Revelator - "#Muricana"
Remember Grunge? The Seattle sound of the late 80s/early 90s left an indelible mark on alternative music that three decades of scrubbing, snipping, and restitching have failed to remove. It was the sound of my childhood. Bands like Mudhoney, Alice in Chains, and many others helped to define what modern rock would become.
Fast forward to present day. In this age of the relentless rapid division of musical sub-genres, it is rare to hear something that has that original alt-rock feel; nebulous musical experimentation that refuses to be pigeon-holed.
#Muricana is the gospel according to artsy alt-rockers Revelator, and it is a message of the pain that accompanies healing, growth, and self-discovery. The record features instrumentation that is careful, almost gentle; and it is capped by the bashful, warbling vocals of singer Jon Rasmussen, who at times presents a timbre that is almost Dylanesque. The straightforward sound is comparable to artists of the early-mid 90s such as Live or Pearl Jam; telling stories from the heart without the rigid musical constraints demanded by the modern template. With its broad dynamic range and pointed lyricism, #Muricana is at times refreshingly brutal.
Gen X-ers rejoice, and Millenials take heed; for the revelation has come down.