Last year I posted few times about music but I felt that it might not be the right place to do so here on Le Mot du Cinephiliaque. But the nice blogger, Chris over at Movies 365, is doing half and half movie reviews and music/album reviews. This grew in my mind and I’ve decided to take this feature back on track and try to feed it as much as I can. It mostly will feature recent releases of all kind of genres since I enjoy a lot of musical styles. Sometimes, I’ll add a blind spot album that I’ve been discovering lately.
Let’s do this alright?
Porcupine Tree’s frontman comes back with another solo album that brings his listeners into the mysteries of creation that only King Crimson and Jethro Tull have achieved. Prog-rock doesn’t sound this good nowadays. Wilson’s talent is that with only seven songs he is able to brings us into seven separate and distinct grades of emotions. This is one of the bests albums of 2013 so far.
Legendary punk rockers leaded by Greg Graffin and Mr. Brett (Gurewitz) strike once more. Since the mid-nineties, BR has been a punk rock band sounding more rock than punk. With True North it is a little comeback to their original form. They’ll never achieve another Suffer, No Control, Against The Grain or generator but their sound has definitely improved from their radio tuned latests releases.
The most famous Hardcore act, that actually plays Metalcore, has done another solid record that will satisfy their most hardcore fans (see what I did here) and keep the respect from the people of the business. Now considered liked precursors of their genre, more like the guys who spread the movement, they’re all considered like esteemed musicians. My only comment would be that if you heard one Hatebreed record you’ve almost heard them all.
Since the release of Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming M83 has been one of my favourite musical acts. At first sight, the Tom Cruise vehicule that is Oblivion has nothing that I’m supposed to be bragging about here. However, when I discovered that M83 did the entire soundtrack I had to give it a couple of listens. Overall, it is not a new album because the instrumental and the evident action oriented music isn’t their best achievement. But it gives a great atmosphere and I’m actually curious to watch the damn film because the music is riveting.
The song Elephant might be known because it was used for the recent Blackberry advertisement. I discovered this band because of my good friend Martin, an encyclopeadia of musical knowledge, he presented them to me as an Indie band that makes psychedelic rock. Seing him get excited about a new album, knowing that he loves almost only obscure 1960’s-1970’s bands influenced me to go grab this album and give it a try. Well, this is not bad, not bad at all. I would say this is the kind of album I’m listening in the car a lot lately. The voice reminds me of John Lennon and the rock of a solid 1970’s album. Definitely a very good discovery from my friend Marty.
Since their Phosphene Dream album I’ve been a fan of The Black Angels’ music. Their garage sound mixed with psych-rock has hooked me since mey first listen. With Indigo Meadow, their sound is cleaner and despite the fact that I still learn to enjoy this new album it is a lesser offer. It sounded a little more empty just like the difference between listening to a CD when you’ve been acquainted to the vinyl version of an album.
What do you think of those recent releases? What’s been in your ears lately? Any recommandations?