PK’s Picks #1 -aoi’s “1”

     Welcome to the first official segment of PK’s Picks. I’m PKSkyler, and I regularly siphon through the best lesser known music I can find on the depths of the internet and bring it to you in a casual review style format. Today’s choice was emailed to me about a week ago, and I’ve had a few enjoyable listens since then. We’ll be sending our ears on a quest through a relaxing symbiosis into a new musical world with this enticing bandcamp oddity ” 1 “, the debut EP by aoi.
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     From what I’ve been able to gather, aoi is an independent composer, musician, and producer from Montreal,Québec. He studies molecular biology at the University of Montreal, and he also studied jazz music performance for bass guitar in the past. His debut album/EP “1” was created on his laptop over the summer and during autumn, which he released on October 22 of this year . It is experimental in genre, iinfluenced by post-rock, electronica, alternative, progressive rock, jazz and classical. I would label it along the lines of something like “electric prog?” I don’t know, but it’s good stuff, reminiscent of influences from artists like Radiohead or Pink Floyd, yet on some Scott Pilgrim style video game adventure.  
    We start this album off with “wavelings” a chilled out and spacey yet well structured opening instrumental. It opens with some pretty synths and guitars, which aoi increasingly adds more layers of as well as some electronic ambience. I eventually get the feeling of being in the Egyptian desert searching for an oasis, and finding illusions, yet continuing my voyage.
    The next two tracks change the tone to something even more distant and far from this world. It seems we have left or are leaving Earth, or at least found lands yet undiscovered. The electronic and upbeat yet dangerous nature track 2 puts off reminds me of some tracks off the Castle Crashers OST. A relaxing, and yet foreboding sample of a woman talking enigmatically appear at the end of track 3- “the void between“, seeming to warn us of the potential perils of our journey and human nature….who is this mysterious voice? She speaks the first and only words on the album.
     I personally really enjoy tracks 4 and 5. They feel like something pulled straight out of a video game set in some futuristic or at least technologically advanced setting- one with a great composer. Now that I mention it, this entire soundtrack would be fitting for a video game with its reliance of electric noises and synths in pretty much every track.
     Track 6 is the first to use some piano which I really enjoyed and felt it helped close out the song and bring us to the final track masterfully which is track 7, “waltz for ioa draconis“. It has the most fitting title of any track and is in my opinion the most emotionally charged. It’s incredibly soulful and melancholy, yet stays true to its title of being well…a waltz. You feel as if you are drifting back and forth in a sense, dancing in circles, the powerful electric guitar ballad helping drive your movements and paint this picture in your mind. The album leaves us with a sense of fulfillment from our journey, yet desire for comprehension of the meaning from it.

     The entire album is incredibly cohesive, relying on the previous and following tracks to help mesh together a seamless listening experience. You can also tell aoi has studied music and took care designing these songs, employing electroacoustics to his advantage. Some listeners may find qualms with the lack of any lyrical content whatsoever or what can seem to be the droning on and on nature of prog rock in general, however I personally find this EP to be relaxing and enjoyable to listen to, as well as not too distracting. It’s something you could put on while doing homework, in my opinion. That doesn’t make it boring and detract from its interesting sounds and textures though, although I can admit some listeners would be turned off by how the album was made all electronically, and goes through its variations a bit slowly. I also felt that the album performs best when listened to in one sitting, which can be seen as a negative to some as well. However all in all I would still recommend this to others and will have many more listens. I am looking forward to hearing more of what aoi will be releasing.

Final Score: 8/10

   Next week I’ll be checking out another lesser known gem. Feel free to send your submissions or anything you want to check out to me or my email, PKSkyler@yahoo.com. Thanks for reading.

PK’s Picks Edition #0- PKSkyler(SUBMIT YOUR MUSIC TO ME!!)

Hey everyone! PKSkyler here! I’m going to start a (hopefully) weekly feature here at The Experimental Gateway where I highlight an Artist, one of their Songs, and one of their Releases. I’ll go in depth aboutwhat I like and don’t like about them, as well as introduce them to you all. I’ll give reccomendations similar to the artist, and finally i’ll give a score for the artist’s album. If you’re a lesser known artist and you want to be reviewed, send me a message! Email submissions to PKSkyler@yahoo.com . You can also find me on facebook easily~  PKSkyler’s Facebook
Tell me:
1.) your name, and your artist/band name
2.) a short bio
3.) song you wish to be reviewed as a single/standout track
4.) album/ep/mixtape/release you wish to be reviewed and listened to in full
5.) Social media/music links (Facebook, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Twitter, etc.)
6.) anything else you feel may be important

For this nonchalant and unofficial “episode” of PK’s Picks, let me just tell you a bit about myself.
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I’m Skyler Nelson, AKA PKSkyler, an experimental hip hop artist based in San Diego, CA. I’ve been into music since I was a child, seriously addicted to all kinds, but I’ve just started MAKING music seriously this year. I’ve made music before, but never thought to try and really go for it until this year. I’ve got a huge varriety of influences, so many so that there’s too many to list.
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One of my more popular songs is “Always Asleep.” The song basically is about how we wish to escape this world through things such as sleep, meditation, and perhaps otherwordly or unsavory means, and how life affects us, and how we must perserve (but its still just a chilled out rap song.). Listen to the single here
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My main album is Life Of Skyler. I can’t review my own album but here it is.  Life Of Skyler I would love all of your feedback on my work!

Email submissions to PKSkyler@yahoo.com or contact me on Facebook! Peace!

NO Talent Collective… Why would we ever feature them??

NO Talent Collective Is A Group of musician’s that well as you guessed it have NO TALENT !!.

NO Talent Collective Is A Group of musician’s that well as you guessed it have NO TALENT !!.

There 3rd Project titled

Put Some Covers On It, It Aint Extra !!!!

let me start by saying that the No Talent Collective is a very Interesting group.

There 3rd Project Is full of covers, remakes, and remixes of fairly popular songs !!

This project is sure to have at least 1 song on it that you might enjoy !

Intro (Alberto x MMarsh – John Williams Cover)

The Intro Is very familiar and any Star wars fan will Rejoice and Praise it.

I find the Narrative to be very creative and interesting,

a bit hard to hear at times but overall this intro is very smart and hilarious.

https://whitecube169.bandcamp.com/track/intro-alberto-x-mmarsh-john-williams-cover

 

No Talent Collective 3 (Ell Umbra – Megamix)

I don’t really know what to say about this song Its 20 seconds of pure awesomeness that is indescribably. You need to hear it and it is a good set up for the next skit to follow

 

White Cube 1

White Cube 1 is A skit of white Cube In a Kfc bathroom fearing for his life.

this skit really is an ironic skit and holds the projects comedic value.

 

What I Got (GiGi – Sublime Cover)

This song is a personal favorite, I really enjoy this Sublime Cover and I find GiGi’s vocals to be very enjoyable. There is a few minor things that could be fixed about this cover but from my understanding this is one of the Artist 1st times recording.

the overall track is very well produced and but togather.

 

 5 Calm (Roo – Cara Cara cover)

I really enjoy song 5. I find roo’s cover of Calm By Cara Cara to be deeply emotional and captivating. The lyrics are really enjoyable and his vocal tone is perfect for this song.

In my opinion i could see this song being worked into a hardcore song or a Nu metal song.

the beat is very hypnotic and draws you in. This is an almost perfect cover and I can not wait to hear more.

 

Loverboy (Pigilante – Billy Ocean Cover)

This song starts out with what sounds like an audio clip from an 1980s action movie or something, The song then starts and I am blown Away. To be completely honest I don’t think I have heard the original for this song but non the less I am blown away.

I can tell that a lot of hard work has been put into N.T.C.

The Drums in this song are unique and hit kinda heavy, The distortion on this track is very Nice And I feel adds an other layer of depth.

 

 

7 Lee 1

WHERE IS WHITE CUBE !!! Lee is still on his Journey Looking for The Cube Of Whiteness that is White Cube .

 

8 Living In The Sunshine (Rocky Eldritch x Ell Umbra – Tiny Tim Cover)

This song is very interesting, The vocals are very weird in this track. The vocals sound basically like a depressed Mr  Herbert.

The vocals help make this song sound bigger and more rounded and filled out as the voxals almost add to the beat

I find the beat of this song to be very banging. I enjoy the glitch and droning type aspects of this beat

 

 

 

 

9 Rasta Man is Back (PKSkyler x A Fan Who Broke Into The Recording Studio Does The Last Verse – Skrillex Karaoke )

I really enjoy this song, this is almost a perfect cover.  Rasta Man defiantly breathes life into the track. Every stoner and Skrillex / Daymien Marley fan needs to hear this song.

I find Rasta Mans flow to be very contrasting and interesting this song is perfect the entertainment value is very high. I can not Provide to much of A write up for this track As it kinda Is A skrillex Karaoke track and I don’t  want to Praise sonny More for his production work ( we all know Skrillex is an amazing producer ) but id rather give credit to Rasta Man. Rasta Man Wrote original lyrics for this cover so huge shout out’s to him for that !!

 

10 San Francisco (HereICome – Eskmo Cover)

I find this beat to be very entertaining and this song starts off with a nice Interesting Lil loop that captivates my attention, I find the trap type feel to this song to be perfect and gives you a bit of A dark feeling.

I could easily hear vocals or A rapper rapping over this track.

This song sounds very well mixed together and it does a very good job at keeping the listener entertained.

 11 White Cube 2

White Cube rambling about some spiritual journey, I really Hope that White Cube Is okay.

12 Going to Georgia (Christian Mikula x Dance Persina – The Mountain Goats Cover)

Ist and foremost I was not sure what to aspect with this track as it starts out with a very majestic sounding synth/ keyboard playing then slowly the track builds it self and you begin to hear other instruments, Horns, then all a suddenly BAM your thrown nicely into the mix,

The Guitar in this song is very enjoyable and I really like the folk band type feel to this song, The singers vocals are a bit rough but I feel that it adds to the depth of this song and gives it that diry punk folk rock type feel.

13 The Celibate Life (Metahoia – The Shins Cover)

Wow this song is really amazing, The guitars and drums mesh with each other perfectly.

I love the intro to this song and the little guitar riff that then set’s everything up for one amazing tune,

let me say the singer does an amazing job pulling off his screams and growls,

The guitar has a very pleasant and almost laid back melody at times,

At times I almost find this song reminding me of Joy Division but A bit harder and A mix of another band I just cant put my Finger on who, Anyway this song is very High energy and I feel could almost be Turned into something even bigger

14 Lee 2

Lee continues his journey looking for White Cube our long lost friend,

I really enjoy the vocal skits in this album they help keep the mood satirical but yet keeps you very entertaining.

15 Moonlit Knight (Acid Spongebath – Genesis Cover)

I really like the original of this song and as well as this one, the melody is very eerie, the vocals are very abstract and make you wonder what your listening to

 

#FREEHARVEY

 

16 Hanger 18 (MMarsh – Megadeth Cover)

Now this is completely awesome I remember listening to Megadeth as a child And specially hanger 18, I really love this cover, I feel that this song sounds perfect for a video game, the 8 bit synth type sound is perfect.

This song kind of sounds like my game boy glitched out and started playing Hanger 18

 

17 Hurt (Alberto x Ell Umbra – Nine Inch Nails Cover)

Another Personal favorite song of mine Now this is hard, I really enjoy Johnny cash cover of this song almost better then Nine Inch Nails.

I would have to say this cover is almost a good follow up to Johnny cash’s cover.

 

OUTRO

WHERE THE FUCKKKK IS HARVEY,

Finally we have made it to the end of this Horrific Piece of shit, And Everyone Is Freaking out about where there beloved friend white cube is, But things will be alright because the meaning of life gets exposed in this track !!

 

Over all I would have to say I give this Project A 9 out of 10

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DONT FORGET THROW SOME COVERS ON IT, IT AINT EXTRA !!

https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=747877115/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have You Heard Of Bones ?

Now My Question Is have you Heard of Bones But what I am really getting at is have you heard the (FIFTY GRAND’S DEATHBED REMIX) of BONES – ARTISIAN WATER

Now My Question Is have you Heard of Bones But what I am really getting at is have you heard the (FIFTY GRAND’S DEATHBED REMIX) of BONES – ARTISIAN WATER

This track Is very Dope and has a nice ambient feel to it that also is heavily intertwined with a weird sleepy dream like atmosphere , The automated vocals are beautifully soothing and this Music videos footage is absolutely beautiful, I really love how crisp the video editing is. This video has a Very dream like feel that makes you feel like your sitting on a cloud  .

You should defiantly go and check out the  

(FIFTY GRAND’S DEATHBED REMIX)  BELOW !   

 

OR GO CHECK THE LINK OUT HERE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA4T5Nz9piM

 

Another Dope Artist is Breezy Brendo

Breezy has recently been putting in a lot of work grinding, and perfecting his sound. I really enjoy His song Ahigato The melody his voice has over yung Rizla’s laid back beat is absolutely amazing. Breezy is very smart with his word play and has many refrences to japan, mario, and basic life stuggles.

If you are a fan of BONES you should check out Breezy, and peep his song Ahigato and his project Moving On

Breezy Brendo / Ahigato [prod. yung rizla]