mewithoutyou – It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright!

mewithoutyou It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright:

Mewithoutyou are back with another honest album. What it’s honest about is a little hard to tell. Aaron Weiss’s lyrics have become more obscure, but also remain meaningful. While they all seem to have a religious overtone, one can read more than in each song. Aaron’s voice is powerful and his singing has improved greatly. The band has never sounded tighter nor have they been so musically experimental; dabbling in straight-up indie rock, zydeco music, and other unexpected genres of music. Tubas, xylophones, and even baptist revivalist choirs are heard sprinkled through the album. While on paper this sounds like a mess, but Michael Weiss and the rest of the band are more than capable of pulling this off and making it catchy. This is the best that mewithoutyou has released so far and that’s saying something considering their string of good releases.

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Supermachiner – Rust

Supermachiner Rust:

A little something old, a little something new. This is a 2 CD re-release of Supermachiner’s first, and only, album “Rise of the Great Machine”. Supermachiner was the side-project of Jake Bannon from Converge. Rather than make just another Converge clone, Bannon decided to ambient metal-like music that was about machines’ place in society and their rise as sentient beings. It was an enjoyable album. So now it’s be re-mastered so it sounds even creepier than it did before. All this is just the first disc. The second is disc are bonus songs and remixes. These are good, but one can see why they didn’t the cut. Fans of Converge should check this out, but so should anyone into experimental music.

Greg Malcolm-Leather and Lacy

Greg Malcom Leather and Lacy:

Jazz hating multiple guitar playing New Zealand free improv musician does an album worth of soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy’s compositions. Malcolm plays the melodies quite beautifully on a conventionally played guitar on his lap. For the backing parts Lacey sets up guitars hanging by him and at his feet. He slaps or kicks the guitars, which are often fuzzed out, to create drones and percussive noises. Malcolm’s extra guitars lend each track a certain ambiance, making it sound almost as if they were recorded in various locations each with a different background noise. Malcolm is a tasteful player and each track has an arid sparseness to it that suits the compositions well. An interesting and fairly mellow disk.

Rating: 13/15 kicked guitars

Keith Rowe / Keith Rowe & Taku Unami-Keith Rowe and Taku Unami / Keith Rowe

Keith Rowe / Keith Rowe & Taku Unami Keith Rowe and Taku Unami / Keith Rowe:

Beeps blurps and scrapes. A very interesting very minimalist release. A cool listen, but only when you’re in the mood for it.

13/15: weird things to play a guitar with

Derek Bailey-Pieces For Guitar

Derek Bailey Pieces For Guitar:

A series of solo free jazz guitar solos. Though atonal, and often quite harsh, theres a variety of moods and textures explored on this album. Bailey sometimes sounds like Monk at his most vicious and sometimes like a contemplative Anton Webern. He experiments readily with feedback and live panning and utilizes them not as bells and whistles, but as meaningful compositional elements. Interesting for anybody who wants to here experimental music with more of a point than just breaking down pre-established rules.

Rating: 12/15 meaningful skronks

The Boredoms-Super AE

The Boredoms Super AE:

Spaced out post-rock peppered with noise, electronic, and punk influences. Not an album to throw on at a party. This ones great for sitting back with a pair of headphones or as background music for doing something creative, like painting or drawing.

Rating: 12/15 super points

cLOUDDEAD – Ten

cLOUDDEAD Ten:

Here is a rare album: an experimental rap album that’s good. It’s tough describing this album since it’s constantly changing through out. What I’m going to say is that it is well through out and executed. The beats are at first very minimalist, but upon further listens reveal more depth. The songs change scope from what seems to be pure abstractive poetry to then very direct political or personal messages and then back to the abstract. The vocals are delivered in a variety of styles, from what sound like sound collages to spoken wor to even legitimate rapping. While many albums like this are challenges to listen to, this one flows so well that one can hear the whole album over and over without becoming bored.

Rating: 15/15 not enough songs about hoes