Review – Falcon Arrow – Tower

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By Tim Kraus

If you are perusing the metaphorical bandcamp physical record store in the sky, Falcon Arrow’s most recent release provides yet more evidence that the band refuses to be put in a box, or at least that there is not yet a box that exists for them. The typical labels for such music (such as the ones that you will see in the tags at the bottom of this review) fall short of classifying their particular decoupage of sonic textures in a way that is meaningful or even factual. Continue reading

Video – Falcon Arrow – Landing Party

Video Directed by: Andy Underwood-Bultmann

http://falconarrow.bandcamp.com/

 

houseluna – beyond color – upcoming show

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It’s really cool we have such a diverse music scene, because out of that you get bands like houseluna.

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New Release – more.is.more – Roy G Black

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It’s nice to see music that stretches our aural sensibilities. Nothing fancy, just straightforward analog recording with no overdubs. For the lay person out there, no overdubs mean no layering of instruments over the  top of on another.  Just hit record and play the piece.

What comes out of it, is a full sounding unique experimental rock sound. They describe themselves as Bombastic and Post-Rock, but it goes a bit deeper than that. It’s a great experiment in sound and arrangement. Check out their Bandcamp page where you can pre-order the new 10″ and t-shirt combo. Part of the proceeds goes toward a great cause as well as supporting local music.

https://moreismore.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/more.is.more.band

Beasthead – “Tallest Trees”

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Review by Christine Mlodzik

Not that long ago, Beasthead sent in a video to Rift; it was of them playing at a house party. I’d never heard of Beasthead, but I really liked what I heard. Then they sent us a link to their newest EP, “Tallest Trees.” And I won’t lie, I was somewhat at a loss on how to describe them (this is my second pass at writing this review).

It’s too easy to describe Beasthead’s sound as ambient, although that’s one component – “Tallest Trees” is more of a continually evolving soundscape. Their music’s effect is like taking in visual art; much like looking at a fine painting, their music doesn’t require constant involvement on the listener’s part, he/she can hang in the background and simply add to the atmosphere, but this particular atmosphere is rife with sonic richness.

There’s a silky texture to the vocals and instruments as they thread around each other and finally intertwine. While at times it sounds a little disintegrated, more listens reveal simple, delicate loops that give way to fainter and shadowy works.

Beasthead is comprised of Harry Reynolds (vocals, guitar), Doug Deitchler (guitar, synth, percussion), Nick Whebbe (guitar) and Paul Novak (bass).

There are five tracks on this EP and “Numbers” and “Louder” were my favorites. Local rapper Dem Atlas is a guest vocalist on “Different Son.”

As much as I really like “Tallest Trees,” there’s just one thing I didn’t like: I am not a fan of autotuning vocals. At the beginning of “Numbers” you’ll hear Reynolds’ voice and in my opinion, it doesn’t need any affecting. Like I said, it’s just my opinion.

I recommend you buy “Tallest Trees,” listen, experience and repeat.

The EP is available online; hard copies of “Tallest Trees” will be available for free at Beasthead’s live shows.

https://www.facebook.com/beastheadband

Liminal Phase & Mississippi Peace at Icehouse 3/15

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Sometimes you need to go out and listen to something that doesn’t fit inside the box.

Liminal Phase and Mississippi
Friday, March 15th.
Icehouse – 2858 Nicollet Ave. S.

http://www.liminalphase.com/

Review – Youth at Large – Students

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Review By Rich Horton

When first hearing the name of the band Youth At Large, I immediately thought of a young raw punk band. I was totally wrong on that account and was pleasantly surprised with the musical and refreshing offering, “Students”. Continue reading