My Five Favorite Albums Released in April 2023, as I've been listening to them most. I'm not sure if I'm going to have this column return in May (there aren't as many releases I've found to fit this) but time shall tell.
Occurrence "Slow Violence"
The biggest and perhaps most important thing to learn about "Slow Violence" is that it is long. This is not the type of album you put on- unless you're just targeting a few specific tracks- unless you really have the time to sit down and fully digest it, like a big meal. With synth rock tones, this reminds me of Garbage at times. There are a few moments when it feels like "Stranger Things" as well.
Musically this is enticing because it seems to become almost hypnotic at times. It's a big deal in the sense that it feels like a big production. With beats, it can feel a little bit industrial but also a little bit dance. "Heels over Head" reminds me of the band Fun but is also one of my favorite songs on here. "November 30, 2014" has big sad strings on it to prove the mood isn't all upbeat but for the most part it does feel like this album is energetic over all else.
Daniel Rotem "Wave Nature"
The horns first blast through with electronics and make me think of trains. Successions make the notes sound like we're in an old time film where something is about to happen and it is going to be suspect. The sound also comes crashing down in what feels like but isn't distortion and it makes for a great storming sound. This ends up taking us into these hyped up organ tones with a Pole Position drive.
This album has the ability to bring out these slowed down, jazz pieces that make it feel like we're working the beat in some old detective movie. At the same time, there are parts where it just gets loud and out of control. The balance between those two is what can make this feel so magical and why it needs to be listened to by everyone.