Six Noises EOY ’16: New Zealand Offbeat, Alternative, and Experimental

This is the final post of my 2016 end-of-year round-up, and it was the hardest post to put together in the end. Mainly because I often feel like I’m not focused enough on the offbeat, alternative, and experimental music from around my neck of the woods. I mean, I did find plenty of odd or eccentric releases to enjoy in 2016, but I also get nervous that I’ve missed something crucial, especially around this time of year. That’s partly because... Read More

Earth Tongue: Portable Shrine EP

The first band I thought of when I finished listening to Earth Tongue’s debut EP, Portable Shrine, was avant-doom giant Om. Not because the duo, from Wellington, New Zealand, mimic Om’s music at all. Or because Earth Tongue have latched onto Om’s firmamental bearing. It’s simply that Earth Tongue’s Portable Shrine thrums with the kind of mystic and mantric vibrations that Om’s releases have exhibited. I guess you could call that momentum... Read More