Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Crystal Castles - Frail

Track Feature and the drama that comes with it 


    Crystal Castles has finally uploaded something new since it's lead vocal Alice Glass left the band and it's a wonderful listen.
This techno sonata with Alice's vocals has been on my repeat for an hour now and i'm still loving it.



     Although I do have a soft heart for female vocals in eloctronic music, what really makes this track stand out are it's simple yet profound lyrics:

"If you defray 
You end up prey 
Glow through the veil 
Is this what you call frail 

Ignore the edification 
Of those whom you admire 
We withhold our blessing 
We refuse to calm the fire 
Frail Is this what you call frail 

Glow through the veil 
Is this what you call frail 
Knit her a new pea coat 
Drape it past the knee 

The sinew has withered 
Suture as accessory 
Frail Is this what you call frail 
Glow through the veil 

Is this what you call frail."

     The track originally had a statement on it's soundcloud page by Ethan Kath: "i wish my former vocalist the best of luck in her future endeavors, i think it can be empowering for her to be in charge of her own project. it should be rewarding for her considering she didn't appear on Crystal Castles' best known songs." to which Alice replied with:




    After which Ethan quickly shortened his statement to  "i wish my former vocalist the best of luck in her future endeavors." It's a shame that there is  ego confrontation between artists who have made such amazing work together.Sadly this will probably be the last we hear of Alice Glass on a Crystal Castles track, but gratefully it is an amazing track.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Milo - Things that happen at day / Things that happen at night

Obscure lyrics and mellow tunes



           Rapper, Rory Ferreira a.k.a. Milo has managed to make something new and fresh, again with the double ep album "Things that happen at day / Things that happen at night". This time he's bringing his regular philosophy in to the game with smoother beats and even more atmospheric backround. The amount of references, still large in quantity has been toned down compered to the last albums.
            Saying that his lyrics are originating from obscure thoughts is not really fair while his thought are so common that it is a bit too easy to identify with them. What is so obscure about them is that they are expressed. Most people are even to ashamed to express them and others can not compose them well enough to make it purely understandable to other people.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania

This Time With A Punch


'Oceania' - Sydney, Sydney Entertainment Centre

             Formed in 1988 by frontman Billy Corgan and the rythm guitar James Iha, The Smashing Pumpkins is often reffered to as one of the bands which made the 90's. We often forget that they are still here and here to remind us, with a big slap is Oceania. They have not ever stopped putting music and since the turn of the century they have realesed five albums. Lacking in energy, they did not satisfy the people and thus must of the previous has been bought without being listen to, as Corgan said.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Black Swans - Change

Psychedelic Folk Unlike Ever Before

    
          Change back from 2007 is the second studio album of the indie rock band The Black Swans, of the five released. It was my introduction to theirs music and a violent one indeed. This album is something along the lines of Leonard Cohen on acid. The album ranges from alternative rock to experimental folk.
          It is the last album released before the death of Noel Sayre (violin, viola), one of the two core members, along with Jerry DeCicca (vocals, acoustic guitar).

"Here is my new face, wear it for you...."

Only On The Surface Is It Simple

          DeCiccia does not sing, he instead whispers and screams to convey the emotions of fear, grief and hope. He does not feel as the only vocal since the violin sounds as cracking voice which together with DeCiccia's vocals dance along the album.

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Mountain Goats - Transcendental Youth

Triumphant Sounds On Negative Subjects 


           The Mountain Goats have released their 14th album this year, Transcendental Youth. The sole core member John Darnielle has focused on the introverts & unstable ones in this album. The lyrics of the songs are gloomy and would be depressive if they weren't combined with such upbeat and catchy tunes.
           The lyrics on first glance are simple but the tenacity with which John Darnielle delivers them is what makes them resonate and bounce in your head.

"The loneliest people in the whole white world are the people you aren't going to meet again."
 

           Transcendental Youth promotes living in reality no matter how unsatisfied we are with it and not scanning from it. With strong and triumphant sound it tells us to be us and be happy with it . The way to do so is by facing it and that is what this album forces you too do.

Support the Artist.

Friday, October 26, 2012

With Chess Full Of Air, They Flaunt Like Cocks


A Critique Of Critics

           Critic, the definition: A person who judges the merits of literary or artistic works, especially one who does so professionally. (Oxford dictionary) etc. Music Critic. Reading the definition you can notice how non specific it is. Anyone who judges the value and beauty of an artistic work, especially if he gets paid is considered a critic. Many problems are noticeable with this definition: The work of an artists does bear a certain beauty and value, but can not be judged or compered. Only appreciated. And why should the opinion of one who gets paid to expresses it be more credible then the ones who do not get any profit for it; In the capitalist age that we live in it seems quite the contrary. Despite how wrong this definition actually seem to me it is true that this is what most people do consider critics to be. But like we all now the public opinion is not always right.

Best Critique In My Home Town
   

Thursday, October 25, 2012

DIE ANTWOORD

Ninja and the Butterfly

           Die Antwoord a rap-rave trio from South Africa, consisting of the married couple Ninja & Yo-Landi Vi$$er & DJ Hi-Tek. Die Antwoord is the backbone of the counter-culture movement Zef. Zef means having style but not being a capitalist. In parallel with this Die Antwoord often mocks the rap and pop icons for being sale outs and having such a fake, plastic image.
           Their music is appealing to the real men of the streets, without glorifying them. After years of individual projects Ninja & Yo Landi's have recently became quite popular and a big part of it is thanks to theirs grotesque music videos (etc. "I FINK U FREEKY" ), which are from a cinematography standpoint with out a doubt unique and beautiful. Not in the classical sense though. Here is a compilation of some of the craziest music videos to date.