Nootropic Desires by nUmt (July 12, 2011)
Numt is a swampy, thumping industrial bed of seaweed. Numt is…generally dark, but showcases a variety of (surprisingly) quirky samples and synth parts, all in an unexpected, syncopated manner. From tracks like “Bog/Tar/Swamp” which feature their own brand of dark, determined pop, to “Liasion” which proves to be even more melancholy, Numt features nothing short of a brand new sound, and with an identifiably personal touch. If you ask me, that’s the best thing a musician can accomplish. It’s clear the Vancouver duo have challenged themselves note by note on their (in my opinion) breakthrough album.
Eureka EP by Orcaorca (July 23, 2011)
Tonight, let’s talk about what defines progressive electronica. I think it’s Orcaorca. Between the decision to revert mainly to acoustic instrumentation and throw away song structure completely, Eureka EP holds back nothing, while holding back everything. It’s one of the most patient downloads I’ve heard and when ‘Valhalla’ really kick in, you’ll experience how much was being reserved.
Sigma Chi Primavera by Fancy Mike (April 19, 2011)
Sigma Chi Primavera is another truly progressive electronica album. Inspired by hip hop beats with added robotics, every song belongs. Nothing feels out of place on this widely schizophrenic electronica download.
Amah by Amah (September 15, 2009)
It’s not music, in fact I am not sure what it is. The best way I can classify it is as a well executed sound experiment from Vancouver group Amah working with audio clippings, rearranging, snipping and collaging to create a project that will definitely catch your ear and make you wonder why something like this hasn’t received attention earlier.
Symbols in Life by Symbols (October 11, 2012)
With a release date set far in the future (ha?), Symbols in Life is a crunched EP that blends the formatting of Explosions in the Sky with aesthetics of Calexico and the scared desperation of Trent Reznor’s Ghosts album. Sometimes quiet, sometimes extremely loud, Symbols plays its dynamics correctly and paints a rich picture with sound.
Two Winters Only by Two Winters Only (October 15, 2010)
Right out of Russia, Two Winters Only (tagged as experimental post-metal) consists of, mainly, shredding guitars. And shred they do. But behind the heavy front, there is something more delicate at work, something more experimental. It’s not the fact that they shred (lets face it, many do) but the fact that they shred appropriately that makes this act special.
Traum17 #2 Part 2 by Traum17 (July 7, 2011)
Traum17 specializes in a new breed of music. Well not really, prog has been around since the 60′s and there’s thousands of morons on Bandcamp attempting to imitate the lovely aesthetic that this band has. But they’ve taken prog to a whole new level, using free-verse perfectly, improvisation fluently and LSD (apparently) unsparingly. Traum17 #2 Part 2 is a poetically constructed sound experiment similar to the early work of Flowers for Reagan in structure, but not in sound (make sense?). God bless the listener who is patient enough to absorb this entire body of work because, truly, it is vastly rewarding.
Peace Burial at Sea by Peace Burial at Sea (November 1, 2006)
This debut LP opens with a song titled ‘And the Driver Wears a Halo’ setting the mood for the rest of the album. Accurately tagged as post-rock doom, Peace Burial at Sea is an epically dark record with well placed melodies and emphatic vocals. As if your being sung to personally, and like most records should, this late 2006 release has only one agenda, drawing you in closer.
Who the Hell Gave You a Guitar? by Gulfs (July 4, 2011)
Self described as ‘drug addled’ and ‘horrible’ I somehow see what the author of Gulfs is getting at. With the introduction track ‘Atolls’ very much belonging in a 90′s drama death scene, Who the Hell Gave You a Guitar? is inexplicably simple, yet strangely deep. What wonders could be worked if Gulfs had full instrumentation (or maybe that’s not what it’s about).