(By Emily Zemler)…Longevity in music comes through pushing yourself and expanding the possibilities of your sound. This has never been more true for Copeland on their latest effort Blushing, a collection of 11 new tracks that advance and evolve everything the trio of musicians has done up until now. The band, which originally formed in Lakeland, Florida in 2001, has unveiled six albums, spanning from their 2003’s debut Beneath Medicine Tree to 2016’s Ixora. While they began as a rock band, Copeland’s music has explored multiple genres and pulled in various stylistic influences like electronic and symphonic. In the past the musicians have aptly melded these styles, creating a unique amalgam of sounds. This time they wanted to take each sound and style and push it to its logical extreme.
This pummeling offering of Midwestern sludge slabs is released as an FR&T Record Store Day Exclusive! Made available on April 16 2016 this is a must have for any fans of all that is riff worshipping, thick and nasty grooves. Only 4 songs but still weighs in at around 30 minutes! Available from Failure Records & Tapes!
New album by Tom Freund — Double Vinyl (Mastered by Bakery Mastering with audiophile precision) featuring 2 unreleased tracks and duet with Ben Harper on “Let My Love Open The Door”. First 50 ordered signed by Tom – upon request!
Daptone Records is overjoyed to present All My Relations – the debut solo album from long-time Dap-Kings saxophonist, Cochemea Gastelum. Cochemea’s electro-sax leads an ensemble of percussive giants (members of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Antibalas) on a psychedelic, spiritual journey, exploring his ancestral roots through melody and rhythm. As a body of work, it is an acknowledgement of oneness and harmony with all forms of life: people, animals, insects, plants, trees, and even rocks, rivers, mountains and valleys. It celebrates the sublime beauty of existence and beginnings of such. Some of the tunes were drawn from memory, imagined from a time and place Cochemea has never been, such as “Sonora” (the home of his Yaqui ancestors), and “Mescalero” (an Apache tribe from the South Central region of Mexico – ancestors of his great-grandmother). Others were born from the Musical impression of ritual, like “Mitote” (an ancient, secular round dance of the Aztecs and other tribes of the Sierra Madre Occidental – which in certain cultures can be associated with Peyote ritual). The track “Asatoma” is an ancient prayer from India. In Sanskrit, it prays for guidance to grow from darkness to light, to distinguish the real from the unreal, and to be guided from death of the physical to the immortality of the Spirit. It is a celebration of life. The musicians on the record also bring a piece of themselves and their heritage, creating a cultural cornucopia of sonic expression that allows Cochemea’s vision and spirituality to flourish. All My Relations, in a sense, is a musical prayer to the world to help recognize our one true source, our shared identity. We are one.
Wagner Odegard takes a break from experimental folk / ambient to unleash a raw blast of Swedish heathen black metal.
“Still brimming with the inspiration of Germanic Heathenism, Wagner Odegard seems to be unable to quench the bottomless wellspring from which he drinks. Unlike other releases under the WO moniker, however, this is a proper black metal album with fitting instrumentation, songs, and lyrics. It plays much like a Wulkanaz release, albeit a bit looser, a bit more free flowing and with some of the markings of other genres flowing into the black metal framework which defines the typical Wulkanaz sound. To these ears you have all the same influences present: Burzum (esp. Belus), (the early Scandinavian mysticism of) Arckanum, (the ramshackle quality of) Furze, (the odd folk stylings of) Lugubrum, and a vigorous and intense energy that can only be prescribed to Wagner Odegard.”
Sitting firmly on a bluegrass and roots music foundation, Glory Bound, the sophomore project from the Kentucky-based band also embraces the clear influence that rock ‘n’ roll, jam, and singer-songwriter music have had on the group. Buy Now!