Friday, April 23, 2010

Brief Update and New Project

I realize that there have been no updates on FG for a couple of weeks already, but I only have one more week of school to go and then I promise to get around to some new posts. There is a lot of great stuff to post about too, including new stuff from Gultskra Artikler, Frog Eyes, Zs, Scott Tuma, Splint, Sightings, Aaron Martin, Elephant9 and more. So yeah, just a little patience.

In the mean time, I've started up a new blog as the home to a project I've wanted to do for awhile and thought I'd spread the word about here. I'm turning super-geek and starting a zine! My idea was to create a short mix of music and use it as the springboard for series of short stories, poetry, art and comics. So yeah, follow the link at the bottom and you can download the mix and submit something if you are so inclined.

All the information is at (unfortunately, some yahoo scooped up back in '06 for a "test post").

Alright, yep. That's it. Cool.


Friday, April 2, 2010

Alex Tedesco - Future Strains

Alex Tedesco
Future Strains
(2010, self released)
RIYL = Dan Friel, Tonstartssbandht, Dan Deacon

Alright, I’m going to keep this relatively brief. I’m in the final weeks of my final semester of my collegiate studies and I haven’t really been thinking about this blog much at all. I figured I would only post reviews of albums that demanded it. Future Strains demands it. It’s good. Really good. It kind of feels like there has been a swell of beautiful noise pop goodness that has found its way to our inbox lately and Alex Tedesco’s Future Strains is among the cream of the crop. Rifling through the recording process “in under a week,” Future Strains is exploding with creative energy and immediacy. In thirty minutes, Tedesco manages twelve beautifully pockmarked pop songs with a couple of old synthesizers some heavily reverberated vocals. In turns dancy, heady and wonderfully bizarre, Future Strains embodies the blissful side of low fidelity without surrendering to any of the overt trendiness that been plaguing that label. All and all, Future Strains is what Forest Gospel is all about: super creative, arrestingly great new music. And it’s available for free, which is always a plus (check the link below).


Alex Tedesco's Bandcamp (where you can download Future Strains for free)

I Don't Want To from Alex Tedesco on Vimeo.

David Thomas Broughton - Boating Disasters

David Thomas Broughton
Boating Disasters
(2010, Static Cavern)
RIYL = Dragging An Ox Through Water, Antony & The Johnsons, Angels of Light

Things have been sparse on FG as of late, I know. That isn't likely to change anytime soon. But I had to, however briefly, mention this delicate little EP from godly voiced UK avant-folk musician, David Thomas Broughton. You should know his name already, and if you don't, start backtracking. This four song gem is in advanced to a full length due out later this year and provides much more ear blessing goodness then should be possible in just over ten minutes. All stand outs, all representations of perfection...I'm so so excited. But seriously, before we lose track of it, Boating Disasters is wonder in and of itself. A rich slice of cake. I love this man.