2017-09-08 05:45:42 UTC
Chicago-based Floral Couches, the project of Cody Gray, released his new album Electric Fever in August. One of the album's highlights, “Ketamine Dreaming” is a nice display of Floral Couches’ late-night atmospheric development and knack for emerging, twinkling hooks — present here just past the one-minute mark, with twangy guitars entering the fold shortly thereafter.
Floral Couches' debut album came in 2016, with Not Quite Your Type. "I recorded all of it in a Logan Square bedroom over the course of a 16-month span and it was just a totally weird pop album. The cohesiveness was nonexistent but it was really just me experimenting with my own sound."
From there, Cody decided to pursue a more electronic-minded sound. Shortly, he had three songs written with synths and buzzsaw basses, and put them in a folder called "Electric Fever". That name stuck, and after a year Cody had his second album, Electric Fever. "I never had any plans to play live shows since i dealt with bad performance anxiety in the past and just didn't have any friends in Chicago to perform with. When I met my best friend Conor we just worked out how the hell two people could perform this stuff live and we've been performing for about five months."
Both tracks (as well as every other Floral Couches track) were recorded and mixed using only instruments and VSTs in Logic, including the guitars. "I was broke when I first started recording under Floral Couches and decided I was going to fully exhaust Logic of everything I could do with it before I purchased new equipment or instruments," Cody explains. "About half of Electric Fever actually has some serious track bleed on the vocal takes because while I was recording "Now You've Done It", my headphones broke and I couldn't afford to get another pair for a while. I was going to redo the vocals, but I liked the washed-out sound that it had produced and decided to keep them as is. "
Per Cody, "Ketamine Dreaming" is the only really sad song on the album. "A week before Christmas 2016 our dog passed away unexpectedly and I just totally lost it. I emailed my boss that I wasn't going to be going into work for a while and nobody saw me for about two weeks. When I was in high school and college I was dealing with peak depression and anxiety and I was absolutely coping by drinking myself stupid. I stopped drinking for the most part after college... During that two weeks of intense grieving I basically kept myself sustained on beer and cheese (I'm a Wisconsin boy at heart). It was the first time since I had graduated college that I was trying to just escape from what was happening in my life. I wrote the lyrics to capture that escapism mentality... "I don't need to feel pleasure/ and anything's better than this" was exactly what I had going through my head."
indie, electronic, pop
2017-09-08 05:28:11 UTC
Alyosha, the fourth full-length album from Philadelphia-based guitarist Patkus, released on September 1st.
An hour-long composition comprising six movements with a prologue and epilogue, Alyosha stands somewhere at the intersection of modern classical, post-rock, and American primitive.
“I was reading The Brother’s Karamazov — which is awesome by the way — and wanted to make something of a similar scale and scope. I wanted to aim high, take a leap of faith, pretend to be a better musician than I actually am, and see what would happen.”
From John Fahey to Mogwai, Steve Reich to Ali Akbar Khan, Patkus' music is an idiosyncratic blend of influences and composition techniques.
“For never was a story more stark,
Than this of Alyosha and his Lark.”
2.Alyosha pt. I 07:18
3.Alyosha pt. II 07:08
4.Alyosha pt. III 07:35
5.Alyosha pt. IV 11:03
6.Alyosha pt. V 11:15
7.Alyosha pt. VI 08:43
alternative, ambient, american, primitive, drone, post-rock, psychedelic
2017-09-06 05:31:51 UTC
Wil Bolton is a London-based artist and musician, whose work uses guitars, acoustic instruments, vintage keyboards and effects to create warm and emotive melodies, fragmented and submerged among beds of droning ambient textures and environmental sounds. He has released albums on labels including Hibernate, Time Released Sound, Eilean, Home Normal, Dauw, Dronarivm and Fluid Audio. He has also shown his sound and video works in exhibitions at ICA, Incheon Art Platform, Liverpool Biennial and others, and has performed at venues including Cafe Oto, Tate Liverpool and I'Klectik Art Lab.
'"Night Paths' is an album of dreamy ambience inspired by reveries of moonlit summer nights, walking aimlessly through forest paths. Made with a refined instrumental palette of electric guitar, analogue synthesizers and looper pedals, asynchronous loops and layers merge and collide in hypnotic lulling repetitions. An array of stomp box effects and crackling amp noise blur and disrupt these tones. Swathes of gauzy reverb and woozy delays and chorusing effects evoke daydreams and soft-focus memories."
- Yesterday's Clouds - 07:10
- A Garden, Lost - 03:36
- Night Paths - 04:38
- Parasols - 03:32
- Glint - 04:56
- One Summer - 08:04
- Single Coil - 06:52
2017-09-06 05:21:30 UTC
Airships on the Water is an instrumental post rock band from Fayetteville, AR, USA, formed by multi-instrumentalist Russel Hensley. Hensley, who plays drums for the math rock band Take Shapes, started the project as a way to experiment with and expand on a backlog of keyboard riffs and drum parts he had written.
Drawing inspiration from the infectious hooks of El Ten Eleven, the emotional power of Explosions in the Sky, and the rhythmic complexity of Japanese post rockers Toe, Hensley started writing and overdubbing new parts to flesh out the sound of his existing arrangements. He carefully layered beautiful keyboard melodies, bass guitar hooks, intricate drum patterns, and rich synth textures onto these skeletal arrangements, shaping them into catchy instrumental post rock songs. Bit by bit, a chilled out sound with subtle math rock influences emerged, and Beneath a Thousand Branches was born.
- Recover Your Tracks - 06:05
- When You're Caught - 04:54
- Almost Found - 03:39
- Both Fingers Wrapped - 05:32
- Where the Vessels Meet - 03:41
- Midair - 05:02
- Bloom Beneath the Branches - 07:03
- Alpine Blankets - 05:07
experimental, indie, instrumental, post-rock, math, postrock
2017-09-06 05:04:35 UTC
Serene spellbinding worlds come together on the glistening waves of Shall Remain Nameless’s self-titled effort. Quite pastoral in its efforts the way the many layers converge into a singular whole feels deeply satisfying. Field recordings permeate the entirety of the album for the way they seem to simply immerse the listener in such a wild jungle of recordings feels positively liberating.
Drones remain equally important as Shall Remain Nameless touches upon some of Stars of the Lid’s more elegant, less-feedback laden later works. Classical helps to frame every piece for the songs resembles suites in a greater symphony.
“Forest Fly” carries the listener to a tranquil, exotic rain forest, inhabited by tropical wildlife. The inclusion of an enigmatically soothing sitar suggests that we are perhaps accompanied by an imaginary, mysteriously wise sherpa as our guide, giving the track a relaxed, melodic warmth.
Seamlessly shifting to the celestially- inspired “Sunshine In a Blackout”, subtle changes in this ambient orchestral production are somehow simultaneously glacial and emotionally uplifting.
Meanwhile ,“Uneven Terrain Pt 1” as its title suggests, leads the audience down a murky musical path as sinister whispers from dark forces fill the air in this curiously lurid nightmare. The resulting creation is dark ambience at its best.
The twisted nostalgia of “Coney Island Sideshow” presents an electronically intricate, if unsettling centerpiece for the album. The contrast of hypnotic sonic chattering and vocal snippets of family fun at the fair ground requires repeat listens to appreciate its many nuances.
As the album comes to a close “The Fear” reintroduces earlier themes; wide open musical landscapes, floating ambient melodies and electronica are all enhanced by selective samples of the human voice.
The artists influences : The Future Sound Of London,The Orb, Ambient music from the early 90's.
- 1.Forest Fly
- 2.Sunshine In A Blackout
- 3.Uneven Terrain (Pt.1) 04:05
- 4.Coney Island Sideshow 04:58
- 5 Life In Any Form 02:17
- 6.Downward Stream
- 7.The Lone Guitarist
- 8.Secret Liaison
- 9.The Fear
- 10.Ground Floor // Uneven Terrain (Pt.2)
ambient, electronic, experimental, chill, downtempo, space