We got a quick one for you today, folks. French synthwave veteran and Lazerdiscs newcomer Aru put out a new track called Fighting Hatred that builds on the dark, dreamlike atmosphere and the French Touch style that he has been known for since he started writing synthwave songs at the tender age of fourteen. His nostalgic brand of upbeat and ethereal pop has been featured on a number of compilations and zines and even on national TV in France. High accolades, but it’s well deserved and it’s what drew Lazerdiscs to ARU in the first place.
One-man bands are nothing new to the heavy music scene. Black metal in particular seems to have a monopoly on the concept of one person locked in their house, recording every instrument and doing all the vocals. Other people’s minds might jump to a strange looking guy with a bass drum strapped to his back, tambourines on the ankles, accordion and trumpet blaring atonally. Reptoid, on the other hand, takes a “one-man” approach on Worship False Gods that’s closer to the latter in structure (and maybe lyrical concept), but with the finesse and precision of the former.
It’s no secret that surviving as a musician is tough these days, but let’s not pretend like it wasn’t before this whole situation began. Being at the whims of record companies, fighting day to day for every scrap of exposure you can get, and feeling like there’s no way to make it unless you’ve already made it have been symptoms of a larger problem in the industry for a long time now, but Theyrgy are attempting to fix these problems and put out some killer shoegaze-inspired post punk at the same time with their debut EP Exit Strategies.
I, like most people I know, have something of a love/hate relationship with pop music. When it’s done right, it’s captivating, melodic, uplifting and challenging without being overbearing. When it’s done wrong it’s banal, repetitive, derivative and flat out boring. Where the line gets drawn between “good” pop music and “bad” pop music is a matter of both personal taste and scholarly debate, but the good news is you’d be hard-pressed to find anything boring or banal about Tic Tic and their debut Comfort in the Echo. Continue reading
Thuringia is one of the little-known gems of Germany. One of the least populous states in Germany, it is nevertheless replete with natural beauty in its misty forests, lofty mountains and verdant plains. It’s in these landscapes that Martin van Valkenstijn, aka Mosaic, has taken inspiration for his somewhat folk, somewhat black metal, somewhat atmospheric project for the last fifteen years. In celebration of this monumental anniversary of his project, Valkenstijn tirelessly worked to remaster and compile a collection of old, limited release tracks in the form of Harvest: Songs of Autumnal Landscapes and Melancholy. Continue reading