Drifting Sand by Toast of Botswana
French based alt-psych duo 'Toast of Botswana' have unleashed a swirling sonic behemoth in the guise of their latest single aptly named 'Drifting Sand'. Steeped in hazy reverberating psychedelic incantations their sound echoes through layers of hypnotically charged instrumentation, noisy swathes of percussion and that intensely fragile vocal. Released back in December 2016 'Drifting Sand' is the bands third single and it follows on from 'Vimto' their deliciously psych folk leaning second single released back in August 2016. Definitely ones to watch in 2017.
You can get your hands on 'Drifting Sand' right now by heading over to: toastofbotswana.bandcamp.com
by Primal Music
Danish based noisy alt-psych duo 'ZRN' have released a crawling sonic behemoth in the form of their latest single 'Deep End', lifted from their forthcoming EP entitled 'Swim' penned in for release sometime in April 2017. 'ZRN' are a side project of monstrous Danish psych rockers 'Tales Of Murder And Dust' and their sound has gone from meandering, atmospheric almost slowcore/shoegaze leanings on their 2015 full-length release 'Animous' into a more of a menacing noise rock orientation on these new tracks. In the bands own words 'Deep End' is "a feminist battle hymn" and it was recorded with the backdrop of the US elections hanging over all of our heads. It deals with some very real & dangerous subject matter, focusing on the bleak outlook of a polarized society, where the basic respect for a woman's body and rights is under attack.
'Deep End' is immensely infectious! It undulates and snakes on layers of dark, noisy bass frequencies supplemented with repetitive lead lines, shimmering tambourine shakes and a heavy sense of sonic foreboding. It's vocal lines glide and snake in and out of the instrumentation, under constant bombardment from whirring lead guitar lines and atmospheric production theatrics. There are sublet hints of 'Sonic Youth, Lydia Lunch' and seminal UK noise gazers 'Cranes' pulsing through Deep End's inner core that are incredibly addictive. Roll on the full EP!
Anais & Me SINGLE by Snowball II
Los Angeles based alt/ shoegaze outfit 'Snowball II' are no strangers to the underground scene having previously released two albums throughout 2016 with tracks frequently gracing the online radio fraternity including our own sister station 'Primal Radio'. Now the band have returned with a blistering new single entitled 'Anais & Me' taken from their forthcoming third full length album 'Flashes of Quincy' due to grace our earholes sometime in February and released via Doughnut Records. This latest single 'Anais & Me' is available to buy/download right now from snowballii.bandcamp.com
'Anais & Me' swerves into earshot riding a tempestuous wave of layered fuzzy guitars and driving percussion underscored by throbbing bass lines and beautifully melodic vocalisations. Definitely punchy and thoroughly enjoyable, 'Snowball II' continue to create brilliant soundscapes.
The Desolate Hour by A Thousand Hours
Dreamy Alaskan slowcore trio 'A Thousand Hours' have released a stunning debut single entitled 'The Desolate Hours' to the masses, highlighting their forthcoming full EP penned in for release this February or early March 2017. Their collective sound swirls brilliantly through almost ethereal sonic projections underscored by fleeting waves of shoegaze inspired instrumentation. The band are made up of Red Collier - vocals/guitar, Demi Haynes - vocals/guitar/bass & Albert Gresens - guitar/bass and 'The Desolate Hours' single is available to buy/download right now from onethousandhours.bandcamp.com
'The Desolate Hours' is centred around a repetitive guitar line, spinning through layers of reverberation, followed in close proximity by sparse percussion and the graceful hum of bass frequencies. The vocals float effortlessly along held fast in a kind of sonic gravitational pull with the instrumentation and brilliantly echoed at times by hauntingly good backing lines. Deeply melancholic and highly infectious it only bodes well for the full EP release going forward.
Fix Myself by Todavía
LA based multi instrumentalist Rhyan Riesgo aka Todavía typifies why this modern era dream pop/shoegaze scene has dumfounded the critics and lasted as long as it has. She plays all the instruments - (keyboard, guitar, drum triggers, vocals), records, produces, mixes, masters and releases her music from a little bedroom just outside Los Angeles without any label or PR support whatsoever. Her sound swoons effortlessly in a dreamy translucent haze filled with sequenced electronic percussion peppered by hushed synth swells, swirling guitars and shimmering reverberation that all circumnavigates that impressive vocal tone. Her latest single entitled 'Fix Myself' is lifted off the forthcoming full length album 'Shyness', penned in for release later this year and we think it's absolutely gorgeous.
'Fix Myself' ia available to buy/download right now from todaviamusic.bandcamp.com
Asphalt Ocean by The Mites
San Antonio based noisy dream pop quartet 'The Mites' have announced a brand new single entitled 'Asphalt Ocean' lifted off their forthcoming three track EP of the same name. The band fuse riotous, fuzzy guitars with swooning vocals to create a powerful no nonsense brand of dream pop that leans somewhere near alternative rock whilst doffing a well trimmed cap to those early 90's shoegaze sounds. 'Asphalt Ocean' follows on from 2015's five track release 'Bellows' and will be released on 7" vinyl via Painter Man Records in Seattle. If you want to get your hands on the vinyl, pre-orders have now opened via paintermanrecords.bigcartel.com
Fuzz Club Records mainstays and Berlin (via Manchester) based dark psych/post-punk outfit 'The Underground Youth' have unleashed the second single entitled 'Amerika' from their highly anticipated eight studio album brilliantly titled 'What Kind Of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?'. The album is penned in for a February 15th launch date with various formats officially going up for pre-order via www.fuzzclub.com. The band have also announced a European tour to celebrate it's release starting this month and you can check out their full tour schedule by heading over to facebook.com/TheUndergroundYouth.
'Amerika' drones into earshot accompanied by twinkling instrumentation, whirring feedback and the hollow thrum of sequenced percussion. It stalks and skulks in a densely oppressive sonic fog as Craig Dyer's addictive vocals swirl menacingly in the sonic ether. This is a triumphant slice of psychedelically charged post-punk that's sure to to attract new and old fans alike.
Tomorrow by Joel Gion
Long term percussionist of the 'Brian Jonestown Massacre', singer songwriter & modern day psych rock pioneer 'Joel Gion' has announced the first single entitled 'Tomorrow' to be lifted from his forthcoming sophomore album, penned in for release in early spring 2017. The single is firmly centred around the social and economic turmoil harassing his home country in which Joel himself says "nobody in the free-thinking world have ever dreamed things would wind up going this far south in the end". The forthcoming album was recorded at different stages during the recent BJM world our and features band members, friends and fellow musicians from the underground scene. You can get your hands on 'Tomorrow' right now via the usual online outlets and over on bandcamp - Joelgion.bandcamp.com
'Tomorrow' is a riotous affair with psych indentations swirling effortlessly in the monolithic instrumentation. Jangling guitars and throbbing bass frequencies shake & shimmy as pounding drums and catchy chorus hooks drag you with them along a simmering sonic thrill ride accompanied by the laid back vocalisations of Joel Gion.
Cosenza based new wave/synth-gaze trio 'Electric Floor' have unleashed the first single entitled 'Bluedive' from their highly anticipated new album 'Fader', penned in for release in March 2016 via the ever prolific Italian based independent record label 'Vipchoyo Sound Factory'. With a sound that echoes the experimental side of post-punk melded together with the darker side of new wave and underpinned by a modern electronic edge 'Electric Floor' have the ability to push the sonic envelope with their music. The band were formed in 2009 and are made up of Emanuele Chiarelli - vocals/ guitar, Simone Costantino De Luca - programming/ keys & Fabio Cosentino - bass.
'Bluedive' charges into the sonic ether on a bedrock of driving bass frequencies and sequenced percussion as the bleep and whirr of synth squall echoes deep within a bubble of reverberation. It's vocals are placed meticulously to the fore as all around them swirl in a kind of sonic gravitational pull, looping and arcing through waves of shimmering synth swells and subliminal guitar lines. 'Bluedive' is a feast of melodious frequencies that are guaranteed to thrill.
Malai Kofta Blues by Glissade
On January 1st 2016 North Carolina based experimental psych gaze outfit 'Glissade' returned with a tasty instrumental eastern themed piece entitled 'Malai Kofta Blues'. The track swirls impressively around a buzzing synth drone, steeped in fuzzy esoteric vibes and hypnotic reverberations that are sure to have you mesmerised from your very first listen.
The track is available to buy/download right now from glissade.bandcamp.com