with fast and to the point hardcore punk with heavy breakdowns and easy on the ear screamo chord progressions, this release has one foot in screamo, and one foot standing on the border between hardcore, crust and metalcore. it could just as easily’ve been in the crust/grind/power violence category or the screamo category. whilst obviously influenced by the likes of Modern Life is War and Tragedy, this band takes an even more melodic approach with their guitars. it reminds me of Alpinist at times. so if you like screaming, the guitar style of crust/screamo (creamo) bands and the sheer power of hardcore, then definitely check this out. peace.
archive for July, 2009
Morfar’s second adventure is every bit as brilliant as his previous. moody synth driven songs (you might by the way recognize one of them from Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson’s album) with odd beats that really corners the listener. and in between this are thousands of little elements, all of which are under Morfar’s control. he manages to shift the focus from one tiny detail to another with extreme elegance. he also dictates the flow of the songs with great skill, often pausing the driving synth for trance-like beats to really shine. the album is also a great display of build-ups, and how to keep suspense. it’s simply nerve-wrecking to listen to. and though there aren’t all that much vocals in here, when there is any – it’s more dreamy than the Twin Peaks theme’s guitars. especially when the vocal delivery is courtesy of Morfar himself, with his fragile and honest voice. it only adds character to the already dreamy and comfortable synths and beautiful twinkly electronic sounds. this album is every bit as good as the last one – possibly even better. download it! I don’t know if there is any physical releases in the works, but if there is – it should pop up at http://howisannierecords.com/ sometime. :)
ultra-poppy alternative (like Taking Back Sunday not like Nirvana) with moogs. quite similar to Sherwood. a wee bit heavier though. and there’s something about this that reminds me of Weezer… anyway the EP’s titled “Brighter Sides”, and it is definitely an EP you want to listen to on bright summer days. it’s happy music with dancefloor potential. get in on this.
if you were into that Parades End 7″ I posted, you will be into this. it’s ye olde chaotic mid 90s emo. back when emo bands called themselves “hardcore” because they thought “emo” was silly, not because they didn’t want to be compared to bad androgynous Jimmy Eat World copies and so on. this is a fine band with frantic guitars, melodic bass lines, unorthodox semi-jazzy drumming with cowbell, saxophones and cryptic lyrics sung/shouted by chaotic vocals – sometimes male, sometimes female. dreamy driving punk rock with psychedlic and experimental touches like Fugazi. a must download. get it. :)