Kramies - The Wooden Heart
Ever since I discovered the Australian label Hidden Shoal Recordings last year, I’ve been really enjoying almost every single release they’ve put out, and the new EP from the Coloradan group Kramies is no exception.
An expert use of melody, dissonance and dynamic range lends “The Wooden Heart” a delicate, nuanced and yet incredibly rich sound, reminding me a lot of Air.
You can pick up the MP3 for free at the Hidden Shoal store here!
Sky Between Leaves - OOBE
Here’s some music for driving fast: “Outside” by The Last Outpost.
The Sky Drops - Let It Sound
This new track from The Sky Drops isn’t just the best track I’ve heard from them yet, it’s one of the best songs I’ve heard, ever. So good, tears came to my eyes.
You can grab The Sky Drops’ tracks here on Bandcamp.
Mentalease - Living Dream
Spencer Harris from Mentalease wrote me about ten days ago about his upcoming album “Living Dream”, and I was seriously remiss in not giving it a listen and reviewing it until now.
Because Mentalease is a one-man show, there’s necessarily quite a lot of electronics involved, but Spencer deals with this by taking it head-on, embracing artifacts and glitches and making them an integral part of his sound. Guitars and hazy laptop electronica fit together perfectly in an Atlas Sound manner, whether on the dreamy, drony “Presence” or the folk-electronic “Post-Nostalgia Withdrawal”.
I want to think of a criticism with this album, but I really can’t. For something written, performed, and produced by one person, it’s a tour de force. There’s no phoniness, no borrowed nostalgia for unremembered decades here: “Living Dream” feels genuine and unironic- a real breath of fresh air.
The Bilinda Butchers - The Lovers’ Suicide
New indie pop from The Bilinda Butchers! While other reviewers go for the obvious and make My Bloody Valentine comparisons, the BBs remind me most of a male-fronted Club 8.
This A-side off their latest single The Lovers’ Suicide is surprisingly upbeat for its title- fun, danceable pop with sidechained fuzz and a tune made for whistling.
I’ve been a fan of these guys since I discovered their track “Tulips” on a free Beko compilation back in ‘09. Since then, Adam and Michał have put out two EPs- regret, love, guilt, dreams and goodbyes, both of which are name-your-own-price on Bandcamp.
Orkid - Eagle Flight Misfortune
Hazy synths from Orkid.
Flights to Nowhere
For a while now, I’ve been looking for music that would capture the same feeling that I got from Ulrich Schnauss’s debut album Far Away Trains Passing By. It was with some excitement, then that I discovered Flight to Nowhere’s EP Screaming Underwater.
Flights to Nowhere is the solo project of Canadian artist and architecture student Chase Simmons. Influenced by Sigur Ros and Hammock, he combines ambient electronic sounds with filtered, processed live instruments to create some truly delightful, contemplative ambient electronica.