Tag Archives: experimental

Ennet House – Sensitive Bends

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The second album from this fantastic experimental pop duo. Regular readers might remember that I posted their EP a while back here. Their first album, Little Room, is also now available for free from their bandcamp page.

As with their first album, Ennet House have crafted a selection of lush, textural and catchy tracks. However, Sensitive Bends is filled with perhaps an even greater psych-pop intensity.  The album is designed to take you on a ‘visual journey’ across four suites, and these guys more than pull it off.  The whole album ebbs and flows as each track segues fluidly into the next. The result is amazing and might just surprise you with such a dynamic tracklist. All in all, there’s a hell of a lot of great stuff to listen out for on Sensitive Bends. Highly recommended.

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Vuota – Eroguro Neurosis

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A new project from the mind behind the fantastic Ripple’Field (posted here), that moves away from shining synthpop to a much darker sound. Vouta focuses on black metal, post-punk and goth rock to create something that transcends each of these genres. This is while managing to move flawlessly between rich melodies and raging, violent power. The tracks Short Breaths and Hanged are perhaps the best example of this polarity. The use of clean vocals will no doubt pull in those who are put off by the black metal tagging, but there is enough brute force and muffled screaming here to interest even the most kvlt of music fans.

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RAGS – RAGS

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RAGS is not an easy release to pin down. Free flowing and fuzzy guitar driven rock interspersed with an evolving ambient background, that plays out across two tracks that make up a 30 minute play time. A bit of a slow builder, but once it gets going it is textural and hypnotizing. Very different to anything I have heard in a while, and very easy to get lost in. Highly recommended.

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Wartime Tapestry – Storms

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Dense, noisy drone that really benefits from a good set of headphones. Wartime Tapestry makes excellent use of subtle loops and layering, creating the sort of music that you notice something new in every time you listen. A little tense at times, but it is very easy to get sucked into the dark, enveloping sound on Storms. The chimes on Veteran Flying Saucer are particularly brilliant. Whilst it is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, ambient and drone fans will not be disappointed. You can also check out Wartime Tapestry’s previous stuff on his Soundcloud page.

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Richard There – If The World Calls, Please Leave A Message

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Richard There makes music that is closely related to his cartoon work. Both are somewhat out of the ordinary, and many of the cartoons have a certain bleak and wistful feeling that is reflected to some extent in the music. The album itself is filled with pensive folk/neofolk and experimentation. This is in addition to narrative spoken word lyrics. A dark, melancholy and often rewarding release – give Silence Train a listen for a taster.

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Brian Square – A Bunch of Souls

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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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The Mad Pride – Various Tracks

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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.