ARTIST: The Autumn Sighs
RELEASE DATE: 21st August 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
German based indie shoegaze trio 'The Autumn Sighs' have returned with a brand new five track release entitled 'Branches', the follow up to 2015's impressive 'Sprig' EP. Their sound meanders gracefully through melodious and dreamy swathes of blissful dream pop infused shoegaze coupled with soaring chorus progressions, thunderous drum patterns and addictively hazy instrumentation. The band are made up of Katha - guitars/vocals), Ulrik - guitars/effects/ebow & Denis - drums with bass guitar duties on all songs for this recording going to Florian Malicke. The EP is available to buy/download on various formats right now from theautumnsighs.bandcamp.com
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The EP opens up with 'The Autumn Sighs', a beautifully constructed slice of dreamy shoegaze. Glorious frequencies greet the listener as the guitars jangle and sway, held firmly within the metronomic swing of the hypnotic drum pattern. The vocals float in on a wave of beautifully enticing reverb, swirling blissfuly in unison with the instrumentation until the chorus progressions explode into a maelstrom of beautiful frequential noise. As opening tracks go, this is monumental. Up next, 'Thirsty' takes its foot off of the noisy reverb pedal as a melodious vocal line meanders and undulates gracefully, intertwined with a brilliantly constructed guitar progression and another impressive drum pattern. The track builds as it shifts through it's sonic gears and finishes with a flurry of golden hued sounds.
Track three, 'Tonight' initially confuses me. At first, it leans into indie pop territory as its opening chord progressions coupled with another blissful vocal line unfurls. That notion however is quickly shattered as the track unleashes a whirlwind of soaring reverb induced guitar squall coupled with driving instrumentation and an explosive percussive attack to bring what is now my favourite track on this entire release. What tweaks my attention about the 'The Autumn Sighs' is that they have the ability to surprise their listeners as each track works through its progressions. Something that is unfortunately lacking in most modern shoegaze bands these days.
The EP's penultimate track entitled 'Flat', woozily enters earshot on a tremulous guitar line, throbbing bass frequencies and an accompanying percussive pattern. Its dreamy vocal lines enter the fray and instantaneously lifts the entire track to new heights allowing it to glide and arc all over the soundscape thus bringing a serine calmness to proceedings until its finale. The EP's closing piece entitled 'Sway' gently flows as its crawling instrumentation acts a s bedrock for another impressive vocal performance. Its chorus parts build momentum on waves on glorious reverberation coupled with ethereal vocal lines and steadying percussion. Bass frequencies throb as the track meanders along its chosen predesigned course culminating on swirling fuzzy drone. A beautiful & fitting ending to a marvellously executed EP. 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.
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Phoenix based dreamy desertgaze trio 'Citrus Clouds' have just released a new video to accompany their latest single 'Imagination', lifted off a full length album of the same name, penned in for release via Custom Made Music this autumn. The band create stunning soundscapes that swim through swathes of melodic ethereal shoegaze whilst all the while coupled with addictive dreamy vocals & an underlying cutting edge! 'Imagination' is available to buy/download right now from: citrusclouds.bandcamp.com
'Imagination' swerves & glides on gloriously dreamy, layered frequencies that are simply doused in reverb and deployed effortlessly to accompany a vocal line that swoons & soars as it gently caresses the senses with ethereal joy!
ARTIST: New Pope
RELEASE: Youth LP
RELEASE DATE: 09/12/15
Contemplative, reflective, gentle, forgiving, lush, ambient, folky, dreampoppy, insert adjective here! Whatever this is, it's good......... really good. Echoing the voices of its predecessors: Bert Jansch, Neutral Milk Hotel and even a spot of Arlo Guthrie, New pope is a band I have experience with, having seen them live at a time when there was a stripped down lineup of classical guitar and accordian in terms of instrumentation. They've upped their game and added an aul setta drums, a wee bass geetar and a nice swirling, echoing electric guitar (which is one half of the reason why this album is justifyibly on a shoegaze website, the other being the spacious vocals). New Pope is the moniker of David Boland, a Galway based songwriter dealing in melodic dream pop and sometimes folk. Live, he is joined by Colm Bohan on drums and Stephen Connolly on organ and guitar. This album is a friend to your ears. Lyrically pensive, restrained and thoughtful; anthropomorphically speaking, this album sounds like a mothers love!
Im not going to go describing this thing track for track because it is on the internet for you to listen to for yourself. I am however going to highlight the tracks that might get you hooked faster than if I didn't, like a crack dealer givin you the crack with the most cocaine in it, because the most sing alongable tracks will hit you first.
'Onwards Westwards' is a doozie, a great-tastic opener for any album. Even limp bizkit could open an album with this track:
YOUTH LP by New PopeThis is absolutely the sing alongable-ist track on the album by a long un:
YOUTH LP by New PopeThis next one here is a spicy boy as well:
YOUTH LP by New PopeJuly 2016 saw the release of LOVE EP, the precursor to New Pope's second album LOVE due out in October. So get yer palms nice n sweaty for this one!
The 'Youth LP' is available to buy/download right now from: newpope.bandcamp.com
Robert Mulhern is the vocalist, guitarist, producer & engineer in Irish based heavy experimental psych-gazers 'Tuath'. Hailing from Donegal in the North of the Republic, Robert’s musical influences span numerous genres and are far reaching. 'Tuath' are quietly establishing themselves as forerunners in Ireland’s experimental shoegaze & psych-rock scene.
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
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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!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
Indonesian based dreamy shoegazing five piece 'Heals' have unleashed their second immense single & its accompanying video entitled 'Myselves' via the very impressive Indonesian based independent record label FFWD Records. The band are due to float their debut album this October and we're eagerly awaiting its release. 'Myselves' is available to buy/download right now via iTunes
'Myselves' is a driving melodic ball of gloriously addictive golden frequencies that melodically skip through reverberating instrumentation and soaring layered vocal lines. This is recommended listening from a band who deserve your attention!
by Primal Music Blog
RELEASE DATE: 03/07/15
The enigmatic 'Lust' seem to have appeared from the ether. The Toronto four-piece played their first show in June and released their self-titled debut album in July. Fast work, or the fruition of months, years or decades of planning? Who knows. Their eight track debut creates a head-swirling atmosphere that’s only punctured fleetingly, as by a thunderstorm. The slow-ness and depth of sound, combined with the whisper of unsettlingly intense lyrics seems intended to hypnotise.
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Opening track 'Calm' eases in with chorused guitars and sets the rhythm for the record, with its slow, deep breaths. Although the noise grows, the pace is steady – in and out. A tumult of textures and layers, 'Whisper' rouses us briefly, but 'Day Dream' sends us back to a reverie. It’s definitely dream pop, but they pile some dirt on too. Keeping it dreamy, 'You and I' casts a sonic hex which is shattered by 'Alone' – an energy boost of drums, distortion and wonderful whammy action. In 'Are These Feelings Real?' a recorded voice doubts their reality, and no wonder. This deep into Lust’s debut, disorientation is all. And that only deepens as 'Breathe' begins and seems somehow to be a continuation and evolution of the preceding song. It’s almost smothering – a long way from the airiness of Calm, all those songs ago. The album closes with 'When You’re Blue', with its swooping minor chords and whispered lyrics, it’s a dark incantation.
Lust have us under their spell.
In her time, Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.
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.
Michigan based dreampop/shoegazers Great Black Night return with another immense single entitled 'Stalker'. This haze of shimmering brilliance is the follow single up to their amazing debut EP 'The Smoke Is Rising'. Stalker open up with a traditionally sounding post punk bass line intertwined with that Great Black Night string section. We're then introduced to a wall of reverb laden guitars, thundering drums & throbbing basslines caressing another brilliant vocal arrangement. This is good stuff from Great Black Night and we can't wait to hear what comes next. Check it out:
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Stalker is available to buy/download from Bandcamp: gbnlovesyou.bandcamp.com/album/stalker-single
New York based shoegazing noise merchants 'Honeymoon' came to our attention last month when we reviewed their epic debut EP release 'I Wanna See Everything'. With a sound full of shoegazing tendencies intertwined with the tenacity of the traditional noise pop fraternity & an infusion of subtle dreampop swirls this band are uniquely modern in todays shoegazing circles. We caught up with them & asked them a few questions on music, shoegazing, future plans & recommended listening. Check out their rather short answers below:
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BAND? WHERE ARE YOU FROM? FORMATION? BAND MEMBERS?
We're a fairly new band, having only formed in the Autumn of 2014. We're based in Brooklyn, NY. Cait sings and plays guitar, Rob plays guitar, Nate plays bass, and Ryan plays drums.
DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND?
We're somewhere in the realm of shoegaze and dream pop, with a heavy dose of brit pop and punk influence.
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WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?
When we were writing and recording I Wanna See Everything, we were listening to lots of The Smiths, Beach Fossils, and My Bloody Valentine. All of us grew up on punk rock and hardcore music, going to DIY shows in our hometowns and playing in garage bands and all that.
DESCRIBE YOUR LIVE SOUND?
We're a bit heavier live than we are on record. The gain is cranked up a bit and we tend to play faster.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT PLAYING LIVE?
It's a trip, man.
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BEST LIVE GIG YOU GUYS HAVE PLAYED SO FAR?
It's too early to really pick a favorite, but we managed to sell out our first gig. That was very exciting.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT SHOEGAZE?
Shoegaze is like a warm blanket that might make you deaf.
IS IT A SHOEGAZE REVIVAL OR A REBIRTH? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE NEW FILM 'BEAUTIFUL NOISE' AND REUNIONS OF SUCH BANDS LIKE RIDE, SWERVEDRIVER, MEDICINE & SLOWDIVE?
I haven't seen the film, but shoegaze never really went away in my opinion - it just sort of changed forms. I always saw post rock bands like God Is An Astronaut or This Will Destroy You as being an evolution of what bands like Slowdive and Ride were doing. And now you've got bands like Nothing and Whirr who take post rock and shoegaze and mix it with sounds that you'd expect from Neurosis or Isis or something. Hell, there's even Deafheaven who are a black metal band that clearly owe something to Loveless.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR THE WORLD TO HEAR YOUR MUSIC? WHAT KIND OF MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR INTERNATIONAL READERS?
I'd prefer to play music instead of having a day job, so please. For all our sakes. Give us a listen, won't ya?
MUSICALLY WHAT ARE YOUR BANDS PLANS FOR THE NEXT YEAR?
Writing, potentially recording a short single soon, and some light touring.
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CAN YOU NAME SOME BANDS FROM YOUR COUNTRY OR ELSEWHERE AS RECOMMENDED LISTENING?
Wildhoney. They're one of the coolest bands on the planet right now.
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.
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.