Dirty Crystals by HALCION DAZE is an EP that I picked up on bandcamp after having listened to the first track, but I wasn’t sure whether it was worth writing about. I disliked one of the tracks on the EP and just for a while, that seemed to ruin it for me. But while listening to Dirty Crystals on the train today, I realized that the rest of the tracks are definitely worth sharing. Two of them made it here: “0tonin” and “PWDRPWR”, the latter of which I have included as a bonus.
I don’t feel like wasting a lot of words on these tracks. They both have pitch shifted vocals, are described as “a synthetic love story” and were written by someone named Fritjof Nørretranders. How do you not want to listen?
Back in August I posted a track called “I’m Stoned” by Air Tycoon on the first one of three mixes I did instead of blogging properly. It was part of an EP that has now evolved into an entire album called FUCK EVERYTHING I’M GOD. It doesn’t often happen that I come across whole albums that I really like in their entirety, definitely since a lot of artists release single tracks as soon as they’re finished, but this is one of them.
I hope that “Cross” can get you excited enough to check out the other songs as well; I can assure you that it’s worth it. Stream them below or on bandcamp, where you can make the album yours forever for $6.
VEILS are from Lisbon, Portugal and so far I truly like them. Every time I give them a listen their music seems to project images on the inside of my eyelids; shadows of obscure rituals in moonlit forests and disturbing rites performed in empty basements, conjuring the forces of nature or, more likely, the supernatural.
In contrast to sinister track “MARBLE EYES”, “SILENCE” is composed of a certain innocence, however growing more disturbing towards the end. VEILS will play their first show in February supporting CRIM3S, so hopefully we’ll soon hear more from them than the four currently released tracks.
This track has been in my dropbox for over a month and I have been listening to it ever since. The sadness “Cav” gives off really resonated with how I was feeling back then and somehow comforted me. It sounds like someone tucking you in while you are curled up in bed, crying.
When listening to it for the first couple of times, I didn’t even notice the percussion, which is so subtle that it almost disappears underneath the vocal samples. I like songs that let me discover new things every time I listen to it. (Or maybe I’m just really bad at noticing things.)
HVZEL has two EPs on bandcamp: KINGDOM, including “Cav”, and MIXTVPE, released back in February. “Leelanau”, a track from the latter EP, is included here as a bonus. It has that same sadness, even thought it’s a lot rougher and more distorted.