Rainbows in the Dark: The Omnific — “Escapades”

Gee, The Omnific, how come your mom let you have two bass players?  We make jokes, we bust out the memes, but the cold hard facts are that, despite what might look like a gimmick at first, the Australian three piece have already put in the work and reaped the rewards of a lot of hard work and determination, not to mention a whole lot of talent, and all that even comes before the release of their first full-length album, the aptly titles Escapades.  On this release, the band seeks to prove that they are more than just a fluke, and, spoiler alert, they absolutely do.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Actors — “Acts of Worship”

Here we are, back again with another post-punk release, back again with another Artoffact release, this time courtesty of Vancouver, BC’s Actors, who continue the time-honored tradition of blending dark and moody tones with upbeat danceable rhythms and bright melodies. Whereas the last Artoffact release I’ve talked about here sought to push the genre into more modern territories, on Acts of Worship, Actors pays homage to the classics and doesn’t shake up the original recipe too much. But hey, sometimes you want to go with the original recipe over the extra spicy. I might have lost the metaphor somewhere in there.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Hail Spirit Noir — “Mannequins”

Again we have another band gracing the halls of this non-metal column (although pretty loosely so), one that certainly we on staff here cannot seem to get enough of and statistically speaking, quite a number of you all out there in Reader Land probably feel the same way.  Hail Spirit Noir are no strangers to boldly and unabashedly pushing the boundaries of their sound and the world of metal in general, but on Mannequins, the outfit abandon all pretense of metal entirely and deliver something quite unexpected, definitely a little out there, but no less of a success than anyone would expect.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Wingtips — “Cutting Room Floor”

Speaking of record labels I should be checking in on more often, we come back around to another Artoffact Records release.  Artoffact have been a mainstay of this column by virtue of the sheer volume of quality synthpop and experimental music they’ve been steadily pumping out, and I don’t think I’ve ever been less than impressed with anything I’ve picked up from them, least of all this week’s feature Cutting Room Floor, the sophomore release from Wingtips.  Not only have they been steadily fine-tuning their brand of retro-meets-modern synth music, they also happen to be hometown heroes, which you should know I always get down with.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Osi and the Jupiter — “Stave”

I don’t think I will ever quite forget the first time I heard Appalachia.  It was not my first exposure to Osi and the Jupiter, but it was definitely the moment where everything clicked.  That moment specifically was “They Ride Through the Sky on Horse Drawn Chariots,” where I finally realized just how incredibly special their music could be, and just how deeply transcendent of an experience listening to it is.  Even though it was only three songs, I did wonder how the next release from the duo would fare in terms of keeping that momentum going.  Wonder no more: Stave provides a sturdy bridge that connects the band’s past to the bright future ahead of them.

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