Friday, February 28, 2014

Seabound - Speak In Storms (Tempest Edition)

Seabound - Speak In Storms (Tempest Edition)
2CD (2014) Dependent

This year is starting promising, but all the releases are digging a huge hole in my wallet. I had to have this "Tempest Edition" of Seabound's new album. It's a nice book in a 7" cover, with lots of cool artwork. But it also has a download code for exclusive content.
So far, just one song has been made available - but more is promised for the future. I really like this album. The only two songs I'm not crazy about is the two opening tracks. I wonder why they put the weakest tracks as album openers?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Surveillance - Oceania

Surveillance - Oceania (2014)
Not On Label

This is a side project of Assemblage 23's mastermind Tom Shear. The songs are a bit different to what you'd find on an A23 album, but you can absolutely hear who has written them. Tom tries out all kinds of things here; different vocal styles; cool, sample-heavy instrumentals and female vocals. A really interesting album, but not as good as a real Assemblage 23 album.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Still Patient? ‎– Retrospective 88.2.99

Still Patient? ‎– Retrospective 88.2.99
(2014) Schwartzrock

And here's Still Patient's retrospective collection. In my opinion it features a bit too many songs, and some really strange choices. But, let's strat with the positive. The "Agoraphopia" demo is great! And I guess including lots of songs from the limited "Nightmare Arrival" EP is a good thing for those that wasn't fast enough to grab a copy back in 1997. If it was up to me I would've left a couple of songs out, like "Hopeless", "Pigeonhole" and "Leviathan". I don't care for these slower songs, they just seem to go on forever.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Still Patient? ‎– Selective Perception

Still Patient? ‎– Selective Perception EP
(2014) Schwartzrock

This EP is the first sign of life from Still Patient? in 15 years. They haven't changed a bit in their abscence. It's still gothic rock the way I like it. Later this week Schwartzrock are set to release a Still Patient? compilation album, which I'm also very eager to hear!