February in 154 Albums

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/41nx9ae8CKLbMtBTJyC3Zo

Friday, 1 February

Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom – Glitter Wolf (jazz fusion)

New York, New York
On Royal Potato Family

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Astronoid – Astronoid (progressive metal)

Boston, Massachusetts
On Blood Music

Le Butcherettes – Bi Mental (garage rock)

Mexico
On Rise Records

Dopelord, Weedpecker, Major Kong, and Spaceslug [Split] (stoner metal)

Warsaw, Poland

The Emerald Dawn – Nocturne (progressive rock)

St. Ives, UK
On World’s End Records

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Marathon Devlog 1: Presets

[Github Link]

I never thought I’d write a devlog someday. I feel like dishonouring the “developer” title, but for lack of a better word, I’ll use it. I’ve already announced you I began working on a Python program that could give you a MIDI that includes microrhythms. For the uninitiated, think of microrhythms, or xenorhythms, as “beats between the beats” that are practically unwritable in Western music’s notation system. However, these rhythms are quite prevalent in many different musical cultures, such as Gnawa and Brazilian Samba, and even within the fortress of Western music thanks to the Viennese Waltz.

When … Read more

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Shelter – “Mercure”

Hailing from Lyon, France, the Shelter quintet crafts high-quality progressive rock fusing jazz elements into a cohesive yet chaotic whole. After their 2017 EP Spetsnaz, they’re back with the single “Mercure”, filmed and recorded live. As explicit by the very first few seconds, the rhythm is an important part of Shelter’s identity, soon followed by the effects-laden trumpet and groovy drums. Obviously, the two guitars in the band play their own important role, bringing in complex harmonies and rhythmic patterns conflicting and complementing each other.

The seven-minute track is, I hope, the first of many more to come. For … Read more

EXCLUSIVE SONG PREMIERE: Smogma – “Free Smog”

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