Korn changed the world with the release of their self-titled debut album. It was a record that would pioneer a genre, while the band’s enduring success points to a larger cultural moment. The band have continued to push the limits of the rock, alternative and metal genres in their newest release, Requiem, while remaining a pillar of influence for legions of fans and generations of artists around the globe.
Always sees Krasno venture into an elaborate mix of blues, funk, rock and soul -- a sunny, funky and laid back album combining the vibe of 1970s Laurel Canyon, swaths of Hammond B3 organ, a rhythm section that appear to be joined at the hip, and of course that punchy Eric Krasno guitar sound. It evokes the spirit of Sly Stone, D’Angelo, Lenny Kravitz, and, dare we say his name, Prince?
In The Aftermath is the deliciously depraved outcome of an all-night rock n' roll riot. The Queens, New York-based quintet escaped to record with a few handles of whiskey, and, in one 24-hour session, ran down the Stone's seminal first album of all originals, 1966's Aftermath. Tracked live in the studio with minimal overdubs, In The Aftermath is potent proof the five-piece group is one of the last great American rock n' roll bands.
These are love letters, distress signals, en plein air observations, and relaxation hymns, the collected transmissions of four people who have grown into relationships and parenthood and adult worry. But they are rendered with Animal Collective’s singular sense of exploratory wonder. Harmonies so rich you want to skydive through their shared air, textures so fascinating you want to decode their sorcery, rhythms so intricate you want to untangle their sources.
Bastille's wildly-ambitious new album is a tribute to tech times and a glimpse of what could be to come. Exploring both the opportunities of new technology and the dark side of lives lived online, it's as playful as it is thought-provoking, as dystopian as it is dancefloor-friendly and as electronic as the band has ever been. *Available on Indie Exclusive Yellow Vinyl*
Erin Rae shares an intimate, honest, and playful version of herself through her sophomore album. Produced by Jonathan Wilson, and recorded in the musically hallowed grounds of California’s Topanga Canyon, the album represents a sonic and inner shift for Rae. In it, she embraces more of her influences, like baroque-pop, cosmic country, and indie-folk songs while mirroring a more compassionate self-view she calls “accepting my humanness”.
Minneapolis indie pop rebels Hippo Campus return with their third full-length, LP3. Their strongest and most complete work yet is a freshly-inked portrait excavating young adulthood, identity and, more importantly, how that personal identity fits into a larger camaraderie. Subverting expectations as they always tend to do, this third outing is colorful, meaningful, and as existential as always, a real treat.
“We made the unabashed folk record that I have been wanting to make for years," says Jennings. "Kind of a love letter to the acoustic guitar and to musical intimacy… and features some rich and wonderful instrumentation including horns and strings. The cover art is a woven wall hanging that my wife Josie made that is hanging on our lakehouse wall. That sets the tone: warmth, home, and intimacy. Hope you enjoy!"
Wild Rivers pour their collective impressions about merging into their mid-20s – a strange, liminal age where it's easy to romanticize childhood – by looking back longingly upon the time when you are truly present and you're not having this forward-thinking vision where you're worried about the next thing. Sonically, the band pulls from a spectrum of sounds, imbuing pop, rock, indie, and folk.
WMBM is a grand display of immaculate musicianship, intricate songwriting, and raw emotion. Vocalist Eva Spence is one of the most dynamic and varied vocalists in the progressive metal scene, her gorgeous cleans and guttural screams are truly unique. There is a consistent theme throughout the record which is accompanied by a hauntingly beautiful grand piano -- the album feels like a living, breathing work of art.
A wildly inventive but utterly destructive onslaught of genre-defying extremity, Erebos is a giant leap forward. It’s a thrilling explosion of artful savagery, warped melodies and tumultuous atmospherics creating a powerful, defining statement from one of the most exciting bands of the modern era. From humble origins to undisputed heavyweight status, Venom Prison are now an unstoppable force.