Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fresh Tracks From Ayebawl, Makeup and Vanity Set and Hammock [Bandcamp Round-Up]

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 11:19 AM

* Speed-punk/metal four-piece Ayebawl deliver maddeningly rapid-fire one-minute rock numbers. Built on a foundation of unapologetic speed and aggression (a la Black Flag, Bad Brains or any number of founding-father hardcore punk acts) but with the skillful flair of metal, Ayebawl's six-song self-titled EP flies by furiously. There's plenty of low-end in the mix — thanks in part to one of the two guitarists playing a baritone — and as 'Bawl themselves put it, "We provide the brutal soundtrack to your youthful, middle-aged skate shred. Ayebawl is not your friend!" Download all of Ayebawl for free at their Bandcamp page, and hear "I Got a Knife" below.

* Noted local electro mastermind Makeup and Vanity Set recently released Charles Park IIICharles Park I and II are both still available. Slathered in only the most decadent synth sounds, CP3 is a page right out of Daft Punk's '80s-cribbing playbook, with four-on-the-floor beats, swirling, blipping tones and moody soundscapes. Seriously, maybe M&VS should have done the Tron: Legacy score. Download the whole thing via Makeup and Vanity Set's Bandcamp page, and hear "I Am Become Death" below.

* Masterful ambient post-rockers Hammock have a new four-song release, which features collaborations with Steve Kilbey and timEbandit Powles of The Church. Asleep in the Downlights lands on the gorgeously dreamy end of post-rock — more Sigur Ros than Tortoise, I'd say — with dense, cavernous sounds and slow-forming, intoxicating melodies. Hammock is offering Asleep digitally and physically, with several different colors of their vinyl being offered. See the details via their Bandcamp page, and hear "Sinking Inside Yourself" — a song that sounds exactly like its title suggests — below.

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