Gallagher's second outing with his High Flying Birds was called Chasing Yesterday, the title of which now, listening to its follow-up, seems like a mission statement. Ever since the release of the first Oasis single he's had to contend with being labelled derivative, and now he appears to be at peace with it, because Who Built The Moon? is confidently audacious in its magpie qualities. The advance single Holy Mountain leads the charge with its borrowed...Read more
"Doom metal? That all sounds a bit miserable. I'll stick to my collection of uplifting Muse singles thank you very much." No. Wait. Don't go. In the right hands, doom metal can be more fun than a night spent alone with a fresh barrel of bubble wrap. Just look at Black Sabbath. Exploiting controversial occult symbolism and macabre subject matter to theatrical effect, the proto-doomsters were essentially a gang of happy-go-lucky Brummie chaps having...Read more
When Will Wiesenfeld announced that he had recorded the theme song to a game called "Dream Daddy"--a gay-dad dating simulator where "you play as a Dad and your goal is to meet and romance other hot Dads"--he repaired a curious schism that had lingered between the music he made as Baths and the persona he'd cultivated on platforms like Twitter and Vine. Looking back, the 2013 album Obsidian scans almost shockingly dark. There are songs about suicidal...Read more
Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light is the second recorded collaboration between the Body and Full of Hell, two prolific American groups who consistently push the boundaries of heavy music. Their first teaming, 2016's One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, was named after a Hole lyric, contained a Leonard Cohen cover, and was an extremely tense composite of the two acts' grind, noise, and sludge tendencies. As good as it was, Ascending immediately feels...Read more
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