DIGITAL TRACK STOMP: The now-legendary Chickasaw Mudd Puppies have been recording new music currently and have one tune out there for y’all to take a look at. The brand new observe, “Little Man,” isn’t as bombastic and instantly explosive because the band’s music from a long time in the past, however it will be unreasonable to anticipate it to be. It’s, although, a pleasant run by the backyard, so to talk, of semi-swampy tunesmithing—and catchy in addition. The band is promising extra to come back, so keep tuned for now over at chickasawmuddpuppies.bandcamp.com.
FIVE FOR FIGHTING: Ixian, distinguished right here as one of many new noise vanguards on the town, has a brand new break up launch out with Portland, ME challenge Crouching Nude. For our native hero’s half, Ixian contributes “Pearls of White,” a single 10-minute observe of doom-y steel that often slips into black steel territory however for essentially the most half stays its course. Our buddies to the north take part within the enjoyable by giving us 4 glitchy and static-y tunes which can be an aural respite at first however, finally, a bit of same-y. You’ll need to surf to 2 websites to listen to all of it, so right-click on ixian.bandcamp.com and crouchingnude.bandcamp.com at will. This launch is restricted to 40 cassette copies, which must be sufficient for anybody.
TAKE ONE, PASS ‘EM DOWN: Ex-members of The Eskimos, Fairburn Royals and VG Minus started an all-instrumental challenge some time again for a “future unnamed challenge” however have now accomplished an entire album, Secret Snow, below the identify Decorative Onion. Recording completed simply earlier than the COVID lockdowns, and the document was blended by Sarah Tudzin (Illuminati Hotties). There’s a soundtrack high quality to most of this in that it’s straightforward to think about these songs forming the backdrop for some ongoing drama or comedy, relying on our present disposition. Musically, I’m most a fan of the keyboard-driven opening tune, “Mufen Man.” Seemingly resulting from this originating as sketches for the longer term, there are a handful of types occurring right here. There’s the celebratory anthem “MQN,” the Eels-ish “Good day World” and even the Gorillaz-styled “Monoblock.” I’m unsure how effectively all of it works as an album, however there are actually particular person tracks right here value a pay attention. Test it out at ornamentalonion.bandcamp.com.
THAT OLD, FAMILIAR TUNE: Composer Andrew Steck, previously identified greatest for his work in rock bands comparable to Liberator, has a brand new full-length album popping out Nov. 20, however the first single comes out this week on Oct. 29. It’s titled “100 Nowheres” and it’s an actual deal with. The totally orchestrated tune has bits of tango, cha-cha and even klezmer in its composition, and particularly good are the marimba sections. Relying on one’s perspective, this can recall old-time Hollywood cast-of-thousands options or pre-feature cartoons. In any case, it’s a sweepingly good tune that ought to tune up your ears proper fast. Test it out at andrewsteck.bandcamp.com.
TORCH SONGS: Present Grasp of Wonderful Arts candidate and songwriter Matthew Hoban has made music below the moniker Torchiana for some time now. He has a brand new album out this month named Machine of Mirror, and its 13 tracks run a gamut of feelings and intentions. Musically talking, it’s typically a softly performed assortment with mild acoustic guitar, some piano and occasional different devices for punctuation. Though the album opens with the almost impenetrable “Unreconcilable,” I retained the non-public fortitude to plow forward and hearken to the remaining. Highlights listed below are the three-part “In Loving Reminiscence” and “For My Buddy.” General, although, it’s a bit a lot, and whereas it’s undoubtedly a really private set of tunes for the artist, the listener’s expertise is kind of eliminated and a bit of cumbersome. Your mileage will differ, in fact, so begin your journey at torchiana.bandcamp.com.
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