curious TUMBLEWEAVE are back with another curious effort. this time an album, which you can buy on a really nice looking CD-R (more details in the link). this is supersonic noise electronica. really weird, but really interesting. TUMBLEWEAVE are sometimes reminiscent of uplifting and positive energy chiptunes, but sometimes just too surrealistic to compare to anything else. from the jazz-y opening track to the dark “Pure Moat”, to the droning “Rumbleweave” (which is along with “Mystery Lunch” re-recorded from the demo), to the psychedelic monster of a last track – TUMBLEWEAVE are definitely back, with songs that are more densely layered than ever. they also have a sort of darker and thicker sound to them, compared to the already more than dark and thick demo. this album is *packed* with sounds. there are just so many of them, that they can’t be processed all at once. and that’s without even taking into account that it sort of sounds like there are fifty genres or so being “tumbleweaved” together, to come off as a whole new sound. this is a mammoth. get it.
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TUMBLEWEAVE describes themselves as “cartoon noise rock”. not bad, eh? it’s essentially mysterious and densely layered noises. the songs consist of extremely many details, and a seemingly endless number of elements. this is reflected in the 1700+ bitrate of the FLACs, actually the highest of any albums in my current music library. their music would serve well as the background score for a curious and dark 16-bit game, if not for the fact that I’d probably be pausing the entire time, listening to the music instead of playing the game. this record is only just three minutes long, and is pretty much impossible to process on just one listen. TUMBLEWEAVE have created a mammoth, capable as serving both as ambient noise music as well as upbeat and catchy blip blop pop – at the very same time. this is an extraordinary intriguing piece of work that deserves a listen and then some more listens. GET THIS!
I bid you welcome to the Planet of the Eternal Electro Breakdance Orgy. I promise nothing but an *eternal* electro breakdance orgy. at least that’s what you’ll get if you put this album on repeat. stating «coffee, and other music» as his influences, English-born Daniel (who now resides in Norway) is Captain Credible. and what exactly is Captain Credible? a one-man band? sure. an electronica art explosion? sure. but he’s all that, and so much more. from the home-made instruments, to the radiator he uses at his gigs to ensure a warm sound – this is an experience like none other, and this record is an eventful journey into the absurd imagination of Captain Credible. we partake on a nice little trip with Captain Credible, as he invites us to come join him on his spaceship. introducing us to what I can only assume are charming people (I mean, Dr. Testicles sounds like a fine man indeed), and describing exciting adventures such as “Pillaging With Astrodog”, the Captain sounds like he has a fairly hectic schedule on his hands. but thankfully he found the time to record these songs, despite being somewhat busy “Shooting Elephants on the Plains of the Serengeti”. the fact that he found the time to record this has to be one of the greatest things to have happened to this world, because these joyful and playful epileptic seizures are nothing short of spectacular. this record is all over the place. Captain Credible is incredible. download this asap! then buy it from http://howisannierecords.com – from which you can get it extremely cheaply. well worth the money and then some.
this band consists of the atmospheric mastermind Benjamin Finger and the laid back and poppy Rudi Simmons, both of which have albums posted on this blog. and these guys are every bit as great together as they are apart! though vastly different than their solo counterparts. this is mostly upbeat, insanely catchy and soothing electronica with hints of idm and glitch music. Beneva vs. Clark Nova produce distinct and concrete melodies with a huge crush on the vague and abstract. the album is all killer, no filler. it’s filled with highlights, and never wastes time. this is every bit as atmospheric as those really downbeat Sigur Rós and Múm songs, not only the calm parts, but even when running at full speed down a flight of stairs, Beneva vs. Clark Nova is an atmospheric – as well as joyful affair. though you might frequently be puzzled as to what the hell is going on in this art expo of an electronica album, it’s still very enjoyable, despite the confusion. this is a fantastic album, magnificently building up and keeping suspense whilst being very soothing at the same time. download it! then buy it from http://howisannierecords.com – it’s worth it. the cover is the great photograph “The Greenhouse” by Sandy Skoglund, and it’s a very pretty looking digipack that’s well worth the money.
have you picked up these guys’ demo and/or the live show posted on this blog? well then you know how awesome they are. this is their album. it consists of the four tracks on the demo (in a remastered version) plus five more tracks. (most of which appear on the concert from this blog.) I.Witness has always been in between genres, and this persists with their début album. right off the bat they combine screamo sensibilities with a hardcore drive and crust guitars. heavy breakdowns and constant movement are key words to I.Witness’s sound. the diversity represented on the album is stunning. this album fits in like half the categories on this page. they fall somewhat on the same side as Alpinist, with their crust/screamo (creamo) combination. dynamic screamo passages and outros break up the intense crust drive of the songs. there’s low and guttural rhythm guitars and more high semi-twinkly screamo leads with shouting and screaming on top, and vivid cymbal-reliant drumming to keep it alive and moving. hardcore from Rossija. get this!
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!
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. :)
“Array” is the continuation of what was started on “Elevate”. it is less ambient and droning, and much more catchy and upbeat. you may recognise some of the tracks on this album from a3o’s “The Infernalist” or “The Misadventures of Lomen” (if you haven’t seen either, go get them – they are hilarious). this is the maybe most catchy effort 4volt has put in. not as droning and creeping as his previous efforts (especially Aware) was. this has an analog sound with plenty of blip blops and the like. it is ultra catchy and mega aewsome. I highly recommend picking this up. it is idm at it’s very finest!
The Blood of A Battery does a lot of things, and they do them well. but what’s the coolest thing about them is how they are so awesome with atmospheres. and how much the lyrics kicks arse, mind you. the music ranges from semi-straightforward acoustic guitar tracks to fucked up drum machines going amok over screaming and various noise. it’s slightly diverse. just listen to it. you know you want to.
Soup are a semi artsy-fartsy band. at least sometimes. Soup are from Norway, and they play progressive and atmospheric music with great dynamics, and loads of marvellous atmospheres. there are awesome ambient pieces, but also melodic synth-driven rock with a very mellow bass and fantastic pop hooks. and it’s awesome. and very comfortable to listen to. are you uncomfortable? listen here to this. and get comfy. buy from http://www.howisannierecords.com at once! there’s a reason this is considered one of the finest albums by every publication lucky enough to have heard of it.