At every turn throughout No Pulse, there is nothing but pulse - the heartbeat of percussion, the rhythm of life, the merging of ideas and sounds into one cohesive melange. This recording is just as much a peek into the tastes and passions that make Sawak tick as it is an exposition of their musical abilities.
Psychedelic neo-space rockers EYEBALL push the boundaries of musical reality with their 4-track debut EP Paradox of Eternal Limits.
A direct follow-up to Vinyl Dial’s fantastic release, Space Wizard, this EP adds more to the story told through dramatically composed electronic sound.
VRSA - “Cvlt of Machina”
VRSA’s latest EP Cvlt of Machina is a three-track tour de force of brutality, precision and dynamics. Each track ebbs and flows between intensely heavy riffage and pensive interludes. Their sound takes doom and sludge metal to new technical heights with odd time signatures and dynamic shifts that turn on a dime. This makes this 15-minute EP one hell of a ride and a worthy addition to the collection of any metalhead or hard rocker. Click the link below to join the Cvlt! No defooing required!
As an album, Attack of the Koala People is a frolicsome romp through a 16-bit game of your childhood.
The ever-prolific Whettman Chelmets has just released a synth and sample-laden smorgasbord of atmospheric and vapor-riffic goodness. Doesn’t Remember takes the listener back to a time both eerily familiar and perplexingly unfamiliar.
The GOATS are Declan Randulph Owen, Alan Morse Davies, and Jorge Mario Zuleta. Together with a wild gang of guest stars, they set out on a ambient hippie journey through some sort of groovy nebula of found sounds, drones, and mind-altering audio euphoria.
Matrix is a collection of methodically damaged techno artistry, cracked and aged to glitch perfection. Broken strings of mechanical rhythms fuzz over each other and dissolve into a digital pool of clicks, pops, and disintegrated states. Threatening ambient garnishes slowly develop behind the main action.
Liverpool artist w i n t e r q u i l t 愛が止ま releases an album filled with enough spooky vibes to fill up an entire haunted house, while still making listeners nod their heads to driving electronic beats. Haunted House Vol. 1: Texas Boneyard is a sample based project released on vaporwave adjacent label, Flamingo Vapor - but the interesting thing is, all of the samples come from the artist’s own work.
Faun is characterized by ethereal wisps of drone work that phase in and out of reality, never fully existing and yet bristling with a hidden power. The work is divided into tracks, but functions as one cohesive idea, a cool stillness of mood evoked by somber tones and diaphanous compositions.
Mukqs - “SD Biomix”
Mythical audio alchemist Max Allison once again summons the swirling mechanisms and darting digital divisions of his Mukqs persona, to create another work of tumbling aural collage, on a new Orange Milk Records release, SD Biomix.
Experimental percussionist Claire Rousay creates tightly controlled works of ultra-minimalism that gleam with texture and purpose that challenge classification or description. The feeling that Several Erasures produces is one of detail and intimacy - close sounds of movement in another room, and the comfort of hearing a loved one moving in the circles of a daily routine.
Unpredictable musical jack-of-all-trades David Breather has more projects and releases than I can keep up with. This latest project is a team up with rapper Mad Science. Together this dynamic duo is known as the Test Subjects. This is their second release - following last year’s excellent EP, entitled Season Premiere.
The shadowy elegance of this performance, combined with the raw element of recording it live, lends a unique quality to the listening experience.
The re-release of Äppelträdet does not show a band nostalgically pining for their better days but rather a band confidently striding forward while reaffirming their roots.
Thugwidow - “God of Light”
Thugwidow is dark, gritty drum and bass with outer space tendencies. It may remind the listener of all the vintage drum and bass we used to listen to in the middle of the night, log ago. All the formulas are there - kicking rhythms, driving electronica, and an impending feeling of foreboding.
Pixel Grip - “Heavy Handed”
Lush electronica, thick beats, and evocative vocals combine in Chicago trio Pixel Grip’s new release, Heavy Handed. From the first track, this release hits hard with throbbing, funky bass lines, smooth electronic synths tinged with future funk and french house flavors, topped with silky, sensual melodies.
Somesurprises / Supercandy - “Some Candy”
The overly casual title Some Candy may fool you into dismissing this release, and that would be unfortunate. Although it appears to simply be a split release between two artists, it is truly a perfect meld of two incredible psych rock projects out of the pacific northwest.
Abdersta - “Instinct“
Abdersta returns with their funky brand of classic vaporwave that brings just the right amount of thump and squiggle to get you in the mood.
DIno Felipe - “Citrus Scenarios”
Swirling eddies of fuzzy electronica and nearby noises are the introduction to the adventure of sound, Citrus Scenarios, brought to us by Dino Felipe.