Posts Tagged 'Drone'

Trouble Books – “Dead Bee in a Golden Bowl”

My good friends and personal favorite Trouble Books have recently released their third LP, Concatenating Fields. After their fantastic 2010 second album Gathering Tones, and one of the best records of 2011 in their colab album with Mark McGuire, the husband-wife duo calls their new outing “definitely the best Trouble Books album yet.” The bedroom-pop feel hasn’t changed much, but in “Dead Bee in a Golden Bowl,” they are striving for something that feels more natural than everything else they’ve done. Dulled bass beats, minimal drum machine, pretty synth lines, and of course their almost-signature harmony style, this track finds TB sounding as comfortable as they ever have. One big thing to be stoked about is that they went for high-quality and had Concatenating Fields mastered by James Plotkin and the vinyl cut at Dubplates and Mastering in Berlin. These are the go-to guys in the ambient/drone scene for vinyl, and they’ve done pretty much every Editions Mego release and mostly all of my Emeralds vinyl. Go and order the LP from Bark & Hiss, limited to 300 copies.

Gauntlet Hair – “Top Bunk”

MP3: || Top Bunk ||

I meant to post this song a long time ago, but I didn’t. Basically, Gauntlet Hair rocks, this song rocks, and the album this song’s gonna be on is gonna rock. Gauntlet Hair will be out October 18 on Dead Oceans.

Stream Radio People’s Hazel LP

A couple weeks ago, I posted about the second track, “A Vague Year,” from Cleveland’s own Radio People’s album Hazel out on Mexican Summer. Now you can head over to Self-Titled Mag and stream the entire album and read about Sam Goldberg’s thoughts behind each track. Hazel is availalbe digitally and on vinyl from Mexican Summer’s Shop.

Radio People – “A Vague Year”

STREAM: || A Vague Year ||

I previously posted about Radio People’s upcoming album on Mexican Summer, and now you can hear a track from Hazel courtesy of Altered Zones.  Much like a slow-builder from his other project, Mist, “A Vague Year” proofs to be a melodic, sky-high prog venture that feels like it should’ve been on the soundtrack for Apollo 13.  Hazel will be out on August 23 and you can preorder from Mexican Summer now.

Radio People LP on Mexican Summer in July

Cleveland electronic-guru Sam Goldberg is a popular guy within the ambient/drone scene right now. Only a couple weeks after the release of his collaborative effort with Emeralds’ John Elliott, Mist’s House, Sam’s solo project, Radio People, has an upcoming album release on the always popular Mexican Summer.  The LP, called Hazel, will be out on July 27th.  More word to come when tracks are released and a preorder is available.

Trouble Books & Mark McGuire – “Song for Reinier Lucassen’s Sphinx”

Genre: Ambient, Drone, Pop
Year: 2011
Location: Cleveland, OH/ Akron, OH
Label: Bark and Hiss

MP3: || “Song for Reinier Lucassen’s Sphinx” ||

Akron husband-and-wife duo Trouble Books and Emeralds’ guitarist Mark McGuire have teamed up for a collaborative LP, take a breath and let that one sink in for a minute. They just released the first MP3 from the album, “Song for Reinier Lucassen’s Sphinx,” for your listening and downloading pleasure. It’s filled with the things that made me love both bands in the first place, from Trouble Books’ glittering synth loops and serene vocals, to McGuire’s instantly recognizable guitar lines. Trouble Books & Mark McGuire will be out on Bark and Hiss, and we should see a vinyl release in late May.

Mist – “Twin Lanes”

Genre: Drone, Electronic
Year: 2011
Location: Cleveland, OH
Label: Spectrum Spools

MP3: || “Twin Lanes” ||

Chances are, you’ve listened to one of the projects of the men who make up Mist. John Elliott, of Emeralds/Outer Space/Imaginary Softwoods, and Sam Goldberg, of Radio People, have teamed up once again for Mist’s upcoming sophomore album, House. “Twin Lanes” is the opener for the album, and it displays a perfect balance of Elliot’s epic and deep loops alongside Goldberg’s colorful synth lines.  The track hints at something really special once House comes around in May.  The album will be out on Edition Mego’s side label Spectrum Spools, which coincidently enough is ran by John Elliott.  Preorder the 2xLP right here.

Mark McGuire – “Brain Storm (For Erin)”

Genre: Ambient, Drone
Year: 2010
Location: Cleveland, OH
Label: Editions Mego

MP3: || “Brain Storm (for Erin)” ||

To be completely honest, it’s a little freaky and overwhelming regarding the amount of great music has been born from the members of Emeralds. From Emeralds’ music itself, to Steve Hauschildt upcoming album on Kranky, to John Elliott’s Outer Space LP, and now Mark McGuire’s Living With Yourself LP, it’s like a never-ending wave. Check out the guitar-heavy and echo-y track, “Brian Storm (For Erin),” from Emeralds’ guitarist Mark McGuire’s new solo LP. It’s available right now from the Editions Mego Catalogue, so go ahead and order the heck out of it!

Outer Space

Outer Space is yet another musical project born from the members of Cleveland droners Emeralds, with John Elliott manning the synth-helm.  Check out the enticing amusement park video above for huge soaring track, “Memory Bomb.”  You order the LP, limited to 650 on clear/black swirl vinyl, right HERE.

And here’s the minimalist album art:

Bridgetown Records Summer Sampler

The track record for Kevin Greenspon’s Bridgetown Records is quite incredible, with perhaps his biggest accomplishment in the first release of Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings’ Turning On LP at the end of last year.  Here’s is a few tracks from his summer releases, including up-and-comers Weed Diamond and Vehicle.  You can buy the CDs or CDrs separately for around $6-8, or buy them all together for $30, you decide what’s the best deal (hint: I got the summer batch).  Here’s the write-ups that come along with the sampler:

Kindest LinesKindest Lines CDr (Bridgetown #31) – MySpace
New Orleans trio Kindest Lines draw from minimal synth, post-punk and a host of other genres to offer a self-titled debut overflowing with a rich, dreamy warmth and unique character that so many of their peers lack. Painstakingly mixed and produced, this release is by far the highest fidelity recording the label has to offer thus far.
Weed DiamondCarry On + Sweater Kids combo CD (Bridgetown #30) – MySpace
Colorado’s Weed Diamond follow up a string of splits and singles on Bathetic, Transparent, and Half Machine with a new EP of their finest recordings yet. The band’s songwriting and production capabilities on Carry On eclipse the entirety of the band’s back catalog to date. As a bonus, the long sold-out Sweater Kids cassette has been re-mixed and remastered as well, finally receiving the treatment it deserves, for a total of 13 songs in all. Full-color artwork and pro-manufactured disc shrinkwrapped in jewel case.
Ancient CruxStage Fright + Live in LA combo CDr (Bridgetown #29) – MySpace
After a split 7″ with Weed Diamond, split tape with Ouija on Hi Shadow, and EP/comp appearance on Family Time, pop mastermind and multi-instrumentalist Travis Von Sydow returns with the brand new Stage Fright EP to showcase a never-before-seen side of the band that will surprise longtime fans. Also included is a high-energy live album (8 tracks) of a recent performance at Pehrspace in Los Angeles recorded by yours truly, and including new, unreleased songs.
David JaberiOut CDr (Bridgetown #28) – MySpace
David Jaberi blends the DIY aesthetic of his Pacific Northwest indie pop/folk tourmates and contemporaries (Karl Blau, Cole Moldy) with the sound and swagger of Top 40 R&B greats on this new 9 song album. Funky bass-driven pop tunes with a bit of hip hop synth squiggle… 90’s style.
R. SawyerI Burn CDr (Bridgetown #27) – MySpace
25 minutes of pristine and delicate guitar compositions backed by field recordings and vocal/tape loops that contrast between themes of light and dark while melodies unfold into and out of themselves when least expected.
Junior LowHeavy CDr (Bridgetown #26) – Junior Low
JT from Weed Diamond offers a new solo full-length of sugary sweet and beyond blown-out rock tunes fused together by intense interludes. Heavy finds JT crafting songs with a refined focus and immediacy only hinted at by his previous cassette on Leftist Nautical Antiques. Best enjoyed on the highway with the windows down and stereo up.
Vehicle BluesChanger CD (Bridgetown #25) – MySpace
Brilliantly catchy shoegaze pop songs documenting the lonely move from Kansas to Chicago in Winter of 2008. Complex and subtle layers of hypnotic ambient guitar textures ripple below the shiny surface of this high-fidelity bedroom masterpiece. The label’s first professionally manufactured compact disc. Packaged in shrinkwrapped jewel case.

Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here?

Genre: Ambient, Experimental, Drone
Year: 2009
Location: Cleveland, OH
Label: Editions Mego

MP3: || “Candy Shoppe” ||

MP3: || “Now You See Me” ||

Emeralds are easily one of the best groups to come out of Cleveland, OH in recent memory. After two amazing releases last year, What Happened and Emeralds, and a ton of CDRs, the Cleveland droners return with their newest album, Does It Look Like I’m Here?. The first thing I noticed was that the album sports 12 tracks with only one running over the ten-minute mark, a different direction from past LPs. Emeralds manages to take each track to completely blow your mind, fading in between minimalism, maximalism, and big jaw-dropping moments, with the biggest range they’ve hit to date. Does It Look Like I’m Here? will be released on May 24th from Editions Mego on CD and 2LP. Also, Emeralds supposedly have a bunch of 7″s being released through various distros, so keep an eye out for those.



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