This is the label that brought Sun Brimmer to my attention via a nice little cassette last summer. The review for that is here on the blog. So, Talking Skull graciously sent over some diverse and new material for my listening pleasure that I hope you’ll like as much as I do.
Hot Date – Hot Date — Cassette
Remember how I said they sent over a “diverse mix” of stuff? Here’s our first example. Whereas Sun Brimmer was kind of on the folk side of things, this cassette rocks us with experimental, abstract, noise stuff. Some of the strange sounds here seemed to be sourced from guitars while others aren’t so obvious. That said, Hot Date makes magic by combining these hauntingly dark bits together, creating a strange world half in shadows and half in dreams. At times, the sounds come close to sounding human, which makes some tracks extra creepy, but nonetheless captivating. Awesome! (4.8 out of 5)
Kappa Chow – KC I/II – Cassette
Ito push the diverse tunes along, here we have some punk. And holy shit is this tape awesome! Killing it somewhere in a mixture of grunge, punk, garage and noise rock, this makes the earth shake. Don’t believe me? Watch this. The sound here reminds me of early Mudhoney crossed with some 80s punk and of classic, sick and slick garage awesomeness. No weak spots to be found; this is a wall to wall solid release and dear god, makes me want MORE! (5 out of 5)
Leamers — Summer Cream — 7×5” Postcard Flexi
Wow. First of all, this is a postcard I can play on my turntable. That’s pretty cool. Secondly, the music, which is a nice blend of punk, garage and lo fi and just divine. Nice, loud, raw and sweet lyrics sprinkled with just a hint of pop give this shiny spinning card the right amount of kick. This makes me excited to check out more material from the band. Scope out their Bandcamp page! (4.8 out of 5)