by Tiana Feng
Driftless Records is releasing a compilation album named Driftless Amblient 1. Producer CFCF will be contributing with the piano-driven tune “Prisma”.
Mi’ens is a math-rock duo from Vancouver, with Evan Johansen on drums and Kim Glennie on guitar, loops and the occasional vocal. On their latest album they bring vibrancy, warmth and joy to a genre that is too often dismissed for being overly clinical. And it’s nice when a band gives you a title that pretty well sums it all up — ‘experimentalsparklenoisepop’. Yup.
The elusive character known as C. Diab has produced another beautiful work of sonic architecture with his latest album ‘Beacons’. He has established a signature sound with his use of a cello bow, sometimes actually on a cello but usually on an electric guitar (and perhaps on his shower curtain, I can’t be sure). His ambient sound sculptures sometimes take you on a journey, other times they ebb and flow. And then there are times when they just leave you transfixed in place, taking in the ‘now’. Standout track: Outside Light.
OK, I am always going against the grain. Just when you should be crankin’ things up in preparation for a crazy Friday night out, I put out some mellow smooth jazz. Oh well, enjoy it anyway. Victoria’s Weird Party craft some of the coolest, smoothest sounds you’ve ever heard and yet it still has substance. An absolute gem of an album!
Metal fans rejoice because Toronto’s Thantifaxah has released their first full-length album ‘Sacred White Noise’. Their brand of black metal may be a bit harsh for some (I personally love it), but this instrumental may have broader appeal. It sounds like a lost King Crimson track, so naturally I just fell for it immediately.