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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 – Bread and Games

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.

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Formerly known as James Discovers, Celebutant is just one of many projects of singer/songwriter Mario Epstein (Drunk Cop / Jorts). “Bread and Games” was written exclusively for Gone in 60 Seconds compilation series.



Cryostasium – Stalwart

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.

Decibel Magazine 

Cryostasium is a solo project of Cody Maillet (Bone Ritual / Witch Tomb) active since early 2000s. “Stalwart” can be found on Screaming Bloody Suicide EP (free download, much like a lot of his other material).
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
Skyjelly – White Wolves

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.

New material from everyone’s favorite Bos/Prov tape dragons (with video in tow). They’re currently in the processing of releasing new tape via Eggs in Aspic – third overall and what surely will be a nice addition to already hefty discography (Gost Rock on EiA and BP/PEW on Doom Trip Records, both sold out).
Further Reading: Echoes and Dust | Spectrum Culture | DigBoston | The Quietus



Mercy Choir – Friendly Fire

Mercy Choir is the musical project of Paul Belbusti, a person from the New Haven, Connecticut area of the United States of America.

This ominous track comes from last year’s Like a Fountain Stirred. In addition to recording as Mercy Choir, Paul is 1/2 of CT improv duo Rivener.
Further Reading: Hartford Courant


Daydreamers Club – Heart Science

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.

Minimalist early piece from Chris Bynes (aka blank videotapes / Lightning Pill), your 76th favorite black Aspergian musical polymath (Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, blogger, producer, poet) from Boston.


Solei – Wave Cave

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

Wave Cave can be found on Water Games EP – Solei’s first (and only) official release at this point (she also records with Atlas Lab). Visit her website.


Healers – History of the World Pt. 2

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.

Ingrown Records


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 – Uh Uh Oh

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.  

Uh Oh Oh comes from Sugar Trip 7″ single, which also includes Fruitbat, a track that Mike originally recorded for Gone in 60 Seconds digital compilation.
Further Reading: The Weirdest Band in the World | Ink19 | A Closer Listen | Disquiet


Karen Zanes – Friends Are Golden

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.   

Friends Are Golden appears on Of Lovers and Tribes LP (Reverb Worship, 2016).
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 – Cyberia

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 BostonPetridisch 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.”

The Witzard

Cyberia comes from Reve d’un Reve, full-length that came out on Norwegian label Asura Revolver. He also released Umjammer tape via Illuminated Paths and Glass: Another Look at Harmony via Pizzabeast Gang more recently.
Further Reading: Metratone | Sunbleach | Badd Press



Marissa Nadler – Katie I Know

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  

Further Reading: WNYC | She Shreds Magazine | No More Workhorse | Treble



Dark Sunny Land – Tire Swing (For CK)

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.

Julian Cope presents Head Heritage

DSL is a solo project of guitarist Steve Painter that received praise from the likes of Julian Cope and Roger Miller (Mission of Burma). Tire Swing appears on self-released The Midnight Dreamers EP and his previous material appeared on One Hand Records.
Steve also performed Tire Swing as part of IHN Showcase #5 (footage by Karen Zanes / visuals by Rachel Lee).

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