‘New Music’: Cloud Nothings in Life Without Sound

I found these guys while exploring Wikipedia’s list of new music for 2017.  I had been disapointed in the lack of new music I listened to in 2016 and now I have a spreadsheet with most of the new releases for this year (through February, it’s a lot of stuff, and I didn’t even bother with the rap or country and I’ll never be able listen to it all and March is almost over and, and, *cue overwhelmed flailing).  Thanks to Spotify Premium for students (#notsponsored but call me?), I’ve been able to listen to a good amount of new music, including this album.

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Cloud Nothings is an American indie-rock band from Cleveland Ohio formed by vocalist and guitarist Dylan Baldi in 2009.  Filling out the roster is Jayson Gerycz on drums, TJ Duke on bass, and Chris Brown on guitar.  The group has released 5 studio albums, Life Without Sound being the most recent release.

“Up to the Surface” is a great intro track, setting you up for the mood, laid back but full of energy.  The vocals are dark in colour and with the surrounding instrumentation the whole album has a warm feel to it.

My favourite tracks include “Up to the Surface”, “Things Are Right With You”, “Darkened Rings”, “Modern Act”, and “Sight Unseen”.

If you’ve ever heard of (and like) Eyeshine or Ellengarden, I’d highly recommend Cloud Nothings (and also those other two).  These three bands would make a great summery playlist for those sunny days that aren’t quite warm enough (like it has been off and on this March.  Stop teasing me, I just want to be outside).

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‘Music’: Dir En Grey in Arche

Arche (the Greek word for origin) is Dir En Grey’s 9th full length ablum and was released in 2014. The album has also had two special edition releases featuring new tracks and acoustic versions. Arche is characterized by the theme of pain and everything the band has accomplished since it’s inception.

Hey bitmunchers!

Today we’ll be talking about what the title says.  Imagine that.

Dir En Grey is a Japanese visual kei band formed in 1997.  They have released 9 full length albums and many special edition live dvds.  Dir En Grey has been incredibly successful with large followings in Europe and America as well as Japan.  Their sound has evolved through every album they have released, and you can hear the group mature throughout the years.  Most of their music is a form of metal, though some of their songs could be classified as pop-rock.  Dir En Grey is comprised of members Kyo (vocals), Kaoru (guitar), Die (guitar), Toshiya (bass), and Shinya (drums, the prettiest).  The members of Dir En Grey (sans Toshiya) were formerly part of La:Sadie’s before recruiting Toshiya and releasing their first mini album Missa in 1997.

Fun fact: you can find all the band members blood types on their website, so if you happen to be a vampire you know which member is safe to drink from.

Arche (the Greek word for origin) is Dir En Grey’s 9th full length ablum and was released in 2014.  The album has also had two special edition releases featuring new tracks and acoustic versions.  Arche is characterized by the theme of pain and everything the band has accomplished since it’s inception.

Track List

  1. Un deux [1 2 (it’s French)]
  2. 咀嚼 (Soshaku) [Mastication (like, to chew.  I had no idea either)]
  3. 鱗 (Uroko) [Fish Scales]
  4. Phenomenon
  5. Cause of fickleness
  6. 濤声 (Tousei) [Voice of Waves]
  7. 輪郭 (Rinkaku) [Contour]
  8. Chain repulsion
  9. Midwife
  10. 禍夜想 (Magayasou) [Calamitous Night Thought]
  11. 懐春 (Kaishun) [?]
  12. Behind a vacant image
  13. Sustain the untruth
  14. 空谷の跫音 (Kukoku no kyouon) [Footsteps in the lonely valley]
  15. The inferno
  16. Revelation of mankind

Favourite tracks include: Un deux, Uroko, Tousei, Rinkaku, and Revelation of Mankind.  It is so hard to narrow it down, I love every song on this album and I’ve been listening to it obsessively for the past week.  If you are into Japanese music, or even just anime, I highly recommend Dir En Grey (though I’d watch their MV’s with caution due to cultural differences and questionable content.  Kind of like Disturbed’s MV’s.  Good music, disturbing MV’s (see what I did there??) All the links here are safe though, I’m looking out for you ;33).

Let me know what you think of this format, it is slightly different than previous album reviews (for reference here is my review of Balance and Composure).

I also wanted to say that my site is mobile friendly if you’re catching up on the go!

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(I used jisho.org for the translations)

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‘New Music’: Balance and Composure in Light We Made

Hey bitmuchers!

Welcome back to Hatchet reviews music!  It’s been a while, but I’ve finally found the time (a.k.a. I’ve been sick all weekend with nothing to do) to listen to, take notes, and formulate words about Balance and Composure’s newest album.

Balance and Composure are an alternative rock/post-hardcore group from Doylestown PA (only two hours from my residence, practically a local band) and are nearly 10 years old.  They have three full length albums and several EP’s.

Balance and Composure’s third full length album, Light We Made, was released on October 7th of 2016 on Vagrant Records.  It is a bit of a departure from their previous albums, as will happen with any evolving musicians, but Light We Made is so undeniably Balance and Composure.  I wouldn’t put this album in the ‘post-hardcore’ genre, it is just too darn chill.  The music is so relaxing and soothing, it is great to lay down with a cat on your feet and zone out too.  It was a wonderful time.

Favourite tracks include Midnight Zone, Postcard, and Is It So Much to Adore?

Fair warning, the video for Postcard is a bit bizarre.

 

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