So many good tracks and collabs.
Author: Aaron Frey
A fav from high school, hah.
“Das Ich is a German dark wave/gothic–industrial band formed in 1989. The group, fronted by Stefan Ackermann and Bruno Kramm, were one of the prominent founders of and contributors to “Neue Deutsche Todeskunst” (New German Death Art) a musical movement in the early 1990s.”Wikipedia
“I think the main “idea” behind my music is to try and make something that’s melting the two genres (prog and hip-hop/jazz). […] That’s kinda my mission haha, to fuse hip hop and prog. weird time signature changes, jazzy chords, and all of that in a hip hop context. it’s always a hard line to walk. I don’t want the music to be too dense with information but it should still be surprising at the same time. I hope I’m making sense.”Full interview at Math Rock Times
One of my all-time favorite IDM artists, perfect for late night, studying, etc. Got me through many all-nighters writing term papers in college.
Ego Ella May
Live, there’s an improvisational approach to her vocals, a dizzying, free-flying journey that skirts around an aural vortex marked by neo-soul, vintage jazz, and left-field hip-hop.
For a while now, her work has been sought after, a vibrant fusion-based sound that speaks eloquently about love, loss, self-worth, and so much more.
Debut album ‘Honey For Wounds’ was released just a few days ago, and it’s a glorious listen; there’s a performance feel on many of the songs, with the fluid sessions featuring guest spots from the likes of Oscar Jerome, Wu-Lu, and Joe Armon Jones.
At the centre, though, is Ego Ella May’s stunning voice, and her wonderful songwriting skills. Responding to the world around and within her, ‘Honey For Wounds’ is a testament to her spirit, and music’s role during the self-healing process.Source: https://www.clashmusic.com/features/in-conversation-ego-ella-may
French prog rock. Dig the moody, spare instrumentals and vocalist’s style. The second track gives off a fun 90s grunge vibe.
Her voice is so smooth, and I love how the instrumentals add minimal textural punctuation in the background before swelling with that brassy crescendo…
A cover of a Nick Drake song that is also worth a listen.
Make sure you watch the first video all the way to 3:25 haha, great metal and clean vocals. Their songs have a polished, catchy pop sensibility without losing the metal edge.
Polyenso is an American experimental rock band based in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States. The band is composed of lead vocalist and keyboardist Brennan Taulbee, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Alexander Schultz, and percussionist Denny Agosto. The band’s members were all at one point in American post-hardcore band Oceana, but moved to lighter, more uplifting music under the name Polyenso in 2012. Their sound is a blend of indie rock, electronic, folk, jazz, and hip-hop.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyenso
Oceans of Slumber
Post Animal – Forward Motion Godyssey
“The sophomore full-length from Post Animal, Forward Motion Godyssey, unfolds with a frenetic momentum, mercurial and unhinged and gloriously volatile. In a bold leap forward both artistically and sonically, the Chicago-based alt-prog band sets their existential questioning to a wildly kinetic sound, mining inspiration from genres as divergent as electronic and psych-rock and—at one particularly sublime point—achieving both stoner-metal brutishness and dreamy R&B elegance in the very same instant. At turns rhapsodic and unsettling, meditative and chaotic, the result is anything but subtle: a body of work that beckons deep involvement from the listener, a richly layered experience primed to leave its audience indelibly transported.”
TesseracT – Live in the Lockdown
Catchy, with keytar solos.
“While metal is what they do, the band clearly has mixed 80s New Wave synthpop with this modern progressive metal sound, creating music that is airy, hyper melodic, and incredibly fun to hear. You will hear dense keytar layering and super strong vocal hooks right alongside powerful polyrhythms and huge riffs. This is a band that knows musical space and understands how to balance everything to a tee.”
Cedric Burnside – Step In
A particular vibe, well executed.
Anomalie – Crescent (Live)
WOW | INORI -PRAYER-
Cool demo performance using high speed projection and face scanning…
“The latest work to utilize real time tracking and face projection mapping using a state of the art 1000 fps projector and ultra high speed sensing, “INORI-PRAYER-,” has been released. This project was born when Nobumichi Asai (WOW) approached collaborators TOKYO ( http://www.lab.tokyo.jp/ ), the dancing duo AyaBambi, and the Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory at the University of Tokyo.
This project began when songs were created about “life,” a theme proposed by Tanigawa (TOKYO), who acted as this project’s director. Creative and technical director Asai (WOW) and CG director Shingo Abe (WOW) completed visual production and programming based on inspiration they obtained from the songs. Aya Sato added the choreography, and TOKYO completed the project by making it into a video. “Radioactive” is the inspiration that Asai felt from music. “Radioactive” wields destructive power, and from that brings “death”, “suffering”, and “sadness”. And then, the “opportunity” to overcome those things. Accompanied by the overwhelming performance of AyaBambi, a visual synchronization of black tears, skulls, faces being severed, Noh Masks of agony and the Heart Sutra have sublimated into a single piece of work.”
Could listen to this guy noodle around improvised guitar solos all day.
Dervis Can Vural
This is really nice. Modern classical, jazz inflected. Composed by an associate professor of physics at Notre Dame. More on Spotify.
Blaue Blume: Lovable (Trentemøller Remix)
“Taking their name from George Orwell’s novel “Keep the Aspidistra Flying”, ASPIDISTRAFLY was formed by Singapore-based singer-songwriter April Lee and producer Ricks Ang in 2003. The duo play a flickeringly filmic mixture of ambient folk with gossamer-like vocal harmonies and guitar-based drone wrapped in delicate lo-fi haziness.”
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