Another year of quantifying tastes, this time with more links and less prolix. Begin!
Pulled back the abstraction that made the last few releases schizophrenic to the point of becoming unlistenable.
Cat Toy Factory
Glitched-out indie rock that’s more interesting for its production than songwriting.
A logical orchestral space rock continuation after an extended hiatus.
Previously-released heavy post-produced indie prog dance rock songs are pulled off with acoustic guitars and percussion.
Is this what they call blog rock?
More focused than the quickly forgotten Army of Anyone project.
Grimy post-industrial techno/ambient.
Temporary Residence / Daymare / Robotic Empire
A is to B is to C and D can come too.
Post-metal with jazzy fretless bass lines and insane drumming.
Sobriety may have made Trent a bit too productive for his own good.
Genre-jumping noir jazz is likely the most playful dark albums in years.
Sweet innocent vs. broken down trials and tribulations? Is that what they’re going for here? My broner for Lanegan continues to grow.
Step even further away from conventional rock radio with a focus on acoustic guitar for “Earth”.
Deliberate pacing showcases they’re not all about writing indie rock singles.
Think Low and Sunn O))) with a sprinkle of jazz piano, transforming it into slow-moving instrumentals fit for a western desert run.
The Bedlam in Goliath
Gold Standard Laboratories
Fuck it, just throw a drum fill in there.
Dirty post-punk brings in more melody.
A downtempo album more in line with “Soon Enough” rather than “Working Full-Time” from predecessor Tournament of Hearts.
Double entendres and completely direct innuendos are back via a rock sound invigorated by Grinderman.
Cathartic instrumental rock with electronic touches that doesn’t depart too much from their revisited beginnings.
Travelling around the world inspired a quality world music-tinged album.
Classic rock, prog, psychedelic, and folk thrown into each song are exercises in self-indulgent, but catchy, jamming.
A five track EP that’s meant to play out as a continual drop-of-a-dime time signature changing journey? Are you The Mars Volta, but better?
Post-hardcore chops provided me a Botch fix.
Snowflake Midnight / Strange Attractor
Another reinvention although the Flaming Lips and Radiohead comparisons won’t end.
Soulful, upbeat electro-rock where lead singer Bobby Gillespie still sounds drunk.
A lost album resurfaces by way of a record label digital release fuck up. Wait for the band’s direct vinyl + CD-R release next year where you can fully appreciate their transformed math rock cum modern metal stylings. Let’s just hope the end of their tenure doesn’t lead into the sort of fear that forms a Christian rock band. Oh, shite.
The Solar Sea EP
Codeseven space rock reincarnated.
Beautiful tension-filled mix of string and subtle beats finally gets a 2008 release, even if it’s DRM-inflicted iTunes-only.
A few short pop songs thrown into their usual ethereal and sublime compositions that let me get in touch with my inner yuppie, Stuff White People Like-style.
Classic rock revival channels Sabbath, Zeppelin, and Santana that’s even better live.
A change in membership didn’t diminish the collective’s prog-metal power and diversity.
Ten year hiatus was just a blip in the creative RADAR, still darkly vibrant.
Overwhelmingly dense art rock that’s both political and sexy.
To get people’s attention you can’t just tap on the shoulder, you have to hit them with an Aussie prog rock sledgehammer.
Those reverb-heavy vocal harmonies will make you want to dust off stowed away Beach Boys and Neil Young vinyl.