Another new “series” – every week I’ll post a short playlist with some tracks that caught my attention during the week… it could be classics revisited, it could be new tracks, or simply something I hadn’t encountered before. This week in a bit more sombre mode than what my music-week normally looks… but then, it was the week following Roadburn…


Inter Arma – Transfiguration
First up, Inter Arma with a pre-released track from their upcoming album Paradise Gallows (out on July 8, on Relapse Records). A really nice slab of posty sludge with some great sections and breaks. Pre-order on the Inter Arma Bandcamp page, or at Relapse

 

Flower Travellin’ Band – Satori Part 1
I hadn’t heard about this Japanese band from the 70s before (but incidentally have since hearing them encountered mention of them in several places while researching other stuff online). This track from their 1971 album Satori is a fine piece of 70’s acid psychedelia but also with nods towards proto-metal, and the band comes highly recommended.

 

Tusmørke – Fört Bak Lyset
This track is taken from the recently released album with the same title. A very fine piece of proggy folk, drawing lines back to the 70’s folk-prog, but also other parts of the prog-wave like for instance stuff like Uriah Heep. My first time hearing this band, but it will definitely not be the last.

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Tengger Cavalry – War Horse
Most of the folk metal out there really has no appeal to me, it seems like a lot of form without much content, but of course there are more original acts to whom the folk-part of the equation actually seems to mean something. Tengger Cavalry seems to fall into this latter category, with some great Mongolian-inspired stuff, including throat-singing. Filed for further inspection…

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Aziza Brahim – Los Muros
So, now we’re entering Africa with a great new album from Aziza Brahim, a refugee from Western Sahara. This track is apparantly about a great wall built around part of the Western Sahara district – it seems the building of walls is a mainstay of the modern (political) landscape, sad as it seems, so it seemed an appropriate track to highlight from this enticing album.

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PJ Harvey – The Ministry Of Defence
I used to be quite fond of PJ Harvey back in the 90’s, but since lost track of her production – until recently I was led to believe I really ought to check her work out again. And as can be heard on this track from her recently released The Hope Six Demolition Project, she has not lost an inch of nerve or relevance (or rather – she has gained some artistic weight since then :-) ).

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