マシンパワードショッピングモール (Machine Powered Shopping Mall)

シンパワードショッピングモール (Machine Powered Shopping Mall): Bedroom Pop, Kyoto, Japan

If Google Translate isn’t deceiving me, then this is an excellent name for experimental Japanese pop that wants to be beach slug metal. Bandcamp. –HN

HURT ‘EM

HURT ‘EM: Indonesian Hardcore Metal With Punk Spirit

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I get the name – if you’re not ready, Indonesia’s HURT ‘EM will hurt you with its blast of fast and furious hardcore metal. I love it. The Depok trio’s debut, Condolence, came out in January on Lawless Records and is 16 tracks long, with the avenge song time of one-and-a-half minutes. (Personal favorite is “Avarice.”) Listening to Condolence is like listening to Minor Threat’s Out of Step for the first time; though this is metal, it is as fit and shares the same energy as hardcore punk.

Condolence is also out now on Bandcamp via Red Truth Records.

Ma-Te Lin

Ma-Te Lin: “Complex, profound, yet delicate”

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This Ma-Te Lin song is so delicate I’m afraid it’s going to break in my hands. What a gorgeous song. Lead singer Asha whispers in Mandarin and English over a simple composition over someone she wishes to come home. She sounds sad but grateful to know such a person. His or her return would still be bittersweet, but at least a good memory. The group’s last full album came out in 2015, so hopefully “Please Come Home” is a sign towards the next release.

From Bandcamp:

“The artists of electronica music from Taipei known as Ma-Te Lin was formed in 2012.Their sound is soft, yet complex, profound, yet delicate.”

GDJYB

GDJYB: Indie “Math-Folk” From Hong Kong

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What starts out slow and dreamy turns into sharp and precise, as Hong Kong “math-folk” group GDJYB ease you into their world before punching you softly with great riffs and incredible vocals sung in “Honglish” (Hong Kong English). The bass playing throughout is especially excellent, and it’s refreshing to hear it mixed so that you can actually hear it. And the video is top notch – it appears to be shot using film and anything goes in this all-white space. The group has much love in their home, though it’s time they break through here in the states.

Check out more of their music via SoundCloud.

Project Youth

Project Youth: Punk Rock Istanbul

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Sure we all want to be The Clash and Sex Pistols, but how about actually sounding like them? To have that same sense of urgency and smirk? That’s the classic British punk sound and feel I hear from Istanbul’s Project Youth. I really enjoy all of Middle East for its politicalness and its desire to sound fun and alive. It feels like this group is on a mission to do something, even if that mission is just to destroy or declare that nothing matters. How punk.

From Facebook:

“Veins of ’77 punk and early British Oi! Featuring members from two local punk bands; Poster-iti & Sabotage.”

Astro Bunny

Astro Bunny: Electro-Pop Duo From Taiwan

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Cats! Sunsets! The Ocean! Great moody electro-pop! Can’t go wrong with Taiwan duo Astro Bunny. The act is vocalist Lena Cha (formerly Cherry Boom) and producer Nu.

Cha via Taipei Times: “We named the group ‘bunny’ because I love bunnies and I forced him to like them too. I picked the word “astro” because I’m an anime and computer game geek.” Later in the interview, Cha talks about how the music is a juxtaposition of Chinese literary writing and electronic melodies – an interesting combination. “Because of the neutral nature of the synthesizer used to create electronica sounds, this seemingly lifeless music doesn’t feed you with predetermined themes. Rather, it allows you to interpret and imagine meanings according to your mood at the time.”

Check out more via YouTube.

Black Letters

Black Letters: Indie Dream Pop from India

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I don’t know what “Falter” is trying to do, and that’s a good thing. The latest song by Bengaluru’s Black Letters starts off like it’s going to build into a Portishead groove before stopping and taking a clearer, R&B-like turn. Now I hear romantic Mogwai. Now I see an endless horizon and a blood red sky going on and on and wanting to drive all through it. The song’s music video shares a similar dreamlike haze. It’s all quite lovely.

From Bandcamp:

“Falter is the debut single from upcoming full-length album by Black Letters.
The new release via Overfeed Records is a follow-up to Petrichor, EP (2015) and Shapes On The Wall, LP (2014).”