Electronic

Botany- Dimming Awe, the Light is Raw

Botany is the study of plant life, and Botany also happens to be the name Spencer Stephenson records his out-of-this-world electronic music under. The name fits Stephenson well, in the sense that his tripped-out electronic soundscapes burrow their way into one’s consciousness like the seedling’s tendrils tunnel their way through soil to sunlight. Botany’s latest album, Dimming Awe, the Light is Raw, is everything fans of ethereal trip-hop and electro-psychedelic music could want in a record: layered instrumentals, sick samples and nasty breakbeats for the kiddos to nod their heads to.

Botany is a North Texas native, but now resides here in Austin where he records under the Western Vinyl label. Dimming Awe, the Light is Raw would be Botany’s second full-length album, and it’s a rather impressive follow-up to his equally inspiring debut album, Lava Diviner (True Story).

Much like one can stare at a picture stereogram to reveal its hidden 3D image, the scope and outright brilliance of Botany’s music comes into sharp focus as one soaks in the sonic minutiae contained in each track with repeated listens. Fans of artist such as RJD2, Nightmares on Wax or DJ Shadow will appreciate the chilled out bass thumping melodies on Botany’s latest offering for their clarity in purpose and emotive qualities.

“Sounds have archetypal connections to things in nature the same way visual symbols do,” Botany says to explain his creative process. Botany continues, “Low-end might be associated with thunder, or the sound of a mother's heartbeat as heard from inside the womb.” Personally, I really don’t remember what my mom’s heartbeat sounded like from inside the womb, but I assure you if it sounded anything like Mr. Stephenson’s music, I would have exited the birth canal pop locking across the operating floor.

Botany’s Dimming Awe, the Light is Raw is available now, and you can check out a preview of the album below. Check back for the latest on new music and concerts from Botany here.

Troller's "Destruccion" Is Music to Shatter Worlds To

Troller is an Austin act that makes music to shatter worlds to. They’ve been around the scene for some years now, creating an extremely unique sound that you’ll understand if the terms “ultra-heavy psychedelic fantasy electronic horror metal” sound like a real thing to you. If that idea is hard to wrap your brainbox around, try out Troller’s newest track “Destruccion,” and you’ll get what we mean pretty fuckin’ quick.

“Destruccion” is heavy, awesome, and fantastical as fuck. With its electronic, metal and fantasy influences swarming together in one track, it’d go equally as well as the soundtrack to a flyover of Mordor as it would a brutal dystopic future cityscape. Shit is unrelenting, with vocals like the chants of a death cult of spacemonks, but it also has a brilliant point at 2:39 where a major-key bridge switch gives an unexpected burst of lightness and prettiness, like a plane bursting up out of a thick smog and into the sunlight to breathe fresh air and see the sparkle off the clouds below for just a brief moment before an Icarus-esque crash back into chaos. The dark crescendo the track ends on is ideally created by a group who knows their sound (that being big, thundering, epic and terrifying), and knows what to do with it.

Troller, as I’m sure they’d tell you themselves, is not for everyone, but if you dig metal, weird electronics or, better yet, think trip-hop and chillout are genres that could do well with more fantasy, heavy and experiemental elements addded in and then done live by a troupe of badasses, you’ll eat Troller the fuck up. This is some damn good weird electronic-y music y’all, and we’d expect nothing less of another band off of the great Holodeck Records. Listen below, and get ready to go on a gotdamn journey with this one.

Flatliner Drown You In Glitch and Purple in Retro-Future Video for "Blasted Highway"

Out of one of Austin’s best labels, the heavy and heady Holodeck Recs, comes a badass new music video from Flatliner for their 80s by way of the future track “Blasted Highway.” This is retrofuture shit done hard and right and right hard, a bit like a darker Mylo, a bit Vitalic (which is, I suppose, like a better, darker French Mylo anyways).

Flatliner reference the unabashed futurelove of the 70s and 80s scifi thing with the look of this video, such as having lots of purples and pinks and weird abstract close-up faceshots, but totally embrace it without a sense of irony, because honestly the way that era did scifi and future shit was just fucking cool. That sentiment really extends to the whole song and the group itself, who make this bloopy hardcore electronic synthy shit that’s all 80s done from a modern sensibility and whose tracks basically ask you to get into it or get gone.

We’re into it at The Deli, always are when this kind of fearsome, ballsy future shit is done right, especially when it nails going retro (hard to do). There was something truly perfect about that 80s scifi aesthetic, with its purples on blacks, its straight-lined cars, its heroes with sunglasses and big hair and wife beaters under open shirts, and in turn, there’s something pretty perfect about what Flatliner have done here. Pressing play is akin to throwing your head back and gargling a torrential downpour of lazer beams, but like, through your eyes and ears, and if that sounds to you like as good a way to spend five minutes as it does to us, you need this in your headspace and quick. Get on it below.

Wildcat Apollo at Hole in the Wall December 15, Plus a Shimmering New Track with Layers to Spare

For those of y’all lookin’ to squeeze just a little more live music out of yer homebase before fuckin’ off to someplace dismal for the holidays, Austin psychpop outfit Wildcat Apollo is playing an end of the year show at Hole in the Wall on December 15 with Whiteman Dancing, The Wheel Workers and The Sunshine Feels. As a nice lil prep for that, here’s the first track released by the group online in some time, which is some good genre colliding stuff. There’s something a little Pixies and a little MGMT about Wildcat Apollo’s new track “Kaleidoscopic.” Layered, floating vocals and shimmering guitars sit on a bed of crunchy, tight electronic-style beats, taking as much from the world of recent indie electropop as from classic psychedelic music, but with the result being a song that feels more like a Pixies “Wave of Mutilation”-esque track (complete with big, twanging bass and lyrics about going “into the ocean”) in a way that takes that spirit and does its own, more modern thing with it. It’s pretty and full of little moments of balance that bely a lot of talent here, so get a listen on, and check out the show if you need yer Austin fix one last time before the Yuletide drowns us all.

The Dearly Bereft Host Holiday Matinee With Blissfully Dark Record

  The Dearly Bereft have put together a great piece of laid-back, beautiful art. Funeral Music, while dark and haunting, and sometimes completely terrifying, is a unique collection of music. Made up of pieces of several long standing bands from the Peel Region, the band really came together with a hard hitting record. From Laura Palmer, taking musical cues and title from the murder-mystery show Twin Peaks, to the ambient-folk of Some Devil, the Afghan Whigs-meets-country of Radio In The Funeral Parlour, and the rock-out finale of So It Goes, this record was short, sweet, and not a moment of filler to be found. I really loved these 7 songs, and can’t wait to see what’s still to come. December 27th, come out for a holiday matinee show at The Central, starts at 1pm sharp.

Cody W

 

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