HESSIAN - "Mercenary Retrograde"

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Hessian - “Mercenary Retrograde”

(Urtod Void)

Get ready for an old-fashioned thrashin’ with this powerful anachronism from rock and roll soldiers, Hessian. Fueled by a great love an reverence for the early black metal of ‘The Old Ones,’ this four-piece of hard rock mercenaries who hail the city-state of Portland, Maine, are here to fight in '“the war against the jive.”

Heavy guitars, propelled by dusty, cobweb-covered amps from the 70s surge across this release like war pigs, gathered in their masses. Anthemic choruses and blistering guitar solos soar like angels of death across a black velvet sky. Throbbing basslines thud at the bottom of the track as furious percussion keeps the pace for the marching warriors.

“We are the rock and roll soldiers!

Rock and Roll will keep you alive!”

- So howls lead singer and ringleader Angus McFarland, who hurls electrified bolts of pure distilled rock and roll in each note, as his troops behind him wage war with their amplified weapons of music. From the opening execution drums of “I Wish I Was Dead” to the closing death throes of “Manos, The Hands of Fate,” Hessian delivers a rich, robust draught of rock and roll in is primal form, steeped in decades within casks filled with ancient death metal spirits.

While emulating the music of old certainly is their selling point, Hessian has got a lot to offer. Look past the obvious things, like the retro riffs and album art - and you’ll hear an album that has real heart. These people love what they are doing, and they are having the time of their lives doing it really well. The over-the-top song titles and lyrics are genuinely a lot of fun, and the music stands up to repeat listens. I think Hessian ultimately isn’t trying to get you to accept this record as an item for the past you somehow missed - but to instead wants you to find a new appreciation for the artistry and style of the music they hold dear. Maybe it’s time to dig up your old collection and give your favorite records another spin.

So all that’s left in the world is to ask yourself a question. Are you a rock and roll soldier? Then get your marching orders - from Hessian!

Gray Lee

https://urtodvoid.bandcamp.com/album/hessian-mercenary-retrograde

NYLON SMILE - "Angel of Doubt"

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Nylon Smile - "Angel of Doubt"

(Citrus City Records)

This short and sweet pop rock EP from Los Angeles based musician Nylon Smile is a fine collection of 3 minute indie radio ditties. Each selection is built from gauzy electric guitar fills, low fi drums, and harmonized vocals. 

On tracks such as Rise and Release, driving bass lines and reverb heavy guitars form a sonic crater that the voice of Nikolas Seolter settles to the bottom of - creating undulations of dreamy, shoegaze mood that washes across the mix like a puddle of warm rain water filled with dead leaves. 

On the closing track, Younger, Nylon Smile mixes things up with warbling piano and pitch shifted lead vocals and an ominous bass line for a deep, contemplative dip into indie buzz & fuzz. 

The operative word here is mood. Nylon Smile takes melancholy, after-school joyrides and endless ripples of casually emotive mood and wraps them up in a cassette-sized package.

Gray Lee

https://citruscityrecords.bandcamp.com/album/angel-of-doubt

FULL ECLIPSE - "Former Selves"

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Full Eclipse - "Former Selves"

(30th Floor Records) 

Former Selves is the latest release by Full Eclipse on racy Cardiff, UK label, 30th Floor Records. This album is a long, cool, drink of smooth synth, hot beats, and vintage sounds, topped off with vocals and lyrics that don't get bogged down in the intentions of the aesthetic. 

There are a lot of terms that could go into the aesthetic of Former Selves, synthwave, retrowave, synth pop - but it all amounts to distilling the best elements of 80s and 90s pop music into modern productions, and that's exactly what Full Eclipse excels at doing here. Listeners can expect soaring guitars, reverb soaked drums and the energetic notes of synth that remind us of a golden time in music, and of a retro future that we have yet to experience. In the track, Are We All, a warm synth layers over a driving soft rock drum kit, as a sizzling, yet smooth guitar solo dominates the track. Another standout track is Clocktowers, that creates a brilliant climb with a white hot synth solo that plateaus into a steamy outro for the back third of the track. 

Despite the enjoyable 80s throwbacks, it is with word and voice that Full Eclipse is able to reach beyond a simple execution of a style. Lead vocalist, Full Eclipse, lends a deep baritone rendering of heartfelt lyrics that defy the bubblegum stereotype that the stylized music seemingly demands. In the opening track, Lebenfallen, he delivers such lines as:

 

"Do you remember all the times gone by?/ 

The world turned as we burned up the youthful enthusiasm/ 

We had long assumed that we could never die."

 

The vocals, which clearly evoke styles from two or three decades ago, manage to remain fresh in content and delivery. This juxtaposition of modern and classic elements delivers a blend that makes Former Selves an engaging listen, both as an enjoyable synthwave piece, and a standalone expression of the artist - blissful and melancholic reverie of love and heartbreak, slick hair, shiny jackets and sunglasses at night. 

Gray Lee

https://30thfloor.uk/album/former-selves

BOYCALLEDCROW - "Hyperlight"

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Boycalledcrow - "Hyperlight"

(HairsABlazin)

As the steep icy mountain is climbed, arctic winds dance about, and strange glowing lights illuminate the darkly clouded sky. At the broken summit of this ragged peak, frozen forever ago, is an ancient monument. At the center of this ageless edifice floats an unearthly stone from another reality. A strange energy emanates from it as one apporaches. Where could this have come from? Our only clue is the music we can hear coming from the heart of the mystic stone. This timeless energy from the distant future imparts warmth and power known as - Hyperlight.

Hyperlight is a new electronic release on Hairs A Blazin by Chester, UK artist Boycalledcrow. This is computer-generated music with real heart, more glow than glisten, more organic than mechanical. The opening and closing tracks, Cloudhead parts one and two, are perfect bookends for the energetically cool compositions in between.

A lush variety of environments and textures abound in tracks such as Forest and March. Each selection takes the listener to a new place with fresh detail and intrigue. Suitable for recreational listening or for your concentration playlist, Hyperlight is the electronic release you've been waiting for. Available in digitized or magnetized formats at Hairs A Blazin.

Gray Lee

 

https://hairsablazin.bandcamp.com/album/hyperlight

YVES MALONE - "The Most Of What You Need Is All You'll Ever Have"

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Yves Malone - "The Most Of What You Need Is All You'll Ever Have"

(Third Kind Records)

Prolific synthwave/darkwave/anywave artist Yves Malone transmits yet another tasty morsel of electro-tastic note bounce in this Third Kind Records release, The Most of What You Need is All You'll Ever Have. That title is certainly a mouthful, and, just like the fancy toy horses on the cover, this release is raring to go, right out of the gate.

This album, coming to us straight out of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yves Malone's home planet, kicks off with the ear-grabbing track Too Dark to Feel, a nearly eight-minute burner that pumps clear, unadulterated synth right into your brain space. Expertly mixed and mastered computer tones surge through this release without all the trippy distractions that lesser artists are tempted to gimmick us with. Don't mistake - this jam is trippy all right - but everything in here is a clean, pure note. I cannot imagine how Yves Malone even does this. I take that back - I can imagine Yves Malone doing this - what I cannot imagine is how Yves Malone does anything else. If I made a piece of music this intricate and pleasing, I would emerge from the glowing, whirring room filled with blinky computer lights with red eyes and skin ailments, forming a tin foil hat for myself and then falling face-first into the neighbor's swimming pool.

Yves knows how to keep this ripper going with massive tension and release, such as in the rockin' 80s vibed track Savings and Bone - (get it?)  I don't really even understand what that little play on words means? Banks will kill you? I believe it! My favorite track on here is Crimson Rain Swept it Away - which has this great tempo change about halfway through. What a ride! If you dig synth of the highest order, washing over you in fast-paced, labyrinthine melodies and punchy polyrhythms - you need to quit reading this review and get over to Third Kind Records right now!

Gray Lee

https://thirdkindrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-most-of-what-you-need-is-all-youll-ever-have

BUCK YOUNG - "Proud Trash Sound"

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Buck Young - "Proud Trash Sound"

(No Rent Records)

Yee Haw! Rope yourself to something solid, partner! We are about to embark on a journey through the rip roarin' world of Proud Trash Sound, a bizarre artifact of significant uniqueness indeed. 

What can be heard on this record is a spectacle of found sounds, scratched up recordings, sudden noise explosions, and dismembered saloon ballads. The opening number, Trash Sound, which treats us to mixed and scraped hog-call recordings, speckled with snatches of over-driven guitar, provides a good indication of what to expect on the rest of this release. A meld is formed between jumbled field recordings of vaguely western origin, gunfights on horseback where each shot is replaced with outbursts of harsh noise, or seedy country songs that have been disfigured in some butcher's dusty back room.

The completed work is reminiscant of the old viewing galleries, where one would wander from one diorama to the next, peering through dirty glass lenses at musty old curiosities that have not been well-maintained. There is a great amount of detail, variety and humor in each audio assembly - from the twangy voice demanding the whereabouts of a certain lady in Where's Linda, to distorted piano-looped tribute to a mysterious figure known as Murdoch, the amusement park ride through the demented reality of Proud Trash Sound continues until it screeches to a halt at I'm Gettin Better, a jolting track of bouncing noise freakouts and sliced and diced audio. 

This divine example of psycho cowboy electronics kicks harder than a swig of moonshine, and now is being re-released in LP format so that it can bloom to its full rusted glory. Revel in the nuance of every squeal and sqwawk, each deep fried vocal and roadkill music aesthetic. Brought to us courtesy of No Rent Records. 

Gray Lee

https://norentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/proud-trash-sound-renthike02-nrr64

[Album of the Month] BENJAMIN SHAW - "Megadead"

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Benjamin Shaw - "Megadead"

(Audio Antihero)

"Ive' got things to talk about/ I've got hell to pay" - Benjamin Shaw

Megadead may be the name  of the latest release from lo-fi indie pop artist Benjamin Shaw, but don't let the morbid name fool you. There is a lot of vulnerable, depressing shoegaze to behold here, but there is also a lot of light and hope. This is certainly one of those occasions where the cover art perfectly fits the content. Sure, there's a skeleton - but look at all that glorious daylight streaming through the window!

The production of this album blends found sounds, field recordings, and carefully executed lo-fi, indie pop songwriting to create a varied listening experience propelled by interest and sustained by detail. Much of the release feels instrumental and ambient, a sound collage of answering machine tapes, and clips of old radio broadcasts, synth compositions, and occasional inward-looking, lonely lyrics delivered by Shaw.  

Benjamin Shaw is a poignant songwriter, who favors a straight-forward exploration of personal feelings over storytelling, or metaphorical meanderings. I have recently decribed his past works as "depression rock," which was said partly in jest - but it actually fits those works pretty well. In this release, however, we see Benjamin flexing his artistic muscle, with heartfelt writings that address homesickness, boredom, weariness, loneliness and a variety of other very human feelings, all with a lightly morose and sometimes humorous air. 

Overall the subtleties and depth of Megadead superseded my expectations of what it was going to be, and I recommend you take a listen when you get a chance. It's definitely Benjamin Shaw's best release to date.  

Gray Lee

https://bnjmnshw.bandcamp.com/album/megadead

ANDRULIAN - "Irresistible Forces"

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Andrulian - "Irresistible Forces"

(Submarine Broadcasting Company) 

Experimental electronic artist Andrulian adds another powerful ambient work to his prolific catalog with Irresistible Forces, a dark journey through a shadowy underworld – a dimension that mimics our own, but is forever shrouded in darkness and confusion. The laws of physics do not entirely apply here, and nothing is as it should be.

Waves of hazy energy wash overhead as deep tones well up from underfoot. This is an unstable place full of horrors and nightmares. Sounds in the distance may be natural, or may be some hidden danger. There is no way to know. All the while you are searching for a way out – but much like a fish swimming under the ice of a frozen over lake, there may not be a way to cross back over. This purgatory may be your new home.

What was that? Some kind of roar? You are not alone here. There are creatures in the dark that hunt you. Retreating further into the shadows, you discover an abandoned science station. The desolate structure is ragged but sturdy. Computers still scan the vast inky blackness of this dimension. It's too bad the science team that was sent here is missing, or dead. Was that a voice? Is this place haunted? Even if you find the answer, you won't be able to tell anyone. You are up against Irresistible Forces.

Gray Lee

 https://submarinebroadcastingco.bandcamp.com/album/irresistible-forces

REGENERON VERTEX - "Geneworks"

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Regeneron Vertex - "Geneworks"

(Asura Revolver)

Mysterious musical artist Regeneron Vertex brings us this strange electronic work filled with nature sounds and unusual electronic compositions. According to Asura Revolver, this release has a somewhat mysterious origin - having been sent to the label by some unknown party, who then did not respond to any of the correspondence from the label.

Fortunately, that didn't stop Asura from sharing this music with us. Geneworks is an engaging release that soothes the listener with natural sounds while presenting puzzling compositions that, at times, seem to pose darker questions. 

Rushing water, bird calls, and other field recordings populate Geneworks. Occasionally, ambient electronica, or well timed beats arrive to compliment or contrast the environs that Regeneron conjures. As the compositions ebb and flow, dark undertones creep in, never overshadowing the vision of the overall work, but tinting the outcome to a less joyful shade. 

What Regeneron appears to present to the listener is a audio tapestry of a peaceful utopia that perhaps is embroidered with sorrow. Will we see more from this elusive artist? Will our questions about this work ever be answered? It may be possible that the mystery only adds another level of interest to this polished, evocative piece.

Gray Lee

https://asurarevolver.bandcamp.com/album/geneworks

SEA OF POPPIES - "S/T"

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Sea of Poppies - "S/T"

With a pleasant, sleepy-time name like Sea of Poppies, you wouldn't expect this release to deliver this searing transmission of hardcore analog noise right into your ear holes, but that is indeed exactly what this is. Prepare yourself for a real mind sizzle, as unforgiving, screeching surges of power electronics blaze themselves out of your speakers, laying waste to thought processes, emotions, worries - anything that was occupying the mind prior to cranking this righteously malevolent audio onslaught.

Each of the three untitled tracks featured on this self-titled release are created using varying techniques to create blistering documents of pure chaos, forged in a furious upheaval of ragged, tumultuous sound. The last brutal track, which tops 12 minutes in length, is a relentless journey through a violent noise dimension, that will leave you to sit silently and ponder things for a little while when it finally fades away.

This release is available on cassette, directly from the artist in an edition of 30.

Gray Lee

 

https://seaofpoppies.bandcamp.com/album/sea-of-poppies

THIRD KIND RECORDS - "Puzzle Time"

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Bary Center / Yorihisa Taura / Nicholas Langley / Chemiefaserwerk - "Puzzle Time"

This 88 minute monster of a release is one of my favorites of the year. It is easy to look at a four-way split tape and just dismiss it as practically being a compilation tape. And we all secretly loathe most compilation tapes, don't we? Puzzle Time is not a compilation tape.

What Puzzle Time is, is the opportunity to explore the artistry of four truly great artists, without having to switch tapes. There are a wide variety of sounds and moods on this lengthy journey, all quite engaging in their method and scope. Each segment of this release is basically an EP that introduces you to that artist. The artists represented here are:

Bary Center

Electronic artist Bary Center is no stranger to us. His work boasts a recognizable style - a tightly woven blend of ethereal ambient sounds and precisely controlled, intensely compelling beats. Bary contributes six tracks to Puzzle Time - each its own unique balance between cerebral ambient cloud cover, and thunderclaps of throat-punching beats.

Yorihisa Taura

Compositional heavy-hitter Yorihisa Taura delivers three tracks of droning guitar loops that sometimes circle in a hazy way, but often spiral up into frenzied intensity that threatens to topple the whole track, only to settle back down into more peaceful movements. Heavy distortion brings rewarding crescendos out of continuous tones. 

Nicholas Langley

Third Kind Records label boss Nicholas Langley makes an appearance on the tape with carefully balanced compositions that stimulate the mind and entertain the ear. His four tracks are built from found sounds and crafted synth overlays joining to create beautiful mind-benders that tickle the thought engine.

Chemiefaserwerk

Sound shaper, Chemiefaserwerk, presents two lengthy avant-garde noise pieces with plenty of tension builds and racket-infused payoffs, that serves as a perfect closer to Puzzle Time. 

 

 

Each artist represented in the nearly hour and a half of amazing sounds on Puzzle Time offers high-quality musical output that begs to be explored further - and that's exactly what owners of the cassette can do. That is because the cassette edition of Puzzle Time comes with a puzzle, that, when put together, reveals a code to download an additional secret album. This is the kind of stuff I really love! The puzzle is a small stack of rectangular cards with designs on both sides, and features the same type of beautiful artwork found on the front cover of Puzzle Time

The bonus album, Puzzle Time 2, is a collection of tracks from the same artists listed above that is just as thoughtfully arranged and presented as the main album.

The level of satisfaction of the music included, and the intrigue and creativity exhibited in the physical release, make Puzzle Time one of the best releases I have reviewed this year. I highly recommend this one.

Gray Lee

https://thirdkindrecords.bandcamp.com/album/puzzle-time

 

WUSO 命 & SANGAM - "Gaze"

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W u s o 命 & Sangam - "Gaze"

(Bludhoney Records) 

A collaborative effort between Wuso and Sangam resulted in Gaze, a thirteen minute mini-album that radiates a cool intensity throughout its runtime. The unique blend of these two esteemed artists' skills is a supreme electronic artwork that paints a vivid picture of sleek, futuristic nighttime city skylines punctuated by glowing neon. Pavement is black with rain, and everything is in a sharp focus, only softened by torrential pouring rain. 

It is difficult to tell where one artist ends and another begins. The blending of these two musicians' strengths creates a style on its own.  Lush ambient meditations are brought to earth by driving but balanced rhythms. Rain sounds add to the feeling of a rainy urban night in the future.

Overall, Gaze certainly packs a punch, and manages to do so despite the short length of the release. 

https://bludhoney.com/album/gaze

Gray Lee

 

TVVIN_PINEZ_M4LL - "Sunseeker VIP"

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TVVIN_PINEZ_M4LL - “Sunseeker VIP”

(Power Lunch Corporation)

It’s time to head to that special place in your closet where you keep your ‘sailing clothes!’ That’s right, my friend, we are headed down to the yacht club to jump on a Sleek Yet Elegant vessel and head out onto the sparkling waters with Sunseeker VIP, a new release from TVVIN_PINEZ_M4LL!

Captain’s hat? Check. Too-short-shorts? Right on. Boat shoes? You betcha! Add an anchor necklace and an open, over-wide collar and you’re ready for the open sea. There’s only one more thing – you need some happening music to play over the ship’s speakers to set the right mood. That’s where Sunseeker VIP comes in. It’s a veritable Encyclopedia Britannica of yacht sailing music. Slow, smooth beats, plenty of gentle piano loops and hot guitar licks will have you feeling the surge of confidence that we in-the-know call captain’s courage. If ever in doubt, just ask yourself, “what would Christopher Cross do?” and you’ll know the answer.

Nothing says status like a yacht. And nothing says luxury like wining and dining on the open sea while you listen to powerful music. Sunseeker VIP is that powerful music. Don’t leave port without it. Aye Aye, Captain.

Gray Lee

https://powerlunch.bandcamp.com/album/sunseeker-vip  

WHETTMAN CHELMETS - "Annihilate Your Masters"

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WHETTMAN CHELMETS - "Annihilate Your Masters"

(WEATNU Records) 

With the title and cover, you would expect a screeching, noisy diatribe against the powers that be, exhorting the proletariat to rise up and slay their exploitative masters.

Indeed, the opening track Preparation (Thesis) sets you up for the riotous screed as the foreboding noise and music builds with intensity along with the sampled monologue about job cuts and barely scraping by.

The title track keeps building before delivering the rowdy goods by breaking into a dirty guitar riff and drum beat. However, just when you expect the shrieking rants against the capitalist overlords to drop, the next cut New Masters, Same as the Old explodes into a post-rock, shoegaze smorgasbord of effects-drenched instrumentation and ambient splendor.

Like all of Whettman Chelmets’ work, Annihilate your Masters defies expectations and challenges assumptions about genre and style. Although this EP takes an ambient turn about midway through, it still subverts the status quo and stays true to its Marxist theme.

Both proles and the bourgeois alike can enjoy.

https://whettmanchelmets-weatnurecords.bandcamp.com/

P.S. Check out our review of some of Whettman Chelmets’ other work by clicking below.

http://houdinimansions.com/magnetic-heart/2018/6/28/whettman-chelmet-miniforms-1-movements-and-miniforms-2-ten-pin-alley-free-codes

Theron Willis

NIKMIS - "#17"

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Nikmas - "#17"

(Third Kind Records)

Japan-based classitronic composer Nikmis adds another solid release of synthesizer work to their outstanding discography. #17 is a lighthearted journey through a mystical land far away. In the opening pair of tracks, Cold Heaven and Hot Blood, a story is introduced through quirky electronic instrumentation - perhaps the story of Toothy Boy - who awakens one bright morning and gets out of bed by walking one step to the right.

Emerging from the covers fully dressed, Toothy Boy goes downstairs to find his mother making a pie. She chides him for sleeping in and tells him that it is important for him to head to the castle right away, because the king has had another dream.

All along the way to the castle, various villagers comment to Toothy Boy about how the king has had another dream and that Toothy Boy should definitely head to the castle right away, and not rummage through the unattended treasure chests found in the houses of the townspeople. At one point, he becomes annoyed with the villagers and tries to leave town, only to be blocked by a shrubbery. 

At last arriving at the castle, Toothy Boy is summoned to the throne room where the frantic king awaits. "I've had another dream!" He shouts, "You must interpret my dream!"

The music on #17 is that dream. We are welcomed to a distant land filled with enchantment, wonder, and all the classic electronic tones your heart could hope for. Don't be fooled by the cute approach! There is some serious composition in these pieces - definitely worth a listen. From the opening track's cathedral/organ overtones to the unusual children's choir at the end, #17 is full of fascinating musical zones and weirdo electronica. The deal is sweetened with a cassette release that comes to us courtesy of  Third Kind Records and features some striking reversible cover art. 

 

Gray Lee

https://thirdkindrecords.bandcamp.com/album/17

Here’s the latest from Hoodoo Music Podcast. And here’s my jaw dropping to the floor!

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Well, faithful Houdiners, last week you saw Boo Hag kick ass and take names with their blistering live performance. (Just in case you missed it, click here.)

Now, listen to this power duo sit down and explain the methods behind their madness as well as play more of their hauntingly groovy music!

Check it out below or better yet subscribe to The Hoodoo Music Podcast on your podcast catcher of choice.

http://www.rootdoctormedia.com/hoodoomusic/2018/8/13/049-boo-hag

ILLUMINATI HOTTIES - “Kiss Yr Frenemies”

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Illuminati Hotties - “Kiss Yr Frenemies”

(Tiny Engines)

L.A. studio whiz and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Tudzin has created an indie jewel with its very own fun and fresh sound.

Kiss Yr Frenemies fuses sounds from complimentary genres like pop punk, lo-fi pop, and skater rock in order to take standard indie fare and make it a cut above the rest.   

On the one hand, Tudzin fills the album with tracks that that are peppy, straight-up indie pop like the hit single (You’re Better) Than Ever.

On the other, tracks like Cuff and For Cheez(My Friend, Not the Food slow burn with ambient, shoegaze guitar work and gentle, whispery vocals before bursting into fiery conflagrations at their respective choruses.

Pressed 2 Death keeps you guessing with fun breaks and surprising musical twists and turns.

Lyrically, her songs deal with the growing pangs of reaching adulthood and finding out no instructions are included. She entertains love interests and struggles with feeling rudderless all the while having a blast with parties, couch surfing and skateboarding.

Illuminati Hotties occupy a special level above most indie bands today thanks to Tudzmin’s fertile musical imagination and studio wizardry. She will keep us waiting with bated breath for her next studio release.

Theron Willis

https://illuminatihotties.bandcamp.com/album/kiss-yr-frenemies

Check out Illuminati Hotties' Hit Single!!!

TOON - "Cudighi"

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TOON - "Cudighi"

(Cudighi Records) 

Blending drones, field recording, and other mysterious methods, sound artist Benjamin Van Howe performing under the name, Toon, creates a dense, atmospheric ear tapestry that permeates the senses. 

Cudighi is as complicated and hard to explain as the awesomely bizarre cover art (designed by David Frazier) that represents it.  Going by this cover art alone, Cudighi a story about how three people in a mint condition 1988 Chevrolet S-10 embark on a journey to deliver a load of sound equipment. Along the way, they all face challenges and triumphs, learning lessons about life and love. Before the story can conclude in a heartwarming way, with time left over for commercials, an evil, lamprey sort of thing, (which the locals have nicknamed The Cudighi,) attacks them and attempts to complete violence upon them. After some intense amount of struggle, and the heroic self-sacrifice of one of the three protagonists, success is had! The giant lamprey creature is defeated and the sound equipment is delivered safely to the starving schoolchildren, who can now make unusual, hard-to-classify tapes and release them in limited quantities for the world to hear! The school is saved! Everyone laughs wholesomely! All except for that one dead character whom they rename the music room in the school after.

Fantastic cover art aside, I really enjoyed this release. There is a fun interplay between the glitchy noises and fuzzy tape loops, against the more rhythmic backdrop of percussion and synths. The result is a clean, easy-to-listen-to sound that packs a lot of detail for those repeat listens. Next time you take your Chevy across the country to deliver music gear to starving kids, make sure you take your Cudighi tape along! It's a great listen.

Gray Lee

 

 https://cudighirecords.bandcamp.com/album/cudighi

FINDING FREEDOM-"Genre is a Social Construct" [Video Included!]

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Finding Freedom - "Genre is a Social Construct" 

A few months have passed since the release of Finding Freedom’s debut EP, Genre is a Social Construct. Three months, two drummers, and one vasectomy later, they are in the planning stages for a full length record, but their April 2018 release remains strong and is appropriately titled.

From the country-tinged Nowhere I Belong, to heavy modern rock numbers like God of Your Own World and Wasted, the band lives up to its name; the EP freely explores diverse sounds, showcasing the band members’ talent and skill. Each track, while unique, still manages to sound like the same artist. The album delves into both musical concepts and lyrical ideas, treating the listener to honest introspection blended with lighthearted storytelling; the perfect garnishes for a meaty musical entrée.

I dig this record and this band. They are some of the kindest people I have ever met, and they pretty much ooze creativity and DIY spirit from every one of their orifices. That statement is probably a bit gross, but… #sorrynotsorry. They won’t be tied down by a genre and I won’t be tied down by decency.

Mark H. Jones 

Visit the band's official website for more information on this exquisite EP.

http://www.officialfindingfreedom.com/

Watch Finding Freedom perform the tantalizing track Waiting on the Wizard from their EP Genre is a Social Construct!!!

P.S. Catch a special interview and live performance by Finding Freedom with The Hoodoo Music Podcast. 

http://www.rootdoctormedia.com/hoodoomusic/2017/11/19/030-finding-freedom

 

[Video] After you watch this, you’ll never want to play guitar again!

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The Hoodoo Music Podcast brings the heat with Boo Hag-a swamp-punk duo that’ll haunt you with their incredible energy and presence!

Check out the video below and be sure to subscribe on YouTube so you don’t miss video #2 when it drops.

Theron Willis

P.S. The Hoodoo Music Podcast is well, a podcast, so don’t forget to subscribe by clicking http://bit.ly/localbandpod or searching "Hoodoo Music Podcast" on your podcast catcher. It’s just too damn good to pass up.