Category: Experimental

Kinit Her – The Poet & The Blue Flower

Wisconsin’s Kinit Her was initially slated to open for Luxembourg’s Rome’s Californian tour dates; however, for their own reasons they were unable to. Having discovered them as a result of this tour announcement, I was greatly disappointed. Alas, a new musical discovery came out of this situation, which offers a fresh and unique experience. The Poet & The Blue Flower was my entry into the inexplicable world of Kinit Her. Their unique brand of neofolk is surely worth attention. (more…)

Lunatic Soul – Walking on a Flashlight Beam

Riverside’s Mariusz Duda has once again released another ethereal album with his solo project of Lunatic Soul. Walking on a Flashlight Beam is supposed to be the prequels to Lunatic Soul I and Lunatic Soul II. Duda continues to explore the twilight realm between life and death with this release. (more…)

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Manes – Be All End All

It seems that the members of Manes have forgotten to take their medication and have released their first album of new material since 2007’s How the World Came to an End. In fact, Be All End All was in production in 2008, but the band instead went into hiatus. Finally, in 2013, the band got back together and decided to finish up this album. Be All End All continues to see Manes explore their psychotic brand of experimental music that features trip-hop, electronics, glimmers of metal, along with various other genres. (more…)

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Portopia ’81 – Stardust Memory

Growing up on video games, its not hard to realize what drew me to this release. While browsing Bandcamp the other day, I stumbled upon an album with a cover that was very retro looking with some cool video game-styled graphics. I proceeded to check out what I had found, and was pleasantly surprised. (more…)

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Theodor Bastard – Oikoumene

Recently I discovered this interesting Russian band that blends eastern ethnic music with a variety of other genres, such as trip-hop, into an enchanting and mystical whole. This band is called Theodore Bastard and the album I chose to initially traverse their sonic world was Oikoumene, which was released in 2012. Oikoumene is an exquisite hour-long piece of work that takes the listener on a spiritual journey crawling with eastern sounds with occasional interludes of subtle electronics and contemporary instrumentation. (more…)

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King Dude – Burning Daylight

Imagine what it would be like had the southern United States during the 1950s and the birth of rock’n roll embraced occult Satanism rather than Protestant Christianity? The answer might resemble King Dude. King Dude, the project of T.J. Cowgill, also of Book of Black Earth, plays an interesting blend of rockabilly and vintage rock’n roll with the low-quality production aesthetics of black metal. (more…)

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Omar Rodriguez Lopez – Saber, Querer, Osar y Callar

Astoundingly, Saber, Querer, Osar y Callar is Omar Rodriguez Lopez’s twenty-first solo album in just eight years. While not working on The Mars Volta, or any other of his many projects, he tends to put out several solo works a year. Lately, Rodriguez Lopez has been exploring an electronic direction, which is what Saber, Querer, Osar y Callar does. He writes all of the music, but is accompanied by Deantoni Parks on drums. The opening track Home Lost represents the core sound of this album: electronics, mysterious atmosphere, ethereal vocals, and some nice drums by Park that provide additional feeling to the electronics. All of Rodriguez Lopez’s vocals are filtered through various effects, (more…)

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