Steven K. Smith has more than 20 recording to his name both solo and collaboratively. He was the founding member of the post rock outfit MABOU from Cleveland, Ohio. His also worked with Jason Sloan in the acclaimed dark ambient project DOLMEN. In addition to A Signal In The Static he is a member of SPIRICOM with Columbus, Ohio guitarist Marc Cody. Smith lives outside of Kent, Ohio on a farm with his wife and a menagerie of animals.
A Signal In The Static is a sonic flood whose immense current blurs the line between cleansing and obliterating. The unrelenting, multi-textured wash of synthesizers and heavily processed guitars is propelled by expansive, driving bass and percussion that is equal parts primal and mechanical. Throughout its massive presence, A Future Remembered swells with layers of melody that penetrate its dense landscape and supply a constant tidal force. As the galactic waves surge and dissolve, they purge the earthly terrain in their wake.
Eugene, Oregon-based quartet Spiller embrace their Pacific Northwest roots and DIY mentality. Their diverse taste provides listeners with a melting pot of rock, math, jamming and jazz. With a passion for live performance, Spiller encapsulates the spontaneous nature of improvisation while combining it with an indie-rock flare. With their latest double EP, Reuben and Coldcut, Spiller has taken their sound to the next level, both lyrically and musically.
Spiller is proud to be part of a the Eugene, Oregon community, with the music and community coming ahead of glitz and glam. They produce no-frills, wholly memorable music that is well worth checking out.
"The songs from Reuben and Cold Cut are some that we’ve been playing live for almost a year now," bassist Aidan D’Angelo explains. "Because the songs were born in a live setting, we thought it was important to capture that same feeling of improvisation and spontaneity in the recording process. To do so, our drummer/engineer (Justin) set us up over at the music school and, using borrowed gear and whatever else he could find, made a great studio for us to record these songs. We spent the full day running through the tracks and what you hear on this double EP is the result of that day's work."
"Fall of last year I got around to watching 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' the documentary on Nina Simone," explains singer/guitarist Sam Mendoza. "It was incredibly inspiring just seeing how fearlessly she used her craft as a medium for protest and empowerment. This was around post-election time, where most of my friends and family were in a state of disarray and uncertainty. That frustration combined with having watched the film left me feeling restless."
"I was (and still am) concerned about our new administration essentially giving up on the planet, specifically the possibility of seeing the EPA and natural spaces going to dust. The lyrics came right out and almost immediately messed with a guitar sketch recorded via iPhone a few months prior. Per Spiller tradition, we decided to throw a jam/improvisational section in the middle of the song. It kind of serves as a strange preface to the heavy breakdown, which really conveys the big scary feelings. I like how the song takes many different directions; it could be jumbled, but we worked on the transitions to tie it all together."
The new EP from Lunar Lander Dance Commander (LLDC) “Liquid Smooth”, is a Synth Rock synergy that showcases the band's personality to the highest degree with a captivating and natural texture in production, while retaining the grit of a modern rock band. Similar to artists like The B-52s or Metric, this eccentric and talented group will definitely leave a good impression and a desire for more.
"We are so excited to have released our debut EP upon the world! Fun fact: It is called "Liquid Smooth" because this was originally the name that Chris and Donny wanted to call the band. Steph and Steve didn't like the name so we all compromised and decided to name the debut EP this instead. We all agreed that Lunar Lander Dance Commander was a kick ass name for the band so we went with that in the end. Woo, team work!!
CITIZENS OF EARTH!
Prepare for alt-rock domination with the galaxy's ultimate music sensation, Lunar Lander Dance Commander.
This funky foursome has one mission: get the crowd jumping with stellar grooves and an out of this world live show.
Brenda's new single “Children” is about manipulation and the inevitability of growing up. On the surface level this could be a song about a friendship, or even a relationship, but go a little deeper and the song is about childhood and what happens when people lose their childlike innocence. Everyone, at some point, wants to escape the trappings of adulthood and run away to a place where it seems as if time doesn't exist and age doesn't matter. This song vacillates between these two states of being.
"“Children” is one of the first songs we ever wrote. The video footage was shot on film by artist Sarah Ann Watson in East London. The clowns in the video are gathering at an annual church service to honour the father of modern "clowning", Joseph Grimaldi. We thought clowns would be a fitting representation of the themes in "Children". The event is usually known as a happy one, but the footage of the celebrating clowns seems a lot more sinister when paired with the song. Really a gathering of clowns is terrifying for everyone but the clowns."
The track is off their upcoming EP Creeper which will be out later this year.
These Are Truly The Last Days is a musical project with a driven experimental twist. Their music blurs the lines between various genres, including ambient, electronica, glitch hop, and more. The project’s self-titled studio effort features 11 studio tracks. The music stretches the sound towards different directions and sonic avenues, highlighting a dramatically diverse approach song by song. On “The skyline was beautiful on fire”, the artist strikes for a haunting and gritty vibe, with deep beats and lush sonic atmospheres. “Is that your personal narrative?” features a more melodic approach, with quirky melodic samples that almost remind me of old mellotron flute tones and other tasty vintage synths. With “Your Thoughts are powered by stardust, too”, These Are Truly The Last Day experiments with tasteful sonic drones and upbeat grooves, marking yet another different sonic experiment for the project.
One of my favorite tracks on this release is certainly the song titled “Gardens, we hope”. Closing in at slightly under the 7-minute mark, this track is probably one of the most dynamic compositions on the album. It starts with a simple, bare melody, and later morphs into a characterful composition with lots of drones, glitchy samples, and cool reverberated beats. “Think, my friend” is probably the shortest song on the record, serving as an interlude of sorts between “Gardens, we hope” and the coda, of the album, consisting of a beautiful two-part composition. “The moral high ground” is also an impressive composition featured on this album, split into two different parts and going for a very brooding tone.
These are only some of the most fundamental highlights in this particular release, as each and every song really deserves to be explored in full. The entire album really oozes charisma, with its retro-sounding synthesizers and unorthodox approach to beat making techniques and production aesthetics.
the skyline was beautiful on fire - 05:12
is that your personal narrative? - 06:30
your thoughts are powered by stardust, too - 03:33
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.
Davenport Rex is a music project based in Detroit, Michigan. Their sound is diverse and challenging, yet accessible and appealing. The band’s music stands out as a combination of tasteful progressive rock, with shades of various influences, ranging from alternative to symphonic hard rock, just to mention a few.