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Brazilian based experimental shoegazers 'Maquinas' return with another stunning single this time lifted from their forthcoming full release due to drop in the coming months. 'zolpidem' is a moody fuzzy noisy affair with a subtle post rock beginning that leads to an immense build up & on into its emotively explosive finale. The band are made up of Roberto Borges – guitar, Samuel Carvalho - guitar/vocals, Ricardo “Guile” Lins – drums & Allan Dias – bass. We previously featured their earlier self titled release on Primal Radio.
Zolpidem is a hypnotic drug used to aid inducing sleep in individuals with dyssomnia and sleepless nights. After ingestion in 30 minutes if the individual does not lie down, the drug can be a powerful hypnotic that opens the mind to internal hallucinations, creating the sensation of dreaming, even when awake. A lucid dream is where one has the impression of being awake, even though he is sleeping, and everything in that universe is tangible and moldable, but in fact, there is really nothing there, even after being awake such dream experiences appear to be so real.
'Zolpidem' also marks a new moment for 'Maquinas' with lineup changes. The band are now settled with Samuel Carvalho on guitars and Ricardo “Guile” Lins on drums
'Zolpidem' is free to download right now up on the bands Bandcamp page - Maquinas.bandcamp.com
by Primal Music
This double-header from Doncaster's '93 Million Miles From The Sun' and London's 'Kontakte' came recommended from the good folk of Goodsoul Promotions - a hot tip indeed! The stop at the Wee Red Bar was the Edinburgh debut for both bands and the final date on a mini-tour that also took in Doncaster and Inverness.
'93MMFTS' take the stage as a two-piece (a foot injury took their drummer out the game earlier in the week) and set free a cyclone of noise. Static-filled projections flash in the background as the bestriped Nick Noble wields his Jazzmaster, a variety of fuzz pedals and reverb-heavy vocals for a set that includes the driving squall of Sunshine Girl & See Forever from latest album 'Fall Into Nothing'. 'I Lost You' is a highlight with Kenno's brooding bass and dark washes of distortions. Set-closer 'Sonic Assault' starts with ambient drones and swells until our ears flow over with fuzz.
'Kontakte' specialise in creating glitchy soundscapes, at times almost pastoral, at times more visceral. Skittery electronic drumbeats take them beyond the post-rock pigeon-hole into a whole other place. Most of the set comes from their most recent album 'These Machines' released September 2014. A series of projections, including a stunning animation, add motion and emotion to these dark, sonic textures.
"When all hope is gone we paint colours on the sky" - flashes up on screen and when the audience trips blinking into the long summer night, the sky is still holding on to the fading sunset, mauve, blue and flecked with stars.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In her time Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.