Rainbows in the Dark:  Karin Park — “Private Collection”

Combining crystal clear vehement vocals, expansive synths, and a small assortment of airy instrumentation, Karin Park has created a beautiful album of thoughtful, calculated compositions that is Private Collection.  This album may seem simple upon first listen as there is not a lot of variation in style or a wide range of instruments used, but it is clear that each contribution is with immense purpose and it is finished with a clean production.  The beauty is in Karin Park’s vocals and the personal nature of each arrangement as she shares herself with listeners as a singer-songwriter as well as a wife and a mother.

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Album Review:  Holy Fawn — “Dimensional Bleed”

Blooming into something strong and dynamic, combining elements of shoegaze, rock, metal, electronic, and more, Holy Fawn are back with their sophomore full-length album Dimensional Bleed.  Getting into their stride, this release brings something a little new and a little more experimental while still showcasing the sounds and vibe fans fell for in the band’s debut.  Dimensional Bleed offers electronic and ambient passages that feel cosmic and otherworldly, while at the same time grounding listeners with lyrical themes around death, nature, and the cosmos.  The dynamic between the music and the lyrics make for an immersive and enlightening experience making this album something special and Holy Fawn a creative force to indulge in.

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Gridfailure’s David Brenner on new album “Dismemberment Cabaret,” and much more!

It has been said that Gridfailure is for those that love a challenging listen. And, we are not ones to argue that point. However, Gridfailure is a band that must be experienced as the way they mold noise, drone, ambient, jazz, and dark sounds of all natures together into a cohesive mass of thought provoking music is a thing of beauty. Their most recent album, Dismemberment Cabaret finds the band collaborating with veteran trumpet player Mac Gollehon and the results are astounding. Buke recently sat down with David Brenner for a wide ranging discussion surrounding the new album, how it came to be, how it was working with Mac, and a multitude of other topics. This discussion is one for the record books so we don’t want to spoil it any further. With that being said, we now bring you this conversation in its entirety so grab your beverage of choice, a seat, and enjoy.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Cremation Lily — “Dreams Drenched in Static”

Sleep doesn’t come easily for me.  It never has.  Since I was a kid, I’ve always had problems getting to sleep and staying asleep.  It’s a very rare night that I don’t wake up sometime between one and three in the morning with my thoughts racing out of control, and once that happens the only thing I can do is let them run their course, whatever that may be.  Zen Zsigo, the visionary behind Cremation Lily, also seems to suffer from the same problems, only he channels it into good use on the latest from the ambient, gazey project, Dreams Drenched in Static.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Blood Incantation — “Timewave Zero”

BLOOD INCANTATION - Timewave Zero

Blood Incantation should need no introduction to readers of this column, being one of death metal’s most luminary forces in recent years, but astute followers of the Colorado four-piece have known that they have always been so much more than a mere death metal band. Timewave Zero lays bare the often occluded side of the band, stripping away all semblance of metal entirely to revel in cosmic, new age ambiance, creating a meditative soundscape that offers a perfect place to reflect, particularly for me on the nature of relationships and musical identity that become challenged when a band makes such a dramatic shift as this.

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