Having grown up in the Fox River Valley region of Wisconsin, Amos Pitsch is certainly no stranger to the frigid temperatures and rural holiday traditions of the Midwest. It's the place he chose to reside, record, and draw inspiration from for his first solo album titled LAKE EFFECT.
Negative Boogie sounds like it was made for those whose lives feel as if they are on the brink of imploding. I’d describe the album as a mild comfort, like pairing a stiff drink with a smoke.
Melkbelly discuss their experiences on the road, past and present, the recording process, and the band’s ambitious recording agenda.
There’s something effortless about the way Furnsss’ songs stick to the back of your mind. Their newest self-titled release is no exception
A Shadow Circuit feels more ambitious than their debut — the dynamic range is bigger, the ideas are more captivating, the songs are arranged and paced with clear intention. The four songs, reaching just over 27 minutes, contain no filler.
Washington, DC's Dove Lady have already released one of the year's best albums in the form of One, but the band's alphabetical series of EPs must continue and we're thrilled to share the latest installment, E. The series allows the duo to create with complete freedom and without pressure, an ongoing voyage into the depths of their elastic post-punk and experimental creativity.
Tuning, the newest album from Nova Scotia’s Mauno, can be summed up in one word: dynamic. It’s full of wonderfully complex tunes that capture the feel of gray days in the north
Their latest is a whole new beast, a vicious and clawing record full of incredible growth and dynamics. Its the type of album that makes a statement and the type of album that should take them beyond their "best kept secret" status.
Hush ironically boasts some of the band’s heaviest riffs to date, ranging from those of complementary groove-hards “Everywhere” and “Wherever” to the headbang intensity of “Better World.”
Closing track "Love Is Something We Give Away For Free" is a warm meditation of jangly guitar, spindly chords that sputter throughout, LeCompte's slurred vocals, and haunting reverb so thick you'll feel lost in the woods just listening.
Irreversible Entanglements’ self-titled EP offers a different set of protest songs. Instead of arguing with the liberal bourgeoisie to create more clatter, they offer the poems of the downtrodden set to freak-out jazz.
"Park Walker" is all burning intensity and rapid fire. With a tangled web of enormous guitar riffs courtesy of Bobby Hussy and Tyler Fassnacht, the song drives forward on a winding cliffside, forever threatening to careen off the road into dark beyond.
Welcome to FUZZY MEADOWS, where we recap the past week in music. We're sharing our favorite releases of the week in the form of albums, singles, and music videos along with the "further listening" section of new and notable releases from around the web.
As Angel Olsen proves over the course of her new compilation Phases and many artists before her have, these collections not only are an opportunity for the artist to give insight into the creative process, but also let us hear a batch of songs that might be strong, but may not have fit into the thematic or stylistic arcs of their LPs or EPs.
The notion of a young band with such skill, scope, and deep empathy is never something to be overlooked, but the cultural context only further adds to the depth. With Party Naked Forever the band capture all the power, ferocity, and tunefulness of some of the the greats that have come before them.
Ripping past at two-hundred mph and clocking in at a little over thirty minutes, Flat Worms, a three-piece from Los Angeles, unleashes their first LP on Castle Face and it is chock-full of the kind of raw power that would make devotees to the genre bow down in reverence.
The Today/Tomorrow EP, comprised of "Waking Up On Time" and "Going To Sleep On Time," act as a parallel, a pair of heartbreaking songs that divide their sentiments between self-hate and self-improvement. Just as Fatato's lyrics slow drip depression on "Waking Up," there's an understanding that things will be better on "Going To Sleep," but it isn't any easier.
"Surfboard," the album's first single is the type of sticky lo-fi that resonates with each new layer, from the programmed beats and twinkling guitars to Gaudiana's enigmatic vocals (demented melodic skips and harmonic pops included).
When Sam Potrykus was 16 years old, he went on tour with his brother, hitting up over forty states across the country. At the time, he never could have imagined that tour would be the beginning of a life that includes running a music website, a monthly newspaper, co-founding a non-profit organization, and curating a music festival now in it's ninth year.
Wind Vane is one of the best slices of Americana indie rock to grace the twenty-first century, the type that creates devoted lifelong members of the Calgrove fan club.
Sleight Of Hand, the band's sophomore album is bold and glistening, shifting in divergent directions from swooning 60's pop and retro R&B to manipulated art rock with West African rhythms and fuzzy bedroom pop.
The Chicago trio play the kind of post-hardcore that requires "sea legs," it shakes and stumbles in every direction, warping queasy structures into dense bursts of tangled noise.
Like the rest of the work Old Maybe has put out over the last year, their sophomore EP Piggity Pink is everything fun and good about experimental jams.
It holds both a singular vision and an array of contradictions, which build to create a sprawling record that is easily the band’s most polished. I’m not sure if there’s a way to classify Dead and Loving It within any narrative-- as either nihilistic or hopeful, as triumphant or a downer -- a complication which ultimately gives weight and grace to the band’s first full-length in four years.
Like their earlier work, the EP is subtle and familiar, flowing smoothly from one song to the next like a dreamy peanut butter cup. The songs are simple and (mostly) short, but inventive and layered, hitting a level of charming ambience familiar to the Philly DIY scene.
Led by Adrian Amador, the band's music is lush and personal, earnest and dynamic, with enormous harmonies and laid back country charm. Set to release Still, I Try, their official debut on November 17th, the songs are a warm blanket of self-reflection and layered emotions
True Talent Champion, Pope’s overdue follow-up to Fiction, presents the bleak, fractured narrative currently facing the contemporary rock band. In addition to Skalany and Seferian coordinating individually-penned songs, the duo—with Atticus Lopez on drums—overcome the variabilities inherent in balancing songwriting and touring as members of an additional band as well as their respective solo projects
That dusty charm remains, but the band rip harder than ever, bending their twangiest moments into walls of colossal riffs. It's still triumphantly weird at times, so no need to worry there.
Bees Are Thieves Too is Treadles' transition into a full-band, taking elements of DIY indie rock while stepping out of those fundamental blocks. It’s a telling example of subtle innovation and based on this work, the band will continue to grow brilliantly.
Each song focuses on a singular idea and carries it through to its logical conclusion. They have the ability to reign in the gossamer-like layering of lonely guitars, unrelenting bass hums, and tenacious drumming without ever sounding like they are over-reaching or indulgent.
ALBUM OF THE WEEK:
"Urge To Merge"
NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:
- Nouveau - Fever Glow
- Bee Bee Sea - Sonic Boomerang
- Beverly Tender - What Have You Done To My Water?
- Birthing Hips - Urge to Merge
- The Black Heart Procession - The Waiter Chapters I-VIII
- Butthole Surfers - Locust Abortion Technician [reissue]
- Contributors - Contributors
- The County Liners - Mary Jane Dunphe And Chris McConnell In The County Liners
- Dove Lady - E
- Electric Wizard - Wizard Bloody Wizard
- Fire Is Motion - Still, I Try
- Fits - All Belief Is Paradise
- Gingerlys - Gingerlys
- Godflesh - Post Self
- The Golden Boys - Better Than Good Times
- Helta Skelta - Nightclubbin'
- The Human Fly - Gruesome
- King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Polygondwanaland
- Littlefoot - Lavender
- OCS - Memory of a Cut Off Head
- The She's - All Female Rock and Roll Quartet
- Shya - Big Car
- Fire Heads - Fire Heads
- Krallice - Go Be Forgotten
- At The Drive In - Diamanté
- Björk - Utopia
- His Electro Blue Voice - Mental Hoop
- Neil Young - Harvest Moon [reissue]