ALBUM REVIEW: Pleasantry - Synapses

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ARTIST: Pleasantry

RELEASE: Synapses 

RELEASE DATE: 22/08/14

RECORD COMPANY: KittyWu Records.

Formed in late 2010, Pleasantry have made a name for themselves in Singapore's local music scene. Recycling musicians from active as well as inactive bands, the quintet crafts and carves music out of each member’s various listening backgrounds. Drawing inspirations from dreamed-up scenarios based on real-life scripts, their compositions showcase simple lyrical tones offset by the accompaniment of rich instrumentation and varied song structures. This genre-bending album is inspired by their collective memories as a band, turning real life scripts into fantastical scenarios. The tracks send listeners into an ethereal dreamscape, powered by airy voices layered underneath swirling instrumentals. Pleasantry are - Samantha Teng (vocals, keyboard), Isa Ong (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard), Ahmad Ariff (keyboard, guitar, bass), Daniaal Adam (Drums) & Haziq Hussain (Guitar, bass, vocals). For the purpose of this review we picked our favourite tracks and wrote about them in detail and created an overview of the rest. Check it out:

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On my first listen to this album I realised that Pleasantry have a great knack of skipping through genre's with abandon. They skip through shoegaze, dream-pop & noise-pop with ease. They are all seriously good musicians and their sonic compositions will have you mesmerised.  There's a song for every mood on this impressive release. For me the stand out track is 'Take It in'. It's a snap shot to the mid 1990's with hints of old school dreampop & indie rock swirling around a brass section to die for. Reminiscent in parts to early Boo Radleys. The added bonus for me is the epic vocal arrangements. Simply stunning! Check it out:

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'Spent' floats into the ether on a wave of strings and sublime vocals and reverb drenched guitar stabs. A stunning track that would grace any dream-pop compilation worth it's salt. The duel vocal harmonies are divine & keep you interested as you float along with its addictive centre. A beautiful track indeed.

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'Owl's' - track 7 on this impressive release instantly caught my ear with its beautiful vocal arrangements, reverb drenched guitar lines & dream-pop infused swirls. This is a stunning track full of accomplished musicianship and sure to have you hooked on this band after your very first listen. This is beautiful in its arrangement & sure to captivate live audiences. Check it out:

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Take a listen to any track on this album Channels, Farewell waltz, False Realities, Habit, Take It in, Spent, Owl's, Swan Song, Nothing's There & Terminals and you will instantly become addicted to the sonic soundscapes Pleasantry create. They are a really impressive band with varying influential traits that will keep you enthralled as you swerve through their musical highways. Theres also some musical contributions from other artists on this release that really need to be mentioned - Strings on “Farewell Waltz”, “Spent”, “Owls” and “Swan Song” by Josh Wei, Vocals on “False Realities”, “Habit” & “Swan Song” by Weish, Horn section on “Take It In” by Alfrey Noor, Hafiz Ismail, “Dizzy” Dzulhusnie and Shah Rizal & Keyboards on “Nothing’s There”, “Swan Song” and “False Realities” by Firdauz Asyraft. The album was Engineered and Mixed by Leonard Soosay at Snakeweed Studios in Singapore & Mastered by Rick Fisher and Rachel Field at RFI Mastering in Seattle, WA.

Pleasantry are happy to announce that they will be playing overseas for the first time on May 8th, 2015 at Canadian Music Week in Toronto, whose lineup includes Colbie Caillat, Death Cab For Cutie, Kiesza, Magic!, Billy Talent, The Jesus and Mary Chain and more. They will also be having their first short tour in the States in hopes of gaining international fans. Go and check them out if you can.

LINKS:

facebook.com/Pleasantry

twitter.com/pleasantrymusic

instagram.com/pleasantrymusic/

pleasantry.bandcamp.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney
Del Chaney

 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. He also currently writes for Canadian based online music webzine ReplicantEars. 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 | New Politicians - Remission

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ARTIST: New Politicians

RELEASE: Remission

RELEASE DATE: 21/04/15

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

Music today has been diluted so much over the years that what we are actually hearing is a sonic soup filled with various musical genre's that represents a modern day equivalent of an original scene. Sometimes in this melting pot of various genres bands get it right & sometimes they fail miserably. Lately there has been a revival (or a rebirth depending on who you ask) of the shoegaze, Dream-Pop & Post-Punk inspired genres with great success all around the globe. Recent releases from unsigned artists in the aforementioned genre's are testament to the fact that the kids are listening to the original creators of these genres of music and are taking on board the influences & philosophies of these first wave bands and using them to their advantage to create something new! I get really excited when I hear a band who actually listen to their influences & don't pigeon hole themselves into one particular musical category. New Jersey based 'New Politicians' are one such band.

'New Politicians' started in late 2012 with Gian Cortese on guitar, keyboards and vocals and his brother Renal Anthony on vocals and guitar. The band, now a four piece with Erik Watson on drums and Winston Mitlo on bass, play Post-Punk, Alternative Rock and are based in Centerville, New Jersey.

November 2013 saw the band releasing their self-produced, sophomore EP entitled 'Drag A City'. This four track release, available to stream & download on their BandCamp Page, earned the band critical acclaim and an army of fans. Their highly anticipated new EP 'Remission' was released on April 21st and it is immense! This band have a full on Post-Punk inspired sound but they dip in & out of shimmering Dream-Pop tipped Shoegaze & Alt-Rock with aplomb. 

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Remission opens up with thundering 'Revelator'. Fans of early Post-Punk will immediately associate themselves with this sound while newer listeners to 'New Politicians' will hear bands such as Interpol, Editors, The Cinematics & White Lies echoing in Renal Anthonys vocal lines. Musically though I can hear The Cure, Bauhaus & Gang Of four coursing through this opening track. Check it out:

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Track 2 is a slower affair. 'Cut A Hole' is edgy & moody with brooding guitar lines and infectious vocal arrangements. This is a very addictive song with catchy, shimmering guitar hooks that bring you in and keep you focused on the track.

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With an almost Dream-Pop inspired flair in the opening guitar lines track 3 heralds the arrival of what is possibly my favourite track on this impressive release! 'Been In The Wars' has touches of Joy Division running through its core but its the reverb drenched guitar lines that dips the tips of this arrangement into something new!  The driving rhythm section and pulsating bass keeps this track thundering to its destination. This is a snapshot of a band in complete control of their sound & its a wonderful thing to listen to. 

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Gone is the driving force of the previous track to be replaced by a regimental beat & really impressive vocal production intertwined with a swirling reverb laced guitar pattern. 'Images' is a great track. Its a well structured track but to me it comes across a bit same, same! And that's not a bad thing either. I simply mean that I'd expect something more from it. It sounds to me like its missing something? Check it out:

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'Killer On The Mend' floats into the musical ether with its shoegazing esq' guitar swells, repetitive drums & addictive vocal lines intertwined with a maelstrom of reverb soaked sounds, crashing cymbals & immense production. This is a triumphant track that menacingly stalks its listeners from its opening note! This is edge of your seat stuff. Sheer class!

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Track 6 'Remission' opens with traditional shoegazing tendencies represented in its layered guitar effects but its the immense vocal abilities of Renal Anthony that takes this track by the scruff of the neck and leads it into its explosive chorus. Lyrically this band are really impressive but its their songwriting & song structuring that catch this listeners ear. 'Remission' is filled with hook & licks that are so addictive you simply have to continue listening to every single second of it.

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The closing track on this impressive release from New Jersey natives 'New Politicians' is spectacular. The bass lines alone will have you hooked from the beginning. The band dip into a Dream-Pop fuelled world of shimmering guitars & full on vocals with 'The Idealist'. A solid drum arrangement keeps this track firmly fixed to the musical landscape while the guitars loop and arc through soaring hooks & swells.

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'New Politicians' are a band who seem very comfortable in their musical surroundings. They are not afraid to experiment with sound or skip through various musical genre's. Collectively they have some sublime vocal melodies and impressive hooks that are well balanced with their Post-Punk ethos but are not overly exuberant. This is a band in love with music and I believe that for them this is only the beginning. They haven't reached their full potential yet and only time will tell if they ever do. But they have the ability to leave a lasting impression on new listeners & in today's refreshed/rehashed Post-Punk scene that is a good thing.

LINKS:

facebook.com/NewPoliticiansMusic

twitter.com/NewPoliticians

newpoliticiansmusic.com/

newpoliticiansmusic.bandcamp.com/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney
Del Chaney

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.


EP REVIEW | Cross Tabou - Palace Of Rare Objects

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ARTIST: Cross Tabou

RELEASE: Palace Of Rare Objects

RELEASE DATE: 20/04/15

RECORD COMPANY: Chrome Skull Tapes

In a world of big record corporations feeding untold amounts of money into manufactured tripe & then expecting these artists to make millions from physical /digital sales in a short space of time just to make a fast buck is it any wonder that the youth of today are turning to the unsigned underground artist & using their hard earned cash to collect decent musical soundscapes on various platforms hence supporting the independent scene we know and love today. I for one try my hardest to stay away from the mainstream artist in favour of the underground independently based bands because I am a firm believer that it is here that the future of music (as we know it) will reside & not in the pocket of the major labels. One such band have stolen my heart over the past 14 months & continue to stay true to the unsigned & independent mantra & also staying relevant, in the shadows, refined & cool while others flaunt their notoriety by hanging around the cool band pages on various social media sites flogging their music to anyone who will listen to them. Californian based 'Cross Tabou' is the brainchild of two of the best emerging underground artists to ever have graced the modern day independent scene. 'Sofia Vondell' & the brilliant 'Horizontal Halfspear' burst onto the scene back in 2014 with their self released debut EP and haven't looked back since. Creating sonically astute soundscapes is second nature to both of these artists and it shows on their latest 6 track release entitled - 'Palace Of Rare Objects'. 

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The EP opens up with that typical 'Cross Tabou' infectious sequenced drumbeat suffocated with reverb infused guitar patterns & intertwined with psychedelic pulses. Sofia Vondell is a breath of fresh air and never fails to deliver a hauntingly beautiful vocal arrangement that floats on a wave of effected reverb. 'Flowers' is simply divine & turns the key on another brilliantly executed EP from this San Jose based duo. Check it out:

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Track 2 is an 80's inspired masterpiece with its processed beats & synth progressions swirling around a ethereal vocal from Sofia. The synth swells are infectious & cut through the steady beat with ease. 'Purple Light' is a great track but it ends too soon! I was expecting the traditional 'Cross Tabou' reverb laden guitar to scream into the track but alas, it was not to be. Enjoy!

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Two Minutes & Twenty Six seconds of headphone candy graces us with the third track on this brand new release from Californian based duo 'Cross Tabou'. I love the way this band are not afraid to experiment with sound. This a little slice of psychedelic magic that caresses your eardrums with its brilliance. Do yourselves a favour and pop on some cans lie back, find your inner spirit & listen to 'Fountain Of Coloured Light'. You will thank me after!

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With an intro reminiscent of Leftfield, the pulsating 'View From The Palace' explodes onto the musical canvass! I don't know why but this track reminds me of early LCD Soundsystem? It has a modern day New York underground electronic sound but with a Cali twist. Sofia delivers another blistering post-punk esque' vocal take & the psychedelic swells bring this beast to life half way through! This is truly amazing and I know for sure that most radio DJ's will play this as the lead track. Check it out:

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We're treated to another psychedelic instrumental on on track 6 - 'Ghosts'. Again I have to stress how in awe I am at the way in which this duo can cross genre's with their music. This is an ambient monolith with peaks of haunting vocal swirls gracing the sound waves at various points along the track. Another reason to don the rather expensive headphones.

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The closing track on this stunning 6 track release from 'Cross Tabou' is sensational. A hazy subliminal drum beat lightly caresses the monster guitar line & Sofia Vondell's vocal arrangement takes this track to a sleazy downtown biker club where sweat drips from the walls & broken beer bottles are strewn across the floor. There is a menace in every note of this immense track. 'Cross Tabou' are telling us something through the medium of sound! 'Shadows' is short as closing tracks go but it packs a punch all the same. Check it out:

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'Cross Tabou' are not afraid to show their abilities as songwriters. They are not afraid to grab hold of their influences & twist them into a new sound. Their ability to craft psychedelic soundscapes is evident in this release but they can also turn it on its head and introduce electronic vibes when the need occurs. This is a new animal for the underground scene to sink their teeth into because this duo are writing music for themselves. They are not flying their flag on any one particular genre of music. They will not be pigeon holed into a particular scene either. This isn't a genre of music you will be familiar with per say! This is why I love them as a band and after listening to this release I know you will too.

THIS IS NO-WAVE ...........  and they don't care!

LINKS:

CrossTabou.bandcamp.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney
Del Chaney

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.


ALBUM REVIEW: Wire - Wire (Pink Flag Records)

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ARTIST: Wire

RELEASE: Wire

RELEASE DATE: 21/04/15

RECORD COMPANY: Pink Flag Records

Three quarters of the original lineup (Newman, Lewis, Gotobed) comes together for their thirteenth album, along with guitarist Matthew Simms (It Hugs Back). The band has been throwing down excellent albums for quite awhile, and this new eponymous release is no exception.

They sound dynamic and revitalized, and their delicious combination of highly melodic post-punk with tinges of psychedelia (“Swallow”, “Split Your Ends”) is unique and instantly memorable. I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve played this new record, and how indelible some of the songs are, such as the treatise on social media (“Blogging”), or the incredible “Octopus” which sounds carved straight out of Chairs Missing territory. This is dance in the aisles, head bopping music, and so much fun to hear for this long time fan. And what an intense song the 8 minute plus “Harpooned” is, a song that has become a staple of their live set. Its wall of guitars pierced through with Colin Newman’s always intelligent vocals is definitely a set piece!

The lyrics are thought provoking and not just tossed into the mix like word scraps, they are obviously given a lot of care by bassist Graham Lewis, who contributed most of the lyrics here. And oh, the music, wow is it good. I know of few other bands that have persisted this long and can trot out the goods every time. There are a number of potential singles, such as the aforementioned “Split Your Ends” that really kicks out the jams about two thirds of the way through. Or maybe the tremendous “Octopus” that has that classic Wire vibe that grabs me by the throat. The gentle “Swallow” builds slowly and comes to a crescendo before retreating back to the pretty wafting melody that started it. “Joust Jostle” is classic, hip shaking Wire, and I bet it kicks live. “Sleep Walking” has that ominous haze that overshadows “Harpooned”, but also offers up classic melodies.

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In summary, this is an excellent addition to the band’s long history, and is well worth picking up for existing fans as well as post-punk fans who like their music shaken, stirred, and delivered as a vanilla milkshake laced with sonic razor blades. Absolutely essential!

LINKS:

pinkflag.com

facebook.com/WIRE.pinkflag

twitter.com/WireHQ

youtube.com/user/wirehq

Pink Flag Mail Order

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

elizabeth

Music has always been a driving force for Elizabeth Klisiewicz, which she days "continues to define my existence". During and after her college years, she ran a weekly radio show at WMUA FM Radio and also at a community station in Springfield, MA, in addition to writing music and concert reviews for the college newspaper. At present, she writes for The Big Takeover Magazine and The Active Listener Blog, and recently began producing a semi-regular Mixcloud-based show called The Kitchen Sink. In the real world, when not writing technical manuals, she gets her thrills from reading mysteries, birdwatching, and can always be found with a camera and a maxed-out storage card full of music.


GUEST PLAYLIST: Shoegazer Sanctuary - Edition 2

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Shoegazers of the world are coming together here in Shoegazer Sanctuary! We are a growing Music Sharing Group located on Facebook. Our group is made up of hundreds of amazing Shoegazers (members) and our passion is Shoegaze! Sharing it, chatting about it & just plain hanging out with people who love the same music. It seems that close proximity in demographics does not support enough shoegazers, everyone who shares a common love for shoegaze is too spread out all over the world for that matter. That is where Shoegazer Sanctuary comes in. We will always be here for anyone who loves Shoegaze and wants to be part of one of the first world renowned Shoegazing groups maintained on social media.

We share music from such bands as the ones that have recently reunited: Slowdive, Ride & Jesus and Mary Chain & bands that are currently on tour like No Joy, Savage Sister, Swervedriver, Stella Diana, Clustersun, Chatham Rise, 93 Million Miles From The Sun and Whirr. Lets not forget the bands that time has other wise buried like: Astral, Colfax Abbey, South Pacific, Film School, Here, Feral and Ultra Cherry Violet, just to name a few in each category. These are just a fraction of the bands that you will find. You can also learn about some of the history of shoegaze through links we have provided to web sites such as: www.reddit.com/r/shoegaze/wiki/index

An interesting read on a recent eye-opening documentary called Beautiful Noise about the genre explains how without the emergence of Shoegaze back in the mid to late 1980's out of the United Kingdom many of the bands we love today most likely would not exist. Interesting quote from the article below a must read for any fan of Shoegaze:

"Shoegaze’s greatest legacy in music was the notion that guitar-driven music can be an Impressionist painting, which, through layers of effects and buried vocals, can be so amorphous that the only true interpretation comes from the mind of each individual listener."

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Group members are treated like gold in Shoegazer Sanctuary because they are the reason this is all happening here on Facebook. For example, our next guest playlist is comprised of shoegaze songs that actual Shoegazer Sanctuary members individually selected. Our motto here in SS is "Love The Music" so come on in and see what we mean. We are sharing current music, re-discovering and discovering tons of bands, every day, 24 hours a day!

Sincerly,
Joe. 

Below are 21 tracks chosen by some of the members of Shoegazer Sanctuary for this playlist: 

1. NOTHING - "B&E" - Selected By Josh Snover

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2.  THE ECSTASY OF SAINT THERESA - "WHAT'S" - Selected By Joseph Kennedy

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3. TUATH - "UISCE, UISCE, READ ALL ABOUT IT" - Selected By Shauna McLarnon

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4. CRASH CITY SAINTS - "TEENAGE CRIME WAVE"  - Selected by Micheal Cady

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5.  RINGO DEATHSTAR - "FLOWER POWER" - Selected By Joe Justice

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6. SPACE WAVES - "SUN SHAPED FlOOR" - Selected By Sarah Spacewaves

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7. SOUNDS OF SPUTNIK - "LIGHT SCHEME feat. UMMAGMA" - Selected By Jonathan Rauhio

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8. INDOOR VOICES - "WHAT CAN I feat. ALISHA ERAO - Selected By Rebecca Leonard

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9.  SLEEPER - "CLOSE YOUR EYES" - Selected By Ben Seth

10. RIDE - "DRIVE BLIND" - Selected By Dave Parker

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11. FOXTAIL SOMERSAULT - "SUGARCUBES BIRTHDAY" (cover) - Selected By David Loop

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12. LA CASA AL MARE - "M" - Selected By Patrice Gutschenritter

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13. WHIRR - "SWAY" - Selected By Zamian Martin

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14. BLACK HEARTED BROTHER - "I DON'T MEAN TO WANDER" - Selected By Rubens Curado

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15.  FLYING SAUCER ATTACK - "OCEANS" - Selected By Romeo Mic

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16. BE FOREST - "LOST BOY" - Selected By Fabrizio Lusso

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17. Static Daydream - "THE ONLY ONE" - Selected By Samuel Taylor

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18. TEARS RUN RINGS - "A QUESTION AND AN ANSWER" - Selected By Warren Radnan

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19. VENERA 4 - "BLACK PAWS" - Selected by Chris Tressler

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20. PINKSHINYULTRABAST - "BLASTER" - Selected By Novas Pares Valenzu

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21. MY BLOODY VALENTINE - "COME IN ALONE" - Selected By Richard Stott

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AUTHOR: JSG


ALBUM REVIEW | Shoegazin’ Your Waves (Italian Shoegaze Compilation)

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ARTIST: Shoegazin' Your Waves Magazine

RELEASE: Shoegazin’ Your Waves - Italian Shoegaze Compilation

RELEASE DATE: 15/03/15

There seems to be a real hotbed of musical activity coming out of Italy these days, especially in the genre of shoegaze. Bands like Clustersun, Stella Diana, and Klam keep crossing my path, and now we have yet another superb shoegaze compilation put out by Shoegazin’ Your Waves magazine (all in Italian). And not everyone is riding the MBV vein either, judging from the selections here. In fact, I hear Joy Division and The Cure as often as I hear the usual musical influences you expect from shoegazers.

For example, the aforementioned Klam give us “Depression Ridin’ Cowboys”, which would have slotted nicely on any Joy Division record. For that matter, I also hear a strong Chameleons influence in the guitar work. Give it a whirl to see what I mean.

 

Clustersun may have the highest profile here, and they’re coming to the US at the end of April. They also sing in English, which may make them a bit more accessible to some. “Planar I II Live” is reverb drenched with the requisite intensity, and leans more toward heavy psychedelia than shoegaze.

 

The Gluts could be in bed with Band of Susans on “The Thing”, throwing down those heavy riffs with aplomb. They must be loud bordering on insane in a live setting.

 

86 Sandals dials it back on “If” with watery guitar and a repeating woman’s voice. It is minimalist shoegaze, for want of a better description.

 

Allie’s Dope brings “Misread When Overthought” to the table, and it’s a pleasant, low key sort of affair.

 

Rev Rev Rev on “Rip the Veil” also sing in English, and have mastered the MBV playbook. They have the messed up guitar over vocals buried deep, and it works well for them.

 

“Smell of Rain” is a lovely but subdued instrumental from Good Morning Finch

 

Kimono Lights offer the pretty “Aurora”, though it sounds like they are playing very far away from the listener.

 

Novanta brings their shimmering sound front and center with “Worthless Whirls”, and they have a killer bass line to underscore its excellence.

 

Add into the mix  Grass On The Sun - The Corner, In Her Eye - Chameleon & My Invisible Friend  - Eyes  and we have a serious combination of great tracks.

 

Stella Diana close out the collection with “Navarre”, a song that flits easily between delicate passages and heavier sound waves. They employ voice recordings in one place, marking this as fairly different from the other songs.

 

All in all, this is a very nice collection of tunes from a talented list of bands.

LINKS:

facebook.com/shoegazinyourwaves

soundcloud.com/shoegazin-your-waves

clustersun.bandcamp.com/

stelladiana.bandcamp.com/

novanta.bandcamp.com/album/novanta-2

kimonolights.bandcamp.com/releases

grassonthesun.bandcamp.com/

inhereye.bandcamp.com/album/borderline

goodmorningfinch.bandcamp.com/

revrevrev.bandcamp.com/

alliesdope.bandcamp.com/releases

band86sandals.bandcamp.com/album/e-u-n-o-t-o

thegluts.bandcamp.com/

klam.bandcamp.com/album/bleak

myinvisiblefriend.bandcamp.com/releases

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

elizabeth

Music has always been a driving force for Elizabeth Klisiewicz, which she days "continues to define my existence". During and after her college years, she ran a weekly radio show at WMUA FM Radio and also at a community station in Springfield, MA, in addition to writing music and concert reviews for the college newspaper. At present, she writes for The Big Takeover Magazine and The Active Listener Blog, and recently began producing a semi-regular Mixcloud-based show called The Kitchen Sink. In the real world, when not writing technical manuals, she gets her thrills from reading mysteries, birdwatching, and can always be found with a camera and a maxed-out storage card full of music. 


EP REVIEW | La Casa Al Mare - This Astro EP

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ARTIST: La Casa Al Mare

RELEASE: This Astro EP

RELEASE DATE: 07/04/15

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

I first came across La Casa Al Mare after the release of their double A side single 'CD girl / M' back in September 2014  & their blissful sound had me hooked instantly. Their walls of reverb laden guitars enticed me in and welcomed me with open arms. They have a distinct sound that harks back in parts to the hazy shoegazing sounds of the early 1990's. Full of expressionism & psychedelic influence La Casa Al Mare create a maelstrom of lucid but emotive shoegaze that transcends most modern day shoegazing bands but they don't showboat or gloat about it in any way. They are reserved in their songwriting ability but can bend & twist frequencies at a whim to manufacture a sound so addictive that it will have you yearning to hear more. I firmly believe that listening to them will transport you to another sonic plain - a higher plain, where psychedelic Shoegaze is king! Hailing from Rome, Italy La Casa Al Mare are: Marco Poloni - Bass & Vocals, Paolo Miceli - Drums & Alessio Pindinelli - Guitars & Vocals and they have just released their epic debut first full EP entitled -  'This Astro EP'. The EP includes the previously internet-only released double A-singles - M/CD Girl, Sunflowers/Tonight Or Never, plus three previously unreleased songs - I Don't Want To, At All  and the album's title track 'THIS ASTRO', exclusively available on CD only! The CD pre-order incudes the immediate DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the whole tracklist, minus the 'This Astro' song. A download code for At All will be sent separately via email to You. The CD shipping date is due in early May.

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The EP opens up with the magnificent - 'I Don't Want To'. A solid wall of sound hits you between the eyes and transports you back to 1989/90  & into a live venue packed with people focused on a new musical adventure unfolding before their eyes. This Is shoegazing as it should be. Touches of My Bloody Valentine swirling around a tornado of Guitars, Bass, Drums & Vocals to create a sound so beautiful it will blow you away.

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Track 2 is the immense - 'Sunflowers'. For those of you who have never listened to 'La Casa Al Mare' before this should be your starting point. A blissful roller-coaster ride of sonic emotions wash over you as you glide on a wave of reverb laden guitars, pounding drums & blissful vocal tones. This is how it should be. This is shoegaze. 

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Sonically mind-blowing & immensely addictive 'M' enters the musical arena like a steam train. Released back in September 2014 this is a  swirling monstrous maelstrom of sound twisting around an addictive vocal line that sends shivers down your spine with its wave after wave of reverb laden guitar swells! Its another triumphant track & the very first track that I initially ever heard from this immense band. After listening to this I was instantly hooked. You will be too.

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Subtle hints of 60's psychedelia float on the sonic waves of track 5 on this impressive debut EP release from Rome based 'La Casa Al Mare'. 'Tonight Or Never' - is a laid back slice of coolness. Acoustic guitar tones soothe the atmosphere & create a welcome break from the previous sonic onslaught of the opening 3 tracks. Check it out: 

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The closing track on 'This Astro EP' doesn't disappoint. 'CD Girl' is another brilliant example of a band in love with their music. This track will take you by the hand and guide you through a universe of immense sonic delights with crashing drums & addictive guitar lines. Reminiscent at times to Ride, Slowdive & Chapterhouse - 'CD Girl' will wash over you, cleanse you of your sins & take you on a magical journey. A modern day masterpiece. Wait for the chorus change to hit you & enjoy:

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This is a magical EP full to the brim of what modern day shoegazing should be about. Emotive, awe inspiring & addictive tracks that open up your senses to every single blissful note. Do yourselves a favour & go and get a copy of this release. It is simply stunning . This is only a starting point for 'La Casa Al Mare' & I now urge them as a band to go & write a full album of new material & unleash it on to the world because I for one will be top of the Q to buy it when they do.

'This Astro EP' is now available to pre-order on CD from - lacasaalmare.bandcamp.com

LINKS:

facebook.com/pages/La-casa-al-mare/240822186006795

twitter.com/LaCasaAlMare

lacasaalmare.bandcamp.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney
Del Chaney

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. He also currently writes for Canadian based online music webzine ReplicantEars. 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: The One2's - EP 2

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ARTIST: The One2's

RELEASE: EP 2 

RELEASE DATE: 06/01/15

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

We get contacted regularly on the Primal Music Blog by a lot of bands with expertly written press releases outlining their sound & influences etc etc. What I mean is that most of the time their press release's or band bio's tell us what they want us to know just so they catch our eye, rather than telling us the truth. We then go and listen to their music and they sound nothing like their written bio reads and most of time we don't review or write about them at all. Its a common occurrence unfortunately & one that I can only put down bands being uneducated in the ways of contacting music blogs or reviewers. So imagine my surprise to read an email from a band who do exactly as it says on the tin via their press release & then go that extra mile to sound immense musically. Philadelphia based noise merchants 'The One2's' create a full on, no messing around, sonic attack on your senses.  Their sound is heavily laden with multiple influences from many genres of music but they manage to focus it directly at the listener & not let it get swallowed up in the maelstrom of screaming vocals, pounding drums, throbbing bass, layered walled guitars & synth sounds. Yes they have a solid shoegazing foundation in parts but they also manage to intertwine post-punk, touches of early grunge & flourishes of dream-pop into the mix to create a sonic manifesto all of their own. 'The One2's' are made up of: Leiana - Bass & Vocals, Sean Bombz - Guitars & Vocals, Jay Dyer - Drums  & Tom Nuzzie - Guitars & Vocals. The 5 track - 'EP2' was released on the 6th January 2015 and we reckon that it's immense!

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The EP opens with a two minute seven second instrumental montage (or modern day tribute) to the 80's synth era with added post-punk swirls. A bit of a misnomer for me,  but it works!  Check out 'Gazed Out' for yourselves:

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Track 2 is probably my favourite on the whole EP & is most definitely full on shoegazing at its very best. An addictive chord sequence heralds the arrival of a musical behemoth in the form of a sonic wall of reverb laden guitars, pounding drums, throbbing bass & soaring vocals. Im in shoegaze heaven! The chorus break alone will have you screaming at your stereo willing the band for more. 'Cryer' is absolutely stunning. Check it out:

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Track 3 - 'Pop The Ripper' opens with that distinctive post-punk fuelled Philadelphia sound of charging Bass & Drums, swirling effected Guitar swells and addictive Vocal lines reminiscent in parts to Philly stalwarts  - 'Stellarscope'. A triumph of a track and one that should come across monstrous in a live setting. Check it out:

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'The One2's' Dream-Pop influences are clearly audible throughout the beginning of Track 4 on this impressive release. With an intro of Drums, Bass & impressive Guitar swells 'I Can See' introduces us to the vulnerable vocal tones of bassist Leiana before opening up into another explosive shoegaze fuelled maelstrom of effected Guitars thriving Drum tracks & subtle Bass lines. I've listened to this track on headphones & it is really impressive.

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The EP closes with what at first comes across as a  tame slow burner of a track - but don't be fooled. 'Blank Stare' is spacious & bright with floating reverb drenched guitar lines, a simple drum pattern and a serine bass line all cradling & protecting the venerable vocal track up to a point. This track explodes half way through spilling its guts onto the musical canvass with screaming vocals, heavy guitars and pounding drums. A truly immense track full of peaks & troughs that incites the listener into its inner core before expelling it through the medium of full on sound waves. Check it out:

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Overall this EP is an impressive body of work from a band who are not afraid to experiment with particular genres of music to create something all of their own. 'The One2's' continuously show songwriting prowess throughout this EP & their song structures are faultless. Apart from the opening track, this EP is a marvel and I look forward to hearing what comes next from this distinctively sounding group of musicians.

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LINKS:

facebook.com/TheOne2s

twitter.com/theone2s

youtube.com/user/TheOne2sMusic

soundcloud.com/theone2s

www.theone2s.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney
Del Chaney

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. He also currently writes for Canadian based online music webzine ReplicantEars. 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.


UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT | Hermetic Delight

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Postpunk? Shoegaze ? Pop? Hermetic Delight aren’t afraid to play with aesthetics, embracing a singular identity. With the release of Heartbeat 12’’, in 2013, their last maxi single that splashed all over the blogosphere, the five members of Hermetic Delight have built up a solid following and are a band to keep an eye on. Founded in 2011 & hailing from Strasbourg in France, we caught up with the band and asked them a few questions on Music, Future Plans & their involvement in Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival. Check it out:

 

WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOUR BAND AND HOW YOU ORIGINALLY CAME TOGETHER?

We are a 5 piece band from Strasbourg/France in 2 guitars, a bass, drums and a singer format. We’re making this music that is sometimes called to remind a good mixture of noise pop and shoegaze.
We can say that the band was actually formed by Delphine (drums). She took up drum lessons for a while and she wanted and needed to form a band. She had met Bob (bass) and Atef (guitar). They kept playing together for a while and when Geoffrey (guitar) and Zeynep (vocals) arrived in 2010, the actual line up was ready to go.

WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?

This has always been a difficult question because each member in the band is into listening to various kinds of musical styles. Our tastes make an eclectic blend altogether but to start with, My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, Wire, Sonic Youth, etc. are what comes out as influences on both the sound and shape of our band.

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WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START MAKING MUSIC?

Everyone in the band has a different story to tell. Some of us started at really early ages some of us a little bit later. What inspired us maybe, is the urge to smash our heads on punk rock (as Sebadoh named it well.)

IS IT A SHOEGAZE REVIVAL OR A REBIRTH? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE RECENT FILM 'BEAUTIFUL NOISE' AND REUNIONS OF SUCH BANDS LIKE RIDE, SWERVEDRIVER, MEDICINE & SLOWDIVE?

It is too early to tell whether this is a revival or a rebirth, but it somewhat seems like both of them are happening. I haven’t watched the film yet, but I definitely will. One of the best parts of this now is that we get to see many of these first-wave bands in live action. We missed the chance to see when they were active because many of us were too young and some of us weren’t even born yet. It’s also amazing that these bands are still great today and that they continue to write new stuff.

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CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE RECENT REVOLUTION SHOEGAZE REVIVAL COMPILATION?

All of a sudden, Gerpfast Kolektif from Indonesia contacted us to send a title for an upcoming joint shoegaze compilation with Ear to Ear Records, but we really didn’t know that this would be such a huge event! This has been a good occasion for us to consider how widespread the shoegaze community really is, and this is very exciting for us to receive such positive feedback from all around the world about this compilation.

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MUSICALLY, WHAT ARE YOUR BANDS PLANS OVER THE NEXT YEAR?

The next year for us will be about composing as much as we can for an album that we plan to release in 2016 but meanwhile we won’t totally leave live acts aside and we will surely make small surprise releases from time to time. We are in negotiation process with labels at the moment.

 

IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO COVER ANY ARTIST, WHO WOULD IT BE & WHY?

We already did two covers for a digital release that came up in 2013. The Funeral Party from The Cure (which is included in the compilation) and The Gravedigger’s Song from Mark Lanegan. The first reason was our desire to pay homage to two musicians, who we respect and love. At the same time, the idea to try to challenge ourselves by experimenting with these songs without totally turning them into mutants, but to reshape them in order to try give an essence of H.D. anyway, was a fun thing to try.

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IF YOU HAD TO PICK 1 OR 2 OR 3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

Heartbeatful noise, edgy and danger.

LINKS:

hermeticdelight.com

facebook.com/hermeticdelight

soundcloud.com/hermeticdelight


GUEST PLAYLIST: Shoegazer Sanctuary - Edition 1

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As the shoegaze music movement starts making waves a tsunami of love and passion for the music ensues. Shoegazer Sanctuary will be here, on Facebook, for Shoegazers who want to share and listen to the best Shoegaze around and find some of the most obscure tunes that sculpted this genre into what it is today. The music that preceded the Shoegaze/Nugaze of today deserves to be heard once again. We have found some of he most amazing music in obscure Shoegaze and want to keep sharing it and inspire members to search for it as we do. This is the Spirit of Shoegazer Sanctuary  - Care to join us?

Shoegazer Sanctuary was created for Shoegazers period; people who are obsessed with the sound of a guitar being influenced by sound pedals and deep reverb effects that makes the music irresistible. It was initially a secret FaceBook group but was finally made 'public' in the hope of attracting many Shoegaze bands and fans alike that want nothing more than to love the music and share it night and day. It has been working out amazingly so far. Our Shoegazer (member) base keeps growing out of control like a wild fire, but more importantly than the numbers is the love for the music, ecstasy is more like it.

My name is JOE 'SHOEGAZER' GIANGRAVE  & I manage the group and initially came up with the name. A Shoegaze obsessed mega fan, and as a song writer as well, I love the genre and cannot stop my search for the most obscure Shoegaze I can find and also continue my research for all things Shoegaze. I really owe where I am now in music to a band called 'The Joy Formidable', if it was not for them back in November of 2010 when I saw them live for the first time I do not believe my interest in shoegaze would have arrived to the obsession status it has reached today. They are the reason I believe in music once again. Thank You 'The Joy Formidable' -  my heart is with you always!

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So this is who we are in a nutshell. I hope you enjoy our featured Shoegazer playlist. This will be the first of many to come. We want to thank Del Chaney and Shauna McLarnon for sponsoring Shoegazer Sanctuary and giving us the chance to share our passion for Shoegaze with alot more people outside of Facebook.

Aren't you curious? Join and/or look us up on Facebook, and find out what all the hype is about - THIS IS SHOEGAZE!

BLUSH RESPONCE: 

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WIMBELDON:

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THE BLACK RYDER:

BLACK HEARTED BROTHER:

THE HIGH VIOLETS:

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CHATHAM RISE:

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PURPLE BLOOM:

 ROKU MUSIC:

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SPOTLIGHT KID:

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PINKSHINYULTRABLAST:

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AUTHOR: JSG