This column is a monthly feature where I point the Heavy crowd to some more obscure releases that deserve to be heard. If you want more obscure and weird music recommendations, visit my website!

July was hot and wet and August is promising to be even worse so let’s stay in the basement and jam some fresh tunes!

Romeo and Julyet


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You can kill me for this awful pun, but spare me for a few minutes to tell you about an amazing album that came out last month. This album is θ4 (Theta Four), by the incredible Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere. This experimental album takes you many places, from the atmospheric, almost ambient and contemplative, nebulous threnodies to the upbeat, vigorous, and eclectic parts more reminiscent of some of the more creative progressive rock of the 70s. This album is fabulous and deserves your attention for every minute of its runtime.

Old, but Gold

Ryan Cavanaugh is a banjo player with a rather unusual path as being a tremendous jazz player. Along with the No Man’s Land quartet, they released a self-titled album in 2011, and it’s magic! I wouldn’t say this is a fusion of bluegrass and jazz, because it is not, but the banjo’s timbre is an oddity in the jazz world, and it’s a more than welcome feat! Just short of 40 minutes, the only thing we can ask from such an album is more! More of this, please!

What to Look Forward To

Doom Shrugs‘ upcoming album goes live in early September, but you can listen to a song right now! The Clairolfactant and the Flatulent Ghost is a very idiosyncratic mathcore album. It leans less on the distortion and more on the experimentation to convey its weird, hairy message, but the result is no less enjoyable. The rest of the album is more of this kind of eccentric creativity, and I’m absolutely in love with it. I hope you will be too!


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