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Olle Andersson and Terje Carlsson: “Dance Off”

I’ve featured music by Olle Andersson on here numerous times and he has never disappointed. Yet again here is an awesome track called “Dance Off” that is a collaboration between Olle and fellow electronic artist Terje Carlsson. In a recent correspondence with Olle Andersson the song was described as being a long improv session. The results are an electronic dream, with pulsating rhythms and an infectious melodic interaction.


Album review: Losing Landscapes by Chelsey and the Noise

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One of the most interesting trends in music right now is the resurgence of electronic music like that of the trip-hop golden years (i.e. the 90s). One problem I notice, however, is that the radio is becoming absolutely saturated with these electronic groups and only a few stand out from the crowd. What should an electronic group do so that they aren’t typecast as “just another indie electronic act?”

Enter Chelsey and the Noise with their EP Losing Landscapes. Described in their bio as utilizing “deep analog synths, glitch inspired beats, and aggressive vocals to create a darker breed of electronic music,” this duo of Chelsey Hice and Brent “the Noise” Watters creates a much needed fresh take on the electronic genre. 

The album is dark and infectious melodically. The instrumentals are well-composed, the vocals are extremely unique, and ultimately the songs have an immense amount of artistry behind them. Losing Landscapes is kind of like early Nine Inch Nails meets Phantogram and the Cure. It is the 80s, 90s, and modern era of alternative, industrial, and electronic music rolled into one EP.

Chelsey and the Noise is such a breath of fresh air amongst all of the copy-cat acts that are arising in the indie-electronic scene. This duo from the Bay Area is absolutely worth your time.

Losing Landscapes can be found at:

https://chelseyandthenoise.bandcamp.com/releases


Compilation Review: Sunrise Square 01-09

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Ambition is sometimes what drives composers insane. Sometimes we get such grandiose ideas that, when we put it together, it turns out to be too great to materialize. Other times, however, these “big” ideas become a large, continuous conceptual work of art. It is the latter that Sunrise Square falls into.

01-09 are, as indicated, nine separate collections of songs (in various numeric groupings) that form one ultimate compilation. It is an extremely vast work but absolutely worth going through as a music reviewer. Sunrise Square’s music is described by the Connecticut-based composer as:

“‘impressionist dance music’ influenced by Wolfgang Voigt, Detroit techno and Hiroki
Azuma’s interpretation of ‘otaku culture’.”

What occurs, to my own ears, is a mixture of ambient, house, and other electronic styles that manages to give off a calm, dance-able musical experience. You can either engage or tune out, and the music accepts either direction.

The three years that Sunrise Square took to make this music was time well spent. I think that there is something for every electronic music fan in this compilation.

Sunrise Square 01-09 can be found at:

http://www.sunrisesquare.bandcamp.com

 


Album review: 1(EP) by aoi

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When an artist has a clear vision for their work, it is imperative that they follow through with it. aoi, a composer/musician/producer from Montreal, is an example of this actually happening. With his debut EP, entitled 1(EP), aoi (real name Keven Brien) has established that he wants the listener to experience:

“A voyage through lands where the organic and synthetic evolved in symbiosis, when the past and future coexist simultaneously.”

I can testify after listening to this record that this symbiosis occurs beautifully, as numerous genres and eras coalesce to form the final product. You hear echoes of Brian Eno, Pat Metheny, Jan Hammer, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Allan Holdsworth in this record.

1(EP) is ambient, driven, and emotionally complex. Above all else it is experimental in a way that comes across as genuine, rather than pretentious (a problem that sometimes plagues the genre). Don’t let the “experimental” label scare you away if that isn’t your thing, as I truly believe there is enough for the mainstream listener here as well.

In accomplishing his vision for 1(EP), aoi has made an ambitious and beautiful debut record. It is truly something I recommend you give a try.

1(EP) by aoi can be found at https://ao-i.bandcamp.com/


Astronauts of Antiquity-“Future Back”

 

We live in completely insane times. It seems like hope is hard to find, and a good future is nothing but a pipe-dream. It doesn’t hurt to dream, however, and music is a great vehicle for such dreams. The infectious electropop sound of Astronauts of Antiquity, for instance, accomplishes this with ease. In their new single “Future Back,” AoA “advocates a future of harmony and a future that prevents corrupt leaders from destroying the planet.”

The song itself is catchy, with the video providing an even better visual portrayal of the song’s message. 


My new album Cataclysm is out

Hey,

I know I don’t post as much here as I used to but I’ve been busy. One reason is this.

My new album Cataclysm is now available on Bandcamp https://derekkortepeter.bandcamp.com/album/cataclysm

Go get it. 🙂

Reviews of Cataclysm:

REVIEW: Derek Kortepeter – Cataclysm (2016)

https://keepsmealive.wordpress.com/2016/09/11/derek-kortepeter-cataclysm/


Derek Kortepeter: “We Are A Lie”

First single off of my upcoming record Cataclysm, due in September 2016.
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We are a lie
We are a generation
Without a name
A figment of our
Enemy
A cost
To bear

You hold me down
Break my soul
Force me down
It won’t be the same

Give up
Give in
You can’t run
They’ve got us
Free thought
Is too expensive

You hold me down
Break my soul
Force me down
It won’t be the same

Get out while you
Still can