Space Music: Varied Sounds of Controlled Bleeding


(Artoffact Records)

I love a rich, varied discography -- especially in the age of Spotify. There's a sense of sonic archeology to the whole process, and the journey is all the more rewarding when it's an established act you've simply never explored before. Controlled Bleeding is just such a musical treasure trove, charting a landscape of dark ambient, ambient, industrial, progressive rock, noise, jazz and even the sacred. Just check out the depth of their Spotify and Discog pages.

From 1984's "Distress Signals" to their new release "Larva Lumps and Baby Bumps," the Controlled Bleeding sound ranges from serene to traumatic. Even their latest release (which drops Aug. 26) features guitar-driven rock, noise and a more serene, psychedelic track in the form of "Eye of the Needle."

The Controled Bleeding lineup has changed quite a bit over the years, with Paul Lemos standing as the lone constant band member. Let's hear a few different tracks from the band's last three decades of music-making, starting with "Driving Through Darkness" off the new album:

I hate to use the phrase "something for everybody," because Controlled Bleeding doesn't offer that -- but if you're into weird and experimental sounds spread across several musical genres, they're worth your time.

Space Music is a continuous exploration of our expanding cosmos of sound, with a semi-firm emphasis on electronic music. Explore years of posts right here, and sample a little of everything at the Space Music Sampler playlist on Spotify.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.