Rainbows in the Dark: Kariti — “Covered Mirrors”

I’ve got a Slavic two-for here this week, and we’re also taking it back to what I feel has become The Basics for this column: gentle, mournful, evocative folk music, this time courtesy of the Italian-by-way-of-Russia singer/songwriter/artist Kariti and her soulful debut Covered Mirrors.  While we sometimes stretch our comfort zones in this space, I feel like what I need right now, with fall approaching and the air turning chill, is to vibe with something that is in my wheelhouse, and this album feels like a comfort pick for all the right reasons.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Aru — “Fighting Hatred”

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.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Reptoid — “Worship False Gods”

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.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Theyrgy — “Exit Strategies”

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.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Tic Tic — “Comfort in the Echo”

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