This is Elder at their soaring, proggy best. It has the monster riffs & hooks you’d expect, but also feels like the natural evolution of their sound into something just a hair more polished.
I don’t know if I have too much to add to the commentary on this record. I do enjoy it; I think it’s a very interesting listen, full of musical ideas, rhythmically quite complex, and lyrically poetic (although maybe a bit angsty for my tastes). I’m definitely glad to have experienced this, but I don’t think it will make it into my heavy rotation.
Oh my. I’m very happy to have stumbled across cellist Redi Hasa via his collaboration with the amazing Akın Sevgör here. This track is a cocoon of sound, gently weaving curls of string, synth and glitch until you feel completely at peace. This sound reminds me quite a bit of Murcof and these guys are quickly joining him in my list of all-time favorites.
Plini is fully exploring the “prog” part of “prog rock” on this short EP. Two very pretty sketches, full of textures. I was disappointed there’s only four minutes of material here.
Mark de Clive-Lowe’s collective of Toyko jazz musicians shows off a lush & funky sound on these records. The Stranger Searching single is a scorcher but I also really enjoyed Onkochisin and The Art of Altercation from the Sonkei LP.
Ed Cawthorne has a diverse skillset (he’s a multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer) but what we get on The Shakedown is “simply” an hour of propulsive, flute-forward jazz.
This is a driving, riffy record that toes the line between post-rock and metal. Give it a spin if you like Russian Circles.
Lots of heavy music this month! The Physics House Band blend mathy headbanging with a jazz sensibility, bursts of saxophone and shimmering digital textures.
I was a little skeptical since records like this often lean into the cheesy commercialism of tango music. But this album was a nice surprise; it falls firmly on the jazz side of “tango jazz” and ends up being quite a contemporary listen.