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Review of Big Sleep Little Death from Bedtime For Robots by Leo Zaccari

Big Sleep Little Death is the latest release from the purveyors of dark electronic music, Bedtime for Robots. This ambitious release comes on the heels of the enigmatic Music From an Undisclosed Location.

The album opens with the sprawling and spaced out electronic horror track “All My Idols Are Dead”. Given the pedigree of disparate musical acts that make up the brain trust behind Bedtime for Robots, this list of idols is undeniably quite impressive. The description on Bandcamp states that this album was inspired by horror and sci-fi films. The album does not disappoint, as one can easily hear certain tracks dropped into scenes of stalking or dismemberment (and who among us doesn’t love a good dismemberment?) But one can also hear glimpses of Junkie XL or The Crystal Method, and even The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, especially in tracks such as “National Lobotomy”.

The album features two centerpieces: the first is the title cut, which features dark electronica that is so sinister it sounds like it belong right at home in a William Friedkin film. The second is the final cut, entitled “Easter”, a bleak post apocalyptic sci-fi soundtrack that will make you think of all the possibilities and could have beens that the world once held while you’re staring at the mutated corpses rising from the wreckage of what was once your favorite record store.

Bedtime for Robots is the brainchild of Michael Ferentino. He was a musician once. You don’t want to know what he’s become now.

 

 

https://bedtimeforrobots.bandcamp.com/album/big-sleep-little-death

Review of Fuzz Mother by Leo Zaccari

Rabbit Velvet is the work of Danielle Kimak Stauss and Fuzz Mother is her follow up to her 2010 effort, Doves and Crows. Fuzz Mother is conceived in much the same sinister way as its predecessor, with more otherwordly vocals and electroacoustic folk that is equal parts menacing and uplifting.

Fuzz Mother is short but packed with goodness. Much like a hand-crafted micro-brewery, Kimak Stauss is going for quality over quantity. The EP slinks to a start with “Roses So Red”, slow tempo jangly shimmerfolk that is equal parts 90s alternative and equal parts gloomy love song. Tracks like “I Can’t Save the World” are a vehicle for DMK’s trademark iridescent vocals. The track is almost bright and cheerful and but contains enough menace to prevent it from straying into syrupy pop song territory. “Krishna and Radha” is slow and mesmerizing, unwinding like a slow meandering mountain path.

But the masterpiece of the album is definitely “Rain Down”. Simply put, “Rain Down” is magical. Kimak Stauss is lustrous, majestic, hypnotic, and hauntingly beautiful. Much like the siren song of ancient mythology that lured lost sailors to their doom, she can lead you into a dream state that you will never want to return from. Fuzz Mother is a welcome follow up to Crows and Doves and much like its predecessor, it leaves us wanting more.

Check it out here: http://rabbitvelvet.bandcamp.com/album/fuzz-mother