Heat + work = Exhaustion. But the ball will roll again! Here are some of my favourite discoveries of the past two or so months.
The trouble with the accessibility of the internet is that while you can find gems, you can also find duds… and the ratio swings more to the latter. However, Glass Gang fits with the former. Imagine the intensity and emotional (guitar) drone from the likes of Planning For Burial and Have A Nice Life, but with a chillwave feel thanks to some well co-ordinated electronic drumbeats, along with whispering vocals intertwined with it all.
The mixture is something that feels unexplored even in this age where it seems the grounds for inventing something new has gotten depressingly small, so it’s a completely refreshing experience to hear what Glass Gang are doing.
So far, they have two tracks available for download from their soundcloud: Waves and Time. Both are great promisers from the trio and so it’ll be interesting to hear what comes next. If you’re into your shoegazy drone, with a touch of electronic influence, then Glass Gang are worth keeping your eyes and ears on.
Cue scoffs from everyone who listened to Deafheaven’s latest release “Sunbather” when it came out… but the band, headed by originators George Clarke and Kerry McCoy, only became an experience to me last week after heavy recommendations to listen to “Sunbather”. While I was completely ignorant and disregarded the band before, I was shown the error of my ways…
Deafheaven basically mix the ambient post-rock phrases of Mono with black metal, while retaining a slight ‘catchy’ feel – just imagine what Torche does for sludge, and you’re there. However, don’t expect some sort of uplifting form of black metal here; the darkness and feeling of pure loathing remains the same but with sombre textures, as if close to understanding pain and why it happens.
Basically, if you were anything like me and decided not to give “Sunbather” your time due to the overwhelming (and well-deserved) hype, then take it from someone who was like you: IT’S FANTASTIC.
This could be a landmark release in metal.
Islet are a weird bunch. You realise this within ten (maybe five) minutes into a live performance of theirs – something I was lucky enough to witness at this year’s Old Town Festival in Carmarthen. Islet are only a four-piece from Cardiff, but with their constant change in direction, style and instrumentation you’d swear there were more members hidden away somewhere.
Generally skipping within the indie borders, their experimentalism often sees them in musical spasms and sudden bipolar shifts, making them excitingly unpredictable. In the live setting, the members rotate between instruments, each adding their own (it seems) personal touch with their playing style for each instrument. You can also expect members to jump through the crowd and abuse speakers with drumsticks.
The band has released their debut album “Illuminated People” after a couple of mini-albums, as well as a single/EP for Triangulation Station, which is their most addictive and catchy material I’ve been exposed to so far. If you have to opportunity to see them live, then GO.