Time for another episode of Boston Becomes Eclectic – a show/podcast we’re doing in collaboration with Resonance Extra!
As title indicates, BBE is dedicated to all of our favorite music from Boston and New England! Episode 1 was dedicated to Skyjelly while episode 2 collects tracks by Cryostasium, Twink the Toy Piano Band, Marissa Nadler and many more!
Here’s a deeper look at all the artists/tracks we picked for Episode 2
Celebutant is the singer-songwriter project of Mario Epstein. Armed with a guitar and a knack for songwriting, he aims to determine where the Line of Accessibility is traced in the musical landscape. His major influences influences are Wilco, Talk Talk, and Radiohead. His sound is often compared to the solo works of Frank Black and Thurston Moore.
Cryostasium, the one-man black metal project led by Cody Maillet, is ultra-prolific. Since 2003, Cryostasium has released over 30 recordings including a split with Xasthur, most of them coming post-2011. His music combines black metal, dark ambient and industrial sounds.
More recently Cryostasium released The Possessor LP and last year also saw first release by his dark ambient project The Triangle Theory.
Further Reading: Encyclopedia Metallum | Merchants of Air | No Clean Singing | Wonderbox Metal
Along – Pastoria
Pastoria is a funk workout that closes out otherwise immensely heavy self-titled EP by Along (aka Jacob Schwartz). Much like many other projects in the mix Jacob recorded under countless aliases (Scrolling, Deoxy, Eu La) with music ranging from metal to ambient to prog rock.
Skyjelly is there when meteorites crash into the ground. It’s in the trees and the grass. It’s there very early in the morning when most people are asleep in warm houses. What can we do? People change and we’re changing too – changing and dissolving into the air just as you finally see it. We’ll be there again. We always play.
Further Reading: Echoes and Dust | Spectrum Culture | DigBoston | The Quietus
Mercy Choir is the musical project of Paul Belbusti, a person from the New Haven, Connecticut area of the United States of America.
Further Reading: Hartford Courant
The album is a practice in electronic concept albums. The concept is trying to find happiness and complacency in a serious and shook-up world post- 9/11. Nirvana, in Buddhism, means center and spiritual happiness. It’s an electronic soundtrack, made with basic instrumental structures.
Solei is a painter, looper and symbol seeker living in Somerville, MA with roots from Maine. Both her music and her visual art come from the same source and are created through looping and layering. Loops are ideas in repetition, and repetition is
pattern. Layers are the relationships of different loops to each other. Neurons that fire together, wire together, creating patterns in our awareness that shape our perception of our own reality.
Dorchester Art Project
We’re very happy to announce the return of our friend Will from Goat Lightning, The Goat, Earth Tones, and Alosi Den! Healers is a brand new project with lots of exciting tunes to come. Hope you enjoy, and be sure to check out all those other projects, as well.
Consumer – Hymnal
Formerly known as Adjusted Speech, Consumer is a solo project of Jack Williams, 1/2 of Providence-based drone duo Empathy Family.
Hymnal appears on The God Fall album – vinyl reissue of Sleep Transmission LP by EF is also available via Eyemyth Records.
Twink is Mike Langlie, an artist and musical mad scientist living near Boston, MA. One day Mike found an old toy piano in a thrift store and a fun new music project was born.
Further Reading: The Weirdest Band in the World | Ink19 | A Closer Listen | Disquiet
Karen Zanes is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from the Boston/Cambridge area. In addition to her solo project, she is a contributing member of the experimental / noise/ psych / electronica project, Violet Nox. Other affiliated projects include The Freeways, Ghost Machine Noise, Second Day Venom.
Further Reading: Los Grillos | Terrascope | Atalho de Sons (Shortcut Sounds)
Infinite Room – Concrete
New project of Reuben Bettsak (Guillermo Sexo / Emerald Comets) that was formed after he moved to Atlanta and met Tom Bruno from Sleep Therapy. Rounding out the lineup is Mike Walden
There’s also a guest mix that Reuben did for IHN that everyone is highly recommended to check out. It features music by Blonde Redhead, Broadcast, Spiritualized, King Crimson, Lou Reed, Trans AM and many more!
Petridisch (@petridisch) describes himself as a “mainly Electronic music composer on the Darkwave side, who loves VOCALOID / sometimes plays a reverbed-out guitar” hailing from Boston. Petridisch is a mysterious creature, also know as Thor Maillet, who has issued a staggering 26 individual releases, since first launching his project.
Petridisch‘s music is equally influenced by both, the works of Philip Glass and Mylène Farmer, as Thor Maillet says his general intent with his music it to “explore the greyer areas of the psyche with inevitable elements of light and humor.”
Further Reading: Metratone | Sunbleach | Badd Press
Bostonian Marissa Nadler has a voice that drives critics to poetic acts of self-sacrifice. “A voice you would follow straight into Hades,” wrote one. “In mythological times it could have lured men to their deaths at sea,” said another. The critical community would collectively bungee into Krakatoa, it would seem, at the bidding of this will-o’-the-wisp of a trill, equal parts Hope Sandoval, Kate Bush, Lanterns on the Lake and an undead Lana Del Rey. The Guardian
Yes, the music of Dark Sunny Land occupies mostly a peculiar heat haze hinterland, a semi-permanent perch that always appears to threaten a massive increase in volume, but never does.
Steve also performed Tire Swing as part of IHN Showcase #5 (footage by Karen Zanes / visuals by Rachel Lee). [/nextpage]