Half Life – Mogwai

Scottish post-rock denizens Mogwai are a band who thrive in chaos and unpredictability – much like the little furry creatures from Joe Dante’s Gremlins they’re named after. Boundary-pushers since their inception, their feats of trailblazing subsequently launched post-rock into the mainstream stratosphere without ever having to compromise their artistic vision. Mogwai’s success is well earned and proof that, sometimes, crafting consistently great and innovative music can get you far. To traverse their discography is to explore vast oceans and limitless skies of both welcome familiarity and unexpected delights. Whether unleashing earth-shattering audio assaults or elegiac passages of soothing soundscapes, their music is profoundly human and capable of eliciting an emotional response through instrumentals alone.

“People Think This &@%# is Good?!” // Dealing With “That” Album

We’ve all been there; we’ll see (or, rather, hear) a new album that, to you, doesn’t quite live up to expectations.

And that’s all great, but then the rest of the world seems to explode about said album, praising it as the paragon of a new age of music. The critics can barely keep it in their pants because of it; your friends won’t shut up about it; it sweeps all the AOTY lists, and any other awards ceremony you might care about, all the while you just sit there and wonder: “why?” Why the fuck would anyone find this to be that good? You might wonder if you just don’t “get it,” like you’re missing an important part of the picture.

Again, this is hardly a new experience for most music listeners, regardless of genre, but it’s a phenomenon so frustrating that it tries you again and again. I can definitely say that I’ve been there in the last few years; there are just some releases that seem beyond my perception. I’ve learned (or at least have tried) to get over it, and ignore it, but, you know, it’s tough, so I thought it might be a good idea to explain ways of dealing with that album in a positive way, instead of becoming another internet troll or just getting frustrated enough to punch a hole in the wall.

Soul Curator: Reading

Like writing while listening to music, reading while listening to music is a sort of balancing act; you need to keep the part of your mind that’s liable to be distracted pacified, but you can’t overdo it or you’ll just be listening. Furthermore, the music often sets the tone in an immediate way, and so you need something that will allow whatever you’re reading its own space. You can’t have the music overthrow the tonality of the book or vice versa. And so, you’ll find that much of the music below allows your mind its own spaces and will pretty much mold itself to the vibe you’re looking for. Thus it enables you to both focus and get hyped, putting you in the mood to keep delving deeper into your source material.

I don’t necessarily recommend reading and listening to music if it’s something that takes a lot of concentration to digest, but if you’re just cracking open awesome fantasy novel or something and want something to chill to, go no further than this list!

Mantar – Ode to the Flame

Most music fans have a section of their digital and/or physical library dedicated to boisterous background music; albums that digest quickly and provide instantaneous satisfaction. The inverse of spinning Tangerine Dream after popping melatonin, these albums provide the sonic stimulus of the body without necessitating the involvement of the mind. German sludge duo…

Ramleh – Circular Time

There is an important observation to be made about the press release that accompanied our promo for Circular Time, which began by claiming that “it’s been nearly twenty years since we last had a full-length album from Ramleh operating in “rock” mode, but the sprawling new double album Circular Time sees these British noise rock legends returning with…