Psychedelic Rock

I’m not entirely sure about that title, but wanted to share a couple of bands I really really like.

Eric Lovre & Lisa LeGros

Layered and hypnotic music with that vintage lo-fi sound that makes it even more personal. Unfortunately I don’t even have a full album and this song I got by accident from my friends. Guess it makes it only more special.

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Einstürzende Neubauten — Sabrina

One of my favorite music videos of one of the best bands. It’s a little bit unusual and graphical for this band, and the lyrics are minimalistic and seemingly easy to understand.

What I want is to share my point of view on what’s happening in the video.

The main character is obviously a Minotaur who was a bastard of a queen and a god hidden in a maze. And I feel like this maze is a brain and Minotaur is a part of the identity of protagonist exposed in the toilet chamber of his own mind. This part of him reflects on his life in this moment of sincerity and weakness deep inside, tries to tell what kind of person he is. In a second-person narrative.

I like how the room weeps at the end. And how on the verse about black color Blixa himself comes in all dressed in black. Blixa is like a superego checking out on himself and washing hands after.

Best Albums Ever:
Mind.In.A.Box — Crossroads

This is my favorite album of the said band and probably the best album for me in this whole genre. It’s perfect when you want to spend some time with yourself among pulsing and ethereal electro soundscapes.

Get full album: on Google Play Music or iTunes or as a YouTube Playlist

I would recommend to start with Amnesia track (and there’s a full album playlist inside this player).

There’s a very particular genre of music called futurepop.
It’s something in between old 80s new wave romantic synthpop music like Depeche Mode mixed and stirred with trance like futuristic rhythms. Or at least it sounded futuristic in the 00s.

Reasons to love Mind.in.a.Box:

  1. It has a concept. All albums are tied into one cyberpunk story. The story adds another level to it, but everything totally works even if you don’t pay much attention. It just creates a wonderful and thought-thru atmosphere.

  2. Lyrics while simple and easy to follow resonate with me personally. They say true art is to express in simple words something complex. And it manages to capture and picture certain feelings and states of mind.

  3. For any synthpop band vocals are a pretty big deal. You either like the lead singer or not. MiaB uses different vocoders and it’s almost the ONLY band where I can really enjoy them and where they are put to good use.

  4. Music :) Probably both new wave and trance fans will be disappointed. But try to understand this sound and it will grow on you!

mind in a box - crossroads

Best Albums Ever:
The Future Sound of London — The Isness

I’m still that old-fashioned guy who listens to albums. Not in that hipster territory with buying vinyls…

But whenever I want to listen to an artist I really care about I would choose an album and listen to it from the beginning to the end, several times in one day.

So here will be some albums I could’ve taken to inhabited island with me or recommend to anyone. Here’s the first one.

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The Future Sound of London — The Isness”

Some music videos I like, vol. I

Every once in a while I start to think that I need to make an elaborate YouTube playlists of stuff I like. But it all ends with me randomly clicking Like button here and there. And I can make a far better stories about one particular song or a performance, when it comes to making a playlist all of a sudden I’m too perfectionist.

So. Just to jump start the music section of my blog I will dump on your eyes and ears some random flicks from my “Liked videos” playlist. Hope I share at least some of my tastes with some of you.

E-Men — Animal skin

An underground electro, this tune is like a drug for me. Found it somewhere on russian goth forums back in the day and still can’t get it out of my head. May be it’s even on my ringer right now.

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