Mellow guitars start this release out, but it doesn’t take long for the nicely mellow breakbeat to show up. Blue Balloons is reminiscent of Revolution Void and Boards of Canada, though not as all over the place – these tracks are more structured, and would be perfect background for some trip-hop vocals. I especially love the big fat square bass synth in my favorite track from the album and that is track 5 – Nightbeat. All in all, this is an excellent release, one of the best I’ve heard this year.
More ambient goodness from Good Weather For An Airstrike, a UK project that was originally intended to create relaxing sounds to combat tinnitus and aid in falling asleep. Their sound is definitely relaxing, and inspired by such artists as Brian Eno and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Overall this is definitely worth checking out.
Andrew Othling, aka Lowercase Noises, offers a superb album of ambient guitar music. Clocking in at almost two hours, the music barely moves but is somehow filled with motion, giving the sense of floating along on a galactic river full of light while watching the universe move from past to present to future. This is a sort of ambient postrock, as it is guitar driven with heavy use of effect pedals. Andrew posts much of his work on youtube, along with instructional videos of how to achieve his effects, He also offers three of his other albums (which I have not listened to yet, but have on my short list) on his website. You can also visit his facebook page and let him know his work is appreciated.
Track one, Moravka, is an emotive bit of rock that stays distant, but still gets your head bobbing. The haunting, faraway vocals in this track are the icing on the cake.
The second track starts out with a nice long build reminiscent of songs by Tool, that finally crescendos into an acoustic piece that contains plenty of movement, finally erupting into full glory with all guitars switching on the distortion and rocking out some super heavy guitar riffs before a quiet, introspective break that builds back into an acoustic rambling.
Tracks three, four and five follow suit – especially track four, the title track, which is nothing but a pure heavy metal implosion, and more creative rock guitar and thunderous drum work combine for a beautifully artistic music experience to finish up. This release is top notch.
A quiet, introspective release of ten tracks totaling almost an hour of music. Reminiscent of Orange Crush, this album has a sense of inner peace and calm, merging electronic ideas with pop sensibilities. Rolling guitars washed in echo build and swell alongside synths and drums, with a music box-like sound pervading the entire release.
Nice melodic set of post rock. On their latest album, We vs. Deaths musical ramblings go all over and they aren’t afraid to explore any aural territory. The Dutch five-piece features the standard bass, guitar and drums, plus trumpet and even a concertina. If you’re a post rock fan, you definitely don’t want to miss this.
Now this is just weird. We’ve featured Mo Town Junkie before, well this time he has teamed up with Joe Jetson to bring you seven tracks of instrumental hip hop confusion. And you can believe me when I say that these two definitely put the ‘mental’ in instrumental. This is not for everyone – it’s music that you must be patient to hear. But once you hear it, you’ll understand where it’s coming from. And then you too will be mad like me.