Good day, readers. Here to start off the week properly I’ve got a pair of albums that live somewhere in the vicinity of post-hardcore, both by Swiss bands (well, one of them is more of a Swiss-Swedish hybrid), and both of which are coming out very soon. Get ready!
Norna – Star Is Way Way Is Eye (Vinter Records, 18 February 2022)
Abraham – Débris de Mondes Perdus (Pelagic Records, 25 February 2022)
Closing out the week, and continuing to work my way through some more of last year’s releases — today I think we’ll explore some Chinese music. Specifically, the music of one particular band from the city of Dalian, which is located at the northern end of the Yellow Sea, just across the bay from North Korea.
I’ll be sharing their three most recent albums with you this afternoon. But it may be worth noting that this group has been active and productive for more than two decades now — and the material we’re covering will actually be their ninth, tenth, and eleventh albums! So if you like what you’re hearing, please feel free to continue digging into it on your own.
Wang Wen – Sweet Home, Go! (Pelagic Records / Space Circle, 19 October 2016)
Wang Wen – Invisible City (Pelagic Records / Space Circle, 25 September 2018)
Wang Wen – 100,000 Whys (Pelagic Records / Space Circle, 24 September 2021)
Good afternoon! Here’s another highlight from last year, as I continue to work through getting caught up on stuff we missed talking about here: the latest release by this band from Saarland, Germany — located on the Saar river and right near the border with France. And while we’re on the subject, I’ll throw in their debut from four years earlier, for no additional charge!
Yagow – Yagow (Crazysane Records, 16 June 2017)
Yagow – The Mess (Crazysane Records, 18 June 2021)
Last Friday — Bandcamp Friday — I got a notification that this Belarusian band, whom I have been following for quite some time, had just released a brand-new album: their first full-length after a long series of EPs. Realizing that this was now the band’s sixth entry into my music library, it feels long overdue that I should write something about them here, to share the tidings with all you lovely people reading this. And so here we are.
So just to be clear, YES, you are reading the title of this post correctly. Although each of their names are just one letter long, YES that’s a total of six different releases (spanning four and a half years), and YES we’ll be covering all of them today.
So absolutely no time for any bullshit, let’s dive right in!
Krvvla – M (self-released, 11 August 2017)
Krvvla – N (self-released, 11 August 2017)
Krvvla – Ø (self-released, 09 February 2018)
Krvvla – E (self-released, 01 August 2018)
Krvvla – T (self-released, 05 July 2019)
Krvvla – X (digital self-released / physical Brucia Records, 04 February 2022)
Australian label Art As Catharsis are celebrating their 10th anniversary — a span during which they have had “more than 150 releases, covering doom, hardcore, prog, post-rock, jazz, experimental pop, noise, ambient music, art folk and beyond.”
As a special thank-you to their loyal followers, the label is currently (now through the 18th of February) offering 20% discounts on all purchases through Bandcamp using code aac10years at checkout!
And to offer you a little bit of guidance wading through such an extensive catalog, I’ve hand-selected two of the label’s numerous releases to share with you today.
Trespasser – Suffer Alone, Suffer Together (Art As Catharsis, 16 November 2017)
Turtle Skull – Monoliths (Art As Catharsis / Kozmik Artifactz, 28 August 2020)
Hey, how’s everyone feeling on this delightful February afternoon? Continuing to work my way through some of last year’s (or earlier) releases I didn’t get a chance to write about last year (or earlier)…
Hamburg-based High Fighter has been around for quite a few years now — some of you may recall that I had written about their 2014 debut EP and 2016 debut LP here; now let’s check out their second full-length and first-ever live album!
High Fighter – Champain (Argonauta Records, 26 July 2019)
High Fighter – Live at WDR Rockpalast (Argonauta Records, 26 November 2021)
Hey there. Here we are, midway through yet another week. And time once again to catch up on a couple releases from late last year. The first comes from a Portuguese instrumental post-rock/ambient/doom quartet, the other from a Californian post-doom/ambient/stoner-doom quartet — and both are absolutely worth checking out (otherwise why would I waste the effort talking about them or expect you to do the same reading about them)!
Fere – Visceral (Raging Planet Records, 15 November 2021)
Hey, Happy Monday and Happy Last Day of January to you!
If you’ve got a few moments to spare, I’d like to share a couple albums — the first of which was released near the end of last year (and was the first solo record by a member of Italian ambient black metal band Enisum), while the second was just released at the end of last week by a single-member black metal project from Spain.
Lys – Silent Woods (Avantgarde Music, 29 October 2021)
Negativa – 04 (vinyl Mystískaos / Dissociative Visions, CD Nebular Carcoma, 28 January 2022 – US, 11 February EU)