Horse Lords – The Common Task (Northern Spy)
Horse Lords are back! and they are stronger than ever! The band’s just intonation psychedelic rock is very cleverly written and played, with many interesting rhythmic-harmonic relationships used in songwriting and a lot of wild modulations keeping you on edge. It’s a brilliant and amazing record!
Starfruit – Wild West Combat
Starfruit is an avant-garde pop music band from Texas that includes a lot of cool people, including saxophonist Garrett Wingfield, who we already covered for his Octopod project. Wild West Combat is highly energetic and eclectic, it’s weird and frightening, perhaps a little exhausting, but that’s all that makes it unique and fun and truly out there.
Psalm Zero – Sparta (Last Things)
Charlie Looker’s Psalm Zero project is releasing Sparta on February 24. I’ve had the chance to listen to it, and I have only good things to write about it! The album revolves around some pretty interesting concepts, both musical and lyrical, and the accompanying riffs are solid and often quite striking, especially with the occasional keyboard layers. Here, “The Last Faith” is one of the slowest and more straightforward pieces on the album, but expect others to be quite different!
Abacaxi – 2
Abacaxi is an experimental trio from Paris playing noisy improvised pieces blurring the lines between jazz and rock. On their second release, we get seven tracks hopping from drone, noise, and minimalism to hectic percussive jazz and highly distorted and dissonant rock music. Not for the faint of hearts, but, if you’re reading this, you’re probably not.
Victory over the Sun – A Tessitura of Transfiguration
A Tessitura of Transfiguration is the latest effort from Portland-based avant-garde black metal artist Victory over the Sun. The album’s intricate compositions truly shine among those of other bands of the genre, and make for an enthralling time where your interest is piqued and maintained all throughout. Fantastic album!
Nero di Marte – Immoto (Season of Mist)
Italy’s Nero di Marte is finally back, long after their idolized sophomore, Derivae. Immoto is a stellar follow-up, crushingly heavy and atmospheric, it embarks you on a long, dark, and twisted journey filled with terrors. I couldn’t ask for more!