Here we are again with the albums you have to listen to this weekend. The new albums on Spotify. And the first Spotifriday of 2012!
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo OST
We won’t have to explain this, do we? I mean, come on, Trent Reznor + Atticus Ross + a bestselling novel + a movie directed by David Fincher. Get on it. Right now.
For fans of: Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor, movies by David Fincher
Something Fierce – Don’t Be So Cruel
As soon as we heard the term ‘pop-punk’ we imagined the most horrid Fall Out Boy-esque emo cornyness. But that feeling ebbed away, when we heard the first song on ‘Don’t Be So Cruel’. Something Fierce don’t sound anything like above-mentioned, although it is undeniably pop-punk. Instead of ugly haircuts and high-pitched vocals, think about The Buzzcocks, The Clash and The Undertones. But then experimenting with popmelodies. And the end result is just really cool.
For fans of: The Buzzcocks, The Undertones, The Drums, Male Bonding
Alcest – Les Voyages De L’Âme
Of course, we couldn’t forget the metal-fans amongst you. Alcest‘s new album came out, and may be somewhat of a shock for the black-metal fans. Because on this album, Neige (the brain behind the band) pushes the black-metal elements to the background, making way for progrock and melodic metal elements. And if a song bursts open, it mostly does so in a shoegaze fashion, instead of a black metal cascade. So yeah, it’s pretty different from Alcest’s last outings, but is it any good? Well, yeah, actually!
For fans of: Ghost Brigade, Agalloch, Anathema, anything with Neige playing in it
Mark Van Hoen – The Revenant Diary
In essence, Mark Van Hoen (an Englishman, not a Dutchie) is an ambient artist. But he always balanced on the line of ambient. And this album seems to cross it. Take ‘Don’t Look Back’ for instance. It’s more a dark eclectic avant-techno, than ambient, isn’t it? It’s pretty indescribable what music Van Hoen does make here, but what would you expect from a founding member of UK electro-shoegaze pioneers Seefeel and, later, Locust and Scala?
Oh, and the pretty awesome album-art is by Stephen O’Malley of Sunn0))).
For fans of: Autechre, AFX, Deepchord
Rob St. John – Weald
When we write these blogpostshings, we’re always looking for things that differentiates each band. Let’s not do that now. There’s no big producer here, no well-known special guests, no anonimity for promotional uses, no weird gimmicks. This is just a simple indie/folk record. From a 20 year-old guy, who sounds like he’s seen the entire world already. Rob St. John makes beautiful songs with an assignable head and tale (‘Your Phantom Limb’) and songs in which he’s looking for the experiment (‘Stainforth Force’). And he gets away with it all.
For fans of: Other Lives, Luik, :Off The Wand And The Moon:, Flying Horseman