ALBUM REVIEW | The Dead Electric - A11 S1x Num63r5

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Artist: The Dead Electric

Release: A11 S1x Num63r5

Release Date: 02/2015

Record Company: Unsigned 

I have great admiration for bands who do it themselves! I think writing, recording, mixing, producing, mastering & releasing your own music, yourself, says a lot about your bands character. We all know that the mass media whores & major record companies have polluted this modern day musical landscape with mass produced trite bands, releasing disastrously brutal songs through major PR companies awash with dirty money just looking for a fast buck!!! More often than not they hop on the latest resurgent musical scene & kill any hope of it ever catching on with todays kids, by cashing in on it, early in it's development - thus murdering it in it's infancy! This cashing in, breeds contentment amongst the major record companies & increases the already huge constant pressure on bands/artists to be the - In Thing, by either sounding or looking good (Mostly by working with bands without paying them), has destroyed the very fabric of todays music scene! But there is hope! There are bands out there flying the DIY flag for us all to gather around, support & keep alive any sort of hope in todays musical landscape! I've been a fan of one such band for a long time & I have eagerly awaited the release of their new album - 'A11 S1x Num63r5'.

Glasgow based 'Dead Electric' have consistently self released  atmospheric shoegaze/alternative-rock  since 2011. Their Immense 2012, 5 track release  - "The Last Bastion" is a constant on my speakers & initially introduced me to this amazing group of musicians. They write stunningly emotive, shoegaze infused soundscapes intertwined with Post-Rock flourishes sitting atop solid alternative rock foundations. The band are made up of Ian Fairclough: Vocals, Guitars, Keys,  Dave Fairclough: Guitars, Vox, Keys,  Dave Calder: Drums, Vox, Keys & Rob Carleton on Bass, Guitar . Their latest release is nothing short of stunning!

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With a Sonic Youth style intro, the album opens up with another 'Dead Electric' classic! 'The floating' sounds like Bob Mould's 'Sugar' fed on a high octane diet of shoegaze, alt-rock & sheer brute force. This is clearly a show of intent from this Glasgow based 4 piece. It's a masterful track of steadily addictive peaks & troughs with walls of effected guitars straddling a solid bass & drum track.

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The Fairclough brothers, both guitarists, decide to hit the listeners with another arm of their brilliant musical craft. They have this canny knack of writing emotive tracks, that tell stories, either electrically or on acoustic guitar, with ease! Track 2 'Maya' is two minutes & twenty eight seconds of beautifully crafted songwriting. Floating, effected vocal lines swirl around the acoustic guitars with stunning effect, casing shadows over the tracks musical tones. Simple in it's construction but completely breathtaking all the same. A beautiful track to listen to on headphones. It's recommended that you do so by this listener anyway! Go check it out for yourselves:

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Track 3 is alternative rock 101! With hints of heavier 'R.E.M' style vocal arrangements & sometimes seminal early 90's 'Swerve Driver' guitar work, 'Transceiver' explodes onto the musical canvas with it's impressive hazily swirling effected guitars & surprising backing vocals. Another solid track from 'Dead Electric', again, showing the musical world just how diverse their sonic plate really is!

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'Suck Thru' first appeared as a single back in December 2013 and it's not really surprising that it appears here on this full album release.  The acoustic guitar stylings return again, but with the added bonus of a brilliant electric guitar line, complimenting the vocal's & in turn ripping through the beautiful acoustic guitar tones,  paving the way for the brilliant addition of a church organ! I love it when bands experiment with instruments on their tracks. It keeps the listener's attention fixed on the music only & stops them from meandering away in a daydream. I liked this track way back in 2013 & I'm glad that 'Dead Electric'  included it on this release. Check it out:

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Track 5 on this epic release is the self titled 'A11 S1x Num63r5'. The full on band treatment returns here with epic results! Again, I can hear early 'Swerve Driver' from this tracks opening notes! Walls of effected guitars, pounding drums & throbbing bass carefully protect the vocal lines throughout the verses until that smooth chorus break calms the sonic maelstrom & allows the track to breath & shine. This track has hints of old school 'Last Bastion' era 'Dead Electric', but theres a modern edge added now. A grown up, expressive song structure with brilliantly produced results.

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Next up, 'My Own Feet' is a full on shoegaze classic! The opening guitars pull you in & introduce you to another sonically delightful track. The guitars are especially immense on this track!! Again this is another track, that to me, screams  - 'Bob Mould'. I don't know if 'Dead Electric' were listening to his band - 'Sugar', at all throughout the recording process of this album? If not, they should go and listen to early 90's 'Sugar', especially the bands brilliant album - 'Copper Blue'. This is a brilliant track. Check it out:

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The addictive Piano line heralds the arrival of a behemoth! With Post-Rock infused vocal arrangements & expressive song structure, '1992' announces it's brilliance onto the musical landscape with style!  Beautifully produced blissed out vocals, explosive psychedelic chorus break & atmospheric guitar parts instantly catapult this slice of genius into my favourite track from this whole album! Hands down!  This should be the next single release! It is immense & I congratulate the band on it. Stunning piece of work!

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With creeping intent the penultimate track on this impressive release from Glasgow based gazers 'Dead Electric' is another beautifully crafted slice of emotive shoegaze. Track 8, 'We Are We' allows the vocal to breath while its wall of guitars swirl around it like a animal stalking its prey. Typically, it shows how bloody good 'Dead Electric' actually are as songwriters! This is yet another stunning track & not to be missed.

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The final track on 'A11 S1x Num63r5' by the brilliant 'Dead Electric' is called 'Dont Eat Your Heart Out'. Coming in at one minute, seventeen seconds, it's a fitting atmospheric end to a roller coaster of an album. Short & sweet it brings closure to another chapter in Dead Electric's illustrious song book but one that hopefully doesn't mean the end.

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It's a are thing to find an unsigned, underground band or artist who's sound evolves from album to album or track to track. Dead Electric are brilliant songsmiths. They can craft atmospheric, emotive tracks without breaking sweat. Every single release from this band has been immense. From the early days of 'This Mind Of Yours' into the brilliant 'The Last Bastion' & now this stunning new release 'A11 S1x Num63r5 ', they continue to go from strength to strength with ease!

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This album was recorded at various locations including Chem19 - Hamilton, Forth Valley College - Stirling, La Chunky - Glasgow, The Unit - Dalmarnock and of course The Shed. It was Recorded and Mixed by Ian Fairclough, Produced by Dead Electric & Mastered by David McAulay & Ian Fairclough at Film City.

You can find out more about Dead Electric over at:

twitter.com/Dead_Electric

facebook.com/DeadElectric

Dead Electric brand new album entitled ' A11 S1x Num63r5" is available to download from: DeadElectric.Bandcamp.Com

 

Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - March 2015 - Dublin, Ireland. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Del Chaney has spent the last two 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, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm, 'The Primal Radio Show', has gained considerable respect from band’s and promoter’s alike since it’s conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting a genre of music that he's passionate about. He also currently write's for Canadian based online music webzine www.ReplicantEars.com. 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. 


ALBUM REVIEW: Stellarscope - Shades Of Sadness And Sorrow (Patetico Recordings)

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Artist: Stellarscope

Release: Shades of Sadness And Sorrow

Release Date: 03/03/15

Record Company: Patetico Recordings

Hailing from Philadelphia, Stellarscope bring a high octane, super charged sonic sound to the underground post-punk, shoegaze infused musical table. With numerous releases under their belt & firmly stabled to the amazing independent record label 'Patetico Recordings', Philadelphia's finest, Stellarscope, are the forerunners to the massive underground post-punk/shoegaze scene that has graced the modern day City of Brotherly Love. Stellarscope are a well structured band, with experience behind them to take on new directions and challenges whilst retaining the core of their output. They craft psychedelia, onto tightly constructed rock songs, which take them into completely new & unheard of before musical landscapes, thus in turn, creating new musical sub-cultures! Stellarscope’s energetic live performances has garnered the band serious accolades from peers, as well as fans. They are made up of: Tom Lugo - Vocals, Guitars, Bass & Bob Forman on Drums. Their latest album entitled 'Shades Of Sadness And Sorrow' gets it's official release on 03/03/15 on 'Patetico Recordings'. 

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Stellarscope are a staple of the indie rock scene with their unique brand of post-punk indie rock. Their music is dark and emotive yet it still has a pop sensibility to it. Stellarscope’s energetic live performances has garnered the band accolades from their peers as well as their fans. With multiple releases under their belts they continue to march forward and evolve with the times. Their music has appeared in many compilations and tribute albums, documentaries as well as on MTV, A&E, Discovery Channel, Alli Sports TV, and more. For fans of Joy Formidable, Silversun Pickups, Wavves, A Place to Bury Strangers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Joy Division, Interpol & Ramones. Below are a few of our favourite tracks taken from this Immense release.

Philadelphia's own - Stellarscope
Philadelphia's own - Stellarscope

With an energetic swagger, the very distinct vocal tones of 'Tom Lugo' herald the arrival of a behemoth. The opening track on 'Shades of Sadness And Sorrow', entitled 'Dug This Hole', pulsates with post-punk anger & noise-pop swirls. It's a full on whirlwind of aggression & angst with addictive guitar lines & thundering drums. Check it out:

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Hints of shoegaze effected guitars introduce us to the second track on this latest 'Stellarscope' release, but don't be fooled!  'Never Hated Like This' remind's me of very early, debut album, 'Nine Inch Nails' but with a modern day twist. This track also ventures into Trent Reznor territory lyrically too, with Lugo again expressing his anger at the world. This is gripping stuff. Go check it out:

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A full on wall of sound greet's us on track 3. 'Living In A Haze' explores Stellarscope's old-school gazing side with an immense slow burner of a track that explodes on the chorus's whilst introducing quieter moments throughout it's verses - Yeah, I did say "Quieter Moments", but this is Stellarscope after all, so their "Quieter Moments" would still register on the richter scale!! This is a stunning track & probably my favourite on the whole album.

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You can listen to any track on this album and still get a feel for what it is that Stellarscope are trying to achieve. Their angst ridden assault on your earholes are designed to heighten your senses & shake your inner core. Take a listen to the three tracks above again & then listen to 'Farewell, Eat Your Heart Out, Broken To Pieces, Ocean Of Storms, It's All Gone, Soul Disturbance' & the brilliant 'Face First In The Dirt' to hear exactly what I mean. 'Stellarscope' continue to release relevant, pioneering & awe inspiring music, not only for todays bands to follow but also for future bands to get influenced by & in turn start the process of creating their own brand of music all over again. 

Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - February 2015 - Dublin, Ireland. 

Find out more info about Stellarscope by following the links below:

facebook.com/Stellarscope

twitter.com/PateticoRecordings

stellarscope.bandcamp.com

www.PateticoRecordings.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Del Chaney has spent the last two 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, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm, 'The Primal Radio Show', has gained considerable respect from band’s and promoter’s alike since it’s conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting a genre of music that he's passionate about. He also currently write's for Canadian based online music webzine www.ReplicantEars.com. 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.


EP REVIEW | Malka - The Constant State.

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Artist: Malka

Release: The Constant State 

Release Date: 02/03/15

Record Company: Unsigned

Trying to convince someone to part with their hard earned cash isn't an easy thing to do when it comes to music! It's an even harder thing to do in the modern day underground music scene. Stats surrounding music sales continue to be wishy-washy at best, with some saying that vinyl is king while other prominent music selling websites are stating that the digital age of downloading music is still here & is still pulling the strings behind the scenes. Convincing people to support your music is the first step on a long upwardly hike to building a fan base! New bands just starting out quickly become aware of just how difficult it can be in this modern day musical landscape. Music Blog's, Online Radio & PR companies, who know their stuff & are willing to go the extra mile for the artist are the key in my opinion, to successfully making this happen. Today's Music Blog's depend on certain underground PR companies to get new artists to their ears & in turn introduce them to immense new music! This week one such online PR Company, the brilliant 'Shameless Promotion PR', introduced me to an immense New York based 4 piece outfit called 'MALKA', who have created a sonic landscape full of psychedelic impressions, stunningly emotive shoegaze, intertwined with dream-pop flair, reminiscent in parts to the amazing early 90's sounds of 'Lush', a firmly solidified member of the first wave of shoegaze & a band that I am a big fan of. 

New York based 'Malka'
New York based 'Malka'

'MALKA' will officially release their debut EP, The Constant State, on March 2, 2015. Recorded at both APT Studio (NYC) and Elohino studio (NJ), mixed by Darko Saric, and mastered at 825 Studios by Grammy Award-winning engineer Butch Jones (Madonna, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop, The Gun Club, B52's). They band are made up of: EJ DeCoske - guitars, synths and vocals, David Ciauro - bass and vocals , Michael Dawson - Drums & Darko Saric - guitars, synths and vocals. The vocal melodies on this impressive debut assume an instrumental form and transcend language, adding transparency to bilingual Spanish-English lyrics shared between three lead vocalists. We've picked our favourite tracks from this brilliant debut release & you can find out what we thought of them below.

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'The Constant State EP', opens with a trip back in time to the early 90's and an absolutely immense track entitled 'A flock Of Crows'. A wall of luscious reverb laden guitars, riding a wave of heavy bass & thunderous drums introduce the arrival of a well produced vocal, infused with a plethora of effects, all swirling around an amazing song structure cruising through a landscape of musical peaks & troughs! This track heralds the arrival of something wonderful. 

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With an almost post-rock edge, the second track on this EP stalks it's musical landscape like an animal on the hunt. 'For Now We Live' is so beautiful in it's structure that first it lures you in & then menacingly explodes into a wall of swirling sound's & effected vocal lines, like a hurricane ploughing a track across the earth. For me, this track is not only the cornerstone of this whole release, but it is also the bedrock for what is to come from this stunning band. This is a truly impressive EP.  I'm 2 songs in & hooked fast.

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Track 3, 'Mientras Se Respira', again brings me back to the early 90's with it's dream-pop infused vocals & hazy wall of effected guitars. Simple in its construction & with vocals sung in Spanish, this track is simply beautiful and it flows so well, with it's psychedelic breaks & screaming shoegaze swirls. Seriously, go and check this track out:

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You can listen to any track on this 7 track release from New York based 'MALKA' and really drift away on it's post-rock, dream-pop & shoegaze walls of sound. It's a stunning debut from a band I reckon will make serious waves going forward in this next wave of shoegaze. Tracks like 'Wolves And Sheep, Diamond Girl, Corazon Sin Sangre' & the brilliant 'Swoon' will have you drifting through their sonic waves, force you to listen to their explosive shoegaze swirls & have you wanting to hear more from this amazing outfit. Their songs are evocative, both musically and lyrically, touching on metaphysical, existential and interpersonal subject matter with an honesty that resonates to an emotional core. Their music is a reflection of the triumph and tragedy of the world, compelling us to look deeper into the realms of our consciousness.'MALKA' are trying to stretch the concept of songs to make them sound more like emotional lapses of time.

Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - February 2015 - Dublin, Ireland. 

 

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The Constant State is available on Bandcamp and will also be available as a digital release in iTunes and streaming through Spotify, Rdio, etc.

LINKS:
malkanyc.com
malkanyc.bandcamp.com
malkanyc.bandcamp.com
twitter.com/malkanyc
www.youtube.com/user/malkanyc

 

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Del Chaney has spent the last two 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, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm, 'The Primal Radio Show', has gained considerable respect from band’s and promoter’s alike since it’s conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting a genre of music that he's passionate about. He also currently write's for Canadian based online music webzine www.ReplicantEars.com. 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.


ALBUM REVIEW: Spökraket - In A Witch Forest (Cable Hell Records)

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Artist: Spökraket
Release: In A Witch Forest
Release Date: 22/02/15
Record Company: Cable Hell Records

Back in April 2014 I stumbled on a band from Århus over in Denmark who blew me away from the very first listen of their then most recent 7 inch single release entitled ’Distant Light/Sedated Sun’. On closer inspection I found out that this band had not only released 2 albums previously but had just gone back into their own studio to finish recording their third album entitled - ‘In A Witch Forest’. Spökraket are a neo-psychedelic shoegazing outfit, formed in 2010, who have taken the shoegaze genre by the scruff of the neck & not only experimented with it, but have created a completely new sub-culture all of their own.

Spökraket are - Bjørn Vind Abildtrup: electric and acoustic guitars, organ, grand piano, synthesizer, double bass, bass, backing vocals, singing bowl, handclaps, tambourine, african drum, beer bottle, shaker, cow bell, floor tom, cymbals, table with dishes and beer bottles, drum machine, tape effects, Jonathan Højgaard: vocals, 6 and 12-string electric guitars, acoustic guitars, organ, synthesizer, bass, tambourine, shaker, table with dishes and beer bottles, drum machine, tape effects & Sinas Robin Krøjer Svendsen: drums, synthesizer, bass, backing vocals, clarinet, didgeridoo, singing bowl, tambourine, shaker, darbuka, handclaps, african drums, congas, tinfoil, plastic spoons, plastic bag, table with dishes and beer bottles, tape effects!

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The album opens up with the middle eastern flavours of ‘Tahir Square’ & transports this listener back in time to ‘Velvet Underground’ inspired, drug fuelled, warehouse parties full of psychedelic interactions involving light & dark sound waves! This is a beautiful, free flowing opening track that takes you in and introduces you to something good.

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Track 2 entitled ‘Tandava’ is one of my favourite's on the album. It’s a full on ‘Gaze At Your Shoes’ anthem! From it’s hazy wall of sound beginning’s, through to it’s addictive vocals, enticingly erratic drum beat & an absolutely explosive ending, this track is immense.

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The pounding drums on track three herald the arrival of a behemoth! The drum track baton charges your senses before introducing you to a driving wall of effected guitars, synths & a throbbing bass line all cradling the swirling repetitive vocal - ‘Lord Drug My Mind’. The chord changes in this track alone are mind blowing and keep you firmly focused on whats actually going on within this maelstrom of sound, thus preventing you from completely zoning out in this incredible pulsating soundscape!

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With a fuzzy 90’s, almost trip hop like sequenced drum beat, ’My Mind Is Going’ enters the arena with beautiful swirling synths and dapper piano stabs, surrounded by a whirlwind of upheaval. This is an epic battle of good against evil - in musical form! You need to listen to this track with headphones on to experience exactly what I’m on about! It is Magnificent.

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Track five, ‘Electricity Comes From Other Planets’, is a full on shoegazing masterpiece! Beautiful in it’s conception & a welcome break from the effected madness of previous tracks. You float on a three minute & twenty nine second sonic wave of goodness while a soothing vocal line caresses your mind.

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On track six we’ve returned to another 60’s influenced, neo-psychedelic track with Middle Eastern infusions, full of beautifully addictive sounds.‘Enjoying Insanity’ continues on from where ‘Tandava’ ended. Yet again, this is another amazing track to journey through & get lost in respectively. Immense!

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‘In A Witch Forest’, the albums self titled seventh track is a creeping monolith. Full of expressive songwriting & menacing tones, this track floats around the atmosphere with reckless abandon. The vocal track melts into the laid back psychedelic atmospherics supplied by the guitars & drums. Sit back, put your headphones on & allow this track to take you to places previously visited in dreams! Stunning!

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Track eight on this immense release brings me back to where I first heard Spökraket. 'Distant Sun' was originally released as a double A-Side single back in April 2014 & caught my attention from its very first musical note! It's testament as to why I really like this band. Full on emotive shoegaze explodes onto the musical landscape with aplomb. A wall of sonic sound waves attack your eardrums as the vocal wash over you, streaming alongside the throbbing drum track. The lead guitar lines are to die for & the track just keeps giving and giving. A truly immense track & absolutely my favourite on this album.

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The closing track is a bit of a miss match if I'm honest. 'Tribute To Ride Into The Sun' is obviously a rehearsal room favourite & if I'm honest, a bit to much  Krautrock meets Electronica for my liking!  Others may like the ethereal vocal swirls, sequenced drum machines & synth stabs running through it. There are shoegaze moments too, but overall this track doesn't do it for me. Check it out for yourself -

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Spökraket's collective sound on this album can be described as hazy, moody, emotive & thought provoking, with intense pulses of screaming shoegaze, infused with swirling North African & Indian folk music influences that lightly break the sonic layers of their epic wall’s of sound to bring their listeners on an immense psychedelic journey. This highly anticipated third album entitled ‘In A Witch Forest’ has taken 14 months to complete, was recorded on tape and mixed at Cable Hell Studio between september 2013 and January 2015, engineered by Sinas and Jonathan, mixed by Spökraket, mastered by Mads Bordingaard & is an absolute revelation.'In A Witch Forest' will be out on vinyl in April or May 2015 and will be the first release on Cable Hell Records.

You can find out more information about Spökraket by perusing their social media here:

Facebook.Com/Spökraket

spökraket.bandcamp.com

Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - February 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.

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Del Chaney has spent the last two 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, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm, 'The Primal Radio Show', has gained considerable respect from band’s and promoter’s alike since it’s conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting a genre of music that he's passionate about. He also currently write's for Canadian based online music webzine www.ReplicantEars.com. 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.


EP REVIEW: Elastic Sleep - Leave You (FIFA Records IRL & Big Tea Records UK)

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Artist: Elastic Sleep

Release: Leave You EP

Release Date: 28/04/14

Record Company: FIFA Records( IRL) & Big Tea Records(UK)

Back in early 2014 I had the privilege of hearing a brilliant new, fresh sound coming from Cork in Southern Ireland. In March of that year Elastic Sleep's blissfully immense tracks were a regular on one of my earliest radio show's -  The Quiet Room for RadioAktiv, with one track in particular, the beautiful cover version of 'You Only Live Twice', frequenting the airwaves & causing quite a stir with my regular listener's at that time. Elastic Sleep have a sometimes dream-pop, sometimes full on shoegaze infused sound and they are, in my opinion, the forerunner's in Ireland 's own new wave of gaze or as it's being called worldwide - The Shoegaze Revival.

Elastic Sleep are Muireann Levis (vocals), Chris Somers (vocals/guitar), Brendan Riordan (guitar), Ruairí Dale (bass) and Brian Kiely (drums), & are former college friends who, after different formations, bands and projects, became Elastic Sleep. Back in April 2014 they released what should go down in Irish musical history as a game changer of an EP entitled 'Leave You' through Irish independent record label FIFA Records, based in Cork, & over in the UK on Big Tea Records. Elastic Sleep's sound travels across darkness and light; from the tranquil to the uncontrollable taking influence from Broadcast, early Goldfrapp, My Bloody Valentine with a lush cinematic quality that has was won them much praise over the last 18 months.

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The EP open's up with the rather impressive 'Leave You'. With the haunting tones of Muireann Levis stunningly beautiful vocal, floating on a very addictive guitar line, this track lead's you into it's core with a false sense of security before unleashing a wall of sound so beautiful, it washes you clean of impurities and wraps it's sonic goodness around your entire body. Backing vocals on the chorus lines, from Chris Somers, add to this hauntingly good track. I kid you not! For first time listener's to this brilliant 5 piece band from Cork this should be your entry point! This is brand new Irish shoegazing, this is the new wave:

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Track 2 entitled 'I Found Love', is heavier in it's origins but stunning all the same. I can hear early Sub Pop era Sonic Youth with it's creeping guitar swells and exploding chorus parts. This track is a crawling monolith with Somers taking the lead vocal & Muireann Levis backing vocal swirling menacingly in time with the exploding wall of guitar & drums. I really, really like this track! I found love ....... Check it out:

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Track 3 is a different animal all-together! 'Deep And Blue' is four minutes & twenty-four seconds of pure unadulterated dream-pop. It's a stunning soundscape all built around Muireann Levis addictively beautiful main vocal. 'Deep And Blue' is sonically divine, with it's hazy guitars & pounding 60's soundtrack like drumbeat. Reminiscent in parts to Australia's own 'Luna Ghost' or Wales based outfit 'Golden Fable', this track is immense. Check it out:

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With it's growling guitar intro, track 4 on Elastic Sleep's 'Leave You EP' entitled Tzar 'Bomba(No More Tears)' reverts back to a heavier, angrier sounding Elastic Sleep but still addictive all the same. This track has a harder edge to it & pushes a grungier sound to the fore. Again the backing vocals from Levis cut through the heavy guitar lines & pounding drums, lifting the track on the chorus parts! Bloody good though! 

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'Splish' announces itself onto the musical landscape with Muireann Levis haunting vocal sitting on top of a post-punk inspired bassline. Track 5 on this stunning EP is a full on emotive, early 90's shoegaze infused masterpiece, with both Levis & Somers taking vocal duties whilst the guitars and drums swirl & explode like fireworks! Probably my favourite track on this EP, musically it reminds me of early 'Pale Saints' with it's experimental guitar lines & effected parts. Very cool track! Don't take my word for it though, go check it out for yourself:

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The  EP' closes with a slow burning, very stylish, 'Velvet Underground meets Nico' inspired track entitled - 'Stay'. It's 2 minutes plus of psychedelic sound waves written especially for people like me to daydream to. A strange track to close this immense EP with, but brilliant all the same.

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2015 is shaping up to be a big year for Elastic Sleep. Having received much praise for their debut EP they were chosen to perform at Whelans ‘Ones to Watch’ 2015 and have also been hotly tipped by the Irish Times, the Thin Air, Hot Press and Golden Plec for big things this year.

Their Leave You EP shows that they are making some of the best sounds in Ireland right now. - THE IRISH TIMES

The dream-pop scene hasn’t been so alive in decades and this Cork five-piece take things into the realm of nightmares. Delightfully atmospheric and exquisitely beautiful stuff. - Hot Press

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Back in November 2014 Elastic sleep release a brand new track to the masses! Entitled 'Slip' this track gave us all a little insight into whats to come from these Irish gazers in 2015 & beyond. Check it out below:

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To coincide with their biggest headline gig to date Elastic Sleep have released a live video ,shot by Blair Alexander, covering Jon Hopkins modern classic 'Open Eye Signal' at a recent gig.

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Hot off the back of Whelan's 'Ones to Watch 2015' Elastic Sleep return to the legendary Dublin venue for a headline gig in the main venue this Friday 20th of February. Support on the night comes from Other Creatures.

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You can find out more info & check out Elastic Sleep here:

www.elasticsleep.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/elasticsleepband
www.twitter.com/elasticsleep

 

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Del Chaney has spent the last two 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, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm, 'The Primal Radio Show', has gained considerable respect from band’s and promoter’s alike since it’s conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting a genre of music that he's passionate about. He also currently write's for Canadian based online music webzine www.ReplicantEars.com. 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.

 


EP REVIEW: Tuath - An Taobh Tuath(ail)

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Artist: Tuath

Release: An Taobh TAat(hail) EP

Release Date: 17/03/15

Record Company: Unsigned

'Gaeilge' - Irish, or 'Irish Gaelic' is the national and first official language of Ireland, as well as one of the official languages of the European Union" 

Being Irish is a great thing. Speaking our first language is another story. In Ireland we are thought how to speak the Irish language for most of our school going lives, yet most of us today can't even speak a full sentence, at all, in what is officially our first language! Take that last sentence in! Now go back and re-read it. We go to school over here in Ireland for anything up to 14 + years!! Shocking isn't it? Last year my band released our second album 'Analogue Wave - Casimir' on it we recorded, produced & self released an Electronic Track with vocal's by me, 'as Gaeilge',to bring attention to the fact that our first language is Irish & more band's/artist's should praise that fact & use it vocally in their songwriting techniques! So Imagine my surprise when I was approached by an Irish shoegazing/ post-rock/ noise-rock outfit only singing in the official first language of Ireland?  Yeah it blew my mind too!

'Tuath' are an Irish language prog/ psych/ noise/ gaze band from Donegal, Ireland specialising in recording, producing & self releasing magnificent soundscapes through the medium of gaze! The outfit started off as just Robert Mulhern, sick and tired of being let down by other musicians, he got together with a band hell bent on exposing the Irish language to a bigger audience. He decided that his native tongue would help spread the word & be the vehicle that was needed to get the Irish language out through their songs! Eventually the project was minimised to just himself & Ashley Mobasser ( Saxophone) for recording purposes only, with session musicians coming on board for live experimentations! Their debut 7 track EP  - 'Tuath  - An Taobh TAat(hail)' is penned in for release on 17th March 2015 with subsequent releases planned throughout 2015 & plan's to tour heavily throughout the year too. 

 

This EP opens up with the triumphant 'Ocras'. A powerful, stomping track with the added bonus of a saxophone giving the traditional shoegaze wall of sound a new edge. The guitars are perfectly produced & the vocals float on reverb laden effects taking the track to a whole new level in the breaks. This is Irish shoegazing at it's very very best. Check it out:

 

With post-rock & progressive elements leading the charge, the second track on this EP entitled 'Nil Tu Ann' announces it's arrival with a stunning vocal arrangement sitting on top of an addictive drum beat. The introduction of the saxophone again instantly lifts the track out of it's progressive slump and into familiar shoegaze territory and the atmospheric guitar changes towards the end of this track are immense. This is a really great track but there are better on this EP. Check it out below:

 

Fans of noise-rock will love track three on this epic release! 'D.M.T ' is fast and punchy with an almost ambient like effected vocal cutting through the maelstrom of guitars & drums. I have to say though, it's the Sax that is a welcome addition to this whirlwind of noise & it helps to keep this listener firmly focused on the track in general & not on the madness going on around it. Excellent stuff.

 

And as if by magic, the shoegaze re-appears! With a nod & a wink to the first wave of gazers, think of band's like UK based - 'Loop' or Boston's own - 'The Swirlies', track four explodes onto the musical landscape with aplomb. 'Uisce, Uisce - Read All About It'  is immense! A solid wall of reverb hit's you right between the eyes, scoops you up & takes you with it, on a journey through gaze! In comes the Saxophone to add another level completely & I am now fully content! Probably my favourite track on this release by far. Bloody brilliant.

 

You can listen to any track on this massive release & it will give you something new to get your ears around. Yes, the Irish language thing is brilliant & I commend the band for experimenting with our national language, but don't let it take your ears away from the musical compositions on this EP.  They are absolutely stunning. From the opening track 'Ocras' through 'Nil Tu Ann', D.M.T, Uisce Uisce - Read All About It, I D'tuath De Mo Cuid Namhaid(Brian Jonestown Massacre Cover), the immense instrumental 'Ag Dunmharu An Timpeallacht' & finally to the EP's epic closing track 'Bharuil', this EP has it all. I'm amazed at how much attention to detail has gone into producing this bunch of tracks. When Robert Mulhern got in touch with me initially, he told me that the band had never set out to be 'Gazers'. This EP, in my opinion, firmly put's them into the ' Irish Gaze' category of music & should 'Tuath' decide to stay with shoegaze, it will hold them in good stead with the hardcore Irish shoegazing fan's going forward.

You can find out more about the band by going to:

www.soundcloud.com/tuath

www.facebook.com/Tuathband

Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - February 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.

 

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Del Chaney has spent the last two 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, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm, 'The Primal Radio Show', has gained considerable respect from band’s and promoter’s alike since it’s conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting a genre of music that he's passionate about. He also currently write's for Canadian based online music webzine www.ReplicantEars.com. 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.

 


EP REVIEW | A Sudden Burst Of Colour - Waves Will Rise On Silent Water.

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Artist: A Sudden Burst of Colour

Release: Waves Will Rise On Silent Water

Release Date: 19/02/15

Record Company: Good Grief Records

Scotland has a serious love affair with the atmospheric post-rock genre of music. Maybe it's down to location? Or maybe it's down to the expansive visual beauty of the Scottish landscape? Recently I've been coming across some amazing post-rock outfit's coming out of Scotland via numerous different outlets & almost every band that I've heard of has released absolutely stunning musical soundscapes of immense proportions. We have reviewed post-rock band's before for this blog, most recently Edinburgh based 'We Came From The North' & Glasgow based 'Inuit', the latter subsequently winning our 'Best Album Of 2014' accolade with their amazing release  - 'Don't Forget You're Here Forever'. 

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Motherwell four piece 'A Sudden Burst Of Colour' are recent arrival's to Glasgow's premier noise based independent record label - 'Good Grief Records', but they fit into the label's continuing ethos of finding & releasing Independent, experimental & progressive music to the best of their ability. 'A Sudden Burst Of Colour' are - Callum Brand, Luke Duncan, Liam Shaw & Calum Farquharson & they create a beautiful maelstrom of instrumental rock music with ambient & atmospheric influences. Their latest release, the 4 track EP - 'Waves Will Rise On Silent Water (19th February 2015 )', is their first release on 'Good Grief Records', but it will no doubt cement them into the annal's of Scotland's atmospheric post-rock greats. This is a amazing collection of tracks.

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The EP open's up with the stunning 'Riptide', an emotive reverb drenched powerhouse of a track full of atmospheric explosions & creeping guitar lines leading the charge from the off. Trust me when I say that it's immense ending will grab you by the hair and throw  you around your room! Yes, it's infectious, but that forces you to keep your concentration fixed on the intricate instrumental work going on throughout the track. Next up on 'Waves Will Rise On Silent Water',  is 'Yume', a more laid-back track but beautifully ambient in it's approach. The guitar lines on this track are masterful & equally as addictive as the opening track but leaning more toward's the atmospheric tendencies of this band. Track three get's the blood pumping with it's driving intro. In my opinion 'Life Spent Drifting' was written for daydreaming!  It's probably my favourite track on this immense release & it show's exactly how good 'A Sudden Burst of Colour' really are. It has everything going on! Peaks & troughs bring you on a 5 minute 12 second journey through blissfully atmospheric guitars and pulsating drums & again, in my opinion, this track is the corner stone of the entire EP. I really have to congratulate 'A Sudden Burst of Colour' for introducing the world to 'Life Spent Drifting'. It's a beautiful track. The closing track on 'Waves Will Rise On Silent Water' is 'Ocean Floor' & it does exactly what I want this genre of music to do - bring me on journey & evoke snapshots of memories from the past, long hidden. Listening to this track on headphones is a must. The attention to detail & the musicianship are absolutely breathtaking. It's a fitting closing track to a brilliantly emotive EP.

Check out more info on  'Good Grief Records' & 'A Sudden Burst of Colour':

goodgriefrecords.bandcamp.com

asuddenburstofcolour.bandcamp.com

Facebook.com/asuddenburstofcolour

Facebook.com/goodgriefrecords

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Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - February 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.

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Del Chaney has spent the last two 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, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm, 'The Primal Radio Show', has gained considerable respect from band’s and promoter’s alike since it’s conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting a genre of music that he's passionate about. He also currently write's for Canadian based online music webzine www.ReplicantEars.com. 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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ALBUM REVIEW: Novanta - Best Selling Dreams (Seashell Records)

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Artist: Novanta

Record Company: Seashell Records

Release: Best Selling Dreams

Release Date: 27/10/14

Nu-Gaze is a term that scares the life out of me. I generally tend to stay well away from it for fear of lumping a band or an artist into a sub-genre of music that they neither belong to or indeed should be in at all. I personally believe, that wether you use synth's & drum machine's,  guitars & effects or effected ethereal vocals to create wall’s of sound then by right's you should be classed as shoegaze, not tagged with the dreaded Nu-Gaze moniker, that seem's to be lumped onto band’s these day's just for trying out something new or for being different. We need to actively promote and support these band's for trying out something different in today's modern musical landscape, not labelling them outside of the shoegaze family for being different! After all, if we keep creating new terminologies for the different era's or newest wave of gaze, are we not eventually going to completely wipe away the original concept, which is shoegaze?

Italian based shoegaze has been on the rise, in my opinion, for a while now and I’ve touched on it before through mentioning other Italian gaze band's & reviewing Italian releases for this blog (case in point - Stella Diana), but one band in particular are bringing a new form of modern day shoegaze to a worldwide audience via another amazing independent record label who are not only cradling shoegaze on their roster but also Folk, Psychedelic Rock, Alt-Folk, Wave, Neo-Folk, Indie Pop, Folktronic & Ambient artists too. Seashell Records are based in Palermo, Italy & are in my opinion one of the foremost purveyors of Italian gaze today. One such act on their roster are 'Novanta' - they hail from Milan, Italy and are a shoegaze/post-rock/electronic project created by Manfredi Lamartina. They released a stunning album of 8 track's full of ambient, post-rock & shoegaze connotations back in September 2014 through the medium of Seashell Records  called -  'Best Selling Dreams'.

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'Best Selling Dreams' opens up with 'Light Changes'. A drum sequence doesn't give anything away at all before this track opens up into a blistering dreampop infused soundscape with a modern twist. The use of synth's on this track are exquisite & the vocal effects/production are immense. Check it out.

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If anyone ever wanted to know about how good modern day Italian shoegaze really is then track two on this epic release will educate you on it's brilliance. As it's title suggest's 'Windows' will open your eye's & ear's to Italian shoegaze & take you on a journey of monumental proportion's from the off. This track explodes on the musical canvas with effected guitar's & and addictive vocal line's leading us into that immense chorus change. Sheer emotive & expressive shoegaze at it's very, very best. 

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With a look back to the first wave, track three on 'Best Selling Dreams' is my personal favourite. 'Worthless Whirl's' is old school. This track alone has everything, from it's post-punk touches to it's dream-wave infused vocals all comfortably swirling around it's shoegaze leanings. 'Worthless Whirls' is immense! It build's & build's until the haunting vocal arrives on top of post-punk inspired bass line leading us to that brilliant 'My Bloody Valentine' like wall of effected guitar's. This is shoegaze! Check it out.

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You can listen to any track on this album & never fail to get completely inspired with what 'Novanta' & Manfredi Lamartina have achieved. From it's opening track 'Light Changes' on into 'Windows, Worthless Whirls, Novanta Song, A Fever, 2Young2Die, Reasons' & the album's epic closer 'La Maledizione Degli Affetti', 'Best Selling Dreams' should be celebrated for what it is - a brilliant shoegaze album infused with post-punk, dream-pop & ambient styling's, harking back, in parts, to the first wave of shoegaze!  This is a truly wonderful album & one that I'll continue to reference as one of the best underground Italian shoegaze albums of 2014, going forward.

 Del Chaney- The Primal Music Blog - February 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.

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Check out other artists over at SeashellRecords.bandcamp.com

You can find out more about the brilliant 'Novanta' here:

Facebook.com/Novanta

Twitter.Com/Novanta

Novanta.bandcamp.com

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Del Chaney has spent the last two 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, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm, The Primal Radio Show, has gained considerable respect from band’s and promoter’s alike since it’s conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he's passionate about. He also currently write's for Canadian based online music webzine www.ReplicantEars.comHailing 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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EP REVIEW: Youth In Bloom - Shell EP (Mayfly Records)

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Artist: Youth In Bloom

Record Label: Mayfly Records

Release Name: Shell EP

Release Date: 17/12/14

Shoegazing is Escapism! It’s a modern day, anti-hype, full on emotive, romantic genre of music that offer’s hope in a sad, mad & bad world. It makes you think about life & love and it gives you a way out of all of those dull, moronic, every day, conveyor belt moment’s that life can throw at you. Shoegaze washes over us all in waves of reverb laden goodness. It lift’s the spirit’s on a cold, damp winter’s day and it transport’s you on a sonic wave to someplace warm. You can walk around a busy city with headphones on listening to it’s swirls & flourishes just thinking about life. It’s not just about staring at your shoes, it’s also about reaching for the stars. Every once and a while a bunch of track's collectively released on an EP or album grab me by the ear's and throw me around my living room. I've said this before and written about it many times, but it's true! 'Youth In Bloom' are a new band to me, & in my opinion they have released a shoegazing masterpiece! Their 'Shell EP' seriously need's to be heard in it's entirety for people to realise that this resurgent shoegazing scene is not going away easily & every week a new band surfaces with a release that will blow it's listeners away!

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With an almost 'Chapterhouse' like intro, the opening track on 'Youth In Bloom's' debut release 'Shell EP' will give you a clear understanding of what this band are about musically. 'Unwind' is a sonically immense track with a duel vocal to die for! Listen carefully to the traditional shoegaze production technique's on the vocal line's! They are way back in the mix just floating on a sea of bliss & riding a wall of guitar, drum's & bass. This is heaven.

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'Crescent Waves', the EP's second track, greet's us with, in my opinion, the only Alt-Rock influenced track on this EP.  It explodes on to the musical canvas before opening up with the absolutely stunning vocal line - "Pale blue like dreams of you, Old stories we tell are becoming new, Pale blue like dreams of you, Pleasures of the mind will see you through".  A duel vocal again carries this track on a wave of sonically beautiful tones into the amazing chorus line. Check it out:

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Three track's in and we're hit with a shoegaze classic! 'Finder' is the bedrock on this immense release. It has all the qualities of a classic gaze track and cements 'Youth In Bloom' firmly into the shoegaze genre elite. The drum track alone on this song is worthy of singular praise as it takes us on a four minute 5 second journey through the spirit of shoegaze & it's many guises. Again, vocally sublime, this band can do no wrong in my opinion and they deserve our respect. 

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The dreampop element's of Youth In Bloom's sound come to the fore on the brilliant 'Dismantle', the forth track on this amazing EP. Opening with the sweetest of vocal's sitting on top of hauntingly beautiful guitar swell's, this track remind's me so much of Irish shoegazing outfit 'Elastic Sleep' who record, produce & release similar soundscapes in the dreampop/shoegazing genre. The drums explode with menace and bring the curtain down on a really great track but ultimately it's all about the vocal. Sublime!

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'Shrouded' is the closing track on this EP & in my opinion, 'Youth In Bloom' have saved the best for last. This is a stunning piece of music & possibly my favourite track on the 'Shell EP'. Full of expressive shoegaze qualities & subtle dreampop flourishes, 'Shrouded' comes to life after we are introduced to & guided through a Dreampop masterclass into a full on Nu-Gaze heavy hitting classic track. This is stunning in every way and I have to commend 'Youth In Bloom' for the way in which they've presented this track. It has peak's & trough's that are full of swirling sonic goodness & again, that vocal track is to die for!  This track alone has everything that I love about the shoegaze/dreampop/nu-gaze genre's of music & it is also a track that I will keep coming back to again & again.

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Hailing from Williamsport, PA & signed to the immense Mayfly Record's, another amazing independent record company nurturing the underground gaze scene over in the States with aplomb, 'Youth In Bloom' combine shoegaze, nu-gaze, dream pop, & 90′s alt rock to perfection. This EP will appeal to fans of Whirr, Tamaryn, Wildhoney, and Pity Sex but it will also appeal to fan's of the first wave of shoegaze respectively!

You can check out 'Youth In Bloom' for yourselves here:

www.Facebook.com/YouthInBloom

www.Twitter.com/YouthInBloom

www.YouthInBloom.bandcamp.com

www.MayflyRecords.bandcamp.com

Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - February 2015 - Dublin, Ireland. 

 

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Del Chaney has spent the last two 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, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm, The Primal Radio Show, has gained considerable respect from band’s and promoter’s alike since it’s conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he's passionate about. He also currently write's for Canadian based online music webzine www.ReplicantEars.com .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.

10957870_1543445362610481_3298815984403428976_n phonto


EP REVIEW | Cross Tabou - Illusion And Paradise

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Artist: Cross Tabou

Release: Illusion And Paradise

Release Date: 06/02/15

California is producing some epic sound's these days, away from the mainstream tripe & most especially in the psychedelic/shoegaze/dreampop genres of music. One such act hail from San Jose and are a collaboration of two fantastic musicians, the amazing songwriter Miss Sofia Vondell & the equally talented underground artist Horizontal Halfspear. Labelled as 'Cross Tabou', they have just released an absolutely stunning collection of 5 tracks on an epic EP entitled 'Illusion And Paradise'. Their debut 10 track release, 'Cross Tabou', graced our ears back in September 2014 and quickly became a favourite of the online radio community because of it's genre spanning diversity and psychedelic quality, all wrapped around the stunning Miss Vondell's vocal line's. 'Illusion And Paradise' move's a tentative step forward from their impressive debut and take's the listener on a psychedelic journey, leaning more towards the post-punk/shoegaze side of their sound, but with a more traditional dreampop highlight.

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Track one is straight out of the Velvet Underground songwriter's handbook. 'Last Flight' is absolutely stunning. Vondell's vocal abilities take the lead and sit on top of a hauntingly beautiful guitar line. This is the entry point to what Cross Tabou can actually achieve & new listeners to their sound will instantly fall in love with them. It's an amazing intro track. Check it out below.

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Next up is the brilliant 'Into This', probably my favourite track on this EP. This track alone has everything that I love about this genre of music - Shoegaze, Post-Punk & DreamPop! Again the spotlight shine's firmly on Vondell's ability to sing. The traditional shoegaze production techniques on the vocals are pushed to one side to allow Sofia the space she deserves up front in the mix. The guitar swells are addictive and that early 90s sounding drum sequence is exquisite! A masterpiece! Check it out.

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A short interlude with the gaze infused instrumental 'Illusion And Paradise', bring's us nicely to the industrial sound's of track four on his EP,  'Writing On Wall'. On my first listen to this track I could hear Queens Of The Stone Age but without the growl! I kid you not. But it open's out into a track with a multitude of thing's going on in it. Post-Punk flairs litter it's production. It has a gothic feel to it too but it stick's firmly to its psychedelic roots. Sofia Vondell hold's it all together with her almost Debbie Harry like vocal qualities & the production on this track is expertly achieved. Very cool track & one that need's several listens before it really hit's home. Check it out.

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The closing track on his EP has me very intrigued indeed. We're back to the Velvet Underground theme that captivated us early on in this EP's opening track,  but with the epic 'Void' there's something else going on here entirely! There is a tiny post-rock edge to this track that is very addictive indeed. Sofia's almost post-punk vocal lines sitting on the church organ are immense. It hark's back to the hazy days of experimental LSD & full on factory parties.  A truly captivating track. This is church music for the damned. Immense!

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Overall this is a stunning piece of work by a collaborating duo who have plenty more in the tank to give as far as self releasing artists go. I'll expect to hear more from this band towards the end of this year and I know individually they are releasing an immense body of solo work too. Do go and support them.

You can get your hands on this EP & Cross Tabou's debut release HERE.

 

Del Chaney- The Primal Music Blog -  February 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.

 

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Del Chaney has spent the last two 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, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm, The Primal Radio Show, has gained considerable respect from band’s and promoter’s alike since it’s conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he's passionate about. He also currently write's for Canadian based online music webzine www.ReplicantEars.com. 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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