Austin based psych-beat producer Al Lover is no stranger to the modern day American underground psych scene having honed his musical craft by melding past and present psych-rock/garage bands into heaving motorik monoliths filled with spaced out repetitious beats, distorted synths, chopped up/glitchy samples and swirling psych induced instrumentation to collectively create a new, previously untapped, form of modern day psychedelia. Now, ahead of an upcoming EU tour, he has teamed up with the purveyors of all things fuzz, the London based Fuzz Club Records to realease a dystopian sonic homage to two of the most influential bands in underground music - krautrock pioneers Neu! and NY proto-punks Suicide.
'NEUicide!' consists of two tracks that swirl menacingly around two repetitive droning 'SUICIDE' notes as the incessantly rhythmic percussive 'NEU' beat drives headlong into a turbulent world of boundless electronica, kraut rock & hypnotic modern day psychedelia. Its sprawling synth swells are addictive, rising and falling like a small wooden boat fighting a huge storm laden sea swell and coupled with those broken samples, cascading synth lines & swirling reverberating drones makes for an epic modern day sonic adventure.
NEUicide! is officially released November 12th on 10" vinyl and will be available to to pre-order from fuzzclub.com
Highly recommended .... We dig this release!
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Elasticity by The Orange Kyte
Continuing on with their impressive musical manifesto of releasing one new track per month in varying sonic shapes & sizes are Canadian based psychedelic explorers 'The Orange Kyte' with their latest triumphant single 'Elasticity'. The band are made up of 'Vancouver based but Dublin born', Stevie Moonboots & a revolving door of likeminded musicians with players on this latest track listed as: guitars, bass and vocals by Stevie Moonboots, drums by Dave Mulvaney & organ and synth by Mat Durie.
'Elasticity' growls into the ether on a magical instrumental drone before exploding into a cacophony of golden frequencies, swirling in close proximity to that impressive vocal performance courtesy of Stevie Moonboots. The track soars through its chorus progressions with ease, pulsing out 60's sounding psychedelic vibes as it meanders into that stunning break filled with tambourine shakes, snaking lead licks and glorious synth swells.
'Elasticity' is available to buy/download right now from theorangekyte.bandcamp.com
ARTIST: Movie Brain
RELEASE DATE: 25th September 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Alien Age Records
Tennessee based dream gaze trio 'Movie Brain' have unleashed a stunning collection of four tracks on an EP aptly named 'Soma' via Alien Age Records. The EP is full of effervescent sounds and hazy sonic compositions coupled with soaring instrumentation and blissful vocalisations. This latest release follows on from the bands full length, self-titled debut album, released back in July, that contained four new tracks and a handful of previously released handpicked 'Favourite Tracks' lifted from the bands first three releases. Movie Brain are made up of Jonathan - guitar/vocals, Adam - bass guitar & Kevin - drums and the 'Soma' EP is available to buy/download right now from moviebrain.bandcamp.com
Soma by Movie Brain
'Soma' opens with the blissful 'Honey', a glistening tremulous instrumental piece that gracefully hovers within a cloud of layered reverberation, all neatly saddled on a bedrock of busy percussive hits, glorious guitar progressions and throbbing bass frequencies. Up next, the beautifully arranged 'Azure' ambles into earshot on a thread of melodious lead guitar before we're hit by a wall of golden hued noise in the form of tempered percussion, snaking guitars and the deep hum of the addictive bass lines. The vocals soar blissfully, held fast within a dreamy reverb induced bubble as the instrumentation weaves a magical trail of of sonic discovery. Utterly delectable and possibly my favourite track on the entire release.
'Wasting Away', the EP's penultimate track, is a beautiful slice of glorious dream pop, infused with jangling guitars and lazy percussion, the medley driven vocal lines, drenched in stunning reverb, swirl as they work through their pre-designated repetitions with aplomb deftly leading the track to its finale. The EP's self-titled closing track enters into earshot on a wave of plodding sonic swells, pounding drums and a woozy vocal. 'Soma' purrs as it undulates and moves hypnotically through its verse parts until the chord change interrupts the almost metronomic like drum pattern, instantaneously bringing the listener back to reality and introducing them to the tracks final throw of the dice, an exploding cacophony of magically golden reverb induced frequencies. An absolutely stunning finale to a blissful EP!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last four years not only fronting popular experimental Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, post punk, post rock & modern psych rock from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion. 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.
ARTIST: Travelling Wave
RELEASE DATE: 28th August 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
Following on from their blistering 2013 full length release 'T-Wave' and their impressive collection of singles since that debut release including Adidas Shoestrings (April. 2014), Tradition and Evolution (May.2014) and A Cloud of Madness (Nov.2014), comes the latest immense assault on the senses from stunning Brazil based psych/gaze outfit Travelling Wave. The Simoom EP is a sonically sublime collection of four tracks that swirl gracefully within a hazy reverberating cloud of layered frequencies, soaring instrumentation and gloriously addictive vocal progressions. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Travelling Wave, the band are made up of Carol Alleoni - vocal/synth, Thiago Altafini - guitar/backvocal, Nathalia Oliveira - drums & Vitor Galvão -bass/synth and this latest EP is available to buy/download right now from travellingwave.bandcamp.com
Simoom by Travelling WaveSimoom opens up, squeezed within a swirling drone before Travelling Wave unleash their full instrumental might in the form of a massive wall of reverberating noise, coupled with pounding drums & soaring synth swells that impressively envelopes that addictive vocal will ease. 'In A Dream' undulates as it loops and arc's high into the ether, eventually soaring into its chorus progressions, blissfully spraying beautifully iridescent layered frequencies like sonic raindrops onto their listeners ears. A stunning opening salvo! Up next, 'Lotus' shimmies into earshot on glorious synth swells and throbbing bass frequencies before its metronomic percussive attack takes hold and the track sways into action with the addition of a melodious dark bass line. The guitars wail and intertwine with the instrumentation as the creeping vocal arrives, held fast within a pulsating sonic pulse. 'Lotus' meanders maliciously as it works through its gears, building tempestuously into a whirlwind of intense noise that crashes to finality like storm driven waves breaking on a perilous beach.
Dark swirling organ swells coupled with throbbing bass frequencies announce the arrival of 'Wind May', the EP's penultimate track, before we're swept up and dragged into the abyss by pounding drums and the arrival of droning guitars and reverb induced vocal progressions. Travelling Wave can instil stunningly dark atmosphere at will, dragging their listeners with them on a reverb filled thrill ride that breaks through layers of tremulous frequencies and soars into the ether. Vocaly sublime, 'Wind May' is a delicious slice of modern psych/gaze and my favourite track on this entire release. The EP's closing piece is a thing of beauty. 'The Unseen' launches into a maelstrom of instrumentation, with its pounding drums, cascading sweeps of monumental organ and synth swells, driving bass lines & droning guitars. Its explodes into its chorus progressions, ramping up the overdrive and pulsing immense reverberating instrumentation into the sonic ether. A blissful ending to a magnificent EP.
Simoom is available to buy/download right now from travellingwave.bandcamp.com
ARTIST: Jenny Besetzt
RELEASE: Tender Madness
RELEASE DATE: 15th July 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Friends Records
Tender Madness is a full length album by North Carolina’s Jenny Besetzt, a group who uses fast tempo in contrast with dark sounds to create deep and vast post-punk that sounds as if it was conceived at the beginning of the post-punk era, but was recorded much, much later. Over the course of eight tracks the band do little to confront the listener; an intelligent and crafty move… Instead they pull their music back from distinct definition and throw very few punches. You’re probably thinking that’s an insult, but it’s very much the opposite. Modern post-punk bands try so very hard for sounds and songs to be noticed… They throw soundscape after soundscape, turn instruments up louder, sing the lyrics in Japanese, play with their guitars not plugged into an amp and what not just so the audience, or the reviewer, says something like ‘this album is really in your face’ or ‘there is a lot going on in this album’. Sure they may be compliments, but when so many bands do it, it’s refreshing to hear a post-punk outfit sketch out songs and play them as they are… You know, without a million different guitar lines that all sound muted because the kick drum is turned up so loud.
Tender Madness by Jenny Besetzt
Tender Madness opens with ‘Authorless Speech’ a fantastically dark and shoegaze-inspired song that starts with slow and neat dream pop guitar after which fantastic double tap drums enter, but only distantly, in the background of the music. Through this brilliant piece of song writing, Jenny Besetzt begin to display the kind of musical colouring they fluently practice possess; firstly with the magnificent post-punk sound and then with the heavy, deep and baritone vocals, which brings the song onto a whole other level. Black As The Night purrs on a beautiful vocal, it's the albums entire vocal section that really holds everything together fantastically, especially the instrumental riffs and the beautiful underpinned synths. Such amazing synth tone may be heard on ‘Dorothy Everything’s Fine’, one of the albums true highlights; inspired by darkwave dance tracks and slow, classic post-punk guitar with bass that is drowned out by the aforementioned synth sounds during the chorus. Soft spoken, murmuring, deep vocals float heavily within the mix and the whole thing sounds like a true reflection of a style of sound that so many bands have tried to reach for but just end up sounding generic within. An average interlude follows, entitled ‘Kanizsa Triangle’ which is built predominantly around a choir like synth piece that plays softly with a few samples chipping in the background.
‘Lunar Talks’ opens with what sounds like a heavy metal riff, but eventually seeps back into a dream pop style tune. Over the course of the song, the band build up an alternative, dream like riff before splintering back into heavy, industrial sounds of the beginning giving the song a wild and spinning feeling. Perhaps the greatest song on the album is the playful, dreamy and utterly beautiful title track; its beginning is that of a loose, pictorial dream sketch, utilized through soaring synths and guitars. This song is the closest the band get to what some may refer to as ‘nostalgia’ and they do so with a kind of elegance and grace that never broaches textured simplicity. Eventually the song gets more downtempo and situates itself back in the light of the bands previous sound, but all the while it never exceeds its trance-like beauty and swift, easy appearance. Both Tender Madness & ‘The Rabbit’ acts as a sense of ease and ambience to the dark and heavy post-punk songs that preceded them. The Rabbit features lighter vocals, a brighter and more melodic sound courtesy of the indie-inspired guitar plucking and the pulsating soundscape of synth under the mix. One should also listen closely to the enthralling instrumental outro to the song, which crescendos into a fantastic math/post-rock inspired piece of guitar and drum playing. This tiny piece of music, enough to only fill a small portion of the song, is symbolism of absolute musical genius; subtle, engaging, alternative and absolutely captivating in its presentation.
And that’s that. But before you go and enjoy these songs on all their post-punk merit and dark but sweet musical textures, there is something more to be perceived about this album. Go out and find a modern post-punk album and I am sure that the band will go deeper and darker as the album goes on. Either that or they will chuck a lengthy, epic, synth and soundscape filled piece on the tail end of the release. Well, Jenny Besetzt have done neither of these. They’ve instead started with the dark and substantial alternative musings and drawn out the ending to something else, to something more; something that sounds more illuminated. With this in mind (and what was written before about how the band have presented the songs as they are) this album beats out on being another generic post-punk revival album; offering a neat conceptual reward for the listener by showcasing lighter songs on the end of the album. All in all the production and mixing are good and the performances are brilliant, but the real crux of the pleasures of this album are held within the band’s song writing ability, which at times sounds as though it is throwing a swift middle finger up to all the clichéd alternative bands out there. Where others would try too hard, they have not… And this shows itself simply and neatly through performance, concept and sound.
Tender Madness is available to buy/download right now from jennybesetzt.bandcamp.com
Cam Phillips is a writer and above all, a music lover, who seeks to gain experience through writing and listening. He is also an avid film viewer and art and literature junkie who enjoys creative writing. His most recent published work was featured on the Australian heavy music blog, I Probably Hate Your Band.
Perth based shoegaze six piece 'Dream Rimmey' have announced a brand new single entitled 'Landslide', available for all to hear via their soundcloud page right now. The band are made up of Ali Flintoff - guitars/vocals, Jack Gaby - guitars, George Foster - drums/vocals, Vin Buchanan-Simpson - synth/vocals, Ben Mcdonald - bass & Lee Napper - guitars and collectively they create a shimmering wall of noise, filled with swirling melodious frequencies and immense reverberating instrumentation all topped off with a sublime vocal attack.
'Landslide' swoons with impressive vocalisations, circumnavigated by swirling synth lines, steadying drum patterns and layered reverb drenched guitars who's lead licks purr as they wind their way around the entire piece and soar impressively into the ether with blissful aplomb.
Newcastle based dream-gazing debutants 'Dose' have unleashed their brand new track entitled 'Bloom' to the masses via bandcamp. Formed in 2015, the band are made up of Sean Turland, Ewan Barr, Matthew Collerton, Ellie Mullarkey & Sam Campbell and collectively they create a maelstrom of immense resonating noise thats filled with hints of shoegaze, ambient dream-pop and driving post-punk.
'Bloom' jangles as it floats into earshot on a massive wave of layered reverberating guitars, purposefully meandering in a beautifully intense ambient state until eventually we're hit by a wall of driving percussion, throbbing baselines and soaring guitars. Vocally sublime, 'Bloom' has an impressive driving post-punk edge that is deftly underpinned by hazily intense shoegaze vibes and stunningly brilliant dream-pop highs. We're definitely keeping a well trained eye on these guys going forward.
'You Own Your Bones' is the first track to be lifted from the forthcoming album by Ontario based experimental heavy psych/drone aficionados 'WTCHS'. The album entitled, 'She Walks, She Creeps', is penned in for release on October 28th 2016 via Sonic Unyon Records. The album is available to pre-order from sonicunyon.com
'You Own Your Bones' is a repetitious beast that swirls brilliantly within a dark & oppressive haze. It lays itself out for all to hear as it deftly meanders through mantra like vocals, circumnavigated by thunderous drums, throbbing bass frequencies screeching guitar squall and droning reverberations before the magnificent introduction of soaring brass section builds into a maelstrom of immense noise. But thats not all, the track gives way to a glorious spell of droning instrumental serenity as it swirls into the ether and on into the tracks finale. Utterly addictive and recommended by us lot here at Primal Music.
... acceptance, acceptance of yourself and others amongst the chaos of the universe.
you answer to no one but yourself ...
New York based alt-gazers 'Vivienne Eastwood' have unleashed a staggering new single entitled 'Messy', lifted off their forthcoming EP, penned in for release on October 6th 2016. This new single & forthcoming EP follows on from the only single released to date by the band, the fantastic 'Rose Pedals', a track that gets regular airplay over on our sister radio station Primal Radio! So you can guess that we're really excited about this latest single and the forthcoming EP. 'Vivienne Eastwood' are a fuzzy reverberating slice of quality, melody driven brilliance who create stunning, layered soundscapes that simply fly!
'Messy' is a floating sonic monolith, full of beautifully translucent effervescent tones and golden hued frequencies that envelope the senses and and aid floatation through the mechanisms of sound. Vocally sublime, it soars through its hazy progressions with ease, drenched in reverb and pulsing fuzzy melodies.
ARTIST: The Wands
RELEASE: Faces EP
RELEASE DATE: 5th September 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Fuzz Club
Copnhagen natives The Wands' newest release is a trip. The six track EP that follows up 2014's The Dawn is a love letter to 60s pyschedelia. The band revel in the sounds and structures of the first wave of one of modern music's weirder forms, full of rich analogue sounds.
Faces by The Wands
Scene-setter Living the Dream swirls in like smog, that partially clears to reveal Faces, a loose and languid cocktail of 60s and eastern influences. Cosmic Sinners metallic glint comes from jagged guitar tones and gongs that transition ito a thrumming sway for Out of Fever. Between Heavens feels like a partner to Faces in some way, the pure 60s influences (and maybe even a hint if Merseybeat) so strong. And in a swell of sci-fi sounds The Wands are gone again, not faraway, but defintely somewhere far-out.
Faces is out now on various formats via Fuzz Club Records.
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.