Sweet Heart, Open Ear: May 2022

Deaf Club – Bad Songs Forever


Justin Pearson can do no wrong. I’ve reached a few different conclusions after listening to this four-song EP a few times: There is a cool table, and then there is an even cooler table; the table where those who sit at the cool table wish they sat. This cooler table is where Deaf Club sits. Everything about this release is balanced. Nothing in the mix is louder than it needs to be. It sounds almost understated. I can’t think of another example of carefully understated grindcore off the top of my head. Deaf Club… Read more

Best of Punk 2021


I don’t have an expansive playlist of punk for 2021, but here are the best things I gathered this year.


Number Five: Bong Mountain – The Battle of Bong Mountain

Listening to Bong Mountain is the closest I’ll get to be twenty years younger and on my skateboard listening to CDs on my walkman. The Battle of Bong Mountain is a great punk rock album to scratch that very specific itch. Hope you like it.

Number Four: Duvel – Duvel


Released in the middle of the year, Duvel had time enough to play countless times, and for me to sing … Read more

Best of Post-Hardcore 2021


Best of post-hardcore!


Number Five: Dead Lights – The Uncanny Valley


The new Dead Lights album is high production and high profile, The Uncanny Valley borders on metalcore with its heavy riffs and harsh vocals, but I made the choice to include it in the post-hardcore list. Whatever you choose to tag it, it remains an incredibly strong album from 2021!


Number Four: A Secret Revealed – When the Day Yearns for Light


Blackened, sludgy, noisy, and filthy, A Secret Revealed’s When the Day Yearns for Light is an amazing and disgusting album, one of the strong points of the … Read more

Best of Mathcore 2021


Mathcore is an amazing genre, full of technicality, creativity, and often also humour and weirdness! But, if you’re here, you probably already know that, so let’s go with our top 5!


Number Five: Pacman, the Movie – 2: Eat Lives


Pacman, the Movie comes to us from Houston, Texas, and their second album is truly one that should be on everyone’s mathcore playlist this year. Check it out!


Number Four: Frontierer – Oxidized


The new Frontierer goes hard!


Number Three: Lou Kelly & Friends – Shriek


On Shriek, Lou Kelly and a bunch of guests came together to release … Read more

Best of Math Rock 2021


Math rock is usually characterized by odd-time signatures, but through the years it came to encompass a lot more than that. Now, you can find straight-up alt-rock bands under the math rock tag, and even though I used to be a valiant gatekeeper of the genre, these days are passed. I now fully embrace all kinds of math rock music, be they super rhythmically engaging, or only remotely belonging into math rock territory. I hope you’ll feel the same way as I do about these following albums.


Number Five: 水中スピカ – mEq


There always seems to be a new Japanese … Read more