The Haxan Cloak’s new, sophomore album is possibly one of the scariest sonic experiences you’ll have all year.
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Connecticut rock trio Birth of Flower drops a new track from their forthcoming EP, and the song shows and impressive change of pace in their style. Over the handful of years the band has been active, they’ve essentially evolved from a speedy, Minutemen-influenced post-punk band to something that feels much more influenced by drone and psychedelic rock. The band’s punk energy is still there in the playing and sound on “They,” but the track feels something much more adventurous and experimental is guiding things through its 7-minute run time. Give a listen, enjoy!
The Belgian experimental rock outfit The Black Heart Procession has a pretty impressive sophomore record on their hands.
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Stream: Kylesa – “Quicksand”
The buzz around this new track is the it is very reminiscent of some old Smashing Pumpkins songs, this is true to the point that I could easily confuse it for one.
The most notable feature of this is the guitar groove which lives and breathes Pumpkins, and it really feels like they are wearing the influence on their shoulders with it. The main difference of course is the vocals, this is where Kylesa makes it their own with haunting and echoed drone meshing in with that riff for one nostalgic acid trip of a song.
Combine a cute pop sensibility with rough, ambient textures, and you’ll begin to approach some semblance of what Black Polygons is going for on Accalmie. The twelve tracks on this relatively brief albums are difficult to sum up in a couple genre names, but their appeal feels so obvious.
These tracks are essentially little, heartwarming melodies for those who like hearing musical notes suspended in a dreamlike state. While there’s an incredible amount of layers and effects going into this mini-LP, BP prefers to keep songs short and melodies straightforward. Enjoy!
Stream: Saltland – “ICA”
A mournful and desolate track from the forthcoming Saltland album, I Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us, which is dropping on Constellation Records this May.
Saltland is basically spearheaded by Montreal cellist Rebecca Foon, which is a name Thee Silver Mt. Zion and Set Fire To Flames might be familiar with. While the concept of the track streaming above might not be entirely novel, Foon has the undeniable talent to make layers of cello and soft vocals an enchanting experience.
On her latest installment of tracks–which were formulated at the time of 2008′s Dragging a Dead Dear Up a Hill–multi-instrumentalist Liz Harris brings another collection of ambient-style folk tracks that are opaque, shadowy, and extremely emotive.
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I first heard of Pete Swanson a few years ago when he blended the worlds of techno, noise, and drone together on the album Man With Potential. While the end product didn’t really move me, I did find the dude’s concept to be pretty interesting.
Swanson is now back with a new release on the way via Mexican Summer / Software, and he’s back at the same ol’ grind; distorting dance beats until they become an eye-widening and mind-numbing wall of hip-shaking pain. That’s a lotta hypens, eh?
The track streaming above comes from the soon-to-be-released Punk Authority. Look for it in March.