ARTIST: Dead Sea Apes
RELEASE: SOY DIOS
RELEASE DATE: 5th September 2016
RECORD COMPANY: SKY LANTERN RECORDS / CARDINAL FUZZ
Manchester based underground psych experimentalists 'Dead Sea Apes' have had their stunning debut single 'SOY DIOS' repackaged and re-released on vinyl via Cardinal Fuzz (Sky Lantern Records in the US). It contains a reworking of the original track, released back in 2010 on a then run of 100 CDR's. 'Dead Sea Apes' create massive sonic soundscapes and have the ability to switch from wonderfully picturesque sun-scorched psychedelia to dust laden desert rock and on into hypnotically charged & motorik driven drone rock improvisation with marvellous aplomb! The album is available to buy/download on various formats from cful.bandcamp.com & skylanternrecords.bandcamp.com. You can also purchase the vinyl right now from cardinalfuzz.bigcartel.com
Soy Dios by Dead Sea Apes
The opening salvo's of 'Soy Dios I' are hauntingly good. Aggravated fret noise and spacious atmospherics open proceedings as 'Dead Sea Apes' bring their post-rock credentials to the fore. Melodious guitar progressions add tension as sparse percussive hits enter the fray and we push off on a magical journey of sonic experimentation, stepping into a world of expansive musical understanding and distorted sonic hallucinations. Its not long before a swell of explosive instrumentation takes over and the metronomic swing of the drum pattern brings on a giddying state of hypnotic abandonment. Guitar lines meander menacingly throughout the piece, every so often allowed to soar into the ether as if chasing some unknown prey, before arriving back to terra firma and slotting into its assigned progression to continue on with its pre-designed course. Truly magical in its entirety!
If 'Soy Dios I' was the doorway into the world of 'Dead Sea Apes' then Part II is the hallway .... a wide expansive room filled with oppressive atmosphere, droning swells and spiralling guitar squall. 'Soy Dios II' is a pleasure craft bobbing up and down in a dark tremulous ink like sea, constantly being hit by a wave after wave of shuddering reverberation. The percussion builds as throbbing bass lines hold court before the track lurches forward and explodes into a cacophony of wonderful noise and warbling repetitious progressions.
'Soy Dios III' achingly drones into existence, its burgeoning weight swirling & snarling as it enters earshot, shattering the perilous ideology of the previous soundscape as it circumnavigates its own self. It builds in momentum allowing it to plough a deep furrow into the sonic template, eagerly trying to gain enough updraft to lift itself into the ether. Intermittent fret noise doused in reverb adds atmosphere to the piece as the arrival of much welcomed guitar squall builds intensity .... and we're up and soaring into the ether on waves of golden frequencies inlayed with swathes of reverberation. 'Soy Dios III' is a true masterpiece of modern day psychedelic exploration.
The closing piece on the momentous release brushes aside the previous three tracks from the off. 'Soy Dios IV' is the stunning finale to an expansive collection of experimental musicianship. The culmination of a trip through massive passages of sonic floatation and distorted but oppressive melody driven hallucinations, into a gargantuan cyclonic whirlwind. 'Dead Sea Apes' bring the curtain down completely on this impressive release riding a maelstrom of senses pummelling distorted noise. A fitting end to a marvellous sonic journey. Recommended listening!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last four years not only fronting popular experimental Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, post punk, post rock & modern psych rock from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion. His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.
by Primal Music
RELEASE: Gentle Slopes
RELEASE DATE: 09/09/16
RECORD COMPANY: Wolves And Vibrancy Records/Soliti Records
Released on September 9th 2016 jointly via the German based independent label ‘Wolves And Vibrancy Records (Vinyl)’ & ‘Soliti Records (Digital)’, ‘Gentle Slopes’ is the sophomore five track EP from Finnish based noisy shoegaze quartet ‘Mumrunner’ and it follows on from their triumphant 2015 debut ‘Full Blossom’. Their sound embraces melodious, reverberating tones, seductive otherworldly musical progressions & beautifully ethereal dream pop flourishes and intertwines them all with driving swathes of shoegaze inspired alternative rock to collectively bring something magical to the sonic table. The EP will get the full vinyl treatment with 300 copies (Black Vinyl Screen Printed B-Side + Lyrics Sheet) available to pre-order with ‘Wolves and Vibrancy Records’ offering a special Vinyl + Shirt package which you can pre-order right now from: wolvesandvibrancyrecords.tictail.com
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The EP opens with the beautifully effervescent ‘Sputnik’. Addictive guitar progressions & throbbing melody driven bass frequencies ride a tempestuous percussive pattern as the layered vocals bathe in a glorious swirling sea of ethereal reverb. Up next, ‘Shawshank’ drives and meanders deftly with hypnotically fuzzy lead guitar lines, brilliantly executed vocals and soaring chorus progressions. Instrumentally reminiscent at times to seminal 1980’s US based post-punk stalwart's ‘For Against’, ‘Shawshank’ is a stunning piece of music! ‘Cascais’ explodes into earshot held fast within a captivating maelstrom of glorious reverb laden guitars, intricate lead licks, driving bass lines and thunderous drums. Probably the most ‘alt-rock’ leaning piece on the entire release, ‘Cascais’ uses it’s stunning vocal progressions to cut through the monumental instrumental noise and bring patches of serine ethereal clarity to proceedings.
The EP’s penultimate track, ‘Turn’ is a one minute plus slow burning instrumental piece but its quickly followed by the EP’s closing track, ‘Gentle Slopes’, possibly my favourite track on this entire release! This is a highly addictive slice of glorious shoegaze infused dream pop with brilliantly executed layered guitar progressions that seem to circumnavigate those hauntingly ethereal vocal lines with aplomb. It’s subtle drum patterns add atmosphere though the verse parts when coupled with those droning guitar swells & undulating bass frequencies thus collectively creating a brilliant light/shade dynamic with an overriding feeling of sonic floatation. A truly magnificent ending to a brilliant EP.
Far from the multi-platformed mainstream musical hubs and hidden deep within a scene so overlooked by the big radio corporations that its generally left alone to allow shoegaze fans run a meandering course of blissful musical discovery, sits an online radio station so important that its unhealthy demise due to corporate bureaucracy would be nothing short of a bloody travesty. We've all read about the unhealthy reams of read tape surrounding online broadcasters and their downgrading of broadcast rights due to the changes in US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) fees and we've seen first hand various online stations being forced to cease all operations indefinitely due to lack of funding to pay these overhyped & inflated broadcasting fees! If it continues we will lose a very important tool that allow's unsigned artists to get their music across to a wider online radio audience. Online stations worldwide, Dj's & their embedded radio shows, focusing on various musical genres are a key promotional resource for todays underground artists. I mean, how many TRUE champions of this modern day underground shoegaze scene can you count on your fingertips at this present moment in time?
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Mute Swan by Half / Wozniak
Broadcasting out of Fresno, California, DKFM has been at the forefront of the genre's resurgence since it launched in 2012 but more recently has faced an uncertain future due to changes in US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) fees. They are an important mainstay in todays scene, helping to sustain and develop many of the movement's best bands. DKFM continue to be a major influence on us here at Primal Music and have been the 'Go To' site for us for all things shoegaze & dream pop since our early radio show days on Radioaktiv back in 2012.
Now, two brilliant UK based musical outfits, the impressive Gateshead based 'Half' & Edinburgh's finest 'Wozniak', have released a stunning collaborative track entitled 'Mute Swan' with the aim of raising much needed funds to help DKFM to stay on the air. The track has been released as a pay-what-you-like download through Bandcamp with all income going to help support DKFM and you can help in the fight by heading over to: herelieshalf.bandcamp.com and pledging as much or as little as you like.
ARTIST: The Baltic
RELEASE DATE: 20/06/16
RECORD COMPANY: Misra Records
Colorado based psychedelically charged four piece 'The Baltic' released their latest EP entitled 'Archipelago' to the masses back on the 20th June 2016 via Misra Records (under Sub Pop's umbrella). Their sound expertly shimmies through experimental reverberating tones, laced with dream pop swirls, psychedelic sonic highs & melodious guitar progressions that seem to hang suspended within a blissfully ethereal musical bubble. The band are made up of Graham Epstein - drums/vocals, Adam Dankowski - guitars, Josh Kaplan - bass & Ari Kononov - guitars.
'Archipelago' is available to buy/download right now from: thebaltic.bandcamp.com/album/archipelago
Archipelago by The Baltic
Luscious ethereal tones float into earshot as the opening salvo's of the 'Archipelago' EP are unfurled. Opening track 'Turquoise' permeates through an acid blotted landscape with its 60's psychedelic edge as the hazy vocals are carefully added to the musical ether, accompanied by throbbing bass frequencies & a skittish percussive pattern. (As a side note; a musical doff of the cap has to go to the 'Beatles' on this opening track, as the verse progressions (which drag up way too many of their song titles to name off hand) are curiously reminiscent to the aforementioned band & although that may seem like a good comparison to some, for me, it kinda takes the shine off of those brilliantly executed shoegaze inspired chorus parts that make this opening track a tale of two halves as far as I'm concerned!) Up next, 'Bloom' breathes a more psych rock tinge to proceedings. It's jam packed with experimental psychedelic twirls, faultless instrumentation and those vocalisations are stacked with melody.
'San Francisco' pulses beautifully arranged reverb drenched guitar lines, steadying drum patterns and addictively harmonious bass progressions with another impressive vocal performance that collectively produces what is the most dream pop orientated track on this entire release! Gone are the sonic experimentations & the 60's revivalist tones, and whats left is a beautifully arranged track that is wholeheartedly relevant in todays revived dreampop/shoegaze scene.
The EP's penultimate track entitled 'Fortitude' screams into the ether on a wave of glorious frequency laden noise as 'The Baltic' bring their shoegaze tendencies to bare for all to hear. It's opening bars are layered with fuzzy reverberating guitars, throbbing baselines, shimmering tambourines and melodious vocals, reminiscent to those early UK based shoegaze stalwart's 'Ride'. It took a while but 'The Baltic' are finally allowing us to hear their gauzy side. This is my favourite track on the whole release and a solid recommendation from me. The albums closing piece is called '72 Hours'. Shimmering tremulous guitar lines float into earshot and gracefully sweep you up, bringing you with them on a stunning hallucinogenic psych-gaze trip that expertly loops and arc's through blissful layers of beautifully golden sonic frequencies, carefully following the throb of the infectious bass progressions & the hypnotic percussion as you meander through the musical ether. A fitting explosive ending to a slow burning but thoroughly enjoyable EP.
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RELEASE: Red Rooms
RELEASE DATE: 17/07/16
RECORD COMPANY: Coypu Records.
Following on from their stunning full length album release entitled ‘Historias de Frió’ back in 2104, the brilliant Barcelona based darkwave outfit ‘Sexores’ have returned with a blissful six track release entitled ‘Red Rooms’. With an intriguing sound thats full of noisy ambient swirls, ethereal vocalisations and dark repetitive percussive arrangements all gloriously intertwined with soaring walls of layered reverberating guitars, ‘Sexores’ have the ability paint stunning sonic pictures with their music. The band are made up of Emilia Bahamonde - vocals/guitar/programming & David Yépez - drums/programming with various touring members and guest musicians (including Alexander Kretov of UMMAGMA fame) appearing on the album. ‘Red Rooms’ was released back on the 17th July 2016 via Coypu Records and is available to buy/download on various formats right now from: sexores.bandcamp.com
Red Rooms by Sexores
Ethereal vocals coupled with a wall hazily layered guitars announces the arrival of track one ‘Sasebo’ and we’re instantly pulled into a beautiful world of sneaking drum patterns, underlying synth swells and hypnotically cascading piano progressions. The vocals are simply mesmerising as they cut through the swirling instrumentation and instil a gentle calmness over proceedings. Up next, ‘Sea Of Trees’ is a classic slice of beautifully arranged dream pop thats centred around a cascading synth line, a repetitive drum pattern and another blissful vocal performance courtesy of Emilia Bahamonde. ‘Me And The Void’ saunters into earshot riding an explosive drum pattern, dark throbbing bass frequencies and synth swells to die for. Emilia’s vocals shine as they pulse wave after wave of golden hued frequencies through the controlled reverberation and on into the maelstrom of fuzzy tempestuous guitar lines.
‘U.S.S.R Girls’ leans more into the realm of dark electronica with its sequenced synth progressions and repetitive drum patterns whilst the albums penultimate track, the impressive ‘Daywalkers’ instantly flatters with its floating boy/girl vocal attack, courtesy of Emilia & Alex Kretov (Ummagma), coupled with those beautifully arranged synth lines & its glorious instrumentation breaks. The album closes out with the highly atmospheric instrumental piece - ‘Loner’. A dark & foreboding reverberating drone opens proceedings before we’re treated to a slow, repetitive drum pattern and stuttering piano stabs. ‘Loner’ sounds like it belongs on a late 70’s sci-fi soundtrack as it deftly meanders through ambient sonic peaks and throughs, never losing its edge and all the while building slowly into a stunning cacophony of blissful atmospheric noise.
A fitting end to an absolutely stunning album!
Del Chaney has spent the last four 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, DreamPop, PostPunk, PostRock & PsychRock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion. His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.
RELEASE: Home Recordings
RELEASE DATE: 13/05/16
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
Released to the masses back on the 13th May 2016, ‘Home Recordings’ are the tentative first steps by a band who create stunning musical soundscapes that are heavily steeped in melodically astute, fuzzy alt-gaze promise. ‘Sidechick’ are a Texas based trio made up of Stephen McElwee - Guitar & Vocals, Austin Yates - Drums & Kelvin Givens - Bass and their debut three track release is available to buy/download right now from: sidechick.bandcamp.com
Home Recordings by Sidechick
‘Home Recordings’ unfurls with excellent ‘Prisms’, a two minute plus instrumental masterpiece thats filled with golden hued guitar lines, steadying percussion and throbbing bass frequencies. The band give very little away on this opening piece as the tension builds, forcing glorious reverberating swirls into the sonic ether and pulsing fuzzy layered guitar squall through shimmering hazy frequencies. ‘Prisms’ soon burns out and courses headlong into track two, the blistering ‘Dimensions’, and its not long before we’re introduced to a droning guitar line that drags the listener into the impending explosive drum patterns, heavily tracked by fuzzy throbbing bass lines and screaming feedback laden guitars. The vocals here are sublime and they sit on top of the instrumentation like some sonic demigod vying for populous attention. ‘Dimensions’ is probably my favourite track on this entire release and worthy of your attention!
The EP’s closing track is a brilliantly melodious affair. ‘Mercury’ rocks on a thoroughly addictive lead lick that explodes through the chorus breaks whilst carefully balancing on a bedrock of pounding drums and hypnotically layered reverberating guitars. Another stunning vocal track adds atmosphere as it pierces the protective reverb induced bubble and soars into the sonic ether with aplomb. A fitting end to an interesting first outing from ‘Sidechick’.
Ones to watch!
ARTIST: Dead Rabbits
RELEASE: Everything Is A Lie.
RELEASE DATE: 05/09/16
RECORD COMPANY: Fuzz Club Records
Southampton's ‘Dead Rabbits’ have been wowing us ever since the release of their stunning debut album (The Ticket That Exploded) back in 2013, followed closely by their eponymous follow up (Time Is Your Only Memory) back in 2014. Their meticulous brand of infectious neo-psychedelia, blended perfectly with expressive shoegaze and driving post-punk has permeated down through the many layers of this modern day new school psych/gaze scene, influencing each new emerging band with their heady sonic brew. Now they have returned with brand new musical behemoth in tow. Fantastically titled ‘Everything Is A Lie’, this latest full length album gets its official release on the 5th September 2016 via one of the ‘Go To’ labels in this modern day fuzzy psych/gaze scene, the brilliant London based ‘Fuzz Club Records’.
Everything Is A Lie by Dead Rabbits
The album opens up with the stunning ‘Everything Is A Lie’. This is a gargantuan warbling beast who’s percussive assault shudders and pulses on a reverberating wave of sonic delight. Its bass lines are addictive, underscored with soaring synth swells and melodic vocalisations that are all held fast within the whirlwind by shimmering layered guitar progressions. ‘Honestly’ arrives like a sullen child. It’s bass lines are incredible and full of post-punk promise whilst vocally this track is sublime and reminiscent (dare I say it?) of late 1980’s Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays). It’s a masterclass in song creation and probably my favourite track on this entire release. Up next is the albums lead single! ‘Get Me Over There’ rumbles and growls on a bed of fuzzy jangling guitars, swirling pulsating bass frequencies and skittish percussion as the howling vocals ride a raging sonic twister into the ether. It’s one of the best tracks this year by far and definitely recommended listening.
The album takes a subtle swerve into experimental territory on ‘All Your Little Lies’. Pounding drums and screaming surf-psych guitars take centre stage as those brilliantly executed vocal progressions meander in and out of the hazy instrumentation. ‘Someday’ jangles into earshot on stabs of reverb induced guitars as melodious snaking bass frequencies creep between the drum hits like some huge stalking animal. Vocals wail as synths soar throughout the chorus parts, building in momentum as they rise, leading us into a surging sonic finale. The metronomic swing of ‘I Don’t Want To Die Today’ hypnotises us as it works through its musical gears, deftly building and adding to each sonic layer as it climbs. Vocally sublime and explosive at times ‘I Don’t Want To Die Today’ surges and culminates into an incredible maelstrom of sound.
The albums penultimate track is ‘That Was Then But This Is Now’. Melodically repetitive guitar lines meld with dark pulsating bass frequencies before another impressive vocal performance cuts through proceedings, dragging the steadying drum track with it. Swathes of reverb induced guitars attack the chorus as swirling, droning synth patches lurk menacingly beneath. ‘That Was Then But This Is Now’ thunders through the sonic landscape cutting massive swathes through layer after layer of expertly constructed reverberation. Screaming guitar squall and blistering feedback heralds the arrival of the albums closing track before we’re treated to pounding drums, melodic bass lines, soaring golden synth swells and a glorious vocal track. ‘You Already Know’ is a tremulous beast that takes no prisoners as it beats down on the senses and hypnotises you into submission. A stunning finale to an absolutely immense album.
Bravo ‘Dead Rabbits’......
'Everything Is A Lie' gets its official release on the 5th September 2016 and is available to pre-order right now from Fuzz Club Records.
ARTIST: Everyone But Me
RELEASE: Everyone But Me EP
RELEASE DATE: 16/05/15
RECORD COMPANY: Custom Made Music
As most people who read my reviews for ‘The Primal Music Blog’ would know it takes a hell of a lot to move me musically to the point that I take the time to write about it. I tend to be rather picky when it comes to a genre of music that Im passionate about. Shoegaze & Dreampop to me should (first & foremost) have the ability to move the listener beyond the normal realms of sonic bewilderment & in turn transport him or her to a higher plain where a multitude of reverb layered guitar textures intertwined with solid drum patterns, translucent vocal arrangements & throbbing bass lines assault your cranium with beautiful blissful tones full of emotive goodness! Or in lay mans terms - It needs to sound fucking immense! So with all of that in mind, allow me to introduce you to my new favourite band - ‘Everyone But Me’.
Hailing from Columbus, Ohio ‘Everyone But Me’ are no prudes when it comes to creating beautiful fuzzy dreamgazing soundscapes. Their self titled 5 track debut will attest to that. Released on 16th May 2015 via digital download on bandcamp & on tape via the brilliant ‘Custom Made Music’ this EP will catapult you into a world where gazing is king & emotive melodic chorus changes evoke the heady infantile early days of the first wave shoegaze era. The band are made up of duo Nick Bain & Jason Grady but their sound is insanely massive! It loops & arc’s all over the sonic palette with an intensity so big that will have you swimming in a golden hallucinogenic haze. Creatively astute & impressively imaginative ‘Everything But Me’ will attract even the lesser fans of the shoegazing / dreampop genre with this immense self titled debut EP.
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The EP opens up with an absolutely amazing whirlwind of fuzzy reverb, layered synths, infectious vocals & programmed drums. ‘Isn’t Far’ is an impressive opener full of infectious looping sound waves leading to a soaring chorus that will tickle your spine as you are lifted up and carried along with its psychedelic overtones. Simply stunning!
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Track 2 - ‘Say Farewell’ is a charging beast of a track reminiscent in parts to UK based shoegazers '93 Million Miles From The Sun’. This track is astonishing with its sprawling swirling synth patterns, delayed reverb induced vocal arrangements & pounding repetitive drum sequences. But for me its the melodic vocal charge in the chorus that is absolutely immense. The production on this track alone is stunning. Check it out:
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‘Just Like Anyone’ is a full on sonically intense train ride to a land where reverb is a god given birth right. Its a swirling mass of droning guitars, sweeping drums & haunting vocals that will blow your mind. Again the chorus changes on this track are uplifting to the point of no return. This is another level of shoegazing. Truly a masterpiece!
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The beginnings of track 4 on this self titled EP from Ohio based ‘Everything But Me’ lead you into a false sense of security! Im not afraid to admit that. The opening salvo’s of 'I Never believed You’ distract you from the sonic assault that lurks in its shadowy underbelly! A wall of beautiful fuzzy reverberated sound hits you full on in the face & this listener is hooked all over again. So good!
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The final track on this impressive EP is 7 minutes plus of sonically delightful fuzzy sound waves. ‘Still Not Enough’ is a charging monolith of a track that is so addictively hallucinogenic at times that I had to press stop, then rewind & start it all over again just incase I missed something the first time around! The immense vocals are so intensely intertwined with swirling guitars, the ever present pounding drum pattern & layers upon layers of shimmering bloody brilliance that you can do nothing at all other that float along with it on a wave of amazing shoegaze. This is a track that just keeps giving! A triumphant ending to a absolutely beautiful EP.
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This debut 5 track EP from Ohio based dreamgaze duo ‘Everything But Me’ is a rare thing indeed. It's as rare as hens teeth! I can safely say right now that the Everything But Me EP will be in my top 5 EP’s of 2015 come years end without a doubt! It is simply stunning from its opening fuzzy chord progressions right through to its shimmering finality. It had me hooked from the very first note & I am so glad to have heard it.
Its one of those releases that I will continue to return to again & again. Magnificent!
Del Chaney has spent the last three 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.
RELEASE: Geisha EP
RELEASE DATE: 29/04/15
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
Italy is a hotbed of brilliantly emotive, post punk fuelled, droning shoegaze & dreampop bands these days and ‘The Primal Music Blog’ has reviewed many of them before. From Milan to Napoli, Rome to Modena we are big supporters of the Italian ‘Scene That Celebrates Itself' or ‘Italiogaze’ as the scensters are calling it these days. This week we were introduced to yet another immense musical outfit based in Italy. ‘Arirang’ were born in Milan and are made up of Marco Mercuzio P - Guitars / Vocals, Francesco M - Bass & Giacomo C on Drums. Their debut EP release entitled ‘Geisha’ was officially announced to the masses back in April 2015 and is a truly magnificent collection of post rock inspired soundscapes intertwined with stunningly emotive cinematic shoegaze that is at times interspersed with post punk inspired vocal arrangements that will leave you truly amazed. The musicianship alone on this 5 track release is simply stunning!
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The EP opens up with beautifully arranged ‘Humming Rigmaroles’. This is a slice of cinematic post rock in its purest form. Stunning reverb infused vocals sit on top of an enticing drum arrangement & lead you into its explosive core. This track is full of musical peaks & troughs and it will take you on an unbelievable sonic journey. Stunning!
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Track 2 ‘Mantrabox’ begins with full on rock god connotations. Reminiscent in parts to ‘God Is An Astronaut’ with its explosive guitar arrangements and post rock infused progressions. The reverb fuelled vocal arrangement is simply addictive and leaves you wanting more. There’s a subtle hint of programmed drums running through this tracks spine but this only enhances the overall sound. Check it out:
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Track 3 is another cinematic soundscape wonder! ‘Under The Mount’ begins on a slower curve than the previous 2 tracks but don’t be fooled. This track opens up into an instrumental shoegazing masterclass as waves & waves of emotive walls of reverb drenched guitars wash over you and scoop you up with their many layers of immense goodness until it breaks and gently places back onto terra firma. I am amazed at the level of musicianship that Arirang are expressing on this track. It is simply sublime! Bravo!
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Track 4 - 'Oh Whale', is a slow burner. Ethereal vocals float on top of a steady but sparse percussion arrangement & intoxicating guitar lines until it erupts into a full on post rock gem. ‘Arirang’ have a cunning knack of bringing their listeners on a journey of musical discovery with the ebb & flow of their musical soundscapes. The programmed drum patterns returns mid way through the track but again it adds to the overall sound. This is yet another beautiful track of immense proportions & fans of emotive post rock will instantly fall in love with it. Stunning! Check it out:
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The closing track on this impressive release from Milan based ‘Arirang’ is a whopping 12 minutes plus of post punk infused vocal arrangements, droning sounds, pounding drums & swirling guitars. 6 minutes in and silence . . . . . . only to build into a maelstrom of instrumental shoegaze fuelled swirling guitars & pounding drums of immense proportions. A fitting end to a truly epic release.
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Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze Dream Pop 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.
RELEASE: Lemonseeds EP
RELEASE DATE: 23/06/15
‘Morels’ hail from Baltimore, Maryland & have a unique collective sound that is sometimes melodic alt-rock, sometimes noise-pop mixed with a hint of fuzzy impressive shoegaze & intertwined with post punk inspired vocal arrangements. But what interests me the most about this band is their ability to evoke melancholic snapshots in time of hazy youth, warm summer days & full on fuzzy shoegazing. Made up of ex-members of both Bad Liquor and The Warlocks plus members of The Flying Eyes/Bad Lung they have just released a stunning collection of tracks on the aptly named - ‘Lemonseeds EP’.
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The ‘Lemonseeds EP’ opens up with a straight laced indie rock inspired stalwart of a track entitled - ’Honeybee’. On first listen this track has an early 90’s feel to it with its vocal tones & production effects intertwined with an edgy musical undertone. Its a happy, jangling, floating 3 minute affair with addictive guitar parts & a solid drum pattern but to me it does exactly what it says on the tin. This kind of stuff doesn’t normally float my boat but ‘Morels’ have my attention! Check it out:
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At first the deceiving opening drum pattern on track 2 leads me to believe that we’re on a similar voyage to a land of tame run of the mill indie rock. But boy was I wrong! ‘Morels’ open up a swirling maelstrom of beautiful shimmering guitars, immense drums, addictive bass lines & what I think is a synth progression running just under the madness that reminds me of very early ‘Cure’. There is also a subtle hint of mid/late 80’s post punk in the vocal too on ‘Raygun’ that just sucks you in and keeps you interested & fixed on the track. This is a sublime wall of sound that is simply beautiful. You need to check it out:
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Track 3 ‘Lemonseeds’ floats into the musical atmosphere with a hazy laid back alt rock vibe surrounded by swirling synths & yet another brilliant vocal performance. This is what I mean when I say that ‘Morels’ have the ability to evoke memories. This track just washes over you & takes you with it as it tells its story. A triumph, musically!
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The closing track on this latest 4 track EP from Baltimore based noise merchants ‘Morels’ is possibly my favourite on the entire release. ‘Communion’ is a full on menacing ball of energy with its 80’s inspired emotive synth swells, Sisters of Mercy / Cult esq vocal arrangements, impressive drum patterns & full on walls of swirling droning guitars. This track alone makes it all worthwhile. You need this in your music collection! Check it out below:
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