Symbiotic Recommends: 10 Albums – April 2014

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by Jericho Cerrona April 25, 2014

Vulture Shit "The Joys of Employment"
"Church Van Contraband"

This snotty Brooklyn punk band ditch the guitars and rely on chaotic free-verse vocals, flailing drums, and crunchy baselines in order to delineate their tongue-in-cheek worldview of complete sonic destruction. Kind of like Blag Flag crossed with Minutemen on a massive bender of uppers, which of course, equals awesome.

P. Morris "Debut"
"Mood Swing"

LA-based producer P. Morris has released an ambitious new mixtape that's an ambient collage of sounds and textures; from synth-laden soundscapes to ethereal hip-hop beats. Working in the self-proclaimed "Goombawave" genre, Debut is both soulful and esoteric.

Vats "Iridescent Intent"

Minneapolis musician Ronnie Lee's solo joint is a slab of pure psych-rock; all cacophonous guitar riffs, pummeling drum machines, and gritty tape deck production. A 30-minute rush of minimalistic, reverb-drenched heaven.

Lorelle Meets the Obsolete "Chambers"
"Sealed Scene"

The tripped-out psychedelic goodness from this Mexico City two-piece will leave even the most staunch detractors of this kind of thing slack-jawed. Swirling inside a haze of shoegazy guitars and echo-laden vocals, Chambers is a boldly forceful album, proving that psych, prog, and garage-rock can peacefully coexist.

Twin Graves "Walk in Circles"
"Night Runner"

The whole reclamation of New Wave in recent years has seen it's fair share of pale imitators, but two-piece Twin Graves truly hit on something special with their new EP Walk in Circles. Singer/guitarist Jeremy Aris Polychronopoulos and vocalist/keyboardist Zarah Lawless lay down some Cure-esque vocal melodies, stellar grooves, and synth-driven rhythms with confidence.

Damaged Bug "Hubba Bubba"

The insanely prolific John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees) is at it again, this time in solo mode as Damaged Bug, in which he swaps out his guitar for a Tascam 388 and a fully fledged band for analog synthesizers. Coming across as an art-pop experiment gone digital, Dwyer's monotone vocals are meshed with blippy electronics, creating an album that even a pot-smoking android could enjoy.

Kool A.D. "Word O.K."
"The Front"

Former Das Racist rapper Kool A.D. delivers 11 tracks of loop-driven hip-hop, with help from Toro Y Moi, Mr. Muthafuckin' esquire, Talib Kweli, among many others. It's all delivered with jazzy, funk-inflected production and Kool A.D.'s humorously barbed flow. A thrilling, forward-thinking mixtape.

The Jellyfish Brothers "Sentinels Of The Space Age"
"Edge of the World"

Miami three-piece The Jellyfish Brothers deliver a stoner/psych rock opus that's both raucously noisy and stunningly contained. Equal parts doom metal and space opera, Sentinels Of The Space Age drives along on the strength of post-apocalptic lyrics, sludgy guitar riffs, pulverizing drums, and distorted heaviness. Think Black Sabbath by way of Torche with a hint of surf-rock melody.

Axxa//Abraxas "Axxa//Abraxas"
"Ryan Michalak (Is Coming To Town)"

23-year-old Ben Asbury makes breezy guitar music that conjures The Byrds as well as newer acts like Woods and Kurt Vile. On his debut self-titled album, Asbury layers his penchant for folksy moodiness around pleasant vocal harmonies and shards of psychedelic noise, resulting in an intriguing 1960's-inflected stoner pop record.

Carla Bozulich "Boy"
"One Hard Man"

Like a female answer to Scott Walker, Carla Bozulich has made an avant-garde album that mixes rock, blues, jazz, pop, and industrial noise to staggering effect. Both in-your-face challenging and subtly moving, Boy is the kind of "pop" record rarely made anymore; Challenging the way we view albums these days as a set of instant gratification "singles", and encouraging us to listen deeper.