Astral Tide are a Berlin based 5-piece with members from England, Italy, Denmark and Germany. Collectively they create something immensely brilliant. Their sound is sonically infused with full on dark ethereal post-punk intertwined at times with flourishes of noise-pop & deep layered shoegaze! Their latest release 'Glimpses' is a thrill ride through pathways of dark synth swells, fuzzy shoegaze, pounding drums & that trademark modern day post punk vocal attack. The band will record their first official debut EP over the coming months along with releasing a video for current track 'Glimpses'. With third track entitled 'Haunt You' on the way Astral Tide are ones to watch this Summer.
by Primal Music
RELEASE DATE: 29/06/15
RECORD COMPANY: Morningside Young Team Records
In the realm of instrumental shoegaze noise-rock, psych & post-rock it is the ability of the musician and or musicians to collectively carry a project to its finality thats the most important overriding factor. These modern day creators of psychedelic gazing are tasked with the job of carefully enticing listeners into their world by virtue of a sonic journey through many layers of infectious mind bending tone & shape and on into a blissful arena of sound. Musicians need to be masters of their craft & commit to enthralling listeners with their collective creative abilities in order to achieve their fans adoration. One such band have continued to impress not only me but the vast majority of the underground shoegaze, noise-rock, psych & post-rock world with their stunning musical soundscapes & their collective ability to bring listeners to their music on a psychedelic rollercoaster ride through waves & waves of addictive shoegazing goodness.
From their earliest creations Edinburgh based sound gazers 'Wozniak' have produced mind numbing music of brilliant shimmering proportions. 'Wozniaks' first release 'MFMB / New Hampshire' was a tiny crack in the surrounding framework that encompasses their musical world but what it did was to allow us to briefly peek inside. Listening to it let us collectively (as music fans first & foremost) sample a small sliver of their psychedelic might. It wasn't until the release of their immense EP 'Pikes Peak' that they broke the mould & unleashed a torrent of beautifully inspired shoegaze & noisey post rock infused cinematic sounds into the atmosphere that are so good they actually had the ability to sweep up this listener & carry him on an awe inspiring wave of shimmering musical brilliance.
After releasing the brilliant explosive single 'Five Star' back in November 2014 as a follow up to the mighty 'Pikes Peak' the band have released another stunning collection of tracks on Morningside Young Team Records aptly named - 'Auster'. The EP takes its name from the Roman God of the south wind, and reflects the elemental forces at work on Auster’s four stunning tracks. With its swirling snarl of guitars, dark, dirty bass tones and tom-heavy drums, the EP builds on 'Wozniak’s' previous releases revealing sophisticated sounds and songs that reveal themselves over repeated listens. 'Auster’s' layers of shoegaze sounds are underpinned by a noise-rock intensity and the expansive structures of post-rock bringing to mind comparisons with Slowdive and Mogwai.
This latest release opens up with the rather beautiful 'Snow Effect'. Glimmering guitars, addictively layered lead progressions, fuzzed out intricate bass lines, the steading presence of John Sinclair on drums mixed with that absolutely stunning standout vocal performance from Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr makes this track shimmer. As opening tracks go this has to be one of the best that I've heard this year. 'Snow Effect' has the ability to tell a story through the medium of music. Its chorus alone will shake up your memories & have you dreaming of the heady sunny days gone by. This is an absolutely stunning first track!
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The opening salvos of 'Wings Of Pegasus' charge into the musical atmosphere & instantly bring you back down to earth with its full on instrumental noise-rock swagger accompanied by that ( a- typical of Wozniak ) swirling maelstrom of guitars courtesy of both Simon & Sarah's penchant for guitar effect pedals & their ability to craft wondrous sounds from them! This is an addictively repetitive monster of a track that belongs on an early Death In Vegas mixtape & should in my opinion be remixed for the dance floor at some stage further down the road.
Next up on this immense release is another instrumental masterpiece - 'Gospel Of Infinity' is a call to arms. It builds from its very first repetitive chord progression whilst sitting on top of Johns Sinclair's rolling drum pattern & intertwining with yet another addictive bass line courtesy of the brilliant James Urquhart until the band eventually explode in unison as one swirling singular mass of gazing noisy sound waves.
The closing track on 'Auster' is simply EPIC. 'Hester & Zelda' is eight minutes plus of pure joy. Its cinematic beginnings are steeped with post-rock tendencies but don't be fooled. Wozniak refuse to be tamed within any genre specific borders. They unleash a full on sonic assault on your senses that will have you on the one hand gazing at your shoes immersed in a beautiful swirling mass of sound & on the other I can guarantee you will spend your time being absolutely amazed at this tracks post-rock infused glory. A truly wonderful track by a band who are not afraid to experiment by beating & bending sound until its moulded into their preferred shape. Stunning!
If creating & releasing music can be classed as a continuous progression with each step a betterment of yourself as a musician or as a collective of musicians then Wozniak have made a serious leap up the musical ladder with this latest EP release. What 'Auster' shows is that this band are one with their music & that they have the ability to create serious waves in todays underground musical landscape. I firmly believe that they have (as a collective) raised the musical bar for others to see clearly. This is a bold statement of intent from a band that I have a lot of time for & who I know have a lot more to give to us paltry music fans going forward. This EP is a must have for any serious music fan reading this (who like me) love their music on the shadier side of noisy post-rock but with that full on atmospheric shoegaze wall of sound.
It is my belief that the sounds 'Wozniak' are creating today will be influencing new bands for years to come.
Next up a full album release .......... & I can't wait.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
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Brazilian based experimental shoegazers 'Maquinas' return with another stunning single this time lifted from their forthcoming full release due to drop in the coming months. 'zolpidem' is a moody fuzzy noisy affair with a subtle post rock beginning that leads to an immense build up & on into its emotively explosive finale. The band are made up of Roberto Borges – guitar, Samuel Carvalho - guitar/vocals, Ricardo “Guile” Lins – drums & Allan Dias – bass. We previously featured their earlier self titled release on Primal Radio.
Zolpidem is a hypnotic drug used to aid inducing sleep in individuals with dyssomnia and sleepless nights. After ingestion in 30 minutes if the individual does not lie down, the drug can be a powerful hypnotic that opens the mind to internal hallucinations, creating the sensation of dreaming, even when awake. A lucid dream is where one has the impression of being awake, even though he is sleeping, and everything in that universe is tangible and moldable, but in fact, there is really nothing there, even after being awake such dream experiences appear to be so real.
'Zolpidem' also marks a new moment for 'Maquinas' with lineup changes. The band are now settled with Samuel Carvalho on guitars and Ricardo “Guile” Lins on drums
'Zolpidem' is free to download right now up on the bands Bandcamp page - Maquinas.bandcamp.com
'Sustains' hail from Moorpark, CA and are made up of : Joey - Drums, Alex - Guitar/ Vocals, Julia - Guitar/ Vocals, Gus - Guitar & Luis - Bass. Their latest double A side release entitled 'Lucero b/w What Comes Today' is a noisy fuzzy shoegaze inspired affair with a multitude of influences shining through each track.
With an album in the works which we will be reviewing on its release & with a release date penned in for July this band are ones to watch. Check them out:
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ARTIST: Teen Brains
RELEASE: Teen Brains
RELEASE DATE: 01/06/15
RECORD COMPANY: Chud Records
Praise be, 2015’s sunshine has finally arrived in the form of Teen Brains debut EP, also called Teen Brains. From a village on the coast near Norfolk, UK, it's no surprise that there's something surfy about the four piece's creations, but they're clearly fans of fuzz and reverb too. This five track EP is their 1st longer length release, following on from singles Annabelle and Flume, which both feature on this record. The whole EP shimmers with a sort of sun-kissed dreaminess of summers past.
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'All My Time' sparkles into the ears, soaked with reverb and big Mowtown-esque drums. When it can't seem to get any lusher, those 'las' slip down your spine like an ice cube. The aptly named 'Lucid Dream' charmingly chimes in a melodic haze of guitar. Lolloping in all eazy-ozy, 'Drenched' soon finds the distortion pedal and some energy, and finally we're fully gazing at our flip flops. Most recent single 'Annabelle' pines for the ungettable girl in the way that only teenagers can - part glorious jangle, part fuzz-fest and wholly, fully gorgeous. 'Flume' pours floods of reverb and dreamy vocals on our sunburn and skint knees. Live, I wonder if Teen Brains keep it dreamy, or go for a sonic assault. Hopefully I'll find out before summer is over.
Teen Brains is out now on Chud Records - www.teenbrains.bandcamp.com
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.
Del Chaney and Primal Radio! Thank You! for the on going opportunity to share our endeavors with Shoegazer Sanctuary and many of the band's/songs our members so diligently find on a daily basis. Please check out PRIMAL RADIO'S BROADCAST and intelligent "All Things Music" information filled website, first and foremost one of the best radio stations on the planet for Shoegaze and more!!
What is new in Shoegazer Sanctuary?! For this third edition of our Guest Playlist/Blog on Primal Radio I am happy to say that our Super group is growing in members everyday! People are joining at an astounding rate to share the music they love. The music sharing activity and conversation is intense! Bands like the following, new and well known, are being shared all the time by members that love their music! If you love Shoegaze or are just interested in what Shoegaze is and sounds like take our advice, JOIN! you will not regret it. When you think about it where else can you find so much music from a rare and incredibly, unbelievable sounding genre as Shoegaze? And also where can you find a concentration of so many other people that are addicted to the sound as much as you are and be able to chat with them and share the music you love?!?! One Amazing place would be Shoegazer Sanctuary!
Just an example of some great recently released music you will find, that is shared, in Shoegazer Sanctuary!
SWERVDRIVER (Current S.S. Featured Band!)
"I Wasn't Born to Lose You" (10) track LP March 2015
"Last Forever" (9) track LP April 2015
"Salome" (11) track Album April 2015
Everything Else Matters (8) track Album Jan. 2015
These bands and member names below are just a fraction of the awesome bands shared in Shoegazer Sanctuary:
Melody's Echo Chamber / Alexander Laurence
Braids / Fernando Rivera
Last Leaf Down / Emre Esen
Airs / Chris Broyles
Red Love / Fabrizion Lusso
Ride / Sandra Saitua
Car Crash Sisters / Cole Baynham
Cheatahs / Rich Buley
Blair 1423 / Novas Parez Valenzu
Seam / Norman Thody
Modern Time Machines / Diane Arcodia
Dream Suicides / Valter Jose Maria Filho
Salsa Cinderella / Patrice Gutschenritter
Human Colonies / Warren Radnan
My First Days on Junk / Jeff Kosmal
Many Shoegaze bands are shared on a daily basis and a myriad more have been shared since the inception of our group. All shared music can all be accessed by using the "Search This Group" feature within the group itself. Our member base is not only growing in sheer music fan numbers, but also a considerable amount of Shoegaze band members are also part of our group! The archive of music is massive, thousands of Shoegaze songs literally at your finger tips. You can ask any member to help you find the music you want. The number of members that know their music in Shoegazer Sanctuary is astounding, in addition being to able to find out the intrinsics of the music, the Love every member shares for the genre is contagious. With this many Shoegazers all in one place the feeling of togetherness you will experience in Shoegazer Sanctuary when sharing the music you have found and by listening to other member's shares is overwhelming. "Love The Music" is our motto and we are living up to it daily. Obscure Shoegaze is huge in Shoegazer Sanctuary I have a massive archive along with Chris Tressler (admin) and we are uncovering and sharing more obscure music every day, group members are discovering and sharing amazing amounts of rare and current Shoegaze daily as well.
The next two playlists are a testimony to how awesome our members are here in Shoegazer Sanctuary. The first playlist is a Member Created Playlist compiled by actual members of the group and the Second Playlist is one of many Obscure Shoegaze Song Playlists to come. ....... Enjoy!
Richard Stott - Fleeting Joys "Go & Come Back"
Sheila Villarreal - Airiel "Cinnamon"
Joey K. (2) - Kinoko "Whirl Pool" and Novanta "Reasons"
Mellissa Holland - Televise "Smile"
James Patrick Harris (2) - Sound Pool "On High" and Ninth Paradise "Inner Maze"
Judy Sheehan - SPCECO "Something Anything"
Sean Dolan - Bright Channel "Light Workers"
German Lopez - Medicine "Aruca"
Patrice Gutschenritter - Maria False "Shadows"
Chris Tressler - The Florist "Middle of Winter"
Samuel Taylor (2) - 93 MMFTS "Take Me Away" and The Foreign Resort "Dead End"
Ben M - Amusement Parks on Fire "Venus in Cancer"
Hiroaki Endo - Coaltar of the Deepers "Good Morning"
Tom Lugo (3) - Perfume Tree "Virgin", Bethany Curve "An Illusion" and Memory House "Lately"
Larry Menteleone (2) - The Verve "Beautiful Mind" and MBV "Lose My Breath"
Linda Carnegie - Gliss "Morning Light"
Matthew Clayton - Baby Honey "Love Bludger"
Jimmy Rushlome Richardson - Kitchens of Distinction "Drive that Fast"
JSG - Sleepwalk Circus "Freedom in One Second"
OBSCURE SHOEGAZE PLAYLIST:
Here are some examples of the 'Obscurer' shoegazing bands that you've probably never heard of before but that you'll find posted regularly by our Members & Admins in Shoegazer Sanctuary.
ARTIST: Star Horse
RELEASE: Slower Now
RELEASE DATE: 09/06/15
RECORD COMPANY: Häxrummet Records
Swedish shoegazers 'Star Horse' return with an immense new single entitled 'Slower Now' due for release on 9th June 2015 on Häxrummet Records. With an added pre order bonus of a 7' vinyl available alongside the regular digital download format the band have continued on in the same vein as their previous releases by writing & producing seriously addictive shimmering shoegaze soundscapes reminiscent to the heady days of the first wave gazers. The band are made up of Samuel Hemmilä - Drums, Stas Neilyk - Bass, Andreas Ryberg - Guitar / Vocals & Maja Thunberg - Guitar / Vocals.
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'Slower Now' floats on a reverberating sonic cloud of shoegaze swirls infused with dreamopop inspired vocal lines, addictive drum patterns, stunning bass lines & layer upon layer of shimmering guitars. It is simply sublime!
AUTHOR: Del Chaney.
The single is available to pre order right now via the bands bandcamp page - starhorse.bandcamp.com
ARTIST: SPC ECO
RELEASE: Dark Matter
RELEASE DATE: 03/05/15
RECORD COMPANY: kaboommusic / Saintmarierecords
This release came out about a month ago to no fanfare. Reviews of Dark Matter have been impossible to find online, so with nothing to go on, I have to wing this one. Oh, wait, there are some nice words from fans on the band’s Bandcamp page, so there you go. Dean Garcia and his daughter Rose are frighteningly prolific, often releasing two albums of new material per year. For a time, they tried changing their name, but that thankfully didn’t pan out. Their work is something you can rely on, and I don’t mean that it’s pedestrian. Rather, they continue laying down this engrossing sonic architecture of darkwave and electronica laced with dream pop. Dean is a master of studio trickery and plays a zillion instruments, and Rose has the voice of a dark angel. But they are not creatures of light, not really.
Dark Matter by SPC ECO
And let’s get the Curve comparisons out of the way - “The Whole World Shines” is hands down my favourite song here, and it stylistically resembles vintage Curve, but Rose sounds nothing like Toni Halliday. So there you have it. Cool tune, with its retro beats and darkly ominous bassline. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves as I have jumped forward to the bottom of the playlist. 'Creep in the Shadows' opens the album, and is marred by the voice synthesiser on Rose’s vocals. It is a pretty song, and I love the other spacey elements, but I can’t get past these synthetic enhancements. “Different Kind” continues this unfortunate trend; I would have much preferred to hear Rose humming over the hypnotic backdrop. “Let it Be Always” is the perfect soundtrack to your nightmare, with that creepy, slow backbeat, and then it shifts into lightness unexpectedly. It reminds me of the sort of sinister electronica that used to dominate TV shows like La Femme Nikita back in the 90s.
“Playing Games” is a gem, floating along with found voices deep in the mix to bolster Rose’s gorgeous vocals, and Dean has woven a mesmerizing sonic tapestry. More like this, please! “I Won’t Be Heard” should be a single, and is equally beautiful. “Meteor” veers toward somber dream pop and also appears on their brand new SPC and Time - Vol 2 compilation. I can see myself hitting repeat often on this song. “Down Low” has interesting electronic elements and I really like when the guitar kicks in. “Breathe” dials it back to simpler patterns, letting the music speak for itself without too many complicated layers. “Under My Skin” (also on the aforementioned compilation) is gauzy and magnificent dream pop, and is a fitting end to this release.
Recommended for fans of dream pop, Curve, and chilled out dark wave.
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: Changing Lights
RELEASE DATE: 18/05/15
RECORD COMPANY: Presto Chango Records
Changing Lights, the latest release from Labasheeda, is a prickly collection of songs that leaves the listener with a lot on their mind. The whole record is saturated with a spiky, unsettling feel a little like, maybe, Throwing Muses, with added hardcore edges. Saskia van der Giessen's vocals are affecting throughout, at times lilting and lovely. But it's when she's at her snarliest that the sparks fly.
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Opener Spiral Song, sets the angsty mood with a spare drum beat and wailing violin. The three-piece seem close to relaxing on On The Beach, with its almost (almost) slackerish vibe, but while the lyrics seem to say 'everything feels alright', there's an undercurrent that suggests this might be a bit optimistic. Tightrope is as taut as the title suggests. Instrumental Into the Wide ends the album in a woeful whirl, with the violin taking centre stage while guitars growl in the background.
Changing Lights is out now - https://labasheeda.bandcamp.com/album/changing-lights
AUTHOR: Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr
I AM YOUR CAPTAIN - SEVER
'Sever' is the latest offering from the brilliant UK based 'I Am Your Captain'. This brand new track is lifted from the forthcoming album due for release sometime over the next few months. 'I Am Your Captain' is the solo project of Air Formation bass player - Ben Pierce. This latest offering is another sublime cinematic journey through layers of reverb drenched shoegaze & it typifies the brilliant sounds crafted by this band on their previous releases! The haunting vocals, yearning (almost subliminal) drum patterns, addictive bass lines & droning atmospheric guitars are what instantly attracted us to this immensely intense band. Last years release from the band - 'As My Heart Rate Slowly Drops' appeared on Primal Radio's Top 5 EP's of 2014. If this latest track is anything to go by then the full release is bound to be epic! You can check out the bands other releases by following the link below to their bandcamp page.