A few months back I was introduced to an instrumental band that really hit home with me. Their music is full of lush sonic landscapes, thoughtful rhythmic structures and an all around vibe that is hypnotic and psychedelic but with a hook. The band I’m talking about is called Zaius, and they are excellent. Their debut full length album Of Adoration (released by Prothetic Records), is one of the best instrumental albums I’ve heard in a long time. There are moments while listening to the album that are akin to the likes of the band Explosions In The Sky as well as The Ocean. Zaius has a real knack for creating songs that hit from the inside out. While listening you can feel the emotions pouring out of each member of the band by the way they are playing their instrument as well as how the songs shift. Zaius are the perfect band for a late night drive or an evening with your favorite beverage and your headphones on, just escaping everything.
Zaius- Of Adoration:
Zaius- Seirenes (Video):
The band of the week feature is my absolute favorite category to write on my site. Not only do I get to discover new music, but I get to share that all with you. This week I present to you InAeona. This three piece from Boston combines epic and eerie melodies with space rock, post metal and bits of electronica (mainly from the ambient/industrial side). The band themselves have been at it for a while, developing their sound and gaining a passionate following. Their latest release Force Rise The Sun, is ferocious in its intensity and delivers an astounding amount of hope and passion. I had the pleasure of seeing InAeona a few months back when they played with Sidewave (a favorite of Audioeclectica’s), and their live show was intense and striking. InAeona is a band that needs to be on everyone’s radar. They really have the chops and package to really deliver a blast of rock that is needed in today’s music climate.
InAeona- Force Rise The Sun:
One of the things I really enjoy about instrumental bands is the way the music dictates how your mind will react. Being able to touch on emotions without words is quite intriguing. Florida based Set and Setting are doing just that and bending genres. Their ambient yet heavy music is reminiscent of Explosions In The Sky mixed with parts of Pelican and Russian Circles. Set and Setting’s music cascades with the flow of each note. Relentlessly touring on their own and the release of their first album they developed a name for themselves in the underground scene. Their second album A Vivid Memory was released on Prosthetic Records in 2014. Set and setting show no signs of coming to a halt while touring and playing shows with bands such as Mouth of the Architect, Eyehategod, Pelican, and Pallbearer. Look for Set and Setting when thy come to your area.
Set and Setting- Coping:
By: Brian Lacy