Fans of Rock with a Capital R will find a lot to love in the song’s first 30 seconds or so, as it opens up with a tunefully slanted riff and familiar trampling drums. By the end of the song’s five minutes, however, the listener has a fuller understanding of the disparate parts that make up Hansen’s impressively varied musical palette.
Built on gentle electronics and meditative synths, the project of Ben Ronsenbach is both lush and evolving. “Sunrise” is the record’s sleek finale, a song that opens with back-masked melodies that dissolve in the distance, making way to an atmospheric fog and an 8-bit sounding synth progression that stings over the layered mix.
New Brunswick mainstays Spowder and Glazer have teamed up for a freaked out sonic contusion the likes of which we’re always in need of and always taken aback by. Set to release the 7” via State Champion Records on March 14th, the pairing is a perfect fit, with Glazer’s hard-nosed fuzz punk sound decimating eardrums as Spowder make twitchy experimental noise pop anthems
On “Illegal Backflip,” the trio slink through a sparse and desolate rhythm, dragging itself forward with mangled guitar tones and a polyrhythmic beat delivered at a stuttered pacing. There’s a degree of Slint, a touch of June of 44, and even maybe a few Kong references in the slow sprawl and detached progressions, but Beige Palace create disorienting punk in their own primal way.
For years, Kiwi jr. were active in the Toronto scene while having a one-song demo as their only release. That’s about to change with their full-length debut for Mint Records, entitled Football Money. The second single, “Salary Man,” is a great showcase for Kiwi jr.’s catchy melodies and deadpan delivery.