Monthly Recommendations – October 2017


Coma Cluster VoidThoughts from a Stone

Thoughts from a Stone is a praise-worthy successor to the band’s debut album, and expands many ideas that were expressed there further. For example, what I like to call the “chromatic neighbourhood” – many consecutive chromatic notes – in chords and scales. Its traditional use is to bridge the perfect fourth and fifth with a tritone, especially in blues, but it can sound very unsettling when using it around the tonal centre and with more than three neighbouring notes.

Mini-review.


AriadneStabat Mater

On Stabat Mater, however, Christine and Benjamin take

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Monthly Recommendations – September 2017

II II II – Frequency Illusion

What is there to say, honestly? The works presented on this full-length album takes what the band’s debut was all about, but with slightly better production and composition overall. You still get the mathy riffs, the jazzy grooves, and the hardcore-style vocals, but you get more of them, and you get only the best of them.

Mini-review.


Rivener – Rivener

The band definitely borrows a lot from free jazz, but they apply their knowledge of it successfully to experimental and noise rock. Well, maybe it’s just not jazz by omission. Lay down some saxophone

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Monthly Recommendations: August 2017


XanthochroidOf Erthe and Axen, Act I

[Matt has shown interest in reviewing the whole of Of Erthe and Axen, once the second act is released. Therefore, I can’t link to nor quote our review, but the sole fact that the album figures in our list of recommendations is telling.]

EhnahreThe Marrow

The band’s long, drawn-out pieces are very atmospheric and even entrancing, often relying on slow, repeated motives and spoken word passages to build a ritualistic summoning of heartfelt and mystic music. The outstanding compositions on The Marrow go from the angry to the hopelessly

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Monthly Recommendations: July 2017

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

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Answering Your Questions

Last week, I’ve announced that I would be doing a Questions & Answers/Ask Me Anything type of post, and so this is it! I’ve received some questions over on facebook and on the website, so I’ll answer them the best I can here in this post!

First let’s see what’s on the website! First comment comes from James Marshall:

Just want to say that I love the blog! It’s in my daily bunch of webcomics and blogs and news that I check every morning when I get into work. Thanks for all the great recommendations!

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Our New, Free Compilation Comes Out Thursday!

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

The Blog Is Five Years Old. Ask Me Anything!

Yes. On July 13, 2017, Can This Even Be Called Music? will be exactly five years old. We’ve covered a countless number of artists and albums, throughout the years, and I feel it would be fun to answer some of the questions you might have for me! So, do your worst!

Comment on this article or on the analogous facebook post so I can see your questions, and I’ll make up a video or a text post, hopefully on the thirteenth, answering them all!… Read more