Sandy Ewen & Weasel Walter, Snowpoet, Party Pack Ice, Grind-o-Matic, See You Space Cowboy & Second Grade Knife Fight, Utsav Lal, Сольвычегодск, Nautilus, and Œstre

Sandy Ewen & Weasel Walter – Idiomatic

Long time musical explorers Sandy Ewen and Weasel Walter released a new free noise jazz album as a duo. Under the name Idiomatic, the group goes in long form musical peregrinations, which yields three tracks, each over twenty minutes long, that alternate between hectic improvisation and crushing atmospheres of noise and distortion. The verdict is quite simple: this album is awesome!

Snowpoet – Thought You Knew

Lauren is perhaps one of my favourite singers. I became acquainted to her voice with the mind-blowing experimental jazz band Blue-Eyed Hawk, but her work in … Read more

Astrakhan – Without New Growth Process Is Bloodshed

The Music

The Words

Alright, Vancouver’s progressive stoner metal crew Astrakhan released an album, in 2016, that was already promising, but today we face the repercussions of that promise. Have they delivered? I’m glad to say they do. Without New Growth Process Is Bloodshed is an improvement on all fronts, and possible one of the best progressive stoner albums out there! One comment on bandcamp compares it to a mix of Protest the Hero, Tool, and Mastodon. I’ve got to say that while I see the latter two parts, I have a hard time noticing the similarities with PTH. … Read more

Futbolín, Colin Hinton, Daniel Saylor, Xenobiotic, 灰野敬二 (Keiji Haino) & Sumac, Fire!, Vitamin Sun, Basalte, and Monoglot

Futbolín – Shy Guys, Malmö Days

The Italian post-hardcore trio managed to create an energetic and emotional EP that has just the slightest hints of math rock and mathcore influence, in the form of a chaotic hardcore aftertaste. Even though the album is rather straightforward in its time signatures, except for the odd time here and there, the choice accentuations keeps things fresh and unsettling. The only thing I can fault this EP on is its measly eleven-minute runtime, but it isn’t really a fault if said minutes give you a great time!

Colin Hinton – Glassbath

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Weekly Release Dump

Saturday, 27

Brian! – Chasms of Color and Thought (avant-pop/chamber music)

Stygian Obsession – Form Is Void (experimental black metal)

Wormhole – Causation (experimental electronic music)

Sunday, 28

Autger – God Kissing Carrion (cyber dark jazz)

Cyclamen – 阿弥陀 (Amida) (post-hardcore)

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Extended Album Art: The Often-Forgotten Sides of Album Covers

Just this month, at least two amazing albums were released that have extended album arts. What counts as extended?, you ask. Quite simply, it’s when an album cover derogates from the perfect square image usually shown on sites like Bandcamp, Itunes, Spotify, and many others. Such artistic eccentricities can be caused by the album art wrapping around more than one panel on a physical release, which leads to two- or even three-panel artworks. These extended forms usually show more of the concept behind the art, and, most of the time, are an absolute joy to behold.

On this website, I … Read more

Monthly Recommendations: January 2018

Feeding Fingers – Do Owe Harm

“Through post-punk aesthetics intermingled with synthwave and experimental pop, Feeding Fingers shine a new light on xenharmony, and convincingly make use of different tuning systems, such as 15- or 22-EDO, Bohlen-Pierce, and Carlos’ ɑ, β, and γ tunings, showing a good grasp of microtonal music theory and practice. On that point, at no moment during the forty minutes that the album lasts is the choice of going beyond twelve-tone a distraction to the enjoyment of the music.”

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Garrett Wingfield’s Octopod – Monoliths and Sepulchres

“The album moves from free jazz during the

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