Track Review: Hammare – God Is Doing Blow

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Artist: Hammare

Song: God Is Doing Blow

Genre: Industrial Rock/Electronic 

 The debut single “God Is Doing Blow” from Swedish duo “Hammare” is an exploration in dissonance, but rather then descending further down the rabbit hole of inaccessibility, the band have every intention to make you move with the song’s danceable quality with it’s groovy rhythm section. The dissonance comes from the synthesizers and unconventional arrangements. The discombobulating machine sounding noise provided by said synthesizers brings a chaotic nature to the track, echoing the genre of “Industrial” music, but this is controlled chaos. It’s never overbearing, and it’s dichotomized with catchiness and sexy swagger. The instrumentation is dirty yet polished, and it compliments the vocals and lyrical content quite well. With lyrical content that seems to be touching on the abandonment of self-sufficiency and the misguided influences of charlatan leaders, it’s clear that the band wanted to emphasize the lyrics, because they have something to say, and they say it eloquently. This song sounds like a promise that the duo have a lot to deliver. Be ready.

Written By: Steven Sandoval 

Date: 10/24/18

 

E.P. Review: Chelsey and the Noise – Blank Frames

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Artist: Chelsey and the Noise

EP: Blank Frames

Genre: Electronic/Industrial/EBM/Noise Pop

Rating: 8/10

We’re all aware of the fact that the majority of “Industrial” music is utterly abrasive. Whether it be the chaotic discombobulating harsh noise of “Industrial” pioneers, or the modern “EBM” genre “Industrial” has evolved into with it’s focus on the more tumultuous side of “Electronic” music, it all happily dives into the rabbit hole of nihilism. That’s a good thing when it comes to the genre, but what we don’t get enough of is the representation of how the genre can be catchy, and dare I say…… Poppy? Hayward, CA based duo “Chelsey and the Noise” fearlessly spotlights the catchier side of the genre on their new E.P. Blank Frames. Members Chelsey Hice and Brent “the Noise” Watters create instrumentation that is dark and synth-driven with pulsating percussion and even “Metal” influenced guitars like on the track “Castle.” As chaotic as the instrumentation can get, it never strays away from it’s danceable quality. Singer Chelsey Hice replaces the distorted howls and growls the genre is typically known for with melodic vocals that are sexy, seductive, and vulnerable, showcasing her versatility and myriad of emotions. The final moments of the track “Thick / Clear” delves into gloomy atmospherics with gorgeous piano arpeggios, and this is proof of the duos brilliant craftsmanship that keeps their sound from being one-dimensional. Being only four tracks in length, this E.P. packs quite the punch, and it is sure to get rivetheads on the dance-floor, but simply labeling the duo “Industrial” doesn’t do their music justice, because it is evident that their musical possibilities are endless. This is music that demands your attention, and it can even win over people that typically don’t listen to this kind of music, because the infectious grooves are undeniable. “Chelsey and the Noise” encourages us to dance to doom and gloom.

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Written By: Steven Sandoval

Date: 09/13/18

ADULT. Share New Music Video for New Track “Violent Shakes”

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Detroit “Electronic” duo “ADULT.” are set to release their new album This Behavior tomorrow, and while we wait the band have given us another taste of the album with a new track off the album titled “Violent Shakes,” as well as a music video to accompany it. The video features a dance performed by dancer Biba Bell. You can watch the video below:

ADULT. Announce New Album, Share New Song “Perversions of Humankind”

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As overlooked as “Electronic” duo “ADULT.” may be, there’s no denying the fact that they consistently release forward thinking and enigmatic music. It’s at a point now where simply labeling them “Electronic” doesn’t do the duo’s uncompromising sound justice. Following their ambitious collaboration heavy album Detroit House Guests, the Detroit duo will release a new album on September 7th titled This Behavior through “Dais Records.” They have also shared a brand new track off the album titled “Perversions of Humankind,” as well as a music video to accompany it. You can watch the music video, pre-order the new album, and check out upcoming tour dates below:

 

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Childish Gambino Releases Two New Summer Songs

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Donald Glover A.K.A. Childish Gambino has had quite the year. The multi-talented artist sparked controversy and countless think pieces with his dense music video “This Is America,” he’s embarking on a tour in September, and a new album is most definitely on the horizon. Now, Gambino has released two brand new Summer songs titled “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer,” and they have been released under what he’s calling the “Summer Pack.” You can listen to both tracks below:

Album Review: Nine Inch Nails – Bad Witch

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Artist: Nine Inch Nails

Album: Bad Witch

Genre: Industrial Rock/Experimental 

Rating: 6/10

 Judging from recent interviews with Trent Reznor, it’s pretty evident that the guy has become a bitter old man, but luckily for him, bitterness and anger have been “Nine Inch Nails’” Forte since day 1, so the anger and blatant nihilism of his new album Bad Witch is unsurprising. This is both a good and a bad thing. The good being that the furious delivery and negative perspective on the human condition over chaotic “Industrial” heavy production is genuine and believable, and doesn’t come off as a man trying to relive his glory days, but the bad thing is that this album is back to business as usual, and at this point “Nine Inch Nails” have become predictable. This is ironic seeing as how Reznor and now official member Atticus Ross completely scrapped the original drafts of this album for being “too predictable.” Though the addition of saxophone is unlike anything “Nine Inch Nails” have done in the past, the whole thing is obvious Blackstar David Bowie era worship, and it is not even close to being as captivating as Bowie’s album. At this point, the band is in desperate need of reinvention.

Written By: Steven Sandoval 

Date: 06/27/18

 

Gorillaz Team Up With Snoop Dogg and Jamie Principle on New Track “Hollywood”

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Gorillaz will release their new album The Now Now next week, and the animated band have dropped quite a bit of singles promoting the album. Now they have released yet another track off the upcoming album, and this one features Snoop Dogg and “House” producer Jamie Principle. You can watch the video for the new track “Hollywood” below: