Filed under: Releases of the Week | Tags: An Albatross, Releases of the Week, See You Next Tuesday
An Albatross – The An Albatross Family Album
Do you like spazzy post-hardcore and synth-heavy progressive rock? If so, An Albatross will please your ears with a sound that is essentially the product of a one-night stand between Emerson, Lake & Palmer and The Blood Brothers. No, this is not some new, gimmicky act, looking to seek fame and fortune; An Albatross has been around since 1999, however, The An Albatross Family Album is their first release on Eyeball Records and truly shows what they are capable of.
If you’re afraid of clowns, this might be the soundtrack to your worst nightmare, as the combination of frantic howls and psychedelic keyboards may remind you of a really creepy circus. That notion aside, An Albatross has written one of the most unique albums of 2008, and I find it extremely refreshing to hear such creativity. If you are a long-time fan, you’ll be happy to know that An Albatross have managed to amplify their jazz influence with inclusion of brass and woodwinds, accenting obscure melodies and noisy passages that bring to mind a Naked City-esque quality.
To a new listener, The An Albatross Family Album may seem a little overwhelming. Take a listen to “…And Now Emerges The Silver Pilgrim” if you are unsure of where to start; the up-tempo dance beat and strangely catchy vocal pattern just might persuade you to jump on the An Albatross bandwagon, attend one of their world-renowned shows and party like it’s 1970!
See You Next Tuesday – Intervals
If you so much as blink during See You Next Tuesday’s newest offering entitled Intervals, you will have likely missed at least one song (eight of the seventeen tracks are under a minute long). This may be one of the shortest full-length albums that I have ever encountered, but it also happens to be extremely good, filled with technical and aggressive music. For a band that started off as a complete joke, these dudes have created a seriously abrasive record that combines the heaviest aspects of grind, metal, and hardcore.
See You Next Tuesday show significant growth from their frenetic debut, Parasite, by incorporating a sludgier sound on mid-tempo tracks such as the brutal “Dedication To A New Era”. Additionally, Intervals boasts a dark vibe outlined by dissonant guitar riffs and pummeling gravity blasts; listen to the thirty-nine second song “Nightmares” to get a taste. It’s also worth noting that there is less reliance on breakdowns as the focus shifts to high-speed experimentation. The band’s vocalist, known simply as Fox, absolutely kills it with a performance including shrill, high-pitched screams and furious growls. Overall, See You Next Tuesday sound way more pissed this time around and honestly, it rules.
Think you can handle the carnage? I would highly recommend giving Intervals a chance; it certainly won’t take up much of your time and is a good way to de-stress after a long day of classes. See You Next Tuesday prove that they are a top contender in today’s extreme music scene and this blistering new material is sure to translate well in a live setting.