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Humble Fire releases "Taliesin" video, plays The Pietsch Tree on 06.03

DC-based avant-pop band Humble Fire recently released a music video for "Taliesin," a single from their forthcoming album, Builder, out July 14th. Filmed in a domestic setting (probably a nod to bedroom recording practices), the video matches the ethereal song and its experimental vocal arrangement with the abstract movements of a group of dancers. A crescendo of editing, featuring reversed video cuts and musicians casually noodling on their instruments in tight rooms, compliments the percussive build-up of the song. Humble Fire will be playing at The Pietsch Tree in Baltimore on June 3rd, as well as the dates below!

6/2 - Gettysburg, PA / Waldo’s & Company w/ Mountain Chaser
6/3 - Baltimore, MD / Dallas Street Block Party (The Pietsch Tree)
7/1 - Falls Church, VA / HERA Music Festival
8/11 - Washington, DC / Rock & Roll Hotel (Album Release Show) w/NUEX and TBD

 Ethan Ames


Vaelastrasz's “Glyph of Inspired Hymns” is weird, eerie, and good

For the past year or so, Fairfax's Vaelastrasz has been quietly developing their electronic composition skills. The releases have always seemed promising, and “Glyph of Inspired Hymns” gives a lot of reason to think that Vaelastrasz is starting to really come into their own as an electronic musician. The album art, a black and white photo of an old church, is at once nostalgic and haunting, an aesthetic which meshes well with the antique, dystopian ambiance given off by tracks like “In Memory of the Third” and “Cathedral I”. Interestingly, behind the ambiance often lies post-rock grooves, keeping the tracks from sounding repetitive.

In all, some very good music produced on this album, looking forward to hearing more from Vaelastrasz.

-Written by Michael Dranove


Lo-fi innocence makes Kaimbr's "Share the Shelter" stand out

“I'm coping” Kaimbr assures the listener on “Cora”, the first track of his latest full length release, Share the Shelter. Starting the album with a song dedicated to his mother, Kaimbr switches between conventional raps and a sense of lo-fi innocence on the album. Giving the album a real sense of concept are the retro, often melancholy samples, which add a nice touch of melodic material to the album, giving it a unique, tight sound.

Here is “Defiant” from Kaimbr's latest album Share the Shelter, which dropped May 16th.

-Written by Michael Dranove




“This World is Without End”: Ambitious noise-step on Chino Amobi debut

Since the end of the 90s, electronic musicians have been experimenting with bleaker aesthetics to give voice to a society that lacks a social safety net and seems to be careening towards destruction. The work of artists like Burial in the early 2000s ushered in an era of dubstep that was defined by a deep sense of loss and loneliness. Groups like Crystal Castles and Boards of Canada brought new elements of eeriness to electronic music, and the rise of vaporwave in 2011 turned the techno-utopian pop jingles of the early 90s into anthems of despair.

In this tradition comes Richmond electronic musician's Chino Amobi's debut album, sardonically titled PARADISO. Oscillating between an edgier version of the soundtrack to Stranger Things, chaotic noise collages, and experimental dub-step, Amobi's PARADISO is ambitious and powerful.

-Written by Michael Dranove



Quirky genre-bending on Mike of Doom's MICHAEL


Irreverently quirky, with a slurred, seemingly codeine influenced flow, DMV producer Mike of Doom's latest album, MICHAEL, is an amusing and at times semi-serious collection of songs about Mike's life. The strongest element of this album is its genre bending. Mike of Doom explores everything from vaporwave to punk to trap without ever losing a sense of playfulness and confidence. The genre bending keeps the album fresh, and despite the sometimes stale subject matter of the songs, the music is truly entertaining to listen to.

A pleasing and ambitious release from DMV's own Mike of Doom.

-Written by Michael Dranove


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