Ever since Sunnn O))) was written up in the Times, I’ve been trying to find an alternate soundtrack for my own imaginary power ceremonies, something I hope my parents won’t happen to see. Otherwise that could be really awkward.
» Listen to Echoh Air by the Psychic Paramount
I can’t say I was too excited to learn that Zombi sound a lot like Goblin’70s Italian electro chase-scene musicbut they do it so well that it can’t be denied. Even better than the originators. Appeals to prog sentimentalists, horror movie aficionados, and trance ravers alike. Best seen live or heard very loud at three in the morning.
» Listen to Surface to Air, Part 1 by Zombi
And if it’s slowly building, dark, progressive music you want, there’s also Danava, a Portland, Ore., group of evil, whispering and dueling guitars. Some of it is straight-up Black Sabbath rock; some is a soundtrack for a slasher film yet to be made.
» Listen to Danava at MySpace
Velella Velella is a Breezeblock-style amalgam of samples and ’70s funk. Some songs sound like reverse-engineered Dr. Dre samples, others like white-boy disco, and even others like sped-up Money Mark keyboard ditties. Let’s hope they don’t fall to the same legal sampling fate as the Go Team.
» Listen to The Bread Is Hard as Crackers by Velella Velella
The Aquarium are an odd mix for a Discord band: more pop and flutter than usual, and with a keyboard that channels Emerson, Lake, and Palmernot that it should be held against them. After all, it works, and with interpretable lyrics!
» Listen to Can’t Afford to Live by the Aquarium
Orchestrated storytelling and folkish sounds do go well with a banjo accompanimentit ties in the American literal tradition with a nice flourish. Then take all of that, bring it to an epic boil, and simmer (covered).
» Listen to Grizzly Bear at Moistworks
Gentle electronics and singing women always seem to remind me that the digitizing of the world may not be so bad after all. It’s that lulling sound that says, Sleep gently, the robots will be here soon. Maybe the over-saturation of old music isn’t so bad; if that’s what the robots bring, so be it.
» Listen to Mahogany at Sound Bites