“Aggravated Damage” is an Experimental Experience

After having recently re-released his entire discography with the remastered treatment, one last gem from Nocturnal Omissions’ past remains to be explored by Enter the Venture. “Aggravated Damage” is a collection of tracks originally released in 2008 from side projects or cut from Myspace releases that will be set for free release this month. Check out the album below:

As a combination of demos from Nocturnal Omissions’ early days, “Aggravated Damage” is naturally gives off the impression that the album will have a mixtape feel, as the songs come from different projects and time periods. Going in, the expectation is to listen to how these early demos built a foundation that helped shape the later albums.

“Ghostline” starts things off as a spooky digital wonderland consisting of mysterious imagery. It is certainly intriguing and makes you wonder what type of music we’re in for. “Doctrine of Lies” is an underground synth labyrinth of textures, overlays, and mixing constructs, while “Private Torment of Brundlefly” is a post-industrial collection of static guitars, synth bass, and a distorted vocal loop to add to the already haunting environment. It’s an unnerving experience that is edgy, unexpected, yet still under control. “Itchy Tasty” is what happens if a party were to happen at the Spencer Mansion in the Resident Evil franchise. It’s very futuristic sounding as flashing strobe lights and fog machines galore come to mind. The electronic melody carries you into a swaying movement with its hypnotic beat. The distorted closer increases the intensity of it all.

“Awakening” is a hopeful tune with an optimistic synth melody that drives over the tribal drums. It paints the picture of a Buddhist Sangha drum circle that it’s based on. As an early 2002 demo, it already showed the capabilities of what Nocturnal Omissions would soon blossom into. The following song “Freedom” is also an upbeat song. Arpeggio melodies syncopate with a clean sounding, captivating piano/synth line that juxtaposes with distortion to present a full, balanced sound.

The next three songs are the trifecta of madness. “Anger Management” is an intensified battering on the ears. The industrial drums combined with heavy distortion is chaotic, relentless, and aggressive. “Necromancer Sugar Daddy” is also a fun distorted affair with a cool drumbeat and some metal riffs thrown in, and “Kabijjian Magnificence” is a fast-paced rocker that will leave you headbanging. The closing “Space Critters” is a cryptic, hidden track that nicely bookends the experimental experience that is this album.

Overall, “Aggravated Damage” is concentrated on using a multitude of sounds that cascade over the underlying electronic loops. The album would be perfect in a movie soundtrack about someone spiraling out of control into a mental breakdown. The opening tracks start off in a familiar territory, leading into the optimistic middle of the album before nose diving into the craziness and full-on distortion. Although the songs were not originally intended to be sequenced in this track listing, these demos still have a nice flow from one song to the next. As a collection of oddities, it still ranks as a noteworthy listen to the Nocturnal Omissions discography. This album is for anyone looking to satiate their electro-noise appetite.

Discover more of Nocturnal Omissions on BandcampYouTubeSpotifyAppleInstagramTwitter and his website.

Gilman Mom – New Album Release

Gilman Mon has released his experimental album “Manifest Destiny” via Macaque Records. Listen to the album here:

 

The album contains field recordings that allows the listener to reflect on their innermost thoughts. It is self-described by Gilman Mon as “moody and throbbing” and is filled with ambient noise featuring natural and electronic elements that intertwine. Gilman Mon said the album was inspired by his experience he had when he was walking late at night during a storm, feeling the darkness and loneliness of the experience. Then, as he began entering a new state of mind of acceptance, the storm faded, allowing him to be in touch with nature in a new exciting way. The music reflects this experience and allows the listener to live through their own thunderstorm that leads them to their own epiphany in life.

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The album is also available to listen for free here.

Danny Baxley – Solo Artist Interview

Danny Baxley has released his latest EP “Love Sex Alcohol” on July 24. Today, Danny spoke with ETV about how music served as a means for escape, the themes of the EP, and advice for other musicians going through tough emotional times. Check out the title track here:

Growing up in Dallas, Danny always had an interest in music. At age 12, he picked up a guitar for the first time and three years later, found himself writing original songs. He was raised in a broken home filled with violence and abuse, and music served as a therapeutic release to get away from it all.

“I believe when I was young I sought after anything as a means for escape, unconsciously of course,” Danny said. “I couldn’t see it at the time because I was right in the middle of it, but my level of stress was slowly killing me internally. I felt lost, confused, scared, and always on edge without knowing of anyway to release the pent-up emotions and energy I had over the years under my family’s roof. Those feelings were what I first wrote about. Expressing my confusion and feeling distant from the outside world were major themes in my first endeavors with writing. Then, of course, the sappy love songs followed in high school from the various girls who I thought were ‘the one’ began to fill my early catalog.”

After college, Danny found himself turning away from music to do jobs that were unfulfilling, which eventually led to emotional and mental breakdown. Hitting rock bottom, Danny attempted suicide and was taken to a hospital.

“After my breakdown and suicide attempt, I landed in a hospital for quite some time,” Danny said. “The transition back to music was as organic as could be. It was as if I rediscovered my best friend whom I hadn’t seen it years and we hit it off like the old times and became inseparable again. Comically, when I began playing again after years of it being absent, I couldn’t remember even my own songs, let alone any covers with the exception of Weezer’s ‘Say It Ain’t So.’ So, I didn’t really have a choice but to fiddle around and put together new songs. I even wrote something while there, and performed it for all the other patients and staff at the hospital, my first time performing in years.”

After this experience, music returned to Danny and became a major part of his life again. He started writing songs with lyrics straight from the heart coming out. He was once again was on the path to living the life of a musician. When he got back into recording, he created and released his EP titled “Identity.”

“Love Sex Alcohol” is the follow up to “Identity” and it’s about self-expression. The EP was originally planned to be a full LP divided into the three portions of the EP title.

“Those themes are still present in the EP just not as prominent as they were,” Danny said. “‘Love Sex Alcohol’ can also be seen as ‘Good Mediocre Bad.’ I really wanted to express my feelings towards the greats in life, the tolerable, and the bad times, which have been constant themes in my life and I’m confident in most others as well.”

The EP was put together in Danny’s studio in his home. His arsenal of equipment included an iMac, two JBL monitors, Native Instruments Maschine, Maschine Jam, Komplete Kontrol Midi Keyboard, a Gibson Les Paul and an Orange MicroTerror amp all put together with Logic Pro X.

“Nearly every day I’m either working on something new, or attempting to complete a project I had already started on,” Danny said. “So, writing the music and lyrics didn’t pose any trouble for me. I read about Stephen King once that he spent X amount a time everyday writing, I’ve used the same strategy so new material is always being created in the Baxley household. When I’m not writing, I’m typically practicing.”

The resulting EP a collection of guitars and poetic lyrics with a darker side that explores different genres in new, creative ways. The EP features electronic glitch sounds and distorted vocals, and mixes heavy rock and dance together. Danny worked with the instruments he had and utilize them to create the songs he saw in his head.

“I didn’t want to fit into a singular box, nor did I want to follow the same model that’s been going on for years,” Danny said. “The EP is a work of trial and error. A journey in creating something new and that no one ever thought of doing before.”

Danny said he originally started as a singer-songwriter but couldn’t help wanting to do more with his sound. He wanted to keep pushing himself to make a new sound with endless possibilities without boundaries. This has led to “Love Sex Alcohol,” the culmination of creating his own sound that goes against common conventions to how most songwriters go about writing songs. The outcome will be appreciated by those looking for something that is experimental, unexpected, and coming from a place of healing.

As far as future the near future, Danny’s plans revolve around playing more shows and getting his name known.

“Playing live right and developing a presence onstage is my current goal,” Danny said. “I have a show booked at The Well in Brooklyn NY on the 30th of August that I’m excited for. I plan to release more music, build a bigger fanbase, and to ideally not piss off my wife for devoting so much time to the work involved in being a musician these days. I love her to death though, and she is very supportive.”

Danny has gone through a lot but his journey has led to him a position where he can use his experience to help others. He has this to say to others going through emotional times:

“You’ll hear ‘no’ a million times, get to use to it. Keep fighting through until you get the ‘yes’ you’re searching for.”

To stay up to date with all things relating to Danny Baxley, check him out on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, YouTube, iTunes, and his official site.

Morricone Youth – New EP Release

Morricone Youth is continuing its two-year venture where the group releases 15 vinyl and digital LPs and EPs featuring their take on live scores of silent era films and midnight movies. Last month they released the 10-track LP “Mad Max” inspired by the 1979 dystopian action film of the same name. Check out the snyth-frenzy opener “Halls of Justice” here:

The LP was released via Country Club Records and features extensive use of an analog keyboard, which was maintained by Joe McGinty (Psychedelic Furs/Loser’s Lounge) at Carousel Vintage Studio, where the LP was captured and engineered by Steve Silverstein (TapeOp). Brian Kantor (The Cardigans’ Nina Persson, Shudder To Think’s Nathan Larson, Higgins and Fruit Bats) joins Morricone youth for this release laying down the drum tracks. Mixed by World Inferno Friendship Society’s Scott Hollingsworth, the LP reflects the movie’s loneliness and at times aggressive tone with a fresh new take.

Morricone Youth previously released “Night of the Living Dead” and “The Adventures of Prince Achmed”  in their series of 15 LPs and EPs based on classic films. “Mad Max” is the third release, and we can’t wait to see what’s next in store for this ongoing series.

“Mad Max” is available digitally and as part of a high quality limited edition vinyl pressing of 500 on transparent coke bottle clear green vinyl. Be sure to stay up to date with all things Morricone Youth on Soundcloud, Twitter, Facebook, and its official website.

Woodes – New Video Release

Melbourne artist and producer Woodes has released a new music video for the ethereal track “Rise.” Check out the soothing and spiritual display here:

The video for “Rise” follows Woodes through a natural and magical world where she teaches other to rise within the unique landscapes that were shot on location in New South Wales Blue Mountains and South Coast. The lyrics in the track delve into the elemental imagery of fire, water and earth, which are also be found in the video.

“For this song when I wrote it I saw fire, cliffs, and smoke,” Woodes said. “The character that formed in my head was strong and she incorporated a range of elements in her design. I collaborated with a friend and director Laura Nagy to bring this vision to life and one by one each element was added. We had been swapping images and references for months after initially meeting at a dinner in Melbourne.”

Most the film crew for the making of “Rise” were women and Woodes said it was beautiful to bring her vision to life surrounded by female energy. She called upon her favorite designers for the outfits she wears in in the clip including Tung Vu (Singapore) and Atelier Harlem (Melbourne) to complete the enchanting visuals.

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Photo provided by Woodes

The song was co-produced by Woodes with Simon Lam (Nearly Ontario/one half of Melbourne duo Kllo) as well as enlisting an all star choir for the backing vocals including: Alex Lahey, LANKS, Lupa J, Nirrimi, Abraham Tilbury, Edward Vanzet, Golden Vessel, Tommy Wilson, Juice Webster, Uncle Bobby, Jaysways and Batts.

To stay up to date with everything Woodes and all her future ventures, check out her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Soundcloud.

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