Death & Vanilla’s Vampyr is technically a live, album—the “semi-improvised” performance was played over a screening of the Carl Theodor Dreyers movie of the same name at the Fantastik Filmfestival. But without applause or ambient noise, and with sound quality better than your average lo-fi release, it sure doesn’t sound like a live album. The Swedish duo expanded to a quintet for the performance, and Vampyr features organ, glockenspiel, vibraphonette, moog, and zither. The eerie, ambiant-ish sound is perfect for your Halloween party. You can pick the cassette up from Moon Glyph. @emilywherever
Listening to the latest single ‘Putting Down the Gun‘ by The Forest & The Trees is probably the most clean cut thing I will do today. Super polished, pretty pop from Sweden, this duo is putting out some very well-done material and this is the first I have heard of them. All around good package; production, artwork, lyrics and vocals. These two certainly have a future ahead of them and I hope that it transfers over well to the live performance. @thinknotsleep
‘Meditations’ is the follow-up to lead single ‘Flesh and Bone‘, off Swedish post/punks Holograms’ upcoming sophomore album Forever. ‘Meditations’ picks up in the same anthemic vein where ‘Flesh and Bone’ left off, but with enough post-punk restraint to stay on this side of complete, well, destruction. On Forever, the band “aims to capture the feeling of music being played in a church or temple…like a mass…procession, or eulogy”.
Forever is being released on September 3rd via Captured Tracks in the US and Stranded Rekords in Sweden. @emily_wheeler
I took to The Graham Situation so quickly. I’m always picky when it comes to more darker, gothier lo-fi so I guess you might say that I was a little apprehensive when the time came to lend my ears. With influences ranging from the Arctic Monkeys to Queen, its easy to hear little bits and pieces of their musical influences laced between their own tracks. The Voidis dark with a hopeful underlay, psychedelic lo-fi, if you may. There is an endearing quality that pulls you in and for the 40 or so minutes it takes to listen to the album, you’re pulled into your own little world. It’s a trip. @LeahLovecat
IT’S TUESDAY. IT’S THE MORNING. I’M HUNGOVER. HERE WE GO. THIS WEEK’S DIYMVP COMES TO US FROM SWEDEN — A PLACE DEFINED IN MY MIND BY NATURAL PEACE AND TRANQUILITY. IT WAS NEARLY A YEAR AGO THAT WE STUMBLED UPON FUCKING WEREWOLF ASSO, A BAND WHOSE NAME CONFUSES ME AND WHOSE SOUND DESTROYS ME AS EVERY PREDISPOSITION TOWARD THE SWEDES DISAPPEARS. FOR EVERY ATOM OF MY BEING THAT STILL LOVES THE VISCERAL FEEL OF DEGRADED ROCK MUSIC, FILLED WITH GUTTURAL SCREAMS AND SCREECHES, THERE’S AN ATOM RESERVED ESPECIALLY FOR THIS INSPIRING ROCK GROUP. IT WON’T BE LONG BEFORE WE’RE BUYING OUR PLANE TICKETS TO GO SEE EM LIVE — HOPEFULLY THEY’RE GOOD HOSTS.
COMPLETE CHAOS: HOW TO IGNORE THE CULTURE. HOW TO BE YOURSELF AND HOW TO DESTROY A VENUE IN THE PROCESS. TRUTHFUL EXPRESSION IS FOUND FEW AND FAR BETWEEN. HOWEVER, JUST SCREAMING INTRO A MICROPHONE WON’T WIN YOU ANY AWARDS. FUCKING WEREWOLF ASSO BUILDS BEAUTIFUL ARRANGEMENTS WITHOUT SACRIFICING A MELODIC RAPTURE. TAINTING CLASSIC HARMONIC ARRANGEMENTS WITH AUDIO VIOLENCE TRANSLATES WELL FOR ANYONE WILLING TO OPEN UP.
Punk doesn’t categorize it. Metal doesn’t either. The boys behind the music have been hard at work for years delivering only what came from the heart — and this sappy sentiment is what separates them in a long line of Bandcamp bands looking for a break. Tectonically, the music draws you in with time signature shifts that flow as naturally as anything else, melodic payoffs that beg you to sing, or scream, along, and tempo degradation. If it were an amusement park ride, it would be an old roller coaster that kills you. Somehow, you’ve made it to heaven — the devil hates melody.
Back in 2008, Fucking Werewolf Asso released a demo. It immediately defined the band as something post-emo (god, I hate that word). It immediately defined the band as one that had learned a proper lesson, pulling the best elements out of a dead genre and revitalizing it without genre at all. Ditching the sappy lyrics in favor of poetics that would make any parent cringe, KID, JUST LETTTING YOU KNOW WE ARE DOING IT AGAIN quickly became a pinacle DIY release, at least in our community. And, it was here that the band settled into their own skin as quickly as they appeared on the scene. The album told a personal story, filled with sound clips that became more than they originally were as they filled up the killing field — and as anything stepped into the crosshairs culturally, it immediately became a target for sarcastic reprise.
Necessary for any success story is the old ideology of staying true to the self. If you’ve ever sat down to write, compose a song, or paint a picture you’ll know that choosing subject matter, a sound, a direction is as hard as writing the first sentence in a middle school book report (on something you didn’t read). In fact, it’s one of the tallest hurdles any artist will face. What do I sound like? Who are my influences? Am I ripping them off or doing something original? These are all pitfall questions designed to quantify the unquantifiable. This is your mind playing tricks on you. It’s you thinking about something that should be completely thoughtless because if you need to think, you need to find another job. It’s not often that you walk into a dimly lit bar to see a band and get something pure. It’s not often that you get anything close to pure. Mostly, you’ll be able to pick an act apart. ”These guys sound like x mixed with y.” It’s enough to make a man sick.
It wasn’t until the release of NITTIOTREMO that the Dingus team became aware of Fucking Werewolf Asso’s brilliant internet presence. “There were too many of us, we had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane.” Never before has an opening clip summarized an album completely in four lines, but it was the truth. It was true of the world, it was true of the music scene, and it was true of the DIY scene. It was access, and we did go insane, some more than others as bedroom studios began popping up all over the world. If the Joker had a band, it would surely be the Asso as I’ve come to nickname them. If you want to jump the gun, be my guest — these guys could be anything from Christian Boyscouts to street junkies barely able to afford the makeup they put on for their horrifying stage offering but that’s not what’s important.
What’s important is the fact that they’ve taken their innards, sliced them out, and shoved them in your face for you to taste. So taste. Because, unless they’re face down in a gutter, you better believe they’ll be assaulting you again. The band went on to work hand in hand with our very own DSL (digital singles label), The Snake Records and then to release a 7″ printed on white vinyl (classy stuff). @Dingusonmusic
PS: There’s a videogame based around the band, downloadable here. I have not played it yet, though I will.
I’m at constant battle with friends (and myself for that matter) for taking music too seriously and setting too high standards for new artists sometimes. While I won’t apologize for being a hard judge or being on a constant search for the next Jeff Buckley and Bjork, I know sometimes I can overlook some simply good music that doesn’t need over analysis for enjoyment. While streaming I Am The Devil, a new album from a sweet indie-folk-pop band from Sweden called King Melodies, I applied this rare technique and took it in for what it was. Simple, acoustic based folk songs full of love sung by a thin, bearded front man with a whispery, high registered voice that sounds more like Julia than Angus Stone. I can dig it. @thinknotsleep
‘Twenty Eight (remixed by Woodz)’ by The Weeknd (Stockholm, Sweden) *
Go hard in this Woodz remix, or whatever he calls himself when he’s remixing pop tracks in comparison to his original creation. Taking, what can only be described as the faggiest thing to ever get popular in the music industry (Yeah, the Weeknd) and transforming it into, well, a Transformer and I’m talking the Decepticon kind. Packing all the intensity of high vibration dubstep into a melody driven apex of epiphany, ‘Twenty Eight’ remixed by Woodz takes the songs places that it could not possibly dream of- there’s a lack of creativity when your producing top 40 hits. [Free Download] @Dingusonmusic
I have a feeling my mom wouldn’t be happy about me listening to this. ‘In Silence‘ is a dark gothy track that almost consumes you. I highly suggest watching the video on the basis that it’s kinda creepy but will absolutely hook you. L’obscurité’s sound, though dark, still remains highly appealing. This isn’t a track that is partial to a particular “person”, I feel it can have an effect on a vast variety of individuals. Talking about a goth/shoegaze band, that’s rare to come by. @LeahLovecat
Some things are hard to describe. At its roots ‘He Won’t Fail Me’ is pretty straight up folk. But listening to it you would probably call it experimental, electronic, or ambiant nonsense. I just think it’s catchy. It has a great build that relies mostly on the singing and lyrics, and some synths that slowly pour in and create a smooth electro pop beat. It’s calming, gospel-ly, it feels like being in some fucked-up, chilled-out, drugged-out religious holy house. Check out this totally repetitive experimental chant jam from Zeon Light Kassett. @CigaretteBreath
Time to ease into the morning. Diamondsis a track that wakes you up easy, the night is still alive in your eyes as the sun creeps through your window. Goodtime’s lyrics are beautifully heartbreaking, you can feel the emotion pouring out as you listen, eager to know what’s coming next. So don’t get up just yet, stay in bed and enjoy. @LeahLovecat
With technology growing exponentially, personal computing is challenging the recording business and the internet is challenging the publishing business. Now more than ever, we see the pool of music and design growing deeper. But as always, the more music there is, the harder it is to find what really matters.
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