Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tracking Sounds Alone. Castor.

The second installment in an indefinite and completely unplanned feature series of exceptionally good albums that you may or may not have heard.  

Tracking Sounds Alone by Castor is quite possibly the most rewarding thirty-two minutes fifty-four seconds of 90's sub-genre rock to be heard.  It might even be among the best 33 minutes in music. It's a journey that's worth taking.  There are no frills.  I don't even think there's one sub-par song.  It's just good music.  The lo-fi recording only adds to the mystique of a band that was a mere blip on the cluttered radar of 90's sub-genre-rock. And a blip tough it may have been, what a blip it was.  Enjoy.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

I Am Forever. Traindodge.

Although the intent was to share other things besides music in the townhouse, it's quickly becoming a music review blog.  That's ok.  Mars needs music.

Traindodge is less experimental than the previous two artists, but they are no less cool. In fact, some may say they're more cool.  I Am Forever, Traindodge's 2009 LP is an epic journey worthy of the cover art, which I believe is a nebulus. It's ethereal, it's dynamic, and when it decides to be big, it's huge.

Have a listen:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Gabriel Construct Breaking the Genre Construct

The Gabriel Construct is a challenge.  It's weird; I can honestly say I've never heard anything like it.  There are many familiar things about it - great piano arrangments, grungy guitars, harmonies, extremely good drumming, singing - but the way it's all put together makes it almost impossible to categorize, and totally unfamiliar.  And that's why it's good. In an age of cookie cutter pop with regurgitated hooks, melodies, and lyrics, you have to look for the good stuff.  But it's out there, and many of it breaks conventional wisdom and blows away the idea of putting music in any sort of genre.  Because of that, it's free to be anything, and that's exactly what The Gabriel Construct is: a little of anything, everything, and awesome.

Also note the drumming by Travis Orbin.