New Particles hand-snatched from the tube of the Large Genre Collider for the week ending 2015-12-04. This is what I am listening to in the universe where I have time to listen to all of this and still everything else.
||"In Metal We Trust"
||I've come to appreciate increasingly abstruse and obscure metal, but I haven't lost the visceral reaction of excitement to unapologetic joyful bombast, exemplified by the goofywonderful new Primal Fear song.|
||Arguably the opposite extreme of metal is this sensuous, often near-ambient folk-post-metal meditation by Kauan.|
||"Lady of the Wall"
||Raben Im Herz
||Bombast without machismo was a pretty good innovation in metal, I think. German gothic operatic metal mainstays Coronatus change members but somehow keep the same sound and the same logo font.|
||"The Gift Of Music"
||Oh god, for a moment I thought "The Gift of Music" was going to be a Christmas song, but it's actually Dream Theater's answer to "Magic Power".|
||Amoral make throaty progcore.|
||Maria Mena makes me think of Alanis Morissette with more Joni Mitchell, or Natalie Imbruglia with more Patty Larkin.|
||Endless Motion Vol. 1
||The new Geographer EP has a lavishly spare "Cloudbusting" cover.|
||The new Sunn 0))) noise-drone album is sadly not called "Cloudgrinder".|
||I'm definitely warming to these springy, melodic new Baroness songs.|
||"Hatred from the Core: Tempus Incognito"
||Hegemon screetch, blast and swallow your head.|
||La rappresentante di lista
||Bu Bu Sad
||La Rappresentante di Lista sound to me like Shakira has joined Chairlift.|
||"Amantes En Friccion"
||Pastilla make warm, surging Mexican/American alt-rock.|
||Quel che di fragile c'è
||Antonio Ferrari steps out of a time-machine from the 80s into an Italian piazza and everybody starts dancing.|
||Jesse & Joy
||"No soy una de esas - feat. Alejandro Sanz"
||Un besito más
||Roxette once made the most Swedish-sounding Spanish album ever. Jesse & Joy are what this could have sounded like as a native idea.|
||Monica Naranjo has become a classical-crossover artist by crossing over from pop.|
||"Make Love Stay"
||The Spin We're In
||Astropol does lo-fi Swedish drum-machine pop like I imagine I would do if I could sing and play and write and produce better.|
||"The World Is Waiting"
||The Crookes blare and twangle.|
||Ki:Theory is like the indie version of AWOLNATION.|
||NateWantsToBattle does cheerful pop-punk anime covers.|
||Blue Neighbourhood (Deluxe)
||Troye Sivan would like to be an Australian Justin Bieber, please.|
||Kill The Thrill
||"A Little Salt for a Better Feeling"
||Kill the Thrill do experimental atmospheric post-metal.|
||"Luces de Verano"
||fakuta makes elegantly uncluttered Chilean indie gauze-pop.|
||LCMDF are the Finnish Shampoo, and the Finnish Shampoo are sick of Finnish metal dudes.|
||"Alright, I'll Wait"
||Somos make pingy sigh-pop.|
||Punchline do jerky electro-emo.|
||"Behind The Doors"
||SikTh help indjent djent.|
||"Tid för en kyss"
||Page sound nostalgic for all past and future synthpop at once.|
||Matias Puumala will do your next apocalyptic cinemastep movie trailer.|
||"Let U Go"
||Royal Pirates are my new favorite Korean-American indie-rock band.|
||Switch Tape EP
||Tkay Maidza suggests there should be a Zimbabwean/Australian version of grime.|
||"Verbal GBH 4"
||Dark Matters - EP
||Mr Traumatik is already grime in Portsmouth.|
||"Vilse i varuhuset"
||Västerbron is a bridge in Stockholm and a yearningly ragged Swedish post-punk band.|
||"Nikom Nije Noćas Kao Meni"
||THCF does Serbian trap.|
||"Med Cezir Jenerik Müziği"
||Med Cezir (Original Tv Series Soundtrack)
||Toygar Işıklı composed the excellent spaghetti-western/pan-celtic/epicore score for a Turkish TV show I don't know anything about and never expect to see.|
||FUNKTIONSLUST show that FKA twigs is starting to have influence.|
||Zero Call make a whole band out of the interstitial bits of M83 and Kraftwerk records.|
||Ultima Thule do Viking Oi, which is 90% electrifying and 10% like maybe you're being invited into a worryingly well-organized riot.|
||Malrun are a Danish epic melodic hard-metalcore-rock band I keep forgetting aren't Spanish.|
||The Shape of Colour
||Intervals do calculated math-jazz prog-post-metal.|
||MY RED + BLUE
||"It Was You"
||MY RED + BLUE dances into arena-pop spotlights.|
||"Born Again Teen"
||Lucius snaps crisply amidst circus-wild kaleidoscopic chaos.|
||"Deeply Ordered Chaos"
||Apparently the last two albums by The Cult were part of a thematic trilogy.|
||Ei Valo Minua Seuraa
||Vorna make maniacally raspy Finnish blast-pagan prog-metal.|
||I'm a sucker for the combination of rock power and near-Eastern warble, and this is Lena Papadopoulou's mesmerizing Greek version of this synthesis.|
||Belako are a Basque indie-pop band going a bit trance-jam.|
||Odio París are actually a shimmery Catalan nu-gaze band.|
||"Never Give up on You"
||The Grand Design
||Khymera are a majestically anachronistic melodic AOR glam-metal band.|
||Middlepicker place Minneapolis–St. Paul somewhere in between Archers of Loaf and Tullycraft.|
||"In the Age of the Pixel Phone"
||Alpha Consumer are also from Minneapolis, and remind me of Polara, who were also also from Minneapolis, but apparently they're different people.|
||Flextime (Bnlx EP #9)
||BNLX's most recent EP is from last year, but they are Ed Ackerson's post-Polara band, which I totally didn't know and maybe you didn't either so let's catch up.|
||"O Seu Caminho"
||I think Heloisa Rosa is historically a Portuguese CCM singer, but I don't speak Portuguese and so don't have to care, and this is a wildly magnificent Iberian-pop/arena-rock song.|
||"One Way Ticket"
||If you only listen to American hip hop, you're missing a lot of astonishing stuff, like this cinematically menacing rant by Iranian-German rapper Kianush.|
||Gjan is Lithuania's answer to Kerli, and now I feel like I should know who I think is Latvia's.|
||James Tw does a brittle indie-r&b cover of "Torn".|
||"Kimi to Gerende"
||Kimi to Gerende +1
||Shishamo are a female j-punk band somewhere on the path from Shonen Knife to Tricot.|
||Der Dicke Polizist
||Der Dicke Polizist is a cheerfully snarly old-school German punk band.|
||Another of my countless weaknesses is indie gothic symphonic metal bands like Colorado Springs' Neverlight who, whether by choice or necessity, cast their epic musical ambitions in dry, un-epic production treatments.|
||Aedliga is me, and this is my new song, composed by both choice and logistical necessity in my usual studio aboard an Icelandair flight a few days ago, and sung in a stranger's apartment in Stockholm in a race to get usable tracks in few enough takes that the neighbors I don't know don't come over to introduce themselves and tell me what Max Martin would have done.|