Talking Skull Records – Early Fall 2014

ts fall 2014

Talking Skull Releases for September 2014

Les Zerreurs – s/t – cassette

Montreal’s own wild punk-indie-explosive rockers Les Zerreurs deliver a solid, loud and relentless tape featuring four tracks. I loved it straight away.  Slightly reminiscent of We Are Wolves, their sound is a screaming hybrid of punk infused indie with dashes of art rock, post punk, no-wave, and maybe a hint of psychedelic.  Despite my earlier comparison to We Are Wolves, this band remains extremely unique, creating a faster, hard driving brand of music that makes want to grab their next release and if I ever get a chance, feel the energy of this band live.  Killer, powerful, raw and awesome.  (4.9 out of 5)

LEAMERS – Getting Older / You’re Not Ready – 7”

Shortly after the release of their 7×5” playable postcard, the band returns with their debut 7” vinyl single, featuring two indie/garage rock gems. The a-side is fresh, fast and fun, like someone put the Ramones and early White Stripes in a blender and served it with a dash of gin.  The b-side is a bit slower but forms a brilliant track, leaning on hints of grunge, garage, art and indie rock.  And God, they know how to jam!  Killer! Seriously cannot wait for more! (5 out of 5)

Will Austin – Polemical Blues – cs

His third release, this cassette is an interesting one. Side A opens with us rowing across a lake, literally for a bit before some harmonic twangs of a lonely guitar carry us away.  Things carry on in this fashion for quite a stint until the guitar changes its direction and ponders up a gentle breeze and sends up ever so gingerly back to the water.  This time around, it sounds as if we’ve made it to shore and back at the house as other sounds come into play; voices, birds, footsteps and so on.  After a long walk, we’re treated to some atmospheric and somewhat stormy guitar, creating a new world right before our feet.  Time to flip the tape over.  Recorded at a support structure at a busy bridge, the sounds here are quite captivating.  It’s by now that I’m struck by the mixture of field recordings, live instrumentation, and some ambient textures added in throughout this tape, giving it a very familiar and yet alien feel.  Wild.  (4.7 out of 5)


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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