MUSIC REVIEW: Ambient music for movies about ghosts and televisions that could eat you. Lowland’s The Void samples some tv, has some meandering guitar and low beats. I picture a pretty desolated cityscape with dim lights and nobody on the streets then the people are there suddenly; translucently floating by you. They are really just people’s left over auras from years gone by. Impressions in your imagination from the back of your eye socket. Then they are gone again like a blip or a blue screen of death (oh the bitter irony in this statement) the sense ripples away. You question if it really happened. If you think you’d like a sparser sounding grandaddy with a mix o’ Air and a serious nod to 80’s industrial or even the likes of the Notwist in your ears then you will appreciate the music of the lowlands.
Summer of Regret MP3 [Get The EP for Free]
Sorta reminds me of these groups:
Where in this World MP3 by The Notwist from The Devil You + Me (2008)
Hey Cowboy, The Phone’s For You MP3 by Grandaddy from Now It’s On (2003)
1979 MP3 by Meat Beat Manifesto (ok maybe this one is a reach sound wise)
Literally 20 minutes after i drafted this fuckin review Saturday my hardrive decides to take a crap. Everything just froze. No recovery. No last rights. I’ll be back soon… Fuck You Computer it’s not ok.
As I sit here on this Saturday night drinking beers and it occurred to me how much I sickly like sharing my thoughts on music for the four or five of you who care. There are lots of new bands on the block these days as they seem to replicate faster than the rabbits do in my neighborhood. There are so many one internet hits that surely I’d think you would like to take advantage of since the kids these days all have smart recording devices. If there is good song they really do have the potential to sound good. Magically awesome sounds come right out of their pods and away they go! Here are a few of our picks for this month check them out while they are hot because then they will be gone starting another band trying to re-live the now.
MP3 – “A Brighter Sunday” Farmer Sea‘s Italian ass sounds more like Mathew Sweet, Dave Grohl and the song Solar Sister with some oohs and aaahs that give them a bit of a familiar majestic sound. This track is the lead song from their debut Low Fidelity in Relationships – BUY IT its like that lost strokes album that never followed Is this it. Well sorta.
MP3 – “I Am Blind” by Elephant Stone a little of more of the same as above and chip in with a little British new-wave pop ditty that is as pleasant as a setting sun down the beach. I suppose they have beaches in Canada where they are from but I think they are on lakes. This track is from their debut The Seven Seas. BUY IT.
MP3 – “Pacific Nostalgia” by Fungi Girls from Texas is by far one of my favorite tracks with such a nice roughness to it alla No Age that it will be hard to beat it’s sincerity. Reverb is used like a knife that JAMC used to cut feedback out of their guitars with. You can tell these kids ( 15 – 16 years old) listen to a unreasonable amount of music and take advantage of their youth. They can’t even buy freakin’ cigarettes for Christ’s sake. Check out their id reverberations blog where they post a ton of RAR files (i dunno even how to open). They are not afraid of being uncool and sincerely remind me of my youth. Listening to this track feels like that High-fidelity scene when the John Cusack character discovers the skater’s tape. Anyway… I don’t even know where to send you to buy the Fungi Girls so good luck with that.
MP3 – “Wind Phoenix” – Cymbals Eat Guitars is more than likely on the top of their game. Who knew cool bands could be based out of Staten Island? I kid because I live in Jersey and well there are many. Anyway, this tune has lots of layers and floatty vocal melodies of the Shin’s variety but in this case they are not afraid to flip the volume knob all the way up. Doesn’t hurt either that pitchfork likes them. Lucky for them with so many different things going on in their music and all… CEG is on tour this fall. I will have to check them out live if somebody puts me on the guest list. They mention MMR in their bio which makes one of their band mates around my age. Ha! The good thing is they sound nothing like most of the crap in that old rag. Check out Why there are Mountains now. Buy it.
Other bands with singles in rotation at the homestead: Wolf Gang, The Watermarks, Memory Tapes, Local Natives and Real Estate.