Bandcamp Picks of the Week 8/10/16
Bandcamp Picks of the Week serves you two more stellar records to check out.
Risa Rubin – JEWISH UNICORN
Favorite Tracks: “Cry Longer,” “Motherhood,” “Twin Symphony,” “An Autobiography”
Risa Rubin croons like a 20s Jazz singer, but about subjects far too taboo and unromantic to ever really be from such a bygone era. Her compositions are soft and sweet, but simultaneously arid and minimal enough to make them sound like a music box about to break. She makes what could be labeled as synthpop, but creates small, intimate songs instead of the walls of over-produced sound the genre is often known for (“Patience”). At times, her lyrics read like a particularly well-written blog (“Twin Symphony”), and at other times strangely, powerfully socially aware (“Motherhood”). As for the presentation of the record as a whole, Rubin continually adds more music videos to JEWISH UNICORN, making this feel like a completed album that is a continual work in progress. All around, this is a record of delightful contradictions that introduce us to the multitudes contained within Risa Rubin. You can enjoy some of those contradictions yourself here.
Khiazma – THE ENTRANCE OF THE BLACK CIRCLES
Genre: Death Metal
Favorite Tracks: “Khiazma,” “Dreams of Death,” “My Final Breath Lost in Pain,” “Sapphire”
Here’s a little secret: All heavy metal is silly nerd music. Whether it’s death, black, or doom, it’s all dork music. The tolerable metalheads among us understand and embrace this, and a lot of the best metal bands do, to a certain extent. Khiazma is a death metal band well aware of how goofy they are, without making their whole act seem like a huge joke. THE ENTRANCE OF THE BLACK CIRCLES is a chaotic mishmash of tech-death, black metal, and dungeon synth that really shouldn’t work, especially when coupled with the theatrical vocals. Yet, somehow, when all the pieces come together, this is a thoroughly fun and ridiculous listen. Don’t take my word for it, bang yer head here.