Thursday, August 17, 2017

/​/​ECO ESTUDIO SESSION​/​/ by The Terrorist Collective

Sunday, August 13, 2017

THE ZOD1AC TAPES VOLUME 1

Friday, August 11, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Gardens of Babylon by cultural critic

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Disorder Mixtape by Disorder

Monday, June 26, 2017

Ocean themes vol​.​1 by SMHERTZ

Thursday, June 22, 2017

17 by The Non-Functional Saints

Friday, June 9, 2017

Floating World by Meznoyume

Monday, June 5, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

7 come 11 (2017) by the lost and found sound

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Colorist by Spieglass

Sunday, April 30, 2017

cultural critic (EP)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Down and Out in Uruk and Luxor by Brother Lucid

Thursday, April 27, 2017

jocelyn packard

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tudo é poético aos olhos de cada um, desde que você se permita​.​.​. by Sketchquiet

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

Farewell, Reality or How to Philosophize with Nothing Left by I Cut People

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

To Be a Beast by Dino Spiluttini

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Escapists by The Autumn Stones

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Adventures of Mr. Potoilethead by Fannyland

Friday, March 10, 2017

Cerebrotonia by Eye Candy

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Triptych #3 by Various Artists

Saturday, February 25, 2017

OZEAN - limited edition cassette by Lavender Sweep Records

Friday, February 24, 2017

Juicy Costumes by Suko Pyramid

After sorting through underwhelming electro sounds for an hour on Soundcloud, sometimes you stumble upon that diamond in the rough, that unheard of artist that just has that raw, undeniable talent. Perhaps the sort of mischievous satisfaction felt is similar to what A&R people feel when they hear an amazing demo and know they have something unique that the rest of the world has yet to hear.

One such experience, for me was hearing the young Spanish artist Suko Pyramid for the first time. His first online album, Juicy Costumes was released earlier this month. The album is full of sad melodies, bouncy understated rhythms, and electroacoustic production. It’s moody, funny, and above all honest. You can hear the influence of Radiohead, Brian Wilson, and more contemporary lo fi artists like Mac Demarco.

Many of the albums’ melodic and lyrical meandering takes some time to grow on you but there are tracks that are immediately catchy and will very likely be stuck in your head the rest of the day, such as Yawn to Survive, My Newest Sheep Costume, and Stripping Off. The later has a dark, jazzy vibe. The influence of Radiohead is most prominent in the soulful chorus, but you can also hear a bit of Beach Boys crooning in there. Like much of Suko’s music, the loneliness seems palpable, yet instead of being depressing, it’s actually quite beautiful. Suko’s music feels a little like personal therapy that once in a while, in between the wandering and the loneliness, strikes a common chord with humanity. As listeners, we’re lost and then found along with him. It might seem indulgent at times, but it’s also quite honest.

You'll probably pick up on a goofy, overtly sexual streak on the album as well. The album cover, for starters, shows Suko (I assume) feeding from a cartoon breast. The song titles are sometimes bizarre and humorous: Hairy Tits, Overweight Grandma Teachings, Fat Whales Escape. The ambitious collaboration with Owl Yeah, titled "Review (Giant Babies End up Lonely)” is about as far left field as you can get, featuring strange vocal manipulation and detuned synth. Suko is as eager to experiment it seems, as he is willing to bear his soul.

In all, Juicy Costumes is a weird, dark, whimsical experience, that proves the best, most unique music on the internet is sometimes hiding under the surface. Keep digging. The album is available for purchase on Suko’s Bandcamp. You can also listen to his extended catalogue on Soundcloud.

Matt Ackerman

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Anais by Harrison and Dunkley

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

List of Equipment by Lusterlit

Sunday, January 29, 2017

EP - One by Brothers Mothers

The Kyiv trio Brothers Mothers released their impressive first EP late last year simply titled ‘EP - One’. It’s difficult to pin down the style of this release or of the band in general which, in my opinion, is always a good sign. It says it’s original (as much as that’s still possible) and it’s certainly refreshing to be challenged by an independent release in an era dominated by nostalgia, and same-only-different rehashing.

Of course, that’s not to say Brothers Mothers (you have to dig the clever name by the way) aren’t grounded in some eclectic, stylistic foundation. It’s funky, psychedelic, progressive. The band cites influences as various as breakbeat, shoegaze, and jazz. The EP is chill then heavy, even post-punkish at times, but still with a groove. From the start, the first song ‘You’ grabs your attention. It’s lush with melody and dripping with sixties era effects. There’s plenty of shoegazing and weird synth sounds on the EP, however it doesn’t rely on these explorations the way a shoegaze or psych band would. That is to say, there is a musical foundation that shows their mastery not just of effect pedals, but of instrumentation and composition. There are chord changes, even rhythmic changes, executed with ease. In fact, the rhythmic dynamism is to me perhaps the most compelling aspect of the project, testament to the benefit of a human drummer in the age of digital drum loops. In short, these guys have chops.

You may have also noticed from the EP cover or from perusing their various social and streaming sites, their keen eye for minimal art and design. And, if you speak Russian or Ukranian you might also notice their appreciation for poets like Joseph Brodsky or Vilen Barsky, as they incorporate works from these poets in their lyrics.

Brothers Mothers prove to be a unique musical force, intriguing in their experimentation and impressive in their musicianship. They are doubtless an act to keep your eye on.

You can download EP - One for free now on Bandcamp

Matt Ackerman

Friday, January 13, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Splices and phases by soiled / Marcus h