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Five at 5 – Vol. 12

Another Five at 5 that’s perfect for your Thursday afternoon. Tune in.

24 Jan, 2013

Akshay Gite

Bassist of Petrichor

The Indiecision Five at 5 is our attempt at sharing our musical tastes with you, and showcasing music from around the world. Each day at 5pm sharp, one NH7 writer or staffer will bring you five songs he/she is listening to on the day. Today, NH7 social media assault weapon Akshay Gite tells you what he’s been listen to. Check it.

1. Igorrr – ‘Tout Petit Moineau’
I usually recommended Igorrr to anyone that says they want to listen to “new” music. I first heard Igorrr’s 2010 album Nostril which was a shocking combination of breakcore, death metal and Baroque classical music just meant to mess with my ADD. ‘Tout Petit Moineau’ from his doomsday release Hallelujah (21/12/2012) however, tries something more smoothly flowing by combining classical music and opera with a complex arrangement of breakcore which would have made a nice soundtrack to the end of the world.

2. Navene K – ‘Human Design’ feat. Evan Brewer
When you hear that Ex-Animals As Leaders drummer Navene Koperweis is releasing an EP from his electronic sideproject, you have to listen to it. So I did. This is the title track from the EP and also features The Faceless bassist Evan Brewer doing what he does best. The track is essentially a very dark and heavy dubstep track that will melt your face. Tread carefully.

3. Mestis – ‘Basal Ganglia’
Speaking of Animals As Leaders brings me to Javier Reyes’ solo project Mestis. He released a very original sounding EP – Basal Ganglia last year which I feel went fairly unnoticed. Somehow, I feel Javier Reyes is often overshadowed by Tosin Abasi’s flamboyance on the fretboard in Animals As Leaders. He doesn’t hold anything back on this Mestis record though. My favourite tracks from this EP are definitely ‘Menta’ and ‘Semilia’ (in that order). There’s a lot of thought that has gone behind the arrangements of the delicate yet emotional jazz-fusion melodies over the occasional heavy grooves Reyes is so well-known for.

4. Cloudkicker – ‘Hello’
Ben Sharp aka Cloudkicker has a huge religious following and I admit to being one of the people that eagerly wait as Mr. Sharp takes his time to weave another musical epoch-making track. Cloudkicker is slowly drifting away from his metal beginnings but I am not complaining. This drone/ambient track has a lot of calm, melodious layers and beautiful floaty textures that will make tone-geeks weep with joy. The thick drone in this song will fill the void in your head and make it difficult to think. Float away.

5. Gorod – ‘Varangian Paradise’
This is only time you’ll hear funky wah-wah being used in technical death metal so you might as well give it a try. Every song from Gorod’s latest release A Perfect Absolution is filled with moments of mind-boggling fretwork and ingenious transitions. I chose this particular song because of the way it takes a swivel turn and incorporates jazz-influenced funk after the 2 minute mark and bounces back with a tastefully written solo. I’ve been a huge fan of French prog/tech death band Gorod for a while for their flawless incorporation of jazz and spanish guitar goodness with death metal and am already waiting for their next release.

Check out previous editions of Five at 5 here, and stay tuned for more picks from NH7, Monday through Friday.

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