Thursday, January 28, 2016

[Bandcamp] LIL UGLY MANE - Oblivion Access [Alternative Hip-Hop]

If there is a god, I'm sure his name is unpronounceable
Release Date: December 18th, 2015
Genre: alternative, rap, noise

For Fans of: Lil Ugly Mane
Recommended Tracks: Columns, Grave Within A Grave, Opposite Lanes, Achilles Foot, Collapse and Appear, Leonard's Lake, Persistence, Drain Counter, Slugs, Intent and Purulent Discharge

Mista Thug Isolation, Little Ugly Mane, The Human Rap Game, whatever you call LUM it doesn't matter. Oblivion Access is the potential final release under the pseudonym and according to the man himself, the release of five years of filthy water in the tub of which he was soaking in. Surprisingly, it's an apt description for the album. As this is Lil Ugly Mane at his most cynical and creatively insane in his entire career. I almost want to give the fella a poor hug, but I think he'd stab me with a knife if I got too close.

Stream/Download/Buy: Bandcamp

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


This is what real life feels like... right?
Artist: Rav
Release Date: December 19th, 2015
Genre: Rap/Hip-Hop

For Fans Of: Kill Bill, Bones, The CunningLynguists, Ashido Brown
Recommended Tracks: Solanine, Devil Fruit Smoothies, Addlerall, Lavender, A Better Place, 1000 Years in the Mountains

Yay for cynicism! Rav's debut LP is a smooth, warm approach to the struggle of a lack of success bringing you down to the lowest of lows. "I could always go Cobain if nothing else works" appears to be Rav's approach to the dilemma of success, and it's the centerpiece for an excellent album exploring the said depths of a depressing outlook on life. Chill jazzy arrangements, Rav's smooth rapid flow, and songwriting that's relatable;' BENEATH THE TOXIC JUNGLE is an album well worth the listen.

Stream/Download/Buy: Bandcamp

[Bandcamp] Single Soul - Cold Drone Blues Expanded [Alternative]

cold drone blues expanded cover art
Even when at sea, I'll still drag the streets...
Artist: Single Soul
Release Date: January 16, 2016
Genre: Alternative, post-rock, emo, lo-fi

For Fans of: Carissa's Wierd, The Microphones, Mogwai, Teen Suicide
Recommended Tracks: Resilient Spirit, Brookings, New Wave Girl, Anthology for Mothers, Sweater Weather, untitled 9, Abby is Pretty

The Single Soul project has seen one major change after another since it's inception a few years back. Starting as Jacob Scheppler's bedroom pop solo project, Single Soul has expanded it's scope to feel and sound like a full fledged band along with exploration in a various amount of styles and genres. Cold Drone Blues almost sounds like a lost treasure from the 90s, in a way. There's an even split of chilling post-rock arrangements on tracks such as Resilient Spirit and Abby is Pretty and rock tracks that blur the lines of drone, folk, and alternative music on New Wave Girl, Anthology for Mothers, and Brookings. It's a brilliant album that combines the raw spirit of Scheppler's rowdy vocals and angst-ridden songwriting with beautifully composed post-rock melodies and it's perfectly worth a spin. 

Stream/Download/Buy: Bandcamp

Monday, January 18, 2016

[Bandcamp] flatsound. - If We Could Just Pretend [Slowcore/Folk]

If We Could Just Pretend cover art
Because that isn't me...
Artist: Flatsound.
Release Date: March 18th, 2015
Genre: slowcore, folk, minimalistic, lo-fi

For Fans Of: Bon Iver, Carissa's Wierd, Teen Suicide, Elvis Depressedly, Bright Eyes
Recommended Tracks: If We Could Just Pretend, Fighting a Losing War, Lately I've Been Feeling Tired of Everyone I Know

Mitch Welling's flatsound project has always been a favorite of mine. While the project's beginnings were a slightly above average standard to your traditional bedroom pop project. Over the years the Welling has expanded the sound into a truly beautiful minimalistic folk project that reaches out and touches the soul in a way that a lot of artists simply don't. If We Could Just Pretend is the latest EP from Welling's project, and it's a beauty of an EP. 

Explore the dreary landscape of Welling's inner-workings with a 5 track EP of mournful acoustic ballads and buzzy electrifying soundscapes of booming percussion, crooning electric guitars, and bleak longing interruptions in-between. 

Stream/Download/Buy: Bandcamp

Sunday, January 17, 2016

[Bandcamp] Nick Lyons - Unauthorised Broadcast [Experimental]

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We Ascend Today.
Artist: Nick Lyons
Release Date: October 8th, 2014
Genre: Experimental, Noise, Ambient

For Fans Of: The Residents?
Recommended Tracks: Gaslighting, Draconian Akrasia, Pyrrho, Hypoventilation, Seeking Sanctuary

Remember Kanyequest? Released in 2013, it was a silly RPG maker game about Kanye saving the future from evil clones of famous rappers, and it received some mild media coverage for it's very silly nature. After a while though, it fell off the face of the earth like many minor trends before it. Then came early 2015, when a forum user's friend discovered a very weird and frankly creepy secret hidden in the game that no one previously knew about.

That secret? The game was a front for a cult recruitment program.

It was revealed, that by typing in a secret codeword that many would've missed if not paying strict attention to minor in-game details, one could enter a secret area in the game by asking an NPC to "ASCEND." Upon doing this, users discovered a white marble tiled room and their Kanye sprite being replaced by that of a butterfly. Text boxes would congratulate you for discovering this secret area and inviting you, the enlightened individual, to be part of a series of tests to prove your worth for Ascensionism. What's that you ask? It's a very obscure cult that believes that before life, all souls existed as a collective that arranged all events in life as consensual events. This means that anyone you would date, be friends with, insult, or murdered were all on terms agreed before you were alive. Now the cult's official social media pages are playing a game with the small amount of users aware of Kanyequest's secret, who are trying to crack the code that the game has hidden away. All very creepypasta indeed.

Now, what does this have to do with this album exactly? Well glad you asked! You see, Nick Lyons is actually signed to the cult's official Bandcamp page... as he is the only artist. Odd enough is that no information on who Lyons is exists online outside of the fact that he is 19 (now 21) and lives in Australia. This album is like the embodiment of everything creepy about this entire situation. Weird, repetitive themes of apocalypse, harsh noise and piano banging, tortured vocals depicting vivid images of misery, and electronic elements that only further cement the creepiness factor; this is an album that just like the entire story around it, manages to scare and impress at the same time.

Stream/Download/Buy: Bandcamp
EDIT: Correct URL added, sorry!

[Bandcamp] Harrison Fjord - Approximately 906 Miles [Psych Rock]

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And I will sleep again...
Artist: Harrison Fjord
Release Date: January 5th, 2016
Genre: Psychedelic Rock

For Fans Of: Tame Impala, BADBADNOTGOOD, Pink Floyd, Flaming Lips, Local Natives
Recommended Tracks: theres only one track.

Harrison Fjord are an up and coming psych rock outfit from the musical underbelly of Arizona. This track, which is a "live" rendition of a track from their debut EP, is one of the smoothest songs to come out in a while. And surprisingly, the inclusion of an included guitar intro and outro makes it even better than the studio release. With a solid 3 minute electric guitar solo, the group explores the beauty of cold-side-of-the-pillow atmosphere with a sweet saxophone and comforting vocals that hit all the right sweet spots. The heavy bass calms and soothes and if you have headphones that shake real hard when it registers bass notes then you'll be in heaven no joke. 

Just check it out.

Stream/Download/Buy: Bandcamp

[Bandcamp] Mormon Toasterhead - slack tide [Experimental/Lo-fi/Folk]

I want to tear it apart...
Artist: Mormon Toasterhead
Release Date: December 26th, 2015
Genre: lo-fi, experimental, folk

For Fans Of: Daniel Johnson, John Cale, Daughter
Recommended Tracks: Think, Time, Corner Store, Clementine, Viaduct

What do you expect from an artist named Mormon Toasterhead? If you answered "some experimental lo-fi indie folk with emphasis on maximalism" then you are a filthy liar. Mormon Toasterhead's latest release is a jangled up mess of a record, yet it's what makes it beautiful. Elements of folk clash with noise, post-rock, minimalism, and the like in a very cohesive and captivating style. Tracks like Think play straight forward with clean post-rock leads while Corner Store's spoken-word outro levitates to the quirkier side of Ben's musicianship. Ben himself presents a pretty solid vocal performance. His weak, whispery vocals serenade the downing feel of the album in such a brilliant way. Not to forget  the falsettos in Corner Store and Viaduct~~

slack tide is an interesting album, and a good one too, give it a shot you.

Stream/Download/Buy: Bandcamp

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