Properties of Nature are diverse and driven with debut “Wolves in Business Suits” (review)

Properties of Nature, 2019

I’m consistently shocked at how many unknown bands I’ve come across with heaps and heaps of talent to display. Properties of Nature is no different. This funky post-hardcore band has a familiar sound, but a distinct identity in their execution. At long last, their debut album, Wolves in Business Suits, will be let loose into the world this Thursday, but here’s a preview:

“Pirates Don’t Say “Yarr!” Anymore” makes it obvious from the start that Properties of Nature isn’t your everyday band. The smooth time-signature transition, the layering of guitar riffs at all times, and strange song structure creates an unpredictable listen for first-timers. I counted and there’s six completely-different sounding sections to this opening track.

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Red-hot new band Properties of Nature release “L.S.F.H.Q.P.” featuring Isaac Wilson of Dwellings

Properties of Nature, 2019

I’m always game for new Swancore, and I was pleased to come across Properties of Nature. With only two songs under their belt, they’ve finally set on their debut album to release next month, with the leading single being “L.S.F.H.Q.P.

This song touches upon a failing relationship and has lyrical flashbacks to the honeymoon phase tied with the fallout. Isaac Wilson of similar band Dwellings gets a feature, and really goes off in his parts. Guitarist Canyon Maloy mentions: ” I remember the first time Josh showed me Dwellings’ “Lemonade” in his car … he actually credits Isaac Wilson to be the reason he wanted to sing in the first place, so having him on our first album blew us away because their music changed our band a lot.”

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On ‘Speak It Into Existence’, Pulses. inject poppy melodies into a unique post-hardcore sound (Review)

With a humongous amount of music releasing at all times, it’s hard for a band to stick with you and achieve that coveted replayability-factor. One such band that has managed that for me is Pulses., a growing post-hardcore effort from Dumfries, Virginia. Self-described as music that’s “mentally post-hardcore smoothed out on the emo tip with a pop feel appeal to it”, the uniqueness sticks out and has caught me off-guard in several songs. Today, I look to delve into their second LP, Speak it into Existence!

This record kicks off with the title track. First-time listeners will immediately see that Pulses. is an experience of elaborate guitar riffs, a trade-off of passionate clean/unclean vocals, and an unpredictable song structure.

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Swancore Is Flourishing

When Will Swan, guitarist of Dance Gavin Dance, Secret Band, Sianvar, and Royal Coda started up Blue Swan Records, he crafted an outlet to sign some of the freshest, most inspired progressive post-hardcore bands in the scene. This includes talented acts like Wolf & Bear, Icarus the Owl, Eidola, and several other staples. Dubbed “swancore”, this unique, gripping sound has appealed to a niche for several years now; in 2020, though, the time to really get excited for the genre is here.

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