October 2, 2020
It’s hard to believe this release is nearing 20 years old. Although I’ve been hearing about it for years, I only recently acquired a copy for myself, and it sounds just as innovative and fresh now as it must’ve done when it first dropped. I’m not sure how many industrial music fans we have at IVM, but this is the real deal.… Continued →
July 10, 2020
Instrumental music and Christianity have always shared a wonderfully curious relationship, adding a twist to the age old question, “what makes music Christian (or not)?” While attempting to answer that questions is always interesting, and dare I say, fruitful, it would take up much more time and space than what we are afforded here.… Continued →
June 24, 2020
January 5, 2020
This past Friday, Stephen Keech released his newest album, “Moon”, which has been in the works for nearly 4 years! According to Keech, the album is inspired by the archived footage of the Apollo missions. The album features 5 tracks and is available wherever you get your music online.… Continued →
This past Friday, Of the Lion (project from Collington drummer, Nathaniel DeLeon) dropped their first single, “Indigo”. The song is immensely enjoyable and catchy. Vocally, I’m reminded a bit of The Wallflowers and Hillsong United’s Joel Houston. Musically, the verses are laid back and fairly ambient, leading into choruses that drive more and more as the song progresses.… Continued →
August 21, 2019
Instrumental indie rock/post-rock supergroup Unwed Sailor have just released a new single, and for a very limited time it’s a “pay what you want” download. The band had this to say about the track: “Gone Jungle is a stand-alone single that we recorded shortly after mixing our latest record, Heavy Age.… Continued →
July 8, 2019
After almost 5 years post-metal/ambient British Columbia's The Monarch release new song "Merely Death"
May 5, 2019
March 13, 2018
"Ultraviolet" tackles big questions of faith head on with a wall of reverb, lyrical poeticism, and a fair share of experimentation.
February 4, 2018
We haven’t heard much from James McCurley’s solo project, Black Pages, for several years. His first EP was a promising mix of ambient, pop, and singer/songwriter, but his new single, Back Down, takes things up a few notches. Much like his previous tracks, Back Down is largely subdued and a bit pensive, though it feels a bit more stream-of-consciousness as well.… Continued →
January 7, 2018
CHPTRS which features Josh Auer of Pax217, Avner, and recently The OC Supertones (2010-2017), has a new group called CHPTRS that is an ambient, experimental, indie rock duo. They released Chapter One back in fall of 2017 and now Chapter Two has been made available. Check out these two great eps over on MusicBed right here.… Continued →
January 1, 2018
Author's sophomore release takes the best of "Of Brighter Days" and tops it off with synths and 80s influence for an album that's full of energy and technicality.
December 25, 2017
Here is my “deluxe” review list for 2017 – 20 great albums paired with 17 EPs you shouldn’t overlook. This year, we saw strong releases from veteran acts and new groups alike, and they certainly weren’t confined to one genre. Hopefully you can find a new artist through the list below – and please let me know your opinions in the comments!… Continued →
December 23, 2017
“Is It Far // Or Is It Close” Due 1/1/18 Minneapolis-based indie act Author has announced their first new album in just about three years. “Is It Far // Or Is It Close” is due 1/1, but the band has set up pre-orders and has three tracks up for preview. “IIFOIIC” sees Author dabble with the ambient, post-rock leanings found on their debut, “Of Brighter Days”, this time incorporating some electronic elements as well.… Continued →
November 2, 2017
A new ambient/unblack metal band Disgyblaeth has released an EP, titled Revelation. The band released the EP through Vision of God Records’ subsidiary, Christian Metal Underground. Yet another project of Thomas Eversoul, of the projects Grim and Orationem, he’s no stranger to the unblack metal scene. The EP is available for purchase on digital and pre-orders are available for physical.… Continued →
October 28, 2017
Hotel Books' latest release manages to hit me where it hurts the most.
October 14, 2017
"In Prayer" is a soothing and succinct release from the husband-wife duo Salt of the Sound that expands on their signature elements.
August 12, 2017
Dallas indie rock outfit Little Image emerges with a vibrant and dynamic debut that blends influences of From Indian Lakes with elements of ambient and traditional emo.
August 4, 2017
K. Gautier now has an experimental instrumental post rock project under the name “The Mountainous“. The music is a post-rock ambient dreamscape. They just released “Here is Repose” Ep that you can listen/purchase below. It is also up on all digital networks including Spotify. You can read a recent interview with K.… Continued →
August 1, 2017
It has been a couple lengthy years since indie-pop outfit Gdansk released any new music. However, singer/multi-instrumentalist Timothy Mann is back with a new EP that diverges from the airy, electronic pop sound of Gdansk, favoring a brooding, weighty post-rock/drone ambience. Check out “Beatitudes” below: … Continued →
July 22, 2017
July 5, 2017
June 14, 2017
Cool Hand Luke emerges from the dead with an amazing blend of alternative, ambient, and indie that may serve as their strongest album to date.
May 20, 2017
Least of These' Wolves EP is a progressive powerhouse, showcasing a variety of new musical elements and thought-provoking lyrics.
May 5, 2017
May 3, 2017
Solo post-rock/experimental/worship artist, K. Gautier, just released his epic new song titled “Bound” that you can listen to below. Prepared to be blown away by the sonic ambiance of a spiritual awakening and be transported to another spectrum of musical contentment. I loved the last K. Gautier release and I already know that this next release will be something you won’t want to miss.… Continued →
April 18, 2017
It has been a few years since OceanSpeak’s eponymous EP, sea the same. It was certainly a great step forward for gritty progressive indie, but the band unfortunately didn’t last too long. Tiger Drive stands as the rebellious stepchild of OceanSpeak. Though the groups share several members, the diverging style Tiger Drive displays on their first single is more akin to what we’ve grown to expect from Polyenso and Author – intelligent, ambient pop with groove sensibilities.… Continued →
February 19, 2017
You don't need to know how to pronounce Bjéar to enjoy their atmospheric folk debut. For fans of Bon Iver and The National.
February 16, 2017
Hey everyone. In case you missed last week’s introductory review (about Good Luck Varsity, which you should definitely read), I’m doing a throwback review series – mostly pertaining to bands who new made it into the spotlight before breaking up but who I think deserve a listen. If you have any examples who fit the mold, let me know!… Continued →