Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

Reviews From: Progressive
Mire - Inward/Outward

Mire - Inward/Outward

Mire
Inward/Outward
Label: self-published

Touted as being the heir apparent to the long vacant TOOL throne of progressive rock, Montreal’s Mire provide a convincing display of aptitude, depth and prowess, while sounding a LOT like TOOL. These complex compositions with delicate dynamics captured my attention from first listen and continue to provide satisfaction as more layers unfold.

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lespecial - Omnisquid

lespecial - Omnisquid

lespecial
Omnisquid
Label: CD Baby

Vascilating between intense Tool level prog metal, and ambient electronic glitches this truly IS the Omnisquid! Weaving a path of ever morphing grooves and rhythms occasionally popping into King Crismson level tinkering and tweaking on their guitars, lespecial delivers twists and turns a plenty, but not so many that the music suffers. Bristling with activity and inspiration there is much to absorb and observe here.

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Baroness - Purple

Baroness - Purple

Baroness
Purple
Label: Abraxan Hymns

They ascended to top of the metal heap with their masterpiece Yellow and Green, only to be thrust into temporary oblivion by a tragic bus accident, resulting in among other things fractured vertebrae and near limb amputation. This broke the band into pieces causing the loss of 2 members and a lot of momentum. Their return, Purple, finds their angst, wounds and determination woven into another tantalizing musical tapestry of intense emotion pounding and atmospheric groovy refrains while offering a home to two new members and their own record label. Wish the production was better. (8) yourbaroness.com

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Various Artist - Best of 2015

Various Artist - Best of 2015

Various Artist
Best of 2015
Label: BMSS Records

Highlighting the diversity and dynamics of the burgeoning trance and psychedelic electronic scene in Europe, this best of 2015, which was compiled by BMSS Records founder Boom Shankar, holds space for 20 uproarious tracks of noteworthy offerings that paint a wide prospectus of styles and approaches within this musical spectrum. Time to hit the dance floor! (9) www.facebook.com/BMSSRecords

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Bones Jugs - Don’t Waste A Drop

Bones Jugs - Don’t Waste A Drop

Bones Jugs
Don’t Waste A Drop
Label: Bones Jugs

BONES JUGS
Don’t Waste a Drop
(Bones Jugs)
I didn’t know this was an option! Is this Looney Tunes on acid or a 21st century jug band? Horns, honkers, kazoos, banjos, and incredible xylophone are paired with stand up bass, fiddle, guitar, and drums to create an awesome, quirky and unsuspectingly unique combination of dixieland, jugband, ragtime and farcical imagination.

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The Gaslamp Killer - Instrumentalepathy

The Gaslamp Killer - Instrumentalepathy

The Gaslamp Killer
Instrumentalepathy
Label: Cuss Records

Unclassifiable and ever morphing, this psychedelic stream of consciousness release will find fans in many nooks and crannies of surrealistic electronic experimentation. Not so much a soundtrack as a drive down a musical mystery theater of new discoveries. What new world will this take you to?

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Yak Attack - The Radiant Kind

Yak Attack - The Radiant Kind

Yak Attack
The Radiant Kind
Label: Yak Attack

Livetronica trios that pump out handsomely fresh bumps, funk and jazzy downtempo flips and slips are one of my fave things. Fling yourself onto the dance floor when this Portland crew swings through your town and their motivational beats spring from the speakers and into your hearts.

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Savant - Jester

Savant - Jester

Savant
Jester
Label: Vybz

SAVANT
Jester
(Vybz)

Surprise! To date, Savant (aka Aleksander Vinter of Norway) has composed/produced over 10,000 songs in various genres (most notably metal, orchestral/classical, hip-hop and electronic music) and under several aliases, with many topping charts near and far. Jester hops through genres and styles like a kid in a candy store, spending a moment on one, before being attracted to another and then another. With such a cornacopia of sounds, styles and samples to choose from, every moment of every song ushers forth a new succulent musical morsel for your ears to nibble on.

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Zymosis - Insight

Zymosis - Insight

Zymosis
Insight
Label: Sentimony Records

Consciousness expanding psychedelic electronica woven with downtempo and trance, that wanders into a lot of heady territories. This Ukranian based project headed by Dimitro and Gree Shanti are prolific in their field and appear on a number of international compilations and releases and now the entrancing and invigorating “Insight” is sure to capture even more recognition.

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Switchkraft - Jandom Lobe

Switchkraft - Jandom Lobe

Switchkraft
Jandom Lobe
Label: Adapted Records

Dealing out their very own experimental bone wobbling bassed beats (called Switch Hop), this duo from the Gold Coast of Australia caught my attention immediately. Irreverent song structure approaches are infiltrated by glitched out samples and zany rhythmic combinations that provide ample pondering and pulsing which coincide with body motivating rhythms under a quirky back drop.

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Evanescence - Synthesis

Evanescence - Synthesis

Evanescence
Synthesis
Label: BMG

Focusing on orchestra and electronica, Synthesis revamps and recomposes the groups top hits, plus 2 new songs, into a full symphonic experience. The amazing Amy Lee is the conductor and focal point of this touring extravaganza, playing piano and singing her heart and soul into this highly acclaimed and award winning music. A grandiose occurrence!
Appearing on 12/5 at Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI.

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Earthcry - Modular Improvisation at Isis Music Hall

Earthcry - Modular Improvisation at Isis Music Hall

Earthcry
Modular Improvisation at Isis Music Hall
Label: Earthcry

Earthcry is the brainchild of Asheville, NC based producer Anthony Thogmartin (also of Papadosio). This is the recording from his one off improvisational experimental performance on 11/11/17 utilizing modular synthesizers. The result is a flow of colorful cascading rhythms and drumscapes patched together with in the moment effects, looping and frequency blending. Another unique compositional approach with a prodigious end result!

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