This cosmic journey began life springing from the fretboard of bassist Drew Cranford, whose layered chords, agile arpeggios, and fluid tapping anchors the musical foundation of the project. Starting as a solo artist, Drew's writing focuses on complex riffs and technically demanding performances which produce a unique style of bass playing that challenges the understanding of the role of the instrument itself. Eventually Drew crossed paths with fellow Georgia Tech student Jeff Harrison. An experienced drummer, and somewhat pursuer of good tunes, Jeff instantly connected with Drew’s melodic-centric bass riffs and thus a rhythmic foundation was laid. Over time the duo honed material together, practicing for hours in the basement of a house in Atlanta until eventually the two approached Steve Bledsoe to lead the charge on guitar. A past bandmate and friend of Jeff's, Steve would bring a unique sound to the group, blending classic guitar styles with a more modern, melody focused, vibe.
The three soon coalesced into a well-oiled musical unit, gigging locally around the Atlanta music scene, all the while working out the kinks for the songs that would become the self-published 'Peripheral Sounds' EP. Recorded in whatever spare time the group could afford, the EP served as an early sonic blueprint for the future iteration of Cosmic Carpool. Regrettably, college graduation and subsequent geographic separation became too much to gainfully surmount, and the group amicably parted ways for an indefinite period of time. The members pursued various other musical endeavors, with Jeff and Steve eventually touring together again in a different group. The three remained close friends, however, and would occasionally jam as Cosmic Carpool for a bedroom audience.
Years later, with the disbanding of his touring act, Jeff began experimenting with synthesizers and DAWs developing a deeper understanding of not only music itself, but the underlying technology behind the sounds. Eager to pursue this new passion, Jeff set off to reunite with Cranford and Bledsoe, reinventing Cosmic Carpool into a genre-bending, electronic 'space' rock trio. The group, reinvigorated with fresh songs from Drew's catalog and the sonic possibilities of modern synthesizers, began an intense rehearsal schedule to flesh out what would become 'Horizon'. With Jeff at the console and taking nearly a full year and a half to complete, the resulting LP is a testament to perseverance, and the payoff is huge. The entire record is a joy to listen to from start to finish, and while the songs certainly stand on their own right, the true power of ‘Horizon’ is best appreciated as an entire package.
Transporting listeners through time and space by way of intricate arrangements, bruisingly heavy riffs, and soaring electronic melodies, Cosmic Carpool is a sonic force quite unlike anything you've heard before. Hailing from Atlanta, GA, the genre-bending trio crafts a unique amalgam of rock, electronic, metal, ambient, and dance into something that is far greater than the sum of the parts. Every note is intentional, every passage designed for maximum feeling. Written by Drew Cranford (bass) and Produced by Jeff Harrison (drums/keys/synths), with Performances by Steve Bledsoe (guitar/mandolin), Cosmic Carpool’s debut full length LP 'Horizon' is an ethereal journey whose cadence is perfectly timed from beginning to end.
Hello from the Children of Planet Earth - 02:03 info Horizon - 06:09 info Big Blue Beast - 07:20 info Arise - 03:25 info Beyond 2D - 08:08 info Interlude - 01:27 info Phantom Funk - 02:27 info Nintendose - 09:23 info Reprise - 07:17 info Looper - 04:38 info Metal - 08:27 info
Released a week ago from today, single "On My Own" is a piece of twangy, ascending beauty from Boston-based act TOLEDO
When Jordan Dunn-Pilz and Daniel Alvarez de Toledo were just small lads, they started playing guitar in the nearby town to attract listeners. Now, the two seasoned musicians are gigging and giggling their way to success with their new band TOLEDO. With a blend of traditional and modern sounds, TOLEDO is an indie-pop, sailor-shanty, pirate-rock band from Boston, MA. Collaborating with visual artists and animators, the band is a multifaceted machine. Stay tuned to hear new content from these goons every month.
Steven K. Smith has more than 20 recording to his name both solo and collaboratively. He was the founding member of the post rock outfit MABOU from Cleveland, Ohio. His also worked with Jason Sloan in the acclaimed dark ambient project DOLMEN. In addition to A Signal In The Static he is a member of SPIRICOM with Columbus, Ohio guitarist Marc Cody. Smith lives outside of Kent, Ohio on a farm with his wife and a menagerie of animals.
A Signal In The Static - A Future Remembered
“A Future Remembered” is a new thought-provoking release by A Signal In The Static.
The project is the brainchild of Steven K. Smith, a talented and dedicated composer formerly known as the founding member of Mabou, a well-received dark ambient act. On this new musical adventure, Steven set out to create a tantalizing atmosphere with a stunning textural vibe.
A Future Remembered strikes with blankets of noise cutting through the air. Melodies swiftly overtake the layers of fuzzy, white noise and become more intelligible, paving the way for some beautiful guitar lines. The rhythm section is uncomplicated and refreshingly minimalistic, offering a backbone to the melodies, without ever overpowering the sonic aesthetics of this particular release.
The album is built on a lush and haunting layers of drones and textures, alternating atonal dissonances with compelling melodies. The sound makes me think of the work of artists as diverse as This Will Destroy You, Mogwai or Godspeed You! Black Emperor or Maserati, just to mention a few.
The record’s production is also worth being mentioned. The sound is understated and direct with a very organic quality to it. The album’s playlist extends throughout 10 tracks that stretch the album’s sound towards different directions - from the depth of post-rock to the cinematic atmospheres of ambient music and the experimental edge of electronica.
“Enemies from Orion” is perhaps one of my favorite songs on this release. The track begins with a brooding atmosphere, as the drones of noise and grime get consistently louder, leading up to an edgy drum and bass groove, making its way through the static.
“A Future Remembered” lives somewhere in that space where noise becomes melodies and melodies turn to noise, going for a stunning sequence of forward-thinking musical metamorphosis and transformational ideas that transcend the usual canons of post-rock, aiming for a more personal and experimental sound.
The songs on this album flow seamlessly like an engaging playlist, but they also stand out on their own, as every single track showcases a remarkable identity.
"Triad" is the new EP from Groundburst, released on September 4th by Out is within records. Groundburst are an instrumental trio from Dublin. Their music combines complex rhythms with lyrical melodies and unusual concepts and draws upon elements of funk, jazz , soundtrack and electronic music.
The CINE 400 is a three-piece alternative pop band from Athlone in Cape Town, South Africa. The group consists of Ozzy (vocals, songwriting, production), Kazz (songwriting, production) and Aqeeb (songwriting, engineering, production). Originally formed in 2014 by childhood friends Kazz and Ozzy, the band recruited Aqeeb during the members' tenure at the University of Cape Town.
Borrowing its name from an old cinema in Athlone (a previously disadvantaged area located in the Cape Flats), the band believes that - much like the cinema united communities during Apartheid - music serves the same function in contemporary society by bringing people together across racial and cultural barriers.
The band has been influenced by artists such as Arctic Monkeys, Michael Jackson and Nile Rodgers in order to achieve their unique sound. Sonically, the band strives to balance pop melodic sensibilities with nuanced left-field production.
Their six-song debut EP "Now Showing" was self-produced and self-recorded and is scheduled for release towards the end of 2017.
"Plasticine Blues" is a song which juxtaposes driving drum machines, synthesizers and surf rock guitars with a sweet and melancholic sun-drenched melody. It portrays the confusion of a toxic relationship and the futile attempt to rescue it. The highs and lows of the song mimic the emotional rollercoaster that a poor pairing can often take you on.
A combination of retro aesthetics, enduring lyrics and alt-rock grit.
The best music happens when artists refuse to remain stuck in their own comfort zones and creative boxes. Whenever this happens, they are free to give full range to their vision, and they can really come up with something that’s groundbreaking and personable. This is certainly the case here with Tommy Red and his brand new EP release, “I Wanna Be Exploited.”
Marva Von Theo is an Electropop / Synthwave duo formed in 2016 by the Athens-based singer-songwriter Marva Voulgari and the Vienna-based composer-producer Theo Foinidis.
Their Debut Album “Dream within a Dream” was released early in 2018. The 12 songs on their Album, lean towards an electronic sound that incorporates a variety of influences ranging from the music of the 80’s until today. Darkwave sounds, Jazz harmonies, Rock and Dance drum beats resonate together and mature into something darkly romantic.