The word “kai” has many meanings in many different languages, but perhaps the rough translation, “oar”, can be applied to Tokyo 4-piece te’ ‘s new album,『櫂』(kai), considering one may need some oars to traverse the unpredictable rhythms and immense waves of sound delivered in each densely packed track of this release.
Travel to the Midwest United States during the peak of autumn. The air has become thin and cold, the trees have shed their foliage, and the wildlife is scarce. Dismal, overcast skies eloquently contrast the withering landscape. This particular time of year inspired the writing of Via Luna's third EP Wilt.
Brooklyn’s independent duo, Brightest Color, have released their newest EP Ocarina. This may only be a three track album, but the dense complexity and pith of each song feels as though this could be a full-length LP.
Five years after their full-length release, Killer Tofu, the San Diego-based instrumental band Stage Kids have reemerged with their latest masterpiece,...
Illinois-based math-rockers Parachute Day serve up instrumental emo flavours in their brand new EP Thank You Notes. The bite sized debut features catchy guitar riffs nestling nicely between the emo-revival sound making waves through the US, and the major chord rich post rock sound prominent over various parts of Asia.
What does a label actually do? How do they sign bands? How do they get their footing in a world where music production/recording/distribution is becoming even more democratized? We spoke to Small Pond Recordings, a label who have put everything on the line by setting up a huge recording studio and rehearsal space in Brighton.