Monthly archive March, 2012
Tycho - Dive

Tycho – Dive

I find it absolutely breathtaking when artists have the ability to properly portray the context of their music through album covers, titles, and even color palettes.  While not a hugely decisive characteristic in how good the album sounds per se, it can cause an album to cross the nebulous line in my brain that exists...
FNDMNTL - Dubtraktion

FNDMNTL – Dubtraktion

Dubtraktion’s opener “Bodega Dub” calls to mind a dank concrete basement – no windows, a slight fragrance of mildew, a single light bulb swinging from the smooth ceiling.  Below the bulb sits the drummer, carrying along at his deliberate clip while the guitarist picks the subtleties from his nylon strings.  Ambient textures fill the room,...
Kinack - Ondas

Kinack – Ondas

It can be a slippery slope to make music that not only borrows from your influences, but on first listen, can sound nearly identical to them.  This is a conundrum faced by many musicians, as without having your own unique take on the genre, you stand to sound like an inferior copycat and risk being...
Floex - Zorya

Floex – Zorya

Intelligent Dance Music (IDM) makes no sense to me.  Not so much the genre, but the name. The stupid, pretentious name.  If the music is so intelligent, what’s Unintelligent Dance Music sound like?  I speculate that IDM derives its “intelligence” from its varied rhythms, complicated structure and insanely cool textures. In that respect, I get...