Wolves In the Throne Room – Celestite

Wolves In the Throne Room come through with an electronic and ambient change of pace on this new record of theirs.

Wreck and Reference – Want

Wreck and Reference serve up a slightly different, and more dismal, blend of extreme music styles coming together on this new album of theirs. However, the song structures still leave a lot to be desired.

USA Out of Vietnam – Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes

USA Out of Vietnam’s debut delivers some pretty impressive, experimental post-rock tunes. It’s not perfect, but this record certainly makes this outfit a band to watch.

Wreck and Reference – Want

The previously reviewed music duo known as Wreck and Reference has a new album out. In case you’re unfamiliar with these guys, I’d steer clear of this album unless you’re looking for something supremely dark, tortured, and depressing. Beyond the emotional aspects of the music is the seamless blend of influences that come together in the album streaming via the widget above. Noise, black metal, goth rock, and more are stirred into a hellish cauldron that I can’t wait to make a review about. Enjoy!

USA Out of Vietnam – “Tonight, the Dead Walk”

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!

Ben Frost – A U R O R A

The new Ben Frost album is harsh as well, but the musical compositions behind the noise fail to be gripping.

Swans – To Be Kind

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.

Various Artists – Anything for You: A Tribute to Swans

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.

Cleared – Drown

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.

The Darcys – Hymn For A Missing Girl

Never heard of the Darcys before, but they definitely know how to pull together an epic, 21-minute instrumental! Hymn For A Missing Girl is the Halifax band’s latest offering right here, and it was a 500 LP offering this past Record Store Day. There might still be some copies of this thing floating around, right? Good luck to anyone who goes out seeking this dark, moody gem, and congrats to anyone who had the perceptiveness to look into what this band had to offer on this project!

The rest of us will just have to stream it, which isn’t exactly anything to complain about. Beautifully layered strings, vocals, and guitars come together into some immense moments on this thing. If drone, post-rock, experimental rock, and immense neoclassical compositions get you going, then you’re gonna want to clear out the next 20 minutes. Enjoy!