I know reviews are becoming few and far inbetween (busy as hell these days with my job and writing for other sites), but it’s been a long, long time since I’ve done one of these, so here you go. CHECK THESE OUT!
I was late to the party on this one. Last year, I was suggested giving this electronic-pop duo a chance and I really couldn’t get into it, just discarding it as some sort of cutesy play on witch house. I know. I was stupid. About a month and a half ago, I gave their debut album “Shrines” (which only came out last year) a full, uncut listen… and it completely changed my mind.
Purity Ring manage to craft some quirky and sometimes conflicting music. While they do sound “cutesy” in terms of the pretty textures and relaxed trap-ish beats that Corin Roddick produces, then furthered by Megan James’ beautifully soft and tender vocals; there’s often a dark undertone lurking, especially with the lyrics, Fineshrine for example, “Get a little closer let fold / Cut open my sternum and pull / My little ribs around you” and Lofticries “Let it seep through your sockets and earholes / And into your precious fractured skulls”.
It’s just really nice what they’re doing, and while there’s a lot of bands in the same vein, Purity Ring (personally) pull it off best. Plus, they’re apparently producing/appearing on the next Danny Brown album, which will be interesting.
Listen to: Fineshrine, Lofticries, Amenamy.
FOLLOW THE WHITE RABBIT
Follow The White Rabbit are simply one of the most refreshing bands I’ve heard in experimental tech metal for a while, and the Russian quartet sounds like the result of a collaboration between Deftones, Muse and Between The Buried And Me after several hours of huffing glue together while listening to the Fantômas. They’re chaotic, melodic and downright unpredictable.
Late last year, they released their debut album “Endorphinia”, which can only be described as a journey. The vocals are always changing, from cleans to screams to yelps to growls, as well as going through different effects, while the band change direction constantly, one minute soft and quiet and then going into an all-out SikTh-like spazz out. Plus, when you listen to all these changes and phrases, it’s hard to imagine that only for guys are capable of this, as it sounds like it would take a much bigger collection of people to pull off what they do.
“Endorphinia” is a thing of absolute passion and frenzy, a must for anybody who loves their music creatively challenging.
Listen to: A Few Stories Of A Deserted Forest, Fakeface, The Great Worm.
As a big fan of drone/ambient music (at least over the past year or so) it’s amazing that I had never even heard of this duo, compromising of Evan Caminiti and Jon Porras. Together, they pretty much alternate between the distortion drones (Sunn O))), Black Boned Angel), folk/country-influenced soothers (later Earth) and electronic ambient (Tim Hecker, Ben Frost). Needless to say, it’s beautiful stuff.
Just recently they released their new album “V”, which features more of the later Earth style than the other two, and frankly it’s the soundtrack to deep daydreams and of goosebumps. Describing the album further than that would be pointless, it’s something you need to feel.
Barn Owl are simply a band that you just soak in, letting the reverb and drone lather your senses.
Listen to: Visions In Dust, The Darkest Night Since 1683, Void And Devotion.