Thursday, January 31, 2013

Count Robot’s top 3 cds of 2012

Limiting myself to three otherwise this blog might go on and on….
1.    Storm Corrosion:
 This cd is almost flawless. 2012 was a great year for new music but this one was easy to put on top. I knew after just one listen that it was going to be my favorite of the year. The 5.1 mix on the Blu Ray version is perfectly blended. The music is a wild blend of folk, noise, experimentation, orchestral, and innovation. Favorite tracks are Drag Ropes and Hag. The way they produced and mixed the guitars for Hag is beautifully surreal. This is the first Storm Corrosion cd and I hope there are more in the future. The lyrics and vocals are hypnotic. One thing I love about this disc is it hits a good length for an album. Somewhere in the forty minute range. Hate it when discs go on too long.
2.    Alan Davey: Cyber Tooth
Alan has really out done himself with this release. He is clearly not afraid to make a collection of songs that people wouldn’t expect. The keyboard work on the album is trippy. Alan has decorated the cd with a wealth of different synth bleeps and sweeps. Blending jazz and psychedelic tones the song Harmonic Orgone feels as though it flowed out the consciousness of a dreaming computer. This tune is so unearthly and really works its way into my brainstem. I couldn’t stop listening to this song over and over for a few weeks. This is true psychedelia. The track Doomjuice is a revelation of disparate sounds weaving over each other. 
The violin sound in Doomjuice is so romantically old world that it sounds like it came out of a distant past yet we’re swept to the future on programmed sequences. The cover of Cyber Tooth is a collection of random imagery and crunching computer code.
3.    Rush: Clockwork Angels
Wow. This disc floored me. It took me back to the heady days when Rush blew the barn doors off. Their best work since the 90’s. Headlong Flight is a classic Rush song, great riffs and fantastic musicianship in an extended jam. So jaw dropping it could have just kept going and no matter how loud I turn it up I feel like I could play it even louder. The Wreckers and The Garden are two amazingly sweeping songs. Three songs on this disc rate with the best material they have ever done. Not something a band that’s been around as long as Rush has been can pull off. Fantastic stuff!

Here’s the video for Drag Ropes by Storm Corrosion.

-Yours in sonic joy
Count Robot

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