Thursday, October 18, 2012

Chelsea Wolfe - Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs (2012)

This is the second album from Chelsea Wolfe, and its a chilling album made with simple americana folk traditions, and often two chord arrangements. Its a different direction since her last album Ἀποκάλυψις where now we find her leaning more towards early PJ Harvey or Nina Nastasia. Unknown rooms is a little on the short side but i feel this brings it to a more close and personal conclusion. Its a bitter sweet story she tells with complete honesty. A beautiful album.

1. Flatlands
2. The Way We Used To
3. Spinning Centers
4. Appalachia
5. I Died With You
6. Boyfriend
7. Our Work Was Good
8. Hyper Oz
9. Sunstorm

Monday, October 8, 2012

Alamaailman Vasarat - Valta (2012)

Finnish band Alamaailman Vasarat (ten points if you can pronounce it) have been writing and recording mind blowing instrumental albums for 12 years and their new instalment Valta is nothing from that. First off i didn't even know there saw such an instrument called a sub contrabass Tubax until i heard these guys. Let alone the idea of played dual cellos with distortion. I find a lot a finnish music has a certain feel which can be very strange indeed but Alamaailman Vasarat has crafted a sound of contemporary folk rock which is strong in texture and narrative. They are highly melodic band who have pushed the boundaries with folk music and Valta stands strong with the rest of their albums which i also recommend.  

Valta (MP3)
Valta (FLAC)

1. Riistomaasiiraja
2. Henkipatto
3. Hajakas
4. Norsuvaljkko
5. Haudankantaja
6. Luu Messingilla
7. Vaara Kaarme
8. Uurnilla
9. Hirmuhallinto