Karen Gwyer - Free Food / One Men Striper (2013)
The Opal Tapes are exactly what electronic music needed. Combining the industrial mechanical sounds of techno and blending and blurring them into lush organic bedroom ambient isn’t exactly new, but it’s never been this good. Karen Gwyer’s neat addition to the Opal Tapes canon was 2013’s Kiki The Wormhole, a cosmic synth-fueled voyage into the depths of her gorgeous electro-nebulae. The opening track, “Free Food / One Men Striper” eases you slowly into the warm, warbling abyss before sputtering into gear with crisp drum machines and greasy synths.

Karen Gwyer - Free Food / One Men Striper (2013)

The Opal Tapes are exactly what electronic music needed. Combining the industrial mechanical sounds of techno and blending and blurring them into lush organic bedroom ambient isn’t exactly new, but it’s never been this good. Karen Gwyer’s neat addition to the Opal Tapes canon was 2013’s Kiki The Wormhole, a cosmic synth-fueled voyage into the depths of her gorgeous electro-nebulae. The opening track, “Free Food / One Men Striper” eases you slowly into the warm, warbling abyss before sputtering into gear with crisp drum machines and greasy synths.

My Bloody Valentine is a name synonymous with blissed-out guitars and woozy, airy vocals. After their 1991 masterpiece Loveless set the standard for shoegaze music, they mostly just kind of disappeared. After twenty-two years without releasing a new album, suddenly announced their new album in February of 2013. The blurred guitars were still there, the hazy vocals were still there, but MBV brought a more ambient and electronic atmosphere, cold and distant. The experimental edge comes through on Wonder 2 which starts with a jungle-esque drum loop that sounds like a jet plane taking off, and Kevin Shield’s underwater cooing bubbling under the restlessly building cacophony.

My Bloody Valentine is a name synonymous with blissed-out guitars and woozy, airy vocals. After their 1991 masterpiece Loveless set the standard for shoegaze music, they mostly just kind of disappeared. After twenty-two years without releasing a new album, suddenly announced their new album in February of 2013. The blurred guitars were still there, the hazy vocals were still there, but MBV brought a more ambient and electronic atmosphere, cold and distant. The experimental edge comes through on Wonder 2 which starts with a jungle-esque drum loop that sounds like a jet plane taking off, and Kevin Shield’s underwater cooing bubbling under the restlessly building cacophony.

Yukari (유카리) is a producer, singer, and songwriter from Seoul, South Korea independently making synth-heavy pop music. Composing and producing her own chillwave-y k-pop, she lets her unique, dreamy vision shine through dripping ambience and heavy dancefloor beats. “Hang On” from her debut EP, Echo, showcases Yukari at her most powerful, a wall of synth bliss glitters over the pounding drums while her voice glides beautifully through the lush atmosphere. Yukari’s creativity and strong songwriting abilities hints at a promising full length album and k-pop career.

Yukari (유카리) is a producer, singer, and songwriter from Seoul, South Korea independently making synth-heavy pop music. Composing and producing her own chillwave-y k-pop, she lets her unique, dreamy vision shine through dripping ambience and heavy dancefloor beats. “Hang On” from her debut EP, Echo, showcases Yukari at her most powerful, a wall of synth bliss glitters over the pounding drums while her voice glides beautifully through the lush atmosphere. Yukari’s creativity and strong songwriting abilities hints at a promising full length album and k-pop career.

Nivek Ogre, who is best known for his work with Skinny Puppy, took a poppy departure from the dark industrial sounds of Skinny Puppy with OhGr, his semi-solo side project with Mark Walk. OhGr’s second album, SunnyPsyOp, is a much darker, alien sounding side of the techno-pop of Nivek’s twisted melodramatic industrial theatrics. iOvNoW dips into the lost and lonely murk of OhGr’s futuristic vision.

Nivek Ogre, who is best known for his work with Skinny Puppy, took a poppy departure from the dark industrial sounds of Skinny Puppy with OhGr, his semi-solo side project with Mark Walk. OhGr’s second album, SunnyPsyOp, is a much darker, alien sounding side of the techno-pop of Nivek’s twisted melodramatic industrial theatrics. iOvNoW dips into the lost and lonely murk of OhGr’s futuristic vision.

Happy Halloween! Enjoy it with some new tunes: Laurel Halo (Experimental ambient techno)soundcloud.com/hyperdub/laurel-halo-ainnome-taken Son Lux (Dark and triumphant chamber pop)soundcloud.com/joyful-noise-recordings/son-lux-lost-it-to-tryingJonwayne(Introspective experimental hip-hop)soundcloud.com/stonesthrow/jonwayne-reflection Autechre (Glitch/IDM)soundcloud.com/experimedia/autechre-l-event-album-preview

Happy Halloween! Enjoy it with some new tunes:
Laurel Halo
(Experimental ambient techno)
soundcloud.com/hyperdub/laurel-halo-ainnome-taken

Son Lux
(Dark and triumphant chamber pop)
soundcloud.com/joyful-noise-recordings/son-lux-lost-it-to-trying

Jonwayne
(Introspective experimental hip-hop)
soundcloud.com/stonesthrow/jonwayne-reflection

Autechre
(Glitch/IDM)
soundcloud.com/experimedia/autechre-l-event-album-preview