Rainbows in the Dark: Future Faces — “Euphoria”

I almost skipped the intro for this one because life is extremely busy right now, and I’m crunched for time while writing this.  Sometimes I feel like it almost costs more energy to slow down and take a breather than it does to keep up with everything, but if there’s one thing that music lets me do it’s that, and that is kind of the whole point of Future Faces’ debut full-length Euphoria.  It’s really an album about taking a second and letting it all hit you, absorbing the full spectrum of beauty and vastness that we inhabit. 

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Rainbows in the Dark: Ploho — “Phantom Feelings”

We had an interesting discussion come up in our group chat the other day, specifically concerning vocals.  Not only do I have no problem with a language barrier between myself and the lyrics of a song, often times I prefer it.  I don’t tend to get too hung up on lyrics and phrases, with some notable exceptions.  I’m more of a sucker for a good melody, and if the vocal melody is solid, I can listen to someone sing about just about anything (within reason, of course).   Enter, then, Ploho and the Siberian trio’s new post-punk opus Phantom Feelings.

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Album Review: Tribulation — “Where the Gloom Becomes Sound”

Tribulation - Where the Gloom Becomes Sound

Here we are again with another collaborative review, and this is one we have been looking forward to for quite some time.  Tribulation is a band that we both thoroughly enjoy, from their creative songwriting to their spooky swag, and we have both been enamored with their live performances over the years as their stage presence is otherworldly.  When the news first broke about a new Tribulation album to kick off 2021, we had a feeling that this year would start off alright.  Where the Gloom Becomes Sound is everything we expected it to be and more.  

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Rainbows in the Dark: Pågå — “The Evil Year”

2020 can be described as a lot of things, most of them far from pleasant.  I don’t think “evil” is a stretch, considering all of the rampant bullshit abounding and the world being a dumpster fire growing hotter and smellier every single day.  I have no idea if Sweden’s Pågå are referring specifically to this year with the title of their debut album The Evil Year, but considering the whole affair is winding down and this album is chock full of all things strange, outlandish and psychedelic, I have to think that’s where at least some inspiration came from.

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Rainbows in the Dark: History — “History”

History is a band that doesn’t exist,” reads the bio.  While that may seem like a pretty cryptic way to sell the post-punk duo, the truth is pretty damn close to that.  History’s history, if you’ll pardon the expression, is full of a multitude of reasons why they shouldn’t exist, not the least of which is the almost ten-year gap between when their self-titled debut was recorded and when it finally got to see the light of day.  Regardless of how or why, the important thing is it’s here and it feels like it came not a moment too soon.

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