Category Archives: noisepop

#379 Ekra – A ‘Lil Called Strength


I haven’t been this excited in a long while. In fact, I think this is the best thing I’ve heard since 2012 started.

Ekra is an NYC-based husband and wife duo, who make some of the most glorious, noise inspired melodies that reek of certain depravities and sensitivities. All at once, it is a hurtful hiss of lashing snakes backed in a corner, and blissful surrender to the fates that toy with us so.

I’ve been looking for that particular sound, that would drown me in its waves of emotion, asphyxiate me in its splendour, embrace me in its all-encompassing arms, and I think I’ve found it through the magic presented here.

The astounding thing about this music, is that it’s so very primal. There’s a particular minimalism that strikes as an up-yours to what we already know, or a departure to various progressive sounds we’ve heard of late. It’s amazing what this particular rhythm section has chosen to do, in the realm of deconstruction and then reassembling it all over again into a new whole. – Brian.

mp3: Ekra – A ‘Lil Called Strength

Men, the latest release by Ekra can be purchased through their bandcamp, or their website.

#05 dan friel – desert song

dan friel from parts & labor has a new solo album on important records called ghost town, a dense package of equal parts noise and pop. in desert song, the stomping intro drone meets a series of terrifying fruit blender squeals and casiotone sequences, making for a concise two and a half minute blow to the head. this is analog music for the digital age.

mp3: dan friel – desert song