Posts Tagged ‘tuning into the obscure’

Mind Brains at Tuning Into the Obscure

This disc came to me sandwiched between two pieces of bread in a Ziploc bag. While that was certainly the most original press kit I’ve seen, the music was by far the most gripping thing in the box.  Described as a band with heavy psyche roots (many of the band members have been in psyche and pop rock bands) and a group that loves to break old electronic instruments and rebuild them to create something new, Mind Brains certainly stands as a group that lovers of psyche music should be listening to.  Even after just two tracks, I feel like they’re influenced by the likes of Conny Plank, early Kraftwerk, the Flaming Lips, Eno, the more psyche side of the Beatles, and the psyche side of Athens, GA.  Synth heavy grooves, vocal harmonies and off the wall arrangements of the two with a plethora of sounds, clips, texturing styles, and far out lyrics make this one hell of a ride.  It’s one of the most experimental nodern psyche albums I’ve heard from the US.  The world needs to take notice of this.  Awesome (4.9 out of 5)

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Bastards of Fate and Eureka California at Tuning Into The Obscure

Bastards of Fate – Vampires Are Real And Palpable – This Will Be Our Summer Records

Here is a solid and packed LP full of pure, gritty experimental rock fused with so much life that calling it “experimental rock” really doesn’t define it. Maybe I could get away with calling it indie-experimental… At any rate, the lyrics are put together well and create the glue that the foundation of this record is built on.  Add the strange, fun and sometimes noisy sound clips that bridge gaps between tracks and you have yourself one giant cohesive wall of sound.  Overall, this is a unique record, with an overhanging darkness that’s surprisingly upbeat, giving me this image of a vampire lounging with a lemon lollypop in his mouth.  The imagination and creativity here is equal to that wild sonic exploration of perhaps Yasushi Ishii but the Bastards Of Fate have a sound that is unmistakably original.Seriously, this is quite the LP.  (4.8 out of 5)

Eureka California – Crunch – Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records

The jangle pop punk indie gods return with their first LP since 2012’s “Big Cats Can Swim.” And after  having the privilege of reviewing that album when it came out, getting my paws on this LP after nearly two years of silence was awesome.  Here, the band ventures into a peppier sound that throws me headlong into a state of bliss.  Lyrically, like their last album, this is genius but a bit more on the playful side of things as far as writing goes.  There’s not a single dull moment on this LP.  I found myself loving each track, easily falling into the crazy and vibrant vibes.  Rock on!  (5 out of 5).

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Luxembourg Signal and Close Lobsters at Tuning Into The Obscure

Close Lobsters – Kunstwerk in Spacetime EP – Shelflife

A new single by long-time rockers, Close Lobsters!  “Kunstwerk” is the German word for “work of art,” and I’d say that’s exactly what the band has to offer here.  A brilliant blend of indie pop, indie rock and jangle meet up with flawless songwriting and engaging instrumentation.  I tried to draw some comparisons to other groups to nail down their sound and it wound up being more of a case where this band is rather unique; there are hints of influences for sure but they definitely wave their own flag.  This is a great single and it’s great to see the band is still jamming after all of these years! (4.9 out of 5)

The Luxemburg Signal — Distant Drive – Shelflife

As the needle drops, I’m hit with sweet indie pop that reminds me right away of Splendora, Breeders and Beth Orton and a pinch of Veruca Salt.  Two very strong and entrancingly accessible tracks mark this strong debut 7 inch.  And go ahead and call me crazy but I swear I hear a hint of REM on the b-side, which of course makes me LOVE this all the more!  Flawless debut! Ultra eager to hear more! (5 out of 5)

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Tunabunny and Muuy Biien at Tuning Into The Obscure

Tunabunny – Kingdom Technology

Tunabunny never disappoint.  This LP is a bit noiser than their previous album, complete with a full employment if distortion in spots and strange, almost hypnotic vocal harmonics in some tracks.  This release is bold and is not afraid to pack catchy punk-indie rock gems in tightly with shorter vocal and electronic-ish oriented pieces.  That said, this album features a slightly experimental edge to their otherwise pop rock / indie punk sound. It makes me wonder if we’re seeing the band evolve or if the genre they’ve created is evolving into something else.  That in itself is exciting.  Whether or not they’re intentionally moving in a new direction remains to be seen but for me, this album certainly is solid. (4.8 out of 5).

MUUY BIIEN – This is What Your Mind Imagines

Wild indie punk with astonishingly brilliant guitar work bring this album to a roaring life.  Slamming lyrics, blasting guitars, and roaring percussion create something wild and incredible to the surface.  This is a band who is not afraid to create a sound that is unlike any other, complete with random instrumentals that border on experimentalism.  It’s like the best of 70s punk meets the future.  What more could you ask for? (4.8)

MUUY BIIEN – DYI

Pressed on white vinyl, this LP features quite an interesting mixture of sounds, ranging from punk, garage, power pop, indie rock, instrumental indie and even some light hints of metal and hard rock.  It is hard to compare MUUY BIIEN’s previous albums to their current releases as each one has something freshly unique to offer and each one is incredibly awesome as it stands as a whole.  I like how both this album and their previous album have instrumental tracks spread about throughout both releases.  They never feel like fillers and in their own way, bring things together, giving the album a sense of wholeness.  (4.9 out of 5)

-I kind of want to see them do an album of wild instrumentals now…..

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