Recently, one of the largest music festivals in the world, Coachella, released their full 2017 lineup. The list of artists confirmed for the festival is extremely impressive, like usual, but one name stood out over the rest. That name happened to be Hans Zimmer. For those of you who might not be familiar with him, Hans Zimmer is probably the greatest composer of the 21st century. Composing the scores to successful films like “The Lion King”, “Batman Begins”, “The Da Vinci Code”, “12 Years A Slave”, and my all time favorite movie and Original Soundtrack, “Inception”, Hans Zimmer’s legacy and discography is immensely impressive. That being said I was both shocked and pleasantly surprised to see that he would be performing at Coachella this year. Zimmer will often perform at concert halls and other venues appropriate for the scores he has written, but I was unaware that he also performed at festivals, especially those like Coachella that usually host pop and electronic artists, like for example Beyonce, who will be headlining the Saturday lineup.
Personally, I would attend Coachella this year just to see Hans Zimmer. Being able to watch a legendary composer perform fantastic scores in a peculiar environment is probably the only way I could justify paying the ridiculous price for a single Coachella ticket. Don’t get me wrong, there are other phenomenal artists featured on the lineup this year as well, but nothing compares to the fact that Hans Zimmer will actually have a set time at one of the world’s biggest festivals. If you are going, or planning on attending I highly suggest seeing Zimmer’s performance! Hopefully some recorded version of his set will be released online afterwards, as I am extremely interested in seeing what songs he will perform, how he will perform them at the festival, and most importantly, how this will all fit into the unique atmosphere at Coachella!
The full lineup and dates for the festival are attached below! We’ve had an extremely slow start to 2017, but I promise we have a lot more in store for this year, including a seamlessly never-ending list of album reviews, and of course, our Album of the Year list! Thank you for your patience and continued support and we hope you enjoy all of the content we plan on sharing with you very soon!
Over the weekend, one of the greatest electronic artists of all time, Aphex Twin, performed in the United States for the first time in 8 years. Playing at Houston’s Day for Night Festival, Aphex Twin performed a two hour long headlining set to close out Saturday night. The impressive live set is absolutely mesmerizing and easily makes up for the long gap between US performances.
What is even more notable to mention is that Aphex Twin released a surprise 12″ record at the festival. Apparently, according to festival goers who bought a copy, the artwork and record sleeve is completely white and the only designs seen are on the vinyl disc’s inner label, which features the logos for Aphex Twin, Warp Records, and Day for Night Festival along with the date and location of the festival. It is speculated that two songs are featured on the vinyl, but further information about the new vinyl has yet to be released.
If you picked up a copy, leave a comment and tell us more about this surprise 12″ record release and let us know how the festival went! For those who weren’t in Houston, like myself, you can watch the first 30 minutes of Aphex Twin’s set below! And lastly, If you love electronic music as much as we do at Erik’s Album Reviews, then make sure to check back in for more electronic music news and reviews to be released soon!
After a busy week with a severe lack of posts we’re back with a new Track of the Day Tuesday! This week I decided to discuss a vaporwave artist I have recently found on bandcamp who goes by the moniker of “PZA”. Despite having an immensely extensive discography, I was able to find this amazing self-titled release by PZA and was instantly blown away after hearing the first track. The opening song, which features a meme-referencing title called, “OH SHIT WADDUP”, is one of the greatest trap vaporwave/vaporwave songs I have heard since I recently began to learn more about the fairly new genre. PZA, based on what I’ve heard so far, usually writes in a hip hop influenced style of edm and vaporwave. However, “OH SHIT WADDUP”, actually sounds more like an EDM festival banger that you would likely hear at Ultra Music Festival. There is not a single dull moment to this song and the rest of the release is equally as electric and memorable.
All of PZA’s releases are free on bandcamp, so make sure to check out any release of his! The track, “OH SHIT WADDUP”, is posted below and if the amazing artwork and artist name don’t make you want to check out the project, then I don’t know what will. And of course, don’t forget to check back in this week as there will be a lot of content to make up for last week’s break.
PZA “PZA” free download:
PZA bandcamp page:
“OH SHIT WADDUP”:
The All Stars Tour is returning this January and February in early 2017 and there are already 3 bands rumored to be playing on the festival. These bands are Slaughter To Prevail, Bad Omens, and Fire From The Gods. There will probably be at least 10 artists on the tour so if these bands are officially on the show, this should only be the first wave of band announcements.
Personally, I like the lineup so far, even though its pretty limited for now. I’ve never heard of Bad Omens before, however I have definitely checked out Slaughter To Prevail and Fire From The Gods. I recently found out about FFTG and really like what I’ve heard so far. The Instrumentals are pretty standard, however the hip-hop influenced vocals mixed in with very melodic singing in a lower register than this genre is used to accompanied by great lyricism makes them stand out in a good way in my opinion. They should fit in to the All Stars lineup perfectly and hopefully can reach a larger fan base because of it.
Slaughter To Prevail is a Deathcore/Slam band out of Russia that has seen a huge rise in popularity especially through their lead singer, Alex Terrible’s, YouTube page. I’m not to familiar with their material, but I was able to see them live on Summer Slaughter this past July and I was extremely impressed by their live performance and support and turn out by their fan base. If they do play The All Stars Tour that means that STP will have played 2 out of the 3 major North American extreme music tours in one year, which is extremely impressive especially for a smaller, fairly new band based out of Russia.
What are your thoughts on the rumors and who do you want to see? Check out my last post about the upcoming festival and get stoked for the next chapter of The All Stars Tour!