Menace Beach claim that "the best albums spend the first 30 seconds repeating the album title over and over again". That may or may not be true, but the opening half-minute of 'Black Rainbow Sound' certainly lays out the foundations of what's to come on the Leeds band's determined third album. The sound in question is made up of motorik beats, distorted guitars, electro-clash synths and the complementary interplay between vocalists Ryan Needham and...Read more
After making the epically lush Life of Pause, which was recorded in three studios with different producers and collaborators, Wild Nothing's Jack Tatum wanted to do something different on the band's next record. For 2018's Indigo, he first made detailed demos, then took a small band into the studio and spent four days recording the songs live. These recordings were then built up by Tatum and producer Jorge Elbrecht as the duo added new parts and reused...Read more
This seventh album from the Manitoba noise rock/metal titans sees them going deeper and darker than ever before, stepping back from the more "punk rock" sound and tempos of 2015's Steve Albini-recorded Success to really embrace their black and death metal influences for a sludgy, largely midtempo workout. That's not to say they've radically changed their style, though -- this is still decidedly a noise rock album through and through, with amazingly...Read more
Though the seeds of Big Red Machine were planted in 2008, when the National's Aaron Dessner sent Bon Iver's Justin Vernon an instrumental song sketch of the same name, the project's self-titled debut was compiled over the two years leading up to its release in August of 2018. It arrives after Bon Iver's surprising 22, A Million (2016), which saw the indie folk icon incorporating keyboards, samples, and manipulated sounds, and the National's Sleep...Read more
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