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By way of explanation, this project is a combination of experiential style guitar playing and spoken word in the Frisian language, which is a Germanic minority language spoken in the Netherlands and parts of Saxony. (I’m assuming this is West Frisian here.)
Filed under: Post-rock, Review | Tags: Bleaklow, post-rock, The Sunless Country
Oh man, here is some guilt. Got this two months ago. So apologies to Bleaklow. This is the catching up.
The Sunless Country, actually the title of a really good novel, falls into that vein of more rocking post-rock. This is that higher energy stuff, reminds me a lot of Pelican and Caspian a lot. As I listened to it, its one continuous track, although you can get it broken down into it’s shorter individual movements. It never meanders, but still you have to be the kinda person that enjoys sitting through a nearly 24 minute long track. I am, you may be better served with smaller doses.
Here is the basic deal with Bleaklow. To be honest, these guys aren’t reinventing the wheel here, but they don’t have to. This is good stuff. They’re destroying it here. I am more lately in the mood for the higher energy post rock and this really hit the spot. A good band in this genre is like a pretty woman or an excellent meal, just the kind of thing I never tire of. I would buy this if it wasn’t given to me, and would certainly love to see them play should they ever find themselves touring the States.
Highly recommended for every post-rock fan out there.
Filed under: Ambient, Review | Tags: Aelter, Blake Green, Crucial Blast, Dusk Dawn, Follow You Beloved, Wolvserpent
Aelter is a project from Wolvserpent guitarist Blake Green.
So after reading the promotional copy and listening to both of these albums, I am going to lead in by apologizing to Blake. I don’t read sinister out of these albums. That is just me, but I feel like I have to apologize anyway. Aelter doesn’t tread into territory that I want to stay away from. I will buy and use adjectives like “bleak” “dark” and “beautiful.” In terms of a space created by the sound, something about the way I’m wired makes me want to move into the sound, not away from it.
Dark I’ll buy though, completely. The layered, nuanced approach – quiet guitars, languid vocals (absent on the earlier Dusk Dawn) – give Aelter a processional, almost funereal feel. That and what I think Aelter is most evocative of is the winter light of your northern climes. When Bob Mould sang about seeing nothing but gray he nailed the description, but not the feeling. Aelter nails the feeling. Dead on. I guess that’s where the lack of perception of sinister comes from. The most on both Dusk Dawn & For You Beloved really seems post-discomfort and into a place where having accepted the bleak and the dark, you find yourself able to see the beauty in both. Make no mistake, this is beautiful music.
Filed under: Interwebs | Tags: Heinali and Matt Finney, Hold On, Junior Dad, Loutallica, Soul Khan
I hate when this happens. I hated it last year too. Ok, so now I am back in action but there is a backlog of stuff that is staring me in the face and demanding attention. I am tempted to do pellet reviews, but that is not fair to anyone who sent me their music in good faith that I’d take the time with it.
Here is a thing:
Heinali and Matt Finney covered a Loutallica song and basically completely redeemed the project. I kind have this pet hypothesis that some stuff only exists so it can be covered by someone else down the line. So yeah, Loutallica existed so these guys could come along and do this.
Also, there is such as a new Soul Khan video:
Some blog news:
We’re hoping to have Matt back writing with us sometime in Feb-March of 2012.
We’re also still looking for another contributor or contributors. We’re also going to totally destroy ourselves at some point too. At least that is what I think will probably happen. What the plan is, is to migrate from our current WordPress.com setup to a WordPress.org install. Price wise, it’ll work out better for us than paying WordPress for all the assorted bells & whistles. We’ll be able to go back to hosting audio and can make some much-needed tweaks to our theme. We may take a stab at making some money for ourselves off of the site here too, I figure we can do $4 a month easy. The move will probably screw some stuff up, but hopefully not too much or for too long. Target date for this is beginning in mid-Jan with hopefully a week or two at the most of downtime. In the end though, we should be better than ever going into our 3rd year doing this.
Filed under: Review, Rock | Tags: alternative, Blood Vessels & Marshmallows, post-rock, progressive, Red Orchid
I miss the alternative rock. As a genre label there was a point in time where it was pretty valid and what I liked about it was that it communicated a broad and general sense of the prevailing trends in music rather than the hyperspecific genre descriptions that populate today’s musical discourse. The whole reason I bring this up is because Blood Vessels & Marshmallows makes me think of alternative rock in the best sense of the golden age thereof. Red Orchid is progressive rock though too. Progressive-alternative. And the strain of progressive that runs through it is a very true, classic style. Very King Crimson when it wants to be. All this leads up to one of the things I like most about Sanmeet Sidh’s take on the genres he’s fusing together in Red Orchid; the accessibility. Not that I mind, but a lot of the stuff I review personally is kind of “one step beyond” in terms of its experimental nature. Red Orchid is something I’d recommend to anyone, so I am. I’m recommending you check out this album, all of you.
Blood Vessels & Marshmallowsis available directly from the artist on CD with a 6 panel signed digipack accompanied with an immediate free download.
Also available as a download on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic and Bandcamp.