Monday, July 28, 2014


GEYSER - S/T 12" (Radiclaw)
What you will find on this debut 12" by Geyser from Greater Sudbury, Ontario is a dirty punk sound with an occasional noise-rock and post-punk flare, riddled with crashing guitars, driving bass lines and snarling vocals, all combining into one blistering and impressive debut record. Geyser's sound exists somewhere in a middle ground between "Goo" era Sonic Youth and the raw power of 70s proto-punk and 60s garage. The opening track quickly outlines the straighter side of their sound with cruddy guitars, trashy 70s rock riffs and a super catchy chorus part. With many different ideas and more calculated freak outs the remaining three tunes push the band's post-punk influences into the forefront. A very promosing and highly recommended debut release! (Listen to it here)

MA TURNER - ZOZ LP (Sophomore Lounge)
Along with the "Nessy Peen" Tape on Loin Seepage here's another new release by Lousville based artist Ma Turner. "Zoz" consists of thirteen tracks based on remixes and sound collages of the original "Zoz" collection's eighty-three songs on twelve cassettes. Ma Turner arranges his songs fast, direct and intuitively. The result is a repettive, eternal and minimal style of mediative music. With banjo, guitar, electronics and his airy voice Turner creates downer folk songs at a extremely weird level. The recordings balance between unsetting electronic sound scapes, guitar-driven folk and the mesmerizing, trippy sound of eastern music. Ma Turner has given us a record that is progressive and forward-looking, intense and driving. Another outstanding coup from Sophomore Lounge! Limited to 200 copies. (Listen to it here)

Marmore from Italy fashioned a four-track debut EP of tremendous beauty and depth. All songs are recorded with a strong compositional sense and captured with mesmerising attention to detail. Guided by plenty of brilliant guitar melodies and driven by an uncharacteristic strain of heavy pounding rhythms this trio creates deep instrumental soundscapes. Musically impressive and technically perfect Marmore offer a huge variety of ideas and textures that impart to the songs an urgency one is not likely to find among all those mediocre bands trying to hop on the recent post-rock bandwagon. If you dig Russian Circles, you'll probably also be digging this. (Listen to it here)

"Neil's Generator" is the third full-lenght from Mordecai within the past four years. The geographic isolation of their hometown Missoula, Montana is probably one main reason for this group's uniqueness. Instead of jumping on the next bandwagon Morcecai have developed a truely authentic style of post-punk. Their previous "College Rock" LP impressed with it's rough production and changing sound levels. In contrast, the songs on "Neil's Generator" have become wider and deeper. Freak outs have been miminmized and everything's less noisy. With their sloppy, unpolished sound driven by unpredictable guitars and weird vocals Mordecai have somewhat left their strong Swell Maps influences behind. You can now also hear similarities to Velvet Underground, Mike Rap & Tommy Jay and The Flesh Eaters, but of course this record speaks it's own musical language. (Listen to it here)

The second full album by Mile Me Deaf is probably one of the best indie-rock records in 2014. This band from Vienna, Austria consists of members of the mighty Sex Jams, Killed by 9V Batteries and others. “Holography” combines the spirit of 90s underground music in the vein of Ween, Dinoasaur Jr. and Silver Jews with a strong 60s pop sensibility. Mile Me Deaf shred with loud roar through quirky guitar-riffs, driving rhythms and tons of addictive vocal harmonies. The songs develop a slightly melancholy-tinged mood that is contrasted with fuzz effects, some noise and strong experimental impulses. The result is a unique and unmistakble piece of indie music. Through external control listeners are forced to nod their heads, tap feet with the rhythm and stand around with a grim on your face. A total banger! (Listen to it here)

Put the beer on ice - Ottowa's party punks New Swears are back with their second album.  "Junkfood Forever, Bedtime Whatever" is a break with the lo-fi, crashing sound of their debut full lenght from last year. This time the band brings a smooth, dynamic and even catchier style, that combines a wide variety of different influences. While still very much in the vein of early Black Lips records, New Swears also recall the classic sound of late 70s power-pop and current pop-punk. The ten tracks mix highly developed pop songwriting skills with the rawness of vintage rock'n'roll. The whole album sounds like a rush of great yell-along choruses, incredible hooks, sugar-sweet guitar melodies and addictively catchy vocals. This feelgood pop-punk is made to get your party started. Great! (Listen to it here)

OAKEN / MARNOST - SPLIT LP (Dingleberry) 
This East European split LP features two bands that play modern, dark hardcore on a very high level. With influences ranging from postmetal to sludge and Portland style neo-crust Oaken don't really sound like something fundamentally new, but they succeed in mixing these styles in a very varied and profound way. Monster riffing, rumbling bass, propulsive beats and harsh dynamics are the outlines of Oaken's brutal hardcore mayhem. On the flipside Marnost from the Czech Republic dish up one extended track that can only be regarded as monumental. Dark, epically long and full of variety Marnost unfold together a product of slowmotion sludge, atmospheric post-metal, merciless blackened hardcore assaults and experimental sound scapes. Apocalyptic, massive and frightening! (Listen to it here)

Cleveland's Lamont "Bim" Thomas is a extremely productive guy. Since he started his Obnox solo project in 2011 he put out three full albums and countless 7"s on such great labels as Southpaw, Slovenly, Negative Guest List, Permanent or 12XU. Considering that he's the former or current drummer of V-3, The Unholy Two, Puffy Areolas, This Moment in Black History and The Bassholes it seems like everything he's involved in appears to be great. "Louder Space" is still driven by noisy guitars, but it's a slight departure from the radical lo-fi production of previous Obonx releases. This time Thomas brings deeper, more varied song structures pushed forward by a smoother, but still rough studio production (for the first time!). Again he takes on a wide variety of musical influences ranging from punk, garage, noise, proto-punk, funk, hip-hop and R&B to create his very own, unmistakable style. This is music on a supremely open-minded level. Don't miss this album! (Listen to it here)

PASTEL / MERRIDEW - SPLIT 12" (Monday Morning)
This one-side split 12" features two bands from Italy and England. Pastel from Bari play a energetic brand of emo-tingend post-hardcore that fuses quiet, soft passages with brilliant harmonies, frantic outbursts and umistakable vocals sung in Italian language. Even if they consist as a two-piece Pastel are able to write layered, atmospheric and heavy driving songs. Hailing from the midlands Merridew write pure instrumental tunes that sound like the perfect symbiosis of post-rock and 90s emo. With echoing riffs, plenty of melodies and pounding rhythms Merridew create well-crafted songs that ebb and flow. Think of a product of Envy, This Will Destroy You and Texas Is The Reason. Very nice! (Listen to it here)