This first month of Sound Cloud Sundays has been a huge success. This week, we bring you great music from Simon Joyner, Portrayal, Mount Eerie, Gold-Bears, Yosowayoso, and Panic is Perfect. Please check out our other weeks, they have really been great.
We have six very diverse tracks for you this week. Please like, comment, share, and contribute! Click on a band’s name if you like what you hear.
Portrayal – Never Adjusted
This duo, comprised of Rob Tranter and Joe Crook, are programing post-punk back beats from the UK. There is certainly something shoegazy about their music, but amid the expansive vocals are clock work staccato guitar melodies. The interplay between these two worlds produces the vintage, atmospheric, and emotional single, Never Adjusted. The time-signatured introduction and fade away of the track have a near proto-Tool (click and listen) quality, if such a thing could be said to exist. However, Portrayal then swings the gorgeously textured song swiftly into eighties goth-pop revival; into a saddened libertine depression. The song is emotional and well crafted. Their full-length is expected in February or March of 2015.
Mount Eerie – Dragon
Phil Elverum, the creative force behind Mount Eerie, has created a mosaic of textures and bucolic elementals. The song is a slowly developing thought. It is cold. It explores the possibility of situating the music within a fabricated environment without sounding cheap or gimmicky. I often describe music in relation to the colors and sensations of seasons. Elverum has guided our senses here.
Gold-Bears – For You
Personally, I am unable file this band under the “Pop-Punk.” This seems somehow misplaced. Gold-Bears could have been an Elephant 6 project. They can be said to share qualities with Neutral Milk Hotel, or Andrew Jackson Jihad, or maybe The Gerbils. The vocals are more imbedded in the fuzzed guitars than Jeff Mangum’s work. The track crescendos with layer after forceful layer of distortion, with a steady drum punching along like wild fists, reminding us what actual drums sound like when they are alive and not roboticized into time. What a great find. I am very interested to listen to this Atlanta band’s full-length Dalliance.
Yosowayoso – Terraformed
This frenetic track comes from Tokyo and was brought to our attention by Takayama Yuji, who himself was featured in the second edition of Sound Cloud Sundays. Yosowayoso is simply an extraordinary prog-math band that is deserving of a global fan base. The band’s angles are sharp as razorblades and yet the power of the rhythm is brutally heavy and blunt. The dual drum kits add a cacophonous yet tightly fitted potency to the logical and crystaline guitars. There is so much energy here, the band plays off the walls while remaining locked in time. See their video below.
Simon Joyner – You Got Under My Skin
Simon Joyner is a musician and poet that deserves tremendous respect, not merely as a old hand among the various Nebraska music scenes, but as a true craftsman–a person who sees his art as his natural form of expression. Joyner is compulsive in his songwriting. He has been around for decades, largely as a secret passed on from mouth to ear, or in basement after-hours. He has become a signpost for music critics wanting to display the depth of their knowledge of the vast body of musical genealogies. Mention his name in a review and you have earned some credit. +2 for me. See a video for One for the Catholic Girls below
Panic is Perfect – Go Go Go
I cannot lie, the French language intro and refrain to this track are what has made me fall in love with this song. The rest of the song revels in the sonic signatures of indie dance that are rightfully boastful and energetic. The band would have rocked the bottom of the old pool at McCarren Park in 2006. They seem poised to move more in the direction of working for a broader audience, which could certainly require them to compromise on the things that make them interesting, but for now I give big props for Go Go Go.
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