Articles by Ljubinko Zivkovic
Possibly, one of the briefest, under the radar gems of 2018.
What we get on Penelope Two is music that is at the same time disturbing and comforting familiar and unfamiliar, everything the late night listening demands.
With Into Light it is obvious that Finger is on the sort of creative streak rarely exhibited by musicians trying to cover that border territories of ambient/classical/jazz/post-rock.
Yes, you can listen to this stuff sitting down, but then the question remains, why would you want to?
If you are still not sure what post-rock or any of those posts, post terms really are all about, try Plus it will all become a bit clearer.
With Eaves, Forever House, who comes from a different musical background, have shown many aspiring rockers what math-rock/prog rock, or whatever you want to pigeonhole your music into, should sound like.
As 2018 winds to a close, a certain characteristic, a label could be put on quite a number of releases that came out – bleak records for bleak times. Vancouver’s Dan Managan and his fifth album More Or Less seems to be here to prove the point.
The overall effect of the music Jessica Moss creates on Entanglement is of the subdued tension of a calm before the storm.
Whether Wareham is truly back in the saddle is to be seen, but Dean Wareham vs. Cheval Sombre is a great sign.
The music on Universal Beings just keeps on its excelling standard and you don’t even notice that the whole album lasts well over two hours, you just want to start it all over again.
With Always, Cave prove one more constant with ’space jam’ bands – if they are really good, their music just keeps growing on you. Cave are that good.
Patrick R. Pärk has come up with something excellent for a lazy afternoon with your headphones on.
With Obey, the Exploded View seem to have done quite a good job of presenting the concept they deal in – and that is exploring the subliminal in all of its aspects.
The musical excellence presented on The Crossing simply accentuates the potency of Escovedo’s lyrical message, making this album probably one of the strongest musical/lyrical statements this year.
All this adds up to an avant-garde prog album that doesn’t make you run for a handful of headache tablets after you are finished listening.
The only ‘problem’ is that after you’ve gone once through XXXX Bitter Irony, you have a nagging feeling you have to immediately give it yet another run.
With Animals is some of the best nocturnal music to be heard recently.
On Don’t Look Away Alexander Tucker comes over as an artist with a musical/lyrical/visual vision that works.
It often happens that albums which gave an initial impression of being just a pleasant distraction turn out to actually have quite a substance and to contain music that you will often return to. Living in Symbol is one of those albums.
With Revisions #1, Mirek Coutigny shows promise that he can turn into a true musical voice.
In essence, for Borderlands, The Myrrors may have conjured all those Zabriskie Point soundtrack spirits, but they have mixed all those sounds up, and like the Arizona sand, have thrown it up in the air and let it hang out there. Slowly.