Symbiotic Recommends: 10 Albums, August 2012

4 09 2012

by Jericho Cerrona
September 18, 2012

Stream all 10 songs here, pop-up player also available:
[mp3-jplayer tracks="Apache Dropout -- Archie’s Army@,Coin Locker Kid -- Demian.@,Gary War -- Pleading for Annihilation@,Dan Deacon -- True Thrush@,Islands -- March@,Ex-Boogeymen -- Dave Vanian@,King Tuff -- Alone and Stoned@,Jeans Wilder -- Gravity Bong@,Spacin' -- Empty Mind@,Six Organs of Admittance -- Visions (From IO)@"]

Apache Dropout “Bubblegum Graveyard”

“Archie’s Army”

60’s-influenced garage rock is nothing if not overplayed at the moment, but whereas a lot of bands playing this kind of music hide behind retro posturing and walls of reverb, Indiana trio Apache Dropout add kooky melodies and comic book imagery in order capture their unique sound. Scattered visions of undead Jugheads and psychic candy bars spewing from the mouth of singer/guitarist Sonny Alexander, as well as some truly madcap pop hooks, should please fans of their decidedly more fuzzed-out self-titled debut.

Coin Locker Kid “The Ghost Sonata”


Experimental hip-hop seems to be making a large resurgence as of late.  Artists like Shabazz Palaces and Death Grips have taken the building blocks of the genre and gone off on their own sonic tangents. Fayetteville, North Carolina rapper Coin Locker Kid follows in this tradition with a 21-track left-field mixtape that’s staggering in its refusal to adopt traditional hip-hop clichés. The lo-fi production, weary rhyming, odd audio clips, and twittering beats make for a listen that may take some time to settle in, but once it does, it’s very rewarding.

Gary War “Jared’s Lot”

“Pleading for Annihilation”

Gary War (aka Greg Dalton), is similar to John Maus, or even a lesser degree Ariel Pink, in that what he does fully exemplifies the term “outsider music.” His latest album is both forward thinking as well as nostalgic; combining dizzying synths, 80’s sci-fi film campiness, robotically distant vocals, and insane digital effects tweaking into one disorienting fusion of past and present.



Dan Deacon “America”

“True Thrush”

Electronic wiz Dan Deacon has finally made his political album, but this isn’t some didactic statement. Instead Deacon, who specializes in weirdo tribal drum machine dance music, reacts to the strained political climate with a mélange of synth-driven laptop noise that’s liberating. The first half of America is classic Deacon—busy, layered, propulsive—while the later sees the Baltimore musician stretching himself into more orchestral diversions, full of epic string-laden instrumentals.

Islands “Islands”


Like a gargantuan post-apocalyptic volcano, the self-titled release from Australian metal five-piece Islands singes everything in its path. It’s a barrage of doom-laden heaviness that manages to incorporate ascending guitar swells, pummeling drums, and anguished screams with moments of post-rock tranquility.

The Ex-Boogeymen “Dave Vanian/Night Breed”

“Dave Vanian”

Slithering from the murky swamps of Gainesville, Florida, The Ex-Boogeymen are self-professed “Devil Rock Revivalists”, playing some garage-punk, ala The Cramps,  fronted by a raspy-voiced singer that sounds like a gothic Tom Waits. On this two-song single (a precursor for the upcoming split with the prolific Waylon Thornton, who also produces) Reverend Liaison’s deep-throated sermons are punctuated by surfy guitar leads and a vibe of reverb-drenched creepiness.


King Tuff “King Tuff”

“Alone & Stoned”

Kyle Thomas is an ADD-afflicted gonzo of lo-fi pop, with output ranging from fuzz-punkers Happy Outfit, psych-folk band Feathers, and a doomy collab with J. Mascics called Witch. On his self-titled sophomore album as King Tuff, the production may be cleaner, but his aptitude for penning catchy power pop/glam rock reminiscent of T. Rex is as sharp as ever.


Jeans Wilder “Totally”

“Gravity Bong”

San Diego native Andrew Caddick cranks out down-tempo haze-pop on his second full-length under the moniker Jeans Wilder. Totally is awash in atmospheric guitar swells, looping beats, and Caddick’s ‘barely there’ vocals, making the experience kind of like being stoned inside a swaying boat in the middle of the Caribbean.



Spacin’ “Deep Thuds”

“Empty Mind”

Spacin’ are a Philly four-piece with a killer debut LP appropriately titled Deep Thuds. It’s a collage of lo-fi garage rock with a tinge of psych/krautrock—think The Stooges by way of Can—that contains its fair share of freewheeling guitar solos and catchy hooks.

Six Organs of Admittance “Ascent”

“Visions (From IO)”

Pysch-rock, space-folk, whatever. Genre labels, be damned. What one should know going into the new album from the mind of Ben Chasny is that this isn’t merely a side project or vacation from his other band, Comets on Fire. Instead of frantic noise with squealing guitar solos, Six Organs of Admittance layer on more textures—from drone ballads to sprawling trippy guitar noodling—that truly capitalize on Chasny’s strengths as a songwriter.

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