5/9/16: Drone, Gnod, Sun Valley Gun Club

@@@ Drone: Reversing into the Future (Pomperipossa Records, 2016).  We’re doing the full Aquarius Records freakshow today and finishing up with an ambient record by a two man outfit called Drone.  Not as in flying death robot drones but drone sounds.  Long, long tones a drones.  While this first tune unfolds, Imma gone check to see what a pomperipossa is.  I think Pomperipossa is from Swedish and it has something to do with memory, so that’s heavy and this is building into some rightoues layered drone action.  Not terrifying, nor post apocalyptic Bladerunner shit, just heavy people.  We got a thick sub bass rumble, a small static wiggle, a flute like/air pipe circle and that’s what I can pull apart from the long string entering my ears.  I’m gonna be honest, I would not recommend this music if you have to finish any sort of Powerpoint presentation, this is the kind of shit that will most definitely pull you in and slow you down.  This is not music to jog with.  Nor the exercycle.  Don’t drive at night with this record on.  Don’t drink prescription cough syrup and then put this on.  Most definitely hit this with your headphones.  It’s gently relelentless. The sounds are slowly rotating and changing and getting heavier.  Imma gonna swing back on this ambient slab when I can engage for the full 43 minutes.  Check this out if you can.  If you’re a shallow person I’m not sure what you should do.  Whether you listen to this or not you should try to be less shallow and maybe this music will help out with that.

@@@ Gnod: Mirror (Rocket Recordings, 2016).  Record of the Week at Aquarius Records in San Fran, a beautiful city infested with twerters and other tech fascists.  I like this first tune, it’s an interesting mash of rock, space rock, some light dub vibes, some prog, and some Jim Morrison-like prounouncement vocals.  These are long bangers, 7+ minutes with an 18 minute monster grape on this 4 song record.  This second tune is mucho abrasivo, angular guitar, fuzzy ass bass, and big slow drums.  Yo!  This music is most notable for its simultaneous epic and dirty ass feel.  It’s not super crunked dirty ass, but it’s medium dirty butt.  The singer be on a trip yo.

@@@ Sun Valley Gun Club: Lazerguns (Transplant Sound, 2016).  Some pretty mainstream rock also off the Aquarius Records.  Big rock guitars and big drum sounds heah.  The singer is a tad faded and a tad dreamy.  A couple steps down in tempo from Urge Overkill but an ironic rocker stance.  Oh wait, it’s kinda losing its riffage and entering a jammy outro with a big stack of vocals and a lot of voices.  Nice and weird counterpoint to the first part of the song.  And for the last minute of this 5.5 minute banger it’s going out on a wave of guitar static and power chordage.  Rawk!!!!!

YTD recordings listened to: 413
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 231
Not good music: 152

Honorable Mentions: 8
Buys: 8

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Dawn Richard, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Cha Wa, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone


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