Having grown-up in the `90s (if growing up is what you’d call whatever it is we did then) there’s something immediately familiar about Burn, the latest release from Portland power-trio Rocket 3. I’m not entirely convinced album-track “Good Enough” isn’t actually a one-hit-wonder from the era (in a good way); a time when perfect, compact little guitar gems seemed to flow-forth effortlessly from bands across the US and England. Appropriately, the music video for the song takes place in a roller rink.
Throughout the record the guitars are dry and slightly fuzzy, the rhythm-section recalls the post-punk simple precision of The Buzzcocks. The album is peppered with a few covers: a cutesy rendition of The Sex Pistols’ “Submission,” a definitively groove-oriented take on the Velvet Underground classic “All Tomorrow’s Parties,” and an almost carbon-copy remake of My Bloody Valentine’s noisy and iconic “Only Shallow.”
The songs “Never Again” and “Mountain Song” are a bit too by-the-numbers `90s (not in a good way.) But never fear, Rocket 3’s strengths are on display again with “Ride” and “Jealous Girl”: tight, slightly psychedelic rockers that recall the revival of the Paisley Underground sound popular in `90s-era UK. In fact, there’s an English aloofness about Ramune Nagisetty’s singing voice: breathy, dreamy, alluring while charmingly disinterested; like the girl in the corner singing to herself, dancing in circles, unaware of the gathering crowd of listeners. – William Kennedy
On a short whirlwind of an EP, Foie Gras side project, Bad Kisser takes listeners on a brief trip to an ethereal boudoir of sorts. Bate Kush caresses the ears in short flashes of smoky lace and sulky fog. Only a few of the eight tracks surpass the length of a fleeting thought, or waking dream, but the melancholic ache lingers on the skin like a hot cold well after the music fades. Bate Kush drops on bandcamp on Nov 27, in the meantime, stream the exclusive track: Judgement Day.
University of Oregon student and artist, Daniel P Lopez creates various kinds of visual art. He recently pitched us the idea of a visual review, or work of art in response to Tv On The Radio’s “Seeds”. Intrigued, we agreed to indulge him and the resulting work is the breathtaking piece above.
For more art by Lopez, check out his Cargo Collective page, or for more Visual Reviews see below.
INITIATION from Daniel P. Lopez on Vimeo.