Experimental

Artist: 
Muramasa
Label: 
Anchor Point records

I must thank the Promotional team for Mura Masa; They cleaned this CD before sending it in! Listening through this album and hearing the tell tale *Sqzzrk Beuuu* and realizing a wonderful song does not need to be marked down as unclean was a wonderful experience. The Album is made of remixes and deliciously original delicasies

Sounds Like: 
Max Frost
Sounds Like: 
Wax Tailor
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2017
Artist: 
Fever Ray
Label: 
Rabid Records

It has been eight years since her self-titled debut was realeased, and three years since The Knife officially called it quits. Now, Fever Ray is back with her second album, Plunge, an LP that is well-produced, but very weird. The opening track, "Wanna Sip," seems like it is issuing a dare to listeners, from a musical and lyrical perspective. With an ominous intro, aggressive beats, downward synths, and vocals that tease, it kind of makes listners wonder if they would like to take the plunge.

Sounds Like: 
The Knife
Sounds Like: 
The Bloody Beetroots
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
11/07/2017
Artist: 
MonoNeon
Label: 
Mononeon

This single by MonoNeon has a lo-fi, Hawaiian-ish feel. The lyrics are pretty straightforward; women, water, and weed is all we need in life. This is also a really repetitive song with 3 lines of lyrics repeated in 3:16 minutes. There are some good guitar parts in the song, but this is more eccentric than what I listen to. I definitely get the high-experimental vibe from Women, Water, & Weed and it’s pretty funky. I wouldn’t really categorize this as jazz or world, but then again, I’m not really sure there is a certain genre that this really fits into.

Sounds Like: 
Louis Cole
Sounds Like: 
Isaiah Sharkey
Name: 
Caitlin Fung
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2017
Artist: 
Clark
Label: 
Warp Records

Clark recently released two singles, Hoova and Peak Magnetic.

Sounds Like: 
Porter Robinson
Sounds Like: 
(Experimental) Bassnectar
Name: 
Nicholas Sergeant
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
Artist: 
Juana Molina
Label: 
Self-Released/Crammed Discs

 

Juana Molina’s single Cosoco is definitely an interesting track. This song is similar to other previous work by Molina. It begins extremely eerie with the string instrument in the background. It then quickly picks up with Molina’s vocals that seem to have an auto tune modifier on them. However, it works for this song. The vocals in combination to the beats and other instruments produces a track like anything I’ve heard. The Argentinian definitely is striding in an effectively different direction musically and it makes me want more. 

Sounds Like: 
Coiffeur
Sounds Like: 
Tonolec
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
Petrolane
Label: 
Future Everything

Petrolane's LP "How Long" is a very experimental LP that has a lot of fun Middle Eastern Flair. This album starts out strong, with a really cool experimental rhythm, using a lot of auditory negative space which I really enjoy. The second song "Adventures" was a little too weird for my taste but overall in the album that was the only song I didnt exactly like, the album sort of found its place after the second song.

Sounds Like: 
Neat Beats
Sounds Like: 
Flume in BollyWood
Name: 
Patrick Baker
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Matteo Vallicelli
Label: 
Captured Tracks

Matteo Vallicelli is perhaps most widely known as the touring drummer for post punks The Soft Moon. Vallicelli recently made his solo debut with Primo, a radical departure from the punk and hardcore of his other outfit. Primo is a instrumental electronic record that brings Tim Hecker and Oneohtrix Point Never to mind. The songs are slow crescendos of synths, that morph and move into different vibes in interesting and novel ways.

Sounds Like: 
Tim Hecker
Sounds Like: 
Black Marble
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Thievery Corporation
Label: 
ESL Music

This release is a compliation of singles from Thievery Corporation's eagerly anticipated new album, The Temple of I & I. I am mainly familiar with Thievery Corporation's live sets, so it was interesting to see how they express themselves through a studio release. The two singles heavily incoporated reggae and reggaeton themes, and upon further inspection I found out that the album was recorded in Jamaica. While I enjoyed each of the songs, the release did not quite capture the same energy and exploration that accompanies their live show.

Sounds Like: 
Beats Antique
Sounds Like: 
Tycho
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
02/11/2017
Artist: 
Neat Beats
Label: 
Hop Skip Jump Records

Cosmic Surgery is Neat Beats newest album. If you haven't heard of Neat Beats, it is a very experimental elctronic group in which every song seems to tell a story or trys to do something new musically. One of my favorite songs on the album,  "I hope I think of bike riding when I'm dying" made me feel like I was a dad teaching my daughter to ride a bike, I know it sounds weird but thats what it made me feel. Neat Beats seems to have a very unique sound in a wave of electronic music that the majority sound very similar.

Sounds Like: 
Flume if he did even more acid
Sounds Like: 
Willy Wonka if he had a soundboard
Name: 
Brendan Bogar/ Patrick Baker
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2017
Artist: 
Husbandry
Label: 
Aqualamb Records

Fera has an energy that is frenetic and explosive at times. The lead singer's voice is memorable and the songs were described as sounding like "Fugazi meets Aaliyah". This post-hardcore noise-rock band doesn't hold back an ounce of energy in the bars and lyrics. If you're looking for something that is a fusion of metal and post-hardcore, then this album might be your golden egg.  

Sounds Like: 
Mars Volta
Sounds Like: 
Glassjaw
Name: 
Betty Yu
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2016
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