Local Music Reviews: You Must Hear These Four Louisville Records


Dirty peaches with bad milk

Dreams of Arcadia

Hot on the heels of his full-length debut album Keesho Bird earlier this year, Louisville instrumental, experimental electronic and lo-fi artist Caleb Cook is back with his solo project Bad Milk Dirty Peaches. His latest EP Arcadia Dreams picks up where his debut left off, continuing his exploration of avant-garde triphop. With only two songs and a total of three and a half minutes, he makes the most of the short time he gave to both songs by creating a deeply peaceful soundscape using only soothing keyboards and synths on the low hiss. and the crackle of vinyl. disc being played. Intimate, yet expansive. Rare, but very complete. Both tracks not only paint a vivid mental picture in the listener’s mind of the deep abyss of space and time, but also take them on a journey through it.

Ian McCurtis

Songs for Beginners, Volume One

Some people seem to come from another dimension, and then there’s Ian McCurtis, who literally comes from another dimension! He crash-landed on this Earth from a parallel universe in the spring of 2020. In his previous reality, before interdimensional travel, Ian was a punk musician working on his fifth album. Now, in our reality, Ian finds himself restarting his career. But far from punk – with the exception of the acoustic punk rock-tinged track “The Mad King” – Ian has reinvented himself as a singer/songwriter with a lo-fi anti-folk, alt-country sound. On this, his debut album (at least in our reality), he breaks down his songs to the essentials: acoustic guitar and vocals with occasional bare percussion and spoken word excerpts. You can definitely hear a lot of John Prine influence here. Fans of this genre would do well to welcome Ian McCurtis into their own reality.


The mother tree

With a name like StormToker, it’s easy to assume what you’re going to get. But understanding the sound of this trio from Lexington is not easy. One moment it’s doom, then it’s heavy blues, then sludge, thrash, stoner, psych, southern rock, prog and beyond. However, it is still heavy. Punish heavy. Relentless, puzzle, out of tune, distorted, ugly, Southernfried metal. But do not get me wrong; there’s an underlying groove throughout every song here. A thundering drum attack continues under thick, fat riffs that grab your attention and never let go. It’s like Sleep, High On Fire, The Melvins, Clutch and Eyehategod come together and combine their favorite riffs from Blue Cheer, Rush, ZZ Top and Black Sabbath. The album’s highlights come in the form of the doom-infused “Lord Concrete & the Mother Tree”, the GWAR-meetsClutch-sounding “Cold Dice”, and the highly unexpected rockabilly-tinged “Poor Man’s Doom”. , which is already a strong contender for one of my favorite local songs of the year. So switch on, tune in and get beat!

Take place

silver lines

Embracing their inner high schooler, Louisville’s Take Place proudly and unabashedly wears the emo label on their sleeve. And their first EP Silver Lines, with its very polished production, is absolutely breathtaking in its execution. The writing and musicality here are impeccable. Musically, it resembles bands like My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Dashboard Confessional and Hawthorne Heights, although a little more leaning towards alternative rock. As masterfully written as anything these bands have ever created, these five huge, hook-filled, radio-ready anthems are as angsty and melancholic as they are catchy and punchy. Even without a label or press support, Take Place has already garnered 25,000 views on YouTube for the video for the opening track of this EP “Cellar Door (Jetsam)”, and more than 30,000 streams of the track “Bad Luck” on Spotify. , both in a very short time. It’s a safe bet that you will hear a lot more about this band in the very near future. Take place? Take note!

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