Immortal Onion, Ābhāsa, Slift, The Archetypal Syndicate, Color Wheel, and Je’raf

Immortal Onion – XD: Experience Design

Polish nu jazz sensation Immortal Onion just released XD: Experience Design, a follow-up to their outstanding Ocelot of Salvation. The new album sees the trio hone their skills on odd metres, polyrhythms, and complex melodic themes. XD is a full forty minutes long, so there’s plenty to enjoy.


आभास (Ābhāsa) – १ (Eka) (Mystic Timbre)

So, what exactly is this? १ (Eka) is the debut album of mysterious American entity आभास (Ābhāsa), here remastered and re-released. The band is mostly about crafting eerie atmospheres with Eastern music instruments, timbres, and philosophy, and throws in a healthy dose of sludgy post-metal. The album is crushingly oppressive and fascinating.


Slift – Ummon (Vicious Circle)

Slift is, at its core—I think—a krautrock band. Though you may think of the genre as quite subdued and meandering, the French trio brings in a lot of stoner rock influences with its big fuzzy riffs and harsh vocals, which proves to support the underlying kraut extremely well. Ummon is a catchy progressive rock album with a huge amount of drive behind it!


The Archetypal Syndicate – Non Locality (Gigantonium)

Blending world music and contemporary classical, France’s Archetypal Syndicate is a trio with immense ambitions and even bigger guts, all that’s required to plan and execute such an astute and forward-thinking release. Non Locality is a brilliant album by all measures, and something you need to experience for yourselves to truly grasp.


Sebastian Ammann’s Color Wheel – Resilience

Pianist Sebastian Ammann’s Color Wheel quintet is a channel for his varied musical background to ooze through. On Resilience, the brilliant composition is matched with the stellar musicianship of those involved, creating a captivating experience where each track focuses on one idea and fleshes it out fully, which is greatly interesting and rewarding to listen to.


Je’raf – Throw Neck (Amalgam)

“Danceable woke conspiracy theory noise hip-hop metal jazz funk monologue-core” is the first line of the Bandcamp description of the album. That says a lot, so let’s take it one by one. “Danceable”: Yes, Throw Neck features absurd amounts of groove. “Woke”: Brianna Tong, main singer, activist. “Conspiracy theory”: See track 9: “Ballad of the Flat Earthers”. “Noise”: All music is noise. “Hip hop”: Groovy beats and mad rap makes for a very badass hip-hop vibe indeed. “Metal”: Still searching. “Jazz funk”: Yes, yes, and yes, all over the place! “Monologue-core”: The album is centred around the words of Brianna and PT Bell, sometimes sung, sometimes rapped, and sometimes spoken. Does this description entice you now?

On March 15 2020, this entry was posted.
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