually become Nick Cave’s (red) right hand man, especially when veteran Bad Seeds Mick Harvey and Blixa Bargeld quit their chief … [Read more...]

These Hands Could Separate the Sky – Save Yourself

Lots of bands have taken on the mantle of the "big sound." You know, the music whose leader board consists of Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed, maybe Isis and Pelican. It's usually done as instrumental but will have occasional vocal intrusions. It's full of quiet, subtle passages followed by loud guitar rock. Some do it better than others. It's … [Read more...]

Miriodor – Avanti!

When discussing a band that’s made music for well over thirty years, a certain caution is directed. Musically, Miriodor have followed the path of never straying from their bread and butter: a culmination of the avant-progressive and rock/jazz fusion. Surrounding themselves around ideas that encompass their artistic vision, there is little denying … [Read more...]

Pre-Release of debut album by Elisa Luu

Hidden Shoal Recordings announced the digital pre-release of the debut album by Rome-based composer Elisa Luu. Though digitally crafted, Chromatic Sigh is warm, inviting and uniquely human, betraying a vulnerability and sensitivity that is rarely found in the male-dominated sphere of electronica. With its sighing, lilting qualities, Elisa Luu’s … [Read more...]

Porcupine Tree – The Incident

Over the last twenty years, Porcupine Tree has proven to be quite the unique and eclectic band. They can do anything from catchy pop to prog jams to ominous metal. In a world where artists are either high skilled musicians or simple but great songwriters, Porcupine Tree excel at both, creating some extremely complex music as well as some of the … [Read more...]