Jazz-Rock

New Fugue EP

Fugue have released their second EP ‘Siblings’ which is currently available on CD (and shortly on Vinyl) or can be downloaded on a pay-what-you-want scheme from their bandcamp site : http://www.fugue.bandcamp.com. There is no minimum price but please help this great band out, it’s another quality dose of math-y instrumental rock.


Sleepmakeswaves / Tangled Thoughts of Leaving – split LP

It’s been a while, but good things come to those who wait. Hailing from opposite ends of Australia, Perth’s Tangled Thoughts of Leaving and Sydney’s sleepmakeswaves are proud to present you with a shiny new split LP. It’s a record from two bands that are very different yet one that finds an equilibrium between the seemingly disparate tendencies of the two groups. Although both bands find common ground in their latent electronic influences, sleepmakeswaves marry these ideas to their characteristic brand of energetic and uplifting instrumental rock while Tangled Thoughts of Leaving pursue a relentlessly improvisatory, innovative path. The results are more foreboding yet no less spectacular, and are all the more reason to watch for their debut full lengths, slated for 2010.

Tracklisting :

1. Sleepmakeswaves – Keep Your Splendid Silent Sun
2. Sleepmakeswaves – We Sing The Body Electric
3. Sleepmakeswaves – This Is How We Remember (Secret Robot)
4. Tangled Thoughts of Leaving – A Vexing Predicament
5. Tangled Thoughts of Leaving – The World Is A Deaf Machine

Download from archive.org / torrent


Charts and Maps : Enemies of C. Frias

Los Angeles based indie-jazz/math-rock (though subtly defiant of both terms)band Charts and Maps have released a 4 song EP, titled “Enemies of C.Frias”. Working with engineer/producer Chris Schlarb (whose solo projects and free-jazz duo I Heart Lung are released through Sufjan Steven’s Asthmatic Kitty records), the band have managed to further hone their sound while losing none of the adventurous flair of their previous releases.

Characterized by unrestrained song structure, a keen ear for new aesthetic, and an unabashed ability to throw a looping curveball in the form of a key change or time signature switch, Charts and Maps still make music for people who understand music, but have developed upon their ability to blend the aforementioned with catchy and grooving hooks. Their music is intrinsically unclassifiable, roving between genres, tied together by stylistic nuances–categorized by their uncategorizability (yeah, it’s a word, apparently), as much as anything else. Instead of losing themselves in heady concept, as many bands with this kind introduction do, Charts and Maps are unequivocally listenable and sonically pleasant. Take a listen for yourself.

As key members of Heard.of.Elephants, an art/music collective that has been gathering praise, acclaim, and following in the Los Angeles area recently for their forward-thinking stance on showgoing (mixing art, music, film, and sociality into one convenient event), Charts and Maps have taken their live show to a new level. Adding Jay Watford on guitar and Mike Allison on Sax, the band’s energy is unmistakable. The affair is a lot more raucous than one would imagine when listening to the intricacy of the music.

Tracklisting :
1. Pearl Divers of the Arabian Peninsula
2. Herd of Elephants
3. The Sheriff Suspects Arson (ii)
4. In the Town of Machine

Download from here.


The Shy Trafficker : Hard Fought, Found Thought

‘Hard Fought, Found Thought’ is the second full length release from The Shy Trafficker, recorded in Seattle at Attercop studio by Reed Griffin, and follows their 2006 EP ‘Halves and Have Knots’.

The Shy Trafficker is an interesting equation to crack; it possesses an elaborate infrastructure of instrumental indie rock ideals, a jazz-sensibility, and heroic interludes to build thematic “songs within a song.” The Shy Trafficker has been described to have a “Chicago” type sound which builds with raw materials based on rhythm and complexities coming from only three players. Often the Shy Trafficker is associated with bands such as Pele, Pell Mell, Tortoise, and Do Make Say Think.

A higher quality CD version of ‘Hard Fought, Found Thought’ is also available and can be bought from CDBaby here.

Tracklisting :
1. Confusion
2. Renovo
3. Romance and Sequiturs
4. Ape Will Eat Chicken
5. Frontier
6. Pitches and Creme
7. Intermission
8. Vicissitudes
9. Santa Margarita
10. Candelabra
11. Uds Madre

Download from here.