3 Fall Releases You Need to Hear
1. Raspberry Bulbs- Deformed Worship [Blackest Ever Black; 2013]
The second album from Marco Del Rio’s formerly solo project, Raspberry Bulbs enlists the help of a full quintet to bring more complex songwriting and texture to the overall output of Del Rio’s work while still maintaining the same dangerous, tortured sound of 2011’s Nature Tries Again. With the addition of new members, as opposed to the former layering of Del Rio as both instrumentalist and singer, the band is able to work together in real time, and it shows. The bass lines on Deformed Worship slide in just right to make the songs churn and roll with a newfound groove, the dual guitars work together to produce fuller, richer harmonies that add whole new layers to the sludge that is Raspberry Bulbs, and Del Rio is able to focus more on his voice, which, albeit still devilishly tormented, is closer to the forefront of the tracks on Deformed Worship.
2. Melt-Banana- fetch [A-Zap; 2013]
In the span of Japanese noise-rockers Melt-Banana’s 20 year career, it has always been kind of hard to always tell what exactly is going on, in their minds, or in their music. Their new LP in six years, fetch, is no different. Guitarist and effects technician Ichirou Agata has always whirred up as much noise as he can, which, in terms of Melt-Banana’s music, is a lot. fetch is no exception to this formula—the guitars squeal and wail sporadically amongst layers of hyper-injected synthesizers and pulsing drum work. The true hero of this album, though, comes in the form of frontwoman Yasuko Onuki, who is required to somehow make sense of her band’s relentless assails, and on fetch, she does just that. Finding a way to evoke just as much energy and tension in her voice to combat the craze of sounds against her, this album sounds like an anxiety-fused futuristic war that has all sides coming out with guns blazing.
3. Nirvana- In Utero, 20th Anniversary Edition [Universal 1993/2013]
Everyone who is familiar with—let’s just say it—music in general knows this album and probably most of its backstory, as well. We’ve had twenty years to talk about it, to formulate opinions on why and how it was made, and to mourn the death of Kurt. In Utero, in the wake of Kobain’s suicide, was almost impossible to listen to without putting it into a much larger context of death, music, and the industry as a whole, both past and future. With the release of its 20th anniversary edition, we can now see the album in as full of a light as we will ever be able to. Including b-sides, demos, outtakes, alternate versions, and the newly mastered Steve Albini mixes, In Utero is again an enthralling listen, but this time with a new look into just how much these songs were over-worked and over-thought (or under thought, depending on where you stand). All opinions on the making of the album aside, it has always been worth a listen, and this reissue adds a whole new slew of elements to the experience of that listen, as a whole.
Written by Darren Carter. Tune into the Burner every Monday night from 10-midnight on 90.7 fm KJHK.