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[STREAM] The Viking Progress – “The Couple”

The new album from Athens’ The Viking Progress is a collection of character sketches, with each track adopting the point of view of someone facing the end of the world.  That sounds like a drag, but the record is a lot less ponderous than it reads on paper.  Viking Progress mastermind Patrick Morales uses his central conceit to paint distinct, humane portraits of eight different points of view, and the focus is more on core values and past experience than it is on the impending end times.  Morales sings these sketches over carefully sculpted folk, tastefully decked out with strings and the occasional horn line from Neutral Milk Hotel’s Scott Spillane.  Check out lead single “The Couple” below to get a feel for the project.

The Viking Progress will be celebrating Whistling While The End Is Near‘s release with a show at The Earl tonight.  The opener is Adron, and the headliner is Oryx and Crake (who generously lent out cellist Matt Jarrard to Morales for Whistling).  Oryx haven’t played a show since December and will be debuting new material at tonight’s show, so it should be a good one.


[STREAM] Halmos – “Datura”

Halmos’ debut EP is 5 tracks of blunt, thick sludge metal delivered with a stoner rock ethos.  The songs are centered around dense riffs generously stretched across mostly 5+ minute running times, with the tempos rarely rising above a crawl.  It’s stoner metal pared down to its most essential elements.  Lean, bruising opener “Datura” is the best of the lot.  Stream it below, and buy the whole thing for $5 over at Halmos’ Bandcamp.

The band is celebrating the release with a headlining show at The Masquerade tonight.  Order of the Owl, Demonaut, and Wolves and Jackals round out a solid as hell local metal lineup.  Admission is free, and the band will be selling a limited edition of 20 signed and numbered physical editions of the EP.

[STREAM] Shook Foil – “Little Significance”

Shook Foil are worth keeping an eye on.  The 5 songs on the Little Significance EP show a confident band finding room to breathe within the overworked boundaries of guitar/bass/drums indie rock.  This is slippery, dynamic guitar pop, packed with big, dynamic shifts and an excellent sense of restraint.  Their flexible jangle is paired with genuinely thoughtful lyrics that stick as strongly as the melodies.  It’s a little wordy at times, but most of the words are worth hearing.  Really promising stuff.

Stream the EP’s title track below, and the buy the whole thing here.

[STREAM] Nomen Novum – “Briar Hills”

The collision of caffeinated loops, bright guitar lines, and oddball lyrics produces some truly singular moments on If You Look For It, It’s There, the latest full length from local pop alchemist Nomen Novum. The songs are incredibly detailed, built brick by brick with sampled snatches of sound that add up to a shiny, dizzying whole. It always feels like there are thousands of gears spinning below the surface. Just listen to “Briar Hills,” which begins as something like idyllic glitch-folk before slowly melting into ambient sound collage in the final two minutes. Constantly shifting, always engaging.

Stream “Briar Hills” below, and get the whole album for free here.

[STREAM] Mice in Cars – Good Men Are Monsters EP

There’s a healthy amount of aggression on Good Men Are Monsters, the new two track EP from local post-punk outfit Mice in Cars.  It’s just not always on the surface.  Opener “Exit Interview” is mostly sustained menace, drawing tension from a muscular rhythm section that threatens rather than pummels.  It sounds a little like June of 44.  “Six Months on Mir” ditches the restraint, slashing and burning through its runtime loudly and recklessly.  That one’s a bit closer to Rodan on the ’90s Louisville post-whatever continuum.

Stream both tracks below, and buy the EP for cheap over at Mice in Cars’ Bandcamp.