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Cap Alan is the Madison, WI-based experimental electronic duo of Andrew Fitzpatrick (Bon Iver, Volcano Choir, All Tiny Creatures) and Jeff Sauer (Czarbles).
The Caribbean is an American experimental pop group from Washington, D.C., primarily composed of Michael Kentoff, Matthew Byars and Dave Jones. The band has been critically acclaimed for its deconstructionist approach to pop music, its wry, literary lyrics, and its eclectic sound, which incorporates elements of American pop, indie rock and experimental rock, cool jazz, folk music, lounge music, and even Brazilian music.
"Hardcore Crayons is not a hardcore band, per se. That’s not to say the tunes aren’t punk, though. This is some pretty wild, instrumental and “free-thinking” music. It’s all over the goddamn place. From free jazz to mid-period Bad Brains, The Cows, or Faith No More. Some real nineties shit. Insanely well recorded and performed. Would be a great movie soundtrack."
–Steve Adamyk, razorcake.org
Hardcore Crayons is an instrumental trio from Minneapolis. Zozzled, their doubleplusgood records debut & 3rd full length, showcases the band’s unique blend of math and post rock intertwined with elements of jazz & dub. It’s heavier and more layered than past releases due to a greater usage of guitar loops, keyboards, and noise elements. Dan Chizek’s atonal looping bursts on guitar combined with his delay drenched yelps act more like a 4th instrument than melody. Jake Kirkman’s drumming is schooled in jazz & bassist Dominic Hanft is the heavy bottom end that ties it all together. Local sax stalwart, Mike Lewis (Bon Iver/Andrew Bird), makes a guest appearance on several tracks & adds a skronk element to the mix.
The album as a whole ebbs and flows through various tones & moods, often blurred to the point of wondering where one song ends and the other begins. Opener srsly begins with a repetitive twitch that gives way to a driving, yelping pace only to stop in its tracks with a spaced out dub breakdown before ending in a flurry. Tracks like the mathy title track Zozzled and the heavy, polyrhythmic More Sugar progress and devolve, often at the same time, with the song rarely ending where it began. The band can also play it straight(er) as well on tracks like Daddy Issues and WGYW, the first single on the album featuring a video that might have been Fincher’s vision of Fight Club in a more loving, PG world.
All in all, Zozzled is a carefully crafted instrumental album that will keep you guessing.
Hardcore Crayons show themselves to be one of the more creative & skilled young bands to emerge recently. The end result is challenging and rewarding, melodic and dissonant, innovative yet familiar.
c.Kostra’s music captures the optimistic vibe of warped sentimental soul while referencing vast catalogs of shoegaze, hip-hop, electronic, vaporwave and UK garage. Olcott’s distinguishable songwriting trademarks are presented effortlessly as gorgeous lo-fi pop masterpieces. He recently released the debut album “Now I Feel It”, a collection of surreal distinctive lo-fi R&B crafted with an unexpected soulful vocoder and tons of hooks by Pytch Records, a new Minneapolis electronic label ran by Olcott and Nikki Pfeifer.