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

JPEGMAFIA Shares New Music Video for “1539 N. Calvert”

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Baltimore rapper/producer JPEGMAFIA has garnered much attention this year, and it is much deserved. His new album Veteran is the groundbreaking and forward thinking album Hip Hop needs right now. Today Peggy shared his new music video for the opening track off the album titled “1539 N. Calvert.” The video is a tribute to the “Bell Foundry,” a building in Baltimore that housed dozens of artists and hosted live shows. It was unfortunately shut down, but many DIY artists in the Baltimore scene hold their experiences near and dear to their hearts. You can watch the video for “1539 N. Calvert” below:

Street Sects Release New Single “Still Between Lovers”

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Industrial duo “Street Sects” recently announced the release of their upcoming album The Kicking Mule, which drops October 26th. Following the album’s first single “In For a World of Hurt” the band have shared yet another track off the album titled “Still Between Lovers,” and it is visceral, abrasive, and emotional, everything we love about the band. You can listen to “Still Between Lovers” below:

Skating Polly Share New Music Video for “Free Will At Ease”

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Oklahoma trio “Skating Polly” released a fantastic album titled The Make It All Show earlier this year, a promising album that showed us that the band may very well be on their way to becoming a leading force in “Alternative Rock.” Today the band have shared a new music video for their track “Free Will At Ease.” You can watch the video below:

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:

Denzel Curry Drops New Music Video for “Vengeance”

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Denzel Curry’s new album TA13OO currently holds the title for “Best Hip Hop Album of the Year” so far in my opinion, and to treat us even further, the Florida rapper has released a bonkers new music video for the high energy track “Vengeance” featuring JPEGMAFIA and ZillaKami. You can watch the music video below:

Portrayal of Guilt Announce New Album “Let Pain Be Your Guide”

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“Portrayal of Guilt” are a promising new band from Austin, Texas, and their music is brutally infused with “Post-hardcore,” “Hardcore Punk,” and even “Black Metal.” What we’ve heard from the band so far has been dark and brooding, and they clearly aren’t afraid to incorporate different genres into the mix. The band have announced that they will release their debut full-length album Let Pain Be Your Guide on November 16th. You can pre-order the album below:

https://portrayalofguilt.com/