Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sholi - Sholi [2009]


Ah yes, this is exactly what i was looking for. Not in the sense of this exact album or band, but in the sense that some unheard of band like this would jump out and absolutely blow me away in the early stages of 2009. It's my favourite album of the year by a new band thus far. I assume they are relative unpopular simply because i don't read of any noise being made of them anywhere (as well as this obviously being their official debut.)

Some would carelessly tag this as indie garbage but that simply isn't the case. The musicianship and songwriting is very unique, with each song comes a lovely melody as well as an excellent aggressive drive. Their style is balanced, emotive, hypnotic and intelligently composed. It's not as if other indie artists never get it right like this, but rarely do you get a band that strips indie of its bombast and production gimmicks and replaces that with instrumental interplay and musicianship.

Clearly Sholi can't be cornered by their influences and similar artists, as their sound has incorporated a range of familiar instrumental tactics without any of the associated baggage. The songs are certainly ecstatic and enjoyable, but with a level-headedness and reserved quality that similar bands forget during epic wankfests or heart-on-the-sleeve vocal performances.

Oh, and i didn't even mention the drumming on this record. Good lord, just download and listen to the dude tear it up! This will be in my top 10 at the end of the year, for sure!

Link: http://sharebee.com/36b6d757

12 comments:

Honeyinmyveins said...

Thanks for this, I agree great musicianship, the first track is like 4 different songs crammed into one.

Anonymous said...

link dead. :(

Marcus said...

Link updated!

John L said...

Amazing stuff. I want to see these guys live. The evolution of prog. King Crimson meets Porcupine Tree.

Marcus said...

It's funny you should mention that John. The first time i heard the track 'Spy In The House of Memories' i too automatically thought of KC. The contrasting light and heavy sections reminded me of 'The Letters' from 'Islands'.

What an amazing young band these guys are.

brando said...

This is great. Thanks Marcus!
I'm not sure if we're up to par with this, but if you would like to scope out another "unknown band", here's a link to my band's record.
http://www.mediafire.com/?jtm22fjomlw

A bit of shameless self-promotion, I know, but I really dig the blog, so I figured you may dig this. Thanks nonetheless!

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Anonymous said...

link no funciona,... podrias resevirlo porfavor!!!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Would you be able to upload this again, by any chance? It's IMPOSSIBLE to find anywhere. Thanks a lot!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely great and very original stuff!

Thanks for the amazing find.

alive link: http://www.mediafire.com/?oxjzm1maayz