Over the past few years the Australian shoegazing scene has produced an amazing wealth of talent, spanning every corner of it's awe inspiring continent. From Sydney to Adelaide, Perth to Brisbane, we all know that 'the scene that celebrates itself ' is alive and well in Australia. But there is one city that stands out from all others! It seems to me that every single Australian based shoegaze band that I have come across these days hail's from this city alone! To me, Melbourne has produced some of the best post-punk, noise-rock & shoegaze infused artists over the past 24 months than any other city that I can think of. Bands such as Contrast, VHS Dream, Hideous Towns, Flyying Colours, Lunaire, Glaciers & Luna Ghost have created some amazingly beautiful blissed out tracks that I have played religiously on my online radio show 'The Primal Radio Show' for Radioactive//Underground.
But there is one Melbourne based band, that to me, epitomises a 60's fuzzy psychedelic sound & not only connects 80's atmospheric post-punk to early 90's gaze but who also adds a modern edge to their sound to create an addictive, reverb soaked, maelstrom of layered effects and beautiful melodies that would grace any soundtrack to a modern day musical audience. That band are - 'Bloodhounds On My Trail'.
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Reading the bands intro up on their Bandcamp page instantly sold me to their musical ideas - 'A love of shoegaze bands of the late 1980's to early 90's provided the catalyst for the formation of the band. Since then, members Johnny Green (guitar, vocals), Chris Donaldson (guitar), Jonny O’Hara (bass) and Nik Donaldson (drums) have sought to fuse the rhythmic underpinnings of bands like the Velvet Underground and the Stooges with the dream haze of Cocteau Twins and Slowdive'.
Released on the 14th October 2014, Engineered by Matt Hosking & Mixed by Rob Long at Birdland Studios & Los Bomberos, Escape is another of those EP's that has come straight out of left field and completely captivated me from the very first listen! I am instantly a fan of this band's sound. I spent my teenage years listening to some of the sounds that influence Bloodhounds On My Trail, such as Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, Ride, Jesus & Mary Chain, Stooges, MC5 & The Velvet Underground. I can hear every single one of those influential bands on this EP and that, for me, is a special thing! It's a really special thing in todays new wave of shoegaze!
The EP kicks off with the stunning 'Old Fools'. This is the doorway into a world where dreams are collected and played back via the medium of shoegazing! The intro to this song alone will send shivers down your spine and leave you floating in ethereal space. It is 5 minutes 36 seconds of beautiful, blissed out sounds that hit you in waves with their thundering drums and thriving bass lines! The guitar's alone on this track remind me of a Cheetah stalking it's prey! They swirl around the tracks moving parts with menace and pounce with speed when the immense vocal arrangements fall away & let the guitars dictate the space! This track will force the breath from your lungs it is that intense! But please, don't take my word for it. Go and check it out for yourself -
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'Dreamless', the second track on Bloodhounds On My Trail's impressive debut EP, takes your hand and guides you through a blissful soundscape of shoegaze. It open's up into another stunning track and I'm starting to think that this band alone will cross divides and open the genre of shoegazing and its many sub-cultures up to a wider audience. This is yet another beautiful track with a wall of sound that evokes an ethereal almost dreamlike feeling. I love it when a band can unlock feelings from it's listeners or when the music that a band creates can tap into a feeling & force you to remember good times! Bloodhounds On My Trail have a knack of teasing out memories, but in a good way!
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Track 3, 'Jolly', is a shoegaze traditionalist's wet dream! This track could have been plucked from 1989/1990. It's the closest track that I have heard resembling anything from that era in this modern day shoegazing world. It is stunningly beautiful. This is shoegazing on a cinematic scale. Swirling guitars blended with that amazing bass sound, those steady drums & Johnny Green's infectious vocals make this track a 'Stand Out' track for me and one that every single fan of the shoegaze genre of music should have on repeat. This should be the 'go to' track for future shoegaze fans. To have mastered a sound so infectious on a debut EP deserves major props to Bloodhounds On My Trail. I doubt even the inner sanctum of shoegaze aficionados would disagree with me when I say - " This is shoegaze! "
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A soothing intro heralds the angelic arrival of the closing track on the already impressive 4 track EP. 'Silence, It's Golden' is yet another shining example of pure unhinged shoegaze! The wall of layered guitars & effected vocals hits you like a steam train. The chorus on this track is absolutely stunning with its addictive chord change, pounding drums and immense vocal all sitting on top of a steady beat. This is a fitting end, to what I believe, is a game changer for fans of the shoegaze genre. This is one hell of a release! Check it out below -
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This listener is captivated by the sounds that Bloodhounds On My Trail achieve on this EP. The song structures and musicianship are second to none! The 'Escape EP' catapults you into a dream where gravity holds no sway! You float with ease on a sonic wall of reverb infused guitars, pulsating bass lines & amazing vocal tones. It's an immensely beautiful, sleek body of work with clean lines and wonderful arrangements. This EP is an out of body experience that I will continue to tap into again & again & again.
Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - January 2015 - Dublin, Ireland
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Artist Name: Revolution - A Shoegaze Revival ( Compilation )
Release Date: 11/02/15
Record Company: Raphalite Records & Gerpfast Kolektif Records
I once read a quote - "After reaching it's apotheosis with My Bloody Valentine's 1991 masterpiece, Loveless, shoegaze petered out quickly, although numerous bands have tried to keep the dense, sense-pommeling sound alive since then, with varying degrees of success". - To me shoegaze never died. It simply went underground, far away from the prying eyes of the mass media hounds and the unrelenting record corporations looking for a fast buck! It's vibrant sound continued to cross divides and break borders all around the globe, drifting by us in waves. Every once in a while it popped it's head up to take a peek at this modern day musical landscape, before quickly retreating, back under the radar, waiting for it's chance to explode once again. This scene, once dubbed introverted, bubbled under the musical surface and gradually gained the attention of new ears in bedrooms and garages all over the world. Young teenage kids listening to the first generation of shoegaze gathered their friends together to start bands & collectives just to recreate it's atmospheric post-punk & droning psychedelic sound! This spark, in turn, lit the fuse thus leading to a burgeoning underground scene erupting onto a musical landscape that had been crying out for something different to cling to. The band's of today's are the next wave. They have studied their craft and in some case's created a completely new subculture in a genre of music that is traditionally a hard thing to penetrate. It's bizarre to think that shoegazing, considered the wimpiest of all the 90's musical scenes, is now thriving in a post -Pitchfork world!
Now Raphalite Records & Indonesian label Gerpfast Kolektif have brought together a selection of these 'Next Wave' shoegaze & dream pop artists, from all around the globe, for one free compilation release. What they have collectively achieved will cement this underground shoegaze scene into history and give the next generation of gazers something to reference when they in turn gather themselves to create their own wave of shoegaze. I am pleased to announce The Primal Music Blog's complete support of this epic shoegaze compilation by Raphalite Records & Indonesian label Gerpfast Kolektif and I fully intend to support as many of the artists on it as is feasibly possible.
"We are shoegaze; Look at your fucking shoes!"
Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - Dublin, Ireland.
"Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival" is an epic, truly international 30-track compilation comprised of outstanding original material. Such bands have set the stage for shoegaze pioneers’ return to today’s scene by upholding their wall of sound and painting it with breathtaking colour. Some of these bands are also ‘first wave’ but have remained underground, while some are newbies – the ‘second wave’ of shoegaze.
Curated by UK label Raphalite Records and Indonesian label Gerpfast Kolektif, this compilation features 30 bands from 16 countries, covering 5 of the 6 inhabited continents. Each was selected purely on the basis of their dynamic sound, without any consideration of geographic preference, label affiliation, popularity ranking or hype. Without even one throwaway or filler track, these are all 'keepers'. This 30-track compilation of epic music will be available as a free download from the 11th of February 2015 over at:
This is not a shoegaze tribute album to MBV or Slowdive, or even The Beatles. There is simply so much greatness to the new wave of shoegaze that we’re focusing on original tracks, which showcase the immense talent of the featured bands. For some, this album may be the best shoegaze soundtrack they’ll encounter in 2015. At minimum, this will serve as a fantastic introduction to these new sounds and happily tide existing shoegaze fans over for quite some time.
This compilation will help move this genre beyond being “The Scene That Celebrates Itself” to one that is also celebrated by others...
Featured bands: //orangenoise (Pakistan), Sounds of Sputnik (Russia), The Yours (Hong Kong), Trementina (Chile), Ummagma (Canada-Ukraine, Digilite (Indonesia), Jaguwar (Germany), Stellarscope (USA), Spool (Japan), Wozniak (Scotland), Ether Feels (Japan), Hideous Towns (Australia), Lights That Change (Wales, UK) ,Damascus (Indonesia), Weird. (Italy), Hermetic Delight (France), Rev Rev Rev (Italy), The Evening Primrose (Hong Kong), Stella Diana (Italy), Seaside (Indonesia), Blood Lips (UK), Magao (Japan), Clustersun (Italy), Duelectrum (Brazil), Intenna (Indonesia), Robsongs (Brazil), Slow Motion Picture (USA), Thud (Hong Kong), Sharesprings (Indonesia), Puna (Peru)
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It's not very often that I get the chance to review American based bands/artists for 'The Primal Music Blog'. Michigan based Great Black Night will probably be the first American based band that I've had on repeat on my speakers over the past few weeks. Their 3 track EP entitled 'The Smoke Is Rising' has consistently made me smile every single time that I've listened to it.
America is producing some really great shoegaze & dreampop music as of late and in very many guises. But very few of those bands have actually left a mark on me like Great Black Night have. This bunch of brilliant musicians step outside of the box when it comes to adding interesting extra production & composition parts to their tracks, such as adding a Violin & Cello to a wall of layered guitars or adding a backing vocal to the very tip of the main vocal thus filling the overall track with that little bit of heaven. They make me sit back and think about their music. They make me gaze! Very few bands can do that to this listener.
They do something else amazing, which to me is what music should be about. Listening to 'The Smoke Is Rising EP' evokes so many memories of my youth that I simply had to write this review. It amazed me! It is full of thought provoking moments that bring out memories from the furthest reaches of this listeners mind. Memories of lying in the long grass on a warm summers day, years ago, with friends & family talking about Cocteau Twins, the Pros & Cons of the music scene on that particular day in time and other simple memories full of the excitement that comes with starting a band.
Listening to 'All My Lonely Days', the EP's opening track, for the first time really threw me. I wasn't expecting the immense production on it. This is a huge track. From the amazing lead vocal and especially the backing vocals, to the lush string section sitting on top of the guitars adding that extra sonic element to their overall sound. They instantly made themselves stand out to me as a great band. They are doing something different in this modern age of nu-gaze, shoegaze & dreampop and it's a commendable trait as far as I'm concerned. 'All my lonely days' is my favourite track on this debut release and it is a stunning piece of musicianship! Check it out for yourself below:
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Track 2, on this three track EP, is called 'The DAAC Song'. This song does exactly what it says on the tin! It's a powerful track with a strong, intensely powerful vocal line that sits in the mix brilliantly. It has an infectious opening guitar line that keeps your attention firmly focused on the entire track and won't allow you to deviate from it. And again, the use of the string parts just under the vocals, throughout most of the track, is genius! Another brilliant addition to this EP.
The final track on the epic EP is a vivid journey through a deep, lush, dreampop infused soundscape. Its a beautiful piece of music entitled 'I've Got A Lot Of love'. Opening with an absolutely stunning vocal track, aligned with those epic strings, this song is a 4 minute roller coaster of emotions.With its delightful sonically brilliant guitar lines, those looping and arcing string arrangements, which are all sitting on top of a steady bass and drum track, this song is a fitting end to a brilliant debut release by a band that I hope go on to bigger and brighter things in the future. I for one, can't wait to hear what this bunch of musicians do next.
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Great Black Night hail from Grand Rapids, Michigan. They are Steve D: guitar & vocals, Matthew Eastman: drums & piano, Angel Hayden: vocals, Anne LaGrand: cello, Patrick Schaafsma: violin and Andy Stob: bass. 'The Smoke Is Rising EP' was released to the masses on 16th December. It was Recorded and Engineered by Matthew Eastman at Eastman Audio, Grand Rapids Michigan.
In the bands own words they are - 'Celebrating excesses and restraint within the sounds of rock and roll, Great Black Night aim to give you the night of your lives. Great Black Night explores love and rebellion through soulful tender vocals, piercing guitars, lush strings, and driving rhythms. Great Black Night are your band. They sing songs for you and with you. Look up and gaze. The Great Black Night is a wondrous place' - Here, Here I Say!
You can check out Great Black Night on:
Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - January 2015 - Dublin, Ireland
As I'm on the Christmas holiday break from the live show over on RadioAktiv//Underground and due to the amazing interest that I received from the last 15 track Mixcloud based podcast back in November, I decided to put together another one showcasing some of the amazing music that I've found over the past few months from different artists who have either been in touch with the show or that I've found myself by trawling through the tinter web. These artists come from all over the globe and I believe that they deserve support from not only me but also from anybody with an interest in what I do here on 'The Primal Radio Show'. So below is the podcast & playlist. I've picked 15 tracks that I think you should hear! I've also listed links to every bands track up on band camp so as you can all go and support them! Plus, I've uploaded them to the Primal Radio Show Mixcloud page so as you can listen to them on the go!! Just like Mix Tapes of old. Theres no innate warbling's from me on this episode, just bloody great music. Enjoy!!! - Del Chaney.
Listen To The '15 Tracks That You Really Must Hear Podcast' Here:
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Links To The Music From Every One Of The Bands Featured Here:
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Del Chaney's - The Primal Radio Show - 15 Tracks That You Really Must Hear Playlist
1) Novanta - Reasons
2) Follow The Sea - Sibirien
3) In Every Dream A Nightmare Waits - Transition
4) Lunar Twin - Cruel Water
5) Chasing Traits - Lost Cause
6) Clustersun - Meteors
7) Jeanseburg - She Never Believed In Gravity
8) UMMAGMA - Kiev
9) The Virgance - Propulsion Lab Part 1
10) Kigo - Never Knowing
11) Medicine Boy - Gimme Ya Love
12) We Came From The North - We Grew Old Too Soon
13) Winter - The View
14) The Lost Jackets - Caitlin
15) In Violet - We're All Dying, Says Sylvia!
Del Chaney - The Primal Radio Show - Dublin, Ireland - January 2015
With a rake of new Shoegazing scenes popping up all around the globe it was only a matter of time before we heard what the Italian gazers could produce. From Rome to Milan, Modena to Palermo - powerful & hard hitting Italian 'Nu- Shoegaze' bands are creating some of the best sonic sounds around, not only in Italy, but in my opinion, some of the best in Europe! Thats a pretty bold statement to make, you might say to yourself, upon reading this review, but I've found a stunning collection of tracks by a band that most of you reading this blog would only have heard glimpses of! A band that I've been actively playing & promoting on my show 'The Primal Radio Show' for a long time.
'Stella Diana' hail from Naples, Italy. The band are made up of Dario Torre - Vox & Guitar, Giacomo Salzano - Bass, Davide Fusco - Drums & Roberto Amato - Guitar/Synth. Self declared Shoegaze and New Wave freaks since 1998, the band self released the immense '41 61 93' to the masses on 14th February 2014.
I've listened to '41 61 93' over and over again, and although my favourites keep changing with every listen, I've picked out two immense tracks that'll hopefully showcase the quality of music that Stella Diana create.
Opening up with the massive 'Isabeau' as the first track on this amazing album, Stella Diana set out their Shoegaze stall from the very first Drum beat. With vocals recorded in their native tongue ( a feature for most of this album), a rolling drumbeat, layered guitars and a hypnotic baseline, this track is immense. From its 'Chapterhouse' like effected guitars to its early 90's drums, 'Isabeau' is well written and structurally sound. Its complex baseline keeps the track fixed to the earth while the guitars soar and lift this listener above the clouds and beyond. That early 90's Shoegaze sound, that so many bands these days are trying to emulate, is there for most of the track but there are other influences in there too! For example, in the opening tracks quieter moments I can hear influential flurries in the mould of musical royalty - 'The Cure'.
Go check that out for yourselves:
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My second pick 'Navarre' lures us into a false sense of security from the beginning. It's a creeping monster of a track that starts off slow with sweet guitars and a stunning bass line all sitting on top of a solid beat. But don't be fooled, the vocals arrive with ease and the journey begins. This track builds into a towering inferno with infectious, layered guitars that cut through the stunning bass frequencies with ease. What happens next is a piece of musical brilliance on the bands part as in comes a Saxophone to lead the line of attack and escort us out of this immense track with charm & style. Its a stroke of genius. It adds another dimension to the wall of hazy guitars, infectious drums and it also accompanies that stunning baseline too. It gives this listener something else to focus on! Superb! This is Italian Shoegazing at its very, very best and it could well be my favourite track on '41 61 93'.
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I am very impressed with the way in which Stella Diana compose and structure their tracks. I am also impressed by the way in which they are not afraid to experiment with their song structuring, for example, by adding a brass instrument to a gaze track, or the way in which they switch between the light & dark or fast & slow moments on this album without a care. This bands ability to slow down tracks, so that we can not only hear whats going on, but actually feel whats going on musically, is second to none! That alone is testament to their prowess as songwriters. You can hear every single note on this album. In my opinion, far to many bands these days try to wow us with their abilities as pedalboard musicians and forget about the finer points of songwriting in a genre of music that is, purposefully built to tell a story, wether sonically or through a songwriters ability as a wordsmith. You should be able to follow every single second of a song and feel what the songwriters feel and in turn find a common pact with them. Yes, Shoegazing should take your hand and fly you through a sonic wall of goodness, push the air from your lungs and musically caress your ear drums, but for me, it should also tell a story. Stella Diana create & tell sonically beautiful stories through the medium of song that I can follow with ease and for that, I commend them.
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As you can probably guess, I am a Stella Diana fan, first and foremost, and a Dj second! Writing this review came very easy to me as music fan. Every single track on this album sent shivers down my spine and created musical images for me that will last and last and last. I dare you to listen to Isabeau, Navarre, 22-2-87, Edward Teach, 4.57, Ash, Regor, Dale Cooper, Motel Sagrera and then come back and tell me that they haven't moved you in some way or another. They are all immense!
You can check out Stella Diana on Facebook, Twitter and Bandcamp here.
Del Chaney - The Primal Radio Show - December 2104 - Dublin, Ireland
As there is no live show this week for RadioAktiv // Underground i decided to put together a 15 track Podcast showcasing some of the great music that I've found over the past few months from different artists who have either been in touch with the show or that I've found myself. These artists come from all over the globe and i believe that they deserve support from not only me but also from anybody with an interest in what I do here on 'The primal Radio Show'. So below is the podcast playlist. Ive picked 15 tracks that i think you should hear! Ive uploaded them to the Mixcloud page so as you can listen to them on the go!! Theres no innate warbling's from me on this episode, just bloody great music. Enjoy!!!
The Primal Radio Show - 15 Tracks You Really Should Hear Podcast - November
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1) Stella Diana - Edward Teach
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2) Wozniak - Five Star
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3) Thud - Lime
4) I Am Your Captain - Sharp Intake Of Breath
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5) Blush Responce - Dead Air
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6) Holy Science - Fire Speaks
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7) Marbles Jackson - Serenity Prayer
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8) Keep - Cry
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9) La Casa Al Mare - M
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10) Luna Ghost - The Sea
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11) Magic Love - Growing Organism
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12) Mt Mountain - Ring Dove
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13) Flyying Colours - Like You Said
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14) Follow The Sea - My Horse Friend
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15) 93 Million Miles From The Sun - Drinking Bleach
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It takes seven songs from start to finish to bring this listener on a rollercoaster of emotions and eventually float back down to earth on a cosmic vapour of happiness. The sometimes ambient, sometimes gaze heavy & sometimes-loud musical tendencies of Glaswegian post-rock/shoegaze outfit ‘INUIT’ demonstrate their innate ability to change the listener’s mood as you listen to their amazing album ‘don’t forget you’re here forever’. Listening to this epic album is like looking out of the window of a train, steaming across country, where every blink of the eye brings you something new to take in and wonder at. It’s a sharp intake of breath in a musical genre full of pretenders these days.
With quiet, almost reflective, sequences of music counterbalanced with gratifying loud explosions of Post-Rock, Shoegaze streaked goodness, this instrumental outfit are well versed in the art of song writing and song crafting and hold nothing back from the listener. They cut close to the bone with atmospherics, gaze laden guitars and add brilliant vocal arrangements during quieter moments thus adding to the already immense power that they can create as musicians. In layman’s terms ‘This is Music’.
The opening track ‘The Staybright’ is in its own right, a creeping monolith of a score that begins with the sweetest of guitar lines, then builds into a monster! This is my favourite track on the album and one that I continuously play on my radio show.
The second track ‘Are you taking pictures of my stories’ is a cinematic masterpiece. Opening like the soundtrack to a natural world documentary and building like a steam train thus bringing the listener to places that they can only go to in daydreams! It’s a beautiful piece of music with pounding drums and a piano line to die for. In my opinion this track is the cornerstone of the album and one to be listened to over and over again.
Track three, ‘Don’t forget’, is two minutes fifty-one seconds of pure gaze. It does just enough to hold you in suspense, and then it takes your hand and helps you float in suspended animation with its addictive vocal lines and hazy guitars. It’s another beautiful track.
Then it’s on to ‘Fraserburg’. This track hits you like a hammer and then it’s off, stalking its prey like a lion on the hunt. It’s alluring vocal line keeps you interested until it takes off like a jet plane with pounding drums and guitars before settling down to finish on a lighter note with soothing guitars and a steady beat. This is my second favourite track on the album, after ‘The Staybright’.
Track five; ‘You’re here forever’ is a side step! It’s a moment of peace to gather yourself and your thoughts before the introduction of track six on this epic album! ‘Get that face off your face’ completely destroys the peaceful respite of before! It starts with a beautiful floating guitar line, leading into a dreamy drum beat, before a wall of sound knocks you off your feet, picks you up and shows you a total eclipse, sonically! It then breaks and calms, into a dreamy vocal as Inuit’s Shoegazing tendencies take over and again we float on layers of guitars and drums until we’re softly placed back on terra firma and into the waiting arms of the albums closing track.
Track seven, and the closing track on ‘Don’t forget you’re here forever’, is immense! Entitled ‘I’m no sun expert,’ it flitters between Post-Rock and Shoegaze with aplomb. It swoops and soars above every other track on the album and is a fitting, closing track to already jam-packed debut album. Ending with a vocal sample of famed physicist Richard Feynman, this track oozes confidence. It stands as a testament to a band with the knowledge of their craft and a clear path forward to continue on the road to success.
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Signed to the brilliant independent record label ‘Good Grief Records’, Inuit have blown me away ever since I first heard of them. They epitomise all that is great and good with the juggernaut that is, the Post-Rock/Shoegazing scene of modern times and I wish them every success going forward. I can’t wait to hear what they do next.
Del Chaney – The Primal Radio Show – Dublin October 2014
It's not very often that i find a Shoegazing masterpiece hiding in the rough and ready world of Twitterville, but when i do i tend to get really, really excited! Brighton's own, Ben Pierce, AKA 'I Am Your Captain', has released what is, in my opinion, a modern day Shoegazing gem! The 'Air Formation' bass player announced the epic 'As My Heart Rate Slowly Drops' to the masses on May 1st this year and i can safely say without question that I adore it. This EP is like a snapshot in time! And a slice of Shoegazing goodness that soothe's the soul and mind.
The EP opens up with the brilliant 'Sharp Intake Of Breath'. A sonically sound, well balanced track which harks back to early 90's stalwarts such as MBV and The Telescopes. There's a subtle hint of American Shoegazers, Swirlies in there too for good measure too. Overall, it's a brilliant Shoegazing track.
Track 2, 'As My Heart Rate Slowly Drops' is by far my favourite track on the EP. Its a brilliantly structured, well written, dreamy wall of sound with a menacing undertone! Layers of guitars help nurture Ben Pierces haunting vocal as it cuts through the wall of sound with aplomb! As a fan of Shoegaze in all its many guises, this is a gazing gem!
Track 3, 'A Frightful Longing' is a slow burning sonic delight. Musically reminiscent of Mazzy Star or very early ( Verve EP ) Verve, this track tames the soul and takes this listener to a quiet, calm and fuzzy place where I can think about what I'm hearing! It's a very welcome change to the modern day Shoegaze/Noise Rock philosophy of layering walls of sound for 4/5 tracks and never slowing down! Again, i recommend that you sit down and put on headphones to listen to it. A truly stunning track!
The last track on this epic EP is 'Don't Slip Away'. A beautiful track from start to finish and a great ending to a brilliant EP. This track is immersive! It takes you by the hand and walks you through its many layers of sound and leaves you floating in a fuzzy space! Its a testament to Ben and his sonic vision.
I've been listening a lot to this EP on headphones and I'm hearing new sounds with every single listen. Its a very rare thing to find a bunch of tracks that are so alike and yet so different. Each one takes you in a different direction emotionally and to me that's what gazing should be about! Do yourselves a favour and check out this EP for yourselves. If your a fan of Fuzzy, Lo-Fi , Shoegaze with meaning, like i am, you'll love it.
You can find out more about 'I Am Your Captain' by following them on Twitter & Facebook and you also listen to more music from the band up on Bandcamp.
Del Chaney - Primal Radio - The Quiet Room - Dublin July 2014.
Release: Pikes Peak EP
Release Date: 09/06/14
Record Company: Morningside Young Team Records
From the very first note in the opening track of Wozniak's new EP, Pikes Peak, I knew that i was in for something great!
I'd heard murmurings around the internet, especially up on the Twittersphere, about this band but could never find any music, just constant chatter about a proper Shoegazing band playing Shoegaze the way its meant to be played! Having been around for the end of the first wave of Shoegaze in the late 80's where Cocteau Twins, For Against and Jesus And Mary Chain were a constant on my turntable, to the early 90's assault on my cranium by Loop, My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Ride etc etc, I can safely say that from the very first listen to 'Pikes Peak' I got uber excited about how good it really is. It sucks you in and caresses your ear drums in preparation for the sonic blast that's to come.
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'El Maresme', the lead track from the EP, is sheer musical brilliance! Coming in at 6 minutes 59 Seconds this track swoops and soars like an eagle. Layers of lush guitars explode into the atmosphere sitting atop a steady bass and drum pattern that somehow seems to keep the whole show fixed fast to the earth. Add a dreamy vocal into the mix and we're instantly transported to a different world. A world where sonic layering is king! This is Shoegazing at its very best!
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The EP Powers along and stuffs its second track 'Paper Hat' in our faces! It has that 'Slowdive' feel to it but with a driving pulse that's straight out of the 'MBV' mould. It's a brilliant Instrumental track and it's another treat for fans like me. A reminder of how it should be done!
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Track 3 is immense! - 'Kreuzberg' has instrumental 'Loop' all over it and after listening to it on the headphones, I'm reminded of 'Loop's' epic album 'A Guilded Eternity' and again I have to wonder what music 'Wozniak' were listening to during the writing and recording stages of the EP? I'm taken aback at how good Wozniak really are! 'Kreuzberg' ends with a magical piano line to settle your nerves and prepare you for the next aural onslaught. And it comes in the form of 'Columbo's Car', a monster of a track that picks you up and throws you against the wall in a good way! Its a sonic onslaught, a bloody great track and probably my second favourite track after 'El Maresme'. It too remind's me of another great band, a band who I'm a big fan of called 'Ghost Box Orchestra' and especially their 2013 LP 'Vanished'.
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Track 5, and the final track on the EP, has 'My Bloody Valentine' connotations all the way through it. 'Gesamtkunstwerk' is a blissful track. Looping and arcing all over your ear drums. And although I hate to use him as an example, It's as though Kevin Shields himself had stuck his fingers in it and crafted the layers of sound that streak through the track!
It's a triumph, a really great track and a fitting end to the EP. My recommendation is that you should listen to it with headphones on, sitting in a darkened room, for the total 'Wozniak' experience! It's Just brilliantly crafted ShoeGaze in its purist form!
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Hailing from Edinburg, in Scotland, Wozniak are a breath of fresh air to this listener! They are a four piece band, formed 2012 and are in their own words, 'working hard to cause terminal tinnitus through the medium of epic, effects laden guitars, bamboozling bass and pounding drums' which is by no means easy in this modern day, washed down, re- hashed trite that they call the Shoegazing scene! This is old school Shoegaze! I'm Hearing Loop, Lush, MBV, Ride, Chapter-house, Slowdive and The Telescopes! All bands that that got me excited about music in the 80's/90's and indeed bands that I started playing on 'The Quiet Room' for Radio Aktiv, in the early months of the show! It's not that often that a band really grab me and shake out memories of early 90's Gaze but Wozniak have done just that. Im Impressed at their level of understanding, either by a fluke of nature or purposely composed, of early sounding Shoegaze and I can honestly say that this EP is a must have in any music collection. And I'll stand over that statement
Wozniak's Pikes Peak EP is out June 9th on Morningside Young Team Records and you can pre order the EP or download the lead single 'El Maresme' from the bands bandcamp page here: www.wozniak.bandcamp.com
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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 Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.