City of Heracleion is the most recent release from Futurerecordings, an experimental label from the UK. I immediately knew that this was something I should at least try out, because they’ve had a pretty good track record with bands like Years of Rice and Salt, and The End of The Ocean.
The album consists of two purely enormous songs, both clocking in at just over twenty minutes. It reminds me of the first time I found Godspeed You! Black Emperor. “What, 17 minutes long, how is that even possible?!” But just like my experience with F#A#Infinity, my skepticism was melted away into awe after being immersed into a lush atmosphere of noises and textures.
With that, this album is probably the heaviest I’ve reviewed outside of the Those Amongst Us Are Wolves roundtable. It’s a very thick sound, which makes for easy listening after the airy intro. Everything just surrounds you and penetrates you with its heaviness. And I will be the first to say that I am by no means a Doom Metal fan, but this is something I can really get behind. This is a musical journey that no one should miss out on. If any album of 2014 deserves a vinyl pressing, it is this album right here.
(Even if you don’t care for this album, be sure to check out futurerecording’s bandcamp, there are so many other genres on display there. I highly recommend Years of Rice and Salt.)
On the opposite end of things, Sine of Life is anything but thick and heavy. With its heavy usage of the Acoustic Guitar and its simple structures, it’s quite homey. It’s warm and inviting, loving and intimate. It’s been so long since I’ve heard the Acoustic guitar used for post-rock in such a central manner. To top it off, they from my home state! To be honest, when I saw the ‘Idaho’ tag on bandcamp, I was expecting the worst. There’s something about this state that makes for so much terrible music. Might have to do with the fact that Idaho has the highest mental retardation rates in the USA…
This music is the soundtrack for someone like me in a cafe, writing about music like this. It’s too chill to not be in a cafe. Even when they do use the electric guitar, it has a very laid back role in the overall sound. My only issue are the fake instruments, but they’re understandable when you live in the small, small town of Jerome, Idaho.
It’s the most charming little album you’ll ever find, and I cannot emphasize enough the fact that you should listen to both of these beautiful, though varied, albums.
Next week: Sundry Commentary pt. II
We have another 8 clashes for you to try and get your head around. This time on the YOHKAI and BIXLER stages on Saturday 30th. Here is the clashfinder
If you have not already here is our Spotify playlist so you can get your ears wrapped around some of the acts:
ASTROHENGE – metal | progressive | psychedelic | rock
SAMOANS – alternative | progressive rock | rock | alternative rock | grunge | math-rock
Big chunky space metal or grungy math-rock on a Saturday morning? The headache is going to call it, but I think the BIXLER stage is where you will find me, sipping coffee and recollecting myself. Samoans’ album, Release, is something special. Definitely check it out before you get here!
NOTE: There is a very slight overlap with THE WINCHESTER CLUB and LUO who will be playing on the ARC stage.
CHARLIE BARNES – alternative | pop | progressive
ADDING MACHINE – alternative | post-punk | krautrock | psychedelia
I missed Charlie Barnes yesterday so that is who I’ll be seeing. That said, Adding Machine throw out a cool Goldfrapp flavoured post-punk psychedelia. So if that sounds like your bag I would definitely recommend them.
NOTE: There is a very slight overlap with LUO and GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE who will be playing on the ARC stage.
ALARMIST – electronic | experimental | experimental rock | math-rock | post-rock
NO SPILL BLOOD – rock | rock & roll | punk-rock | synths
Another tough one. Two bands, both from Dublin. One made of math and beautifully complex sounding; the other a big fuzzy wall of punk-rock ‘n’ synth. Both worth your ears’ attention. Arrgh, Masters of ArcTanGent. Why you make me choose? I can’t say. It’ll be a momentary decision.
NOTE: There is a very slight overlap with GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE who will be playing on the ARC stage.
HARK – hard rock | metal | rock | sludge | doom metal | hardcore | noise rock | noisecore | stoner
CODES IN THE CLOUDS – rock | cinematic-pop | post-pop | post-rock
Pretty simple this one. Hark if you dig heavy. Codes in the Clouds if you dig post-rock. I’ve seen Codes live before so Hark it is.
FEN – atmospheric | black-metal
AK/DK – alternative | synth | krautrock | new wave | synthpunk
AK/DK FFO Battles. It is really fun synth percussion madness. I saw them live the same time I saw Codes In The Clouds and I highly recommend them. The black metaller in me, however, craves some Fen so I’ll be over in YOHKAI.
MYLETS – alternative | guitar looping | solo artist
GUNNING FOR TAMAR – alternative | math-rock | pop-rock
One man looping master, Mylets, is no Ed Sheeran and after seeing some footage of his live performance I really cannot wait to see him. I do enjoy the perfectly poppy math rock of Gunning for Tamar so a little disappointed to be missing them.
YEAH OF NO LIGHT – ambient | drone | doom-metal | psychedelic rock | shoegaze | sludge metal
&U&I – rock
Originally Tangled Hair were playing the BIXLER stage and the decision to go and see Year Of No Light was a particularly easy one. I’ve been absorbing their stellar back catalogue recently and can’t get enough of their droning, doomy, post-metal. I will still be going to see them, but the decision is a little harder since &U&I have taken Tangled Hair’s place. Good, solid shouty rock!
LITE – electronica | experimental | jazz | fusion | progressive rock | experimental rock | math-rock | post-rock
I LIKE TRAINS – alternative | experimental
Missed Lite the last time they were in the UK and I don’t intend to miss them again. The complexity of their mathy, synthy, rock blew me away on their last release, Installation. I what I’ve heard from I Like Trains and reckon they will display a great big atmospheric noise with some massive moments. A definite shame about this clash.
Next Wednesday: Part 4 looks at the clashes on the ARC and PX3 stage on Saturday 30th.