Dec 2, 2009

Best of 09

#12 Cylon - Resonanz

It seems like most of the best releases this year have been from completely obscure artists. The further I delve into this genre, the more I realize how skewed the listening population is. There are so many releases that tower over the mainstream staples, and yet they are still unknown to most. This release is no different. Such mesmerizing and gorgeous tones, an amazing work of drone. No surprises, clean to the end. A great album to drift off to sleep to. And on a side note, I've finally gotten mediafire to work consistently, which will make downloading my posts a lot more efficient from now on.

1: I (7:18)
2: II (7:54)
3: III (3:44)
4: IV (2:58)
5: V (7:51)
6: VI (8:26)

DOWNLOAD (Mediafire/mp3/v2/45mb)

Nov 29, 2009

Best of 09

#13 Earth Station - Control Belief

2009 seems to be the year of cassettes rebirth. DIY noise and punk bands have been putting out limited cassette releases forever, but a new wave of drugged out beardos have made the cassette the pinnacle of this new "psychedelic/lo-fi/drone" genre. I must admit I approached this new style with extreme contempt, but lately I've changed my approach to music in general. Why hate something without attempting to understand and become familiar with it first? I picked this particular release up off Weedtemple (props to robbie), which seems to specialize in this type of music I'm talking about. Control Belief stands out to me because of it's ability to balance the lo-fi sound with quality drone. Some parts sound like they were recorded in space, and others sport an even more alien sound.

1: Side A (10:38)
2: Side B (10:38)

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