I read The Lord of the Rings and aspire to study astronomy in Iceland. I like hearing new music, and enjoy sharing it just as much. My wish is that you find a few songs to take with you upon leaving this site.
You may remember Matthew Joel from his earlier work under the Bank Heist moniker, for which I posted something back in May (it was also the second submission I ever received). Recall or not, Mr. Joel has been busy since then, touring with Teen Daze and embarking on his latest quest, The Rocky Mountains EP.
The five-song EP is far from what I expected based on his work as Bank Heist, but it’s a most welcome transition. Opening track, “Yellowstone,” sees Joel abandoning his electro house roots and headed towards softer tones and textures, with guitar outbursts reminiscent of Explosions in the Sky that are as cold and expansive as the EP’s title suggests. These tangential riffs don’t appear again, for the most part, as the rest of the album plays more quietly and low-key, with contrasts of warmth and frozen soundscapes featured prominently, beckoning to In a Safe Place-era Album Leaf. It’s an ideal collection of songs for the winter months that goes perfectly with a mug of hot cider and a burning apple cinnamon candle. I hope it brings you the same comfort that it has brought me.
The entire Rocky Mountain EP is available to purchase/download here.
I’ve been sitting on Kumon Plaza’s debut album, Cliff, for over a month now and this post is long overdue. Out of Edmonton, Canada, Dylan Khotin-Foote makes 8-bit, synth heavy beats that are crystal clear and perfect for riding in the car when you are feeling like a champ. He’s got the entire Cliff album available for free download on his bandcamp.