OK, I want to give a quick shout-out to this latest collaboration between seasoned electro-acoustic/drone/avant-garde/whatever artists Kevin Drumm and Jason Lescalleet - with The Abyss, they have turned out what is without question one of the darkest, most abject musical works I’ve ever heard. I don’t have anything intelligent to say about it – go to TMT for that shit – but if you’re looking for the murkiest of “mood albums,” I can’t recommend this thing enough. Admittedly, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to take excerpts from a project so atmospheric, but in case anyone’s feeling curious or brave, find a 9-minute snippet from the 50-minute-long closer above and the decidedly more eventful “Anger Alert” below. Godspeed!
The Abyss is out now via Erstwhile Records.
Right around the start of this year, I wrote a little something about Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes, the latest album from Montreal experimental rock outfit USA out of Vietnam. So, the project has been out there for a while now, but I’m bringing it up again because it is receiving a formal release just this week via New Damage Records. I still find the band’s combination of drone, doom, prog rock, and psych pop elements to be utterly enchanting, so take this as a gentle reminder to check this thing out. Above, the droning psychedelic doom-pop magic of closer “Tonight, the Dead Walk.” Enjoy!
The new Ben Frost album is harsh as well, but the musical compositions behind the noise fail to be gripping.
Swans’ latest album takes a hypnotic, meditative approach to churning out some of the most grand and visceral rock instrumentation in the band’s 13-album discography.
Are you one of the admirable few who’s managed to abstain from listening to Swans‘ massive new album To Be Kind? Hang in there – there’s only a handful of days left to go! But maybe you’ve already worn out their other 12 records waiting and need a little something to keep you from cracking? Well, CHVRCHDVST Records is here for you, with this sprawling, 32-song-long tribute album to Swans by various underground acts ranging from drone to folk to post-punk in style. It’s like the length of two whole Swans records (or four early Swans records)! This really oughtta keep you occupied til Tuesday…But seriously, you should just give in and listen to the album already. No one’s gonna judge.
Also, Swans has begun uploading its back catalog to their YouTube channel. Check that shit out if you’ve been meaning to get into their music.
In 2009 Steven Hess and Michael Vallera, two of the figureheads of Chicago’s experimental music underground, formed the duo Cleared. They conceived of a sort of trilogy, starting with their 2011 self-titled debut, continuing with 2012′s Breaking Day, and now finishing up with Drown, out later this month. This last LP is effectively the refinement of everything the twosome set out to do in the first place – explore the dark/light interplay between murky, distorted drone music and lush ambient and dream pop textures and compositions. It’s an interestingly captivating juxtaposition. Stream it in full above; happy listening!
Drown is officially out May 20 via Immune Recordings.