Pasadena trio BisonWAR are in interesting territory on their self-titled debut. BisonWAR is a dark album, not least implied by its eerie artwork of a twilit winter forest, but it is not an aggressive album. Like a handful of other math rock greats, the likes of Ativin and Town Portal, the band explore heavier terrains but without diving completely into the metal tier.
Unsurprisingly Lambhorn's debut album is a well-structured and exquisitely produced instrumental release, effortlessly moving from highs to lows. The album's six tracks are eclectic, dense and teeming with catchy guitar melodies.
Hollow Ran's debut album, a masterwork of spastic math rock and electronics, is out now on Pacific Nature Records...
New Jersey quartet El Americano are an indie band doing things a little different. Their lavishly angular approach to music-making, complete with odd-metered rhythms and jazzy intricate guitar phrases, transforms what would be otherwise chirpy pop rock into something more unpredictable, vivacious and undoubtedly entertaining.
One might be forgiven for hearing South Korea's Visuals and expecting a pop-up carnival. In their wild debut Lekker, the band bring together a bounty of lavish staccato-style guitar effects and samples, the sort that give bands like Battles and Adebisi Shank their oddball and fantastical flavors.
It's not often that we hear of a band combining highly technical jazz with the loose, slack sensibility of grunge. It was Umbra's intention to fuse the two...