Post-rock is a genre that requires thoughtfulness, patience, and the capacity to make an ungodly amount of noise. The five-piece, Boston-based Caspian have all the pieces in place and, crammed onto the tiny stage at Soda Bar, they proved that to a dense, shoe-gazing crowd on Saturday night. Continue reading…
Phoenix and Los Angeles-based art rockers KNESSET aren’t coming to San Diego anytime soon, but that certainly doesn’t preclude them from sending us a detailed and most excellent list of great music videos.
KNESSET are kindred spirits with bands like American Analog Set, Camera Obscura, Owen, and Joan of Arc, with whom they share a label in Japan. Songs like “Bitter Hearts” (video above) from KNESSET’s debut LP, Coming of Age, feel just right in a musical rotation that includes the aforementioned company.
The band released Coming of Age in February, and you can buy it now for as little as five bucks on their Bandcamp page. Do check it out — and while you listen, peruse their Poetic Memory (below). It’ll be worth your while. Continue reading…
In Iceland, Seabear are famous for crafting gorgeously melodic indie-folk, wrestling away the monopoly on lush atmosphere and gentle acoustics normally held by fellow countrymen Sigur Rós and Björk. The band is currently gearing up for the release of their new album, We Built A Fire, available stateside in early March through Morr Music. They’re also set to play a slew of live dates in Europe, followed by a breakneck five-shows-in-five-days stint at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. And, lest we forget our small percentage of non-European, non-Texan readers, here are two new tracks from the aforementioned album. Tour dates after the jump. Continue reading
Ólafur Arnalds is a Neo-Classical multi-instrumentalist from Iceland who creates orchestral compositions with electronic undertones. Neo-classical isn’t exactly a fan fave these days, but Arnalds cannot be ignored. Last April, he created an album entitled Found Songs, a one week project during which he created a new track every day and made it available on a special page on the Erased Tapes website. Arnalds then asked fans to post photos that they felt best matched the music.
The resulting songs are full of delicate layers that bleed emotion and reach heights usually reserved for his friends Sigur Rós, with whom he’s toured extensively. Poetic, cinematic and downright gorgeous, the music stays with you and raises the hair on the back of your neck. Check out the graceful video (above) for the Found Songs track “Ljósið”, and keep an eye out for his currently untitled new album in the near future.