8 albums snapped from the ether this past week
Burning Axis – S/T (Hominid Sounds, 05/01/19)
A sludgy, prehistoric wander through doomed dinosaur land. Actually, more droney and noisy, but if sludge wasn’t a genre and was just…petroleum dripping off ancient bones? It’s also doom-y, without the doom. Deadly, Repetitive. Primal. Hypnotic.
Delta Mainline – Bel Avenir (Rehab Sound Recordings, 05/03/19)
The opening track feels like David Bowie drowning in a swimming pool, and it goes from there. Dreamy and syrupy, overlaid with all manner of decadent excess. Dark, drugged-out psych-gaze-pop.
ELLLL – Glisten (Paralaxe Editions, 05/17/19)
This is damned pretty. The second track, Ride, is a particular favorite, with its cascading piano and delayed pulse. When the beat drops it does so in splinters. Stuttering in pointillistically like a master jazz drummer who knows when to hit, and when to cut out—playing with syncopation and space.
Full of Hell – Weeping Choir (Relapse, 05/17/19)
A blizzard of disassembled nightmares occasionally detouring into pure, organized noise with the abstraction of free jazz. This band is at the top of their game, and is delivering some of the best grind/death you’ll ever hear, period.
Luca Sigurtà – Goddess (Glistening Examples, 11/26/18)
So soothing and eerie that I had to include it, even though it’s from last year. Warm, enveloping, elegant ambient. Increments of movement through spacetime.
Óreiða – S/T (Óreiða, 05/13/19)
This band makes atmospheric black metal out of the actual atmosphere of black metal. All of the hissing, lo-fi wash just goes one step further and becomes drone, full of mist and…atmosphere. Moving miles away while hardly moving at all.
Sote – Parallel Persia (Diagonal, 04/26/19)
A classic idea, to update the traditional without demolishing it or clinging to cliche. Some of this record’s best moments are where the tones and timbres of the electronics blend so totally with the traditional instruments that they are inseparable. A justification of old and new into one, without loss of identity. This will be the challenge for the entire planet, and this work is a great example of how it can be done right.
Zoe Reddy – MACHINE (Phantom Limb, 06/14/19)
Soul music made of chopped up glass. Innately bizarre, eerie, schizoid, especially as Reddy’s voice continuously blends over a male-registered one, sliding over it, generating creepy harmonics. The resonances of household objects form a series of dense electronic beats that are equally icy, communicating in a tonal language that is thoroughly alien. Full EP drops next month and should be worth the wait.