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.
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 Portland’s own Animal Eyes. The new album is called Where We Go and it just came out towards the end of May. The album is packed with explosive rock and pop songs. Animal Eyes has a cool indie boy band vibe to them. Great harmonies, great songwriting, and catchy guitar riffs fills out Where We Go. “Feeding Snakes” starts of the record with a bouncy bass and dynamic vocals, reminiscent of Animal Collective. Then it goes to my favorite two tracks in “Zeke/Wizard” and “Mushroom Hunter”. These two tracks have been a staple in Animal Eyes’ live shows for a couple of years now, and these recordings are some of the best versions I’ve heard. Other favorite tracks of mine include “Sand Sang”, with those clanging guitars, and the ending track “Alligator Sex”. Definitely one of the better local Portland releases this year.
Finally catching up on some regular updates now. Still working on the Treefort coverage, but for now let’s dive into some of my favorite albums this year so far. Let’s start with Portland band Sioux Falls. They released Rot Forever back in February and it is a kick-ass indie-rock album that is filled with really good songs. Sioux Falls has such a classic indie-rock sound to them ranging from Modest Mouse to Pavement to Built To Spill. They also have an emo-punk theme to their music along the lines of Blink-182.
The vocals are what jump out at you first. The growly viciousness of Isaac Eiger is a staple in Sioux Falls. The way that he paces and presents the lyrics are really unique and add another layer of intrigue to the band.
Overall Rot Forever goes down as one of the freshest indie punk-rock albums this decade. So definitely wrap your ears around Sioux Falls.