【review/rate】schwarz stein / immortal verses

released 2018, traumerei

Schwarz Stein’s second mini album (their first since 2011’s “Recurrence of Hallucination”) is more of the same classic electro gothwave that you know and love.
Hardcore and devout Schwarz Stein fans will eat this up, while those expecting something new or innovative won’t find much to be excited about, as this is one of the most phoned in releases of their career.  For the record, Hora is a very hit or miss producer, where there is a glimpse of greatness, a shadow of mediocrity is sure to follow.

That all being said, I personally find “Immortal Verses” to be a suitable entry into the Schwarz Stein catalog.  No song sounds like complete shit, and Kaya is in top form on vocal duties, his technique and sound only getting stronger and more fine tuned as the years roll by.  “Morgue” feels the most like a Hora solo track, with long instrumental passages and an atmospheric, almost dystopian arrangement.   “Forest of Paralysis” is almost like the lovechild of previous Schwarz Stein songs “Predict -Rosen Clarion-” from 2011’s “Recurrence” mini album and “Beautiful the Virgin”, from their very first single back in 2002.

Penultimate track “Lotus” is the clear star of this mini for me.  It’s classic Schwarz Stein, a hyper aggressive synthpop-meets-screamo fusion that feels like an homage to earlier Schwarz Stein songs (“BIO GENESIS”, “Sleepless Beauty” and Kaya solo track “SODOMY” to be specific).  It’s so corny I couldn’t help but love it.

“Immortal Verses” isn’t perfect, and may rely too much on tried and true Schwarz Stein blueprints, but it’s short and sweet enough that you’ll never get too bothered by its flaws.

  1. morgue ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Immortal light ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Forest of paralysis ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Lotus ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Wachtraum⭐️⭐️⭐️

Must-Listen : Lotus, Forest of Paralysis
Skip : Morgue, Wachtraum (these may prove too sparse for casual listeners)

Purchase “Immortal Verses” on Hora’s official website.
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Listen to “Lotus” below.

【review/rate】jerry paper / like a baby

released 2018, stones throw.

Jerry Paper’s latest album release is one that has left an impression on me, one that I almost couldn’t come up with words to describe.  It’s like Steely Dan and catchy elevator music from a planet outside of our solar system matched on Tinder and ended up in a cross-galaxy relationship.  There’s a fabulous marriage of multiple styles across the record, everything from lounge and bossa nova to 60’s rock and classic synthpop, and no single song outstays its welcome (the longest track is just shy over three and a half minutes).

I actually found this to be another strong point, as every song feels like an earworm or after hours boob tube television jingle (have you ever stayed up late, caught a strange commercial with equally strange music that ended up soundtracking a wild night of dreams?). Mind you, I’ve only had this LP for a day and I can’t get most of the songs out of my head!  At its core, “Like a Baby” is strategic and soulful pop: excellent across the board, and full of tracks that you won’t soon forget.

  1. Your cocoon ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Grey area ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. A moment ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Something’s not right ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Did I buy it? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Commercial break ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. My God ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. Baby ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. Everything borrowed ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  10. Huge laughs ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  11. You ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  12. Losing the game ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  13. More bad news ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Must-Listen : Losing the game, Your cocoon, A moment, Baby
(these are the standouts for me, immensely catchy!)
Skip : None immediately spring to mind.  This is a great album from front to back with no real weak links across the tracklist.

You can stream “Like a Baby” on Apple Music and Spotify.
Pick up a 12″ copy on Bandcamp!

【thoughts】mariah carey / with you (video+live)

I wrote a bit about “With You” a few days ago when the song was first posted, but since then, we’ve gotten an actual music video, and an American Music Awards performance!

While I initially didn’t think this song was anything exciting for the elusive chanteuse, the video is classic Mariah : it takes cues from the unforgettable “My All” video from 1997 with its black and white imagery, and Mariah herself looks completely snatched.  The close-ups of her in the car were breathtaking!  I’ll definitely come back to this one again.

“With You” was also performed at the AMA’s this year, and I still don’t understand why it was chosen to lead the new era with (as previous single GTFO managed to generate far more buzz for its unorthodox production and style), but at this point into my tenure as a Carey fan, I’ve learned to run with what she gives us.

I mean, I found the imagery of this performance pretty fantastic, but as is par for the course with 2010s ‘riah, she didn’t particularly do much, and I can’t say this was exciting, nor will it reignite interest with the general public.  I can only hope, and regardless, i’m still immensely excited for Mariah’s next album, as we have two decent and different singles that don’t drop too many hints as to how the final product will sound.

【release】ricky eat acid / three love songs (vinyl reissue)

Ricky Eat Acid’s ambient soundtrack to a certain phase in my life, 2016’s “Three Love Songs” will be receiving a limited reissue on vinyl via Run for Cover records! Per their twitter, pre-orders begin this Thursday 10/11. More info can be found here.

If you’ve never heard this album, I highly advise you give it a whirl. It’s a dazzling collection of sounds that expertly entrance and evoke emotional whirlwinds.

Stream on Apple Music.

【check!】filter / take a picture (hybrid mix)

I like to watch tons of horror flicks during the month of October, and tonight I picked out 2001’s corny yet effective “Valentine”.  Do I enjoy it? Yeah.  Is it a ‘good’ film? Not so much.  I can say that whoever picked the licensed music did a brilliant job, though.

The progressive beats of this remix prove to be a nice backdrop to all of the cupid masked cherub’s carnage if you ask me!  Enjoy.

【check!】robyn / honey

It’s so wild to know that we’re only 20 days away from Robyn’s first album since 2010.  I’m so glad she’s back!  “Honey” is the kind of moody electro that fills me with life and makes me contemplate existence when i’m alone in the dark with my volume on max.

I hope you enjoy, keep an eye out for the album “Honey”, out 10/26.

【live/check!】rose ette album release show (2018.10.05)

Last night I took it upon myself to head out to Dan Electro’s after a crazy day of work for Rose Ette’s first full album release show.  It was a pretty stellar night, and also introduced me to a smattering of local groups full of talent that I’ll definitely be keeping tabs on.

It has to be said that I was not aware that my own hometown has a scene for this kind of music, and it’s actually really amazing to know it exists now!  There wasn’t a single act that I did not 100% enjoy, and each band brought their own individual sounds out while also sounding cohesive and tight.  Rose Ette made flawless choices in their openers.

I totally had a few jack and cokes which might have also increased my enjoyment of the experience.

Anywho, i’d like to link to a few songs from each band that I found immediately appealing in the hopes that you’ll check them out! Hit the jump for links~ Continue reading “【live/check!】rose ette album release show (2018.10.05)”

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