We have a ton of online releases to chat about and only a couple of release shows for your weekend, but the summer of music is just beginning as we see locals cranking out albums left and right. We'll start with an album that came out last month from the band Eidola
. This is an awesome five-piece group out of Provo playing their own form of experimental post-hardcore. They're probably one of the most technically-sound bands to come out of Provo in a few years, very hard hitting and calculated in their music. Degeneraterra
is their first full-length album in two and a half years, very well produced and released on Las Vegas-based label Blue Swan Records. We're doing this now because even though the album says it came out on May 5, only this week did it finally become available as a digital download, which you can snag on Bandcamp
for a mere $10.
We'll stick with various forms of rock for a bit. Switching to alternative, we have the debut album from Wilson Corrigan
, a Park City musician who, simply put, likes playing music. It doesn't appear that he's made any grand effort to become a career musician, and instead is making music as more of a hobby. His debut album, Sally
, is a bunch of music made for the sweetheart in his life, and given out for whatever you'd like to pay on Bandcamp to whoever else wants it. It actually sounds pretty good: nice acoustics and low-key vocals, definitely worth checking out.
Keeping with the alternative, we have a debut album of sorts from Revolt of the Potatobug
. This is the name of an instrumental project from musician Jason Bringard, who—according to his own bio—hasn't released a piece of music in 20 years. His brand new album, Into the Orchard
, is an absolute masterpiece of creativity. Granted, it's not going to be everyone's style, but as an album is has been perfectly crafted to blend about a dozen different genres together to make some very cool music. And it doesn't hurt having been mixed by Bringard and Chris Jensen at Red Light Recording, with a final mastering by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. It almost feels like it should be a soundtrack to the life of a wayward bohemian; I highly recommend snagging it. You can get a copy for whatever you'd liek to pay on Bandcamp
Moving more into indie music, we have an album from a project called Beachwaste. To put a little clarification on this, it appears the band Beachmen has shrunk down to a trio for the time being, which includes Joshua Hunsaker. Hunsaker is the primarily man behind this album called Music For My Bedroom
, which, based off the tone of the music and the solo vibe, sounds like material that may have been meant for Beachmen at some point, but missed the first couple hurdles before going to the studio. Even if that isn't true, this is some nice music to veg out to, as it's mostly guitar with light percussion and voice effect. You can download it for whatever you'd like to pay on Bandcamp
While we're still in the instrumental region, let's discuss the latest album from Drauszen
, an experimental industrial musician who has pretty much released something new every couple of months since 2009. This is one of those musicians where you have to question whether they're truly inspired and are creating multiple full-length albums of what they believe is gold, or if they've simply created whatever they can, tossing it out there to see what sticks. His latest album is simply titled _^ ;
go have a listen on Bandcamp
and if you like it, you can download it for $10.
Getting into hardcore music we have the debut EP from SLC band Takeover
. I haven't had the chance to see these guys yet, but by all accounts I found they're very passionate, and probably one of the hardest working bands in the hardcore network. They've put together this debut EP, Sinking
, which you can download from Bandcamp
Moving onto the release shows, the first one happens tonight down in Provo, as we see the latest from New Shack
, the alt pop/dark wave duo of Catherine Leavy and Eric Robertson, who practically came out of nowhere late last year and immediately caught everyone's attention with their unique blend of genres. They released a self-titled EP back in November that got music lovers dancing, and now they're releasing their first full-length album, Shadow Girl
, which sounds absolutely fantastic. You can already buy a copy on Bandcamp
, or you could go see them live and get a physical copy tonight at Velour with Seve vs Evan and Das Nix opening the show. Tickets are $7 at the door, which opens at 8 p.m.
Finally on Sunday, June 14, we'll see the latest from Daniel Pimentel, a singer/songwriter from SLC. Pimentel has actually had a good career so far, he successfully Kickstarted his debut album Oh Ruin
back in November 2012, and followed it up with the Winter Moon
EP back in January 2014. Each album has shown incremental progression while sticking to his solo-frontman persona. This latest album, Selfish Songs
, has more of a backing band feel to it and more or a storyteller aspect to his lyrics. You can snag a copy of it at his release show happening at Jed's Barber Shop (downtown location) with Andrew Goldring and Melissa Moss opening. The show is totally free to attend, with the music kicking off at 7 p.m.
Love music, head out, buy local!