Material for Review - Jan. 2021
Challenge - write a review in 140 characters or less about a release (or even releases) listed below
Since all rules are made to be broken, any reviews above 140 characters are accepted as well - as are reviews of releases not mentioned on the list
Xqui - Ambients (Wormhole World) - review via Genetic Effects
Insides - Soft Bonds (Further Distractions)
Polypores - Chaos Blooms (Polytechnic Youth)
Survey Channel - Holotype Skybox (Self Released)
Belfast band Electric Octopus have been quietly dropping loonnng albums full of red hot jams for a few years now & they just released a new one, Inclinations.
If they were in America, they'd be making all the jamband fans lose their minds while playing 6hr long festival sets that end after dawn. All instrumental, all improvisation, all fun. They make a lot of noise for 3 people & years of playing together has given them that almost psychic connection that every band doesn't have, which helps with changes of direction in the songs.
If this album gets you interested & you need some guidance on were to go next, check out the nearly 4hour long 2017 album Driving Under the Influence of Jams. most,if not all, of their albums are "name your price" so ENJOY!
Living room dimly lit by blinking gear lights beaming ambience, with beer bottles on the fringe and smokey air. Small cramped spaces occupied by human kind. Friends' heads bob in time -- sometimes four-on-the-floor guiding them, other times caught up in something nearly ambient. Space is limited. At least that's what comes to mind, as I close my eyes and listen. Armageddon Speaking's recent release is a kind of personal holiday journal. It makes no apologies about what imperfections might surface during the process of setting machines on, generating noise that carry ideas forward, and immersing oneself in the moment where the end result is a long-form, live-performance recording. One track extends to thirty minutes, another runs almost twenty. There's a wonderful freedom and simplicity found in this kind of approach. And all but one track (#2, "Brendon and Rob T Walking Through a Park" — a metal thrashing, with friend on guitar) are made as such, aiming for (stolen from) “Bacchanalian” moments, with friends and family. No over-the-top production trickery. It’s risky -- almost avant-garde, as in “Just Stop (feat. Sensibilium)” -- in places, the essence of a spontaneous, live effort. “In some parts, raw and mono. … Dreamy janktronica with a heavy side of electro metal and 'Silver Apples'-esque synthesizer,” the artist explains.
thank you so much for this wonderful write up. and thank you so much for our conversation today as well. take care out there and thank you for tuning in. 🖤
Chris Brokaw, the NYC born musician who has been in such bands as Come and Codeine(formed with Stephen Immerwahr, Sooyoung Park of Bitch Magnet, John McEntire of Tortoise and singer, songwriter, guitarist Liz Phair) is about to release i think is his 27th record with 'Puritan'.
This is made up of 9 tracks, starting with the title track, ending with a cover of the late Karl Hendricks' "The Night Has No Eyes"(part of Karl Hendricks Trio who sadly passed away in 2017).
This is a gorgeous record, one minute ripping it up with 'The Heart Of Human Trafficking', to sounding very fragile on the track 'Depending'
There is even a guest appearance from singer, guitarist Thalia Zedek, whose 2018 album Fighting Season (via Thrill Jockey) was one of my favourites of that year.
Over 30 years later and Chris Brokaw is still making some of his best music of his career.
Puritan came out 12th January via 12XU - https://chrisbrokaw12xu.bandcamp.com/album/puritan