while I could probably go on to write an entire essay about the story behind this one man band, I’ll just say that it’s another project by Ethan from The Sky Looks Pissed. these songs are sparse acoustic melodies. broken hearted love songs in the vein of S. this is almost like painful lo-fi acoustic emo. somewhere in between country, folk punk and emo. download it and give it a go. it’s simply outstanding music. emotionally challenging and incredibly fascinating. get it!
archive for August, 2009
125, Rue Montmartre did a split with Maggat. the two songs in this post is the result. and if you like the other posts, you will like this. if you didn’t, you won’t. it’s more of the same “reserved yet intense” emo that kind of sounds like Mineral’s Rubber Legs, except from the vocals who share virtually no traits at all. 125RM’s vocalist is a woman for one, and she sings in German for two. she does not sing in a way anyway resembling Chris Simpson’s vocal style. she has her own style, that definitely fits this music though. so check this out, yo.
this is a very nice song called 8x lied by 125, Rue Montmartre, that appeared on some compilation. it’s upbeat and dreamy sound with talked vocals is somewhere between earlier JimmyEatWorld and the calmer parts of newer Envy. some people say that this band makes German sound beautiful, and I can see what they’re getting at. the vocal style is very fitting. it further enhances the dreamy feel of the track. the song is like a constant build up. it gets better and better, more and more intense, all the time. so if you like twinkly and mellow emo you should definitely try this on for size.
German emo is pretty awesome. this is definitely evidence of that. sounding like they belong somewhere between the raw Republic of Freedom Fighters and the beautiful Mineral, 125RM are a fresh sounding emo band with female vocals, raw and twinkly guitars, upbeat and dreamy drumming and melodic and soft bass lines. easily compared to Cerulean/Pilots in Paris for their sensitivity combined with rawness style.
Sun Zoo is rapping about people who can’t see the forest because of all the smoke, about getting doped on Playstation and Prozac. this record is comfortably resided on the border between pessimistic in the east and realistic in the west. this is contemporary and mature hip-hop. most of the time with cool beats and DJing with flare, but sometimes with just the piano, baring itself. but regardless of how the music presents itself, it shines of honesty as well as modesty, without being shy or anonymous. this is just a super hip-hop album. check it.
a deep bass, scratching, soul choirs and catchy synths. this is deep and at times philosophical hip-hop about life and the stuff that happens to you in life. ordinary things. the negative effect alcoholism and drug-addiction can have on you, poverty’s cage, hypocrisy… then on the other side how awesome music is and how cool it is to touch people via it, loving yourself. and no matter what subject the lyrics touches upon it does so with panache and style and dope rhymes. the music also follows the mood of the lyrics very elegantly, always reflecting the words, creating a superb atmosphere, consequently resulting in a very thorough sound. if you’re into any kind of hip-hop, you should basically get this because it is the epitome of good hip-hop.
two boys with their laptop making upbeat and catchy electronica. it feels like summer listening to this outstanding blip blop pop. you can’t not like music that’s this happy and simply full of positive energy. while all the songs apart from the intro and outro are remixes, don’t let that get in your way of downloading this. they definitely put their own Munn Til Munn Metoden stamp on it. and if you dig the tunes, you could always consider hitting up the bands they’ve remixed – that way you can potentially discover five awesome bands here, instead of “just” one! you cannot lose!
xThrivex are a straight edge punk band. and like with vegan bands, I can’t promise to spread their ideology. but their music on the other hand – is something I am very into. heavy punk rock with clear hardcore and metalcore influences. most of the time it sounds like a slow motion Modern Life Is War. plenty of breakdowns. it’s pretty cool. the lyrics are mostly about taking a stand, breaking out of the chains of apathy. it’s all sung in a pretty standard hardcore shouting style, with the occasional group shouts. while it is a somewhat stereotypical hardcore band (what hardcore band isn’t though), it’s still a great listen, and very much worthy of a download if you’re into hardcore or just punk rock.
on their second effort, Mihai Edrisch comes across as more mature. the song writing is more structured. it sounds more disciplined. I’ll leave it up to you to find out whether that’s a good thing or not. what it ultimately results in is a more consistent album. everything belongs together. there’s an intro, an interlude and an outro in the same dreamy style. every song title is one word. the songs are more alike, thus perhaps fitting more appropriately together. on the other hand, the first one was more diverse. but still, both of the albums are great for different reasons. they are both awesome screamo albums with multiple highlights. all the songs have those European flying screamo guitars and complex rhythm section, with the French screamo vocal style. it’s simply awesome, so check it out. especially the end track (not the outro but the track before it). a brilliant track. probably this band’s finest.
Mihai Edrisch are another French screamo band for you to download. they provide you with further evidence why France is one of the leading screamo countries in the 2000s. highly creative, technical and explosive screamo. the guitars interchange between twinkling beautifully and thrashing it completely. the vocals are compromised of passionate screams. the drums and bass glues everything together, whilst not being afraid of shining through at times; stealing the focus. all in all Mihai Edrisch are the kind of band that people who use terms such as “post rock” will love. they have nice build ups and several climaxes. European screamo the way it should be.