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.
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.
New music from the post-rock group Red Hands Black Feet, called We Must Fall Forever if We Survive. These guys are one of our favorite bands out of Boise. The new album is quite magical, there are so many moments that you just get lost in the movement. Red Hands Black Feet create a sense of falling forever, but making it okay to do so. We Must Fall Forever if We Survive is a real epic of an album, with beautiful songs. You got to listen to it.
New music from Sweden psych-rock band Goat. The new album is called Commune, and it is a journey of psychedelic pop. The album is put together really well, it definitely gets jammy yet Goat does a great job to make it super interesting. The songwriting and musicianship of this band is pretty incredible, Goat’s live performance includes costumes and lots of dancing. Commune starts off with such a catchy track in “Talk to God” and it doesn’t let go until the super rocking, guitar screaming of “Gathering of Ancient Tribes.” One of my favorite tracks is “Goatchild” which sounds like a song that would be used in a Quentin Tarantino movie. This album is another one of my favorites this year so go check it out.
Folks, Marriage + Cancer is some shit. Self termed Pissed Pop, the tunes from last year’s Start From an End come across with a strong dynamism and some underlying tension. There’s something lurking in the background here; some spooky organs and delicious hints of surf and doom. Their riffs are memorable and the reverb’d vocals are nicely harmonious. We saw them with Ghost Ease back in April, and it was one of those shows where you go get the album immediately afterwards. The album comes in cassette, and as the name suggests a perfect Start From an End as the tape flips and Marriage + Cancer continues an endless loop of righteous no-holds-barred and seriously catchy rock.
NOTE: You may know these guys as Nuclear Aminals. http://nucularaminals.bandcamp.com/