A haunting sophomore album for the collaborative project of CATE LE BON and TIM PRESLEY. The duo nd
a much more experimental touch to their classic folk tendencies in Hippo Lite and become much more exploratory both musically and
vocally. One of the things that always stands out about this
band is their ability to create such odd almost atonal harmonies that still sound just right. Two amazing musicians independently who come together to create something truly magical.
YALLA STOCKINGS is the solo project of Charlie Jones, who currently resides in Bloomington, IN. Over a drum track, she layers hypnotic vocal loops that address the ever-changing nature of people and the importance of following your intuition. My favorite track from this album is “Nowadays” because it is full of nostalgia but in a really cool, self aware way that compares the limitations of technology from the past to it’s overbearing presence now. And the beat is bonkers.
I’m completely obsessed with this entire album and everything about it. These days I hear a lot of hardcore going into the more jangly and goofy realm, so it’s refreshing to hear some good, angry, intense punk. Each track ows into the next through layers of feedback in a way that almost seems like the whole thing could have been recorded in a single take. The instrumentation sounds like sped-up metal and holds the same anger and attitude as the vocals. As the title hints at, the album primarily is addressing the disturbing condition of present day life and politics in the United States. The whole album feels powerful, relevant, and important. - B
I had initially heard this band on a Lumpy Records compilation, Marty’s World Vol. II. These recordings are much crisper without the same lo-fi touch. Although I wasn’t expecting this clean of a recording, it totally grew on me. They’re another punk band getting in touch with early post-punk and dub influences, incorporating saxophone, cowbell, whistles, complicated bass lines, odd riffs, and odd rhythms. The vocals have a badass attitude and at delivery that I can’t get enough of, plus the backing vocals on “All Day” are a neat and unique thing to hear in DIY music. Overall a fun demo equally perfect for dancing on the beach or walking down the street on a sunny day.
EARTHEATER does a phenomenal job of combining classical instrumentation of harps and strings with electronics, sampling, and manipulation. The sounds blend together creating a beautiful album that captures a strange dystopian loss-of-innocence. Each track fits with the previous one, contrasting moods and textures, forming a haunting and intense take on electro-pop and dance music. There are booming bass tracks, deeply intense drums, and sound samples that feel like they were taken from an industrial noise project. Somehow, all of this is combined with soft sounds, anguished vocals, and orchestral instrumentation that forms an album that feels honest to the complexity of life and femininity.