So, I’m disappearing for the rest of winter break. I leave you with my annual music post, where I share a few bits of music that I enjoyed in the past year. See you in 2019.
1. The Mercury Tree & Cryptic Ruse – The Cold Flame Burns
You know how earlier I was talking about microtonal (or xenharmonic) music? Well here it is, the best xenharmonic rock. In general, I think both Mercury Tree and Cryptic Ruse are the best current xenharmonic artists.
2. Zeal & Ardor – Don’t You Dare
Zeal and Ardor is a band that mixes slave spiritual music with black metal. The idea sounds gimmicky, but the music sounds like they were meant to be together all along.
3. Daughters – Long Road, No Turns
Daughters is often called noise rock and compared to Swans. I like this better than Swans. Also, you may have noticed that I have a thing for
out-of-tune pitch-bending vocals.
4. Puce Mary – The Size of Our Desires
I would describe this as… industrial ambient? With spoken word.
5. SOPHIE – It’s Okay to Cry
SOPHIE is rather too much pop for me, but I make exceptions. This song, along with the rest of the album, is some of the queerest music I’ve ever heard.