Review for "I Want to Stand Where the Sun Himself Shakes with Fear" by Voices from Deep Below

2017-03-25 04:34:33 UTC

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Even though the independent rock scene is quite inundated with new acts, there’s always a welcome place for an outfit that changes the formula enough to be consistently interesting and worth taking notice of. The New York-based alternative rock group Voices from Deep Below attempts to do just that, fusing together a variety of styles into a surprisingly coherent sound. Their new record, “I Want to Stand Where the Sun Himself Shakes with Fear”, is a five song album that navigates alt-rock, experimental, and borderline metal and progressive influences all at the same time.

Voices from Deep Below open their album with ‘This Is the Way,’ a near eleven- minute jaunt through intense, distorted electric guitar and heavy rock tinged soundscapes. The atmosphere comes in waterfall-like waves, though, and it’ll tear out of its cage, slowly subside back into atmospheric rumblings, and then maneuver its way forward again. At its more aggressive points, “This Is the Way” sounds like a Queens of the Stone Age demo tape. At its subtler sections, it feels like a Flaming Lips or Roger Waters tune that straddles the line between experimental rock and prog rock.

The second track of the album, “Blurred”, has a similar song structure, rising and falling in methodic waves of reverberated electric guitar and soft, almost indistinguishable vocal croons. True to name, “Blurred” does eventually blur together into a giant hodgepodge of noise, as if the songwriter had spent a little too much time listening to “Metal Machine Music” beforehand. This does more or less become the tone of the record: fuzzy electric riffing atop a bed of sparse vocal harmonies and copious reverb. “I Can’t Speak”, for example, is essentially eleven minutes of distorted chaos with a loose structure. Some of the soloing is excellent, however, making the latter parts of “I Can’t Speak” quite good fun to explore.

“Indigo/Younger” turns down the volume knob for a larger chunk of the song, letting the vivid lyrics and more intricate electric guitar musings shine through. The first two minutes of “Indigo/Younger” is arguably the most beautiful moment on the album. During its nine-minute run, though, the song takes several twists and turns, eventually exploding in a cacophony of distortion followed by a full minute of drowned out samples and electric meandering. “White Columns” closes the album with the most intense instrumentation of the bunch. The song slaps the listener in the face repeatedly for the whole run time, and it’s aggressively committed to doing so.

“I Want to Stand Where the Sun Himself Shakes with Fear” is only going to appeal to a very niche audience of music fans who are looking for modern alternative rock that pulls heavy influence from prog and experimental. Though it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, however, one can’t help but admire how Voices from Deep Below have crafted a sound that is unlike anything else out right now. Is it noise rock? Sort of, yes. Is it alternative, progressive, experimental, and bordering on heavy rock or metal? It’s all the above, and that’s why it’s worth taking a listen to.

Track List

  • This Is the Way - 10:52 download 
  • Blurred - 08:48 download 
  • I Can't Speak - 10:37 download 
  • Indigo/Younger - 09:14 download 
  • White Columns - 11:02 download


Genre : alternative, rock, post-rock, shoegaze

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New album Late Bloomer by Static Masks

2017-03-24 19:16:51 UTC

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 "Late Bloomer" was recorded by James Whitten (Pears, Thou, Gland, Donovan Wolfington) and mastered by Carl Saff. Static Masks are a four piece with two vocalists. They tend to get put in the math rock, shoegaze, indie categories. With a goal to make "interesting" and "beautiful" music, Static Masks blend melody and complexity with some nontraditional song structures to create their own version of progressive pop music.


Track List

1.Aware Wolf 04:19 video

2.Somersault 03:23

3.90's Smell 04:39

4.Waves 06:21

5.Clear Lake, TX 04:29

6.Late Bloomer 04:16

7.Concrete Swamp 03:47

8.Devils 07:45


Genre : alternative, experimental, post, rock, indie, math, progressive, shoegaze

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Light Of The East EP by Mixtaped Monk

2017-03-23 18:24:38 UTC

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Mixtaped Monk is a one-man DIY music project by journalist and music producer Arka Sengupta. This project was started as an outlet for his creative expressions. Under the moniker of Mixtaped Monk, Arka not only expresses himself as a music producer but also as a writer and a visual artist.

"Light Of The East EP" is like a tribute to Japan, its rich culture and heritage. Through dreamy atmospheres and intricate melodies, this EP tries to convey different emotions you can experience when you think about or even literally visit various places in Japan such as Mt. Fuji, Osaka, Kyoto and the Akihabara district in Tokyo. Sonically, the instrumental EP borders around ambient and post-rock while taking influences from indie rock, alternative rock and shoegaze music.

Track List


Fuji-san - 03:49
Dreams Of Kyoto - 05:34
From Osaka, With Love - 03:28
Akihabara Nights - 04:54


Genre : alternative, atmospheric, rock, experimental, ambient, electronica, indie, instrumental, post-rock, postrock, shoegaze, soundscape

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Serial Experiments 1: Pink Witch by Vivian Fantasy

2017-03-10 06:37:27 UTC

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Serial Experiments 1 is the first collection of songs released from an extensive two year binge of spending time recording tracks/ideas between 2015/2017. (With the exception of "orchids" which was originally recorded in 2010 but unreleased). These songs were never meant to make a cohesive album,  this one is the 1st of 4 series.

Track List

  • 1.Strawberry Moon 05:08
  • 2.Pink Witch (feat.The Snuggalos) 06:05
  • 3.Where's The Fantasy 04:54
  • 4.Are U Clean Yet? 03:35
  • 5.You Were My Forest 02:58
  • 6.Serial Experiments LHC (interlude) 03:52
  • 7.Surgeon Is Death 05:34
  • 8.BONUS: Orchids (tape demo version) 04:49
  • 9.BONUS: Sci Fi Moog(demo) 05:45


Genre : ambient, analog, electronic, experimental, abstract, art, chill, wave, chillwave, dream, pop, dreampop, dreamwave, indie, lo-fi, psychedelic, shoegaze, synthpop, Richmond

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To Bloom, To Wither by Sundaug

2017-03-10 06:16:10 UTC

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Sundaug is the pseudonym for Philadelphia-based composer and performer Steve Bonitatibus.. Steve became interested in percussive fingerstyle guitar early on in his playing days and even studied guitar performance during his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia. While his first two albums — Empyrean Fantasy (2013) and Nocturnality (2015) — featured music that could be likened to contemporary guitarists such as Andy McKee and Kaki King, his latest effort marks a shift towards post-rock.  

"To Bloom, To Wither" is Sundaug's third, full-length album. Unlike his previous two works, which featured primarily solo acoustic numbers, this album embraces a heavier, post-rock sound. Using a wide array of eclectic instrumental textures, To Bloom, To Wither attempts to blend the soothing timbres of modern acoustica with the more blaring sounds of rock music. The album was officially released on February 24th, 2017, and is available in music stores and across streaming platforms.

Track List


  • Jairus - 04:07 
  • To Bloom, To Wither - 04:19 
  • The World We Know, The One We Want - 04:03 
  • Starshot - 03:37 
  • In Another Life - 03:44 
  • Isles of the Blessed - 04:18 
  • Seashell Radio - 03:40 
  • Tannhäuser Gate - 03:04 
  • Hiatus - 03:50 
  • Plumb the Depths - 04:33 
  • Cosmopolita - 03:35 
  • Shallow Thoughts / Hollow Words - 04:20 
  • Attrition - 03:21 
  • Wanderlust - 04:54 
  • Leviathan - 03:20


Genre : ambient, dark, downtempo, electronica, fingerstyle, folk, guitar, instrumental, post-rock, shoegaze

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