This progressive Shoegaze duo from Toronto has had two awesome releases so far, Obession 1 & Obsession 2. With notes of all of your favorite shoegaze bands from the 90’s, MOON KING manages to take their sound into the future instead of being another broke-ass revival band. Having been in groups together since their project SPIRAL BEACH, which also had Airick Woodhead (known by his moniker Doldrums), the duo’s chemistry has grown exponentially with this newer project. Mixing in parts of noise and dream pop, member Daniel Benjamin and Maddy Wilde will keep you entertained with each new listen.
Give a listen to their stellar song, “Almost Blue” – it’s not just for cleanin’ pools…
PULSE EMITTER is the solo project of the Portland-based Daryl Groetsch, who recently put out a sort of “best of” double album called Planetary Scale Synth Hypnosis. That title pretty accurately describes Groetsch’s sound — his music will definitely take you on an interstellar voyage filled with lots of synth. He’s even built his own synthesizer, assembled from various pieces and parts, which he uses frequently in his music.
Crooks on Tape is comprised of John Schmersal, Rick Lee, and Joey Galvan. Schmersal and Lee have been playing music together for sometime now, both being members of the now-defunct Enon. Their first album under the new moniker, Fingerprint, came out in late October 2013 on Misra Records. The record is a great mix of instrumental noise- and post-rock with straightforward indie-rock songwriting and pop sensibility. There is fluidity and balance to the album that typically only comes from seasoned veterans like these dudes. Fans of Enon, Ariel Pink, or even the ultra-bizarre Gary Wilson will definitely love Crooks On Tape’s warped-pop songs.
Give a listen to “If Feelings Mean A Thing” and stream their whole album over at SoundCloud.
French visual artist and musician Felicia Atkinson put out her LP Visions / Voices on Mexican label Umor Rex last year, culling together more than three years of work into one cohesive album. Atkinson has said that she makes her recorded music by rearranging improvised pieces, a technique that’s definitely evident on the intricate, layered tracks of Visions / Voices.
With a sound that is best described as post-hardcore meets experimental jazz, Bars of Gold from Detroit are making that depressingly bankrupt city seem rich with their emotionally driven records and live shows. Made up of former members of Wildcatting and Bear vs. Shark, the band has created a loyal following in Detroit. The group formed in 2009 and has put out 2 full-lengths. Their latest LP, Wheels, was released October 2013 under Bellyache Records and recorded at High Bias Recordings in Detroit.
Caroline Teagle and Zachary Zierden, the duo behind Imperial Topaz, have been making quite the splash with their debut album Full of Grace, which was released in Februrary on Teagle’s brother’s label, Tranquility Tapes (Teagle also does the squiggly Keith Haring-esque artwork for most of their releases).
EARTHEATER is the solo project of Alexandra Drewchin, who, in addition to being the possessed vocalist/frontwoman for Guardian Alien, is also a visual artist, a DJ, a dancer, and occasional model. And you thought you were busy…
Based in a little town called New York City, Drewchin released an Eartheater 7-inch in August 2013, and it was recorded in Adrian Grenier’s Brooklyn studio, The Wreckroom. (Yes, the Adrian Grenier who is currently filming the “Entourage” movie, whatever!) She’s dropped some hints on the social media website Twitter that she’s recorded some new material recently, so hopefully we’ll get to hear some of it in 2014.
Call Me Lightning have a new album called Human Hell and it’s really fucking good. The Milwaukee three-piece has blown us away in the past, particularly with 2010’s When I Am Gone My Blood Will Be Free, and it almost seems like they’ve out done themselves with this, their fourth record. It’s being released in March on Minneapolis label 25 Diamonds, but wouldn’t ya know it, you can listen to it right now via Bandcamp. We’ve made it easy for you – by embedding it in this post.
Electronic composer/pioneer/trailblazer Laurie Spiegel has racked up quite a few impressive accolades over the course of her extensive career. Some of her work is on a record that’s been floating around outer space on board an unmanned spacecraft since 1977. In the event that the spacecraft runs into other forms of life, the record will prove the existence of intelligent beings on some distant planet. Her music (along with a bunch of people saying “Greetings” in a bunch of different languages and some recordings of hyena noises) is basically going to represent all of mankind.
Also, a snippet of her track “Sediment” was used in the first Hunger Games movie, but you shouldn’t associate her music with children killing other children. Instead, take a gander at this extensive list of resources she’s put together about animal welfare (Ferrets! Primates! Rodents!).
Luckily for those of us on earth, Spiegel’s masterful album The Expanding Universe was reissued on vinyl a few years back, with loads of previously unreleased material. It’s required listening for any and all experimental music fans. Preview it below…
CONFESSION: Some people that work at the Bottle were/are/might be still into the Deftones. You might be saying to yourself “that’s not cool, man.” Or you might be saying to yourself, “that’s okay, Chino is still pretty cool, man.”
Whether they themselves are fans of the Deftones or not, True Widow, from Dallas, TX, describe their brand of rock and roll for the kiddies as “stonegaze” and it sure as heck reminds us at times of Chino and the Gang’s slower/cerebral moments circa White Pony, guilty pleasure or not.
You can hear True Widow’s sophomore album As High as the Highest Heavens and From the Center to the Circumfrence of the Earth (Kemado, 2011) on repeat during the Thursday afternoon beer delivery shift, courtesy of our bar manager. If you find yourself in our neck of the woods Thursday around 3PM, stop on in. But don’t come tomorrow, we’re not open at 3.
Check out a video for “Skull Eyes” by True Widow below.