CERUMENTRIC is the one-man electropunk project of Erick A. Fabian Sr. Part genuine bedroom project and part experimental and aggressive blend of electronic and punk, Fabian Sr.’s music might not be for everyone, but it’s sure nice to hear someone out in the world turning Nine Inch Nails into epic Mecha anime fight songs. Fabian Sr. is also one for politics; earlier this month, Fabian Sr. and his live band performed at the Ignite For Rights concert organized by Amnesty International.
To celebrate the project’s 10th anniversary, the Manila musician released two new singles last month: “Dreamlandia,” which you can hear below, and “CERUMENTRIC Is Amazifakkin Dead.”
According to Bandcamp Daily, Berlin duo Gurr has invented a new sound with its debut album ‘In My Head’: First Wave Gurrlcore. According to the band’s Facebook, that sound is “garagepop…sounds like a trashy 60s girl group meshed with poppy vocals in two voices and a flavor of eeriness dug out from the deep darkness that is the Berlin rocknroll bar’s restroom at 5 am.” It also sounds like a Pavement record that’s actually at peace with itself. And while we wait for the new Real Estate album, Gurr’s breezy guitar work will do the trick.
“The Man in the Mirror” is the second single from the Tel Aviv band’s self-titled EP, which you can listen to via Bandcamp. The sound is described as “cabaret organic rock,” which to me sounds like if Grizzly Bear went to Israel to record new music. The video was directed by Kobie Flashman.
Balcony and Homicide’s “Memoar ’98” is an old song, released four years ago on the excellent Reunion EP released via Grimloc Records. Now we have a new music video for the Indonesian hardcore metal song that sounds like hardcore metal trying to do rap and doing it surprisingly well (we have Homicide to thank for that). According to Rolling Stone Indonesia, the music video is dedicated to Balcony’s late guitarist Rev. “Jojon” Permana, who passed away two years ago.
It’s October, so let’s listen to Raheem Kemet‘s new song called “September.” Kemet is an MC from Durban, a coastal South African city with a thriving hip-hop scene. Kemet’s past works include a jazzy hip-hop retelling of Markus Zusak’s literary masterpiece The Book Thief with his group Tree Houses on the Sea and last year’s The Wind collaboration with Durban producer Myndphlo. Let’s hope “September,” with its excellent bass groove, means that a new album coming out soon.
This music video by Madrid rapper BEJO is, uh, something. I think it involves Magos, but only because the song is called “Mango.” There are six-eyed men and cartoonish parrots watching you. Unknowingly, you silently shake to BEJO’s subtle but strong beat. There are some sheep, I think. And a frying pan. So fresh.
What would Joni Mitchell sound like covering Nick Drake with Bon Iver’s banjo player and percussionist? Whatever that is, Buenos Aires’ Karina Vismara would smoke ’em. She has a voice, and it’s never caught trying to justify boring guitar playing or any old trick we’ve heard a million times. Vismara’s secret weapon is in her writing, for she knows when to move from haunting coffee-shop fingerpicking folkie to I’m Gonna Bang And Wail On My Guitar And Scream Without Raising My Voice And I Will Devour The Pin That You Can Hear Drop When I Play. She’s that good.
Check out some Caucasus chamber indie-pop via Bedford Falls from Tbilisi, the capital and largest city of Georgia. With no actual album released yet (there are a few songs floating around YouTube), we now have the next great Andrew Bird-like heirs to mid-2000s indie to look forward to.