Some time ago when my first paycheck arrived I finally was able to spend some money on records again. Somehow it’s strange because a few months ago I was a regular customer at the store and was pretty much up to date with what records were out and I was pretty sure about what I was looking for. But this time it was different because I hadn’t been there in such a long time. So this is what I got this time.
Solea “Finally We Are Nowhere” LP
I wasn’t aware that those guys were still around so I was a bit surprised to find out they had a new record. I am a huge fan of Samiam and I really liked Texas Is The Reason, so it comes as no surprise that I was also very fond of the first full length of Solea. Still some of friends kept saying they just can’t seem to get into their music like the did with the previous bands the Solea guys played in. To me it’s sort of like a time capsule. This is mid 90s emo at its best. You can really hear that those guys know what they are doing. And when you have such a distinctive voice it really feels comfortable to listen to this music. Not a masterpiece, but a record which reminds me of days long gone by. I like this. Nothing special, but wonderful music to listen to when outside there is a grey and rainy autumn day. like there is today.
Lemuria “The First Collection” LP
I have always been a fan of female fronted punkrock, hardcore or emo bands like Discount (who I will write about in another posting later on), The Rocking Horse Winner, Walls Of Jericho, Sixty Stories or Cigaretteman. So I was all up for it when a friend from the States recommended Lemuria to me. They kind of remind me especially of Sixty Stories, mainly because there’s another male voice singing on some songs. Upbeat and joyful punkrock with nice melodies but not as smooth and streamlined as all this crappy chart music like Avril Lavigne. By which I don’t mean that the music Lemuria play sounds anything like this bullshit. No way. This record is a lot better. If you like the aforementioned bands at the beginning of this review, give this goodie a try. You won’t regret it.
Mouth Of The Architect/Kenoma “Split” LP
This one of those numerous bands who emerged over the past few years playing slow, monotonous and long songs. Think of Isis, Pelican, Mono or Cult Of Luna. Still Mouth Of The Architect manage to play their very own brand of this kind of music. They are able to combine hard vocals and guitars with parts of wonderful beauty, highly melodic and melancholic. Yet another autumn music. To me it feels a little bit like the band pulled back a couple of steps with their intensity regarding hard parts, but that might be just my own imagination. This is brilliant stuff.
Kenoma on the other hand are a band I never really heard of yet they fit in the same category as the aforementioned groups. Slow, devastating, intense and instrumental. This is a good fit for a split record like this one. Although both bands seem to have the same influences there are those subtle differences that set them apart from one another. Wonderful.
Johnny Cash “American Recordings V: A Hundred Highways” LP
Need I say anything about this? I don’t think so. This contains, I believe, the last recordings from the sessions with Rick Rubin so I consider this a must have. Period.
The Sub Rosa Falcon Association “I Went To NY To See…/Damn, It’s RNR!” 7″
Yet another of those records I just bought because I know someone who plays in the band. I met Hugorilla while he was on tour with the guys in Slowride a few years ago and that guy was one of the nicest persons you’ll ever meet in this whole touring business. He told me about his band and they played a few shows in this area but somehow I never managed to go there. So finally after such a long time I was able to pick up a 7″ by the Falcon Ass and I have to say I am impressed. Catchy melodies, but not those sweet one’s, more like early 90s euro emocore. I haven’t heard sonething like this in a long time. This reminds me a bit of bands like Free Yourself or Lunchbox. Big hit for me. Check this out.