Bollywood – Bollywood

The Music

The Words

Experimental is the land of all possibles. Bollywood paints a rather stellar example of this in the realm of jazz with their self-titled debut album. Released on 12 August, it was briefly available through TVL Rec‘s page, and abruptly taken down—forbidding my sharing it. However, this can’t stop me from talking about it.

A few minutes over thirty, Bollywood is an album of what sounds like free jazz meets lowercase music, with each track fronted by a different solo instrument—here saxophone, here bass, and so on—backed by insectile percussions, noise backing tracks, or electronic experimentations. … Read more

Ring van Möbius – Past the Evening Sun

The Music

The Words

Ring van Möbius released their debut album Past the Evening Sun back in May, containing three very proggy tracks, including an epic twenty-one-minute title track, the full video of which is featured above. The Norwegian trio provide a hefty dose of Hammond organ, mellotron synths, and strong instrumental grooves, right out of 1971. There are lots of prog bands that take influence from that era, but few that make it sound new and original. Ring van Möbius are one of those few.

The lineup consists of Thor Erik Helgesen on lead vocals and keyboards, Håvard Rasmussen … Read more

Augustn’t: A Short Intermission

Some of you know I’ve been working on finding and reviewing music for this site for many years now. It’s a very time-consuming effort, which has been possible for me since I was still at school, had a flexible schedule, and could listen to music all day while doing other stuff. My morning schedule is basically this: wake up, read emails for interesting promotions and albums, update facebook and other websites where music news can be shared, catch up on the new releases from bandcamp, and then get to listen to all that sounded promising and decide whether or not … Read more

MONTHLY RECOMMENDATIONS:
July 2018

Imperial Triumphant – Vile Luxury

With a sense of modern disgust of the metropolis and a touch of retro-futurism, the band’s aesthetic is perfectly attuned, and their music simply embodies it. Dissonant, at times polyrhythmic, murky, and hopeless, Vile Luxury will sicken you; and I love to be sickened. The eight songs on record each have their own soul, so they can be picked apart rather easily, even through all the muck.

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Journal – Chrysalis ordalias

Journal are one of the most insane and technical bands out there, and, on Chrysalis ordalias, their lead guitarist took on

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