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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Madison
     - Drown Out The Daylights

    - Drown Out The Daylights


    Drown Out The Daylights
    Label: Crustacean Records

    Highlighting the cream of their musical crop, Crustacean Records (Wisconsin’s most prolific and longest lasting punk/indie label) provides us with a double DVD visual vanguard for 10 of their most amazing performers. Over 2 ½ hours long with tons of extras.

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    Judgehydrogen - Cult of Blood

    Judgehydrogen - Cult of Blood

    Judgehydrogen
    Cult of Blood
    Label: Rising Oculus Records

    Hair raising atmospheres gurgling with virulent doom struck metal. This macabre one man project, bred in Middleton, WI, produces primal disturbances in the creep-a-dellic frequency spectrum while profanely exercising a deep gothic vocal pleasure. Seriously dark.

    Judgehydrogen Website

    Natty Nation - Reincarnation

    Natty Nation - Reincarnation

    Natty Nation
    Reincarnation
    Label: iNatty Records

    Madison reggae legends blast the Midwest with more of their infectiously buoyant rhythms and hip hoppin’ hybrid temptations. Lyrically mixing Jah philosophy with various related paths of mysticism allows for new spiritual perspectives for which their music may glide on.

    Natty Nation WebsiteNatty Nation Wiki

     - Theories of Tension

    - Theories of Tension


    Theories of Tension
    Label: Self Released

    A many faceted award winning Madison based metal outfit that throws down some prog rock, math rock and extreme jazz compositions in an aspiring manner. Somehow the recording is loose/rough/thin in a few areas which diminishes the exuberant talent contained here.

    Website

    Trin-Tran - Grows A Rose

    Trin-Tran - Grows A Rose

    Trin-Tran
    Grows A Rose
    Label: Animalman Records

    Hyper maniacal one man band and visual spectacle. Very quirky keyboard riffs are spanked by punchy drums and nonsensical lyrics. Not for the faint of heart or the musical purist.


    Cribshitter - Cry A Little Rainbow

    Cribshitter - Cry A Little Rainbow

    Cribshitter
    Cry A Little Rainbow
    Label: Medicated G Records

    Wow! 30 tracks of hilarious musical debauchery and mayhem. Madison brews them eclectic and this is right up there. Careening from poppy punk to country then retro electronica plus various other tangents du jour, all with a squinter of a rainbow in their eyes…


    James Eisele - Coming Into A New Age

    James Eisele - Coming Into A New Age

    James Eisele
    Coming Into A New Age
    Label: Self Released

    Sly, cool, and swinging jazz temptations are blown about by the blues guitar backbone this artist is known for. At some points I think I am listening to some forgotten Burl Ives record or something.

    James Eisele Website

    La Otra Banda - Cuatro Tunes

    La Otra Banda - Cuatro Tunes

    La Otra Banda
    Cuatro Tunes
    Label: Sanjonero records

    A trio of musicians originally from Venezuela, now slowly transplanting to Madison, bring us a teaser of their world beat amalgamation of South American melodies purposely infected with global influences.

    La Otra Banda Website

    Luna Mortis - The Absence

    Luna Mortis - The Absence

    Luna Mortis
    The Absence
    Label: Century Media

    Displaying a polished melodic thrash attack, this Madison quintet marks the major metal scene in a big way! Fronted by a metal maiden and cajoling intricate yet cohesive fretboards furies into the neckwrecking percussion finds solid grounding here.

    Luna Mortis Wiki

    New Mountain Kickers - Two Days in August

    New Mountain Kickers - Two Days in August

    New Mountain Kickers
    Two Days in August
    Label: NMK Records

    Clever kickin’ bluegrass from the mad city! Catchy auburn tales of an impassioned life are picked and strummed from a vintage view while the female vocals issue forth the call of fun and frolic. The simple melodies touched by twang and an effortless glint appeal to my brain and perhaps yours as well.

    New Mountain Kickers Website

    glassGhosts - Nevereverything

    glassGhosts - Nevereverything

    glassGhosts
    Nevereverything
    Label: Self Released

    Disenchanted gothic electronica from Madison with flowing female vocals and occasional violin passages over a jittering harsh and unforgiving industrial backdrop. Disturbing throbbings in the lower registers propel the angst filled musical forms into a tumultuous fruition.


    Dujalu - Dujalu

    Dujalu - Dujalu

    Dujalu
    Dujalu
    Label: Self Released

    Part English, part Australian and part Ecuadorian, this Wisconsin trio has corralled their various backgrounds to birth a raw and emotive musical force empowered by spirited female vocals in the context of a supercharged acoustic underbelly sprouted with unexpected rhythms and textures.

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