Posts Tagged ‘Experimental’

THE DEVINE XPERIENCE

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Electronica’s a funny thing. I always expect every act to sound the same, because really, how much can one do with remixes, samples, and synthesizers?

Turns out a lot. The Devine Xperience, recently signed to Keoki records, are birthing alternative realities with their time-defying, super-charging, futuristic melodies.

Anything with the “dubstep” tag used to be met with my immediate suspicion and scorn. Yet The Devine Xperience softens the hard-hitting bass lines typically associated with the genre by infusing a slough of musical movements, such as trance, acid, and electro. Plus, Vanessa’s voice keeps my ears rapt with attention.

Robert (who writes all the music) has this to say of the project:

“I try to take listeners on a journey into their innermost senses, almost as though I’m acting as a musical shaman.”

That goal is unequivocally reached! This album is right up there with chakra chants and Korean meditation music for hitting the sweet spot of a vision quest. Seriously: during Completely In A Trance, close your eyes right when Vanessa says so. Your lobes will fuzz!

Disorientation is made surprisingly soothing with this dimension-bending, pleasantly unique release.

POETICAT

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Hailing from London and Lisbon, Poeticat is an experimental band who has successfully created a genre all their own. With comparisons ranging from Tool to The Slits, Siouxsie, Pussy Riot, Super Furry Animals, Lightning Bolt, Kate Nash, Plan B, Future of the Left, Art Brut, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Scroobius Pip – Poeticat’s sound is weird, eclectic and one of a kind.

The group recently released their debut EP, Smash The Floor.

Honestly, I’m not sure what to make of their sound. It’s different. It’s interesting. And it’s new.

Listen to the EP below and decide for yourself.

SOUND STRIDER

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

[Photo Credit: Sebastian Andrews]

Sound Strider (aka Sam Waks) is this generation’s answer to Negativland. As with any glitch-hop, his mechanical mash-up’s bound to leave you disoriented. But, if you’re lucky, you’ll find a slice o’ zen within the techno fog.

Sam was exposed to the magic of music at an early age: his dad was the principal cellist of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and in high school Sam made his own break into the musical world by playing the drums in garage and jazz bands. With the 90’s came a new musical frontier in the form of remixes and computerized samples, and it was in the sonic underground Sam found his identity. Not only has he sought to create his own music, but to birth a platform for other artists- he left Australia to convert a 19th century agricultural ruin in France into a recording studio.

He’s already helped new artists break into the scene, all the while honing his own experimentation.

Enter the Intrepid Travels EP, a sophisticated mindfuck. My head’s still unsure what to make of it.

Maybe it’ll make sense when my skull stops spinning.

CUTTING AND PASTING W/ NEGATIVLAND

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

True artists do not believe in boundaries of any kind. They laugh order in the face and want nothing but to leave you scratching your head or screaming obscenities. They find beauty in places and noises no one else would consider. Negativland encompasses every aspect of a true artist. (Including the insanity.)

They’re a sound collage band, meaning they’re all about cutting and pasting regular sounds and making them into something resembling music.

When we listened to them on the radio, my better half pointed out that they aren’t so much music as a message. And it’s true! They’re all about spreading a message. Their music is just the method of deliverance. It’s almost secondary to the actual thoughts that solidify within. They spill and sully, push and grind, and have been teasing our stratosphere since the eighties. Isn’t it amazing when a band has been around for that long, yet they’re not even close to being a household name? The game of Russian Roulette that the music industry plays will never fail to confuse me. Some people sweat blood for years without making headline news, and others are blessed with success after their first single. Negativland strays somewhere between these two. But I don’t think it matters to them. When U2 went all lawsuit on their ass, their reaction was one of indifference and defiance. I really like that about them.

No, they haven’t released an album for a few years, but to me, their old stuff remains fresh. With any song of theirs will no doubt come a scandal, and I’m all sorts of ready to get shaken up.

Now, be forewarned. You’re about to stumble right through the looking glass. And if you leave the music on long enough, there may be no turning back.