V/A Square Peg In A Round Hole Vol.4 (Digital Album – Square Peg In A Round Hole)
Genre/Influences: Experimental, apocalyptic-rock, new-wave, post-punk.
Bands: John 3:16, W.A.S.T.E., Morrison’s Prophecy, Den Haag, Blind Session, Transpo-Mutilation, Rasplyn/Carolyn O’Neil ao.
Content: This is a quite particular and pure underground compilation. The idea behind this sampler series consists of ‘A facebook –led music group of few ambitious/ passionate people who have decided to add new a dimension to the underground music scene. This group aims to be a repository of various resources which can be highly beneficial for new artists, bands wo want to thrive in the music industry, albeit in the underground scene. We aim to offer exclusive promotional service particularly through internet media, internet radio shows and thus help artists to connect with their target audience’
A compilation is released every 3 months and exclusively available as free downloads on Bandcamp. I really like the concept while the selection of 12 bands is quite intriguing. It’s not every day that I’ve been asked to listen to a sampler featuring unknown bands/projects active on the scene. There’re very different underground genres featured on this compilation so it all moves a bit from one style to another, but in the end I can tell you to have discovered a few interesting names.
The bombastic apocalyptic-rock of John 3:16 and the rather electro-ambient inspired W.A.S.T.E. both were the only familiar names of the tracklist. Other noticeable projects are the minimal-minded electro-wave like Morrison’s Prophecy, the very experimental inspired Thorsten Soltau & Marina Stewart, the quite U2 guitar-play sounding Blind Session and the dark & nightmarish ballad of Transpo-Mutilation. Rasplyn/Carolyn O’Neil brings this compilation to a good end with an experimental kind of soundtrack.
Conclusion: “Square Peg In A Round Hole” shows us that underground music still is a contemporary phenomenon where you can discover some real interesting projects. This compilation was possible because of the passion and love of some people and artists for music!
Best bands: Morrison’s Prophecy, W.A.S.T.E., John 3:16, Transpo-Mutilation.