Album Review: Have A Nice Life – Deathconsciousness

I listened to Have A Nice Life‘s, Deathconsciousness album.

Have A Nice Life is an American band that was founded in 2000. Experimental rock, post-rock, post-punk, shoegaze, industrial, ambient, drone and black metal are genres that you can discern in their music. Have A Nice Life are Dan Barrett and Tim Macuga. It was founded in 2000 and they are still active to this day. Two albums were released and Deathconsciousness was very popular in the alternative scene. It’s the band’s debut album and it was released as a dual-album, in 2008.

I like almost all the songs in this album. Every one of them except The Big Gloom. My favorite ones are A Quick One Before The Eternal Worm Devours Connecticut, Bloodhail, Waiting For Black Metal Records To Come In The Mail, Holy Fucking Shit: 40,000; Deep, Deep; I Don’t Love and Earthmover. There are very soft melodies like A Quick one and Who Would Leave Their Son Out In The Sun. You have to listen to this album several times to really get it. It’s an album to savor and enjoy. The songs are very powerful and huge statements. There are build-ups and crescendos, with very intense moments.

My favorite song of the whole album is Bloodhail. The dual vocals provide emotion to the song and this album is all about emotion. This song has a strong emo element but with a twist.

This album has a strong post-punk influence, especially in the rhythm section. Every song is remarkable in its own way. Some drone and ambient moments that really contribute to the eerie feel of the album. Hunter has a strong post-rock element that I really enjoy. There are also some electronic music elements and synths at times. From industrial to post-punk, this album has a very 80’s sound.

I would rate it 10/10 for variety, concept, consistency, originality. It has it all. Definitely one of the best albums of 2008.

 

Album Reviews:

“Have a Nice Life’s debut is simply amazing. Not only is it an awesome piece of music, it’s an awe-inspiring experience, one that will no doubt haunt you for a long, long time. While far from being perfect and most definitely not for everyone, Deathconsciousness displays an ambition and passion that cannot be taught. Dark, depressing, haunting, and strangely uplifting, if this record does not evoke some sort of emotion from you then I am convinced you have no soul.”

Cody Foss, SputnikMusic

 

“Have a Nice Life set a rather high bar for what new or little known bands are capable of producing on their own.”

ScenePointBlank

 

“Ranging from full on drones laced with sparse textures to fuzz filled beauty, it’s a full listening experience that must be heard from start to finish…Deathconsciousness comes as a wonderful surprise for me in 2008, and I am thinking it will be the same for some others out there.”

Built On A Weak Spot

 

“The hypnotic atmosphere, existential themes and stirring climaxes make Deathconsiousness one of the greatest artistic statements to grace the alternative scene since Radiohead’s Kid A. Take the time to explore this album in its entirety and let the dark drones wash over. If the moon is at the right height in the sky, or the clouds give way to a massive downpour, make sure you have this album on hand.”

The Rock Blogger

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Last Week in Music

This week’s “Last Week in Music” features new artists. I’ve been actively looking for new artists, it’s not pleasant to be listening to the same tracks over and over again. Unless they are amazing and even then, they get old when they are overplayed.

I’ve been listening to more music. Last week’s stats were the following:

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For people who aren’t familiar with LastFm, a scrobble is a song that I played. In 7 days, I listened to 2 and a half days of music. Wow, that’s a lot. I had no idea.

I’ve been diving in the world of genres and subgenres, into the music rabbit hole. There are so many bands and so many sounds, it’s overwhelming. I’m still searching for new bands each week. It really cheers me up to find new music that I like,

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Ghostpoet was a great discovery. It’s a project by Obaro Ejimiwe. He sounds eerily like Roots Manuva. The resemblance is uncanny. I could swear it was him. About his genre, this is what he has to say:

“So Interesting. Why is it so important for me to be part of a predetermined genre with its parameters and rules? I’m just an artist who experiments with sounds and loves guitars. It’s ok to be confused, not everything in life needs explanation, sometimes we just have to go with it”

Is it hip hop? Trip-hop? No one knows. Haha. All I know is that it’s great music and you should check it out.

Trigg & Gusset has a minimalistic sound. Doomjazz is the genre, I wasn’t familiar with it.

“Doom jazz is a form of music that combines the slow tempos, and sense of despair of doom metal with jazz style and sensibility. The music usually conveys an aura of pessimistic introspection, and many of the artists incorporate dark ambient influences into their music.”

It’s the perfect sound if you’re tired or relaxing, it’s very soothing and tranquil. It takes you to far away places. I’ve listened to a few bands of this genre and I must say that it’s fantastic. If you like jazz, you should check this group out.

Coconuts by Anna Wise is a song that I really like. It’s young, fresh and hip. I love her voice. It’s very catchy. It has a hint of the ’80s, with the saxophone. It’s chilled and smooth.

Here are this week’s top artists:

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Oh my God, Orchid Mantis. As you can see by the number of times I’ve listened to them, I really, really like this band. Thomas Howard is behind this solo project. He considers his sound to be alternative rock. It’s hard to define their sound. According to rateyourmusic.com, they are an indie pop band. On his Spotify bio :

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I find that it is also influenced by shoegaze and dream pop, as the sound is very ethereal at times. The vocalist has a wonderful s a d b o y voice. It’s really good. Their whole discography is great. My favorite album is Yellow House but Flashbulb Memory is also an amazing album. I’ll be paying close attention to their career from now on.

Bohren & der Club of Gore is amazing. They are a German group, that was formed by 4 longtime friends. All their songs are only instrumental. “Doom-ridden jazz music” is how they describe their sound, so I guess it fits in the Doom Jazz category. It’s ambient/jazz on Wikipedia, which also makes sense. To be honest, I like jazz, when it’s not free jazz or other genres of jazz where artist improvise too freely, without order. Chaotic music is unsettling to me.

I can listen to this group for hours and hours. It’s really pleasant. It sounds like a soundtrack of a detective movie, at times. I think it’s the saxophone and the whole ambiance. An excellent discovery that I made this week. I recommend Bohren For Beginners, as it is an amazing album and the name is fitting if it’s the first time you’re listening to them.

Anna Wise has a completely different sound. Wikipedia describes as alternative R’n’B and art pop. I agree. Her sound is very hip and funky. She is an amazing vocalist and she has won a Grammy for her collaboration with Kendrick Lamar in “These Walls”. I knew that I had already seen her name somewhere. That is an amazing feat. If you like Abra and the like, you’ll like this artist. She has two albums called “The Feminine” Act I and II. The first album starts with Terence Mckenna talking briefly. I really like to hear samples of him and other thinkers of this world.

Ruby Haunt is not a new discovery. Victor Pakpour and Wyatt Ininns have this project since 2015. Some of their influences are New Order, Suicide and Joy Division. Their sound can be called minimal pop, indie pop, dream pop, etc. It’s definitely pop but not your usual pop. It has post-punk influences among others. If you want to listen to them, I recommend Nevada. It’s an excellent album and it features Destroyer, my favorite song of theirs. Though all the songs in this album are amazing.

Nothing was a great discovery. Their sound is something else. It is a mix of shoegaze with metal. Walls of distorted guitars and harmonies. Domenic Palermo is the frontman of this band. His voice is angelic and pure. I recommend Dance On The Blacktop, their latest album. Their sound feels new and nostalgic, at the same time, which is weird. But a good kind of weird.

I talked about Ghostpoet earlier in the article.

Ah, Gorilla Biscuits. That straight edge hardcore punk band that you can never forget. One of the best, in my opinion. The band was formed in 1987 and split up in 1992. The remaining members formed a pop-punk band called CIV. They released two albums on Revelation Records. It’s very easy to listen to their discography: two albums and an average of 2 minutes per song. I would say that their sound is short and sweet, sometimes you need 12 minutes. Other times, you need 2 minutes. It depends on the genre. Their music is fast so they can do a lot in 2 minutes.

Junglepussy is a New York rapper. Her lyrics are witty, tongue-in-cheek and raw. She is open her sexuality and she “preaches” female autonomy. If you want to have a listen, try her debut album, Satisfaction Guaranteed. She’s a skilled MC, I would love to hear her freestyle or do a battle with some other MC that I like.

The following image is of last week’s most listened albums:

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I recommend these albums this week. The reason why there are so few scrobbles (plays) is that I listen to a lot of playlists and compilations of random songs. I also don’t listen to albums on repeat often.

These were the songs that I listened to the most last week:

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Tommy Genesis, Orchid Mantis and Have a Nice Life. What a mix.

Tommy’s song is very catchy and I listen to it every time I go outside. It makes walking more fun and it makes you want to dance or sing along. I wouldn’t dare to do it in the street here, this is a small city and people don’t like things that are out of the box.

Bloodhail by Have a Nice Life is just perfect. The vocals are flawless, the instrumental is very simple and yet captivating. The back vocals fit very well in this track. It’s a dark song, both instrumentally and lyrically. I guess it fits my mood these days.

What have you been listening to? Do you know any of these bands? What bands or artists would you recommend me based on these artists?

This is it for this week’s Last Week in Music. See you next week or on my next post.

 

Last week in music and music recommendations

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These were the artists that I listened to the most last week. I recommend every one of them.

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I found Grouper last week and I’ve been hooked. It’s so soothing and marvelous. Great for unwinding and self-soothing, in times of crisis.

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Thursday is an old favorite, from my emo days. I recommend it, listen to A City By The Light Divided. It’s a great album. It’s sad, it’s angsty, it’s angry. It’s a lot of feelings but you may like it. I sure do.

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Massive Attack is in the old favorite category. If you never listened to them, you really should. They are iconic. A cult group that never ceases to amaze. You never know what to expect. They have great love songs. Songs that are really innovative. Songs that we can’t stop hearing. Every album is amazing and I recommend starting with the first albums. It’s trip-hop, it’s electronic music. It’s a mix of genres and influences.

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Radiohead is my final old favorite. The first song I’ve ever heard from this band was Creep. I liked it at the time but I could never imagine what Radiohead would become. It has a huge following, their sound really matured and changed. Every album is good but the newer albums speak to me more. They never lost their spark. Their music is always fresh and innovative but you instantly know it’s them. I recommend listening to Ok Computer, Kid A and Amnesiac. Listen to the whole discography, if you can. You won’t regret it. Use headphones or good speakers. Listening to them is a real experience. They take you to other places. I’m listening to the King Of Limbs album. It’s very good so far. Tonight I’ll probably listen to their discography, just skip a few songs that make me sad. Radiohead is a whole mood.

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Tommy Genesis and Kilo Kish are very interesting artists, more urban and hip. That R’n’B mixed with strong electronic beats. Sometimes that’s exactly what I want to hear. I listen more to Tommy Genesis, a few of her songs, like 100Bad and Execute, are real bangers. It’s very good to listen to while walking outside.

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Cemeteries is a good friend of mine. I’ve listened to them countless times. It’s music for the heart, mind, and soul. So sensitive and beautiful. I like all of their albums but especially Barrow. I’ve talked about Cemeteries before, as I listen to them all the time. I’m listening to The Wilderness album. It’s from 2012 and it’s their first album. It’s a great debut album. I’ve only listened to it 3 or 4 times these last months so I’m listening to it again, paying more attention now. I love all the songs except one. It’s amazing how consistent they are. Kudos to them for delivering such amazing music.

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Pinkshinyultrablast is one of those bands that you just want to listen to more and more. It’s a Russian band, which is odd but interesting. You don’t associate shoegaze with Russia but I guess there’s shoegaze everywhere or almost. It could be called dream pop as well. The vocals are very dream pop. I’m listening to Miserable Miracles. It’s such a light and fun album. Reminds me of Cocteau Twins, at times. This album is very electronic and I think that every track is unique and beautiful. Maybe a little twee pop, too. Grandfeathered is different. More guitars, still dreamy and lovely. This is a band that I recommend. It’s energetic and yet serene music.

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Alcest is a French band. It started as a black metal band but their sound became more ethereal and atmospheric. I recommend Les Voyages de L’âme. It’s an amazing album. It reminds me of Opeth, at times.

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Destroyer is a band from Canada. It started as an electric folk band but their sound changed. It became more quirky and electronic. I recommend Kaputt. In my opinion, it’s their best album. Their frontman, Dan Bejar, said that he was influenced by Miles Davis and Roxy Music. The songs in this album are very catchy, with great female back vocals. According to Wikipedia, this album is jazz-infused, lounge music-inspired, sophisti-pop.

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Influenced by Mineral and American Football, Empire!Empire!(I Was A Lonely Estate) really revived the sound of mid-90’s emo. I recommend What It Takes To Move Forward. This is an excellent album, with hypnotic guitar riffs, amazing drums. The vocals and back vocals are a great addition, to give it that emocore feel.

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This was my tag timeline since January 4th. I love stats, so I find this very interesting. My taste is eclectic and I don’t listen to the same genre for a long time. I just follow what I feel at the moment or look for new bands.

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I want to increase the number of new bands that I find. There’s this mainstream notion that music is terrible now. I disagree, there are so many great new bands or bands that are unknown to us. They mix lots of different genres, it’s not that canned music that you hear on the radio. If you don’t have the patience to look for new bands, I will be recommending albums and bands. Music is so important to me that I had to include it in my blog. I hope you like it.

More music recommendations and stats next week. I hope you have a great week.

Last Week in Music

This is what I listened to last week, according to Last.Fm.

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I made at least three great discoveries this week: Grouper. True Widow and Tommy Genesis. Check out these artists and you’ll see my most listened albums below.

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Cujo is an alias of Amon Tobin and this album is very good. I’ve been following his career almost since the beginning. He is a true artist. His music is very good. There’s a song called Fat Ass Joint in this album. I really like it. It’s very chill and funky. In my opinion, if you enjoy alternative electronic music, you should listen to his albums.

Melanchole, by Salvia Palth, is very good as well. It’s totally s a d b o y music but I like it. My favorite song is I Was All Over Her. I play that song every day. It’s such a beautiful and touching track. I don’t know why I like it so much but I do.

That Massive Attack album is a compilation and it’s a good start if you’ve never listened to them.

Ison is a very innovative and good album.

Hospice by The Antlers is one of my favorite albums in the whole world. It’s so soothing and perfect. A must-listen. It portrays joy, sadness, many different emotions. I love the vocals. Peter Silberman has a very unique voice. That is very important to me. Unique voices, with the right instrumentals, create one of a kind experiences for the listener. It’s not your average formatted, mainstream, Idol type of voice. The Voice, Idol, I really can’t stand those shows. Always the same songs, by the same artists, that a million other people have sung before. The Antlers is out of the ordinary and I recommend you to listen to this album.

Fossor, In Pieces by Cemeteries, is a good album. It’s fairly recent and I didn’t realize until yesterday that they had released a new album. May favorite Cemeteries album is still Barrow. I like almost all the songs in that album. Cemeteries is one of those bands that you keep coming back to. Their sound is haunting, hypnotic and ethereal. A sort of light heaviness or heavy lightness. It’s amazing. The Wilderness is my second favorite album of them. Summer Smoke is on that album and that is a song that is impossible to forget.

My favorite songs were the following:

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Well, The first song is an Alan Watts lecture from Youtube.  It’s a really good one. Alan Watts is very eloquent and he says mindblowing things.

I recommend all of these songs and these artists.

Happy listening!