Sunday, February 22, 2015

Materic - меж каменных плит (2014)

Genre: Screamo
Country: Russia

Screamo from Russia (of all places) that's rooted into some aspects of shoegaze in terms of their chord progressions and post rock characteristics in terms of songwriting. Kinda generic, but the most important thing to consider here is that it's done much better than a lot of other screamo bands these days. If you're into this style of screamo, you're bound to enjoy at least parts of this record.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Brave Little Abacus - just got back from the discomfort—we’re alright (2010)

Genre: Midwest Emo
Country: United States

So this has getting a little more attention lately but it still only has roughly 4000 listeners on and that's an injustice to one of the best emo albums in recent years. If you're really into Cap'n Jazz style emo (lots of energy, whiny vocals like John Galm from Snowing, a mix of somewhat ambigious lyrics and unabashed honesty) then you're most likely to like this. What makes them sound fresh in a such a derivative scene is that they have some blatant Bomb The Music Industry! influences from the horns and the bouncy synths. It's basically if BTMI! wrote an midwest emo album. I could go on and on about what I love about this album, the lyrics, how well it flows, the well-placed Malcolm in the Middle samples, but I'll leave it as that. If you've got eponymous discomfort, you really should listen to this. Even if you don't, listen to it anyway.