ARTIST: Dead Rabbits
RELEASE: Everything Is A Lie.
RELEASE DATE: 05/09/16
RECORD COMPANY: Fuzz Club Records
Southampton's ‘Dead Rabbits’ have been wowing us ever since the release of their stunning debut album (The Ticket That Exploded) back in 2013, followed closely by their eponymous follow up (Time Is Your Only Memory) back in 2014. Their meticulous brand of infectious neo-psychedelia, blended perfectly with expressive shoegaze and driving post-punk has permeated down through the many layers of this modern day new school psych/gaze scene, influencing each new emerging band with their heady sonic brew. Now they have returned with brand new musical behemoth in tow. Fantastically titled ‘Everything Is A Lie’, this latest full length album gets its official release on the 5th September 2016 via one of the ‘Go To’ labels in this modern day fuzzy psych/gaze scene, the brilliant London based ‘Fuzz Club Records’.
Everything Is A Lie by Dead Rabbits
The album opens up with the stunning ‘Everything Is A Lie’. This is a gargantuan warbling beast who’s percussive assault shudders and pulses on a reverberating wave of sonic delight. Its bass lines are addictive, underscored with soaring synth swells and melodic vocalisations that are all held fast within the whirlwind by shimmering layered guitar progressions. ‘Honestly’ arrives like a sullen child. It’s bass lines are incredible and full of post-punk promise whilst vocally this track is sublime and reminiscent (dare I say it?) of late 1980’s Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays). It’s a masterclass in song creation and probably my favourite track on this entire release. Up next is the albums lead single! ‘Get Me Over There’ rumbles and growls on a bed of fuzzy jangling guitars, swirling pulsating bass frequencies and skittish percussion as the howling vocals ride a raging sonic twister into the ether. It’s one of the best tracks this year by far and definitely recommended listening.
The album takes a subtle swerve into experimental territory on ‘All Your Little Lies’. Pounding drums and screaming surf-psych guitars take centre stage as those brilliantly executed vocal progressions meander in and out of the hazy instrumentation. ‘Someday’ jangles into earshot on stabs of reverb induced guitars as melodious snaking bass frequencies creep between the drum hits like some huge stalking animal. Vocals wail as synths soar throughout the chorus parts, building in momentum as they rise, leading us into a surging sonic finale. The metronomic swing of ‘I Don’t Want To Die Today’ hypnotises us as it works through its musical gears, deftly building and adding to each sonic layer as it climbs. Vocally sublime and explosive at times ‘I Don’t Want To Die Today’ surges and culminates into an incredible maelstrom of sound.
The albums penultimate track is ‘That Was Then But This Is Now’. Melodically repetitive guitar lines meld with dark pulsating bass frequencies before another impressive vocal performance cuts through proceedings, dragging the steadying drum track with it. Swathes of reverb induced guitars attack the chorus as swirling, droning synth patches lurk menacingly beneath. ‘That Was Then But This Is Now’ thunders through the sonic landscape cutting massive swathes through layer after layer of expertly constructed reverberation. Screaming guitar squall and blistering feedback heralds the arrival of the albums closing track before we’re treated to pounding drums, melodic bass lines, soaring golden synth swells and a glorious vocal track. ‘You Already Know’ is a tremulous beast that takes no prisoners as it beats down on the senses and hypnotises you into submission. A stunning finale to an absolutely immense album.
Bravo ‘Dead Rabbits’......
'Everything Is A Lie' gets its official release on the 5th September 2016 and is available to pre-order right now from Fuzz Club Records.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last four 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, DreamPop, PostPunk, PostRock & PsychRock genre’s of music 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. 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.
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ARTIST: Teen Brains
RELEASE: Translucent EP
RELEASE DATE: 12/09/16
RECORD COMPANY: Witchgirl Recordings (UK) / Citrus City Records (US).
Teen Brains eponymous 2015 EP was one of the most wondrous releases of the year. Steeped in a nostalgic beauty, it was endearingly fragile and at times uncertain. This year’s follow up 'Translucent' sees them in an altogether more confident frame of mind. There’s a strong psych sensibility throughout which gives the record more focus, although there are still plenty of pleasing whooshing noises.
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'In a Haze' sets off on a phaser-fuelled psych journey. It meanders, but only just. Someone, somewhere has this all planned out. Glorious reverb ushers in 'Isolation' which is the kind of jangly jaunt that is earning Diiv many plaudits at present. The lush melodies are a marvel. There’s a hint of a darker 80's edge on 'Wash Away' with its flanged guitars and intricate guitar lines. The psych influences come out strongly in the rhythm section, adding an insistence to the track. Its big chorus surely means it will shortly usurp Tame Impala from mainstream radio playlists soon?
Closing track 'Translucent' is more contemplative in pace. Its woozy wahs and undercurrent of fuzz and delay create a hazy feel, but this is definitely at the more muscular end of the gaze spectrum. The chart countdown sample maybe gives a hint of where Teen Brains hope to head – straight to the top of the charts. They certainly feel like a band with a plan.
'Translucent' is out on 12th September via Witchgirl Recordings in the UK and Citrus City in the US.
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.
ARTIST: SPC ECO
RELEASE DATE: 19/08/16
RECORD COMPANY: Saint Marie Records
Wow, another release from the prolific SPC ECO, the father-daughter duo consisting of Dean Garcia (Curve) and his daughter Rose Berlin. Let’s get one thing out of the way, OK? The band can’t help but remind listeners of Curve; it’s in Dean’s bones, he’s never really escaped from his musical past. And that’s cool, because 'Curve' was an amalgamation of shoegaze with psychedelic-drenched dance beats, and nobody else did it better. So now we have the current project, and it contains less of the hard edges you’d expect from this team, and more of the softly blurred dream pop that they do so well. And thankfully, not a voice synthesizer in sight. I have to mention that, because they erred in messing with Rose’s beautiful voice on last year’s Dark Matter.
Anomalies by SPC ECO
So what do we have here? Another solid, darkly inflected release of dreamy trip hop. “Out of My System” is an obvious single, with its catchy melodies and spacey sonic backdrop. It’s the most like their earlier material, which means total ear candy, but it’s not a big step forward. Whereas “Incomplete” is richly layered melodic architecture, slow and sultry as Rose’s breathy vocals roll over the musical waves. It’s quiet and slightly sinister, and ever so beautiful. “Bare To Lie” is bleak dark wave, yet at its core it’s a stunning piece of work. I could totally see this used as a film score, it has that noirish feel I love so well. “Your Own Way” is gorgeous, gauzy dream pop, another killer tune that you need to hear immediately. This is yet another example of how perfectly suited this pair would be for film scoring. “Silent Maybe” reminds me of vintage Curve, and please know that is the highest compliment from me. It’s all about the heavenly vocals and the nearly symphonic landscape that Dean paints around Rose’s voice.
“Think Twice” is icy, slow burning and could be the soundtrack for your favorite spy flick. The lyrics are empty and sad, and leave you wondering what it’s all about. “Revived” is alive with bubbling synths and an upbeat feel, despite the feeling that it’s about the aftermath of a break-up. “All In Time” is heavier synth pop under a starry sky, bits of light sprinkled against velvety darkness. “Lost In a Crowd” closes out this set of songs, and it’s much quieter than the other songs, a great showcase for Rose’s lovely vocals. It’s all rather solemn and almost like a chant. So, what you can expect is another really good album from this duo with a variety of tones, beats, and moods.
'Anomalies' will be available to buy/download on the 19th August 2016 via: saintmarierecords.bandcamp.com
Music has always been a driving force for Elizabeth Klisiewicz, which she days "continues to define my existence". During and after her college years, she ran a weekly radio show at WMUA FM Radio and also at a community station in Springfield, MA, in addition to writing music and concert reviews for the college newspaper. At present, she writes for The Big Takeover Magazine and The Active Listener Blog, and recently began producing a semi-regular Mixcloud-based show called The Kitchen Sink. In the real world, when not writing technical manuals, she gets her thrills from reading mysteries, birdwatching, and can always be found with a camera and a maxed-out storage card full of music.
RELEASE: If You Were Here I Wouldn’t Be Miserable
RELEASE DATE: 08/07/16
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
If You Were Here I Wouldnt Be Miserable... by h i d e a n y w a y
Screeching feedback plunges us into Ferret, the opening track of this EP by Denver four piece Hideanyway. It’s a short squall that’s fuzzy and ferocious, like its namesake. The pure gaze of 悲しい アロハ has added texture from the acoustic guitar that strums along. Free Fall is the centrepiece of the collection, full of melancholy melody and multi-layered distortions. Return again melds acoustic guitar with a track of feedback and mournful vocals. The band, who describe themselves as emo/ grunge/ shoegaze/ dreampunk, have already released an album in 2016 - Grieve Quickly. That’s pretty prolific for a self-confessed ‘sad band’. If You Were Here I Wouldn’t Be Miserable teases the imagination, and never over-indulges.
Following on from their stunning April 2016 single 'For A While', Sydney based alt-shoegaze four piece 'Sketch Jets' have unleashed a beautiful single entitled 'Where We Will Be'. The band have a distinctive sound that weaves in and out of blissful shoegaze with aplomb. They are made up of Lachlan - Guitar, Tom - Bass, Vocals, Hugh - Vocals & Adam - Drums and this latest single is available to buy/download right now from: sketchjets.bandcamp.com
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'Where We Will Be' surfs into earshot on soaring reverberating guitar squall as the percussive attack hold fast to terra firma. The bass lines throb as they circumnavigate the hazy melody driven vocal lines, all the while instilling a feeling of ethereal joy! It's Simply stunning!
Formed in early 2013, noisy shoegaze trio 'Flocks' have been holed up rehearsing in Bayswater in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Three years and five drummers later they are ready to unleash their debut record to the masses. 'Man' is the first single to be lifted from the aforementioned debut and it was released back on July 4th 2016. The single is available to buy/download right now from: flocksrecordings.bandcamp.com
Man by Flocks
'Man' is a noisy jaunt through melancholic vocal lines, layered reverberating guitar progressions, melodic bass frequencies and steadying drum patterns. 'Flocks' have magnificent fuzzy shoegaze qualities that are there for all to see and are ones to watch going forward.
ARTIST: Jewish Mandiolo
RELEASE: Gustavinho Debaixo D'água
RELEASE DATE: 09/07/15
'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.
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.
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.
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.