Oakland-based electronic artist Malocculsion brings us Personal War machine, a dark and dangerous car chase into the terror of the night. Digitized screams, robotic voices, and stabs of twisted metal and broken glass punctuate driving lines of synth and rapid fire drum machines in the opening track Blade in the Spine, setting a malevolent tone for the rest of the release.
Nearly Oratorio - “A Comforting Fact”
Melbourne, Australia’s Simon Lam, performing as Nearly Oratorio, brings us A Comforting Fact, a six track EP of minimally acoustic meanderings with light folk flavor. This EP creates a wonderfully strange sensation of gentle cognitive dissonance washing over each track in an oddly tangy solution of glossy, smooth overproduction and trace imperfections - gently laid across like synthetic cobwebs on a halloween candy display.
These purposefully bare tracks thrive on walking a thin tightrope between mechanically precise and emotionally present, often relying on generic indie music tropes, only to twist them in an almost playful way. The standout track here is Down to the Minute, which is downright scientific in its execution, yet delicate in its presentation, with the cool and collected voice of Simon Lam never overplaying. I’d expect to see this entire EP absorbed into some streaming playlist with a title like “Songs To Chill Out To While You Weep Uncontrollably”
Overall, I’d advise not to overlook this uncanny work. These sinister concoctions of melancholy are not as easily dismissed as you may think, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if you wound up humming some of these tunes to yourself at the most inopportune times.
Alter in der Fülle is a new release from self-described “demi-crossdressing Christian goth synthpop artist,” William Lyon of Rosycross - and the album description alone is worth the visit to the page for the release. IN summary, William describes a musical work recorded over a long period of time under the duress of being an absolutely pathetic individual. After the over-the-top self deprecation from this artist, you may be suprised to learn that this release is an absolute banger. An essential listen from an unlikely place.