Well, it’s been a great year for music, and especially can’t-even-be-called-music. Seeing as the year is just about over, we’re going to wrap up with a list of the best albums of the year. We are glad to say that CTEBCM is and remains at the forefront of music journalism, and we are proud to present you the first top 5 of the year! Who really wants to wait until 2018 is actually over to decide what was best? Not us! Let’s stop pretending that releases in December matter. In fact, we can safely assume that nothing that comes out … Read more
Grave Upheaval – Sciomancy
As you can hear, the whole spectrum is drenched in a mystical atmosphere and weighed down by low pitched guitar notes and slow drumbeats, only here and there picking up and blasting waves of unrelenting polka beats. This sounded quite similar to yet another Austrialian band that goes by the name of Portal. Even though their later teachings somewhat branched off from the heavy worship, their previous works were relatively alike to this. Sciomancy is, I believe, Grave Upheaval’s attempt at expanding on the methods and approach of the earlier life of Portal.
The trio’s music is really impressive! The first disc is often reminiscent of German favourites Ikarus – minus the scat –, with their entrancing odd rhythmics and polytonal melodies. Truly, a chef-d’œuvre of modern jazz composition and interpretation. On the second, slightly shorter side, a new world opens up and it sounds like an entirely different band playing, which is at the same time enthralling and disorienting. You’ll quickly get along to the idea, considering just how interesting this part also is.
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At over an hour and a half long, the musical side of Yellow Fog Sword
With a slightly different approach than previous iterations of our yearly compilation, Year 5 is complete and will come out on July thirteenth, Thursday. In order to highlight the change, it doesn’t continue the Melocules – literally little music – series. Instead of regrouping songs at the whim of me and other collaborators, Year 5 compiles songs from albums that we have mentioned in our ‘Monthly Recommendations’ posts. So, it’s really a recap of the year, hence the title. All of what you hear is music that has been released from July 2016 to June 2017 inclusively. We have been … Read more
Texan avant-garde chamber music ensemble Vmthanaachth, after expanding our minds with their debut, Fit secundum regulam, prepare for their sophomore release, Inferotemporal. Out on June twentieth, the album, which offers more than an hour of new challenging material, will come out on their bandcamp page along with its physical version. We have the pleasure of being the first to bring you the closing track. At over twenty minutes long, ‘Holographic Speleothems Firsting a Hugeness of Twilight’ is quite a journey (that’s an understatement). It’s harsh and comforting, brilliant and pitch black… It’s its own antithesis, and, instead … Read more
We are pleased to present a live video of Ikarus performing ‘Ryuujin’ off their most recent album, Chronosome.
Ikarus is a Swiss contemporary jazz band with an interesting configuration. They take a typical acoustic jazz trio composed of piano, bass, and drums, and add two scat vocalists – one male and one female – to the mix. This results in a highly unique sound defined by sublime vocal interplay underlaid by dynamic compositions.
The human voice, unbound by language, is more versatile than any other instrument one might use. Ikarus certainly proves that with their stellar performance. The rhythm … Read more
From this apparently so mechanical and inhuman score counterintuitively emanates so many emotions and thoughts, in strong waves of melancholy, passion, and amazement. The first, minimalistic moments betray a much more complex and dense interior. The fact that so much life vibrates from this synthesized offering only highlights the care and delicacy with which it has been crafted. Steeple is, without a doubt, a remarkable piece of work that all should try. A perfect blend of black MIDI and contemporary classical music.
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With this opus, we see them at their most diversified and confident. Between the blast beats