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Sırma’s latest EP titled Instincts is like a relic out of a mythical Mediterranean land that atmospherically weaves Turkish folk instrumentation with the 24-year-old’s hypnotic, reverberating vocals. When the ambient electronic beats come in, you ask whether this 4-track EP is an anachronism or if time and space don’t really matter when you listen to Sırma.
Actually made up of two women and one man, Mere Women transcend the humility of their name, even if it is a tongue-in-cheek jab at the patriarchy. They march to the cleverly syncopated beat of the drums, churn out eerie synth melodies and sign each bar with angular scribbles of guitar. The punky, baroque-flavored uncertainty that colored their 2012 debut, Old Life, is more carefully distilled with a stony discipline in their latest release, Your Town.
With dirt under their fingernails and the northern lights reflecting in their eyes, Iceland’s Kaleo plays the kind of grimy rock that flies in the face of their country’s penchant for all things ambient/ethereal. Sure they cando soft and pretty. (See: To Emma, Forever Ago-worthy track, “All the Pretty Girls.”) But the Mosfellsbær-based quartet is more about guitars riffs of every flavor than cooed choruses. Blues? Check. Country? Oh yeah. Rock? Of course — they’ve got that too.
Troye Sivan is that guy that you know you know. Hint: have you ever seen X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Yup, that’s him as James Howlett. He also has one of the most visited YouTube channels in Australia. But despite all his success in the visual world, the 19 year-old now has his claws in a different role — moody electronic singer-songwriter. The South Africa born/Australia-based musician’s debut EP TRXYE will go a long way toward reminding fans that, in addition to appearances on screens large and small, Sivan also possesses some formable pipes.
If you like your riot-inspired post-punk buried in the underbelly of industrial drone, then pack up your ski mask and black lipstick, because we’re going to Greece. The trio of bearded, beefy men is back with a ferocious and angrier concept album called Secret Science, their second LP out today. It has the melodic, prog soundscape of Mars Volta with and the frenetic, punk energy of Joy Division. They’ve dubbed their specialty brew “drone ‘n’ roll.”