Last time I had a sundry commentary, I started off with a few kind words about Keep It Together Records. Since then, my birthday occurred, and I’ve purchased three tapes, Two LITE tapes, and Low-Pass’ “Trimurti”. I’m telling you, this guy has some pretty great music on there. Once I receive my tapes, I’ll post all about them on my twitter, @Foofsies
Lately I’ve been going through the newest releases under the ‘post rock’ tag on bandcamp. I cannot tell you how terrible a choice this was. Yes, I may have found a few goodies here and there (two of which you saw last week, and one more coming up next week) but for the most part, it’s all rubbish. The sheer amount of bands that use post-rock as an attention grabber is absolutely insane. I should know, I listened to every single one of them. Screamo, Metal, Indie Rock, Punk, noise, all of them have used post-rock tags. So many bands these days try to bend the rules, or color outside the lines of their respective genres. But so many of them use post-rock, because they feel it’s some sort of trend. I prefer honesty over trends any day of the week. Just tell us what you sound like, instead of trying to make money off genres you aren’t even close to.
Now that my rant’s over, let me show you some of the better music I’ve found.
We Stood Like Kings has released “Berlin 1927” a brilliant single clocking in just under 15 minutes. Such beautiful atmosphere begs for a full-length album. Heck, it could just be four tracks of this over and over again. You wouldn’t see me complain.
And The Words Came Easily’s “Awake” album has been on my playlist for quite some time, and I don’t intend on removing it for a while. It’s not outstanding by any definition of the word, but it’s pretty and deserves some attention.
Becoming The Lion recently released “Automa” which has tickled my ears several times since I found it. Technical Post-Metal at its finest. I actually found this band through Echoes and Dust, like Glaswegians. Absolutely superb listening material.
Clever Hans’ Self-titled EP is just way too short. It’s filled to the brim with very entertaining math rock, but it’s like a shot glass instead of a pint. I am very much looking forward to hearing more from them.
If you’re looking for more emo-ish indie-ish stuff, Keep It Together Records caught me by surprise with A Garden Overgrown’s “The Lost Art of Conversation” Highly recommended if you like Emo-ish Indie-ish stuff.
As for you drone-fans, check out Muldeponie, Weress, and Reflection of A Star. Plus the new Earth album is absolutely stunning. I’m terrible at writing about drone, but that doesn’t mean I can’t listen to it and make recommendations.
Speaking of new albums, the new Maybeshewill album, “Fair Youth” is simply magical. Set and Setting’s “A Vivid Memory” is a bit of a sideways step, but the upcoming This Will Destroy You album will knock your socks off. Ah, the joys of being a writer.
I hope you guys have fun checking out all of this wonderful music, most of which can be downloaded at name your price.
And as always, I’m usually posting about vinyl, cassettes, or music in general on my twitter, @Foofsies where you can find out about music that doesn’t make it to postrockstar or Echoes and Dust.
Next week: Dust Sculptures – “Far Above The Pines”