Tag Archives: 2012

2:54 – 2:54 (2012)

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Tracklist:
1. Revolving
2. You’re Early
3. Easy Undercover
4. A Salute
5. Scarlet
6. Sugar
7. Circuitry
8. Watcher
9. Ride
10. Creeping

Recently, I tried to disengage from my usual listening habits and listen to music way more concentrated. And to give the same release more attention in terms of listening to it several times before heading to the next album. I believe that was one of my biggest problems because I felt like missing a whole lot of potential brilliant releases just by giving them too little attention.

The self-titled debut album from 2:54 was one of these albums that I discovered in this process. It is very well executed, builds a melancholic, sometimes eerie atmosphere and let’s my thoughts drift – that’s what I like about music the most. The vocals of Colette Thurlow reminds me of Shirley Manson’s of Garbage at some places, which is a fairly good thing. You can also hear distant influences of some post-punk and shoegaze although they proclaim themselves as alternative rock. My favorite tracks of this release are ‘Sugar’ and ‘Creeping’ but essentially there are no bad or mediocre songs.

Recommended If You Like: Garbage, Exitmusic, Tamaryn

United Kingdom, 2012
Alternative Rock, Shoegaze
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4.5/5.0

Arvorar – Fragments of Solitude (2012)

Arvorar - Fragments of Solitude

Tracklist:
1. Diffuse Winter Sun
2. Esquecimento
3. Forlorn
4. Trepidation
5. Angústia
6. Last Tree
7. Aimless

In the last few days I’ve been listening to a lot of black metal and ambient with a certain space feeling. Darkspace, Alraxis, Cold Womb Descent and stuff like that. During my research for new material I stumbled upon a split release with Arvorar, Carcharoth Λ.V. and The Descent of the Sun (“And The Stars Obtain The Beauty Of The Forlorn”). The opening track of Arvorar (‘Distante Obscurecer’) immediately caught my attention because of the excellent blend of harsh black metal and soothing ambient music. Curious as I am, I started searching for other releases of the band and finally found “Fragments of Solitude” on the label’s Bandcamp (Domestic Genocide). Although this release doesn’t have the same vast, eerie atmosphere as the aforementioned track, it’s overall a pretty damn good album. The songs are very melancholic and longing, mostly thanks to the very well used synthesizers. The guitars and drums create a very fuzzy and monotonous soundscape whilst the synths add nuances of melody without sounding cheesy. Also, I really like the pure ambient tracks that support the overall atmosphere. “Fragments of Solitude” is a very solid release but unfortunately it is not much more than that. It lacks some really outstanding tracks that make you go “Damn, I want to listen to that song again!”. Nevertheless a clear recommendation for anyone who likes atmospheric black metal with an ambient touch (e.g. All the Cold, Paysage d’Hiver or Karg).

Brazil, 2012
Atmospheric Black Metal/Ambient
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3.75/5.0

Starkey – Orbits (2012)

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Tracklist:
1. Renegade Starship
2. Command
3. G V Star (Part 1)
4. G V Star (Part 2)
5. Thugs
6. Lzr
7. Synchronize
8. Dystopia
9. …and then God built the Cosmos
10. Crashing Sphere
11. The Shuttle
12. Magnet
13. Distant Star

First, I have to admit that I’m not overly acquainted with electronic music apart from genres like Ambient or Vocal Trance (well, those days of childhood…). I became aware of Starkey when strolling about on several music blogs, finding both cover and description quite appealing. Of course I didn’t know what to expect – which can be quite refreshing, because in my opinion expectations often blur the listening experience – so it struck me rather by surprise when hearing the first tunes. Starkey manages to blend harsh drum/bass patterns with melodic and incredibly catchy, freaked out melodies in a really satisfying way. It’s an overall very good release, but ‘Command’ and ‘…and then God built the Cosmos’ really stand out. Well, because I lack the fitting terms to describe this kind of music… listen to Orbits by Starkey since it is an unlikely entertaining musical release.

USA, 2012
Dubstep, Grime
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4.25/5.0

Lunar Aurora – Hoagascht (2012)

Hoagascht

Tracklist:
1. Im Gartn
2. Nachteule
3. Sterna
4. Beagliachda
5. Håbergoaß
6. Wedaleichtn
7. Geisterwoid
8. Reng

Lunar Aurora has been one of the first black metal bands I seriously listened to. 2007’s ‘Andacht’ opened my mind to this obscure genre (at that time I used to make fun of it a lot) and paved the way to let it become one of my favorite music genres of all time. So you can probably imagine how much I connected to them and how stoked I was when I heard about the release of their newest effort ‘Hoagascht’. Completely written in the upper bavarian dialect it’s a quite unique album with such an intense and haunting atmosphere (yeah, you probably noticed that for me, music’s all about the atmosphere). I won’t bother describing how almost every song (apart from Håbergoaß; I don’t know why, but I just can’t remember it) is able to let me immerse into the Bavarian Woods and makes me feel deeply enthralled. The music itself relinquishes complex song structures but its this simplicity combined with the superb use of the keyboards that creates an almost trancelike mood you can sink yourself into. I recommend this album to everyone who has even the slightest interest in black metal or metal in general. Personal favorites: ‘Sterna’, ‘Beagliachda’, ‘Geisterwoid’ and ‘Reng’.

Germany, 2012
Atmospheric Black Metal
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5.0/5.0

Exitmusic – Passage (2012)

Passage

Tracklist:
1. Passage
2. The Night
3. The City
4. White Noise
5. Storms
6. The Wanting
7. Stars
8. The Modern Age
9. The Cold
10. Sparks of Light

Thanks to glorious Spotify I’m discovering a whole bunch of fantastic music recently. Especially in combination with the Last.fm-App and its recommendations I’m listening to a shitload of new stuff. Exitmusic was one of the discoveries I made through using Spotify. And damn, what an immense discovery that is. Aleksa tends to have the most emotional voice I have ever heard in that style of music. This is pure bliss. Words cannot describe how much her vocals touch my innermost feelings. I just love it. The mood on Exitmusic’s debut reaches from melancholic eeriness to some parts, where the light seems to break through an almost irrevocably overcast sky. Meh, I’m degressing here. ‘Passage’, ‘The Night’, ‘White Noise’ and ‘The Modern Age’ are my favorite songs on this almost perfect release. The only criticism I can offer is that the other tracks aren’t as catchy and lack the vibe of the aforementioned.

USA, 2012
Dreampop, Shoegaze
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4.5/5.0