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
I’ve had a lot of fun with Rainbows in the Dark here. As much as I love metal, I love a diverse range of genres, I like being able to talk about all of them, and I like being able to stretch my comfort zone and get into stuff I would normally pass by. I’ve found a lot of albums that I’ve really enjoyed for this column, but with Osi and the Jupiter and their EP Appalachia, I have found true gold, the kind of release I hoped I would find when I picked up this column. 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
Earlier this year I decided I wanted to use the Rainbows platform to branch out of my comfort zone, so I tried dipping my toe in ambient waters, much to my pleasure (read about it here, if you want). This time, feeling slightly more confident that I know what I’m talking about, I’m back with another Coldspring artist and some more interesting mood setting ambience, this time courtesy of Llyn Y Cwn and the dark ambient naturescapes they’ve crafted on Dinorwic. This is Rainbows in the Dark, bringing you the best of all things non-metal and metal adjacent. Continue reading