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18 Dark Bands To Watch In 2011

It’s not news that popular indie rock got a bit darker in 2010. Look no further than regular topics of conversation around here — Zola Jesus, CREEP, Cold Cave, Salem, Tamaryn, Blessure Grave, Locrian, Gatekeeper, Frank (Just Frank), Crystal Castles, Holy Other, Balam Acab, Minks, oOoOO, Silent Diane, ///▲▲▲\\\, anyone else who got labeled “witch… More »

By: brandon / March 24, 2011 - 3:15 pm

Martial Canterel – “Occupy These Terms” (Stereogum Premiere)

At the beginning of February, Martial Canterel, the veteran Wierd-imprinted Raymond Roussel-referencing solo project of Xeno & Oaklander’s Sean McBride, is releasing one of my early ’11 favorites. You’ve heard (and seen) You Today’s icy, alienated title track. The 11-song collection’s second single is opener, “Occupy These Terms.” Like the rest of You Today, it… More »

By: brandon / January 5, 2011 - 10:35 am

Martial Canterel – “You Today” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

As mentioned last time, you might recognize Martial Canterel as the project of Xeno & Oaklander’s Sean McBride. His “You Today” video was shot by Xeno bandmate Liz Wendelbo. Box Motion, who worked with Gus Van Sant on his new film Restless, handled the editing and post production. The combination of icy minimal wave and… More »

By: brandon / November 19, 2010 - 12:16 pm

Martial Canterel – “You Today” (Stereogum Premiere)

Wierd’s releasing great stuff in 2010 — for those of you interested in dark, icy synthesizer music, the New York “post-wave” label’s brought us Stereogum40 (and black metal enthused) BTW Frank (Just Frank), Montreal trio Automelodi, etc. Longtime fans of minimal synth pop should also recognize the name behind Martial Canterel, the solo project Xeno… More »

By: brandon / November 8, 2010 - 9:51 am