This month we thought that, rather force-feed you with prosaic platitudes for the plethora of math rock albums that came out this month, why not compile them all into a bite-sized summary? March has been a fantastic month for fresh tunes, with many exciting debuts and unexpected returns from hiatus; and we’d be absolutely buggered right-to-left trying to complete write-ups for every single album. So without further ado, here is a round up of our favourite releases for March 2018.
Good Game – Good Luck Have Fun
Instrumental, math rock, tappity-tap, pop, progressive
WRAP-UP: Bold and crunchy riffs abound in the first full length from Odradek. Tracks like ‘Alergia’ and ‘Micterismo’ showcase the band’s jagged and abrasive take on math rock. ‘Nakamura’ seals the deal here, a powerful instrumental with nods to The Mars Volta.
WRAP-UP: The eagerly anticipated debut from Space Corolla has (quite rightly) been publicly lauded over the past few weeks. This Puerto Rican gem is equal parts punk rock, math rock and pop. And it is insanely tight.
Shake The Baby Til The Love Comes Out – In A Pretty Suit
Punk, math rock, post-punk, instrumental, noise rock, two-piece
WRAP-UP: Another exciting two-piece, this time from up Canada way. What struck us most on Cat Mask was the diverse array of sound throughout the release, often a major challenge for two-pieces. You’ll hear strings, electronica, ambient soundscapes, shoegaze. Put it this way: you’ll get your money’s worth.
The Messthetics – The Messthetics
Instrumental, punk, jazz, improvised, free-jazz, math rock
WRAP-UP: Bangalore is the math rock capital of India at the moment, featuring Deadstar, Stuck In November and this exciting new quartet BREAKDOWNPANDA. Moronic Outburts is complex and unpredictable, packing progressive rock, jazz and math rock. As dense and zany as a good Thomas Pynchon novel.
Defórmica – Campo
Instrumental, post rock, progressive, math rock, ethereal
WRAP-UP: This wonderful EP brings back the highly imaginative post rock textures of band like Trans Am and Tortoise, with some AC/DC-style heavy rock thrown in for good measure. It’s a brief trip, but a scenic one.
This City Called Earth – Cinema Jazz
Experimental, indie, jazz, math rock, post rock, glitch
WRAP-UP: For those of us still yearning for the jazz-indie stylings of the sadly defunct Feed Me Jack, here is something that will fill the void. Cinema Jazz is true to its title; this is highly wired jazzy rock brought to cinematic proportions.
Lingua Nada – Snuff
Punk, experimental, jazz, math rock, electronic, odd rhythms, noise rock
WRAP-UP: Strait outta Liepzig comes this wacky mix of punk, math rock, surf rock and everything in-between. Snuff moves unpredictably from cool pop sensibilities to brash cacophony, we really are at the hands of madmen.
Bearfoot Beware – Sea Magnolia
Punk, indie, alt-rock, math rock, post-hardcore
Sounds A Tad Like
Future of the Left, Faraquet, Quadrilles, If Lucy Fell
WRAP-UP: This Leeds trio’s highly-charged follow up to World Owes You Nowt is louder, jam-packed with hooks and singalongs, and glowing with 90’s math-post-hardcore nostalgia. A noise that will travel far beyond the red brick homes below.
WRAP-UP: Who would have thought that highly angular math rock would gel so well with J-pop and flute passages? Uchu Conbinistarted the legacy; and Daijiro Nakagawa and company are seeing it through to its maturation.
WRAP-UP: Five fresh new tracks from math rock juggernaut Pete Davis aka Invalids showcasing what he does best: pop punk laden with signature hyper-angular guitar work. It’s a tight release, and it goes with saying you have to put it in your ears.
Instrumental (adj.) – Reductio ad Absurdum
Jazz, experimental, metal, djent, experimental rock, fusion, progressive metal, progressive rock
WRAP-UP: It’s over. Let’s go home. This bunch of Aussie’s just won the dunk content. Reductio ad Absurdum is one of the pithiest EP releases of the year so far, featuring truly off-the-wall hyper-jazzy chord progressions and a truly eclectic mix of fusion, funk, metal, prog, math, you name it. Expect the unexpected.
Gulfer – Dog Bless
Emo, math rock, punk, pop
Sounds A Tad Like
TWIABP, Duck. Little Brother, Duck!, Algernon Cadawaller
WRAP-UP: There’s a nice and healthy pot of bands in the middle of the math rock emo-revival Venn diagram. Dog Bless reaffirms Gulfer as one of the leaders, speaking from the heart and pushing their instruments further than ever before.
WRAP-UP:The Planet You‘s follows the well-laid plan of I Too (Me Also), a suite of hook-rich indie tunes with mathy twists and turns throughout, satisfying both the fist-pounders and the jazz pundits in equal measure. As the band implies in their opening track: ‘Porque No Los Dos?‘.
WRAP-UP: Don’t let the flippancy of the album title dissuade you, this is a will-executed, exquisitely crafted Zappa-esque-apade from Norwegian one-man-band Owane. Choice cuts of jazz and progressive rock and mixed with kitschy synths and uber-technical guitar wizardry up there with Plini and Sithu Aye. Fans of Hot Rats enquire within…