Diandra’s 2012 in New Music
The best record of the year begins with the Devil announcing his entrance into a rock concept album trilogy with seven minutes of folk-flavored rock march polka.
The album’s name? Violeta Violeta Volume III. I’ve casually listened to Kaizers Orchestra since 2008, but only in the past two years have I found myself playing their newer and older songs on repeat. If Violeta Violeta III is truly their last album , it’s a phenomenal exit. I wish them the best on their musical theater endeavors.
Bands I was more fanatical about in the 2000s left me indifferent with their offerings this decade so far. However, The Mars Volta leaped past their sleep-inducing last album Octahedron with the new release Noctourniquet. I’m not a fan of every track, but I appreciate the cohesion of the songs, creating moody atmosphere suited for a rainy moonlit cyber-fi cityscape. Aegis in particular often wandered into my idle humming.