Tuesday, 1 January
Ben Raw – Buying Gravity [EP] (experimental electro)
Bruno Sanfilippo – Pianette (modern classical)
Burning Ghosts – American Circus (avant-garde jazz)
Los Angeles, California
On Orenda Records
Read our review.
Chris Conde – Growing Up Gay (experimental hip-hop)
San Antonio, Texas
Evelyn Drach – Up with the Smoke (art rock)
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Smogma is an experimental project from two members of different groups in Arizona. On their debut album, Abracasmogma, the duo casts prepared guitar and an unidentified sound sculpture, as well as a range of other instruments, into the void, creating an otherworldly experience. You can already go on their Bandcamp page to witness and experience “The Black Smog and the Sinner Lady”, but today I—in conjunction with Arachnidiscs Recordings—bring you the second track: “Free Smog”.
Abracasmogma is one step ahead of free improvisation. It adds to the mix elements of musique concrète and lowercase, as well as noise and … Read more
Boston-based metallic jazzists and self-proclaimed falafel djentists Hago released an astonishing eponymous debut album, last year, which I praised in my review and subsequently included in my metal best-of for 2018. Today, I have the pleasure and honour of showing you the music video for their track “Dawn of Machine”. It’s one of their shorter compositions, but it’s exquisite and excellent, and it’s fun to see some guitar and keyboard action from the members of the band.
It’s never too late to grab their album; it’s amazing!
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There was a lot of good music in 2018. That is to be expected for any year; there are just so many artists and musicians out there that are creating, constantly… The absolute number of musical releases is utterly daunting and insignificant by its sheer size—it would be impossible to listen to everything released in a given year—but I’ve truly given it my best, listening to a total of 2,257 albums, EPs, and splits from this year alone (an average of over six releases every day). That is without mentioning older albums, or albums from 2019 that I had the … Read more
If you want a more detailed review of jazz from 2018, please go to Heavy Blog Is Heavy’s Jazz Club post, of which I’m part, where I’ve listed different categories and their winners and honourable mentions. In total, I’ve devised eleven categories, each with up to five nominees, adding up to a total of over sixty albums! On top of that, the other editors inside our Jazz Club also contributed their own picks and selections. If you want more jazz, please hop there and bask in the beautiful glory of this year-end post! Since I’ve already exposed myself at length … Read more