Legal Free: Various Tracks by Auckland Soundscaper Sun Blood

Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 5.38.06 PMSun Blood (or SUN BLOOD or sun blood) is Auckland, NZ soundscaper Ben Leonard. Sun Blood weaves spacial textures over electronic percussion that satisfies the listener’s more organic needs. Although Sun Blood seems to lack a prolific online presence, Ben’s focus is on quality not quantity. Below are a few tracks to get you abreast of his rising talent.
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Album Review: Villages ‘Procession Acts’

Villages Procession Acts
(Bathetic Records – March 31, 2015)
(Instrumental, Drone, Ambient)

Sometimes an album cover really does give some insight about what the music will deliver. Villages recent album Procession Acts displays what looks like a giant, lumbering beast emerging through the mist on its cover. There is a sense of both beauty and mystery in this image, and it perfectly fits the music on the album. Despite recording under a name that invites imagery of a collective, Villages is the work of one man, Ross Gentry. It makes sense that such a clearly realized and cohesive sound would be the result of a solo artist. Continue reading

Album Review: Devereaux ‘Pineapple Flex’

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Devereaux Pineapple Flex
(Post-Echo – 2014)
(Electronic, Rock)

Pineapple Flex, the second album from Columbia, South Carolina’s Devereaux, was released almost exactly six months ago today, and the album merits revisiting. It’s up-beat, fun, and combines great grooves with a sly sense of humor.The album can accurately be described as a cross between Air and Prince with a dash of Battles and Trans Am. Spring and beautiful weather makes this the perfect time to return to Pineapple Flex’s charms. Continue reading

Album Review: Nicolas Jaar ‘Pomegranates OST’

Nicolas Jaar Pomegranates OST
(Other People – February 22, 2015)
(Original Sound Track)

Nicolas Jaar’s newest release is an updated score to Sergei Parajanov’s 1969 Armenian Soviet-era avant-garde film, The Colour of Pomegranates. Jaar’s latest falls in line with his self-described “blue-wave” style and incorporates some musique concrète elements of what sounds like rough samples of traditional Armenian music. Stand out tracks such as “Screams at the Edge of Dawn” and “The Fool and His Harem” are much more accessible than one might presume from a re-imagining of a 40 year old soundtrack. Jaar’s release, titled simply Pomegranates, bears his distinct mark and will sound familiar to any listener who has kept up with his output since Space is Only Noise. Really though, the biggest difference between Pomegranates and Space is Only Noise is that here, Jaar is working within someone else’s narrative structure. Pomegranates manages the subtle balancing act of being an engrossing listen on its own while excellently servicing the flow of images in the film. Continue reading

The Newer Flesh: Purity Ring’s another eternity

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(4AD, released March 3rd, 2015)

Reviewed by Rob Bockman

It’s a crowded field out there for an electronic pop act: there’s enough chillwave out there to drown a thousand seaside villages, enough house, garage, and bedroom electro to populate a neighborhood. For Canadian duo Purity Ring, though, it’s a playground—their concerts are as much artistic events as showcases for dreamy, dark chamber pop. In another eternity, the follow-up to their superb 2012 Shrines, the band returns with a new album of pop songs for the post-Singularity, all packed with shiny and warped beats for machines and lyrics that outright mock the fragility of flesh, but it fails to find purchase to match their grand ideas. Continue reading

Album Review: The Notwist ‘Messier Objects’

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(Alien Transistor – January 30, 2015)
(Electronic, Minimal)

Body and mind has formulated a natural response to boredom, which supports the basis that humans are naturally novelty seeking and when there is no novelty to seek we create our own adventure with perpetual daydreaming. Continue reading