Monday, 13 February 2017

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: FRED THOMAS - CHANGER

ARTIST: FRED THOMAS
ALBUM: CHANGER
Back in 2015 we covered 'All Are Saved', which was then the latest album from Michigan rocker Fred Thomas, and now in 2017 we have his next opus, 'Changer'. Once again he's worked with producer Drew Vandenberg and the record is available through Polyvinyl Records.

The album is whimsical, with Thomas reflecting upon his life, at this moment and of times gone past. It's positive but dark as well, with the vocals half sung and half spoken. Much like his previous record there's bleak moments but always underpinned with a sense of optimism. Guitars are present, prominently mostly, but certain at times the sounds are more laid back and gentle, led by synths.

Monday, 6 February 2017

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: MOON DUO - OCCULT ARCHITECTURE VOL.1

ARTIST: MOON DUO
ALBUM: OCCULT ARCHITECTURE VOL.1
https://open.spotify.com/album/4AlRpwAsVlD0fuDnt9i3XD

Moon Duo are comprised of Ripley Johnson (Guitar) and Sanae Yamada (Keyboards) and come from Portland, Oregon. The band's previous three albums have clearly shown them to be fine purveyors of the psychedelic rock scene, and their latest offering, the two volume 'Occult Architecture' pushes yet more boundaries into the trippy unknowns.

According to those in the know, Occult Architecture is an intricately woven hymn to the invisible structures found in the cycle of seasons and the journey of day into night, dark into light through the Chinese theory of Yin and Yang. Intriguing stuff! Volume 1 of this two parter is the Yin then, which in Chinese means the 'shady side of the hill', and is suitably appropriate for this half of the record, which displays the darker, moodier, and broader aspects of the band, displayed through tracks such as 'The Death Set', 'Cult Of Moloch', and 'Will Of The Devil'.

The album, which is released through Sacred Bones Records, was recorded at the Type Foundry in Portland, whilst it was mixed by long time collaborator Jonas Verwijnen in Berlin. There's only 7 tracks but the record still clocks in at the 47 minute mark, with each song allowed time to develop and build steadily towards a usually dynamic ending. Occult Architecture Vol 1. is a compelling and alluring listen, with the 2nd volume to come a tantalising prospect.