Capturing some well needed end of summer vibes comes the brand new single and it's fantastic accompanying video entitled 'Brunswick Boaties' from brilliant Cleveland-based jangling dream-poppers 'Racket Man'. This Ohio trio create blissed out sonic soundscapes drenched in gloriously golden reverberations all manifested through catchy melodies, ambient hued stylings and addictive hook-laden guitar structures. The band are made up of Tom Marx, Chris Seaman & Tyler Elwing with this latest single 'Brunswick Boaties' coming hot on the heels of their April 2018 released four track EP 'Gold DVDs'.
We have the pleasure of bringing you the premiere of 'Brunswick Boaties' today and if you like what you hear, you can check out the bands back catalogue right now via racketman.bandcamp.com
India-based noise manipulators 'Lo! Peninsula' have unleashed a sublime new video to accompany the latest single to be lifted from their very impressive debut six track 'Aka Lo! Peninsula'. The track is called 'Another Divine Joke' and it expertly defines exactly what this bands sound is all about. Driving psychedelically infused soundscapes that skip brilliantly through energetic swathes of shoegaze deftly instilled with dreamy melodies that gently usher the listener along with them as they loop and arc throughout the sonic ether. The EP is a sonic triumph and we simply love this new video.
The band are made up of Nitin Shamurailatpam - vocals/guitars, Avinash Thokchom - bass & Jyotin Elangbam - drums and their debut EP 'Aka Lo! Peninsula' was officially released back on August 18th 2018 and is available to buy/download right now via lopeninsula.bandcamp.com
Homebody by cathedral bells
'Cathedral Bells' is the shoegaze project of Florida-based Matthew Messore (Ex-Dear Tracks). His debut single was officially released back on August 10th 2018 and is deliciously titled 'Homebody'. It pulls in various sonic stylings from the worlds of shoegaze, dream-pop and even synth-pop to collectively create a glistening sound filled tom the brim with ambient connotations that both glide and soar when needed through hazy clouds of simmering reverb. 'Homebody' is a beautiful debut attempt and this will only bode well for future releases.
'Homebody' is available to buy/download right now via cathedralbellsmusic.bandcamp.com
RELEASE: Silent Animals
RELEASE DATE: 29th June 2018
RECORD COMPANY: Fuzz Club
Rome-based psych/kraut trio 'Crimen' have been delicately enticing their fanbase with their long-overdue debut full length release for well over a decade. Steeped in modern psych with an infusion of hyperactive krautrock, 'Crimen' have developed a sound that at times dips it's sonic tendrils into subtle shoegaze and lurching post-punk creating a fizzing lysergic brew that they have self-titled 'Kraut-Punk'. Formed in the Centocelle district of Rome back in 2007 by Simone Greco - bass/vocals/sound engineering and Patrizio Strippoli - guitars/voice, it took another six years before the band enlisted Giuseppe Trezza - drums/electronics. After a collection of successful EP's and two years hibernating to record 'Silent Animals', Crimen officially unleashed the album to the masses back on June 29th 2018, joining forces with the good folks over at 'Fuzz Club Records'. 'Silent Animals' is available to buy/download right now on various formats via fuzzclub.bandcamp.com & fuzzclub.com respectively.
Silent Animals by Crimen
The dizzying throb of bass frequencies accompany the metronomic thud of kick drum as the opening track ‘Above The Trees (Rockets)’ manoeuvres itself into audible range. It builds maliciously before exploding into a raging sonic tempest filled with punishing percussion, cyclonic guitars and fascinating electronics all swirling angrily around that beacon like vocalisation. This track moves brilliantly, has deep permeating breaks that lead the listener into a false sense of security before soaring into the ether with relative ease. Up next, 'Batida' begins twisting inside a raging feedback storm before slow moving percussion and bouncing bass frequencies pull angry guitars and tormenting vocalisations into the mix and we're dumped headlong into a sonic storm whilst 'Flahzz' arrives wobbling woozily on a chittering bass line as sparse percussion and oodles of reverb hover and dance brilliantly allowing mellow lines of vocal to cling to effortless layers of reverb at those jangling lines of guitar add intense atmosphere. We're pulled into psychedelically entrancing breaks where we levitate above swirling layers of reverberation and dragged into bass heavy passages of sonic brilliance where tumbling drum patterns merge with angry guitars. 'Flahzz' is simply sublime and a definite album highlight for me.
The opening bars of 'From My Bed' are deeply atmospheric. Repetitive bass signatures merge with singular notes of guitar and the ever present pitter patter of sequenced percussion as the vocalisations arrive managing to stay just below the mix as different percussive changes twist and turn and sporadic electronic samples loop and arc at will. The track erupts, albeit slowly at first, as those heavy bass notes and jangling guitar progressions pull explosive drum patterns into audible range and injections of melody catch this listeners ear. The instrumentation pulses through layers of reverb, spiralling through different sonic refractions as we tumble into a magnificent feedback laden finale. 'Six Weeks' unfurls its's fuzzy sonic tendrils strapped to a repetitive synth as those fuzzy electronics and the charging percussion take hold allowing a teeth shattering bass progression to drive headlong into the sonic ether. There's a touch of garage psych coursing through this tracks veins but it melds brilliantly with neo-psych and subtle post-punk to create something altogether wonderful sounding. It's a triumph and definitely my favourite track on the album. 'Left Behind' is a modern psych gem. Fizzing guitars and sullen electronics open proceedings as almost anthemic like stylings elevate the overall sound into something heavenly. Again, the bass progressions are immense and the pull everything together brilliantly as rolling percussion bubbles underfoot and distorted frequencies swirl around hard hitting vocalisations. Explosive cymbal's crash, instilling an alternative kind of swagger in amongst those psychedelically attuned atmospherics but watch out for the ear shattering lead break that pierces the mind and shakes the life out of you and also that magnificent pause that comes at just the right time to instil a brilliant kind of sonic calmness.
The breathy beginnings of 'Supermarket', the albums penultimate piece, lead the listener in to a false sense of security as we're led into something altogether different. There are essence's of experimental funk, jazz, dub, kraut, psych and alternative soundings swirling around this track that are both infectious and addictive. Explosive percussion, melodically intricate lines of guitar and cascading bass progressions lead the listener through magnificent progressions of music until we're eventually funnelled into that absolutely immense finale. The album closes out with 'Hit Mania Death', a charging repetitively led, dance floor filler. Sequenced lines of percussion lead the merry dance as it's repetitive lines of bass and malicious synths carry angry vocalisations through massive walls of reverb-laden electronic theatrics. It's a hard hitting finale to a wonderful debut album.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last five years dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, postpunk & 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 genres 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.
Visitor by todavía
Hot on the heels of last May's immense 'Sin Iris' single and just in time to inject some dreamy synth led dream-gaze into this already fading summer, comes the latest jam entitled 'Visitor' by self-releasing multi instrumentalist and Californian native Rhyan Riesgo aka 'Todavía'. We're big fans of Todavía here at Primal Music & Radio having covered the vast majority of Rhyan's previous releases and we think that this latest single is absolutely sublime. Filled with simmering atmosphere, 'Visitor' shivers on top of sequenced percussion as layers of soaring synth ebb and flow alongside lines of intense vocalisations collectively steeped in oodles of melodic reverberation. It's a triumph and we can't wait for the forthcoming new EP to drop.
'Visitor' was officially released back on the 10th August 2018 and is available to buy/download right now from todaviamusic.bandcamp.com
Golden Sun by Citrus Clouds
One of our favourite bands at the minute, the ever brilliant Phoenix-based trio 'Citrus Clouds', have been busying themselves behind the scenes working on some new material that will eventually go on to form the basis of a full release sometime in 2019. For now though, they've just released a little taster of whats to come in the guise of their new two track aptly named 'Golden Sun' (b/w 'Nothing Familiar'), a superb follow up to last January's beautiful 'You Loved Me First' single (lifted from the immense 'Ultra Sound' EP originally released back in September 2017 via Custom Made Music).
With a sound that centres around melody infused shoegaze that's filled with a unlabored and dreamy under current of dream-pop, 'Citrus Clouds' create catchy reverb laden soundscapes befitting of this modern day resurgence of the sound. 'Golden Sun' is seamlessly impressive and this in turn only bodes well for the full release in 2019.
The band consists of Stacie Huttleston - bass/vocals, Erick Pineda - guitar/vocals & Angelica Pedrego - drums. 'Golden Sun' was officially released back on July 30th 2018 and is available to buy/download right now via citrusclouds.bandcamp.com
Nothing Here by Tombstones In Their Eyes
L.A-based psychonauts 'Tombstones In Their Eyes' have unleashed a stunning new single entitled 'Silhouette' lifted off their forthcoming brand new three track EP 'Nothing Here' penned in for release on August 24th 2018. This latest single is the first release since 2017's 'Shutting Down' and see's the band's continuous rise to prominence bearing fruit. Stoner rock, neo-psych, subtle flavours of shoegaze and rolling slowcore melded with fluttering dark frequencies, intense melody and those totally addictive vocalisations of John Treanor are still evident but there's a maturity developing in their collective sound that is really pleasing to hear.
'Tombstones In Their Eyes' current line-up is John Treanor - guitar/vocals/keyboards/songwriter, Josh Drew - guitar,/backing vocals, Mike Mason - bass/guitar and Stephen Striegel - drums. 'Nothing Here' get's it's official release on August 24th 2018 and is available to pre-order right now via tombstonesintheireyes.bandcamp.com
Red Dust by The Suncharms
Sheffield's finest indie-gazers 'The Suncharms' unleash their long awaited new single 'Red Dust' to the masses on September 21st 2018 via Californian-based independent record label 'Slumberland Records'. Originally founded back in 1989, 'The Suncharms' skirted some of the most influential music genres of that time such as indie-pop, shoegaze and C86, dipping their experimental toes into each one to mould and sculpt a sound all of their own. Having shared the stage with some notable bands like The Brilliant Corners, St Christopher, The Orchids and The Television Personalities, the band unleashed a demo tape in 1991 that secured themselves a place within the early nineties shoegaze firmament. 'The Suncharms' went on to release their first EP in 1991 that reached No.23 in the UK indie charts.
In November 1991 the bands stunning second EP entitled 'Tranquil Day' was released, followed in 1992 by a stint in the Peel Sessions studios which highlighted their ability to manufacture melodically catchy soundscapes that transferred brilliantly to a live stage scenario. Unfortunately, as is the way, the trials of modern life took control of the band pulling them in different directions hampering songwriting/recording until eventually they played their last gig in 1993. Fast forward to 2016 and the release of a retrospective compilation of the two EP's plus assorted demos through 'Cloudberry Records' /' Wilde Club Records' and with the buzz surrounding them increasing rapidly the band played their first gig since 1993, opening for The Orchids and The Chesterfields. This in turn led to a stint in the studio working on tracks leading to this highly anticipated brand new release.
'Red Dust' hovers in a kind of cinematic haze before opening up into mesmerisingly melodic swirl of sound. Rattling percussion keeps a steady beat as those jangling guitars twinkle and shine in amongst cascading lines of bass and that instantly recognisable vocal. 'Red Dust' is impressive and a solid return to form by a band who are relevant now more than ever.
'Red Dust' b/w 'Film Soundtrack' gets it's official release on September 21st 2018 and is available to pre-order right now on various formats including lovely 7' vinyl through slumberlandrecs.bandcamp.com
2016's retrospective compilation of the two EP's plus assorted demos is available to buy/download right now via thesuncharms.bandcamp.com
ARTIST: Prana Crafter
RELEASE: Enter The Stream
RELEASE DATE: 31st July 2018
RECORD COMPANY: Sunrise Ocean Bender
William Sol aka 'Prana Crafter' has released some mesmerising experimental psych & acid folk through a plethora of underground labels throughout the years from his home base on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Through labels like Beyond Beyond is Beyond, Eiderdown, Deep Water Acres, and Reverb Worship his soundscapes have permeated the sonic ether, flowing down through various levels of consciousness to paint a sonic tapestry so rich in colour that listening to his work is genuinely more akin to a intensely spiritual journey of sonic discovery. Now Sol has returned with what could be the best album of 2018 so far? A blistering new long player entitled 'Enter The Stream', a collection of eight tracks that skip effortlessly through ambient tinged psych folk, acid folk and kosmische styled psych rock all steeped in a kind of esoteric brilliance. 'Enter The Stream' is officially released on July 31st 2018 jointly via the good folks over at Sunrise Ocean Bender Records and Cardinal Fuzz Records and is also available to pre-order right now through pranacrafterabode.bandcamp.com
Enter the Stream by Prana Crafter
'Enter The Stream' begins meditatively, oozing an eerie kind of calmness that completely envelopes this listener in blissful sonic tones as those swirling acoustics tumble through layers of reverberation, carefully cushioning refrained vocalisations and the lulling tap of guitar strings. It's a beautiful opening salvo steeped in highly personal themes but wonderfully refreshing in the way it settles the listener from the off with its hypnotic almost metronomic swing that gently leads us into the ambient strewn wilderness that is 'Moon Through Fern Lattice'. This track opens up shimmering on layers of cyclonic drones and effervescent instrumentation accompanied by the addictive pull of lead guitar as we buffer on ambient themed waves of psychedelically attuned instrumentation. Up next, 'Mycorhizzal Brainstrom' floats into the sonic ether on waves of beautiful frequencies accompanied by progressions of guitar and the fizz of electronics. Melodic lines of lead guitar dance and swing with ease, dipping in and out of translucent waves of reverb and the constant pitter patter of ambient synth. 'Mycorhizzal Brainstrom' is a triumph, a lysergic sonic adventure and an album highlight for me. 'The Spell' jangles into existence strapped to an acoustic progression whipped by the occasional line of distorted lead guitar overlaid with a kind of spaghetti western brilliance. Sol's vocalisations control the tempo here and they sit brilliantly inside the groove, eventually leading us into a lead break that momentarily shatters the air of serenity surrounding this track before we're back inside that swinging groove and pulled into it's final death throws.
'Old North Wind' bellows into life, moving on melodic tentacles of acoustic guitar draped in reverb and an instant hit of melancholy. Beautiful lines of vocal swirl around entrancing instrumental progressions joined sporadically by subtle highlights of lead guitar and slow moving percussion. A magical lead break unfurls it's sonic tendrils and intertwines with the melee of sounds adding blissful atmosphere as we flutter along in it's wake, pondering life and love and everything else in between whist up next, 'Kosmic Eko' does exactly as it says on the tin. Ambient stylings coalesce alongside angry pulses of distortion as tumbling lines of lead guitar plunge into pools of reverb allowing those swirling atmospherics to hold court as the track tries to build momentum from far below the mix. There's a hesitancy here, this listener wants the track to take flight and soar skywards but Sol has other ideas and allows it to tantalisingly hang in a cloud of frequencies until eventually it teeters out into marvellous oblivion. This is absolutely sublime songwriting craftsmanship and only goes to showcase just how good this album really is. The albums penultimate piece entitled 'Pillow Moss Absorption' begins with an acoustic progression that eventually leads into something altogether eclectic. Beautifully entrancing lines of guitar drenched in wah wah theatrics and underpinned with swells of organ and fizzing synths take centre stage as we're whisked off into an esoteric world filled with sonic wonderment. The instrumentation erupts again as progressions of acoustic guitar return and meld with waves of reverb, changing tempo with each sweep, tumbling and splashing through waves of brilliant production until we're swept headlong into the albums closing piece. 'At The Dawn' caps off a truly stunning collection of songs. This track feels like a bookend of sorts and whereas 'Pillow Moss Absorption' was loose and more free form in its approach, 'At The Dawn' is more structured and settled in its own skin. It's a beautiful ending to a truly marvellous album.
Del Chaney has spent the last five years dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, postpunk & modern psych rock from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. He also was 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 genres 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.
Dublin-based noise merchants 'Sun Mahshene' conjure up a blisteringly good lysergic brew filled to the brim with alternative led sounds, psych, shoegaze and swirling electronics on their highly anticipated new single 'Tales Of Fiction', penned in for release via Deathcapades Music Ltd on the 28th July 2018. High up on our list of bands to watch, 'Sun Mahshene' are on the forefront of Irelands own shoegaze revival, leading the sonic charge and transforming this once revered genre of music into something altogether new sounding. The musical collective is made up of Nathan Henderson - guitar/vocals, Ian McGinn - guitar, Ryan Daffy - guitar, Darren Hughes - bass, David Murray - drums, Ray Burke - percussion/backing vocals & Robert Crosbie - keys/synth. The single was recorded and co-produced in Darklands Audio (Dublin, Ireland) by Dan Doherty and written by Nathan Henderson.
'Tales Of Fiction' follows on from their sublime 2016 released EP 'Drones That Don't Kill' and is lifted from their forthcoming debut album entitled 'Contradictions & Tales of Fiction' due for full release this October. The single will be available to buy/download on release day via sunmahshene.bandcamp.com and all major streaming and digital platforms.