Has there been a busier pandemic band than Cloud Nothings? Within the past year, they have released two remotely recorded full-lengths (The Black Hole Understands and the Bandcamp exclusive Life Is Only One Event), dipped into the archives for 27 digital live albums, reissued an expanded version of their 2011 compilation Turning On, and launched a monthly subscription series. Frontman Dylan Baldi and drummer Jayson Gerycz additionally released two...Read more
"I think your destiny has been very hard and traveling," says a voice halfway through Benjamin John Power's sprawling fifth album as Blanck Mass. It's a fair assessment of both the lives of touring musicians in general and Power's electronic odysseys in particular. Blanck Mass records are intense, energetic affairs, harnessing the most kinetic elements of EBM, industrial and noise to fuel songs that are expansive in structure and propulsive in tempo....Read more
In 2017 the Cocteau Twins' Simon Raymonde and Dif Juz's Richard Thomas hooked up and returned to recording after a lengthy hiatus with the warmly received Lost Horizons debut Olajá (Spanish for 'hope'). The fruit spawned from this tremulous step into the unknown (strewn with guest vocalists) was a fractured affair that, while enjoyable, felt like a potential not fully realised. Spurred on by Olajá's reception and as a way of processing a bereavement,...Read more
"I'm telling my own fortune, something I cannot escape," offers Julien Baker on 'Hardline', the opening track on her expansive third studio album; a step away from the acoustic led singer-songwriter affair of her first two outings. Her words perfectly establish what's to follow across the record's twelve tracks, songs that continue to make often self-deprecating observations about herself and others that feel as vital as they are inescapable. Julien...Read more
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