Well, due to generally having been caught up in a lot of things this week in tracks have to cover 2 weeks – other than that, business as unusual…
Oranssi Pazuzu – Hypnotisoitu Viharukous
Lifted off their phenomenal 2016 album Värähtelijä, this track (title meaning something in the vicinity of Hypnotizing Anger-Prayer according to Google translate coupled with some common sense) is pretty much defining for the genre-bending, visionary work put out by those Orange demons from Finland.
If you have no idea what spiritual, psychedelic black metal with a rational bend should or would sound like, you most definitely will know after listening to this :-)
Kagoule – Pharmacy
British band Kagoule is definitely not easy to pigeonhole into some pre-defined notion or genre – which works to their definite advantage. Not the typical Earache release, they blend grunge, noiserock, postpunk sensibilities with the musicality of bands like The Pixies. A significant blend, this one.
Jambinai – For Everything That You Lost
After the vibrancy of They Keep Silence, this is the second single off the upcoming sophomore release Hermitage from Korean band 잠비나이 (Jambinai) – this one mixing the reverance and ambience of postrock with eastern musical influences. This shows the contours of an album that could very well turn out to be one of the really big ones of 2016.
Russian Circles – Vorel
Well, what can I say, you almost never go wrong with some Russian Circles, do you? It’s probably my favourite instrumental post band, and this is a great new track, so there…
Negura Bunget – Tesarul De Lumini
Om is a magnificent album, a downright classic (and as such both a blessing and a curse for Negura Bunget, as they will always be held up to that, and will perhaps never be able to outdo it), and Tesarul De Lumini is one of my all-time favorite tracks, period. The fabulous composition flows like a river, ever returning to small signature-pieces of melody, while never succumbing to just being, but rather intent to overflow the listener with sensory inputs. The world can almost seem a nice place with this one in your ears…
Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan
And following that ride, I can’t seem to think of a better way to wrap things up, than Leonard Cohen‘s ultimate hymn of resistance. There’s so much to say about this song, that I’ll rather keep my quiet and let the song speak for itself.