We Came From The North are a Scottish post-rock four piece who's sound display's a crisp interpretation of this genre's formula! Their most recent EP is called 'Low Sun, Long Shadow' and it give's you an excellent example of 'We Came From The North's' near mastery of their skill's.Their sound is a tight example of a band who've got a solid and melodic backbone which allow's the guitarist to pivot and run into flourishes of beautiful solo's that make this genre so appealing.They also give us sparkle's of diversity and originality and outright talent in a genre that has concrete wall's as guideline's, just to keep us coming back to listen again, repeatedly!
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The album opens with the all too brief 'We Grew Old Too Soon' which get's off to a gentle start and show's the band's skill off well enough without giving away too many surprise's too early on in this impressive EP. 'Low Sun, Long Shadow' isn't all front, it take's it's time in unveiling its many twist's and give's the music sufficient room to move and breathe, reaching peak's of utter brilliant noise & never short of a melody before resting quietly on a close up detailed rhythm with gently worked guitar delay delighting your ear's!
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The second track, 'Listening Post' beginning's has classic element's of post-rock building from an elegant gentle intro and hook into a beautifully driven melodic piece before unleashing the full force of it's power while still being poised and graceful. Everything keep's it's shape here, there's no frenzied white noise to induce paralysis on 'Listening Post', but instead a brilliantly executed piece of post-rock goodness that surges to it's height's of power and dovetail's back toward's serenity before flying higher and louder again into it's final crescendo .
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'Model Home For A Nuclear Village' is a different beast altogether! While it still adhere's to a post-rock ethos, the dirtier fuzz bass and driving beat are brought to the foreground a little more on this fine track which set's 'We Came From The North' a little bit apart from many band's in this already burgeoning genre. This give's the impression that they have a much more to offer in term's of originality and longevity.
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The next track, 'There Is No Such Thing As A Friendly Ghost', is simply beautiful and show's yet more strength to 'Low Sun, Long Shadow'. It is both delicate and destructive! It's detailed quieter moment's are joyous and there's a hint of Animal's era Pink Floyd bass riff's which bring an interesting twist to the middle of the track.
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'Secret Piñata Party' is the closing piece to 'Low Sun, Long Shadow' and shred's it to the core. Whilst the track still showcase's then band's impressive ear for a melody and expert knowledge of building towards brilliant peaks! The finale of 'Secret Piñata Party' pin's your ears back and puts you in a force ten gale of distorted guitar's and attacking drums, with a filthy bass line steering directly toward's you as the guitar's wash over them like a giant wave! Check it out below -
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'We Came From The North' are an impressive Scottish post-rock band who seem to prefer to leave the glitchy sound's of the delicate moments of 'This Will Destroy You' in favour of allowing their ability as musician's take centre stage.They have a truly impressive sound that's both melody driven and as powerful as it come's, while keeping a tight hold on song structure! They don't fall into phases of noise and chaos but drive hard toward's powerful and moving hardcore music that stand's up to repeated hearing. The famous author and fellow Scot 'Ian Rankin' has declared himself a fan of the genre via Twitter by continually supporting bands like Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky, he's also known for supporting Scottish bands in particular. Perhaps 'We Came From The North' could benefit from contacting him?, if they haven't already? There's a distinct possibility that 'We Came From The North's' impressive force would catch his well tuned ear.
Since releasing 'Low Sun, Long Shadow', 'We Came From The North' have also brought out a new track called 'Galena' .
Major Tom Byrne - The Primal Music Blog - January 2015 - Meath, Ireland
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Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.
It’s safe to say that because of my unique professional experiences, I’ve tested out a lot of headphones.
Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.
They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.
Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.
Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.
In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.
I would highly recommend these to any sound mixing specialist.
Artist: The Virgance
Release Date: 26/01/2015
Record Label: El Vals del Conejo
'The Virgance' is the solo project of UK based Nathan Smith, previously of seminal 90's band Ripley & 00's electro noise merchants 'Loveless'. 'Hiko Shrine' is his second album to be released on the brilliant Independent Netlabel 'El Vals del Conejo' & it follow's on from his 2014 debut 'Lost Continent'. Specialising in writing & producing spectacular instrumental soundscape's via the medium of shoegaze, dreampop, noise-rock & post-punk on your own is not an easy thing these day's! You have to be a master of a certain type of craft to undertake a mammoth project like this. What Nathan Smith aka 'The Virgance' has achieved, in not only this release, but in his magnificent 2014 debut release 'Lost Continent' is nothing short of genius! His attention to detail is immense! With swirling, looping, & arching reverb drenched wall's of guitar leading the charge through an effortless, almost cinematic-like, soundscape of haunting vocal line's, thriving drum's & hypnotic bass line's, the experimental track's on 'Hiko Shrine' are just stunning to listen to. You really have to listen to this album via headphones to experience the absolute feeling of weightlessness & zero gravity! 'Hiko Shrine' is why I love this genre of music so much. It epitomise's & embodie's what I believe this modern day, next wave of shoegazing is all about. This is the next level. This is Post-Gaze!
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With almost creeping intent, the album's explosive opening track 'Propulsion Lab Part 1' enter's the musical atmosphere like a steam train. This track is absolutely stunning! It takes you to place's you could only dream of. Layer's of effected guitar's loop around your cranium, carefully caressing your eardrum's with reverb induced hallucinogenic's as your led skyward's to some imaginary planet where shoegaze is king! This is one of my favourite track's of this year so far, and I know this year is yet young, but I reckon this album will be hanging around my top 5's of 2015, come year's end, it is that bloody good. But please, don't take my word for it, go and check it out below -
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You could press play on any one of the track's on this immense album and instantly get lost daydreaming your way through it's epic soundscape's. From the extremely addictive 'Mobius Strip' straight through to, my second favourite track on 'Hiko Shrine', 'Breitling Orbiter' and on into 'Airsick, Freon Presence, Interceptors, Propulsion Lab Part 2, Eros & Astraeus' and the album's closing track 'Slingshot', this album is breathtakingly immense. It's wall's of sound will entice you in and lead you through numerous level's of post-punk & dream-pop infused gaze whilst propelling you into the heaven's. It's a roller coaster of sound wave's and sonic pulse's, ethereal vocal line's, pounding drum's, throbbing baseline's & looping guitar swell's. 'Hiko Shrine' is a wondrous thing. It is hard to believe that this maelstrom of epic sound's were written & produced by just one person? What Nathan Smith has achieved is amazing and I congratulate him on releasing a kraken. I'd be very surprised if 'Hiko Shrine' doesn't top end of year poll's right across the board this year, due to how immaculate it sound's. This is an epic musical masterpiece and one that I shall listen to for a long time to come!
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'Hiko Shrine' is now available up on 'The Virgance' Bandcamp page HERE.
Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - January 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.
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Over the past few years the Australian shoegazing scene has produced an amazing wealth of talent, spanning every corner of it's awe inspiring continent. From Sydney to Adelaide, Perth to Brisbane, we all know that 'the scene that celebrates itself ' is alive and well in Australia. But there is one city that stands out from all others! It seems to me that every single Australian based shoegaze band that I have come across these days hail's from this city alone! To me, Melbourne has produced some of the best post-punk, noise-rock & shoegaze infused artists over the past 24 months than any other city that I can think of. Bands such as Contrast, VHS Dream, Hideous Towns, Flyying Colours, Lunaire, Glaciers & Luna Ghost have created some amazingly beautiful blissed out tracks that I have played religiously on my online radio show 'The Primal Radio Show' for Radioactive//Underground.
But there is one Melbourne based band, that to me, epitomises a 60's fuzzy psychedelic sound & not only connects 80's atmospheric post-punk to early 90's gaze but who also adds a modern edge to their sound to create an addictive, reverb soaked, maelstrom of layered effects and beautiful melodies that would grace any soundtrack to a modern day musical audience. That band are - 'Bloodhounds On My Trail'.
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Reading the bands intro up on their Bandcamp page instantly sold me to their musical ideas - 'A love of shoegaze bands of the late 1980's to early 90's provided the catalyst for the formation of the band. Since then, members Johnny Green (guitar, vocals), Chris Donaldson (guitar), Jonny O’Hara (bass) and Nik Donaldson (drums) have sought to fuse the rhythmic underpinnings of bands like the Velvet Underground and the Stooges with the dream haze of Cocteau Twins and Slowdive'.
Released on the 14th October 2014, Engineered by Matt Hosking & Mixed by Rob Long at Birdland Studios & Los Bomberos, Escape is another of those EP's that has come straight out of left field and completely captivated me from the very first listen! I am instantly a fan of this band's sound. I spent my teenage years listening to some of the sounds that influence Bloodhounds On My Trail, such as Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, Ride, Jesus & Mary Chain, Stooges, MC5 & The Velvet Underground. I can hear every single one of those influential bands on this EP and that, for me, is a special thing! It's a really special thing in todays new wave of shoegaze!
The EP kicks off with the stunning 'Old Fools'. This is the doorway into a world where dreams are collected and played back via the medium of shoegazing! The intro to this song alone will send shivers down your spine and leave you floating in ethereal space. It is 5 minutes 36 seconds of beautiful, blissed out sounds that hit you in waves with their thundering drums and thriving bass lines! The guitar's alone on this track remind me of a Cheetah stalking it's prey! They swirl around the tracks moving parts with menace and pounce with speed when the immense vocal arrangements fall away & let the guitars dictate the space! This track will force the breath from your lungs it is that intense! But please, don't take my word for it. Go and check it out for yourself -
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'Dreamless', the second track on Bloodhounds On My Trail's impressive debut EP, takes your hand and guides you through a blissful soundscape of shoegaze. It open's up into another stunning track and I'm starting to think that this band alone will cross divides and open the genre of shoegazing and its many sub-cultures up to a wider audience. This is yet another beautiful track with a wall of sound that evokes an ethereal almost dreamlike feeling. I love it when a band can unlock feelings from it's listeners or when the music that a band creates can tap into a feeling & force you to remember good times! Bloodhounds On My Trail have a knack of teasing out memories, but in a good way!
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Track 3, 'Jolly', is a shoegaze traditionalist's wet dream! This track could have been plucked from 1989/1990. It's the closest track that I have heard resembling anything from that era in this modern day shoegazing world. It is stunningly beautiful. This is shoegazing on a cinematic scale. Swirling guitars blended with that amazing bass sound, those steady drums & Johnny Green's infectious vocals make this track a 'Stand Out' track for me and one that every single fan of the shoegaze genre of music should have on repeat. This should be the 'go to' track for future shoegaze fans. To have mastered a sound so infectious on a debut EP deserves major props to Bloodhounds On My Trail. I doubt even the inner sanctum of shoegaze aficionados would disagree with me when I say - " This is shoegaze! "
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A soothing intro heralds the angelic arrival of the closing track on the already impressive 4 track EP. 'Silence, It's Golden' is yet another shining example of pure unhinged shoegaze! The wall of layered guitars & effected vocals hits you like a steam train. The chorus on this track is absolutely stunning with its addictive chord change, pounding drums and immense vocal all sitting on top of a steady beat. This is a fitting end, to what I believe, is a game changer for fans of the shoegaze genre. This is one hell of a release! Check it out below -
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This listener is captivated by the sounds that Bloodhounds On My Trail achieve on this EP. The song structures and musicianship are second to none! The 'Escape EP' catapults you into a dream where gravity holds no sway! You float with ease on a sonic wall of reverb infused guitars, pulsating bass lines & amazing vocal tones. It's an immensely beautiful, sleek body of work with clean lines and wonderful arrangements. This EP is an out of body experience that I will continue to tap into again & again & again.
Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - January 2015 - Dublin, Ireland
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It's not very often that I get the chance to review American based bands/artists for 'The Primal Music Blog'. Michigan based Great Black Night will probably be the first American based band that I've had on repeat on my speakers over the past few weeks. Their 3 track EP entitled 'The Smoke Is Rising' has consistently made me smile every single time that I've listened to it.
America is producing some really great shoegaze & dreampop music as of late and in very many guises. But very few of those bands have actually left a mark on me like Great Black Night have. This bunch of brilliant musicians step outside of the box when it comes to adding interesting extra production & composition parts to their tracks, such as adding a Violin & Cello to a wall of layered guitars or adding a backing vocal to the very tip of the main vocal thus filling the overall track with that little bit of heaven. They make me sit back and think about their music. They make me gaze! Very few bands can do that to this listener.
They do something else amazing, which to me is what music should be about. Listening to 'The Smoke Is Rising EP' evokes so many memories of my youth that I simply had to write this review. It amazed me! It is full of thought provoking moments that bring out memories from the furthest reaches of this listeners mind. Memories of lying in the long grass on a warm summers day, years ago, with friends & family talking about Cocteau Twins, the Pros & Cons of the music scene on that particular day in time and other simple memories full of the excitement that comes with starting a band.
Listening to 'All My Lonely Days', the EP's opening track, for the first time really threw me. I wasn't expecting the immense production on it. This is a huge track. From the amazing lead vocal and especially the backing vocals, to the lush string section sitting on top of the guitars adding that extra sonic element to their overall sound. They instantly made themselves stand out to me as a great band. They are doing something different in this modern age of nu-gaze, shoegaze & dreampop and it's a commendable trait as far as I'm concerned. 'All my lonely days' is my favourite track on this debut release and it is a stunning piece of musicianship! Check it out for yourself below:
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Track 2, on this three track EP, is called 'The DAAC Song'. This song does exactly what it says on the tin! It's a powerful track with a strong, intensely powerful vocal line that sits in the mix brilliantly. It has an infectious opening guitar line that keeps your attention firmly focused on the entire track and won't allow you to deviate from it. And again, the use of the string parts just under the vocals, throughout most of the track, is genius! Another brilliant addition to this EP.
The final track on the epic EP is a vivid journey through a deep, lush, dreampop infused soundscape. Its a beautiful piece of music entitled 'I've Got A Lot Of love'. Opening with an absolutely stunning vocal track, aligned with those epic strings, this song is a 4 minute roller coaster of emotions.With its delightful sonically brilliant guitar lines, those looping and arcing string arrangements, which are all sitting on top of a steady bass and drum track, this song is a fitting end to a brilliant debut release by a band that I hope go on to bigger and brighter things in the future. I for one, can't wait to hear what this bunch of musicians do next.
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Great Black Night hail from Grand Rapids, Michigan. They are Steve D: guitar & vocals, Matthew Eastman: drums & piano, Angel Hayden: vocals, Anne LaGrand: cello, Patrick Schaafsma: violin and Andy Stob: bass. 'The Smoke Is Rising EP' was released to the masses on 16th December. It was Recorded and Engineered by Matthew Eastman at Eastman Audio, Grand Rapids Michigan.
In the bands own words they are - 'Celebrating excesses and restraint within the sounds of rock and roll, Great Black Night aim to give you the night of your lives. Great Black Night explores love and rebellion through soulful tender vocals, piercing guitars, lush strings, and driving rhythms. Great Black Night are your band. They sing songs for you and with you. Look up and gaze. The Great Black Night is a wondrous place' - Here, Here I Say!
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Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - January 2015 - Dublin, Ireland
Self confessed Swedish noise rockers Follow The Sea released their stunning second EP ‘Sibirien’ to the masses back in November 2014. Recorded, produced and mixed between November 2013 & March 2014 at Glappkontakt, Sweden and mastered by none other than Alex Kretov (Ummagma) at Ummagma’s own recording studio in Ukraine, ‘Sibirien’ see’s the Swedish duo take a most welcome forward step from their excellent but sometimes under produced self-titled debut EP - ‘Follow The Sea’.
Sibirien begins with the addictive chord sequence of ‘Forest Beach’, a beautifully composed track that builds into that trade mark ‘Follow The Sea’ noise-rock infused thundering chorus break and then, like waves crashing on a beach, calms down only to build once again with Erik’s immense vocals leading the charge to the tracks explosive ending.
‘Forest Beach’ washes over us and in turn guides this listener to Sibirien’s sublime second track ‘Heart of Noise’. This sometimes shoegaze, sometimes noise-rock influenced track is to me closer to what I believe ‘Follow The Sea’ sound like! They’re not strictly stuck in the genre of noise-rock. They have shoegaze tendencies whether purposefully injected or accidently created in studio.
That traditional shoegaze wall of sound is evident not only throughout ‘Heart of Noise’ but well into ‘Sibirien’, the EP’s third track and a personal favourite of mine.This is a stunning piece of music! The production on this track alone is second to none and I commend Magnus Lundgren on his skills behind the mixing console. Erik Solfeldt’s vocals are captivating! They sit atop a polished wall of guitars, synthesizers and thundering drums and guide this track through a maelstrom of sound waves. They are immense! I could listen to them over and over again. I believe that ‘Sibirien’ is the corner stone of this EP. This track should, by rights, show everyone where ‘Follow The Sea’ are musically, right now! It has me believing in them as a serious musical outfit. I’m now getting excited about the future and looking forward to the prospect of listening to a debut album from this band and in turn hearing what they can conjure up in the studio together.
Sibirien ends on the calming influences of ‘River’ and the explosive bonus track ‘Linoleum’, another testament to Erik’s vocal abilities and the production skills of Magnus Lundgren.
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Sibirien is, in my opinion, a naturally progressive & positive step by a band that did not rest on their laurels after recording their debut EP, but jumped right back in and concentrated on creating a consistently strong, well-produced and polished collection of tracks. It oozes confidence and shows tenacity in not only the bands song writing skills but also in the quality of their production & mixing techniques. After two EP's 'Follow The Sea' are showing great promise for future releases. Sibirien is a stunning piece of work by a band on the rise and I wish them well on their travels. Next stop for me is listening to their debut album when eventually they release one.
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Follow The Sea are Erik Solfeldt ,Vocals, Guitar & Synthesizer and Magnus Lundgren Drums & Synthesizer. The Swedish duo recorded, produced and mixed ‘Sibirien’ in Glappkontakt, Sweden. The EP was released through the independent record label ‘Moon Sounds Records’ and is available to buy through their Bandcamp page. You can also find 'Follow The Sea' on their Twitter & Facebook pages respectively.
Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - Dublin, January 2015.