No Stranger Feeling is a music blog curated and edited by Tim, who currently resides in the greater San Francisco area. Formerly known as Samhain Sounds, the purpose of this site is to highlight notable independent music releases with a loose focus on experimental, psychedelic, and impressive D.I.Y. pop sounds.
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If you were into collecting obscure psych tapes back in late 2010, you may have stumbled across a cassette release called Dire Dish. This debut drone-pop album from the mysterious Australian artist called Angel Eyes was released under the radar on Not Not Fun.
Now, Angel Eyes has a new full-length cassette called Vice to Vice, which is currently out on the Moon Glyph label. This dreamy collection of burned-out alien drone-pop jams is the work of Melbourne’s Andrew Cowie. As if he’s transmitting a murky sludge of ancient extraterrestrial wisdom into the caverns of primordial life, Cowie’s warped vocals, distant drum machine taps, and dizzy synths immerse the listener in waves of color and ambient bliss.
Listen to “Off the Floor,” the almost-danceable seven-minute space jam that lifts you high in the sky onto a bed of pink fluffy clouds infested with neo-reptilian tentacles. Or should I say, wherever your imagination takes you.
Vice to Vice is currently available for sale as a limited edition cassette, with a run of 150 tapes from Moon Glyph. The tape features six spacey tracks, with cover art by Suzanne Pfutzenreuter. Get ‘em while they’re hot.
Laying motionless under the night sky, numbed and petrified by the chill of cold winter rain, you hear the soulful cry of a disembodied voice guiding your soul towards healing light.
This is the voice of Lavurn Lee, a gifted young man from Toronto who makes self-described avant-ghetto, abstract neo-soul under the moniker Guerre. Although this is the first track I have posted from Guerre, he has been on my radar for quite some time. His dark and soulful music sends a shiver down your spine with his subtle synths and ghostly reverberated voice, often comparable to the sounds of How To Dress Well’s Love Remains.
“Death Drone” is a brand new song from Guerre that he recently posted on his Soundcloud. The track finds his sound at its most pure and vulnerable, forever drifting into haunted oblivion through channels of soft, infinite light, captured in just over two minutes.
Back to the Future the Ride is the solo project of Brian Miller, who plays drums for the band Foot Village. On December 7, he will release a free solo album called Tron Legacy on his label Deathbomb Arc. Watch the psychedelic video for “CGI Fridays” above, complete with clunky CGI and avant-garde subtitles. Download the single “Full Moon on an Empty Planet” after the jump.
Brian cites inspiration from the original Tron movie in creating his own brand of futuristic drone:
When I saw the first trailers for the movie Tron Legacy, I was very excited. I think it looks beautiful and does exactly what the first one did: create a fairy tale about contemporary technology. That said, as the first film has moved further away from being an example of “the now”, my fascination with it has only grown. It is a movie I’ve watch many times each year since I was a child. Its depiction of technology has become both ancient and futuristic at the same time. The romanticism of the first Tron moves me like few other films do, and with my own version of the Tron Legacy soundtrack I am sharing my extended vision of that world. A counterpoint to what the film Tron Legacy must be. Back To The Future The Ride is an act conceived of from the get go as rudimentary futurism, time travel in the hands of everyone. My album, Tron Legacy, is a journey down an alternate time line in which the advancements of today’s world were made not only with yesterday’s technology, but with yesterday’s less commercialized, more home-grown love of the tools.
Back to the Future the Ride - Tron Legacy
[Deathbomb Arc, 2010]
1. The re-Dawn of Distance 2. CGI Fridays 3. Surface to Air Hieroglyph 4. Full Moon on an Empty Planet [mp3] 5. Sleep on Stars Tonight