Southern State s/t (2014)

Second post of the new year! Yes, I know, off to a slow start, but whatevesies, I’ve been busy with work and what not. It’s easy to lose track of time here in Florida, it’s warm and sunny, humid, there’s even been some waves recently. Needless to say, things move at a different pace here.
Southern State is stoner post-rock trio from Columbus, Ohio. Pretty good overall, sitting somewhere between J Mascis, Sleep and Chicago post rock. They’re tagged shoegaze and emo also, but not really.
The first song on this release starts out with a deep, catchy riff. Then the vocals start and kind of sour the track, they just don’t seem to fit. The second, third and fourth tracks are good, fitting together quite well and the release ends a bit too soon leaving the listener wanting more; 81%.
Any thoughts about this release? Please comment.


stoner post-rock

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Faust in the warm morning sun

Dark Buddha Rising- Dakhmandal (2014)

Happy new year! If you’re reading this you made it though 2014, congratulations. That was a hell of a year, death of a parent and divorced, my ex-sister in law tried to burn down grandma’s house, with grandma in it (101 proof Wild Turkey). Needless to say I’m hyped it’s January and a new year. A new year with low gas prices! Three cheers for fracking! Hopefully $2.20/gallon gas prices will inspire good new music for 2015.
For the first Streaming Sunday of the year we have Dark Buddha Rising. This post started out as a shot in the dark over a month ago and has been in sitting on the back burner since. I’ve been reading about DBR everywhere lately and it seems they’re one of the most unknown-known bands at the moment. A Finnish band with virtually no information availed, they formed around 2007 and play low ambient, psychedelic/doom, with rumbling vocals combined with a notable jazz influence. And the drums. The drums are an erie and constant canvas that the songs to play against, guiding he listener through a drone/doom masterpiece, highly recommended, 90%.

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