ARTIST: Jewish Mandiolo
RELEASE: Gustavinho Debaixo D'água
RELEASE DATE: 09/07/15
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
'The Jewish kings' are a new experimental post rock band from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil who specialize in experimental textures, flamboyant Latin grooves but with guitar effects that larry lalonde (Primus guitarist) would be wet for! The band are made up of Bernardo Arenari, Luiz Bento, Denisson Caminha, David Dinucci & Danilo Nagib.
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In the first track 'Agua' we are exposed to almost too much coolness for a mans ears to take. The opening chords are vague, spacious and driving while the bass leans over and gives yer ears a wee sombre kiss coupled with a subtle whisper conveying its love for making you happy. This track goes in and out of dominent 6th chords that add such a strange resolution - resolution - resolution kind of feel to the progression as opposed to the usual tension - resolve setup of our tritonic Jazz forefathers. After our typical start the tracks middle section takes us to shoegaze land where we swallow a dose of some concotion off of the same shelf as 'Do Make Say Think's - Goodbye Enemy Airship or The Landlord Is Dead' album's of yore! Of course then it takes us into a combination of the two but with an added brass section...... and as the main songwriter in 'Tuath', I love me a brass section! The crescendo in this track is so expertly conveyed that you will wonder how this band are just on their first EP.
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The third track 'Imersáo' has a shoegazey type of James Bond feel that you just gotta check out. You will not be able to prevent yourself from singing 'Live And Let Die' over the tune. This track has elements of 'Yo La Tengo' on vocals but with some of the same guitar textures of 'Conan Mockasins' debut album! While listening to it I was tempted to name drop 'Neutral Milk Hotel' in terms of the way his voice sounds. 'Imersáo' stinks of late 90's guitar 'Radiohead' but upon saying that it is still its own buzz! I reccomend experimenting with some 'Bucolic Remedies' before listening to this track. For absolutely no reason at the end of this song it blasts the distortion really loudly with some delicious unison bends. I am not sure weather this was a half assed ending or if they genuinely planned it to sound like this but either way I love it. Check it out:
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'Amor LIquido' is by far the coolest track on this EP. The intro is in an odd groove and takes me back to 'Bad Moon Rising' in terms of guitar sound. The drum sound is grainy & the bass doesn't give a toss about frequency masking and then imagine that 'Sonic Youth' had the cop on to include a brass section? Because of course they incorporate some really tense but harmonic brass harmonies all the while incorporating some Rio De Janeiro musical stylings in the form of some claps. In my opinion this is an excellent thing to do as it completely melds the culture from which this band come with the music that they like. The Jazzy Latin flavors are bloody magic & they make me want to go and put some trad onto the next 'Tuath' record. Also I must add that unlike most experimental bands these dudes sing in their own language which again, as the main songwriter in 'Tuath' I think is a magic buzz altogether and they should be stamped for their bravery in the field.
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'Merguhlar' is a song I am going to mention even though I didnt enjoy it for a contradictary reason: The first half of it is a story and it is in Portuguese & due to this it takes ages to get to the meat and potato's! This would not be a problem for me if I spoke Portuguese but I don't unfortunately. Anyways when it does kick off it is beautiful and contains some of the nicest shoegaze out there at the moment as it boasts some beautiful off kilter harmonies, the right amount of distortion and the panning techniques keep the sound interesting. Check this track out:
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The EP's closer 'Foz (Debaixo D'água)' is a feel good, Jazzular & almost Funk effort that lands directly at a loud Post Punk mid section half way through the intro but with the anthemic shouting of a lot of modern Indie music. These guys really know how to progress their music in an intricate way and this song is a great example of that. This is by far my second favorite track on this EP. It's a lovely closer & a magic sign off for what is a short but great listening experience.
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This band are great but I feel with a bit more experimentation they will be quite a force to be reckoned with. I doubt I will ever see this band live but I am a big fan of their sound.
I rate this 4 out of 5.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robert Mulhern is the Vocalist, Guitarist, Producer & Engineer in Irish heavy experimental shoegazers 'Tuath'. Hailing from Donegal, Ireland Robert’s musical influences span numerous genres and are far reaching. 'Tuath' are quietly establishing themselves as forerunners in Ireland’s experimental shoegaze & psych-rock scene.
by Primal Music
RELEASE DATE: 03/07/15
The enigmatic 'Lust' seem to have appeared from the ether. The Toronto four-piece played their first show in June and released their self-titled debut album in July. Fast work, or the fruition of months, years or decades of planning? Who knows. Their eight track debut creates a head-swirling atmosphere that’s only punctured fleetingly, as by a thunderstorm. The slow-ness and depth of sound, combined with the whisper of unsettlingly intense lyrics seems intended to hypnotise.
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Opening track 'Calm' eases in with chorused guitars and sets the rhythm for the record, with its slow, deep breaths. Although the noise grows, the pace is steady – in and out. A tumult of textures and layers, 'Whisper' rouses us briefly, but 'Day Dream' sends us back to a reverie. It’s definitely dream pop, but they pile some dirt on too. Keeping it dreamy, 'You and I' casts a sonic hex which is shattered by 'Alone' – an energy boost of drums, distortion and wonderful whammy action. In 'Are These Feelings Real?' a recorded voice doubts their reality, and no wonder. This deep into Lust’s debut, disorientation is all. And that only deepens as 'Breathe' begins and seems somehow to be a continuation and evolution of the preceding song. It’s almost smothering – a long way from the airiness of Calm, all those songs ago. The album closes with 'When You’re Blue', with its swooping minor chords and whispered lyrics, it’s a dark incantation.
Lust have us under their spell.
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.
A brand new track has surfaced by the brilliant Michigan based atmospheric electronic dreampop duo 'Voluptuous Panic' entitled 'Zyva' featuring production & mixing by Human Koala. Recorded in both Paris France & Grand Rapids Michigan the track itself is a shimmering reverb laden affair with beautiful vocals courtesy of the brilliant Gretchen DeVault swimming in Brian J. Bowe's hazy psychedelic guitars & bass with the added bonus of programmed beats & synths courtesy of Paris based Human Koala . It sounds to us like Voluptuous Panic' are back to their best & we cant wait to hear more from them as the summer rumbles on. Check it out:
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You can get your hands on the track right now as a 'Name Your Price' via www.voluptuouspanic.bandcamp.com and do check out their previous releases as well. You will not be disappointed!
You can also hear this brand new track up on continuous rotation on Primal Radio via our 24 hour a day live stream - www.primalradiolive.com
ARTIST: Everyone But Me
RELEASE: Everyone But Me EP
RELEASE DATE: 16/05/15
RECORD COMPANY: Custom Made Music
As most people who read my reviews for ‘The Primal Music Blog’ would know it takes a hell of a lot to move me musically to the point that I take the time to write about it. I tend to be rather picky when it comes to a genre of music that Im passionate about. Shoegaze & Dreampop to me should (first & foremost) have the ability to move the listener beyond the normal realms of sonic bewilderment & in turn transport him or her to a higher plain where a multitude of reverb layered guitar textures intertwined with solid drum patterns, translucent vocal arrangements & throbbing bass lines assault your cranium with beautiful blissful tones full of emotive goodness! Or in lay mans terms - It needs to sound fucking immense! So with all of that in mind, allow me to introduce you to my new favourite band - ‘Everyone But Me’.
Hailing from Columbus, Ohio ‘Everyone But Me’ are no prudes when it comes to creating beautiful fuzzy dreamgazing soundscapes. Their self titled 5 track debut will attest to that. Released on 16th May 2015 via digital download on bandcamp & on tape via the brilliant ‘Custom Made Music’ this EP will catapult you into a world where gazing is king & emotive melodic chorus changes evoke the heady infantile early days of the first wave shoegaze era. The band are made up of duo Nick Bain & Jason Grady but their sound is insanely massive! It loops & arc’s all over the sonic palette with an intensity so big that will have you swimming in a golden hallucinogenic haze. Creatively astute & impressively imaginative ‘Everything But Me’ will attract even the lesser fans of the shoegazing / dreampop genre with this immense self titled debut EP.
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The EP opens up with an absolutely amazing whirlwind of fuzzy reverb, layered synths, infectious vocals & programmed drums. ‘Isn’t Far’ is an impressive opener full of infectious looping sound waves leading to a soaring chorus that will tickle your spine as you are lifted up and carried along with its psychedelic overtones. Simply stunning!
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Track 2 - ‘Say Farewell’ is a charging beast of a track reminiscent in parts to UK based shoegazers '93 Million Miles From The Sun’. This track is astonishing with its sprawling swirling synth patterns, delayed reverb induced vocal arrangements & pounding repetitive drum sequences. But for me its the melodic vocal charge in the chorus that is absolutely immense. The production on this track alone is stunning. Check it out:
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‘Just Like Anyone’ is a full on sonically intense train ride to a land where reverb is a god given birth right. Its a swirling mass of droning guitars, sweeping drums & haunting vocals that will blow your mind. Again the chorus changes on this track are uplifting to the point of no return. This is another level of shoegazing. Truly a masterpiece!
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The beginnings of track 4 on this self titled EP from Ohio based ‘Everything But Me’ lead you into a false sense of security! Im not afraid to admit that. The opening salvo’s of 'I Never believed You’ distract you from the sonic assault that lurks in its shadowy underbelly! A wall of beautiful fuzzy reverberated sound hits you full on in the face & this listener is hooked all over again. So good!
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The final track on this impressive EP is 7 minutes plus of sonically delightful fuzzy sound waves. ‘Still Not Enough’ is a charging monolith of a track that is so addictively hallucinogenic at times that I had to press stop, then rewind & start it all over again just incase I missed something the first time around! The immense vocals are so intensely intertwined with swirling guitars, the ever present pounding drum pattern & layers upon layers of shimmering bloody brilliance that you can do nothing at all other that float along with it on a wave of amazing shoegaze. This is a track that just keeps giving! A triumphant ending to a absolutely beautiful EP.
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This debut 5 track EP from Ohio based dreamgaze duo ‘Everything But Me’ is a rare thing indeed. It's as rare as hens teeth! I can safely say right now that the Everything But Me EP will be in my top 5 EP’s of 2015 come years end without a doubt! It is simply stunning from its opening fuzzy chord progressions right through to its shimmering finality. It had me hooked from the very first note & I am so glad to have heard it.
Its one of those releases that I will continue to return to again & again. Magnificent!
Del Chaney has spent the last three years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze Dream Pop Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.
Glasgow's noise-rockers 'St Deluxe' release their first new material since 2013's double A side single 'Plastic Eyeballs/On The Moon' and it's a summery slice of scuzz! 'Highly Strung' is available to download as a 'Name Your Price' right now via www.stdeluxe.bandcamp.com/track/highly-strung & its a recommendation from us lot. Go check it out!
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RELEASE: Confined EP
RELEASE DATE: 14/02/15
RECORD COMPANY: Ronald Records & Hail Hail Records
From Atlanta Georgia, USA, 'Pallow' released 'Confined' earlier this year. This is a well-chosen title for these four songs which are tightly-controlled, like someone on the verge of totally losing it, but who somehow always retains their decorum. This is emphasised by the music's deliberate pace, which makes each strummed bass note feel heavy with significance.
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'In Wait' is a tense opener, ushered in with a whispered woosh, building to intertwine with intricate guitars and ringing cymbals. There's a frustration about 'Muted' - a brooding track that feels like an argument that needed to happen, but didn't. The distortions layer and momentum grows, but then ebbs away to an ambient moan. It's in 'Synthetic Now' that things get emotional. The vocal cracks as reverbed guitars glower in the background. Before we get too carried away, an off kilter drum beat stiffens that upper lip. Final track 'Inward' is heavy with regret and morose bass. 'Think of what could have been', we are urged. And we do, we must. A torrent of feedback and fuzz gives a glimpse of Pallow's torment, but only briefly.
My question is what happens if 'Pallow' really lose it? Let's hope we find out. Confined is out now on download at www.pallow.bandcamp.com and on tape from Ronald Records and hailhail records.
ARTIST: The Poetry Book
RELEASE: Young Martyrs EP
RELEASE DATE: 05/07/15
'The Poetry Book' appear to defy their locale, opting to create a kind of black ice -coated electro that suggests the sunshine of Madrid is not their spiritual home. 'The Young Martyrs EP', the duo’s second, is a chilly creation that conjures up bleak post-industrial cityscapes.
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The title of the opening track sets the scene. 'Decay' is a dark JAMC-esque drone with a side order of psych. 'Young Martyrs' is driven by a tom-heavy drum beat and a melancholy howl, sending chills down the spine. The goth gaze of 'Love Letter', with its heavily processed drums, is fast and slick and scary. 'A Last Ritual' unsettles us further with its dark 80s electro feel. The EP closes with 'The Promise', full of dystopian drama and laden with synthesised sounds, reminiscent of Mogwai’s soundtrack work for Les Revenants.
'The Young Martyrs EP' is out now at www.thepoetrybook.bandcamp.com.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Final Days Society - Debris
Final Days Society are a post-rock/shoegaze band from Växjö, Sweden. The band have been creating music together since 2006 and have numerous releases under their belts. They are 5 guys ( Suwat Khanh, Andreas Jeansson, Pierre Olsson, Marcus Knutsson & Anton Grundberg) who joined forces to make music that they love. With a sound musically reminiscent at times to 'God Is An Astronaut & Ghost Box Orchestra' but with subtle shoegazing tendencies intertwined with a hint of electronic swagger they have just released their latest album to the masses entitled 'Icebreaker' via Sound Pollution.
'Debris' is a slice of cinematic post rock heaven & is full of sonically emotive heaving swells filled with soaring guitars and pounding drums. The vocals on 'Debris' are blissfully addictive and will have you wanting more. This is the latest track to be lifted from 'Icebreaker' & the accompanying video is something to behold. You can get the complete album right now over at finaldayssociety.bandcamp.com
ARTIST: Manon Meurt
RELEASE: Manon Meurt EP
RELEASE DATE: 16/02/14
I love new discoveries, even if I am a bit behind the curve… So, meet 'Manon Meurt' from the Czech Republic and who released this mini-album way back in February 2014. These six tracks are a beguiling introduction to a band who let their music breathe. While many gazers heap track upon track, Manon Meurt’s songs are spacious and special.
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Opening song 'To Forget' blends beautiful vocals, including a deeply buried but gorgeous male backing vocal which must be mentioned, with a rush of reverb-laden guitars. There’s plenty of fresh, sparkly air to enjoy in the middle eight, before they start building that wall of sound. The big-bottomed 'Glowing Cityscape' is driven by growling bass and Phil Spectre-esque drums which contrast deliciously with delicate vocals. Judicious guitar adds texture and sparkle. '94' is a hymn to the golden age of gaze (surely!), with the Holy Trinity of reverb, fuzz and delay all in evidence, and the swooning lyric calling ‘God save me’. Hallelujah! We’re drawn in to 'Until You Can' with a mesmerising Eastern mantra that shape-shifts into a heavy psychedelic sway.
The mood changes with the mild melancholy of 'In These Eyes' before closing track 'Blue Bird' appears on the horizon. The wistful whisper of shimmery cymbals and sparkling guitars succumbs to a swell of sound that soars in the sky, and fades.
Manon Meurt's self-titled debut release is available to pre-order on vinyl right now from the Canadian based Label Obscura : www.labelobscura.com/manon-meurt-manon-meurt/
Sheens - Screens
Madrid based noisy shoegazers 'Sheens' have exploded onto the musical canvass with this immense demo release entitled 'Screens'. Ones to watch as the summer progresses this track is full of full on fuzzy layered shoegaze! This track is their first attempt at home recording and we reckon that it is immense! Look out for more from this band as the summer rolls on! 'Screens' has now gone up on our 24 hour rotation over on www.primalradiolive.com