This week’s round-up of the finest new sounds sees Getintothis’ Mike Stanton feature some skittering art-rock, glitch-edged downtempo electronica and aggro-tech industrial.
Wirral-based art rockers COLOUR have released their latest single from their EP The Famous Boy Making Things. Black is a convulsive slice of alt-prog-rock and evokes the sharp-edged sounds of the late 70’s and early 80’s post-punk and new wave movement. Tightly wound, it’s packed full of jerk-driven guitars, bass, synths and beats, throwing out blocky and geometric shapes.
Having established a reputation with their distinctive form of melody-driven math-rock and complex and emotional pop-rock, Black is a continuation of an edgy exploration into the waters once sailed by the likes of Cardiacs, XTC and Clor. Following on from the last single Minus, released last November, Black is an angry swipe at the British tabloid press as lead singer James Tidd explains, ‘they are dividing people and stirring up trouble just to keep sales up’.
The Famous Boy Making Things EP was co-produced by the band and Dan Swift (Kasabian, Snow Patrol) and was recorded at their own studio in Neston. Says Dan: ‘Average bands sound like their heroes, good bands sound like other good bands and great bands sound like themselves. COLOUR are a great band’.
Black is out now.
Having existed below the radar since pretty-much their inception, Yimino have remained largely overlooked when compared to their musical contemporaries such as Autechre, Boards of Canada and Plaid.
Yimino consists of two London-based producers Henry Law and Gerald Chadwyck-Healy who joined forces around 2001 and have been making deep and sweeping melodic electronica since.
Their sound has always been ambitious in scope spanning ambient, glitch and IDM comfortably while still retaining the essence of bedroom produced electronics giving their sound a more intimate and headphone friendly resonance.
After a five year silence the duo have returned with a new album of abstract, ambient and warm floaty electronics. Lush bass, melodies and enticing beats are abundant throughout Æng while still retaining their dark spectral grooves. Swallow is the latest release from Æng and it is a glitchy, sample led track with warm and narco-lush synths layered over driving percussion. This is a fine return and hopes remain for live excursions during 2018.
Æng is out now.
Sounding like Marilyn Manson channeled through Gesaffelstein, Mr. Kristopher has returned with an imperious wall of sound with the release of Re-Communed, remixed by Canadian synth metal mastermind Gör FLsh.
Kristopher Gray has taken punk-metal and smashed it into industrial and techno in some fucked-up Large Hadron Collider to create a slamming and brutal assault of barely controlled crashing electronics. Re-Communed is a full-on assault of charging guitars, wild-style synths and distorted vocals. This is no place for the faint of heart, this is for the initiated, those that know and understand the brutal nature of shattering industrial noise.
Mr. Kristopher expertly juggles dubstep, techno, EBM, industrial and breaks to forge his own form of menacing sonics. If you like Gesaffelstein, Rezz, Phuture Doom and Daniel Deluxe then you should really check this out, it is so much more than the swelling digital squall you are initially confronted with, it is a journey into the hinterland of future-doom electronics.
Re-Communed is out now on Jet Set Trash records.