South Korea is not a hotbed of math rock bands (There’s a joke here about maths and Asians but it’s derivative) however that doesn’t mean that the country is totally void of that music we like. One such act is Tierpark who have been creating lush, dreamy, miss-your-stop music for over five years now and already have two applause-worthy albums under their belt, 2015’s The Moment Two Worlds Meet is especially deserving of your ears.
Even in this digital age where you can find about any genre under the sun, it's hard to find a band as eclectic and bizarre as Nojikas. Still, from a listen to this latest frenetic release the バレエ Ballet Mechanic EP, it's clear that this Japanese experimental outfit couldn't really exist in any other time.
As post rock steadily descends into the maelstrom of predictable minor chord progressions and prosaic crescendos, it's always refreshing to see a shiner in the rough. A glimmer of hope for an unfortunately diluted genre.
Japan experimental jazz trio mouse on the keys transition from the resounding melodic poignancy of previous records towards a softer, minimalist and ultimately more somber territory in Out Of Body. It is a territory that comprises brooding post-punk synths in 'Earache'...
There are some album covers that seem to perfectly visually encompass the vibe of their record: Loveless, maybe, by My Bloody Valentine, its strummed guitar obscured by an obtrusive pink haze, or Geogaddi by Boards of Canada; its strangely unsettling art beset with very slightly off-kilter patterns and subtle symbolism, hinting of things to come.