Indie Update – October 2012
Written by Shay Davis on November 12, 2012
Hello and welcome to the Indie Update. As KPSU’s Indie director, I consider it my responsibility to keep you, the listener, updated on the goings on in Indie music. This is the first of what will be a monthly tradition of sharing some of the most exciting and impactful albums of the past month. You get the idea, so let’s get on with the music.
[b] Hammock: Departure Songs [/b]
October 2, 2012
Hammock are a Post-Rock duo from Nashville, TN that are by no means new onto the scene. They have been making their own unique blend of power rock and ambient landscape for years while garnering a small but strong following. Their most recent release, Departure Songs, is a sprawling 2-disc journey that proves the double album is still relevant. From giant waves of sound like “(Let’s Kiss) While All the Stars Are Falling Down” to impressive swaths or smooth ambiance in between, this an album that grabs onto the listener and will not let go for its entire 105 minutes.
[b] Tame Impala: Lonerism [/b]
October 3, 2012
Talk about taking the world by storm. After exploding onto the scene in 2010 with “Innerspeaker”, Australia’s Tame Impala have outdone themselves with their sophomore effort. With gigantic brash guitars backing some classical squeadley keyboard synth, Tame Impala creates a sound the will transport listeners straight back to the late 60’s/early 70’s psychedelic rock movement. Fans of Pink Floyd, Yes, and their ilk will be instantly grabbed by Tame Impala’s no-holds-barred driving psych-rock. Look for the album to show up on a lot of end of the years lists, and these guys definitely deserve it.
[b] Bat for Lashes: The Haunted Man [/b]
October 12 2012
After the success of of 2009’s “Two Suns”, Natasha Khan, aka Bat for Lashes, hit a wall musically. Her intense writer’s block led her to contact Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, asking “What do you do when you feel like you’re going to die because you can’t write anything?”. His advice was to draw, and Natasha spent the next year learning to draw and dance, expanding her mind and creativity in new ways. In a way, the Bat for Lashes sound has be reborn from this soul searching as a more robust, emotionally rich, and powerful experience. The Haunted Man show Natasha at her best, be it the strong driving synthesized rhythms of “All Your Gold”, or the heartwrenchingly earnest lyrics of “Laura”. If you believe in music as a form of expression, this is not an album to miss.
[b] Black Moth Super Rainbow: Cobra Juicy [/b]
October 23, 2012
And now for something completely different. Take two parts Ratatat, one part Simian Mobile Disco, and a dash of Peter Frampton, and you’ve got something resembling the wackiness that is Black Moth Super Rainbow. Lead singer/musician Tobacco has always been known for his funky sounds, and by golly is this album funky! Meshing meticulously crafted synth grooves with robotic vocals, Tobacco has created a very solid album that never takes it’s foot off the gas pedal. Some may find that the vocoding overstays it’s welcome a bit, but overall this is something to exeprience. Strong, swift, and stylish, Cobra Juicy drips in coolness.