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Soundcheck #061

Sun Mar 23, 2014, 1:47 PM
The Radio Soundcheck, set 61 - a musical recommendation taken from my own collection of sounds, chosen from the realms of post-rock, post-metal, indie rock, electronica, and far beyond. Do feel free to make your own related suggestions via comments or through note correspondence.


Baulta





The Greatest Solos Of Mr. Bellini, Vol. I - 2013


That's My House You're Living in - 2012


Deeply Sorry To Interrupt Your Megalomania - 2011

Origin Point
Finland

Sounds Like
Post Rock, Instrumental, Progressive, Ambient


Soundcheck #060

Sun Mar 16, 2014, 8:27 AM
The Radio Soundcheck, set 60 - a musical recommendation taken from my own collection of sounds, chosen from the realms of post-rock, post-metal, indie rock, electronica, and far beyond. Do feel free to make your own related suggestions via comments or through note correspondence.


Deafheaven





Sunbather - 2013


Roads To Judah - 2011


DFHVN - 2010

Origin Point
United States

Sounds Like
Black Metal, Shoegaze, Post Metal


Soundcheck #059

Sun Mar 9, 2014, 5:56 AM
The Radio Soundcheck, set 59 - a musical recommendation taken from my own collection of sounds, chosen from the realms of post-rock, post-metal, indie rock, electronica, and far beyond. Do feel free to make your own related suggestions via comments or through note correspondence.


Musth





Ebb & Flow - 2013


Padjelanta - 2010

Origin Point
Belgium

Sounds Like
Post Metal, Atmospheric Sludge, Post Rock, Progressive


Soundcheck #058

Sun Feb 2, 2014, 5:26 AM
The Radio Soundcheck, set 58 - a musical recommendation taken from my own collection of sounds, chosen from the realms of post-rock, post-metal, indie rock, electronica, and far beyond. Do feel free to make your own related suggestions via comments or through note correspondence.


*Ancients





Star Showers on the Euphrates - 2012

Origin Point
United Kingdom / United States

Sounds Like
Space Rock, Post Metal, Post Hardcore, Progressive, Alternative


Soundcheck #057

Sun Jan 26, 2014, 3:41 PM
The Radio Soundcheck, set 57 - a musical recommendation taken from my own collection of sounds, chosen from the realms of post-rock, post-metal, indie rock, electronica, and far beyond. Do feel free to make your own related suggestions via comments or through note correspondence.


Biosphere





N-Plants - 2011


Shenzhou - 2002


Substrata - 1997

Origin Point
Norway

Sounds Like
Ambient, Electronic, Drone, Downtempo, Chillout


Soundcheck #056

Sun Jan 19, 2014, 8:17 AM
The Radio Soundcheck, set 56 - a musical recommendation taken from my own collection of sounds, chosen from the realms of post-rock, post-metal, indie rock, electronica, and far beyond. Do feel free to make your own related suggestions via comments or through note correspondence.


Fourteen Nights At Sea





Great North - 2013


Fourteen Nights At Sea - 2011


Isola - 2008

Origin Point
Australia

Sounds Like
Post Rock, Post Metal, Instrumental, Drone, Downtempo


Soundcheck #055

Sun Jan 12, 2014, 3:22 PM
The Radio Soundcheck, set 55 - a musical recommendation taken from my own collection of sounds, chosen from the realms of post-rock, post-metal, indie rock, electronica, and far beyond. Do feel free to make your own related suggestions via comments or through note correspondence.


Explosions In The Sky





Prince Avalanche - 2013


Take Care, Take Care, Take Care - 2011


All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone - 2007


The Rescue - 2005


The Earth Is Not A Cold, Dead Place - 2003


Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever - 2001


How Strange, Innocence - 2000

Origin Point
United States

Sounds Like
Post Rock, Instrumental, Ambient, Film Score


Sunday Soundcheck: Set 53

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 12:51 PM
This week...

Fbcfabric & Reindeer




One Inch Brook - 2013

It's Not Who You Know, It's Whom You Know - 2005


Origin Point:
United Kingdom

Sounds Like:
Alternative Hip-Hop, Post Rock, Ambient, Trip Hop, Glitch, Film Score



Anxiety-racked urban soundscapes from deep London undergrounds.

Fbcfabric & Reindeer is a collaborative outfit that emerged in 2005 with the irrepressible It's Not Who You Know, It's Whom You Know. Combining trip-hop and hip-hop vocals to expansive post-rock and garage rhythms, their genre-defying collection was essential listening. Disappearing again until 2013, they returned with a single that continues in the tradition of their earlier sound, as well as providing a remastered, redesigned, expanded edition of their début release. Eighty minutes long and spanning 19 tracks, it's a monolithic monument to post-modern city life; crawling with field recordings of strange machinations and mass transit networks, and disconnected string and brass segues between the oppressively dark lyrical content of the album's major compositions.

While the entire release requires a listen through from beginning to end, there are two suites of sounds which particularly catch the eye. The first of these is a five-track flush near the start of the release: Down The Sides, Passenger, Rub The Calm One, Wallet Keys Hopes & Dreams, and I Might As Well Be Glad. All these clock in at around three minutes each, and provide a projection-slide feeling with their quick changeovers. The sound here is almost upbeat, in places; or, at least, positively resigned. In contrast, the second suite of songs: The Only Dance I Can Do, Bell Rings Dog Salivates, Shake The Hand Of An Unsuspecting Victim, and Please Call Stella close the album with an increasingly dark and paranoid aesthetic that builds to a twin crescendo with the vocal nightmare scenario of An Unspecting Victim before collapsing into an apocalyptic instrumental coda with Please Call Stella; these two tracks in particular featuring a soundscape more appropriate to the likes of Godspeed You! Black Emperor or Altar Of Plagues than anything remotely attached to the 'alternative hip-hop' genre that the duo identify themselves with.

As someone who doesn't usually care for rapping or hip-hop in general, this is a ground-breaking release for me, and one of my most-listened since I first discovered it over half a decade ago. Even if the first few tracks don't capture your attention, listen through to the two previously-mentioned suites and the other impressive pieces in between - or, if you can't handle the vocals at all, check out the Instrumental version of the album.

To listen to their music, simply click on the album covers to be taken to their respective pages. Additionally, If you've any recommendations based on this artist, or wish to promote some music that you yourself enjoy, please do so in the comments. Maybe I'll end up enjoying something enough to feature it myself.




Sunday Soundcheck: Set 052

Sun Nov 24, 2013, 9:12 AM
This week...

We Were Promised Jetpacks




In the Pit of the Stomach - 2011

These Four Walls - 2009


Origin Point:
United Kingdom

Sounds Like:
Indie Rock, Post Punk, Shoegaze, Noise Rock



Jaunty Edinburgh-based post-shoegaze. 

We Were Promised Jetpacks is a Scottish band whose sound is a feisty chaos of repetitive rhythms and heavy textural depth. Their first album, composed primarily of slightly off-kilter tracks with a poppy edge, is replaced in their second release with a much fuller, dynamic aesthetic - a reversal of the evolution of The Twilight Sad, their east-Scotland contemporaries. From the first release, I would recommend It's Thunder and It's Lightning, Quiet Little Voices, Keeping Warm, and the acoustic closer of An Almighty Thud. From their second release, Circles and Squares, Medicine, Act On Impulse, Picture Of Health, and Sore Thumb are all noteworthy, but the grand finale of Pear Tree and the limited-edition post-script of Build Me A Bridge are stand-out tracks from their entire discography.

To listen to their music, simply click on the album covers to be taken to their respective pages. Additionally, If you've any recommendations based on this artist, or wish to promote some music that you yourself enjoy, please do so in the comments. Maybe I'll end up enjoying something enough to feature it myself.




Sunday Soundcheck: Set 051

Sun Nov 17, 2013, 6:03 AM
This week...

Černá




Restoring Life - 2013


Origin Point:
United States

Sounds Like:
Metalgaze, Post Metal, Post Rock, Shoegaze, Instrumental



Post-black metal from Michigan.

The term 'metalgaze' or 'blackgaze' is a recent one to appear in the world of music, and mostly revolves around artists taking the wall-of-sound guitar notes and fuzzy production of shoegaze and blending it with the harsh tremolo picking and dark vocal aesthetics of black metal. Černá is a band that falls closer to the post-rock or usual post-metal end of the spectrum, being as it does not feature any sort of vocals and tends towards the ethereal more than the saturnine. What's impressive about this particular artist is the fact that it's a one-man-band; solo projects tend to be amorphous and stripped-down, but this is a focused effort that is bright with instrumental depth and variance.

While the whole release is worth a listen, my personal favourites are the closing pair of Isa and Restoring Life.

To listen to their music, simply click on the album covers to be taken to their respective pages. Additionally, If you've any recommendations based on this artist, or wish to promote some music that you yourself enjoy, please do so in the comments. Maybe I'll end up enjoying something enough to feature it myself.