Behold, the resurrected Bandcamp Beatdown! Being that I’ve taken control over this weekly column, I’ll be doing it a bit differently. There will only be one band per column, as I’d really like you all to get to know each artist before moving on to a new one the next week; too much too fast gets disorienting and you might miss out on some great jams! Bandcamp Beatdown will be published every Tuesday and is not exclusively a metal-related column. That being said, the rules for making it to this article haven’t changed at all aside from the addition of Rule #4. They are-
- They must have some form of release on Bandcamp.com.
- Their release must be available for free or as a pay-your-own-price download.
- They must be good.
- The release must not be demo or pre-production material, though live material will be considered.
I will also keep up the tradition of not covering very well-known artists on this page, since the whole idea here is to turn you on to some new music. If you know of an artist I should be covering here, leave a link to their Bandcamp in the comments section below! I will absolutely get around to listening to it.
Got it? Alright, then let’s move on to what you’ve really come here to read.
Alone Architect, headed by former Pulse Ultra bassist Jeff Feldman, is exactly what the tags for his self-titled debut describe the project as; progressive electronica with a touch of atmospheric elements. The release is full of lush instrumentation with a wide variety of instruments on display, excellently clear production that uplifts just as much as it crushes, and even gets cute with time signatures during the bleak and hazy interlude ‘Circling the Wagons.’ Despite the former being an instrumental track and both ‘A Moth to Flame‘ and ‘A Lullaby, A Tragedy‘ having heavily vocoded voices, Alone Architect has no shortage of great vocal performances. ‘Not Alone‘ features local Canadian musician Angela Boismenu delivering the power of a solid vocal line and amazing tone to your ears, while ‘The Incision‘ and ‘These Passages‘ have Elsieanne Caplette of the electronica duo Elsiane stunning you with her incredibly unique voice and chilling lyrics. Words can’t do this release enough justice no matter how hard I try; just load it up and play it through.
Dig what you heard today? Check Alone Architect out on Facebook and let him know you’re anxious for a full-length!