More free bandcamp code music briefly reviewed…only four this week because I only review the ones I like (if artists are good enough to give out free codes, it’d be a crappy of me to review something negatively, just because it didn’t ring my bell!). But there are some absolute crackers this week!
Quicksand by FAX
You have to admire any Bandcamp release whose only tag is ‘Italy’, which does cover quite a lot of ground, but in fact this is twenty minutes of drone like ambience, utilising loops to good effect and creating an abstract soundscape which is strangely appealing and slightly addictive.
theULTIMATEsketch by theULTIMATEsketch
The band describe themselves as a psych/emo band, but there are chunks of punk and rock in here, and little sampled bits and pieces, as well as the guitar noodlings and weighty lyrics you might expect from those sorts of labels. It’s never less than listenable, and if there’s nothing actually new on here, well, what they do, they do very well, which is more than you can say for most bands, and when they get it right, as on ‘Science Age’, they get it spot on.
Heavy World by House of Tapes
It’s heavy stuff right enough: experimental electronica with smacking beats and elements of Japanese noise, UK industrial and Sakamoto-style synths, underpinned by drone passages of long undulating notes. It doesn’t work played quietly, unsurprisingly, but turn the volume up on your amp and this becomes a striking set of tunes.
Celestial Incantations by Sounds of Space Project
And this is a total change of pace: gentle, often melancholy music, played on a wider variety of instruments than I can name (even if knew all their names), mixed with found sounds taken from literally across the solar system, including Jezero Crater, the location of the recent first ever audio recording of Mars. This a gorgeous, immersive piece of work, created by three obviously enormously talented scientists/artists/musicians. There’s everything from delicate, intimate piano and guitar pieces to drones created from the sounds of the universe outside our own planet, and much that falls in between. Glorious.
Vol 2 by Floristic Regions
There are about a million different microgenres of electronics, and mallsoft is a subgenre of a subgenre, one which endeavours to remind the listener of shopping centres and lifts. Slightly bossa nova, quite often, with oodles of reverb and deliberately nondescript guitar and piano lines: essentially a close cousin of what used to be called muzak, until Eno gave it some street cred. This is actually a really good collection of mallsoft – from personal experience, I can confirm it’s excellent for writing to…