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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Artist Name: Revolution - A Shoegaze Revival ( Compilation )
Release Date: 11/02/15
Record Company: Raphalite Records & Gerpfast Kolektif Records
I once read a quote - "After reaching it's apotheosis with My Bloody Valentine's 1991 masterpiece, Loveless, shoegaze petered out quickly, although numerous bands have tried to keep the dense, sense-pommeling sound alive since then, with varying degrees of success". - To me shoegaze never died. It simply went underground, far away from the prying eyes of the mass media hounds and the unrelenting record corporations looking for a fast buck! It's vibrant sound continued to cross divides and break borders all around the globe, drifting by us in waves. Every once in a while it popped it's head up to take a peek at this modern day musical landscape, before quickly retreating, back under the radar, waiting for it's chance to explode once again. This scene, once dubbed introverted, bubbled under the musical surface and gradually gained the attention of new ears in bedrooms and garages all over the world. Young teenage kids listening to the first generation of shoegaze gathered their friends together to start bands & collectives just to recreate it's atmospheric post-punk & droning psychedelic sound! This spark, in turn, lit the fuse thus leading to a burgeoning underground scene erupting onto a musical landscape that had been crying out for something different to cling to. The band's of today's are the next wave. They have studied their craft and in some case's created a completely new subculture in a genre of music that is traditionally a hard thing to penetrate. It's bizarre to think that shoegazing, considered the wimpiest of all the 90's musical scenes, is now thriving in a post -Pitchfork world!
Now Raphalite Records & Indonesian label Gerpfast Kolektif have brought together a selection of these 'Next Wave' shoegaze & dream pop artists, from all around the globe, for one free compilation release. What they have collectively achieved will cement this underground shoegaze scene into history and give the next generation of gazers something to reference when they in turn gather themselves to create their own wave of shoegaze. I am pleased to announce The Primal Music Blog's complete support of this epic shoegaze compilation by Raphalite Records & Indonesian label Gerpfast Kolektif and I fully intend to support as many of the artists on it as is feasibly possible.
"We are shoegaze; Look at your fucking shoes!"
Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - Dublin, Ireland.
"Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival" is an epic, truly international 30-track compilation comprised of outstanding original material. Such bands have set the stage for shoegaze pioneers’ return to today’s scene by upholding their wall of sound and painting it with breathtaking colour. Some of these bands are also ‘first wave’ but have remained underground, while some are newbies – the ‘second wave’ of shoegaze.
Curated by UK label Raphalite Records and Indonesian label Gerpfast Kolektif, this compilation features 30 bands from 16 countries, covering 5 of the 6 inhabited continents. Each was selected purely on the basis of their dynamic sound, without any consideration of geographic preference, label affiliation, popularity ranking or hype. Without even one throwaway or filler track, these are all 'keepers'. This 30-track compilation of epic music will be available as a free download from the 11th of February 2015 over at:
This is not a shoegaze tribute album to MBV or Slowdive, or even The Beatles. There is simply so much greatness to the new wave of shoegaze that we’re focusing on original tracks, which showcase the immense talent of the featured bands. For some, this album may be the best shoegaze soundtrack they’ll encounter in 2015. At minimum, this will serve as a fantastic introduction to these new sounds and happily tide existing shoegaze fans over for quite some time.
This compilation will help move this genre beyond being “The Scene That Celebrates Itself” to one that is also celebrated by others...
Featured bands: //orangenoise (Pakistan), Sounds of Sputnik (Russia), The Yours (Hong Kong), Trementina (Chile), Ummagma (Canada-Ukraine, Digilite (Indonesia), Jaguwar (Germany), Stellarscope (USA), Spool (Japan), Wozniak (Scotland), Ether Feels (Japan), Hideous Towns (Australia), Lights That Change (Wales, UK) ,Damascus (Indonesia), Weird. (Italy), Hermetic Delight (France), Rev Rev Rev (Italy), The Evening Primrose (Hong Kong), Stella Diana (Italy), Seaside (Indonesia), Blood Lips (UK), Magao (Japan), Clustersun (Italy), Duelectrum (Brazil), Intenna (Indonesia), Robsongs (Brazil), Slow Motion Picture (USA), Thud (Hong Kong), Sharesprings (Indonesia), Puna (Peru)
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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.
As I'm on the Christmas holiday break from the live show over on RadioAktiv//Underground and due to the amazing interest that I received from the last 15 track Mixcloud based podcast back in November, I decided to put together another one showcasing some of the amazing music that I've found over the past few months from different artists who have either been in touch with the show or that I've found myself by trawling through the tinter web. These artists come from all over the globe and I believe that they deserve support from not only me but also from anybody with an interest in what I do here on 'The Primal Radio Show'. So below is the podcast & playlist. I've picked 15 tracks that I think you should hear! I've also listed links to every bands track up on band camp so as you can all go and support them! Plus, I've uploaded them to the Primal Radio Show Mixcloud page so as you can listen to them on the go!! Just like Mix Tapes of old. Theres no innate warbling's from me on this episode, just bloody great music. Enjoy!!! - Del Chaney.
Listen To The '15 Tracks That You Really Must Hear Podcast' Here:
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Links To The Music From Every One Of The Bands Featured Here:
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Del Chaney's - The Primal Radio Show - 15 Tracks That You Really Must Hear Playlist
1) Novanta - Reasons
2) Follow The Sea - Sibirien
3) In Every Dream A Nightmare Waits - Transition
4) Lunar Twin - Cruel Water
5) Chasing Traits - Lost Cause
6) Clustersun - Meteors
7) Jeanseburg - She Never Believed In Gravity
8) UMMAGMA - Kiev
9) The Virgance - Propulsion Lab Part 1
10) Kigo - Never Knowing
11) Medicine Boy - Gimme Ya Love
12) We Came From The North - We Grew Old Too Soon
13) Winter - The View
14) The Lost Jackets - Caitlin
15) In Violet - We're All Dying, Says Sylvia!
Del Chaney - The Primal Radio Show - Dublin, Ireland - January 2015
With a rake of new Shoegazing scenes popping up all around the globe it was only a matter of time before we heard what the Italian gazers could produce. From Rome to Milan, Modena to Palermo - powerful & hard hitting Italian 'Nu- Shoegaze' bands are creating some of the best sonic sounds around, not only in Italy, but in my opinion, some of the best in Europe! Thats a pretty bold statement to make, you might say to yourself, upon reading this review, but I've found a stunning collection of tracks by a band that most of you reading this blog would only have heard glimpses of! A band that I've been actively playing & promoting on my show 'The Primal Radio Show' for a long time.
'Stella Diana' hail from Naples, Italy. The band are made up of Dario Torre - Vox & Guitar, Giacomo Salzano - Bass, Davide Fusco - Drums & Roberto Amato - Guitar/Synth. Self declared Shoegaze and New Wave freaks since 1998, the band self released the immense '41 61 93' to the masses on 14th February 2014.
I've listened to '41 61 93' over and over again, and although my favourites keep changing with every listen, I've picked out two immense tracks that'll hopefully showcase the quality of music that Stella Diana create.
Opening up with the massive 'Isabeau' as the first track on this amazing album, Stella Diana set out their Shoegaze stall from the very first Drum beat. With vocals recorded in their native tongue ( a feature for most of this album), a rolling drumbeat, layered guitars and a hypnotic baseline, this track is immense. From its 'Chapterhouse' like effected guitars to its early 90's drums, 'Isabeau' is well written and structurally sound. Its complex baseline keeps the track fixed to the earth while the guitars soar and lift this listener above the clouds and beyond. That early 90's Shoegaze sound, that so many bands these days are trying to emulate, is there for most of the track but there are other influences in there too! For example, in the opening tracks quieter moments I can hear influential flurries in the mould of musical royalty - 'The Cure'.
Go check that out for yourselves:
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My second pick 'Navarre' lures us into a false sense of security from the beginning. It's a creeping monster of a track that starts off slow with sweet guitars and a stunning bass line all sitting on top of a solid beat. But don't be fooled, the vocals arrive with ease and the journey begins. This track builds into a towering inferno with infectious, layered guitars that cut through the stunning bass frequencies with ease. What happens next is a piece of musical brilliance on the bands part as in comes a Saxophone to lead the line of attack and escort us out of this immense track with charm & style. Its a stroke of genius. It adds another dimension to the wall of hazy guitars, infectious drums and it also accompanies that stunning baseline too. It gives this listener something else to focus on! Superb! This is Italian Shoegazing at its very, very best and it could well be my favourite track on '41 61 93'.
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I am very impressed with the way in which Stella Diana compose and structure their tracks. I am also impressed by the way in which they are not afraid to experiment with their song structuring, for example, by adding a brass instrument to a gaze track, or the way in which they switch between the light & dark or fast & slow moments on this album without a care. This bands ability to slow down tracks, so that we can not only hear whats going on, but actually feel whats going on musically, is second to none! That alone is testament to their prowess as songwriters. You can hear every single note on this album. In my opinion, far to many bands these days try to wow us with their abilities as pedalboard musicians and forget about the finer points of songwriting in a genre of music that is, purposefully built to tell a story, wether sonically or through a songwriters ability as a wordsmith. You should be able to follow every single second of a song and feel what the songwriters feel and in turn find a common pact with them. Yes, Shoegazing should take your hand and fly you through a sonic wall of goodness, push the air from your lungs and musically caress your ear drums, but for me, it should also tell a story. Stella Diana create & tell sonically beautiful stories through the medium of song that I can follow with ease and for that, I commend them.
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As you can probably guess, I am a Stella Diana fan, first and foremost, and a Dj second! Writing this review came very easy to me as music fan. Every single track on this album sent shivers down my spine and created musical images for me that will last and last and last. I dare you to listen to Isabeau, Navarre, 22-2-87, Edward Teach, 4.57, Ash, Regor, Dale Cooper, Motel Sagrera and then come back and tell me that they haven't moved you in some way or another. They are all immense!
You can check out Stella Diana on Facebook, Twitter and Bandcamp here.
Del Chaney - The Primal Radio Show - December 2104 - Dublin, Ireland
As there is no live show this week for RadioAktiv // Underground i decided to put together a 15 track Podcast showcasing some of the great music that I've found over the past few months from different artists who have either been in touch with the show or that I've found myself. These artists come from all over the globe and i believe that they deserve support from not only me but also from anybody with an interest in what I do here on 'The primal Radio Show'. So below is the podcast playlist. Ive picked 15 tracks that i think you should hear! Ive uploaded them to the Mixcloud page so as you can listen to them on the go!! Theres no innate warbling's from me on this episode, just bloody great music. Enjoy!!!
The Primal Radio Show - 15 Tracks You Really Should Hear Podcast - November
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1) Stella Diana - Edward Teach
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2) Wozniak - Five Star
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3) Thud - Lime
4) I Am Your Captain - Sharp Intake Of Breath
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5) Blush Responce - Dead Air
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6) Holy Science - Fire Speaks
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7) Marbles Jackson - Serenity Prayer
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8) Keep - Cry
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9) La Casa Al Mare - M
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10) Luna Ghost - The Sea
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11) Magic Love - Growing Organism
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12) Mt Mountain - Ring Dove
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13) Flyying Colours - Like You Said
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14) Follow The Sea - My Horse Friend
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15) 93 Million Miles From The Sun - Drinking Bleach
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It takes seven songs from start to finish to bring this listener on a rollercoaster of emotions and eventually float back down to earth on a cosmic vapour of happiness. The sometimes ambient, sometimes gaze heavy & sometimes-loud musical tendencies of Glaswegian post-rock/shoegaze outfit ‘INUIT’ demonstrate their innate ability to change the listener’s mood as you listen to their amazing album ‘don’t forget you’re here forever’. Listening to this epic album is like looking out of the window of a train, steaming across country, where every blink of the eye brings you something new to take in and wonder at. It’s a sharp intake of breath in a musical genre full of pretenders these days.
With quiet, almost reflective, sequences of music counterbalanced with gratifying loud explosions of Post-Rock, Shoegaze streaked goodness, this instrumental outfit are well versed in the art of song writing and song crafting and hold nothing back from the listener. They cut close to the bone with atmospherics, gaze laden guitars and add brilliant vocal arrangements during quieter moments thus adding to the already immense power that they can create as musicians. In layman’s terms ‘This is Music’.
The opening track ‘The Staybright’ is in its own right, a creeping monolith of a score that begins with the sweetest of guitar lines, then builds into a monster! This is my favourite track on the album and one that I continuously play on my radio show.
The second track ‘Are you taking pictures of my stories’ is a cinematic masterpiece. Opening like the soundtrack to a natural world documentary and building like a steam train thus bringing the listener to places that they can only go to in daydreams! It’s a beautiful piece of music with pounding drums and a piano line to die for. In my opinion this track is the cornerstone of the album and one to be listened to over and over again.
Track three, ‘Don’t forget’, is two minutes fifty-one seconds of pure gaze. It does just enough to hold you in suspense, and then it takes your hand and helps you float in suspended animation with its addictive vocal lines and hazy guitars. It’s another beautiful track.
Then it’s on to ‘Fraserburg’. This track hits you like a hammer and then it’s off, stalking its prey like a lion on the hunt. It’s alluring vocal line keeps you interested until it takes off like a jet plane with pounding drums and guitars before settling down to finish on a lighter note with soothing guitars and a steady beat. This is my second favourite track on the album, after ‘The Staybright’.
Track five; ‘You’re here forever’ is a side step! It’s a moment of peace to gather yourself and your thoughts before the introduction of track six on this epic album! ‘Get that face off your face’ completely destroys the peaceful respite of before! It starts with a beautiful floating guitar line, leading into a dreamy drum beat, before a wall of sound knocks you off your feet, picks you up and shows you a total eclipse, sonically! It then breaks and calms, into a dreamy vocal as Inuit’s Shoegazing tendencies take over and again we float on layers of guitars and drums until we’re softly placed back on terra firma and into the waiting arms of the albums closing track.
Track seven, and the closing track on ‘Don’t forget you’re here forever’, is immense! Entitled ‘I’m no sun expert,’ it flitters between Post-Rock and Shoegaze with aplomb. It swoops and soars above every other track on the album and is a fitting, closing track to already jam-packed debut album. Ending with a vocal sample of famed physicist Richard Feynman, this track oozes confidence. It stands as a testament to a band with the knowledge of their craft and a clear path forward to continue on the road to success.
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Signed to the brilliant independent record label ‘Good Grief Records’, Inuit have blown me away ever since I first heard of them. They epitomise all that is great and good with the juggernaut that is, the Post-Rock/Shoegazing scene of modern times and I wish them every success going forward. I can’t wait to hear what they do next.
Del Chaney – The Primal Radio Show – Dublin October 2014
Release Date: 20/02/15
Record Company: Unsigned
It is difficult to walk around Dublin these days and not find a live band in some pub or another banging out the same sounding alternative rock and not thinking to yourself that you've heard this all before! Ireland has been rehashing the same old, same old musical trite for years with varying musical success and a lot of musical failures. It's music scene is very circular in nature and doesn't react kindly to change. In fact, in some cases it doesn't know how to react to 'NEW' sounding bands, with new musical ideas! Makings are one of those 'NEW' bands that are changing the perceptions of Irish music, not only on the live scene, but with the songwriting and soundscapes that the band are creating in the studio. With wide musical influences coursing through every single track, the band have a canny knack of sounding relevant, but a new relevant!
Having recently finished up recording their debut album 'Cognition' and then managing to get one of the top producers in England, Chris Potter, who has previously worked with The Verve, Blur & The Rolling Stones, to pick over the production details, the band have been working tirelessly on the live circuit, perfecting their sound to hopefully catapult themselves skyward and breathe new lifeblood into the Irish music Scene and its fans.
On first listen to the Dublin based four piece's debut album 'Cognition' you can hear what they're trying to achieve. It is packed full of influences and, yes, it shows off the bands diversity in song writing and song structure but it also shows that these guys actually listen to their musical influences and they take on board what is needed to connect all of these influences together to make something interestingly 'NEW' sounding which is a very difficult thing to do these days. I can hear 70's Bowie and T-Rex in all its Glam Rock finery, 80's Depeche Mode with their electronic drums and Synths, theres's 90's Creation Records experimental layered guitar sounds in there with new millennium Primal Scream pulsing through its veins! Theres also a nod to the modern day Dance Music Scene with the bands brilliant use of sequencers and samplers and the bands use of vocal harmonies, both in their live sets and in the studio, are second to none! Every member of the band sings on this album! Put simply, it has something for every single music fan, but it stands outside the box on its own merits too. Very few bands can say that in the modern Irish music scene. Which is something great and 'NEW' in my opinion.
The first track on ‘Cognition’ is iClone. Opening with a distinct, infectious Synth pattern, this track is the bedrock of the album and sets Makings Electro-Rock stall up with an assault on your senses from the off. The vocal arrangements by the band on this album are amazing and lead vocalist; Rick Burn’s vocal range is immense. You can hear why his vocal style has been compared to the brilliant lead singer from ‘Faith No More’, Mike Patton. But it’s the bands clever use of sequencers and keyboards, just sitting under the mix, that catch this listener’s ear. This is a welcome theme running right the way through ‘Cognition’ and should hold the band in good stead going forward. It’s very different to what’s going on in Ireland at the minute. It’s ‘NEW’, ingenious even? But this type of sound only works when you have accomplished musicians to carry the production either live or in a studio setting and Makings have them in spades. From Drums to Guitars, Bass and Keys, every section of the band knows exactly what they are doing at any given time and are hard working. That’s the difference.
You can pick any one of the tracks on this album and not find a flaw. Maybe that’s down to the production work of Chris Potter, maybe it’s down to the band, but it works for me. I love the distinctive influential sounds that you can pick out of each track. For example, my favourite track on the album is ‘Heart Attack’. A well-written and well-executed electro-rock tune that I can instantly relate to. I can hear Dépêche Mode and early Acid House style sequencing, albeit slowed down, all over it. Likewise on the bands latest single ‘DIG’, where again the band’s clever use of electronic instrumentation, with a steady drumbeat, pulsing bass, charging guitars and Rick Burn’s distinctive vocal style coming to the fore take the track by the scruff of the neck and force you to listen. In fact, you can listen to them all - Lunatic, Let’s Touch Me, 46a, Man On Fire, Suffocate, She’s Got The Lips, Mythomania, Icarus, The Woolgatherer, Nazarene and No Turning Back and I can guarantee that you to will hear different influences and styles from different era’s screaming back at you. It’s exciting to hear an Irish rock band doing something different. Not pigeon holing themselves in the ever-decreasing cyclical nature of Irelands music scene. This is a completely new animal for the Irish music buying public to get their teeth into and I for one hope that they do. I hope they support a band like this because in turn this will allow Makings to soar to the heights that I know they can go and I wish them well on their travels.
Keep your ears and eyes out for them, go and see them live whenever you get the chance, because they wont disappoint you.
You can follow the bands progress on Twitter & Facebook and check out two tracks by the band below:
Makings - Dig
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Makings - Heart Attack
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Makings are a Dublin based electro-rock band comprising of two Irish men, Rick Burn and Mr Reynolds, a Scott, Barry Shock and an Argentinean, Raul Marcos. After recording their debut EP ‘Lunatic’, which received “Full marks for exploring so far outside of the box” (Jackie Hayden, Hot Press) and proving to be “Extremely powerful in a live environment” (Shane Buckley, Music Review Unsigned) Makings embarked on the collaboration with legendary producer Chris Potter (The Verve, Blur, Rolling Stones) and ‘Cognition’ was born. This is a stunning piece of work by an Irish band that deserves respect.