Hot off the heels of Donald Glover's musical moniker Childish Gambino's first Billboard #1 single "This is America", Glover seemingly squanders an opportunity while everyone's paying attention.
The band are perhaps best known for their varying screamed vocal styles, dadaist lyrical content, and noisy, synth-infused, non-stop beat-your-head-against-the-wall grindcore, all while somehow managing to be at least a little catchy.
Several members of New Found Glory have long been involved in hardcore side-projects, but kept NFG around presumably to make a living. The band's never so much as hinted at a hardcore background, but here they mix these sounds to surprising effect.
uneXpect's debut EP, _wE, Invaders, shows the band at their most accessible, but don't confuse this as meaning this isn't a highly atypical and unusually creative release.
The melodic punk veterans cast their technical prowess aside to unearth a refreshing, stripped down sound on their new EP, Black Out the Sky.
Compared with Lithman's work in The Residents, I'd dare say this release is a bit more accessible, but don't let this fool you... This band isn't "normal" by any means.
Prima Donna appropriately and adequately bridges the stylistic gap between preceding album Summertime '06 and the follow-up LP to this EP, Big Fish Theory.
Cynic's most experimental release, the 2011 EP Carbon Based Anatomy, is a stunning synergy of Cynic's many seemingly divergent musical interests.
STN MTN is a mixtape that contains several firsts for Gambino. It's a concept mixtape where Glover is asleep dreaming he "ran Atlanta", with songs based off mostly early-to-mid 2000's southern hip hop. The mixtape ends with Glover awaking from this dream on the Hawaiian island, Kauai.
By the time of Childish Gambino's debut EP in 2011, pretty much all the elements that make him great are already there - great lyrics and word play; generally soft and emotive, feelsy rap, though sometimes high energy with more stereotypical boastful and clever lyrics... really, it sounds exactly like Camp.
Missing the heaviness Opeth's older sound? Black Crown Initiate has the cure. Their stunning debut EP Song of the Crippled Bull is four tracks of exemplary sometimes melodic, often brutal, technical death metal.
XTC alum's Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers make a triumphant return with Great Aspirations.