Skip to main content



Featured Post

Nadia Tehran - Dozakh: All Lovers Hell Music Album Reviews

The debut album from the Iranian-Swedish artist offers a fascinatingly dark take on romantic love, filled with images of violence and devastation.
Dozakh: All Lovers Hell, the debut album from Iranian-Swedish artist Nadia Tehran, begins with a recording of her immigrant father, Ali Kardar, saying that he’s not afraid of death. He’s in the middle of describing a near-fatal experience during his time as a soldier in the Iran-Iraq war. “I wake up with unbelievable pain that isn’t just pain from my legs, it’s pain through my whole soul,” he recounts in Swedish. “I didn’t even realize that my leg was gone.” And with that harrowing image, Tehran sets up Dozakh, an album examining emotional purgatory and devastation in all its forms.





Olden Yolk - Living Theatre Music Album Reviews

The Brooklyn group’s second album frames heavy questions in lovely, deceptively serene psych rock.

Over half a century ago, the French theorist and actor Antonin Artaud wrote a book called The Theatre and Its Double. The book posited that great theater is a form of exorcism, and the stage is a space where spectators directly confront their fears and desires. This way of thinking about performance became the basis for an influential experimental-theater movement born in the streets of mid-century downtown New York called the Living Theatre, which also happens to be the title of the equally heady sophomore album from a Brooklyn-based group called Olden Yolk.

It’s hard to pull off a record with roots in an 81-year-old piece of critical theory and not leave listeners feeling like they’ve been bopped over the head with a cast-iron pan. Olden Yolk have big ideas and big dreams about what type of art they want to make, and for the most part, they execute in such a way that feels both strangely soothing and impossibly lovely. But that’s how all great psych rock should function: you get bamboozled by the apparent textural niceties and then get blindsided by the depth of the lyrics.

The opening song, “240D,” is a particularly compelling example of how this brand of trickery operates. The track lights up in sensual soft focus; resonant keys meander in and out of the frame, co-bandleaders Shane Butler and Caity Shaffer share vocal harmonies, and the percussion moves like stop-motion video of a flower wiggling its way out of the dirt at the beginning of spring. Just as you begin to get cozy within the song’s roomy atmospherics, the previously concealed lyrics become clear. “240D” is at its core a song about watching someone die and then living with the panic and trauma that follows. “You can’t deny what’s in your head/and your pleasant thoughts/can’t wake the dead,” Butler sings with the placidity of a cloudless sky.

On “Castor & Pollux,” Olden Yolk lean furthest into their psych proclivities. The sonics here narrowly dodge a very specific kind of tacky 1960s sensibility: Vintage synths speckle the song’s horizon in paisley and gold, while a combination of strings and flute delicately arpeggiate atop what feels like a pile of velvet. “Violent Days,” on the other hand, shows the band at its most aqueous. A warm bath of electronics boils over from beneath the song’s surface; meanwhile, jazz-inflected percussion and guitar pull you under by surprise.

Then there is “Cotton & Cane,” a song that sounds as if, say, a Jeff Tweedy or David Berman disciple defected to the teachings of Procol Harum. Deceptively pleasurable in early listens, the song is about the complicated death of Butler’s father. Like Artaud and the thespians of the Living Theatre years ago, Butler very publicly summons the dead in his song. His seance comes in the form of blinding white light, gas-station lighters, and unrelenting streams. It’s a vivid and terrifying series of images, which might be part of what makes this record such a mesmeric listen. Death blooms up from the bottom of a nearby abyss on Living Theatre, and it feels about as serene as you’d fear.

View my Flipboard Magazine.

View the original article here



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular posts from this blog

Game Of Thrones Season 8 - End Game With Sinhala Subtitles

Huawei Mate 30 Pro Release Date, Price & Specification Rumours

Huawei's already working on its next flagship phone, the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro, but will its recent spat with Google affect that upcoming smartphone's software? Here's what we know about the Mate 30, including when it will launch, how much it will cost, and what specifications and features you can expect.
Huawei had been on a roll with consumers in the Europe and UK flocking to buy its handsets, but now Google may have thrown a huge spanner in the works.

Asus ZenFone 6 Review

Has Asus cracked the bezel-less design with the ZenFone 6? We think so - read our review and find out why.
Should I Buy The Asus ZenFone 6?
The ZenFone 6 is a phenomenal smartphone, offering an innovative Flip Camera system that not only provides high-end front- and rear-facing cameras, but allows for a full-screen display free of hole-punch cameras or notches. Combine that with high-end internals and all-day battery life, and you've got a great, all-round smartphone. 

Samsung Q70R Review (2019)

Not as well specified as in previous years, but the 2019 Q70R is a superb QLED TV which has enough features from the flagship Q90R to make it great value at this price. Find our more in our full review.
Should I Buy The Samsung Q70R QLED 4K TV?
Highly impressive QLED picture quality along with the all-encompassing Smart Hub combine to make the Q70R a great choice if you can’t justify spending a whole lot more on the Q90R.

Huawei MateBook 14 Review

The MateBook 14 is one of Huawei's new laptops for 2019 and is the perfect all-rounder. Find out why in our full review.
Should I Buy The Huawei MateBook 14?
The MateBook 14 might be a slightly chunkier and heavier version of the flagship X Pro, but the weight is a small price to pay considering that this laptop is a much cheaper option.
What you lose (or gain, really) in weight, is made up for by additional ports, better performance and longer battery life. You only really need to pass on this if Thunderbolt is an absolute must.

Like Fan Page