Having only been available on self-released cassettes and vinyls, the original debut-album by Los-Angeles based nihilist-pop act Image Of Life has been put up on bandcamp in its entirety. This album features twelve tracks recorded in between 2010-2012. The A-Side was recorded in June of 2011 to October of 2012, whilst the B-Side was recorded as early as October and November of 2010. Since the cassette was limited to only 45 copies, it was hard to obtain for those interested since it sold out pretty quickly. The second edition, a vinyl-edition released in conjunction with the Pure Ground tour in Europa some months ago – was released in an edition of 90 copies, by Image Of Life himself. Since I interviewed him in 2013, when he released his “Weight Loss In Wartime / Walking In The Dark” single on Chondritic Sound, not much have been heard about him more than being featured in occasional articles. So it comes as a glad surprise that he chose to do this so you can stream the whole release digitally, before you consider buying the cassette. Since it seems like there’s a new cassette-run of 15 limited copies of this original release “Last Letters From The Leper Colony“. Stream it down below and consider buying it if you like what you hear.
Suren Unka. You might’ve heard of him, or you might’ve not. He’s a descendant from India living in New Zealand, raised in the town of Opotoki, currently living in Auckland. The name he’s chosen for himself is derived from his real name, which is Suren Raj Unka. Earlier, he’s been a part of the group Ponnyfight together with Fergus Burnett, and now he’s released his own album on CD titled “El Chupacabra“. We re-visit some kind of bizarre turn into ambient dubstep of some sort, where the atmosphere is the most important for the almost clerical melodies that can be heard. It stands clear that it’s influenced very much by the modern electronica that has sprung up in the 2000’s. Currently, Suren is educating himself at MAINZ (Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand). Even though his music seem to be far from what I’ve been doing, I just had to have something to do with it. I must say that I despise dubstep as such, but this modern variant which clings to some of the elements of that genre, it also lets free some IDM influences, danceable ambient and other very interesting combinations. The build-ups in the structure of the tracks come from a heavy melodic content which is supplied with sampling, just to hit the climactic peak together with the baseline that itself – also is melodic as hell. So this might turn some of you off, but I guess that others will listen to it with an “open” ear, if you know what I mean. He actually contacted me via e-mail and we came to the conclusion that a track should be put up by me.
So, that’s exactly what I did a couple of days ago. The track “Weather Science” from his newly released debut-album “El Chupacabra” was put up on my Soundcloud. Just so you could hear it from yourself and get a taste of what was to come from this release. The unreleased track is up and running, and the album itself has just been self-released by Suren. Listen to this bizarre mixture of different genres and stream, but listen to, this track so you know if you want the whole album or not. It has been put out on iTunes so you can buy it. But make up your mind first and listen to the track down below.
The British are back. At least one Brit, whose name is Joris. J. I don’t know if he is a Brit, but he lives in Britain at least. He’s been manufacturing the most odd noise, the most uncategorizable noise, under this own name since he first released “Untitled”, his first self-released album. A year later he got his first official non-self-released track “Die Antizipation Des Generalized Other“, on the German label Der Schöne Hjuler-Memorial-Fond – a label that seems to be related (or dedicated) to a German art group called Mama Baer und Kommissarie Hjuler. But I’m not really certain of that. Since his two splits done with Ratbag as the first, Filthy Turd as the second, it seems like he stopped making anything under his real name, in 2011. Already back in 2009, he made his first album under the guise of Genus Inkasso, titled “Default Swaps” which was released by Abulia Concepts. However, at the same time that it seemed like he stopped with Joris. J, another album with Genus Inkasso submerged under the title of “Occasionally Slumping, Smiling Weakly“, put out by naboa music. This was in 2011.
Since then, he’s released an album titled “The Despised Pastora” which was put out by Grindcore Karaoke. But that’s not because I’m writing about his music, it’s because his latest mini-album “Under Seals Broken By The Lean Solicitor” was released just roughly two weeks ago on the New York City-imprint Immigrant Breast Nest. The three tracks that are featured on this release range from illbient to a general breakbeat mess, combined with an electro-acoustic layer that keeps everything somewhat in order. It is, however, noticeable that this sounds like something that was just improvised during a session. Take it from that and spin it into some remnant from the 1990’s hardcore-scene in Holland, just to bounce back into some undecipherable combination of noise and spastic movement. Just to have it change into a trip-hop atmosphere after you’ve heard some sampled piano mashed into a drier. Everything can happen between planned happenstance, what’s currently happening and how long it takes for the next thing to occur. It’s just how it goes with Genus Inkasso and his latest release “Under Seals Broken By The Lean Solicitor“. Stream the whole release down below.
Ni har förmodligen aldrig hört talas om Hamnskifte. De har verkat i bakgrunden, aldrig riktigt visat sig själva och bara existerat i periferin av black metal. Egentligen så tycker de själva inte att de hör till, men det hörs tydligt att det är black metal, men en särskild form av det. Allting började med det första släppet “Födzlepijnan” som kom ut år 2010 på det Amerikanska skivbolaget Starlight Temple Society – som bland annat släppt alster av och med Velvet Cacoon och annan mer eller mindre nogräknad undergroundmetal. Två år senare skulle låten “Hamn” släppas, närmare bestämt i Januari. Sedan dess har det varit tyst på deras front och ingenting har hörts sedan dess. Därför tog Invisible Guy upp brandfacklan och tände elden, genom att ställa frågor till Hamnskifte, både de frågor som behandlar “Födzlepijnan“, 1600-talsinfluenser, nysläppet på det Ryska skivbolaget Myrkr, deras filosofi – och så mycket mer.
Whilst moving closer to the sound of maniacal industrial, with electronic undertones, The Amount Of Light We Give Off moved in a totally different direction from their demo, with their newly released album “LIST“. The seldom combination of utter destructive electronica and the non-electronic base of post-punk, that they stand upon, this duo has harnessed as much of their development from their first release – as they’ve done with their recent. It’s a combination of the harsh atmospheres given away from the demo, as it is with their development into a colder territory of cold wave. Which their lyrical content can contest, and which their vocals are shouting out. There is also the punk-attitude of a juvenile, soundly giving you the finger whilst standing upon the throne of modern decadence. Anyhow, their image is blackened and it shall remain so, as their sound-scape gradually shifts into a more contemplative and ethereal domain. You could thank their natural pathway into shoegaze and post-rock for that. We’ll be giving you the track “Relationships” from the recently released album “LIST“. You can download it for free down below.
I received a note from John Praw about Softly, Dear. It felt like it was urgent and I needed to respond to it. Therefore, I listened through the whole thing and found out that I liked it very much. In collaboration with his record label Mine All Mine, situated in Wisconsin. Since they got their album “Portico” released recently on this particular label, we decided it would be great to offer you a free download of one track. Since they’re all available for streaming on Bandcamp, you get to download the track “Know My Name” for free. You can also stream it if you like to. I chose this track because it is in the darker vein, being this album, as I’m more attuned with the darker stuff now when it’s beginning to turn into Autumn. Actually, the sampling on the track reminds me far too much about industrial then it does remind me about indie rock. It is also their debut, which makes me feel even more honored to be listening to it, yet offering you something in return. The ballad-like track is smooth as silken, but at the same time nostalgic as nobody in their right mind would be. Soothingly taking us back throughout their lyrical venture, making the whole ordeal an adventure for those that prefer indie rock over everything else. This was actually self-released by their band on CD at first, which was so successful that it almost sold out immediately, but now they’ve gotten released by Mine All Mine on cassette and as a digital download. The band is compromised of: Tyler Hart, Josh Frederick, Alex Adkinson, Ben Possi and Addie Strei. So, if you like this, grab a limited cassette for only five dollars. Stream the track itself and download it here down below, or stream the whole album. It’s your choice.
I think it’s time to give you another treat, this time I’ll be recommending my favorite Gothic rock bands from the 80s. I begin with 1980-1981 (Part I) and then gradually move my way up throughout the years: 1982 (Part II), 1983-1984 (Part III), 1985 (Part IV), 1986-1987 (Part V) and 1988-1989 (Part VI). I’ll be continuing the fad of six different episodes and I’ll bid you my welcome into the world I knew and the world I’ve discovered and continually re-discover when I’m surfing the web. I want to give people another opportunity and to find out about bands and artists that they haven’t heard of before. Sometimes I occasionally sneak in a bigger band or two, but that’ll just be if the song is good enough. But by no means is this a top 30 of the best Gothic rock from the 80s, I’ll have to give you a top-10 list in the future of the Gothic bands that I think top my own list. I’ll also have some commentary beneath each clip as I had in the earlier parts that covered post-punk, mostly because it looks more aesthetically pleasuring and say something about the song or the lyrics. Let me take you into this world now.
You’re now entering Part I of the recommendation.
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