Indie

HAUNTED GAUNTLET - "OM3G4 G3N3SIS"

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Haunted Gauntlet - "OM3G4 G3N3SIS"

(Cudighi Records)

Lo-fi instrumental hip-hop meets warbling oddball audio in OM3G4 G3N3SIS, a new release on Cudighi Records by Omaha, Nebraska heartbreaker, beat-maker, and soul-taker Haunted Gauntlet. 

First of all, let’s put our anger aside that Haunted Gauntlet came up with an artist name that’s just head and shoulders above the rest of us - he’s our cousin now, and he’s making this bizarro avant-garde hip hop that I’ve been jamming in the car for weeks.

Armed with a small army of cousins, who guest rap on the album, Gauntlet takes us through a beat-infused landscape of weirdly woven samples and oddly modulated sounds. It’s a concoction that defies direct categorization and makes it difficult for amateurs like me to explain properly. That’s why you need to be listening to this mess. I certainly appreciate the punctuative use of the Sonic the Hedgehog ring acquisition sound throughout this release. Much better than at the gas station when people redeem lottery tickets, that ring sound actually belongs in this weirdo collage of crunching beats, varied rap styles and grab bag sound effects.

It’s hard to choose a standout track. I prefer listening to the whole thing on repeat. Dusk ft. Sleep Sinatra is a great slow groove with sick rhymes and great sampling. Most Wanted ft. Keii brings us a laid back jam with a great chorus and some nicely disintegrated synth lines as a backdrop. There’s even a nice bit in Essence Pooling where the track closes with a fun sampling from a certain well-known water level. Thumbs up, Haunted.

Every track has a different, distinctive flavor - while adhering to the killer Haunted Gauntlet aesthetic that the listener will be able to pick up on right away. There is a satisfying amount of ‘wobble’ in here, an antiquated post-everything sound, like digging music up out of the rubble of a failed world and trying to figure out what it means. The rhyming voices here are powerful and energetic, lending to the living, breathing feel of each composition.

OM3G4 G3N3SIS is available in digital and cassette format, from Cudighi Records.

Gray Lee

https://hauntedgauntlet.bandcamp.com/album/om3g4-g3n3sis

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Yeah. Just look at that.

Sriracha Sauce and Scientology! Latest Episode of the Hoodoo Music Podcast

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OK. Maybe you were under a rock last week and missed the latest video from the Hoodoo Music Podcast.

If so, click the link below before you read any further.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvPSdpD5M_U&t=0s

If you are up-to-date with all things Hoodoo, then it’s time to be initiated into the secret society of the sriracha sauce.

Hoodoo follows up with of with the full podcast episode with multi-instrumentalist and all-around cool corporeal being Jake Xingu.

This one is a chuckle-fest with Xingu’s snappy wit and satirical songwriting, and the conversation ranges from music, life,....sriracha sauce….Scientology…..knuckles….

Umm. Trust me on this one.

Theron Willis

http://www.rootdoctormedia.com/hoodoomusic/2018/7/2/046-jake-xingu

THE ETERNAL - "Witness to an Execution"

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The Eternal- "Witness To an Execution"

(Bad Cake Records)

The harsh winters of the Pacific Northwest helped produce a lo-fi masterpiece of bedroom recording that has thankfully been rescued from oblivion by Bad Cake Records. During the winters of 2002/2003,  Matt Martinosky sat down with his guitars, his keyboard and a digital recorder to capture some delightful gems of guitar-driven music.

Witness To An Execution is 10 tracks long and barely clocks in at 23 minutes, so each track is a short vignette of a musical idea that you might hear in a guitarist’s loop pedal as he’s writing songs and cataloging ideas. However, the unfinished nature of these guitar sketches have a life and integrity of their own, and each track gels together to form a cohesive whole.

As you listen, you feel yourself drift into that twilight state between dreaming and waking, that delightful phase where you are still asleep but awake enough to enjoy your slumber. Also, you can focus on your dream and guide it in your semi-conscious state. As you immerse yourself in your dream, you think to yourself, “What a great movie idea this could be.” And, if you had the wherewithal to actually make it into a flick, Witness To An Execution would be the ultimate indie soundtrack.

Theron Willis

https://theeternalsounds.bandcamp.com/album/witness-to-an-execution