||Walk like everybody is watching in delighted awe...|
||...but like you are preemptively nostalgic for the quiet that will come again when they are gone...|
||"Whiteness (The Snow & the Borrowed Light)"
||...in all its terrifying nihilistic wondering glory.|
||"Kiss Me When I Bleed"
||Half of punk is wrong guitar noises and muttering.|
||"Lift Me Up"
||The poptimist knows the drum-machine is always at half-speed.|
||"Old Heart Falls"
||The gothicist knows that the planet is always surrounded by empty space.|
||"Love's Gone to Hell - Radio Version"
||Love's Gone to Hell
||But Doro knows that you dream of being remembered.|
||"Dana Katherine Scully"
||Riot Grrrl lives, and absolutely there's no denying that we ought to have had a female president by now.|
||"Sacco and Vanzetti"
||Every honest punk band should do a few historical anthems to notable doomed anarchists.|
||"Where Shadows Forever Reign"
||Every honest black metal band should open up your skull and pour in the sound of black holes grinding up your fears.|
||Sometimes the genius of metal is imagining what it would sound like to take every absurd thing completely seriously.|
||This kind of sounds like CHVRCHES with more CHURCH in it.|
||"Die Like A Rich Boy"
||Oh: Frightened Rabbit = Cat Stevens + Raymond Carver.|
||Lydia Loveless + Cowboy Junkies?|
||Ardent / Swallows
||The sound of natural laws resonating.|
||"Turn Away and Return"
||Everything and Nothing
||Songs through velum.|
||Half-remembered dreams, pressed gently against the edge of a spinning blade.|
||All Empires Fall
||Or like being chased by bears into a tornado that just passed through a folding-chair warehouse.|
||Or like drifting through mostly peaceful space interrupted by occasional searing plunges into chlorine-acid atmospheres.|
||Graves at Sea
||The Curse That Is
||This is kind of what I think I thought Hawkwind was going to sound like when everything I knew about them came from reading The Time of the Hawklords during a childhood Elric phase.|
||"第一個想到你 - 電視劇 《後菜鳥的燦爛時代》片尾曲"
||Like a sweet Hallmark card with a faint ticking that goes away when you open it.|
||I Am King
||Sometimes we take our dreams and we try to quantize them until the objects of our yearning become mathematically inevitable.|
||Let this be two lessons to everybody: 1) no, it's not too late to change your unfortunate first bandname, and 2) it's perfectly fine to make new music that makes you feel like the music you think nobody makes right any more.|
||"Road of Resistance"
||J-pop-metal continues to be one of the greatest stupid ideas of the decade.|
||The sound of being trapped in an aluminum geometry paradox.|
||Twitchy trap drums, reggaeton syncopation and Italian arena-pop grandeur; had me at Italian arena-pop grandeur.|
||Marta Sui Tubi
||And if you're going to play heartland rock, sing like you remember that your heartland is also Pavarotti's.|
||Ditto Plácido Domingo.|
||Confit of post-rock.|
||Honestly, pretty much every gothic symphonic pop-metal song could be called "Forever". (Or "Amaranth".)|
||Chase & Status
||Trance + grime = theme music for trying to escape from a universe that obeys movie-trailer physics and amorality.|
||"Don't Feed The Animals"
||The key is the drift-cam awareness that the ground is moving faster than you can understand even when you try to stand still on it.|
||I'm Traumatik, Vol. One - EP
||Or maybe it's understanding that dubstep can be a vocal cadence.|
||Knobs can be weapons. Also: no, it's not too late to change your terrible bandname.|
||"Running out of road"
||Joni was right
||It's only a few hours from Nashville to Norway.|
||And what could be more post-punk than pretending to confuse Norway and Sweden?|
||In the new R&B, rhythm is replaced by a certain unnerving sense that solidity is a temporary affectation of liquids, and blues by an elegant suspended hesitation.|
||"I'm The Ice"
||Indietronica for dark Swedish winters.|
||Tense epicore for dramatically doing your taxes or cleaning something with annoyingly small parts.|
||Katy Perry + banjo is fine with me.|
||"Just Around The Corner"
||Because if the choruses soar in the air, it kind of doesn't matter what the road below is made of.|
||Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
||"Death and Decay"
||Scent of the Buried
||While we await death: moshing.|
||The punk Low.|
||The swamp Lone Justice.|
||The Summer Set
||"Figure Me Out"
||Stories for Monday
||At this point I'm starting to think that pop emo has done more with emo than emo did.|
||"All My Pride"
||Not only do we get this great new wave of spiky female-led punk bands, but if it keeps up we will surely earn a lavish and overdue Sleeper retrospective.|
||"Beneath The Concrete"
||If your great sublimated-goth band's name stands for Lost Under Heaven, embrace this audacity, too.|
||"Out of Sight"
||Anti-power trio. Recording to fucking tape.|
||"Fortsetzung folgt ... 2 (Vorspann)"
||Verfallen - Folge 2: Fassaden
||Every historical definition of "gothic" flattened into one circuit board. But with violins!|
||"Tanzt für mich"
||Once all the brutalist architecture is finally replaced by undulating bamboo-surfaced eco-spaces, we'll still have this music to remind us of how marching in rows once seemed somehow obliquely utopian.|
||If you don't think methodical pattern-music can rock, this is what I am listening to while I cheerfully don't bother trying to change your mind.|
||"The Void Alone"
||One of the best current brutal progressive death metal bands goes temporarily beauty-and-the-beast dream-metal.|
||Beatific echoes and redolent synth-drum whoosh.|
||Simple, blaring guitar-rock. From Gothenburg.|
||Dilate (Special Edition)
||I'm not sure everybody realizes that 60-cycle hum comes from inside of us.|
||Not-so simple, blaring, clattering, frantic-heroic guitar-rock. From England, where some people still believe they invented this.|
||Voguey, K-pop boy-band hypergloss.|
||Yes, you can totally base a band on the little ambient noises in "Teardrop".|
||ESCAPISMS - EP
||Pinky post-world mallet-pop.|
||"Fragments (feat. Derek Joel & Q'AILA)"
||When Eurovision is contested entirely between robots, it will all sound like this.|
||"Ether Fields Forever"
||Ambient minimalism. Like, really minimal. Like, the base sound of an unoccupied compositional space.|
||"Neljä seinää ja puolikas sielu"
||Land-locked surf music.|
||"All the Love I Had"
||Like the Lego-movie version of Yaz.|
||Blippy laptop doodle-pop.|
||New early music. Nostalgia for the centuries between the invention of polyphony and whatever the next thing was.|
||"You Have Come To The Right Place"
||And yet this music sounds dated. Nostalgia for the centuries between the invention of strip-club glam-metal and four or five years later.|
||La Habitación Roja
||Sagrado Corazón (Deluxe Version)
||Dizzy, joyous Spanish pop-rock.|
||Textural Italian progressive melodic doom metal.|
||Stonehenge as an architectural style. And my album of the week.|