Month: August, 2016

more on Boobs of DOOM

an echo from Boobs of DOOM’s website (congrats guys!).

issue 391 of THE WIRE magazine features an interview peeking behind the curtain of DOOM with this (again) amazing band. they talk to Joseph Stannard aboot comics, ‘cultural totems’ and other insperado ro…

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Esben and the Witch

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Esben And The Witch have just premièred their new track Sylvan on TeamRock.

the band who has now made the pond their home will release their 4th album Older Terrors on november 4 via Season Of Mist. the tracklist comprises four songs, among which the 13-minute aforementioned song.

1. Sylvan
2. Marking the Heart of a Serpent
3. The Wolf’s Sun
4. The Reverist

EATW gave a little bit more details about this new album that will for sure magnify Season of Mist’s metal roster.

“Older Terrors was written and recorded over the course of a year in Berlin, our adopted home. We’ve spent eight years getting here, sweating on stages, holed up in studios and exploring all that which inspires awe and terror.

“The album features four tracks. In this digital age of music we wanted to create a collection that worked together but could also be separated, each track standing alone, carving its own path and telling its own tale.

“This record is dedicated to the sublime. To Edward Young’s Night Thoughts, John Martin’s apocalyptic visions, Caspar David Friedrich’s forays into the forest and to the sparks of light that glimmer in times of utter darkness.”

Boobs of DOOM

five seconds was the precise time we needed to get hooked on to what can be described as “Portishead having an argument with Mogwai at a Sunn O))) concert”, as the band reports it better. a genius mix of doom, grime, psychedelic, drone, stoner, rock and hop that snatched our ears with a violence and a dictation comparable to a hornet campaign ready to defeat the most dreadful monsanto herbicide. a savage vibrato originated from an electrifying scottish band.

boobs of DOOM

born along the luxuriant riviera of glasgow, Boobs of DOOM is the brainchild of Sadsack Macdoom and Thumper, two funny blokes who met while playing online to World of WarCraft  in 2008. yes, you read it properly, it happens that video game addiction may inspire brilliant tunes, and not insignificant ones.

the exciting thing about Boobs of DOOM lies in the clever mixture of layers and sounds that the band superposes in abundance, but without debauchery.
their latest dazzling mix D(((O)))(((O)))MHAMMER. is a genuine example of the number of coatings manipulated by these damn talented war crafters. 20 proper minutes of dirty vibes, a rightful threatening ascension to a heart-warming corrupted planet, where music and noise buzz gracefully.


 
Boobs of DOOM’s music is therefore made of different shades, such as in Bramblescar, Mankrik’s Fury Unending, where the duet jumps on arabian one-humped camels, inviting snakes and trap-door spiders to follow suit to an endless hole radiated by the sun. or in Ampulex Dementor Politique from their album 06. (((BLACK HOLE))) released in 2015 – an electro-drone apocalyptic composition that could soundtrack the most deranged zombi film or doomsday scenario. speaking of films, the duo actually describes himself as ‘morbid misanthropes, trying to soundtrack the end of the world’. and they seem to be pretty talented at it.


 
on last june, Boobs of DOOM self-released 07. (((WHITE NOISE))), an album which takes us to the bristol coast and spreads a vibrant trip hop echo, dear to the 90’s. our ears are nevertheless invited to plan over unctuous dark lakes, where no bird would venture to fly, but may offer a solid foundation to Stanisław Lem’s Solaris (especially, nihilism: thanks for nothing…).

07. (((WHITE NOISE))) gives the impression of a sunny coastal border befouled by a sank-off tanker, despite balmy layers of unsullied sands. occasionally, the horizon gets a little bit brighter, notably in the opening of 00101110 01100100 01000001 01100101 01100100 00100000 01010011 01001001 00100000 01101110 01001111 01100111 01000101 *error404* (we hope you enjoy the title as much as we do): a rainy curtain sounds like riding the surroundings of some sort of glumly grime. successively, a gentle, obsessive guitar line provides a brighter reflection to filthy vibrations, revealing a possible colour-like rainbow.


 
the half darken spell of this new album is confirmed by dream of she, which shows clear reminiscences of the aforementioned 90’s bristol sound. a muffled tune is chaperoned by a muted trumpet and a few clear guitar notes, conveying to the song a mellow, heady tune that, eventually, adorns with a sooty cover reinforced by a saturated guitar and ghostly vocals.

so, darkness, intimidation and warmth are on the agenda of this delectable seventh album. it happens also that drones vanish very briefly to calm down a possible addiction to this greasy sound. the only two-second break in the middle of know yr place, stupid hyoomaan! is absolutely thrilling, as if a cotton bud had liberated our ears from a permanent drain plug. yet we shouldn’t make a mistake about it: noise abides until the end, regardless of the gentleness relayed by the unexpected the great northern psychedelic cull that complete the journey to this honey-tongued odyssey in restrained rage and splendour. the song culminate with an amusing nasal voice pointing out “that’s because we are scottish”.

we have now come full circle and deduce that this inspired auto-produced duo deserves greatly to find a proper home in order to release their music. so, in the meanwhile you can treat yourself with their fascinating tracks and albums here.

Dinosaur Jr’s Tiny

Dinosaur Jr. have issued a new album entitled Give Me A Glimpse Of What Yer Not on august 5th via Jagjaguwar. the band previewed the album by releasing Tiny music video, starring the amazing J Mascis and Beefy, his (no-less amazing) bulldog, who is a damned good skater. yeah.

BBNG’s Weight Off

spending a while with BADBADNOTGOOD is always a genuine treat, especially when warmth and comfort are in need. the canadian jazz-electronica quartet released their remarkable fourth album IV in july on Innovative Leisure Records, which features an amazing collaborative song with Colin Stetson (Confessions Pt II) – a greatly addictive piece.

lately, BADBADNOTGOOD performed Weight Off taken from Kaytranada‘s electro-drums début album 99.9% to which BBNG offered their fantastic jazz vibes. incidentally, Kaytranada also brought his great electro waves to BBNG’s IV, for the track Lavender. this CBC Music First Play Live session was shot at the Hearn Generating Station.

Gizehcast #29

the 29th edition of the Gizehcast is dedicated to Geneviève Elverum, who provided guest vocals to Aidan Baker on his Already Drowning album released by Gizeh Records in 2013 and passed away tragically. visual artist, cartoonist and musician, Geneviève Elverum worked under the names Woelv and Ô Paon, and released music for the likes of K Records and P.W. Elverum & Sun. admittedly the pond only discovered her at reading the obituary on Gizeh Records website, but we got to know that she was Phil Elverum‘s wife (Mount Eerie, the Microphones).

the delicate titles compiled for this new sampler present tracks from Dirty Three, Suuns, Oiseaux-Tempête, Greg Haines, and also a few songs taken from the label roster, such as Shield Patterns (Dusk) or Christine Ott’s Szczecin. #29 is again the occasion to discover the lush catalogue of the british label, along with sibling bands who match together well.


 
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Jambinai

sometimes what appears as a blasting piece of music may be perceived as a poor, insufferable hullabaloo, and it is amusing how music can heighten feelings and sensibility. as my sibling looked at me with incomprehensible and fierce eyes, its mouth trembling as it contained an unexpected form of anger and temper, it was kind of hard for me to explain why this (too-short) concert had knocked me down, and to engage the debate of what-is-noise, what-is-music.

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the subject of the controversy was an instrumental band discovered prior to the Great Escape Festival, this early summer. before heading to the festival, the frog was tortured by an obsessive idea in mind: see Jambinai (잠비나이) in concert. this very band had struck the frog with the monumental song They Keep Silence, which closes their latest album. a thrilling piece of art fusing the tenderness of meditative landscapes and the explosive fury proper to post-rock.

signed to Bella Union, Jambinai released in june A Hermitage, the band’s second album and first for the label, which was recorded in seoul, south korea. their music is transported by Ilwoo Lee (guitar, piri, a korean flute made of bamboo), Bomi Kim (haegum, a fiddle-like string instrument) and Eunyong Sim (geomungo, the korean zither), who mix together standard (post) rock instruments (guitar, bass and drums) with traditional south-korean instruments. when touring overseas, the trio takes the form of a quintet, with Jihoon Ok on bass and Jae Hyuk Choi who takes care of volcanic percussions.

that very night in brighton, their concert was carried away by a common desire to give substance to a (admittedly) loud, tempered sound, but also a fatherly mildness. the concert was also the occasion to discover a band who probably revamp south-korean traditional music, with a delicious, generous apocalyptic touch. but over and above that, the brief thirty minutes unveiled one or two ambient, contemplative songs that were full of poetry and sentimentality. the delicacy of traditional instruments ideally complemented the intensity of the electric guitar and formed a very unusual haze, as For Everything That You Lost or Connection corroborate.

the various shades of post-rock show obviously that cacophony and music can pair with elegance, so my sibling may be right after all. however, Jambinai possess the necessary refinement to compose emotion-charged songs that are positively inspired. fear, anger, hope are sensibly melted, they carry a very distinctive intensity and beauty to their music. recently published by the band, The Mountain, which was filmed at the MMCA (national museum of modern and contemporary art, korea) by the seoul-based artistic agency COMPANY F, evinces the grandeur and fineness of this band full of promise.

A Hermitage is available here. long live noise and the magnificent Jambinai!

 

chirping in the rain

if by any chance, your water lily isn’t favoured by chirpy crickets at this period of the year, the frog offers you a non-less chirpy alternative under the form of a music sampling, that will hopefully charm your delicate ears. the twenty-or-so songs compiled by the frog are among the best songs that have been released recently.

chirping, our july sampler, features a few very fine bands, such as the amazing finnish kraut band K-X-P, whose gig in brighton produced a disobedient feverishness to the frog, and also the bewildering psychedelic Night Beats that we also discovered live at The Great Escape Festival this summer. also on this sampler, Night Beasts’ roaster pals, The Wytches, who will release their second album All Your Happy Life, on Heavenly Recordings, on 30th september.

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this sampler presents also the best mouthpieces of Sargent House‘s catalogue: the fantastic Russian Circles, whose new album Guidance will be released at the end of the week; the poignant, beautiful Chelsea Wolfe, whose EP Hypnos/Flame was released in april; Boris, a punchy progressive band from japan whose new album Pink is a genuine guitar bomb, and Wovenhand, a first-rate rock, gothic songwriter, which dark-raging album Refractory Abdurate had electrified the frog in 2014, and who will release his new LP Come Brave in september.

chirping also introduces MJ Guider, a newcomer at Kranky, whose compelling début Precious Systems is out now. besides, a few new releases by Denovali, with another remarkable shot by Ricardo Donoso and a very tender song by Kuba Kapsa Ensemble. and last but not least, two newcomers on Constellation who will release their first albums on 30th september: Jason Sharp and his debut Boat Upon Its Blood, an experimental composer and saxophonist from montreal, and Off Word, a new project featuring Sandro Perri, Susumu Mukai (Zongamin) and M J Silver (Mickey Moonlight), with an album entitled 1.

in short, this sampler sums up our favourites among this month’s songs, so forget about crickets and let yourself chirp joyously.