The Shape Of 2010 To Come
I am intrigued as to what a great year for music 2010 is turning out to be. I didn’t think 2009 would be topped for years, but it looks like an early contender is steadily making its way. Here are a few records that are still to come, and I am extremely excited for, based on what I’ve seen and heard.
Rosetta – A Determinism of Morality
I thought it couldn’t get better than Wake/Lift, but after seeing live videos of the band performing some new songs, I am amazed that they seemed to have surpassed even that. Here are a few of the higher quality videos, below.
Castevet – The Echo & The Light EP
This one technically hasn’t come out yet, because of the band’s departure from their previous label, Big Scary Monsters. But, the release will be pushed to May, with eight songs, rather than six, so how can we complain? Regardless, six songs are floating around the internet, and they suggest big things for this band’s future. In terms of sound, think of Mike Kinsella-style rawness, combined with the atmosphere and drive of The Appleseed Cast, and harsher vocals. These are pretty much the main ingredients for Castevet’s sound, and fine ingredients, they are.
This Will Destroy You – Tunnel Blanket
Since the release of Young Mountain in 2006, This Will Destroy You have been dropping album after album of beautiful and well-written post-rock, and have established themselves as one of the essential bands of the genre. Naturally, there has been a great amount of anticipation for their next record, Tunnel Blanket, because of this. In the meantime, the TWDY guys have kept us occupied with a mesmerizing demo track, of “Black Dunes”. The latter video is below, as well as a link to the band’s Tumblr account, where all their updates are posted.
Circle Takes the Square – Ritual of Names
I’d be lying, if I said I knew what was going on with this record, for certain, but 2010 is what the band last announced, as its approximate release date. It’s been six years since the band’s last release, As The Roots Undo, which was widely considered a modern screamo classic. But as history has shown, with releases such as Into the Moat’s The Campaign: the longer the wait, the worse the reception to the final result is. Only time will tell, but if it’s anywhere close to as good as The Roots was, we’re in for quite the treat.
Minus the Bear – Omni
Of all post-Botch bands, Minus The Bear have always proven to be the most consistent, and the most interesting. Their techy indie-pop is not only more accessible, to the average listener, but it is also constantly transforming – I mean, just look at the difference between 2002’s Highly Refined Pirates and 2007’s Planet of Ice. Based on a couple of tracks, however, Omni is looking to be their most unique release, yet. You can tune in to “My Time”, “Broken China”, and “Into the Mirror”, below.
Rome – Nos Chants Perdus
After hearing the mellow and beautiful L’Assasin EP, I am more excited to see what is in store with Nos Chants Perdus, than any Rome release, in a while. Minimalism was a key aspect of Jerome Reuter’s work, on the EP, as even though it was much layered, it was not nearly as complex as his past efforts. One can expect something, perhaps, similar on the full-length. I can not praise this band enough, so definitely check this one out.
Kayo Dot – Coyote
Musically, anything Toby Driver touches turns to gold, and that is a fact. His music is unique, highly complex, yet superbly written – he is an artist with a vision. The newest addition to the Kayo Dot discography seems like it will be the best instance of this, based on the information that has been given, regarding its release. You can download an mp3 of one of the album’s tracks, “Whisper Ineffable”, on the Kayo Dot website – this, and further information, will be posted below.
Ceremony – Rohnert Park
Ceremony are among the most interesting modern hardcore bands, with their experimentation and the way in which they develop on each album. I was not particularly amazed by their last effort, Still, Nothing Moves You, but because of this I am still really looking forward to hearing and seeing what they do with it. In Hearwax’s interview with Ceremony’s Ryan Mattos, he confirmed that descriptions of the record made in past interviews, weren’t entirely accurate. So really, you’ll have to hear for yourself below, to get an idea of what it may sound like.
Weekend Nachos – Bleed EP
I have always enjoyed Weekend Nachos, but they really stepped it up on 2009’s Unforgivable. Not even a year later, they have a new EP for us, so I’m particularly excited to see what’s in store. They’ve always been a relatively straightforward band, but the teaser for the EP, which is posted below, shows that they’ve incorporated keys, this time around. They’ve also never disappointed, so it will be interesting to see how this turns out.
United Nations – Never Mind the Bombings, Here’s Your Six Figures
Access to information about this band has repeatedly been removed from the public’s use, due to the controversy stirred by the band. It almost feels like Sweden’s Refused are back in town with United Nations around, and it’s not because of similarities in their sound. However, on a recent Deathwish sampler – which is fantastic as a whole, and for which you can download here – a look at what’s in store for their next full-length, can be seen with a new track that was provided, called “Pity Animal”. It’s fuelled with more intensity than anything on their first full-length, and it definitely hits harder, so brace yourselves for this one.