Hey folks. As you may have seen on our Twitter feed and on Facebook, I’ve been in and out of urgent care and doctor’s appointments over the past week or two and things have been nuts both at home and at work thanks to that. So, naturally, I’m behind again in getting things up here once again. I’m really sorry about that! Hopefully things will improve as time goes on. In the meantime, here’s some mini-reviews to keep things moving. And keep the submissions coming. I may be behind but it is nice to have a pile of music at hand regardless!
Hanetration returns! Back in May, we featured the debut EP, “Tenth Oar,” on the blog. Now, Hanetration offers “Torn Heat EP.” The sounds are impressive. Samples are fed through the machines to create gently yet complex and grating melodies. This gives birth to a something entrancing and hypnotic without becoming overly droned. The beats are graceful and allow these melodies to shine. All four tracks here are solid and perfect, leaning on strong ambient, drone and neo-classical foundations. Fans of Boards of Canada, Mystified and of Hanetration’s first EP will enjoy this.
4.8 out of 5.
The September Girls have a 7” single coming! Some time ago, the band erupted into the world with their cassette single, “Wanting More,” on Soft Power Records (review). At long last, they’ve announced an upcoming vinyl single. It features the tracks “Green Eyed” and “Danny Wood” and is slated for release sometime on October. Just a heads up, their cassette single sold out within a VERY short period, so it would be wise to get a copy of this before its gone. Only 500 copies are being pressed!
The sound is a blend of hazy indie pop, electro rock and garage. This is what made me fall in love with them in the first place. The music is quite… dreamy…? And of course, the lyrics flow effortlessly and the vocal harmonies are awesome. Soft Power has another gem in their roster. Both tracks rock and if you missed out on getting their debut single, you need to get this one.
4.8 out of 5.
Eureka California on Happy Happy Birthday To Me! “Big Cats Can Swim” explores a slightly edgier side of garage and lo fi indie rock. The tracks are trying to cheer us up a little bit while our economy isn’t so great and what’s around us isn’t going so well. This is comforting. Tracks like “Back to Washington,” “My Boy Black Metal,” and “My Life as a Smokestack” are definite standouts although there really aren’t any low points on this record. It acknowledges that things can suck a lot right now but hey, we’re all in this mess right now and it’ll be cool in the end. Go and preorder this album; it arrives in the near future!
4.7 out of 5.