Saturday, May 19, 2018

Bonnacons of Doom

A little psychedelia, a little prog, a little krautrock, some drone, and a whole lot of doom collide together in ritualistic fervor on the self-titled release from the Liverpool collective Bonnacons of Doom.  Start your Saturday off right.  Listen to "Solus" below and get the album here from Rocket Recordings.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday Horror Trailer - Island of Death


Cool Maritime

Cool Maritime is the experimental electronic project of Sean Hellfritsch, an LA composer/musician who also happens to be the spouse of fellow synth explorer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.  "Sharing Waves" has a kind of back to nature vibe going for it, analog synthesizers, sequencers, and modulators creating a soundtrack to the natural world.  Listen to "Climbing Up" below and get the album next month here from Leaving Records.

Alex Zhang Hungtai

Alex Zhang Hungtai, better known to you as the artist formerly behind projects like Dirty Beaches and Love Theme, was last seen/heard playing saxophone in the Road House on Twin Peaks with the band Trouble.  The enigmatic and prolific artist now has a new record on the way under his own name called "Divine Weight."  Watch the video for the droney, haunting, yet somehow soothing "Pierrot" below and pre-order the album here from Non Worldwide.


Here's some dark, meditative, and disorienting music from Whitney Johnson's recording project Matchess.  "Of Freedom" plays like some kind of seductive pagan ritual, entrancing and intoxicating and luring you into the gloom.  It's kind of where my head is at today.  Listen below and get the upcoming "Sacracorpa" in July from Trouble In Mind.  Pre-order here.

Sam Gendel

Keeping with the experimental saxophone trend of my listening habits today, earlier this year LA artist Sam Gendel released "Pass If Music," a collection of warped, strained, and strange songs created entirely out of sounds made by his sax.  "East LA Haze Dream" sounds just like what the title suggests, an airy, neon noir score for dark and surreal nights, a thick layer of sound hanging in the atmosphere.  Listen below and get the album here from Leaving Records.

Ben Vince

Try not to turn on the news too much today.  It's just one horrible thing after another interspersed with fluff about the happiness of our wealthy overlords.  Instead, just wallow in the strange darkness with me for a little while.  London saxophonist and experimental minimalist composer Ben Vince has a new album out next week, the transcendent and collaborative "Assimilation."  Listen to the eerie and creeping "What I Can See" featuring Micachu below and get the album here from Where To Now? Records.  Then follow me further down the abyss.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

oOoOO & Islamiq Grrrls

Man, i had forgotten all about witch house artist oOoOO, having figured the project had just faded away with the scene from 8 or 9 years ago.  Glad to see that i was wrong.  Out this week is a collaborative album, "Faminine Mystique" with Berlin producer/songwriter Islamiq Grrrls, which the duo describe as deliberately "difficult-to-digest."  The track "Be On Through" starts normally enough, a swirl of synths around a grooving beat that eventually begins to degrade and warble into different arrays of sound.  This may be a deconstructionist kind of record and i'm digging that.  Listen below and get the album here via Nihjgt Feelings.

Nine Inch Nails - God Break Down the Door

Aside from going old school in regards to obtaining tickets to their tour later this year (standing in line to get physical tickets like we used to do in days of yore), Nine Inch Nails also has a new EP out next month.  "Bad Witch" completes a trilogy of sorts, along with the preceding works "Not the Actual Events" and "Add Violence."  These EPs have been some of the best material that Reznor has released since in '90s heyday.  Listen to "God Break Down the Door" below and pre-order the record here from the band.

Uniform & The Body

Fresh off of last week's "I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer" LP, experimental metal duo The Body are back again in a couple of weeks with a new collaborative album with fellow noise makers Uniform.  The Ozzy Osbourne referencing "Mental Wounds Not Healing" is sure to be another wonderful cacophony.  Listen to "Come and See" below and get the record from Sacred Bones next month.