A warning before you read on – this release is DARK. It is probably the darkest thing I have ever posted on my blog. However, if you enjoy audio collages and experimental music that is a little twisted, you may well find a new favourite in Brian Square. Each of the six tracks sound very different, but they all feature a spectrum of sounds and textures, along with a general feeling of dread. This is a release best heard through headphones, putting forward a listening experience that is both awe-inspiring and at times terrifying. Not for the faint of heart, but truly inspiring for those who can appreciate it – The Star-Spangled Banner and There Is No Sin For All This are both personal favourites.
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Back in August I posted a collaboration between A Problem Like Maria and Radio Wire Empire. This is another collaboration featuring A Problem Like Maria, this time with electronic solo artist Water Gun Water Gun Sky Attack. They have worked together to produce Decompose, ‘ the soundtrack of a love story set during the zombie apocalypse.’ If that alone didn’t convince you to get this, perhaps a listen to the six tracks of fantastic IDM might do! Awesome mix of tight, varied electronica and female vocals. The full download features a load of bonus material, including remixes and original artwork.
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The Mad Pride is the brainchild of Rowan Galagher. Fusing together various genres including folk, neoclassical, darkwave, post-rock and psychdelica, The Mad Pride has drawn comparisons with artists such as Syd Barrett, David Bowie, Radiohead and Leonard Cohen. The previous description is almost identical to my own introduction to this artist, so you can see why I was instantly intrigued as to what this sort of mix would sound like! All I can say is that this is some seriously great music, and hard to pin down without giving it a listen. Polar Sunspots is no reviewing site, so if you still aren’t sold you can find one over at the ever fantastic inb4track.
You can also download a selection of songs on The Mad Pride’s Soundcloud, Facebook and Reverbnation pages for free. If you enjoy the music and wish to contribute to the artist, you can purchase his album Scary Poppins (pictured) for a mere $5 at Bandcamp.
Gorgeous folk that is a little psychedelic at points. Generally quite stripped down, with most of the tracks mainly featuring a female vocalist and acoustic guitar. A few well placed electronic elements and additional instruments here and there. Vocals are consistently fantastic, as are the lyrics. Has a really earthy, natural vibe with some simple effects creating an incredible atmosphere.
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