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This Month's Soundtrack, April 2010

March 19, 2010

These releases cover a lot of ground, genre-wise, including heavily improvised electronic instrumentals, classically influenced art-rock, guitar-oriented blues rock, and more.

These New Puritans: Hidden (Domino)
Ambitious and highly original art rock featuring brass and woodwinds mixed with synthy electronic parts, Taiko drums laying down massive beats (and lending a cinematic feel), and imaginative and complex arrangements. Hard to explain, but cool to listen to.

In this excerpt from "Orion" on These New Puritans' CD Hidden (Domino, 2010), you can hear the juxtaposition of pop elements with Taiko drums, chorus, and brass to create a unusual, cinematic-like feel.

Cobblestone Jazz: The Modern Deep Left Quartet (!K7)
Using old analog drum machines and modular synths, and playing tunes that span a range of electronic styles, the band—now expanded to a quartet—developed the material on this album through jamming, experimentation, and real-time, manual effects processing during mixdown.

This excerpt is from "Chance Dub" off Cobblestone Jazz's album The Modern Deep Left Quartet (!K7, 2010).

Rich Tozzoli: Rhythm Up 
(R. Austin Music)
Guitarist, producer, and occasional EM contributor Tozzoli offers up a tasty collection of impeccably recorded guitar instrumentals, both electric and acoustic, on which he''s accompanied by a number of session stalwarts including drummer Shawn Pelton and bassist T Bone Wolk (who died on Feb. 27).

Here's an excerpt from Rich Tozzoli's song "Social Engineering" from his album Rhythm Up (R. Austin Music, 2010).

Ernest Gonzales: Been Meaning to Tell You (Friends of Friends)
Gonzales, a veteran DJ and the founder of Exponential Records, offers up a set of instrumentals that blend electronic and rock instrumentation in a beguiling sonic stew.

Here's a clip from Ernest Gonzales' song "Dancing in the Snow" from Been Meaning to Tell You (FoF Music).

HIM: Screamworks: Love in Theory and 
Practice, Chapters 1-13 (Sire/Reprise)
The seventh album for the Finnish quintet features fat production of the band''s high-energy, melodic rock. How can you go wrong when your drummer''s nickname is “Gas Lipstick”?

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