Ritual Howls create a cinematic blend of twangy industrial-rock that could fuel a post-apocalyptic dancefloor. A collaboration between Paul Bancell (vocals, guitar), Chris Samuels (synth, samples, drum machine), and Ben Saginaw (bass), the Detroit trio's fourth full-length Rendered Armor follows the Their Body EP of 2018 with expansive arrangements sculpted with masterful production.
Throughout Rendered Armor familiar influences reveal themselves, but the band doesn’t rely on derivative imitation. Instead, Ritual Howls forge haunting atmospheres that are all their own, reaching into unexpected sonic domain. Each track unfolds with unnerving anticipation, as if sound tracking a chase scene in a surrealist western film. Bancell delivers his baritone above a jangling guitar like an incantation, evoking macabre, religious imagery laden with futuristic undertones. Propelled by Saginaw's often fuzzed-out bass and Samuels' dance club-friendly rhythms, it's no surprise that the band hails from the techno capital of the US.
Opening the album with a gloomy country-tinged guitar hook, "Alone Together" sets an ominous tone as Bancell narrates a love story in a doomed world, colored by a glassy synth that sounds as if it were summoned from a horror movie. A sense of longing pervades "Thought Talk" with its subdued, hi-hat accented tempo, spacious bass line and reverb soaked guitars that ring out with melancholy. Ritual Howls' most mature offering to date, Rendered Armor finds the band further carving out their own eclectic mix of organic instrumentation and pulsing electronics, distinguishing them as a unique force in the current landscape of underground music.
Rendered Armor drops March 22nd on Felte Records.
Tempers is NYC-based industrial pop duo Jasmine Golestaneh and Eddie Cooper. Their dark electronica sets haunting songwriting to a sinister disco beat, airy melodies suspended in a pitch-black soundscape. Singles from their debut album 'Services' - ‘Eyes Wide Wider’, ‘Hell Hotline’ (mixed by Damian Taylor (Bjork)), ‘Strange Harvest’ and 'Undoing' received coverage across US and EU blogs including Pitchfork, The Fader, V Magazine, Noisey, FACT, and Vogue. A companion book to ‘Services’ featuring Golestaneh’s collage art and lyrics was published by Sang Bleu, and is catalogued in MoMa’s library.
Their latest album ‘Junkspace’ is a concept album about the architecture of consumerism, set in a shopping mall. It features conversations with iconic architect Rem Koolhaas about the psychology of shopping, and what makes these spaces so alienating and compelling. Musically, "Junkspace" is a soundtrack to the artificial atmosphere of the shopping mall; glassy tones and pulsing, mechanistic synths reflect the surfaces and textures of this created space. Melodies that are equal parts sinister and naive capture the duality of the environment's warmth and desolation.
It was released on BMG (Germany) Nov 2018.
Olive Kimoto is an experimental multi-instrumentalist who oscillates between hazy ethereality and sharp futurism. Conceptually focused on digital culture and the human condition, she constructs ambient-pop pieces through shifting textures, operatic vocals, and coalescing melodies.
Paige Emery is a musician and painter based in Los Angeles. With a background of intensive training in fine arts, Emery uses sound to explore realms beyond the confines of traditional technique. Blending guitars, synths, electronic drums and glassy vocals, Emery crafts lo-fi outsider pop with dreamy hooks and unexpected moments of dissonance.
Emery’s entrancing, multisensory live performance seeks to remove the ego and to merge digital with analog formats; classical oil painting with new media. Her synthesis of painting and video art is projected onto her to create a living, breathing, infinitely transforming multimedia work.
Jess Labrador DJ (Chasms/Felte)
Scott Zacharias DJ (Interdimensional Transmissions)