Odds and ends, observations and so forth

We found ourselves in another forced layoff when we were struck with the twin joys of a hard drive crash and the discovery, following the eventual, and far-too painful recovery process, of the DNS Trojan virus that shut us down and forced a rebuild of your humble bloggers computer. T’was a lovely time, rest assured. So meantime we banked more reviews and observations etc. A few things to help catch up:

– Really digging new songs by Shiny Toy Guns (“Waiting Alone”) and Rezonance (!! – we seriously thought this band had gone away, never to return, so = yay! Very much digging on “Obscurity” so far). The former is clearly returning to form with the re-establishment of the original lineup and the latter, whose debut, Black Filters (holy shit – seven years ago!) is a total Softsynth favourite. Yays all around here.

– We’ve been deluged by CDs from more established artists and digital tracks by new up-and-coming bands. Many reviews in the can.

– As we blogged (not that long ago at all in fact), still listening to the Rockets in a Coma album, Squared Strawberries a lot in recent weeks and though it’s been out for a few years and though we’ve already blogged about it – holy crap this is a good album. We know it’s a bit repetitive to keep saying so, but in the pantheon of “great albums you probably aren’t listening to” this is at the top of the pile. Still no idea if they are still together, coming out with another album any time soon, or still among the living (any news? Anyone?), but this album, though hard as hell to find, it so very worth getting your virtual hands on if you can.

– The Karin Park album gets better and better with the passage of time. Inside front-runner for our album of the year…in July. Check back in December.

– You know who’s pretty awesome? Lydmor. Review coming soon.

– We keep getting requests for mailing address and email to submit albums for review: for your records: charles@hfx.eastlink.ca; email for address. Note – as you can see in the previous post, we do not provide a blind publicity service; if we think an album doesn’t work we’ll say so in no uncertain terms (or we will withhold a review altogether if we’re feeling all precious and sensitive to hard working artists’ feelings), so, duly warned and all that…

Edited to add: Enjoying the track by Sudden Creation “Shouldn’t I be a Girl?”. A kind of distant cousin to Synthpop’s Alive. Clever and catchy at the same time that makes a good point actually…


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