NATURE BOY – BRIGHT LIGHT & MORE EAZE

More Eaze - unnatural._light. (Rat Tail Tapes) More Eaze is a treasure - prolific and diverse, he excels at every sonic style and subsequent permutation he explores. On unnatural._light. we find More Eaze working with more traditional structures, at least on the first side. Composed of three short songs in which sparse guitar accompanies soft vo…

WE’RE ONLY IN IT FOR THE ANXIETY

  Jacob Levesque - Panic (The Dark Thursday) Jacob Levesque’s new album, Panic - released on his own The Dark Thursday label - was made with “absurdity, anxiety, and passion” in mind, and it recreates the titular feeling with ease. While Jacob is the main artist, a long list of contributors are present throughout the 10 tracks, u…

TOTAL TRASH – GARBAGE MAN ON WAX

Garbage Man - Tobacco Bong Rips 7” EP (Forbidden Place/Personal Militia) Tobacco Bong Rips is the first proper release by Sheboygan, Wisconsin’s noise rock revivalists, Garbage Man. I first heard the group a few years back (2015?) at an art show I was working - skateboard decks were the featured medium and loud and heavy bands jammed the ope…

THE HERO’S JOURNEY

GOSH! - Odyssey (Nicey Music) “‘Life is good/love is good/everything cannot be understood/oh yeah” - “Whipping Winds” The new GOSH! album, Odyssey, starts with the simple repeated phrase “I can feel it coming/I can feel it coming soon” resolving into “so do you want to come with me.” This cycles around a second time befo…

CASTLES, MASKS, AND THINGS YOU CANNOT SEE

building castles out of matchsticks – Your Skin, My Mask (Histamine Tapes) The work of Anne Sulikowski (the artist behind building castles out of matchsticks) is a world of synth and guitar loops, often times utilizing only a handful of effects pedals. She has a youtube channel showcasing her talent of building up drones or soundscapes and ove…

THE CENTRAL – GRINDCORE AND MORE

The Central – “Sick and Dying” (Sassbologna) The Central is a duo from Madison, Wisconsin that describes their sound as “Midwestern schizophrenic grind.”  Certainly this description is partially comprehensive to describe their new album, Sick and Dying, released back in February.  However, with the release of this album it seems that…