Oyaarss is one of Latvia's finest electronic musicians, and one who is totally unafraid of experimentation. The 2 albums he has released so far on Ad Noiseam; Bads and Smaida Greizi Nakamiba, showcased an incredible depth and true musical talent. His sound is one that combines the raw harshness of Industrial distortion and bass with the elevated heights or characteristic and textural richness of Ambient. In late 2013, he's been working on adding an additional layer to his performances by rescoring his tracks to be played live in a band. You can take a peek at the excellent results in the video below, and then read on to find out a little more of the music he was listening to in 2013!

 

 

David Lang - You Will Return (Cataloupe Music)

Oyaarss - "From the 'Death Spaks' album that I listened to the most during the whole of 2013. The entire record is a masterpiece, merging the worlds of academic music and the Indie rock scene; and the result is far better than one could possibly imagine..."

 

The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza - Behind Those Eyes (Cataloupe Music)

Oyaarss - "Released in late 2012, this was one of the most challenging and pleasantly disturbing records that I listened to last year. As a huge Danza fan, their album 'The Alpha - The Omega' is one of the sweetest brutalities that I encountered in 2013..."

 

Sonar - Closing In (Ant Zen)

Oyaarss - "From the 'Cut Us Up' album, also released in 2012 but which I only discovered last year. Sonar is where you go for time-tested generously distorted sonic treatment. A grim and harsh, but ultimately very inspiring album..."

 

Amenra - Dearborn and Buried (Neurot Recordings)

Oyaarss - "'Mass V' is not just a regular record, but rather part of a greater context waiting to be revealed. Amenra are putting a huge amount of effort into making the listener feel uncomfortable; and this is why I love it..."

 

Roly Porter - Giant (Subtext)

Oyaarss - "From 'Life Cycle of A Massive Star'. This, probably is how the Big Bang sounded - very subtle and saturated soundscapes..."