Monthly Archives: July 2011

Signal Path – Minds Make Lights

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This intricate glitch release is one that demands your full attention. A wide variety of effects and samples are used in this EP which give it such a lush, thick sound.  Although I have never been a huge fan of the glitch genre, this release is highly listenable and certainly something I could see myself playing over and over again.

Signal Path have set about releasing 4 free EPs for each of the seasons, with this release coinciding with the start of summer. It will be interesting to see how the idea develops – Signal Path are certainly one to keep an eye on.

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Carloman – Carloman

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Very rarely do you find an album as original as todays release. Put simply, Carloman is a folk album with a medieval twist, or as one tag describes, “pre-baroque pop”(!) Incorporating medieval melodies and instruments along with synths and folky choruses, Carloman manages to sound like nothing you have heard before.

Clearly theme is important for this release, which is about the younger brother of the mighty Charlemagne. As a fan of concept albums I found this made the album all the more enjoyable. Whilst I realise that the concept and/or whole medieval thing might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I suggest you give the songs March of the Beasts or¬†Roncevaux a listen and try not to crack a smile.

A great addition to anyones music library, and a truly original release when compared to the oft-generic popular charts.

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The Missing Leech – Trompetes a Holanda

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The fact that I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this Spanish release without knowing what any of the lyrics mean is a hint towards the quality of the album. Managing to put forward both punk and folk songs the album stays fresh and fun throughout. By not being too ‘folky’ or ‘punky’, the album is highly accessible to listeners who are not fans of either genre.

One of the best things about this release is its quirkiness and varied use of instruments from harmonica, to trumpets, to what I believe is a sitar. Each song sounds different and original, making this album easy to listen to again and again.

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Vooram – Vooram

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Delving into the heavier side of music today with the blogs first metal related post. This atmospheric black metal album has a wide range of influences which are evident throughout the tracklist. Like all good atmospheric BM, Vooram manages to combine brutal blast beats and vocals with ambient soundscapes that mesmerise the listener.

As with most music, this album benefits from listening through headphones. The subtle background effects really complete this release, and make a closer listen all the more rewarding. The best example of this is perhaps the song A Portrait of Scattering Dust and Ash In The Air.

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Monster Rally – Deep Sea EP

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This tropical chillwave release is one that will make you smile. Like most chillwave artists, Monster Rally revels in 80s synths and effects that bring to mind summer days in the sun. In addition to this is the fantastic use of horns which really give the EP a very individual feel.

Although the songs are short, they are exciting enough to warrant your time. Fans of chillwave will find a fresh take on the genre here, and for strangers this is as good a place as any to start listening.

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Glorie – Glorie

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Another post-rock release today and it’s certainly a good one! This self-titled album is warm and full, and moves away from the popular crescendo based post-rock sound to a more relaxed instrumental vibe.

Each song has a clear and distinct feel and the album is never too busy. The use of violins is also a great touch which really refines the music. All in all a release that is worth your time.

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Art Deco Cathedrals – Every Pain & Every Pleasure: An EP

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This sombre post-rock release uses an acoustic guitar as its focal point, something not often seen within the genre. Because of this the album has a murky, brooding feeling. The song Regine Olsen is perhaps the best example of this, where the occasionally discordant guitar constantly provides a source of tension and uncertainty.

Generally an exciting release that will keep you on your toes, but not something to listen to whilst walking alone at night.

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