Put your cans on. It’s Thursday’s Five at 5. Tune in.
The Indiecision Five at 5 is our attempt at sharing our musical tastes with you, and showcasing music from around the world. Each weekday at 5pm sharp, one NH7 writer or staffer will bring you five songs he/she is listening to on the day. Today, silent-but-dangerous NH7 social media monster Akshay Gite takes you through his playlist.
1. Cult of Luna – ‘Mute Departure’
I’ve been waiting for Cult Of Luna’s new album since I accidentally came across their 2008 release Eternal Kingdom while looking for bands that sound like Opeth. Their 2013 release, Vertikal, is a concept album filled with under-complicated songs with linear structures that tell tales with simplicity. The song does not deviate from the post-metal sound of the raw sludge driven chords and doomy elements, but has long passages of texture-filled drone with spoken vocals and delicate cymbal work. This track is one cascading, flowing wall of sound that washes over your senses and will make you dissolve into your bed.
2. Intronaut – ‘Milk Leg’
After you’re done listening to all your metal with straight 4/4 16th notes and blast beats, come over to the dark side and listen to Intronaut’s latest – ‘Milk Leg’. This song is a journey sailing on the 5/4 seas with riffs tipping over the edge but still looping perfectly. This is a very progressive rock track devoid of Intronaut’s dissonant chugs. Dat riff at 2:17 is definitely the hull of the ship and has made me fall in love with Intronaut’s unique sound again.
3. sleepmakeswaves – a gaze blank and pitiless as the sun (‘keep my father’ remix) – tangled thoughts of leaving remix
If you like post rock bands like God Is An Astronaut and Mogwai, you will love sleepmakeswaves. Their bandcamp profile states that they “write love songs about delay pedals” and they sure do it beautifully. Instrumental tracks with sentence long song titles appeal to me because they somehow convey everything about the emotion in the track and make up for the lack of lyrics. Sleepmakeswaves have some interesting ones like ‘our time is short but your watch is slow’, ‘to you they are birds, to me they are voices in the forest’ and ‘now we rise and we are everywhere’. They recently released a remix album of their 2012 album …and then they destroyed everything, titled …and then they remixed everything. This is my favourite track off the remix album, simply because of how dark and unique it sounds.
4. Meshuggah – ‘Pitch Black’
Meshuggah. It’s like a sonic math painting that you can look at, but you will repeatedly lose your focus as your head tries to bob to the unpredictable groove. ‘Pitch Black’ has been completely recorded by guitarist Fredrik Thordendal (yes, vocals too) and has everything “Meshuggah” about it. From the off-time grooves that will mess up your headbanging (it’s easier bodybanging to the 4/4 snare), to the solos that sound like an ancient alien scrambling your brain, to groovy tomwork that creates a sea of polyrhythms and of course, the word “reality”.
5. Pig Destroyer – ‘Kamikaze Heart’
Many people find it funny that someone would actually listen to a metal band for the lyrics. Even less when it’s grindcore. But they obviously haven’t read lyrics to ‘Cryptopsy’ (Lord Worm era) or ‘Acid Bath’. J.R. Hayes of Pig Destroyer weaves a crochet of depression with emotional filth seeping from the gaps with his broken haikus. This is a romantic grindcore song which is fortunately not about necrophilia (no, really).
You make passion/seem like your creation
like a plane crash/detonation
I’m going down/in an arc of black smoke
kamikaze heart/dives forever
Check out previous editions of Five at 5 here, and stay tuned for more picks from NH7, Monday through Friday.