Monday, December 7, 2020

Going (Band)Camping: Edition Seven

Here we are yet again with more music I've listened to and want to share my thoughts on. The unifying factor to all these assorted LP and EPs is how they can be found on Bandcamp, a snazzy website and app for supporting music artists directly as opposed to other services that give them pennies on the dollar. Let's review some music!

Mousy Kissed--Mousy Kissed EP

Some catchy lo-fi bedroom pop, anyone? If that sounds appealing, Mousy Kissed's self-titled EP will be right up your alley. Energetic and full of enthusiasm, I had a great time listening and as I bought the cassette it came with some extra covers of Blink-182 on the B-side that I absolutely adored. You can buy a digital copy or the tape with the bonus tracks here.

5 out of 5 stars.

Sound and Voice--Cleansing River

This EP by Sound and Voice has fantastic deep and bluesy folk that washes over the listener and covers you in a beautiful aural sensation. The second of the three tracks, "After Afternoon," was my favorite, but the other two songs are superb as well! The instrumentation works phenomenally and is deeply soulful. This EP may be short, but it is stellar. Check it out here.

5 out 5 stars.

The Phlegms--SPIT

Singer Avery Lee gives us some good lyrics and great singing on this EP of garage rock that never gets too abrasive or too gentle. That said, my favorite tune, "Love Song," does hint at some sentimentality, but still carries an edge that the entire EP proudly sports. Good punk worth giving a listen to, which you can do at this link.

4 out of 5 stars.

Ron Cannon--S.L.A.S.H.E.R.

Cannon brings us the soundtrack to an 80's horror movie that doesn't actually exist. You read that right. This is a concept album of sorts, bringing us cuts from moments in a movie that we can only try and imagine. The titles hint at a cult, a hot city, the theme for someone named Kate. Otherwise, it is a mystery, a nice synth-heavy mystery that reminds me of John Carpenter's scores for flicks such as, "Halloween." I say that as the highest compliment. Cannon's faux-soundtrack is tonally perfect and catchy all its own with the slicks tracks, even without the clever concept. Highly recommended. Try it out here.

5 out of 5 stars.

Grog Organ--Fur Clemt

A lovely LP of experimental folk music, the title is a local dialect that mans, "Very hungry," according to Grog Organ, and over his album, he brings us just plain lovely alternative-styled folk. Stellar guitar playing, thoughtful singing, and some unique instruments all put in an appearance, working wonderfully. "Fur Clemt," is the kind of album you put on while looking out at the forest on a nice and crisp Autumn day, observing as the leaves fall as if floating along to the music. Listen at this link.

5 out of 5 stars.

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