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Eureka California at This Is Book’s Music

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Halfsour at This Is Book’s Music

Outside of being a band that nicely blend courageous rock with wonderful pop craftiness, halfsour are a band that make their songs well partly due to Ian Gustafson, Matthew Mara and Zoë Wyner trading vocal duties from song to song. One way to describe what they do is power pop but when you hear something as fierce as “Sensitive Rugby”, they are much more than just a power pop band but then again, maybe you could call this Maximum Pop’N’Roll after listening to Tuesday Night Live (Jigsaw).

Corny, I know, and while one may want to compare them to Sonic Youth due to how they trade vocals, halfsour are a completely different band altogether although they both share a kind of energy that their fans can appreciate. I like hearing a band that could be unpredictable, even with one another, and I think they could easily pull some incredible moments in live shows. This is a band to keep an eye on.

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deardarkhead at This Is Book’s Music

Not sure if this is what I should be hearing but Deardarkhead (“dear dark head”) sound like they are firmly immersed in their new wave influences, or at least they either grew up listening to a lot of 80’s music and are taking in some of the best elements before examiming, destroying, and re-forming it into something that will develop into their own sound. That’s what I hear on their new 6-song EP Strange Weather (Saint Marie) and what I love is how their songs carry me from start to finish without ever wanting to go do something else or make me wnat to stop listening. Not bad for a group who are vocal-less but do it in a way to where it doesn’t matter, their music carries you through during the duration. I’m curious to see how others will react to this and what places they’ll head to in the next few years.

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High Violets at This Is Book’s Music

or a bit of dreamy pop/rock, check out the delicate-but-strong Heroes And Halos (Saint Marie) by The High Violets. The album is evenly paced with things going from quite strong to very smooth, nicely pulled by vocalist Kaitlyn ni Donovan, who reminds me a bit of some of those artists from the early to mid-90’s who take you on with how they sound but what keeps you wanting to hear more is what she says. “Long Last Night” is the kind of song you may imagine playing outside with the sun setting as you endure the changes in the temperature, wondering if what is giving you chicken skin the chills or how much you find these songs feel as if they come from your personal diaries.Heroes And Halos is the kind of album that deserves more than just casual music that may be used for a television commercial, this has merit.

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Thee Koukouvaya at This Is Books Music

John O’Hara and Brian Wenckebach are the two men behing Thee Koukouvaya and what they create, at least with This Is The Mythology Of Modern Death(Saint Marie) is a collection of music that brings you deep into your own feelings and solitude, to make you feel what you need to feel but it will immerse you deeper, if that makes any sense. What I’m trying to say is with their electronic sensibilities, they are able to create something that can fit in any mood at any time, anywhere. You could easily imagine hearing this in television shows, movies, or video games and in fact, I think they would do very well in those fields and become a success. What exactly is this mythology they mention in the album’s title, what is the difference between modern death and the death of ancient times, or is it a way to make you think of the possibilities, then think of the possibilities of what this music could do within any context? Maybe it’s like the film The Myth Of Fingerprints, you’re trying to figure out if we’re really more common than we think we are, and what can be done to let everyone know we are all one? Maybe the music is a celebration of oneness via the beauty of differences. Whatever it is, it’s a nice album for those who enjoy electronic music power and the paths it creates along the way.

(This Is The Mythology Of Modern Death will be released on October 9th and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.com.)

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Knowlton Bourne at This is Books Music

Songs From Motel 43 (Misra) is an album by Knowlton Bourne for those who love their rock on the rustic side of traditional, or whatever traditional is meant to mean these days. In other words, it sounds like the kind of rock that you might hear from someone like Tom Petty, the type that isn’t afraid to simply rock out while sticking true to its roots. It’s also not afraid to try a few new things while throwing in small hints of the past to let listeners know where they’re from, and where they’re going. I say thi sbecause Bourne comes off like a musical travelog, ready to let people know about his paths and what it takes to get there while also telling everyone what it’s like to observe and share his feelings of what he’s experiencing at any given time. The music isn’t too flirty nor does it limit itself, it’s the sheer amount of power that never goes overboard for the sake of knowing how to do it. He just does it, and quite nicely.

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SPC ECO at This is Books Music

If you were/are a fan of the 90’s band Curve, you may already be familiar with Dean Garcia. Curve is no more but Garcia has done his share of musical traveling and in 2015, he’s within the boundaries of what he calls SPC ECO, and his partner in rhyme is his daughter, Roe Berlin. Dark Matter (Saint Marie) is the kind of music you might expect to hear within a Portishead or Supreme Beings Of Leisure context. It’s haunting yet honest and direct, and it’s interesting to hear the sounds Garcia creates, as Berlin caresses her soul within the context of what was sonically created.

Arguably, this not the kind of music that you’ll hear anywhere and everywhere but that’s a good thing, for I wouldn’t want to hear this while walking through a supermarket. The album has a certain mood or a collection of moods, and what they’ve done is created to get you in and keep you there during its duration. Whether or not you choose to escape is up to you.

(Dark Matter is available digitally below via Bandcamp. It will be “formally” released on November 20th.)

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Mark Van Hoen at This is Books Music

The way Nightvision (Saint Marie) begins, one would expect for the electronic music of Mark Van Hoen to be on the past of electronic music from the 1970’s and early 80’s, where it may appear to fans of elegant soundtracks. It’s relaxing. WHen it gets to song #2 (“Froese Requiem I”), the sound of sampled and/or filtered drums changes the composition, and it made me have to rethink of what may be ahead.

In truth, Nightvision does sound like the soundtrack to a movie that has yet to be made, or perfect mental music for night people, that would be the best way to describe this. It’s full of electronic wizardry, slightly dated at first but then I realized “it’s not so much dated as it is traveled, a music that has come from a place, it has landed and it is continuing its travels from where it was to where it’s going.” That’s the best way to describe it, and it may be an accurate way to talk about when it was recorded, as the credits say the music was done between 2008 and this year, a seven year destination that has lead us to here, to hear.

(Nightivision will be released on November 13th and can be pre-ordered directly from Saint Marie Records.)

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Marshmallow Coast at This is Book’s Music

Marshmallow Coast has been making music for 20 years and have been releasing albums on the Happy Happy Birthday To Me label for awhile. They have a new one in 2015 and this one is humble and promising, and it’s calledVangelis Rides Again. If you love the brand of pop Andy Gonzales continues to perfect with each release, you are really going to like this effort.

Vangelis Rides Again is a 9-song EP, two of which are brief interludes but if you are someone who only likes to hear music in small doses, you’re going to enjoy this. “Homeless Baby” takes portions of The Coasters’ “On Broadway” and brings it into modern times, as if there isn’t a sense of optimism but you still must have some sense of home, somewhere. “Foreign Dental” sounds like something you might find on a Todd Rundgren or Let’s Active album while the title track is slightly groove, slightly funky, slightly psychedelic, but borderline trippy, the song that might make you go “who is this?” and “I must invest time in the back catalog.” It’s a lot of wonderful pop textures from someone who is willing to take the listener wherever he goes musically and while some American ears may not find this of interest, I can see this being very favorable in the UK and other countries who love their pop with fondness.

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Frog at This is Book’s Music

Kind Of Blah (Audio Anti-Hero) is the kind of pop music that music fans would want to immerse themselves into on a regular basis, for it is a wonderful and balanced blend of pop and rock, with enough eclectic qualities that show they are not afraid to share a sense of humor because they may not take themselves too seriously. In other words, the guys of Frog aren’t here to share any level of snobbery and while the humor may be in the distance in most of their songs, that subtlety is very much present. You can say that their music fits alongside the likes of Brad, Weezer, Qui, and the Foo Fighters, bands where you can champion because they sound good but don’t mind laughing with because they expose that side of themselves without being ashamed. They seem to want to enjoy dipping in and out of different things within each songs, loving the aggression of hard rock and punk while throwing in new wave here, late 70’s pop there, synth pop way over there, and early 90’s alternative grooves without trying to cash in or try to be trendy. The music here is easily accessible but I say this because it’s accessible to me, someone who feels they are pop music traditonalists will throw flags and call this an abomination, but it’s not. This is the type of pop/rock craftiness that needs to be heard and hopefully more people discover their sounds, they will continue to make music like this, exploring and going beyond their limits, and become a force. I wish them well.

 

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