Bandcamp Crate Dig | February 2018
This month's iteration of BCD brings a little more familiarity with the popular indie band from Montreal, Ought, as well as some nostalgic tracks related to a classic video game.
We OUT HERE - We out here
As far as jazz albums go, this is truly a pure representation of modern jazz in UK's jazz scene if not the world's. Taking the best from a variety of taleted musicians to create this compilation album I guarantee you will find a track you can vibe with if not them all. Opening up with a spectacular flute and clarinet duet from Maisha and ending in a funky afrobeat iteration from Kokoroko this album really touches all aspects of modern jazz. For all of the hip-hop fans out there, there are some tracks in here that you will notice artists like Kendrick Lamar would take inspiration from, especially in his To Pimp A Butterfly album cycle. There are lots of instances of amazing instrumentation and I think it would be unfair to single any out as to avoid shadowing other performances. There is something to appreciate in every track.
Super guitar bros. - ocarina of time
Now nostalgia is a powerful thing. Lots of my childhood has been thrust back into the mainstream lately and the driving force for a lot of that is the power of nostalgia. Pokemon GO, even though Nintendo had continued releasing Pokemon games since the 90's, saw a huge amount of people jumping in to catch their favourite gen 1 Pokemon from their childhood days of playing red/blue. This soundtrack might be influenced by nostalgia but that doesn't take away from how amazing it really is. These two talented guitar players did a phenominal job of capturing the emotion from the original video game on top of nailing each track note for note. It really is the perfect acoustic cover of the Ocarina of Time soundtrack. Highlight songs would have to be "Lost Woods", "Hyrule Field", and "Gerudo Valley". Pokemon GO was fully empowered by nostalgia as their fan base dropped exponentially, but this album is powerful on its own. Even if you never played Ocarina of Time, it is still a great acoustic instrumental project. Oh, and on theme to Nintendo games, have a super Mar 10!
ought - room inside the world
Ought ins't a new-unheard of band, they have actually had a very succesful career and have appeared on Pitchfork's Best New Music section back in 2014, however, I am embarrassed to say that they missed my radar for so long. When I stumbled upon this project while perusing the recently released of Bandcamp, I instantly was stricken by the lead singer's (Tim Darcy) voice. A baritone voice with a hint of a Québec accent overtop of noisey instrumentation had me reminded of indie rock powerhouse The National. This album has its own moody charm to it that seperates it from The National's work and really stands on its own. With some dashes of 80's influence Room Inside the World follows the current trends of post-punk that we ache for. I can't find a weak track in this project but I do have to highlight the small but memorable moments in "These 3 Things" with all of the enticing sounds and how grandiose "Desire" is. Honestly, this is a front-to-back listen, so please do. You won't be disappointed.