Experimental trio Stronds recently released their debut full-length album, Plural Version, this past week. Comprised of guitarists Matt Lupo (East of the Wall, OPUL) and Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Zvi, et al), and synth player Steven Alexander Ryan (The Black Queen), Stronds deliver over an hour of eclectic soundscapes. Mostly improvised and recorded in one session, Plural Version takes listeners on a journey through demented post-rock, drug-induced dark ambient, and other weird places.
Check out the album below along with the video for the track “Ecdysis”. Continue Reading
Necromishka engulf listeners in sprawling, dreary soundscapes on their debut release, The Space Between Us. Continue Reading
A-Sun Amissa drowns listeners in waves of beautiful melancholia and haunting darkness on its fourth full-length album, Ceremony in the Stillness. Continue Reading
A Film in Color take listeners on an emotive, transcendental journey with their full-length debut, They March in Endless Circles. Continue Reading
I used to not really like The Body. I never considered them a metal band, even though that was where they had more or less made their nest early on. I always perceived them as a noise band that got cool among the metal intelligentsia (read: terminally bored scene kids only semi-seriously projecting a love for the most obscure shit possible). I saw them as maybe a particularly dark, doomy, and experimental noise band, but still did not understand the hype. Continue Reading
“Burgeoning Verse” is a collaborative album between Ben Chisholm of Chelsea Wolfe‘s band and Felix Skinner of Wreck & Reference fame. Recorded over a 36 hour session using vintage guitars, bassoons, analog synths and pedals and a guest appearance by Andrew Clinco of Drab Majesty and Marriages to drum on the lead single.
Experimental duo Wreck and Reference have released a new surprise EP on their Bandcamp page. Titled Alien Pains, the new release features four covers/reinterpretations of four tracks from Guided by Voices‘ 1995 album Alien Lanes. Check out the EP after the break. Continue Reading
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Bay Area multi-instrumentalist Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Hammers of Misfortune, et al) is poised to release her third full-length album, Diminution, in just a matter of days. Out Friday, April 13, Diminution is a haunting opus in which layers of ethereal instrumentation craft a dense, otherworldly listening experience. Utilizing droning soundscapes, minimal piano, and her own voice, Abdul-Rauf‘s spacious, textural music sits at the crossroads between beauty and melancholia.
In anticipation of its release, we reached out to Abdul-Rauf to give us the rundown of the upcoming effort. Check out a special track-by-track breakdown of Diminution after the break. Continue Reading
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Experimental outfit Insect Ark have premiered a new track from their upcoming album, Marrow Hymns, via Revolver. The new track is the doom-laden “Sea Harps” and it is as psychedelic and ethereal as it is menacing and lurching. Project mastermind Dana Schechter says of the track:
“‘Sea Harps,’ a favorite in our live sets, is loosely based on the Greek myth of the Sirens. Broadcasting an ominous and lonely call into the night, the Sirens’ song was irresistible to all who heard it, luring sailors to an untimely and violent death.”
Check out the track after the break.
Marrow Hymns will be released on February 23 via Profound Lore.
British Shoegazers AMUSEMENT PARKS ON FIRE have returned after an extended hiatus which originated in 2013. The band has released 2 new singles along with a forthcoming reissue of their titanic 3rd album Road Eyes. Plans pertaining to a new album have been detailed on the band’s social media pages.