Saturday, September 8, 2012

Father Figure - Congratulations On Your Loss (2012)

A strong jazz back bone is what some the greatest math rock groups utilize to incorporate more interesting rhythms and strengthen their structures, Father Figure are a prime example. New City NY should be proud to have such a dynamic group on their hands truly. Synthesizing every genre we are used to seeing as far as more technical rock goes (math rock, prog rock, jazz ) into a package that will have you fist pumping and silently congratulating them in your head on their excellent choices in all ways. These master chefs have clearly trimmed the fat on their release because it would be hard for me to point to any place where I wasn't smiling ear to ear. Wow, just do yourselves a massive favor and jump right in you will not be sorry.

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....O yes and its so good.

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Submission Hold Round Up

Hey fellow math monsters just wanted to drop in and share some of our submissions since I haven't been very current. Also yes that is a picture of moon knight. Does there need to be a reason?

Hymmel - post-rock centered maths with electronic sprinkles. a little three trapped tigers vibe? eh a titch perhaps. these gents hail from Kent and do mix stuff up pretty well. 

Apart - Heavy emotional post hardcore with some nicely structured songs. clean and crisp production is always a plus. wish there was a squeech more effort placed into standing apart from others.

La Bibioteca Deserta - 65 days of static sorta sound but still its own deal. Italian electro alt post rock math. check this out pretty cool stuff.

Arms of Tripoli - Nice and moody post rock instrumental math. Has a strong flow to the structures and good sense of melody.

Cecimonster vs Donka - alternative rock with a pop punk beating heart from Peru. Clear, concise and great energy are all here waiting for you.

Dore Mear Beon - pitter patter math rock with programmed drums. I would guess the work of one person. Pretty chill stuff going on. Would love to hear a full band perform this.

Blind Wives - strong QOTSA driving alt rock. slight rhythmic shake ups. Even a bit poppy as far as vocals go.

Foxing - That Philly noodle guitar scream combo many know and love. These guys are from St. Louis however. the right amount of math style drums get thrown in for added effect.

17 Pygmies - keyboard shoegaze prog lite?? sounds more interesting than it is in real life.

Lord - And lastly ending strong we have Portland Oregon's Lord. I had posted them on our facebook page with their first release and they are back. Pure and lovely progressive rock holding hands with math. it's the good stuff we know and love. check it out extremely well done 2nd effort.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Lumen - The Man Felt An Iron Hand...

The band is Lumen, and the full title of the album is "The Man Felt An Iron Hand Grasp Him By The Hair, At The Nape. Not One Hand, A Hundred Hands Seized Him, Each By The Hair, And Tore Him Head To Foot, The Way You Tear Up A Sheet Of Paper, Into Hundreds Of Little Pieces.

No, really. The tracks are named simply by roman numerals. Instrumental math-folk at its very best. III is a highlight. A once off project released via Temporary Residence Records.

This San Francisco band featuring members of A Minor Forest and Tarentel crafts hard-to-categorize instrumental stuff. One part exotic film score, one part poignant circus music, one part cerebral guitar experimentalism, one part powerful prog-derived rhythms, all woven into a heady, otherworldly whole.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Colditz Glider - Properties of Light EP

An oldie but goodie (relatively speaking), this is the sole release from the now defunct 4-piece from Melbourne which is a shame because this is an ace release. Released back in 2004, it rides that post-rock/math-rock line without being boring, the songs don't overstay their welcome, in fact they leave you wanting more. Has a playful atmosphere to it, with good use of space and dynamics to let you come down and enjoy the section you just heard before another one comes out of nowhere. Be sure to give this one a listen.


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