Tom Morello Teams Up With Bloody Beetroots For A Top EP Of This Week’s New Releases [Seven in Seven] | Things to do
Welcome to Seven in Seven, where each week we usually take a look at upcoming concerts in the area. With most shows on hold due to the pandemic, here’s a look at seven of the best albums released on June 18:
Tom Morello and the Bloody Beets – “Les Catastrophistes”
Guitarist Tom Morello and punk-fueled electronic artist The Bloody Beetroots have teamed up for a seven-track collaborative EP, “The Catastrophists”. Morello is best known for his innovative fretwork as a member of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. He also delivered several solo efforts. The Bloody Beetroots are the creation of Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo. Inspired by his lifelong love for punk rock and comics, he launched the project in late 2006 and has since created an intense sound that blends his classical training, his punk rock obsession and his passion for electronic music into a hybrid sound. avant-garde rock-meets-dance. .
Azure ray – “Remedy”
Twenty years have passed since Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink released their self-titled debut album under the name Azure Ray. Those familiar with their work now know that it was the tragic death of Taylor’s boyfriend that abruptly transformed the duo’s relationship to music; their alt-rock roots gave way to the now iconic, dreamlike soundscapes that became known as “whisper core” with songs like “Sleep” and “Rise”. The influence of Taylor and Fink’s hushed and intimate performance, combined with hypnotic atmospheres, is unquestionably influential. Now the duo’s timeless sound returns with bold new strength on “Remedy”.
The Novus – “Thaleia standing”
Difficult to define in terms of straightforward categorization, the influence of Novus extracts from all areas of the musical spectrum, from 70s psychedelic rock to contemporary post-punk. Hailing from the Midlands region of England, they are completely enamored with all aspects of the Eternal Realm labeled “art”. On their debut EP, “Thaleia Standing”, these influences come in the form of grainy and provocative guitars, rumbling punk vocals and overwhelming confidence driven only by the anger and need for change felt by today’s youth. ‘hui.
Monograms – “Floors and Ceilings”
Monograms is the alias of New York-based solo artist Ian Jacobs. Reusing the faded sounds of 1980s lo-fi and the shattered remnants of Brooklyn dream-pop, he constructs a palette of post-apocalyptic soundscapes and distorted atmospheres in his distinct “Nuke Wave” sound. The music in the project, highlighted on “Floors and Ceilings”, communicates a number of different notes with velocity, from post-punk to gritty pop and electronics, all in a clear postmodern approach. These angles often point the sound coding of Monograms towards other artists defying the genre of the heyday of college radio, as well as contemporary vibes pushing and pulling different styles seamlessly, all in the same thread.
Eloise – “Somewhere in between”
Emerging British artist Eloise was first drawn to music while growing up in rural France, where as a child she began browsing her parents’ diverse record collection, taking piano lessons and to sing in a choir. In her early teens, back in London, she learned the guitar on her own by imitating the chord patterns she saw on YouTube. At 17, she started sharing acoustic covers on Instagram, gaining notable followers including Billie Eilish, Sam Smith and Bruno Major. She has done everything from writing to arranging her new mini album, “Somewhere In-Between,” resulting in a huge artistic leap forward. Eloise described the experience of writing the eight-track project as “emotional and cathartic,” while stressing the importance of maintaining boldness throughout the creative process.
Rare occasions – “Big Whoop”
The latest from The Rare Occasions, “Big Whoop”, is defined by the intensely DIY nature of the recording process by the indie rock trio. Almost all aspects of production were carried out by the group. The recording sessions all took place in singer Brian McLaughlin’s living room and guest bedroom, where he also mixed the songs. Drummer Luke Imbusch composed the orchestral arrangements, recruiting and then conducting a live string quartet for the recording. The group collectively shares production credits, with each member making their own unique contributions to the table.
Country Westerns – “Country Westerns”
Songs from the Country Westerns’ new self-titled EP were recorded in the garage of drummer Brian Kotzur’s home, a location that has served as the band’s home since their debut. The garage rock trio’s self-titled debut album was released three months after the start of the pandemic and, with no release shows, tours, or any of the usual bands that accompany new tracks, they decided to stay active by getting together a few times through week to work on new songs and learn covers for fun. This resulted in a new original as well as interpretations of compositions by Dead Moon, Richard and Linda Thompson, and Jad Fair and Norman Blake.