Hey everyone we’re back after a brief hiatus with some new music from Portland’s own Coastlands. Their new album is called To Be Found. The post-rock group has been playing together for the last couple of years, and this new album is incredibly dynamic. Coastlands uses a lot of grungy guitars along with great drumming that includes a lot of cymbals. To Be Found is a great album for those who love Explosions in the Sky, though Coastlands is not as ambient. The whole album is super well constructed, it sounds like driving the coastal highways in the Pacific Northwest. Highly recommended to all those post-rock lovers out there.
New music from Portland outfit, Wooden Indian Burial Ground. Their new full length is called How’s Your Favorite Dreamer?. It’s a journey of experimental psycho-billy rock that pushes the boundaries of psych-rock. WIBG brings out the inner freak right off the bat. Their sound is derived from ear-crushing guitars, hoppy vocals, and overall wobbly chaotic drive that comes from the drums and keys/organ. How’s Your Favorite Dreamer? is one of the best that has come out of Portland this year. The album starts off with two absolute bangers, then slows down for a second to give you a break before getting back into it with “Spazz Pony.” Wooden Indian Burial Ground has more subdued/experimental tracks on this album than their previous full lengths. These guys make an incredible live show so be sure to check them out, and let your freak flag fly with Wooden Indian Burial Ground.
Got some new music for you all with St. Terrible, a solo act out of Boise, ID. His latest release is called The Gospel of Nothingness and he recorded it with Psych Mt. Revival, a brother duo also from Boise. The album came out in June and it sounds great. St. Terrible has an awesome pop sound mixed with that neo-folk style. There’s a nice balance of vocals, guitars, harmonies, and other ambient noises. The Gospel of Nothingness is one of those albums that you listen all the way through a couple of times in a row. It is a great album to take down to the river on a hot breezy day.
St. Terrible makes this album flow so well, the first couple songs are really upbeat and jammy. Then with “Violence” it mellows out a little more, with a memorable harmony (that actually makes the melody). After that “Talking Dirty With the Spirits” reminds me of some early Animal Collective, it’s a really powerful pop-folk song. It’s hard to choose a favorite song, but the one that sticks out is “Shadows (Mouthless Yelling From the Void)” which starts out with a didgeridoo drone and keeps building through the vocals and drums. Very cool stuff from St. Vincent and Psych Mt. Revival. Do yourself a favor and check out The Gospel of Nothingness.
Brand new music from Portland’s post-rock outfit Amos Val. The album is called Yūgen. These guys have such an epic sound to their music. Amos Val’s newest record sounds super good! Yūgen brings out the best in each band member. From the crashing drums, the ripping bass lines, the dissonance of the guitars playing together all combine for a brilliant album. Amos Val definitely is one of the premiere post-rock band in Portland. The new album focuses a little harder on lyrics and vocals more than their previous recordings, and it adds another layer of depth to the band. Definitely give Yūgen a listen to, and be sure to check out Amos Val live.
Today we got Corvallis, OR band Vandfald and their latest release called A Delicate Balance. These guys absolutely shred in all senses of their music. Vandfald (which means “waterfall” in Danish) puts together an epic pop sound that includes great vocals, big drum beats, driving guitar riffs, and a nice touch of piano melodies. A Delicate Balance is exactly the correct name for this album. The opening track “Don’t Stress” starts with a flying guitar solo then smooths out with the opening vocals. My favorite track is “Firemouth” which has such a huge chorus that makes you pump your fist in the air. So if you’re a fan of The National with a little Coldplay sprinkled in there, then definitely check out Vandfald.