Essential post rock compilation series. Spans a huge range from almost classical to jazzy territory.
This compilation more than most rewards front-to-back listening. Much care has gone in arranging the tracks “in order”. Thus it hurts me more than usual to only rip two tracks out of context. So if you can find pleasure in those, the 9 other track in between warrant their long duration (over 6 minutes on average).
Continue reading “Various Artists –  The Silent Ballet, Volume II: Acquiescence and Oblivion”
Intriguing blend of rock and mild doses of electro served with great vocals.
Only 6 tracks, but hard to pin point in genre space. Eclectic rock could be a way to describe it.
Continue reading “Botany Bay –  I’ll Send a Postcard When I’m There”
Airy and light sound, blended with occasional patches of electro or more exotic sounds, makes for a great variety.
Old gem from a former German netlabel.
Honest alternative rock from German’s not-so-wild west. In this 4 track long EP it is no single song but rather the strict adherence to the slick, pop-compatible archetype of alt rock sound which sticks out to me. This makes the 14 minutes a perfect ingredient for a long drive mixtape (ok, playlist).
Continue reading “Colt –  Colt”
Essential indie pop/rock compilation. Only 7 tracks, each covering a different style, makes this an essential part of CC music legacy.
diym netlabel is (or was?) a netlabel focused on non-electronic genres, that is, mostly rock and pop music. I have already covered their seventh compilation, called 7, in an earlier review. This ninth instalment is a small but excellent collection of mostly, but not only, quiet music: Continue reading “Various Artists –  Nine”
I can’t best user deaddreamer‘s review:
This compilation is irrestible. It is a chronicle of victory spoken by a silent reader whose emotions are large and resonant so much so that they ripple outward the glory of triumph.
Got curious? Then read on! 😉 Continue reading “Various Artists –  The Silent Ballet, Volume I: Poetry Without Words”
Rhythmic metal opus. Serves all from Metallica to brainy poetic lyrics.
Netlabel Sirona Records does not specialise in metal; even better than that this excellent work of band Croak has been published here. In contrast to many other in this genre, their singer’s pronunciation is excellent, i.e. easy to understand. Continue reading “Croak –  Croak”
Musical guitar-focused post rock. Spacy in more than one sense.
This release at Cologne-based netlabel Der kleine grüne Würfel comes from ESA’s communication officer, who produces music for a hobby; what a nice surprise! 8 tracks of laid-back, slightly trippy instrumental post rock want to be discovered: Continue reading “Marco Trovatello –  Not At All”
Fun indie ska rock. German band, faux tropical sound, with an air of punk.
Wow, only 9 years after release I come to review this album. 11 tracks of honest ska punk rock, fully equipped with brass section, off-beat guitar riffs and half-screamed lyrics. I find nothing special about this album, but that’s a good thing: it represents its genre well. Continue reading “Boxing Fox –  The Shepherd Hates Us”
Rough indie rock & roll. Simple, straight-up songs without bells & whistles, but with guitar & drums.
Electronic music is rather easy to find online. Good, honest and analogue music is much harder to find. Therefore, it’s great to even find cool, classic rock & roll music. This 4-track EP sounds much older than it is. (Yes, this was a compliment.) Continue reading “The Dots –  The Dots”
Cinematic instrumental post rock. Like an alternative soundtrack to Magnolia, this slow-paced exercise in wackyness.
The inspiration taken from Air cannot be overheard, and is clearly stated in the album’s release notes. So if you like the alternative sound of the French pop duo, give this album a try on a train ride. Continue reading “Wacky Southern Current –  In a Realm of Uncertain Summer”