Tera Melos’ transition from abrasive math-core to a strangely infectious brand of experimental pop-rock is impressive, not only because of the vast difference between those two sounds, but for the amount of praise they’ve gotten since that change. Not a day has gone by without me hearing some acclaim of the band’s latest album, Patagonian Rats. I’m a fan either way and glad that Tera Melos are finally getting the attention they deserve. Check out the eerie pill-and-ground-meat-laden video for the album’s latest single, “Frozen Zoo,” above — perhaps you’ll find yourself unexpectedly hooked. Patagonian Rats is out now on Sargent House.
Sargent House has got an ear for fantastic music. Their roster’s chock-full of kick-ass artists like Rx Bandits, Good Old War, These Arms Are Snakes, Tera Melos — all different as hell but amazing in their own rights. Anyways, considering how awesome all these dudes are, I figured I’d check out some of their label mates that I wasn’t too familiar with. Now I can’t stop listening to Fang Island.
Fang Island’s got a bit of everything I could ask for in a band. Their music’s both frantic and uplifting, a bit like the frenzied cheerfulness of Los Campesinos after downing a couple of Red Bulls. But there’s more to them than that. You can tell from the full-band harmonies, prog-pop guitar riffs, and borderline arena rock solos that Fang Island is on top of their game. I’ve never come across such a combination of seemingly different musical styles pulled together so well, and I doubt I ever will again. Of the songs I’ve found, “Daisy” seems to be my favorite of the bunch. Grab it below.
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