Posted Monday, December 8, 2014 - 10:45am by Clayton Michaels

Here’s the thing about Soused, the collaborative album from avant-garde singer-songwriter Scott Walker and everybody’s favorite drone/doom merchants Sunn O))): it doesn’t really seem like that much of a collaboration. Yes, there are moments when the familiar downtuned bombast of Messrs. Anderson and O’Malley come to the fore, but if you come to Soused primarily as a Sunn O))) fan, you’ll find those moments to be disappointingly few (though they become more obvious with repeated listens). Still, there’s much about Soused to recommend, once you get used to some of Walker’s musical eccentricities.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Scott Walker, Sunn O))), avant-garde, drone, doom
Posted Monday, November 24, 2014 - 3:13pm by Darin Tambascio

To promote the new Kayo Dot album (Coffins on lo)former Kayo Dot and Maudlin of the Well guitarist Greg Massi's podcast The Color of Air interviewed current and former members of both bands. 

Category: Podcasts

Tags: Greg Massi, Baliset, kayo dot, Maudlin of the Well, Toby Driver, Secret Chiefs 3, Vaura
Posted Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 10:56am by Gabriel Riccio

Antemasque feels like a conscious attempt to escape all of that and return to the duo’s post hardcore roots (albeit with some added New Wave influences). The album is very brief - 10 songs clocking in at under 35 minutes total, with only one song breaking the four minute mark. Gone are the horn sections, string orchestras and extensive overdubs of The Mars Volta’s studio records - the arrangements on Antemasque are stripped down to the basics, featuring only vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and the occasional synthesizer. Listening to Antemasque, I get the sense that this was a very spontaneous record. After leaving The Mars Volta, Rodriguez-Lopez frequently publicly reflected on how he was far too much of a dictator in that band, which prevented it from being fun for anyone involved. While I have no idea whether or not the band is actually having fun on this album, it certainly feels like they’re trying to, perhaps in order to ease back into working together with a project that’s a little more democratic and less demanding. 

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Deantoni Parks, Flea, Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez, Antemasque, The Mars Volta, At the Drive-In, De Facto
Posted Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 8:46am by Ian Beabout
Necromonkey - Necroplex (2013)

In a musical landscape dominated by artists who seek to recapture the essence of 1970’s groups, Necroplex is a modern and fresh offering from Mattias Olsson (ex-Änglagård) and keyboardist David Lundberg (Gösta Berlings Saga, ex-Änglagård), that combines elements of space-rock, Krautrock, Zeuhl, electronic music, and a few uncharted genres as well!

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Necromonkey, Necroplex, Mattias Olsson, David Lundberg, experimental, electronic, krautrock, spacerock, Zeuhl, Änglagård
Posted Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 3:10pm by Darin Tambascio

When the news broke about a final Pink Floyd record, many fans were skeptical. As a life-long fan, I had a different perspective. I think of the band's history in five separate eras: the Barrett era (The Piper At The Gates of Dawn, early singles), post-Barrett era (A Saucerful of Secrets, More, Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother, Meddle, Obscured by Clouds), mid 70s era (The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals), the Waters era (The Wall, The Final Cut), and the Gilmour era (A Momentary Lapse of Reason, The Division Bell, and now The Endless River). When hearing the base tracks for The Endless River were recorded during The Division Bell sessions, I knew what to expect...more Gilmore era music. Regardless, this swan song offers a few pleasant surprises and highlights the one constant throughout all eras of The Floyd...Richard Wright's evocative keyboards.    

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Pink Floyd, The Endless River, Syd Barrett, David Gilmour, Richard Wright, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, ambient, space rock, psychedelic, progressive, Pompeii, EBow, Whammy

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