Metric Continues to Charm

Oh Metric, how I continue to heart thee. Though the quartet is straying from their dance-punk roots one cannot help but bop their heads and bounce to the upbeat music Metric creates. The music is fun, light and danceable, what more could you ask for? Blurt review below:
(Mom + Pop Records)

Metric again utilizes their formula for infectious, pop-rock on their fifth album #Synthetica.# The slightly more subdued cousin to 2009s #Fantasies,# Emily Haines’ sugar coated vocals tenderly delivers lyrics that range from self debasing to tongue-in-cheek wit. Opener “Artificial Nocturne” greets listeners to grinding keyboard and Haines piercing words, “I’m just as fucked up as they say;” thus commences an album that is far from synthetic.

Photo by Brantley Gutierrez
Photo by Brantley Gutierrez

Single “Youth Without Youth” is the forerunner of the album with its rolling drums and catchy, loopy guitar and bass. That high point of “loud rock” found in “Youth” does not return with the same force. In its stead #Synthetica# is full of either calm, pensive intros that grow louder from a buildup of musical layers or tracks that remain at a level plateau.  And when #Synthetica# almost nears its end a familiar, weathered vocal appears on upbeat “The Wanderlust” full of trickling keys, it’s only Lou Reed of course.

Nonetheless, with nearly each track including a mesmerizing hook or chorus that slowly permeates your subconscious—“Clone” and “Breathing Underwater” leap out from the pack in this regard—#Synthetica# is a solid album.

DOWNLOAD: “Youth Without Youth,” “Lost Kitten” APRIL S. ENGRAM

If you are not already, follow Metric and listen to Clone, a quieter number from Synthetica but just as alluring as the louder tracks!

Apparat’s Heavenly Devil’s

A SUPER talented gent who is always creating music, there is just no stopping Sascha Ring! And that is a great thing! Blurt Magazine review below:

Berlin’s prolific electronic solo act Sascha Ring, aka Apparat, releases his 7th album, 8th if you count his collaboration with Modeselektor as Moderat. A quiet, ambient excursion from the beats and hip-hop influenced sounds of albums past; The Devil’s Walk proves aurally angelic.

Photo by Lars Borges
Photo by Lars Borges

 While the few instrumental tracks sound like the perfect backdrop for an ethereal moment in a movie, it is when Ring adds his calm vocals that The Devil’s Walk excels. “Candil De La Calle,” “Song of Los,” and “The Soft Voices Die” each trip in delicate loops that slowly build to form a cultivated and decidedly down-tempo pace.  Opener “Ash Black Veil” includes music that presents an uneasy, fast, kinetic feel that clashes with Ring’s voice and the occasional ring of a piano key. While “Your House Is My World” closes the album on a heart wrenchingly beautiful, quiet moment.

 The Devil’s Walks minimal electronic landscape is mesmerizing and perfect for a quiet, rainy day of contemplation.

 DOWNLOAD: “Black Water,” “Ash Black Veil” APRIL S. ENGRAM

Keep a close watch on this talented gent who appears to be endlessly creating music, and watch this live performance of my favorite track from The Devil’s Walk, Candil De La Calle (a performance that trumps the recording!):