Possibly one of my favorite labels out right now, Doom Trip Records is a talented collective of artists with an impressive owner from California.With seven releases out, they may seem like a small group, but the music within is of a vastly expansive and beautiful experience.
All of the releases are outstanding, from the indie rock sensibilities of Skyjelly to the lo-fi compositions of R. Stevie Moore. Let’s highlight two releases from the label to get a good understanding, because there is a lot of music to unpack, and this should serve as a guide for anyone wanting to get into Doom Trip.
Niku No Sekai is the first cassette release that started it all. It’s a collaboration between M. Bailey of SCRTS/Invisible Paths fame; J. Rodriguez of Chinatown’s Pomar; and Z. Emerson, the mixer of the group project. While my favorite track of has to be “AM” for its guttural and heavy drone and guitar licks, a definite highlight has to be “WW4,” a dank and atmospheric ambient track set to introduce the entire themes of the record. Flesh World Vol. 1 is a haunting and intricate experience that likewise showcases the depths of Doom Trip’s catalog.
“WW4” by Niku No Sekai, courtesy of Doom Trip.
The last record that I’d like to highlight from the catalog is the compilation/full release of Skyjelly’s Blank Panthers and Priest, Expert, or Wizard, both amazingly catchy and beautiful releases that commix to a singular experience. There is a hefty amount of balance between lo-fi and hi-fi with the added busyness of the composition. Tracks like “Acosta” are particularly my favorite for the fast-tempo percussion and catchy melody encapsulating the vibe of summer and beaches.
“Acosta” by Skyjelly, courtesy of Doom Trip.
I hope this introduces you readers to new music to look out from Doom Trip themselves. Aside form great music, they have a responsive and friendly personality on social media, so they’re very easy to interact with. If you have time to buy the cassettes, they are usually always in stock and for a good price. To support Doom Trip Records, check out their Bandcamp HERE, and follow their social media as well.