Here’s a minute list of new personal discoveries over August/September/October… yeah, not that adventurous lately, I know.
An emotive hardcore band from California, Loma Prieta have been pushing their harsh sound since 2005, yet only recently receiving a decent amount of attention and appraisal since releasing their fourth album “I.V.” and touring with the likes of Converge. While they may not suit to everyone’s taste, there’s something undeniably great about their musicianship and ability to create some downright melodic yet destructive songs.
While at this time the likes of Touché Amoré, La Dispute and Pianos Become The Teeth fly the flag for emotive hardcore, Loma Prieta steer nearer to the grittier and noisier side, closer to Pg.99 or tech metallists Curl Up And Die. If that’s your thing, then this band is definitely worth checking.
Listen to: Fly By Night, Uniform, Lost Bridge.
THE GASLAMP KILLER
A name like that might make you think of some sort of “br00t4l” metal band, but no, The Gaslamp Killer is in fact William Benjamin Bensussen, a hip-hop producer and DJ. I only stumbled on him through reviews of his debut “Breakthrough”, which was released earlier this year, and my curiosity was definitely rewarded – “Breakthrough” features some left-field hip-hop and electronica tracks (mostly instrumental, some tracks featuring Gonjasufi, another figure known for his unusual soothing style) with some clear inspirations from outside the genre.
One of Bensussen’s influences is DJ Shadow, and if you find yourself yearning for an “Endtroducing…” for 2012, then this may be the nearest you’ll get to it. If that doesn’t convince you, he’s also on Flying Lotus’s label Brainfeeder.
Listen to: Dead Vets, Peasants, Cripples & Retards, Apparitions.