ARTIST: Las Cobras
RELEASE DATE: 19th May 2017
RECORD COMPANY: Fuzz Club Records
When South American based boyfriend/girlfriend duo of Sofía Aguerre and Leandro Rebellato aka 'Las Cobras' signed to the ever reliable London based independent record label 'Fuzz Club' and their debut single dropped into our inbox, they instantly became firm favourites of ours with their swirling, hypnotically charged sun kissed rock n' roll vibe underscored at times with dark experimental tendencies that are deeply enshrined within this modern day fuzz fuelled psych firmament. We soon discovered that this initial debut single barely even scratched the surface of what this duo could achieve sonically and it was only after we peeled back the many layers on this debut album did we immerse ourselves into what traditional Latin American psych truly sounded like. 'Temporal' is released on May 19th 2017 via 'Fuzz Club' and you can pre-order it right now on various formats from fuzzclub.com
After an initial intro of warbling synthesiser drone courtesy of 'Dark Waves', the albums opening piece, we're then shepherded into the welcoming arms of 'Beating Hard', a mesmerising mêlée of sequenced percussion and growling guitars that are broken up at times by plinking keyboard patterns and layered brilliantly by those menacing duel vocals. Screaming lead lines meander through swells of synth and luscious reverberation as the track builds in momentum and pulses through huge instrumental progressions with relative ease. Up next, 'The Time Has Come' staggers into audible range on a bedrock of electronic percussion as it's sampled synth lines loop and pull the entire production together dragging with them tremulous guitar progressions and simmering vocal lines that are absolutely steeped in resonating effects. Lead guitar lines whip up a frenzy and are allowed to lash out at will as their serine but sampled electronic understudies hold the track's deeply repetitive modern swagger in check. 'Our Love Will Grow' jangles into earshot accompanied by a fantastic cascading baseline, hi-hat heavy drum pattern and angry guitars as the subtle but infectious sampled production bubbles underneath what is a fantastically refreshing track indeed. Duel vocals add swathes of melody as pulses of reverberation ripple out into the ether, skipping along with that highly infectious baseline.
There's a tinge of garage psych streaming through the inner core of 'Al Más Allá' thats quite alluring but it's the pull of traditional percussion, jangling guitars and droning synth enveloping a magnificent vocal line drenched in glorious reverberation that peaks this listeners attention. Up next, 'Nothing Against You' sways into the ether on a snaking synth line and another brilliant guitar progression whilst 'So Much Love' growls menacingly on a fractious baseline and a swirling synthetic drone as it's metronomic drum pattern pulls a duel vocal attack through massive swathes of delayed reverb. This track loops and arcs through wave after wave of undulating sonic frequencies and turbulent effect laden production and it's probably my favourite track on the entire release. The albums penultimate piece trembles on a swirling synth drone as throbbing bass frequencies and the explosive drum track dig a deep dark furrow into the sonic firmament. 'Same And Again' swerves through passages of intensely addictive lead lines and mesmerisingly hypnotic vocal lines that intertwine with one another and undulate like a stalking pit viper and atmospheric organ sweeps create magical incantations as the collective wall of the instrumentation pulses ripples of psychedelic abandonment out into the ether at will. The album closes out with the bands debut single. 'Temporal' shakes on pulsating bass lines and shamanic like percussion as haunting opening vocalisations mimic addictive streamlined lead lines and open up into a magnificent lush and textured afro-beat connotations underpinned with mystical impressions, droning incantations and warbling guitar lines. A fitting bookend to a wonderful debut album.
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Del Chaney has spent the last four years dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, post punk, post rock & modern psych rock from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion (Now On Hiatus). His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has helped 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.
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ARTIST: Snakes Don't Belong In Alaska
RELEASE: Mountain Rituals
RELEASE DATE: 7th May 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Sky Lantern Records / Infinity Mirror Records
Finding a foothold in todays burgeoning psych rock circuit and then building on said foothold is something that very few bands can rationally seem to figure out. It's a veritable sonic minefield out there vehemently strewn with the broken shells of those bands who have tried and failed miserably due to a lack of positive sonic evolution. There are however, very slim margins of error to work around. A lot of juggling needs to happen to twist a collective sound into something completely new whilst trying to stay relevant and true to core beliefs. This modern scene (and what every band needs to survive in it) changes from week to week so you really need to have something different in your sonic arsenal to make you stand out from it's overpopulated crowd. Newcastle based experimental psych aficionados 'Snakes Don't Belong In Alaska' have achieved just that. After a fairly intense live regime allowing to them to make a name for themselves by hosting numerous international touring acts and putting out some limited but highly sought after self-releases under their own 'Infinity Mirror' imprint the band have unleashed their first widely available record in the guise of 'Mountain Rituals'. This album is infectious, it's a serious step up in terms of performance, aforementioned sonic evolution & overall song writing. It also destroys any preconceived ideas that we had about what this trio could conjure up musically. The album is thirty seven minutes ling and contains two massive tracks filled with immense passages of intensely experimental sonic exploration that skips menacingly through swathes of pummelling reverberation, howling vocalisations, heavy psych & droning kosmische. It's available to buy/download right now both digitally & on limited edition cassette with artwork by Isla Marie Haddow via snakesdontbeonginalaska.bandcamp.com
Mountain Rituals by Snakes Don't Belong In Alaska
Track one, 'Mountain Void' enters earshot by winding up its coiled innards and slowly building sonic momentum. It's held fast in acres of reverberation as a swirling lead guitar line undulates through plodding bass frequencies and sparse but metronomic percussive hits. The track builds menacingly and at times it whips itself into a frenzy of layered production trickery and wah wah led theatrics before unleashing a powerful psych induced blast of hypnotically charged sonic waves that pulse and envelope the senses, pulling the listener with them as they tumble into the dark rippling abyss and on out into the unknown. Wailing lead lines lick and torment the piece to within an inch of it's life as the band play out twenty one minutes plus of sublime psychedelic instrumentation peppered at times with awe inspiring moments of droning stoner & kosmische delight that lead us brilliantly into its frantically turbulent finale. Up next, the intimidating 'Mountain Mirror' creeps through layers of droning atmosphere as it's effected fret noise melds with hovering reverberations and the twang of resonating guitars. Howling vocalisations skulk into audible range mimicking the bend of guitar strings. Pulsating percussion shakes and shudders on a predestined track like some unseen stalking beast as those bass frequencies pulse and hover in close contact. 'Mountain Mirror' easily funnels you into its repetitive inner core as it ambles through massive waves of spacious reverb and expansive ambient hued psychedelic flavours, before sonically assaulting you with dark humming bass lines, tormenting guitar progressions and haunting shamanic like vocalisations that collectively drag the listener through trademark heavy stoner vibes.
RELEASE: Gazing Into The Sun
RELEASE DATE: 5th May 2017
RECORD COMPANY: Shoegaze Sanctuary Records
Not ones for resting on their laurels and currently one of the best resources for underground sounds from shoegaze to psych-gaze and beyond, the fantastic 'Shoegazer Sanctuary Records' have returned with another stunning twenty track compendium of worldwide underground artists that's fit to bursting with simmering feedback laden goodness to whet your insatiable sonic appetite. After the success of his 'Gazing Into Andromeda' compilation series Joe Shoegazer over at SSR has hit the sonic nail on its head with this latest swerve into todays burgeoning gaze scene entitled 'Gazing Into The Sun' and we reckon this release is their best one yet. The compilation is out right now and it is available to buy/download from shoegazersanctuaryrecords.bandcamp.com
GAZING INTO THE SUN by Shoegazer Sanctuary Records
This compilation fizzes into life with stunning Melbourne based shoegaze aficionados 'Kigo' and the shimmering track 'Never Will' closely followed by fellow Australian native Skye Klein aka 'A Beautiful Machine' with a noisy droning monolith entitled 'Glow' lifted off an album released back in 2000 called 'Solar Winds, White Noise, Antigravity'. Up next, LA based shoegaze trio 'Swanhoppers' unleash their brutish fifteen minute plus opus 'Swimming In An Endless Sea' the closing track from their recently released album 'Lutalica' whilst Swedish based 'The Beremy Jets' are well represented here with a blissful track called 'Feedback Over Talent' lifted off their album 'EP Collection 1'. Latvian based 'Tribes Of The City' (formerly 'The Movies') bring a mixture of music genres to the table from shoegaze/grunge gaze to noise pop with their epic track 'Sun Is Alive' while Uruguayan based alt-gaze outfit 'Tropico Duclos' have supplied their immense homage to all things Kim Gordon with their track 'Cancion Para Kim Gordon'.
Sublime Scottish based heavy shoegazers 'The Cherry Wave' have been wowing fans of the genre with their no nonsense brand of senses pummelling reverberation for a few years now and they are well represented here with a track lifted off their latest album 'Shimaru'. The track is called 'Pure Burst', it's absolutely immense and its a recommendation from us. Up next, our good friends 'Stella Diana' have donated a stunning track from their recently released album 'Nitocris' entitled 'Aphrodia' whilst prolific Spanish based alt-pop/shoegazers 'Linda Guilala' have supplied their shimmering but noisy track 'Monstruo' to the compilation. Stunning Modena based psych-gazers 'RevRevRev' have been on our radar for quite a while and they are represented here with the fabulous 'A Ring Without An End' lifted from their highly praised 2016 released full album 'Des Fleurs Magiques Bourdonnaient'. If you don't know who 'RevRevRev' are you should familiarise yourselves with them immediately. They will seriously blow your mind.
Up next, Hackney based alt-dreamgaze trio 'The Microdance' unleash the title track from their recently released two track single 'Get Darker', a tremulous building affair with explosive vocals whilst Denver based doom-gazers 'Palehorse/Palerider' traverse the darker side of the shoegaze spectrum with a track lifted off their latest EP 'Burial Songs' entitled 'Sundowning'. Minneapolis based psych-gaze collective 'Dead Gurus' supply 'Starlight Sisters' to this comp, lifted off their immense seven track album 'Acid Bench' and it's closely followed by Spanish based post-gazers 'MUNIC!' and a track lifted off their 2015 release 'Perfect Place' entitled '600 Seconds'. Bordeaux based psych-gaze quartet 'Blue Bombay' have donated their hypnotically charged track 'Puzzle' to the mix whilst Californian based psych-gazers 'Sun Colony' unleash their swirling burgeoning track 'Heavy Sky'.
UK based space rockers 'Superdrone' glide into audible range fixed to explosive percussion, smooth layers of guitar and a vocal track that sounds a bit like Ozzy Osbourne overdoing the vocoder. 'Everything Is The Same' is lifted off their latest album 'Superdrone One' whilst Peru based 'La Terminal' unleash their heavy post-gaze sound with 'NonXime', lifted from their debut album 'Laterminal'. The compilations penultimate track comes from French based drone aficionados 'Deep In The Ice' who unfurl the excellent 'La Belle Èpoque' whilst the albums closing piece is left to Newcastle based stoner infused psych rock cavillers 'Cave Suns' with a track entitled 'Neptune'. A absolutely marvellous bookend to a masterful selection of tracks.
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