The young phenom Ryne Clarke harnessed the creative talents of 20-plus fellow west Michiganders in order to create The Ryne Experience’s debut Hokey — a gem of indie-rock/folk-rock perfection.
Stock up on guzzolene and fire up a tank full of this high octane dystopian rap metal from concept rappers Primal Winds.
Bonnie Baxter - “Cobweb Sensations”
Bonnie Baxter returns with this psychedelic grind of pulsating noise fury, Cobweb Sensations.
This brand of intricate bedroom pop isn’t shoegaze, it’s stargaze - bright and twinkling with small surprises around each baroque-encrusted corner.
Chicago beat tape producer Awdazcate shines on this sprawling 22-track tape of overdriven beats, soaring synth and hand-cut samples, City By The Lake.
SR388 - “Where No Clouds Go”
Plucky electronic beats with plenty of buzzy, lo-fi synths for good measure characterize Where No Clouds Go, which, according to the cover art, is an album that relates the story of a little green person who is interrupted by a shark whilst swimming to an enormous strawberry floating in the ocean.
Each of these chilled tracks has the perfect balance of thumpy beats and ponderous synth lines for a cool and fresh musical experience. The album is well represented by the second track, Braindead, which has an infectious repeating melody that is absolute ear candy. This Mess We’re In is built from a distinctive loop of 8-bit sounds, layered over with meandering winds of electronic ooze and chunky rhythms. Loaded Handshake feels like a chilled-down prologue level of Streets of Rage, featuring a building tension and driving drums.
Overall, Where No Clouds Go, is a brightly decorated collection of cool beats with some nice electronic seasoning, and just the right mixture of vintage sounds and original artistry for durable repeat plays.
Gregg Skloff creates cinematic passages of reflective droning sound on newly released Mamua Baso Suite. Armed with a contrabass and some other assorted items, This four track album is both meditative and tense.
High Priestess - “High Priestess”
Driving bass, deadly guitar riffs, and soaring, melodic vocals make this enchanting mixture of classic death metal and psych rock and a powerful dark magic aesthetic a must listen record. Imagine if you could take all the driving rhythms, crunchy guitar riffs, and screaming guitar solos of classic death metal and shroud that sound in a veil of enchanted mysticism, and you might be close to imagining the sound of High Priestess.
Originally released in May of 2018, the Los Angeles trio's first full length album, self-titled High Priestess is a dark declaration of the bands intent to ensnare the hearts and minds of every listener with their well-honed incantations. Crunchy bass lines by Mariana Fiel and infectious guitar licks by Katie Gilchrest work in tandem to create a swirling atmosphere of tantalizing death metal propelled forward by the mesmerizing drum work of Megan Mullins. Over the top of this hammering doom, fly the harmonized and commanding vocals that can both simmer and soar or howl and growl all within the scope of one song.
The opening track, Firefly is an 10 minute rock excursion that leads in with a slow boil of churning drums and mounting tension of throbbing bass that culminates in an all out sludge thrash with both Fiel and Gilchrest providing call-and-response style vocals that echo down into the underworld. Summoning powers from far below in the tracks such as Banshee, High Priestess creates a tangible atmosphere of shadowy mystique punctuated with intense doses of good old fashioned slow doom thrashing.
High Priestess is now re-released on cassette through Tridroid Records. It’s 40 minutes of high-quality rock and roll with all the pounding rhythms and ancient magic that you don’t want to miss.
For their debut, Ohio-based band ELK rocks a 90s grunge style mired to the knees in sludge and buzzed by a contact high of stoner rock. This Midwestern foursome serves up deliciously thick and heavy grooves like a Brazilian steakhouse waiter slicing off meat from the skewer.
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.