Dead Mellotron’s excellent new album, “Glitter” (Out now on Sonic Cathedral) is a shoegaze album with character. Each track has something special that sets it apart from the last, but the overall affect remains consistent and progressive. Without getting into a full album review, I’d like to draw attention to one particular standout, in the dark, gorgeous shoegazer, “Making Up”. This track has a Sonic Youth vibe in it’s darker, mid-tempo beat, and forlorn guitars. Think of Dead Meadow’s “Old Growth” album, or last year’s excellent “Prom” from Grooms, and you’ll get why I’m so in love with this particular track. It’s eerie, melodic drone and haunting vocals sound custom made for a late night drive through Autumn months. It’s a killer track from a stellar album. Highest recommendation.
If I could play a little revisionist history, I’d go back and put this track in my top twenty favorite songs of last year. Like every year, there are songs that linger around until they’re needed - calendars be damned. Back when I first posted this, I called it a gorgeous, atmospheric dirge, but i’d go ahead swap out “gorgeous” for just “haunting”, because it stays with you. I’m a sucker for dark, melancholic rock and roll done right and Grooms does just that. Just thought I’d post this again, as it’s been on my mind and i’m getting bored with only posting any given day’s hot track. This is for fans of And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Sonic Youth’s darker cuts, and Dead Meadow. Press play for a fantastic jam that feels lifted from another time (think of the golden days of 120 Minutes).
As promised, here is the first episode of the new podcast series, Radio Slow Riot. As mentioned before, the goal is to create a radio-show-type podcast to highlight independent new releases, old favorite deep cuts, and whatever fits between. I keep the talking to a minimum and aim for a consistent vibe. You be the judge. This week is a basic straight forward episode which sticks to the lo-fi, dream pop, and synthier side of things.
I hope that you enjoy the effort. Please don’t be afraid to share/reblog with others and or support any and all artists that strike your interest. Stream or download as you wish. Thanks for listening to Radio Slow Riot.
Please support the artists that you find and enjoy. Buy their music, merchandise and tickets to see their shows. Supporting them is the only purpose in doing this blog. Contrary to the opinions of some, music blogs are a great way to discover new music, but there will only be so much new music to go around if these artists can’t afford to support themselves through their art and commerce. Only use these mixtapes as a guide to find something to throw your (financial and emotional) support behind.