Thursday, May 21, 2009

Towers - Full Circle stream (2009)

I don't really know much about Towers, but this is a great album. It's mostly a mathcore sort of release with some elements of screamo and crazy noise guitar stuff. The vocals are pretty intense, they kind of remind me of the dude from Killing the Dream. It's really heavy and pretty dissonant in places. It's a short release (25 minutes) and well worth checking out. Probably one of my favourite heavy releases of the year so far.


Monday, May 18, 2009

maudlin of the Well - Part the Second (2009)

Man, I love maudlin of the Well. I first got their album Bath when a friend recommended it to me in 2004 when I was getting into metal. I was into a lot of jazz at the time and Bath was like nothing else I'd ever heard. I still haven't heard anything like it, aside from the other maudlin of the Well albums. While motW fused extreme metal with a lot of softer, 'new age' sounds, jazzy passages and a variety of vocalists and vocal techniques, they disbanded just as they were getting amazing. Fortunately they became Kayo Dot and released two perfect albums (Choirs of the Eye and Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue) and one pretty good one (Blue Lambency Downward). Toby Driver also did some side and solo projects which were great. Driver's work is kind of in an interesting place at the moment. His music comes very much from heavy metal and all of the motW albums and the first two Kayo Dot records show that. More recently with BLD, his solo work and the Tartar Lamb side project, he has been focussing on the modern classical side of his music by composing pieces (rather than albums) in movements and moving towards a meandering sound that is reflective of a lot of the avant-garde music coming out of New York at the moment (Zs and Extra Life being two good examples).

This is fine by some fans and not-so-fine by some others. Anyway, this brings us to this record. It's kind of an odd release. It was funded by fans and is basically made up of motW tracks that they liked and never recorded. It was recorded earlier this year by the motW lineup with some guests and from what I can tell, a lot of the songs were finished just before or during recording. This makes it sound more like maudlin of the Well than any Kayo Dot lineup ever has, but more Kayo Dot than any incarnation of maudlin of the Well, if that makes sense.

The first two songs are unreal and as good as anything else Driver has ever done. The rest of the record is great too. It's very mellow, there's not much metal here at all. It also features Toby's crazy style of vocals which wasn't really present on any motW recordings. I've only listened to it a couple of times so far but it's already my favourite release of the year. You can download it in mp3, wav, or FLAC.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Coldplay - Left Right Left (2009)

Coldplay aren't my favourite band or anything but they do a pretty excellent live show. I saw them earlier this year with a friend who gave me a free ticket and it was definitely one of the better 'big' shows I've been to. I really don't think I need to explain Coldplay to anyone and posting this release here is probably even a bit unnecessary. Anyway, it's free and you should get it. "Glass of Water" and all of the Viva La Vida tracks are the definite highlights, which is pretty much exactly the same as with all of their recorded output. Anyway, check it out.


Saturday, May 2, 2009

Dinosaur Jr - I Want You To Know (2009)

Dinosaur Jr may be real old dudes now, but with 2007's Beyond, they wrote one of their best records with a few songs that I like better than anything I'd ever heard from them before. This new single is from their upcoming album Farm and it's good stuff. Just a typical loud, catchy Dinosaur Jr song really.