Reviews for Early June 2013

Gnar Tapes releases Love Cop’s a new cassette: “Eat Yr Heart Out.”

Seems that Love Cop has been releasing a load of material this year and despite the high numbers of tunes, the quality has stayed constantly perfect.  This is blissfully noisy, psyche-psycho-pop at its finest.  It’s loud at times, lo-fi at others, and melodic in spots.  This is some wild stuff.  It’s 13 tracks of the kind of stuff we’ve grown to expect from Love Cop.  Dig in, my friends! (4.7 out of 5)

Gnar Tapes also releases Job Kidder’s “IV”

The label gave this project a lot of praise and I can see why.  This is some wild fusion of pop, ethereality, electronic and folk that I’ve never heard come out quite like this.  The vocals are great, the lyrics are great and the overall sound is dreamy on so many levels.  This is mind altering.  Each track stands out in its own unique way and yet creates cohesion, tying up this album neatly.  Seriously, this is great.  It makes me want to hear the highly acclaimed earlier releases this project has.  (5 out of 5)

Check out lo-fi folky pop goodness from Contron!

Here’s a juicy 13-track digital album from a new creative force lurking in the etherground.  It’s a sweet mixture of lo-fi, folk, light blues, and folk pop.  For fans of Cult Party, this one is for you.  This honestly should be on either cassette or vinyl because it’s got that DIY sound that would get to the forefront on those formats.  Not to say that this digital form isn’t a good format.  Each track here is strong and showcases brilliant writing and instrumentation.  I personally like the vocal layering.  It really gives it a neat choral feel.  Scope this one out!  (4.8 out of 5)

The Matchsellers from Germany release the “Claypool Dog Race EP”.  This German group creates a unique alternative bluegrass sound that we’ve yet to hear on this blog (in fact, this is the first ever bluegrass recording of sorts we’ve received on the blog thus far).  It’s up for grabs on their webpage which also features a video of a live rooftop gig they performed recently.  Their sound?  It’s a mixture of blues, folk, bluegrass and the elements of rock.  The EP features four tracks, each fitted nicely with acoustic guitar, fiddle and a fierce rock/blues edge that gives new meaning to the word ‘alternative.’  I’m seriously enjoying the hell out of this.  Did I mention they are going on tour in the UK?  Check out their FB for dates and locations!  (4.9 out of 5)

Joanna Gruesome 7” on Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records!

A seven inch singe from a new up and coming group that I would urge you to explore.  With sound like the Vaselines mixed with a dash of shoegaze, indie pop and a few shots of peach schnapps.  This stuff is catchy, loud and poppy.  HHBTM seems to have a knack for finding the soundtracks of summer and songs that match the sounds we wish we were hearing.  Both tracks on this single are amazing gems of indie pop, without getting too sugary.  Great stuff!  Get it now!  (4.8 out of 5)

Bam! Bam! Release “Golden Haze” EP also on HHBTM Records!

A four track EP for your listening pleasure!  This is some wicked blend of garage, psyche, and indie pop.  Each track is put together in such a way that it sounds like pure psyche-pop-garage-gold with harmonic and textured female vocals.  This is fun.  This is the right mix of everything.  This is something I want to hear more of.  And so should you!  I’m having trouble drawing comparisons, so I won’t.  What more does one need to know?  (4.8 out of 5)

MUUY BIIEN coming soon to HHBTM Records!

Another rising sun to come from Athens, GA, it’s Muuy Biien!  I guess the easiest way to describe what I’m hearing from their video for “Fallin Out (Reprise)” is to show it to you.  It’s like this wild psyche, grunge and punk track, with sick guitar, a rocking edge and in your face vocals.  They are most definitely a sonic force to be reckoned with.  I am eager to hear more from them.  Once I find out more about their material, I’ll post a review with links for the world to see!

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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