Wake me up when September ends! Lucky for you, I was pretty much awake throughout the last month – my first run-in with fucking Covid included. To balance stuff out, we had one of the strongest month in terms of releases, and I can’t wait to tell you about the very best in the newest The Noise Of episode!
The Hatch – shape of raw to come
September 7 // Indepedent
This shit is wild. Some of the best math/experimental rock from Japan I’ve heard in a while – and I try to stay up to date with stuff from there, seriously. I’ve never heard of The Hatch before, but I’m very glad I found them.
Badge Époque Ensemble – Clouds Of Joy
September 9 // Telephone Explosion Records
Featuring members of ERYN NON DAE., Gorod, and Psykup, I was massively excited for Ahasver. With their first single, they proved a certain kind of vibe – which made me even more eager to get into Causa Sui. There is a certain energy to it, something I only encountered before once with the also-kinda-supergroup Azusa. While Azusa approach this special energy from a hardcore standpoint, Ahasver does it from prog. And it works like a charm.
Welcome to Conceptual Beach was one of my favorite albums of 2020, and since then, progressed into one of my all time favorites. Young Jesus have a certain kind of magic, and their graceful balance of charisma, a bit psychy, a bit emo, a bit indie, makes their new album Shepherd Head continue their amazing sound.
With so many expectations on their shoulders, it was quite impossible for The Mars Volta to make the perfect comeback – and also quite unnecessary. While the legendary band dialed down their craziness, they added a lot of fascinating elements, constructing some of their best songs to date into a wonderful album.
I’ve never heard of this project before, but the very cool mix of elements like electronica, jazz, acoustic arrangements, and a sense of wonder brought me in pretty quickly and easily.
Gaerea was never really exciting in my book – sure, their material was always professionally produced and well-crafted, but it was also missing something. With Mirage, Gaerea figured out how to full unlock their potential and delivered some of the best modern black metal of the year.
More jazz? More jazz! With The Comet Is Coming, one of Shabaka Hutchings many projects, you are always in for a treat. And dare I say, they hit a height with their newest album Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam!
If you like jazz and don’t know The Bad Plus, their new self-titled album is an amazing, yet unusual spot to start – the album is fucking awesome, but it’s the first one as a quartet, and drastically different than their previous material. Nevertheless, this is very dope. Don’t miss it!
Labyrinth Of Stars – Spectrum Xenomorph
September 30 // Translation Loss Records
This is the fucking best fucking death fucking metal you can listen this year, so go fucking listen to it. Fuck.
RIFFS! Alright, Acephalix have some very cool death metal riffs, but other bands in the game have that too. What this band makes it very special on their new album is how they put everything together. There is nothing dragged on this record, nothing boring. Great material.
I’m really not a fan of industrial-flavored music, and when FERN dropped on my radar as ‘indutrial pop’, I was about to neglect them from the get-go, but with percussionist Paul Seidel (ex-War From A Harlots Mouth, The Ocean) behind the project, my interest was sparked. And damn, how well that payed off.
City Of Caterpillar – Mystic Sisters
September 30 // Relapse Records
Synth pop without being synth pop, wavey without being wave. Plastic Mermaids created an interesting concoction on their second album – I usually wait when I like the instrumentals on a song before the vocals kick in to follow my guts, and they were right once again. This album is awesome, especially those bass lines.
Oren Ambarchi – Shebang
September 30 // Drag City Records
This beauty has Bastien Keb involved (who is freakin amazing) and beyond that, it’s one of the most beautiful records of the year. I fell instantly in love with Holy Mountain, and this relationship carries on. What a damn fucking good album.
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