RPM Orchestra describe themselves as Proto-Industrial Americana music with a dash of old-fashioned hiss and scratch, done in the spirit of free Jazz.
The orchestra composes and performs original scores to accompany films of the Silent Era, provides musical scores in collaborative multidisciplinary performances, records soundtrack music for contemporary films and regularly performs at various music venues.
The concept of “Proto-Industrial Americana music” intrigued me, so it was with some excitement that I started listening to Stepwise. Continue reading “Stepwise”
There are these rare, very rare moments when you find yourself sitting at a local festival that couldn’t be further away from anything steampunk or dieselpunk if it tried and you realizes that the band that just started to perform on stage is, in fact… a steampunk band.
Thus starts “The Spark”, the most energetic song on The Mother Matrix, the newest brain child of the Nathaniel Johnstone Band.
And boy, what a brain child it is! Undoubtedly his best album to date, it combines genres from the past with the kind of music he has become best known for, making this a hotpot of genres and yet every song still has that signature Johnstone feel to it. Continue reading “The Mother Matrix”
After the release of their most excellent previous album Swamp Steam (our review here), the Steampunk Stompers are back, unleashing their own special brand of ragtime, Jazz and musical mayhem (trust me, it’s a positive thing!) on well-known Christmas classics while adding some of their own holiday tales into the mix. Continue reading “Steampunk Stompers Holiday”
Parisian steampunk ensemble Victor Sierra is back with their latest musical brain child, Go for the Strange, a twelve-song compilation of the band’s signature steampunk sound.
Said sound is exactly what sets Victor Sierra apart from other steampunk bands: their particular signature vocal sounds and their own blend of storytelling and new wave. Continue reading “Go for the Strange”
Sousaphones, bagpipes, valve trombone and ukulele, oh my!
These are some of the extraordinary and unusual (for steampunk at least) instruments you can find on Swamp Steam and let me tell you right now, if this is what comes out of the swamp then sign me right up for a visit!
It may all seem strange at first glance, but it’s a musical gumbo that not only works, it leaves you constantly wondering, wanting to move to the groove and wanting more. It’s the kind of CD to listen to when the fancy for a good mix of different genres strikes or simply to play in the background. Both work and that in itself is quite unique. Continue reading “Swamp Steam”
First a little background: In Japan (there are exceptions, such as Tokyo-based steampunk band Strange Artifact), much like is the case with visual kei, steampunk music compiles a wide variety of genres, unified almost solely by their look.
Unlike Western steampunk bands, they don’t have a set gimmick and steampunk lyrics, but use their look to set themselves as part of the movement while playing their own particular musical genre.
One of those artists is Eri Kitamura, the most recent Japanese artist to have discovered steampunk. Continue reading “Rinrei”
Jody Ellen, previously of Abney Park fame, returns with a new album, Bookends Fall.
Following on the excellent Skyscrapers and Helicopters (read our review here), Ellen proves that she can handle more genres and is an excellent vocalist and song smith in her own right. If you liked her in Abney Park, and you like singer-songwriter-type songs and soulful singing, you should check out her new work. Continue reading “Bookends Fall”
Nathaniel Johnstone and his band return for more excellent storytelling of both steampunk and mythologically influenced persuasion with their latest full album, The Antikythera Mechanism.
The all-new, fourteen-song full album contains musical journeys with tentacled friends, stories of yore and wonder and tales of heroes and villains from mythology. Each music to sing along to and dance to your heart’s content or simply to enjoy listening to in your favorite place(s). Continue reading “The Antikythera Mechanism”
Ghostfire is one of my two favorite Steampunk bands, along with Victor Sierra, so I was eagerly awaiting their next release after The Tydburn Jig.
Strictly speaking, Skeleton Coast is not steampunk. As you can guess from the title, it is pirate-themed. This did not dim my enjoyment of the EP in the slightest. Skeleton Coast delivers four very atmospheric songs, ranging in style from shanties, “Fire In The Hole”, to classic Ghostfire style like we have heard on The Tydburn Jig, “Griminsky’s Soul”. Continue reading “Skeleton Coast”