Yay! It’s the second installment of my alphabetical trudge through my entire vinyl collection. Remember: This isn’t all of the music I own. Just because I don’t own a record doesn’t mean that I don’t own it on CD, and it especially doesn’t mean that I haven’t heard it. Don’t be daft, lulz.
These are the artists whose records I talk a bit about in this video:
Behold… The Arctopus
The Black Keys
The Black Lips
Black Moth Super Rainbow
Black Mountain (not High On Fire)
Did you dig on that Guardian Alien snippet yesterday? I hope so, cuz if you did, then this new Starring track should fit into your musical diet pretty easily.
Starring is an experimental rock band that fearlessly pairs elements of psychedelia, jazz fusion, and prog together into a surprisingly well-executed and energetic performance on the song “the Best.” The only thing that struck me as considerably “indie” or “modern” were the light, lethargic vocals that call out sleepily over all this chaotic instrumentation. There are some intense and noisy solos jumping in to say their piece throughout this track, too. Listen beyond the foundation of drums and bass to catch a sharp flute freakout, jittery organ solo, and a really climactic string buildup.
Starring’s latest album is titled ABCDEFG-HIJKLMNOP-QURSTUV-WXYZ. No lie. It’s out now on Northern Spy Records.
Trioscapes is a heavy, new jazz fusion projected featuring Between the Buried and Me bassist Dan Briggs. It’s a surprising release for Metal Blade Recs, and I question whether or not it would have been released if it weren’t for the BTBAM connection. However, that’s not to say the music isn’t good.
Briggs and co. have some incredible chemistry on the seven-minute “Wazzlejazzlebof,” playing together with a level of tightness few band’s achieve. The trio progresses through moments that feel akin to jazz, metal, and Mahavishnu Orchestra-influenced jazz rock. However, the music doesn’t feel gimmicky as Trioscapes changes chameleon colors to another genre.
Look for this album on May 8th.
Since my visit with the new Opeth album, I’ve been hankering for some nice progressive rock. When it comes to that, Wobbler delivers. The band is from Norway, and has been around for over a decade. The group’s latest album is titled Rites at Dawn, and delivers a bit of a stylistic change.
Previous releases have garnered a lotta comparisons to the work of Swedish progressive rock act Änglagård, but this album is undoubtedly bringing the group closer to the work of Yes.
On the title track above, Wobber cycles through an ambitious ten minute series of solos, climaxes, verses, segues, and bridges. They throw out one idea after another, repeating themselves very rarely. But while I hear a lotta great moments in this track, it’s gonna be tough for prog fans to separate this from the music of Yes. Is the similarity a good or band thing? You’ll have to decide.