Hunting for Porcupines: “Ruins”
Available on January 14th, 2013 on a limited edition CDr. This little gem features nine original tracks, all a masterful blending of foggy folky guitar plucking and chopped up beats.
There are a few things that really surprise me about this release. Firstly, this is no mere folk album. Warren Myles effortlessly blends top notch song writing with elements of dark shades of doom metal without straying too far from the acoustic path. The distortion and vocal affects that pop up throughout this album give this such a different feeling that what we’ve seen pressed on Correspondence Tapes before. Yes, this all home-recorded, much like previous releases, but this enters a different realm.
That said, how do I really define this album? Maybe I won’t. Maybe that should be left up to you. Clearly, this guy is a genius behind the mic. We’re gently skirting into rarely explored territory. I’m sure this blending of genres has been done before but this feels so fresh, new and wild that it might as well be an undiscovered lifeform.
Standout tracks, while they are all rather impressive, have to be “Ruins,” “Flyblown Horses,” “Aarbron Watches On,” …uh, you know what? They’re all good.
I guess to sum it up, it’s hard to describe this album. The genre blending works so well here; a nice combination of home recorded folk similar to what we’ve been hearing from this label but with strong and pronounced elements of dark, doom metal and wildly melodic distorted, dream like foggy sounds.
4.9 out of 5.
Outside the Museum: “Hibernation Songs”
Some time ago, we featured Outside the Museum’s “Souvenirs” on the blog. I’m really excited to have the chance to scope out something new! This limited edition cassette comes our way on February 14th, 2013.
This five track cassette rekindles my love for this label. Each track clocks in no longer than 2:35 and showcases splendid DIY home recorded folk pop. And at first listen, you might not get that home-recorded feel, outside of maybe a light hiss from the tape. The production value here is very high, making it a lot less lo fi than many home recordings tend to be (not that lo fi is bad).
On this cassette, we move beyond acoustics and begin to play around with some light synth and layering techniques. This sounds pretty impressive and complements the superb song writing. Seriously, what’s not to like? Fans of Outside the Museum will not be disappointed. I certainly was happy!
4.9 out of 5.