I discovered some new music last week that I really fell in love with so I thought I would share it with the masses. The group is called LowHero.DLL, which is an electro-alt-pop solo effort by Jonathan Chalker, who is currently residing in Florida. LowHero.DLL has three offerings right now: a single released this September named "Black...Bored", an EP from 2009 entitled "Sub-Intellect" and one full length album released in 2008 called "FM_Era". The two early albums are definite synth-pop with an unique edge. If I had to draw comparisons for his first two albums I would say "Fischerspooner" and "Ladytron", but even that is limiting. Its a little difficult to put comparisons to Jonathan's work because it is pretty original. Not only is his use of electronic texture interesting in a pop context, but his lyrics are clever, a bit humorous and offer more than just the typical relationship focused fare that alot of current synth pop seems to suffer from.
Jonathan's newest offering is bit of a departure from the synth-pop goodness of the first two releases, but is probably my favorite of his work to date. "Black...Bored" as described by Jonathan is "inspired by such acts as PIL, Sonic Youth, Killing Joke, and Big Black". The magical thing about this is that, yes you can hear the influences but, it doesn't rob the electronic nature of Jonathan's music and what you get is a refreshing blend of alt-pop that sticks in your ear and make you want to listen over and over. Jonathan was kind enough to point me to a couple of SoundCloud tracks for me to post for you all. If you like what you hear, mosy on over to LowHero.DLL's band camp page, where all of his material is available to listen to and download for very reasonable prices. There are also CDs for sale.
-Until Next Time... Over N Out