Campo-Formio has been one of my favorite finds of 2014. It isn't so often that unsolicited e-mails lead to rich and fertile relationships with artists. But so it is with this Puerto Rican surf, punk, prog threesome eternally riffing on some sweet, golden mean between the three. Then there's this video. A perfect approximation of straight-toVHS classics where guys in open collar shirts scream at each other on over-sized cell phones and wait endlessly for boats coming in with drugs or guns. In this case it's guns. And Campo-Formio and havin' none o fit. Until they get what's coming to them. It's not pretty. Enjoy at maximum, ear-bleeding levels.

Pick up the 2014 2xLP here.

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Friday, August 15th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

This has happened to us all, right? Gone back to our childhood homes only to find the apparations of ourselves and past (passed) lovers still inhabiting it years after it has been abandoned. Right? In a world created somewhere between that infini-ride bassline, shockCHATTER of that electric guitar and Laurence Strelka's bloodless spoken word delivery, these things happen. Because in that otherworldly state that this Nova Scotian duo create, the living and the dead exist on the same astral plane. Super stoked on their full-length Highway just released on Snake Power Records. Giving you the link to their digital release because half of all digital sales go to Amnesty International. What, are they tryna get all Heligator Records on us? Seriously though, this is a band to watch.

Download Highway here.

Thursday, August 7th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

"Can't Stop Loving You" works as a triumphant fade-out on True Neutral Crew's latest EP #Poppunk which we covered earlier. This song/video is too good to not share as a stand alone single piously struggling under the weight of slowmotion, cavernous punk. TNC's pairing with Venezuelan musician Algodón Egipicio and I.E's ode to falling straight in love like consecrated fire with director Joshua Studham's blaringly beautiful use of gold palate and visceral overlays is a fine thing of beauty. Plus, however he got I.E to stand still enough to deliver her rhymes in a deadpan, upper-torso isolated movement is beyond me. 

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

This immersive, creationist video of first-person astral-tripping is one of the best videos I have seen all year. From this video's first tell to the deconstruction of our observed world, the first-person/fourth-wall breaking schema is breath-taking, totally erasing any separation from this glitched computer-generated landscape. Being in it creates a sense of empathy as an active participant/avatar in this birth/destruction of this world inside. Rumble seats would be the only improvement. Oh yeah, and these fully fleshed drones by Braeyden Jae (WYLD WYZRDZ, Weighted Pines, Braden J. Mckenna) are the ascension soundtrack guiding dying circuits to their home in this CG heaven. Enjoy.

Friday, June 20th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

A little bit on this tape/video from our friends at Moon Glyph: "Cleansing fire, tranquil water, biting air, silent earth; the musical message of 555′s Nine Gates is a prismatic open system of transcendent progressions, a hyper-stellar collapse of past and future time, and a psychedelic investigation of digital technology and analog imperfection. Devotional in the sense of a total spectrum—from ecstatic to contemplative—Nine Gates inhabits transition as metaphor and process to meld billowing ambient form to holographic drum science, synthesizing a composite that is as introspective as it is bombastic. Truly music for the Now Age."

The video for "Som Hassel" hearkens back to a time when it seemed like computer generated imagery really had the potential to restructure our relationship to our existing world, creating a world where we could "hang out" at digitally recreations of national monuments, forever-respawning maps and planned/thought-out aesthetics of landscape where our real world is so many rocks thrown on top of each other. That world never materialized for some. Others never found their way out.

555 is Chris Farstad from Food Pyramid showing off some fancy footwork and strangely elegiac synth pulls with a righteous trap beat. Fantastic stuff coming out of Moon Glyph these days. 

 

555 - Som Hassel from NNNIC WILSON on Vimeo.

Monday, June 9th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

Could you imagine accidentally walking onto this shoot? A one-take from a topless, contorting Sean Nicholas Savage's spooked eyes staring piercingly into your soul dancing like a combination of Michael Jackson and that kid from the Aisha video. The jazzy, piano-driven melody with that New Jack Swing backbeat and falsetto voice belie some of the more unsettling elements of this song/video pairing. The monochrome grayness of this video provides no stark contrast. Savage's shirtless torso somehow blends in effortlessly into the brick alleyway he has slunk into. Meanwhile, the lyrics meditate on some nameless menace stalking from the shadows. Pretty incredible stuff coming out of Montreal these days.

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Friday, May 30th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)

Beautiful film destruction in this incredible pairing of the newly formed Hiss Tracts (David Bryant from Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Kevin Doria from Growing, Total Life) with Canadian Filmmaker Karl Lemieux. The result is a meditation on the static charge of a gathering storm cloud. Pretty terrifying/beautiful gathering on the horizon. Love the way the stuttering film strips are overlaid right before they are destroyed by some sort of freak heat distortion. Reminds me of watching an extremely deconstructed nuclear blast test from the 1950's. The oscillating synths match this incredibly heavy film in the way they are at best predictors of something awful coming. Harbingers at the most.

Hiss Tracts "Halo Getters" from Constellation Records on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 | Add New Comment (0)