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”
Solid soft hard rock. Very well recorded and produced vocal rock music; hard to place on the spectrum between soft and hard rock.
Still Pluto do very conventional, very solid rock in North West Russia (Petrozavodsk, to be precise). From there, their music reached me through the catalogue indie rock netlabel Southern City Lab. So if you are tired of the umpteenth minimal techno release, give this source a try. But back to this week’s offer: Continue reading “Still Pluto –  Songs To Mend The Heart Once Been Torn Apart”
Jazzy postrock. A modern classic, surfing hard on genre boundaries.
This gem of a EP, released at now inactive Berlin netlabel 12rec is surprisingly hard to classify. Although it ticks all the boxes of instrumental postrock, the songs touch everything from pop music and jazz harmonics. Jazz in disguise, so to speak. Continue reading “jasmin –  EP02”
Radio-compatible guitar pop rock. Three relaxed songs from Sweden.
The guitar chords come easily with this release, as well as the snares and drums. The arrangements don’t win prizes for originality, yet are crafted with such care that you can even forgive them with opening with the played-to-death four-chord progression. But judge for yourself whether this is for you. Continue reading “Emerald Park –  Reality Bites EP”