Eyes Like Mirrors formed as a trio in Johannesburg in 2008, creating their own blend of post rock music. Focusing on guitar driven instrumentals, the band was inspired by acts such as Explosions in The Sky, Mono and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. In 2010 Eyes Like Mirrors expanded to include Ben Rausch who used a keytar to trigger and manipulate visuals during live performances. Check out their track Pastel, or if you’re in South Africa their EP Crusades is in stores now!
By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC
Over the past year, our blog has seen a substantial growth in content. Most of this growth has come from our live concert photography done by Jimmy Iles, Shane Suski, and Kian Bardikalaie throughout the Denver, CO and San Diego, CA areas. To bring the top photos to you in one post Jimmy and myself will be bringing you this monthly podcast and slideshow with links to each concerts’ photo gallery.
Following the debut of new material live and on vinyl over the weekend at the band’s Solid Sound Festival (Video’s no longer on YouTube)
I MIGHT (The 1st single)
I LOVE MY LABEL the B-side (A Nick Lowe Cover)
“The night’s so young, but I still say we’re too old for clichés,” he sings in the tune above.
Wilco announced details for their eighth studio album today. The Whole Love, a 12-track “veritable sonic stew” produced by Jeff Tweedy, Patrick Sansone, and Tom Schick, will arrive on September 27 via their new label, dBpm Records. Check out the cover art above and tracklist below.
It’s not everyday that you’re captured by a new age classical piece while stumbling through the internet, but it was impossible to leave this track alone, having played it almost 10 times prior to writing this post. I know it’s a bit older, released in 2009 but “Turbine Womb” is an incredibly moving experimental composition by the 21 year-old Austrian vocal, piano, violin performing sensation Anja Franziska Plaschg.
Anja brings an interesting feeling to her dark ambient style, adding a touch of beauty to every stroke of the keys. It’s songs such as these, while lacking lyrical passion, touching on a multitude of emotions that help reveal the true art in a sound. I’d imagine coming from Vienna has had a great influence on Soap&Skin’s creative soul. Be sure to visit Soap&Skin here.
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Jack Beats is typically out there and very creative but ‘Elevator Music’ just takes that vibe to the next level with all sorts of new and innovative tones. If you listen closely towards the end you’ll even notice the stroke of some pots and pans thrown in the mix. This one is definitely a shoe in for the Friday List and should get your blood flowing for some intense Raging. Thanks to Cheap Thrills Records you can gladly download the track off their soundcloud page.
Some serious experimental electronic music coming out of mountainous Colorado region these days, and I must say that Big Gigantic are placing themselves quickly at the top. Put it this way, right after the smooth sounding 2 min intro you are completely blown away with this jam entitled, “Sky High”
These guys will literally add any sound from anywhere which is what sets the apart from the majority of electronic music today. Their openness to new sounds is really something else and pretty surprising at times when I find myself listening to hiphop beats with 8-bit background rhythms and jazzy saxophone melodies to top it all off. ‘A Place Behind The Moon’ is their most recent release which can be downloaded for free at their website here. ‘Solitude’ just lays it all out there for ya:
If you’re unaware of the sounds of Pretty Lights, catch up and revert back to Break Science to further satisfy the inevitable need for more bass thumpin’ dub. With these killer beats it’s only necessary to have hiphop giants like Brooklyn’s Talib Kweli and Jahdan Blakkamoore, Sierra Leone’s Bajah and India’s Falu. The new EP really holds the mainstream sound with extremely twisted wobbles and bass drops that are sure to blow your skull. ‘Further Than Our Eyes Can See’ just recently released on Pretty Lights Records which of course means you’re getting this one for FREE, please take advantage of that DONATE button and show some love to keep the music creation going!
The frustration of being pigeonholed can tear a band apart. It’s easy to forget musicians’ influences are drawn from all kinds of genres, and that their interests tend to spill well outside the group that puts them in the spotlight. Day in, day out, they beat the pavement to a pulp to try and make (or keep) a name with the same handful of bandmates and songs, playing to crowds who expect – demand, actually – the sound they first fell in love with.
It’s no wonder so many bands splinter into side projects, solo albums and straight out meltdowns.
Person L’s Kenny Vasoli is one of these musicians. He avoided the meltdown, but after his first band – The Starting Line – dissolved after their album, “Direction,” didn’t do well, he shed his radio-ready skin and exposed a more mature, unpredictable artist than the guy that wrote the pop-punk classic “Best of Me.” Much like ex-Drive Thru Records label mate Ace Enders (who ended his own group, The Early November, around the same time) there was always a hint that Kenny’s musical mind was functioning on a different plane than his peers’. Whether it was the surprisingly raw lyrics of “Bedroom Talk,” or the complex layers of “Island,” even The Starting Line’s singles veered away from “standard.”
Here, on his second full length as Person L, “The Positives,” Vasoli dabbles in lyrically light instrumental rock on the opening track “Hole in the Fence,” before pivoting into “Good Days” and “The Positives,” two cuts that take cues from midwestern 90’s emo. The latter opens with a guitar triplet and noodly organ that sounds like someone chopped and screwed an America Football track.
All this leads to the track that stands as the beating heart of the whole endeavor; the one that burrows in the brain and kicks it straight in the pleasure center: “Goodness Gracious.” This is the kind of reinvention that most frustrated pop artists can only dream about. Sure, Vasoli released an album and three tracks worth of great music between the death of The Starting Line and this, but here is where he finds his new voice. The track makes full use of the unique grit n’ howl in his throat and pairs it with an amazingly dirty riff that calls to mind the exciting, bluesy simplicity of a Hendrix line. The guitars are gloriously distorted and fuzzy, so much so that they create their own feedback in the opening four count. There’re horns, shouts, and even some sort of deadened cowbell around 1:25 that adds to the frenetic, danceable energy.
Take a listen:
He follows this up with the sock hop chord progression of “New Sensations,” that sounds like it has a Chuck Berry co-write, and from there the album trails back off into more experimental territory. While enjoyable, nothing else comes close to the one-two punch of these tracks.
Whether Person L’s next release remains as scattered, or if it will it focus on the blues elements that prove most successful here remains to be seen, but it’s definitely something to listen for.
By: Chris Cullari | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @ChriswithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC
Doesn’t really sound like much at first, I realize that, but believe me just give it a bit of time and once you hit the 2 minute mark you’ll be bobbin’ your head in complete neglect of the confusing sounds you had encountered from the start. The off-beat background opening the song really pulls much of the creativity, hitting you with a beat that most people are completely not expecting. Now this is the Hawaiian’s first EP entitled “Orinda” which just released on the 1st of this month. Please enjoy “Branches” and check out the rest of the album here.
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