Mini-Reviews: September 2, 2012

Howdy Folks!

I started a new full time job so updates may be a bit more spaced out.  I know I’m a bit behind in getting some posts up as it is, but they’ll come soon.  In the meantime, to help keep up and get the maximum amount of musical mayhem to your ears, we’ve decided to occasionally post “mini-reviews.”  It’ll feature about four or five reviews in a single post, but it’ll be formatted into nice, tight, to-the-point paragraphs.  We won’t do this all of the t ime, except for when we get behind due to crazy work hours.

Do you like DIY noise/punk?  Check out Morenas, a punk/noise group from Alicante, Spain. They released an EP last May on their label, Musagre.  That particular EP was released on cassette and was limited to 52 copies.  I believe they still have some left if you want to score one for yourself.  The sound is very unique, coherent and almost more of an indie style than punk. I’m enjoying this a lot. Go and grab the EP while you can and keep an eye out for their upcoming LP.  Fans of Crystal Antlers or early No Age might like this.  4.7 out of 5!


Hectic Zeniths Return!  After their acclaimed self-entitled piece, a new LP has arrived under the Amplifya project.  “Tupperware Beats vol. 1” is a sample fest, snagging clips from records and elsewhere and infusing them with hip hop beats, creating a trippy instrumental wonderland of DJ Shadow-esque head-bobbing.  It’s an awesome follow up to the last album and I would suggest if you’re into trip hop or hip hop, that you check this out NOW.  It’s fourteen tracks of coolness.  4.6 out of 5!


Modern Psyche Rock via Snow Wite:  A five track EP (“…As Psychedelic Days Go By”) comes your way by the band, Snow Wite.  The music here is very accessible, following a story of heartbreak while recovering in their own special way.  The sound here is a nice blend of classical psyche and modern indie rock / psyche rock.  It’s pretty wild stuff; unique in many respects and a little reminiscent of the psyche rock of old.  Best of all, it’s available on cassette via Gnar Tapes.  Check out the videos for the tracks “300” and “Diane.”  4.6 out of 5!


Lore City debut their self-entitled EP!  Described as grunge infused space rock, this band roars from the depths of space and makes quite an impression.  The mix between those two genres gives this EP a wild, deep and unpredictable edge.  It’s amazing a band consisting of two people can make sounds like this.  With haunting female vocals and wide (and strange sounding) array of instrumentation, this will be one of the bands to watch as they grow and release more material.  Seriously, this is some wild stuff. Fans of early Pink Floyd, Hole, and Black Mountain should find this enjoyable. I did.  4.7 out of 5!


And this about wraps it up for the first installment of Mini-Reviews.  We now return you to your regularly scheduled lives.  Until next time!

About Nick H.

I'm a geek for music whether it be on vinyl, CD, 78 or whatever. My goal is to sniff out the greated music on Earth, specializing in the obscure. I make music myself as well, mostly ambient and sound collage (1 album out and a few remixes so far). I work full time as a professional mascot (it pays the pills) but will soon retire, i hope.
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