Touching on the darker side of post-punk to the point where it brushes the icy shoulder of goth, Guides’ music strikes an impressive balance between taut energy, murky atmospherics, and ostentatious bursts of catharsis. Tightly performed but allowing enough room for abstract blasts of atonal drones, it’s the kind of combination of tension and release that had critics hurling hyperbolic praise to Viet Cong this year. If Guides continue in the direction that new song “Pictures on Pictures” heads, then such acclaim won’t be far off at all.
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Nashville-based singer-songwriter Molly Svrcina will be releasing her debut EP later this year, but the public’s first taste of her new music is the wonderfully bombastic, cinematic pop-meets-EDM track “Lover Fighter”. A vivid track that combines melodrama and sensitivity remarkably well—sounding huge but restrained—it’s the sort of song that fits in snugly alongside Ellie Goulding and Banks.
If you’re not already aware, everything about Portland is exploding these days. Including underground metal and hardcore. Two of the city’s best underground bands, Gaytheist and Rabbits, not only share a common love for all things heavy from the Pacific Northwest—namely Melvins, Tad, and the Wipers—but they now share an album, as they’ve collaborated on one of the most enjoyable split releases to come out in recent memory.
The brainchild of Hungarian musician Tamás Kátai, Thy Catafalque combines extreme metal structure and traditional acoustic instrumentation and melody to create something altogether unique. For all the folk metal in the world today, Kátai’s work is among the most rewarding and least pandering, approaching the sound with remarkable grace. You can hear the ease with which he combines two disparate musical styles on “Alföldi Kozmosz”, a track from Thy Catafalque’s sixth album Sgùrr, which comes out in the fall.
After making a name for herself as a finalist on season 11 of American Idol, Elise Testone quickly, and smartly distanced herself from the machinery of that whole process, self-producing her debut album in This Life last year. Today she takes the next step, and its a significant one, releasing the excellent new single “Now”, which evokes the sultry soul of the 1970s and ‘80s: sophisticated, sexy, glossy, with the right hint of a harder edge to show a sly sense of menace underneath such refinement.
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