EP Review: yosho’s ‘songs for yr myspace’

EP Review: yosho’s ‘songs for yr myspace’

yosho songs for yr myspace (Not on Label) Dublin, California emo sadpunks yosho (not yoshi) open up the new decade with their most fully realized project to date with their EP songs for yr myspace, six economically written tunes filled with raw performances, self-loathing lyrics, and of course, a Nintendo reference or two. "lil' plicky" opens [...]

EP Review: El Poder de la Infancia’s ‘Live Session’

EP Review: El Poder de la Infancia’s ‘Live Session’

El Poder de la Infancia Live Session (Not on Label) While it seems to happen rarely, there's a good amount of sense to, as a band, introducing yourselves to the world with a live record. You're likely playing out before you hit a studio, and for fans, a live recording is more indicative than a [...]

Tape Review: SUN CORP。’s ‘シンクまたは溺れる / Displacement’

Tape Review: SUN CORP。’s ‘シンクまたは溺れる / Displacement’

SUN CORP。 シンクまたは溺れる / Displacement (Not on Label) Compiling two EPs from Singapore-based producer SUN CORP。, シンクまたは溺れる / Displacement features January 2019's シンクまたは溺れる, as well as October's Displacement. Both utilize the atmospheric potential of water as a giver and taker of life, the calm and horror it offers, in two contextually disparate situations. On side A, [...]

Tape Review: Orange Drink’s ‘This Is Orange Drink’

Tape Review: Orange Drink’s ‘This Is Orange Drink’

Orange Drink This Is Orange Drink (Hemlock Records) "Meet me again, for the first time." These are the words are attached to This Is Orange Drink, the fifth album from Drew Prusko under the Orange Drink moniker that he's maintain for two decades ever since childhood. Two decades, particularly the two decades bookended by youth and [...]

EP Review: Two Headed Girl’s ‘Resonation’

EP Review: Two Headed Girl’s ‘Resonation’

Two Headed Girl Resonation (Not on Label) The world is overwhelming. It always has been, and as change occurs while time marches forward, it will only continue to grow more so. The variables attached to the human experience stack higher and more uneasily each day, but the way we feel about these things is rarely [...]

Tape Review: Sally Haze’s ‘Dining Room’

Tape Review: Sally Haze’s ‘Dining Room’

Sally Haze Dining Room (Maximum Pelt Records) What do you think of when you hear the phrase "dream pop"? Perhaps something soft and sweetly textured, slow moving with lazily drifting melodies. Relaxation, "drifting off to dreamland". Whatever you might come up with, the first word to come to mind most likely wouldn't be "propulsive". It [...]

EP Review: IVA and the New Young’s ‘Traitor’

EP Review: IVA and the New Young’s ‘Traitor’

IVA and the New Young Traitor (Karmic Fray Records) Swedish-American songstress IVA and her band the New Young cover a surprising amount of territory across Traitor's four song tracklist, and while each track generally fits pretty neatly into their own archetype of late nineties airwave giant, they're each such strong examples of those archetypes that it [...]

Album Review: Black Robert’s ‘Lichthupe’

Album Review: Black Robert’s ‘Lichthupe’

Black Robert Lichtupe (Binaural Space) Matthias Cingoez is the prolific multi-instrumentalist behind the Goettingen, Germany-based one-person-band Black Robert. Handling guitars, bass, drum arrangements and an array of tasteful keyboard and synth sounds, Cingoez has a stated aim of creating music evocative of film scores and the Kosmiche, or "krautrock” sound made famous by his native [...]