Words About Music
Every now and then I get an email from a new band or artist asking me to advertise and review their music, which I usually do. Over the past two weeks I’ve received four emails from four different artists (whose names conveniently and coincidentally start with the letter C) asking me to check out and review their music. So below are four short reviews of four releases from four artists that you should know about. Enjoy!
The Chambermaids “Whatever Happened Tomorrow”
First up we have the third studio album by Twin Cities based group The Chambermaids, who’ve been together in one incarnation or another for a good 10 years or so. The backbone of this band is brother and sister Neil and Martha Weir, who originally began cutting demos for what would become The Chambermaids in 2003. Nowadays the group’s sound can definitely be described as a cross between classic shoegazing acts like My Bloody Valentine and late-80s/early-90s alternative rock acts like Pixies and The Jesus & Mary Chain. It’s a very well produced concoction of noise and pop that is definitely on the tier of modern acts like Yuck, Wavves, and No Age. High energy feedback driven songs like “China Blue” and “Whirlpool” are definitely two of the cornerstone pieces on this criminally short album. So if you’re looking to get into some fresh sounding and forward thinking noise pop then you should definitely check out this album.
SCORE – 8.1
Correspondence “Drums In Bloom”
This one came to me in response to the Nesey Gallons review I did. I received an email from a gentleman named Ben who I assume is from the UK because of his Bandcamp page. Anyway, he has been recording under different aliases for around seven years, his latest alias being Correspondence, named after the label he used to run. This first release from Correspondence is a 2-song demo called “Drums In Bloom,” which consists of the songs “Drums In Bloom” and “Drums In Bloom (Slow Motion).” As far as I can tell, they’re two different songs even though they are similarly named, although I am pretty sure they have the same chord progression. They definitely ooze Boards of Canada influence, with some very bright and almost vaudevillian sounding organs on top of a repeated drum groove. These two tracks are bizarre and mysterious, but I do wish I had more material to discuss. Until new Correspondence tracks see the light of day, we’ll have a neat demo to hold us over.
SCORE – 7.4
Cotillion “The Debutantes”
Here we have some interesting experimental progressive metal from New York City. Cotillion is an instrumental trio that combine time-signature defying riffs with some completely out-of-left-field bouts of Flashbulb-inspired glitches. It’s a truly odd combination that I can’t say I expected at all. In fact I thought I was going to be faced with a drawn out instrumental riff album, but once the glitches come in it becomes a whole new thing. Sure it’s a little repetitive at times and it’s not of the best recording quality (not that that’s a really bad thing), but it all comes together in a strangely cohesive way.
SCORE – 7.0
Crystal Shipsss “Dirty Dancer”
Crystal Shipsss is the solo project of Danish musician Jacob Faurholt, and he’s just put out his second record “Dirty Dancer.” Crystal Shipsss combines the outsider lo-fi loneliness of Daniel Johnston with the space-synth weirdness of The Flaming Lips’ weirdest albums. Jacob sings in a tortured falsetto above minimalistic instrumentation on what is supposedly an autobiographical semi-concept album. Another mentionable aspect is the strange and experimental song structures, especially on opening track “Screaming Teens.” Overall, it’s a really weird album that comes across as a molly-soaked tribute to “Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space.” But also it’s a compelling and emotional listen that packs a ton of ideas into 40 minutes of really dark pop music.
SCORE – 8.4
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