Valentine’s Day Showcase [#3]: Salem Rages, The Respondents and Jarz!

2098897630-1A totally new track by the lovers of new romantic, namely Salem Rages. In this track, “Love Is Alive“, they display where they come from and it’s a perfect get-go for Valentine’s Day. Showing off the perfect blend of old-school goth, new-wave and new romanticism which takes its toll. Coming straight out of Liverpool, of all places, this gem is one of the best I’ve found recently. The gloomy atmosphere, in combination with fast and steady riffs, combined with the singer’s energetic voice makes for trouble. Not really trouble in the way you’d see it, but trouble in the love department. There’s also a big hint of hardcore punk in the mix, which will satisfy those of you longing for that. Happy Valentine’s to all you hopeless lovers, but do get some of Salem Rages before you go out to search for the one. Casket Records will steer them from the shore and release it under their catalog of 004, but you’ll have to download it for free down below.

1046252255-1Time for another pretty unorthodox combination of genres, at least if you compare. The band The Respondents released their latest album today, which is titled “Exploded View“. In which we get to follow them through the peculiar world of surf-punk, a little bit of horror movie scenery musically, and of course a touch of post-punk. If you bring out the punk to play with the surf, you’re going to get something like this. But it’s eccentric, something I’ve never even heard to be close, more than in a few cases. It’s like if you blend Hawaii with a more sinister Count Dracula-esque Romania of the past. Lord Vlad is all over the place, despite some of the riffs taking you to more exotic places than that. All I can see is rain pouring down on my screen, whilst I wait out in the darkness and when I pass a house I hear this music. Kind of the experience you get, but it’s not bad at all, no – it’s ghoulishly good. For all you undead lovers out there, take a seat and enjoy the ride. Featuring tracks from “Kill Screen” to “Red Flags“. It seems like Wrong Hands is the label to go to, if you’d want it.

2467632350-1So, if you need to slow it down a notch, I have the perfect solution. Nothing more than Jarz and his newly released album “A Story With A Touch“, which resembles your ordinary day-to-day life. The experimentalism surely takes advantage of the sampling that is given to you if you’d be going through crowded places, trying to find the light. With “the light“, I mean, trying to find a way out there. He’s got a hectic tempo at times, but there’s still an angelic sound pulsating through the sound-scape from beginning to end. As you hear the different melodies and the rhythmic arrhythmic cling together, you suddenly have nowhere to go and find yourself stuck in a maze. I’d like to say that this is both for you that would love to take some time off and just relax, but at the same time his quirky instrumentation and feeling for experimentation surely takes it to a whole other level, which cannot be calm, but reeks of longevity. This is something you’d play in the background if you’re working and it’s something you’d spend hours with your brain trying to analyze. So forgive me, for I was wrong, but it’s much calmer than punk. Tracks that are featured on this release are “Belarus“, “A Story With A Touch“, “Its Not What It Seems To Be“, “Belarus (Revy Remix)” and “Random Stems Remix (Fabio Papa)“. Released by Wondermachine Music.

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