‘The Sun’ by Kick Snare Leave (November 4, 2011)
Ironically, ‘the Sun’ is the most challenging track off the Kick Snare Leave debut. Providing a dark base, it isn’t until nearly a minute in that you start to feel hor jarring this track can really get. Almost unlistenable at first, ‘The Sun’ actually does a pleasant dynamic maneuver to solve its own confused state.
- Big Boss
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‘The Burial of the Dead’ by Axel Thesleff (November 14, 2011)
Like a closed circuit, ‘The Burial of the Dead’ always has an interesting way of feeding back into itself. Aligning traditional acoustics in a manner more suited for midi trip hop synths, Axel Thesleff creates a warming track that picks you up with its beats while contextualizing the melody beautifully.
- Big Boss
‘Millions’ by NAPS (May 4, 2010)
I’ve posted quite a few times about Diggup Tapes represented, Raleigh based band NAPS. Over the first four months of writing Dingus, they helped me define a sound that, for so long, I thought existed only in theory. Stumbling upon their first EP was one of those enlightening moments, realizing that the DIY can produce, dare I say BETTER, material than the machine. Like the do it yourself version of Wilco, you can download the first two Naps EP’s, together, here. (And it’s for free, so you know, don’t be a bastard.) Here are a few more tracks for you hypem people:
‘Paris’ by Grandpa was a Lion (September 16, 2011)
‘Paris’, my favorite song off the latest GWAL album, is a memory jolt from a poet beginning each line with “Paris, you are…”. The continued metaphorical path is a rewarding one, filled with satisfying musical entrances and exits designed to whet the palette. What’s a song without a poet behind it? ’Paris’ not only correctly (and intimately) assesses a lyrical want, but puts the same care into its instrumentation as well (however sparse).
“the books we burned together
my morning whiskey bones
just a pretty voice now on the other end of the telephone ”
‘My God, My Father’ by Nelsonvillains (October 6, 2011)
Honestly, Nelsonvillains are my favorite act out the New Paltz area, a music scene that does not disappoint. Naturally, I was fairly psyched for the release of their full length, Our Evil Inside Joke, and now I’d like to share one of my favorite tracks off the album. The contradicting ‘My God, My Father’.
‘Daddies’ by Porches (November 1, 2011)
Sung like some of the most heartbreaking Drive-by Truckers tracks, ‘Daddies’ is a slowed lament, especially when compared to the more frantic Porches tracks. Finishing with an anti-anthem style choral hook, the track captures the essence of the album.
‘Mind Games’ by Noah Wall (September 15, 2011)
Unfolding like an industrial bouquet, ‘Mind Games’ gives the most suitable introduction to the full length, Hèloïse. Starting with touches of the darker industrial motif, it isn’t until Noah Wall’s vocal melodies enter that the track is truly defined. The entire album is a gem, but this is a great start. And honestly, it’s things like this that make us really love an artist.
‘Solution: Burn It!’ by Sons of an Illustrious Father (October 10, 2011)
In anticipation of their coming full length, One Body, Sons of an Illustrious Father have released two singles on their soundcloud. ’Solution: Burn It!’ is not the leading single for the release but it serve to demonstrate the diversity within the band’s personality and musical ability. I couldn’t give a better recommendation for the November than to stay tuned to their bandcamp.
- Big Boss
‘Bone Density’ by EULA (May 24, 2011)
EULA shows a more progressive side with this slowed single. ’Bone Density’ captures elements of trip-hop, rare in the Brooklyn punk genre, and redistribute them in a more aggressive form. Combining somber vocal lines with throbbing beats and crying, industrial distortions, it’s nice to see a more refined side to the scene.
- Big Boss
‘Puke Lust’ by Battle Ave. (April 29, 2011)
‘Puke Lust’, from rising New York band, Battle Ave., is only a slice of what we noted in our Best New Music section. In some ways, Battle Avenue’s vocal approach offers a completely new coat of paint on an otherwise fading genre of music, rock. In other ways, I could attribute the connection to the epic guitar hooks and overall force behind the music.
- Big Boss