Caller ID: Track Roundup — 12/4/20

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BL!NK” by Frost Children

If you like 100 gecs, you’ll definitely like Frost Children. The non-binary duo has a similar sound and look to the hyperpop duo 100 gecs. Frost Children is made up of sibling creatives Luke/Lulu and David Frost, who seemed to have formed during quarantine this year with their lead single “Sonic” on May 1. Although they have never played a live show before, the group has played at several virtual shows through the Bronx based venue Jurassic Thunderdome on Zoom, garnering the attention of Glitch Gum, Dorian Electra and Terrible Records.

Their latest track “BL!NK” reminded me of a mix of Petal Supply and The Garden. Full of screamed lyrics, glitches and a reference to the pop punk band Blink-182, the track is an absolute banger. The aspect that originally drew me in to this record was the cover with its bright green, blue and pink hues. I cannot wait to see what cover art they create for their next songs. Their sound is something I am excited to hear more from. With only a thousand monthly listeners, this duo definitely deserves a whole lot more appreciation and fans.

— Ezra Blanchar

Eœ (Disk•Initiate)” by Iglooghost

Iglooghost is no stranger to strange sounds or foreign textures. He’s made a name for himself by building landscapes out of cascading layers of gravelly synths and warped vocals- but he has never done so quite like he has on his new track, “Eœ (Disk•Initiate)”. A slow moving, piano and string affair that builds to a heavy, weighty climax riddled with mechanical thumps, whizzes and hums, it’s a clear departure from the rattling, fast-paced nature of 2019’s XYZ or 2018’s twin EPs Clear Tamei/Steel Mogu. It brings to mind the quieter songs from the soundtracks of such games as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or NieR:Automata. And, as is the case with both Breath of the Wild and Automata, there is a hefty amount of lore to go with the beauty.

Most Iglooghost releases do come with a bit of lore — often, they involve supernatural, otherworldly musically inclined beings in whom Iglooghost finds inspiration. For 2018’s “Clear Tamei”, Iglooghost even invented an entire conlang to rap the song in. However, in this instance, the story behind "Eœ (Disk•Initiate)" is more complex. It is, according to lore, Iglooghost’s attempt at modernizing what is known as “Lei Music” — music designed to summon beings that, in a safe and ideal environment, will ultimately contribute to the piece with their calls, their howls. Supposedly, he has even founded a whole institute dedicated to the research and preservation of Lei music and has recorded an entire album of it; it’s beyond me, certainly, but perhaps it’s worth keeping an eye on...

— Canary Autumn

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