In today’s issue, the menu includes a synthpop appetizer, followed by a rock course accompanied by some fine grind. Please enjoy a selection of krautrock as a closer. Cheers.
Chvrches – Every Open Eye (USA, 2015)
Feeling like having some easy-listening electronica? Chvrches’ synth-pop comes packed with modern sounds, tasty vocal melodies by front-woman Lauren Mayberry and all-out svper catchy choruses! The tunes all really sneak at you like ear-worms, but I’d say my favorite has probably been “Neverending Circles”, followed by “Afterglow” for its ambient vibe.
Thrice – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere (USA, 2016)
Probably not the best Thrice to date, but it feels good to have a reunion and the sound certainly brings me back to that nostalgic late 90s-early 2000s radio-friendly kind of heavy rock. Some tunes and lyrics can still deliver some serious feeling. Standout track: “The Window” .
Gendo Ikari – Unit 1 (UK, 2016)
Lying at the metal edge of grindcore, this release by the good folks at Mind Ripper Collective comes packed with plenty of chugging and blasting. Honestly not as impactful as I was expecting, but surely intense and headbang-proof. Watch out and keep all of the brain in your head, don’t do like that guy in the cover pic, he probably had too much grind.
Burak Ozmucur – A Distant Light (USA, 2016)
This brief EP marks the overall 5th album release for Turkish-American songwriter Burak Ozmucur, leading his own one-man-band studio project. Progressing in his vein of melancholic rock tunes with an ambient edge, Burak tries to showcase his own influences and emotions at each specific time frame. Having followed him before, I’d say that a feeling of perdition, gloom and “detachment” is still there in the present release. In the artist’s words: “There is a slight loose theme of trying to find hope. I feel like there are times when we’re all trying to find that next path in life and we have expectations”. Although just counting 4 tracks, the EP is varied enough to keep your alertness on. Spanning from the ethereal djenty elements with thrashy reminiscences of the opening title track to the dark and dreamy closer “Expectations” while passing through the heavy hitter “The Ilusion”, I’d say my favorite tune has been the post-rockish “Closer”, carrying an unexpected prog-metal-ish ending.
La Femme – Mystère (France, 2016)
La Femme is this French based band which runs amongst krautrock, psych-punk rock and…madness.
Their sophomore album is an indecipherable mixture of various styles and influences, placing side by side electronic, almost-dance tunes like the awesome opener (Sphynx) to weird funky creatures as S.S.D., which oddly reminds me of a TV game show theme from the early ‘90s.
But all of this won’t be alarming. But when, at the very end of Mystère, there’s a long, ethereal ambient/post-rock-ish number (Vagues) I’m allowed to be concerned, I guess.
But yeah, La Femme’s new record definitely deserves to be played. For its absurd chameleonic ability to be unique, at least.