You’d think people would build up some sort of tolerance to the fact that Florida seems to be consistently crushing it when it comes to cool, awesome music but here we are. Orlando electronic producer BNGL (pronounced Bengal) quietly dropped an introductory tune by the name of “Seismic Tides” and it’s nothing short of incredible. Part of its allure is in how much of a slow burner it is – reaching out its dream-dusted space-pop tendrils slowly but surely before you realize you’ve been lured right into the middle of its oceanic expanse. It’s also refreshing that it doesn’t rely all that heavily on the persistence and build of heavy beats like producers are wont to do. Instead “Seismic Tides” establishes a rippled melody effect and works outwards from there like solving a puzzle without the corner pieces. “Seismic Tides” is essentially variations on a theme but damn if it’s not an interestingly futuristic take on an idea pretty much as old as music itself.
BNGL has an EP in the works that’ll hopefully soon see the light of day. Here’s hoping.
Oslo’s DRÅPE (pronounced ‘Draw-peh’, you troglodytes!) are relative newcomers to the shoegaze scene but the Norwegian band are injecting a new energy and excitement into the fading genre. Songs like the recently released “I Keep Falling Asleep” might seem, well, sleepy on the surface but are anything but cumbersome:
DRÅPE’s debut LP, Canicular Days, dropped last year. Listen to more at their soundcloud page »
As the release of Brooklyn foursome Milagres‘ forthcoming full length Violent Light creeps ever closer, we’re getting more gems from what’s rapidly proving itself to be a thoroughly enjoyable effort. On new track “Jeweled Cave”, Milagres still engages in the synth-pop meets glam rock theatrics of “The Letterbomb” but instead of sumptuous canter of the first single, “Jeweled Cave” is a downright poppy gallop. Kyle Wilson elevates a breakup to the level of all out warfare – doling out barbs and neatly violent shouts amid a sea of bending guitar lines and inescapable dancey synth riffs.
Milagres’ upcoming third record Violent Light is out February 25th on Kill Rock Stars. You can pre-order it now.
From Austin’s fledgling label Fleeting Youth Records comes the debut LP from Brooklyn duo Passenger Peru (Justin Stivers, bassist on The Antlers album Hospice, and multi-instrumentalist Justin Gonzales). Recorded from New York to Alaska and back, definitely has that well-traveled vibe. The release’s footnotes describe the album as having the “aural colorings of Brian Wilson and the tribal noise freak-outs of early Animal Collective.”
Where do I sign up?
Passenger Peru is out next Tuesday, 1/28. Preorder here »
Last year Brooklyn experimental rock quintet Salt Cathedral released a self titled 5 song EP. In addition to reintroducing the world to them under their new moniker with a proper release, it also showed that their fivesome meant business. An album was in the works and would most certainly be coming but until then Salt Cathedral offered up 5 of their best live staples and let music lovers have at.
While a full length efforts has yet to properly materialize, the start of this year has brought something almost as enjoyable. A B-side in the form of “Rainy Days”. “Rainy Days” continues in what is rapidly becoming Salt Cathedral’s signature of complexly layered yet surprisingly spacious pop songs. It’s all vibrant melodies that soar clear over the track’s alternating forward pitching and screwed down amble. Salt Cathedral’s normal tropicalia vibes are obscured a little, subtle in the track’s momentous shifting – the track’s beats are a R&B producer’s dream. Ultimately the track rises above the indie R&B by never losing sight of Salt Cathedral’s strong sense of identity. Even when embarking on more furtive paths, Salt Cathedral’s instrumental precision and Juliana Ronderos’ effervescent siren song establish Salt Cathedral’s firm sense of self.
“Rainy Days” is a playful jaunt further into the sea of experimentation. One of looser song structure and seemingly limitless textural possibilities that provides just the right breath of freshness where one really wasn’t needed. It’s an additional treat that essentially flexes Salt Cathedral’s creative muscle in a way that can only lead to bigger and better things. The fact that Salt Cathedral considers a song like “Rainy Days” to be a b-side certainly hints at it.