RELEASE: The Washer EP
RELEASE DATE: 24/02/15
RECORD COMPANY: Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen
Lady are a New York based Shoegaze/Post Punk/Noise Punk band who specialise in creating immense soundscapes through the medium of sonic sculpturing & who's finished product is emotive & thought provoking, powerful & expressive whilst still staying true to their core underground shoegazing values. Their latest release 'The Washer EP' follows on from both of the 2014 single releases, the brilliant 'Creatures' & the immense 'Disbelief'. The band are made up of Steven Joyce, Ricardo Arias, Patrick Joyce & JP Basileo.
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The opening track on this wonderful EP is a carousel of shimmering reverb laden guitars, swirling and arcing in close trajectory to a steady, grounding drum pattern, pulsating bass line & a psychedelically infused vocal arrangement that will entice you to listen to it over and over again without a moments thought. The addictive ‘Creatures Of The Night’ is a brilliant introduction to this immense musical outfit. Check it out:
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‘On My Mind’ the EP’s second track is positively my favourite. The intro continues on in the same vein as the opening track but it's the immense build up after the first chorus that explodes into the ether & instantly scrambles your senses as you float along with a sonic wall of guitars pounding drums and immensely addictive bass line. The vocal effect is dreamy and translucent but hard hitting at the same time. This is a monster of a track & I dare you not to instantly fall in love with this bands ability to shoegaze with aplomb. Stunning!
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A maelstrom of sonically beautiful, swirling effected guitars striding a thunderous drum pattern introduces the third track on this already immense release from New York based noise merchants ‘Lady’. ‘Cant Stay’- is a nervy, senses pummelling affair filled with screaming guitars, pounding drums, solid bass lines & psychedelic swells adorning its vocal arrangements! Another brilliant composition full of expressive shoegazing at it’s very very best. Check it out:
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Hauntingly good guitar swells set the tone & mood of track 4 on ‘The Washer EP’. This track opens up a lot slower than the previous tracks but don’t be fooled. It’s a moody, passionate affair, full of emotive walls of reverb drenched guitar lines, addictive vocals and stunning arrangements looping & swirling all over it’s musical canvass. 'Things Are Wrong' is another brilliant example at just how good this band really are. You definitely need this EP in your life.
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Track 5, ‘Chuta’ is a full on high octane shoegazing gem that screams into the atmosphere from its very first opening chord. This track is like a steam train on full tilt slicing through a world of reverb laden delight without a care. I first heard this track on a radio show a few weeks back and it had me captivated with it’s full on sonic assault. Pretty cool stuff. Check it out:
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The closing track on this epic release is the shortest track on the EP coming in at 2 minutes 43 seconds. As closing tracks go this is huge! Pounding drums, shimmering layered guitars and that ever addictive vocal pattern swirl through a multi layered sonic heaven that escorts you through the many levels of ‘Wait (If You Leave)’ until you end up floating in a world of purely emotive shoegaze. This is immense shoegazing and a fitting end to a brilliant EP.
I connected with this EP on so many levels. Its high velocity, fast paced and addictive tracks left me breathless at times. The swirling maelstrom of reverb induced guitars pounding drums & pulsating baselines are highly addictive and when we add into the mix the psychedelic thrall of the vocal arrangements, this EP is one that could grace any proper shoegazing fan's record collection with ease! Its a truly wonderful thing & one that I will play again & again. This is highly recommended listening for anyone interested in this genre of music. The Primal Music Blog gives this release 10/10.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave, but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.
by Primal Music
ARTIST: New Politicians
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.
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!
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
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.
ARTIST: The One2's
RELEASE: EP 2
RELEASE DATE: 06/01/15
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.
Artist: Lava Lite
Release: Lava Lite EP
Release Date: 23/04/14
Record Company: Unsigned
Lava Lite are a Shoegaze/Dream Pop band, formed in Saint-Petersburg, Russia in 2011. They are: Sergenty Timoshenko - guitar, keys & vocals, Nikita Tarakanov - guitar & keys, Paul Kostyaev - bass & Eugene Kulikov - drums, percussion & backing vocals. This band have slipped under the shoegazing radar but from the very first listen it sound's to me like they've put their boots on, kicked down the door & unleashed a mesmerising whirlwind of beautiful shimmering shoegaze on their latest 5 track, self-titled offering. We've chosen 3 tracks from this EP and you can read what we thought of them below:
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'Fear Of Silence', the first incredible track on the EP, with guitar nods to nirvana and bass lines similar to the ilk of dare I say it - 'Twiggy Ramierez'(Marilyn Manson) circa 1996, it's also got the fire of the smashing pumpkins! Check it out:
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Track 2- 'Have You Ever', is somewhere between 'Waterfall' by 'The Stone Roses' & 'Kevin Is Gay' by 'Giant Drag'. This song meanders on a little bit and is by no means the best offering to the shoegaze gods but it is a solid second track. The one thing I really like about this track is the vocal line as it sears around the tracks like water around a stone in a running river.
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On 'Can't You See', the third track on this epic EP we are treated to sparse bass lines, octaving smoothly as if they were lounging around in a funk track. It has an energy to it thats similar to the 'Brian Jonestown Massacre' but with its own vitality. It invokes a sort of 'post rum libido' for that special someone you only met 3 hours ago at the local bar. This track also comes with the standard wailing unison bend that we all know and love, the lazy guitar line that refuses to change key and the bass line's are playing very nice with the drums. This epitomises what shoegaze is all about & its one of my fave tracks on this lovely EP.
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From start to finish this EP is a display of music made by a band who have embodied the sonic culture completely by the way that they consume the music of the sophmoric shoegaze era ,eating other modern bands for dessert. The musicianship and production values on this EP are fantastic plus the songwriting is lush and the lead singers voice is immense. What I would love to hear from them is music in their own language, but moreover I can't wait to hear what they come up with next. Their sound is already very mature and their production impressive. 'Lava Lite' are ones to watch.
The EP was recorded & mixed by Vladimir Nosyrev at the Petersburg Recording Studio, Saint Petersburg, produced by Lava Lite & mastered by Andrey Subbotin at the Saturday Mastering Studio, Moscow and is available up on their band camp site - www.LavaLite.Bandcamp.Com
Robert Von Ciaran is the Vocalist, Guitarist, Producer & Engineer in Irish heavy shoegazers 'Tuath'. Hailing from Galway in Western Ireland Robert's musical influences span numerous genres and are far reaching. 'Tuath' are quietly establishing themselves as forerunners in Ireland's shoegaze & psych-rock scene.
Artist: Wild Meadows
Release: Wild Meadows EP
Release Date: 23/04/15
Record Company: Unsigned
With so much good music coming out of Australia these days is hardly surprising when I tell you that another brilliant band from that immense continent got in touch with the blog to announce their debut EP. We've touched on Melbourne based shoegaze/dream-pop bands before on the Primal Music Blog, so you all should know by now just how good bands emerging from that city are at creating immensely sounding atmospheric soundscapes. 'Wild Meadows' are no different! Hailing from Melbourne primarily, but with band members originating in Birmingham, Wellington & Adelaide also, 'Wild Meadows' have a distinctly early 90's shoegaze sound with an underlying nod to 60's psych-pop & 80's electronica all intertwined with an impressive modern day 'nu-gaze' twist. The band are: Kat Karamitros - vocals & keyboards, James Ross - guitar & vocals, Donovan Pill - bass, Chris Rodgers - guitar & Tom S - drums. Their self-titled debut EP is penned in for released on April 23rd 2015 at the Tote, Collingwood and you can check out what we thought of it below:
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The 4 track ’Wild Meadows EP’ opens up with the immense - ‘Colours’. A distinctive post-punk edge adorns this modern day gazing gem with swirling effected guitars, a beautiful vocal line & a really addictive bass track. Fans of Philadelphia based outfit - ‘The Morelings’ will love this track. The chorus explodes onto the musical landscape announcing the arrival of yet another amazing Melbourne based post-punk infused shoegazing outfit. Sublime!
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Track 2 - ‘Jennifer’, is a journey back in time to the early 90’s with its melodic vocal lines, swells of reverb drenched guitars & power-pop explosions! Reminiscent in parts to early 90’s, UK based - ‘Chapterhouse’, this is stunning example of a band in tune with their musical influences & surroundings! The songwriting & song structuring on this track are immense and coupled with the production makes this debut EP's stand out track for me. It has this addictive chorus break that will have you hooked from the very first listen & what’s going on under the vocal track is nothing short of beautiful. ‘Jennifer’ - is the bedrock of this entire EP as far as I’m concerned and that makes it possibly my favourite track. But don’t take my word for it, go & check it out for yourself:
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Track 3 ‘Save Yourself’ may lean more towards garage & 60’s psych-pop with it’s guitar stylings but it’s all about the vocal track on this one for me! Kat Karamitros (Vocals & Keyboards) has an alluring tone to her vocal that keeps you interested in the tracks that she takes the lead on. Both - ‘Save Yourself’ & this EP’s opening track - ‘Colours’, have a depth to them and I believe it’s down to Karamitros vocal abilities. They sit really well with a layered wall of reverb effected guitars, driving bass & explosive drums. Check it out:
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The closing track on this impressive debut release from Melbourne based gazers ’Wild Meadows’ entitled - ’Stare At The Sun’ is another solid, early 90’s sounding melodic track full of impressive song writing and catchy production. Im not sure of the bands influences and if I offend them in any way I apologise in advance, but I can hear ‘The Soup Dragons’ & early ‘Pearl’ era ’Chapterhouse’ on this track and it doesn't disappoint at all. Go check it out:
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This is a brilliantly executed debut release from ‘Wild Meadows’. It showcases some really impressive songwriting skills with tracks that loop & arc through layers of effected sound-waves & vocal tones to die for. It will have you wanting to hear more from them & I look forward to hearing what comes next? A full release will tell more & until then I wish them well.
You can get your hands on this EP by heading over to the bands Bandcamp Page and supporting them there.
Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - March 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.
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, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genres of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm The Primal Radio Show has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has helped 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.
Artist: The Holy Cosmos
Release: THC/VC Split
Release Date: 31/01/15
In the world of music there is no bigger force right now than the internet. Connectivity between bands of all disciplines and their fans is centred around their social media outlets & music streaming platforms. The age of lugging tape reels on airplanes so as to collaborate with your peers on the other side of the globe has gone to the great gig in the sky! Nowadays it’s all about click & send. One such cross geographical collaboration met on a Facebook music group called ‘Space Mantra’, a Facebook group dedicated to supporting psychedelic, shoegaze infused spacerock in all it’s many guises. ‘The Holy Cosmos’ are a spacerock band from Mexico City & along with a German friend of theirs, ‘Vintage Cucumber’ (I Kid You Not ), from Templin, Germany, they have just released a 6 track split EP entitled - ‘THC/VC Split’. Its split with 3 tracks from each artist.
‘The Holy Cosmos’ are: Rita – Drums, Vocals & Percussions, Ernesto - Drums & Percussions, Fabián – Bass, Marco – Guitar & Vocals, Josuæ – Guitar, Juan – Guitar. They met on the Facebook group - ‘Space Mantra’ & then in person at a rock show when they were two different bands. Ernesto & Marco were in ‘Voyager 2’ and Rita, Juan, Fabián & Josué were in ‘Neutle’. At the end of 2013 they decided to join forces to make the atmospheric juggernaut that is ‘The Holy Cosmos’. Their influences are wide reaching & impressive with Dead Skeletons, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Neu!, The Velvet Underground, Spacemen 3, The Warlocks, Sonic Youth, Bardo Pond & MBV all on the list.
The ’THC/VC Split EP’ - is a supersonic roller coaster ride through blissful, lush musical highways intertwined with space heavy atmospheric tones. This is an amazing collaborative release full of pulsating instrumental shoegaze, psychedelic swells & luscious reverb drenched vocal swirls. For fans of shoegaze infused spacerock this is a must have release. 2015 is shaping up to being a massive year for the shoegazing genre.
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The EP opens up with the first composition from ‘The Holy Cosmos’, a creeping monolith of a track called - ‘Fields’. It has a distinctive ‘Spacemen 3’ meets ‘Velvet Underground’ feel to it. You melt into its inner core & disappear inside until you are suspended in reverb drenched wonderment. Check it out:
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Track 2 is another from a heavy hitting - ’The Holy Cosmos’. ‘Come On Riding’ - has that stoner-gaze vibe reminiscent of early stuff by Californian based gazers - ‘The Warlocks’. A sluggish repetitive guitar sequence hugs the bass & drums like a man in love! The reverb effected vocal lines intertwine & swirl around the entire track as it pulsates & moves like a snake. Immense track!
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Track 3 is possibly my favourite on this whole release! ‘Cult Of Skulls’ is a 5 minute plus, express elevator to hell! It explodes onto the musical canvass from the off and it twists & turns through layers of socially brilliant effected guitars, pulsating bass lines & solid Drums. This is an addictive musical masterpiece. It reminds me of another brilliant Australian based outfit called - ‘Luna Ghost’& their epic 2014 release ‘The Luna Ghost EP’. Check it out:
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Track 4 is ‘Vintage Cucumber’ territory! But don’t let the band name fool you. This is an absolutly immense track full of addictive reverb drenched guitar loops, reminescent in parts to early ‘Loop’ or american based instrumental shoegazers ‘Ghost Box Orchestra’. Its another full on edge of your seat sonic ride through layers & layers of effected guitars and solid drum tracks. ‘Mutterhertz’ is dance music in shoegazing form. LISTEN TO IT ON HEADPHONES. It will blow you away.
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Next up is another monster of a track! ‘Vintage Cucumbers’ -’Rennsimulator Marke Eigenbau’ reminds me of ‘Contino Sessions - Death In Vegas’. Continuously pulsing vocal samples striding a drum track built for driving to, with swirling guitar lines and bass frequencies to die for. This track is another floor filler in gazing form. Look at your shoes.
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The final track on this impressive release is another ‘Vintage Cucumber’ gem. Slower than the previous two tracks, ‘Windhart’, takes you by the hand and leads you into a sonic heaven full of angelic reverb laden tones worthy of worshiping on another musical plane. This stunning track opens up into a haunting vocal line filled with intent. It builds & builds into the chorus break like norse god waiting to explode. This is psychedelic shoegazing at its very, very best & it will send chills down your spine! Check it out for yourselves:
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Im very impressed with both bands on this split release. The shoegazing genre of music is amazingly strong all around the globe and both of these acts are worthy of joining this new wave of gazing prowess currently caressing the earlobes of the worlds gazing fans. This Split EP is available up on bandcamp to download for free. Go and get a copy of it while you still can.
Release Date: 11/02/15
Back in the late 80’s I fell in love with an american based band called ‘For Against’. With full on catchy dream-pop inspired gazing sounds I instantly became a big fan & subsequently collected everything they ever released on Vinyl. Fast forward to last week and imagine my surprise when I was contacted by a band with a sound so reminiscent of ’For Against’ that I had to do a double take! ‘Marble’ - are Elliot C & Julian L, they formed in 2013 in Marlboro, NY over in the U.S & they take their influences from Scott Cortez, Robin Guthrie, Kevin Shields, Bulgarian Choir Music, Bela Bartok & Kate Bush. Marble display that typical 'For Against' sound - the full on high- tempo, gazing soundscape - that enthralled me back in the late 80's, but they have also intertwined a modern edge that is both captivating & laden with melodic dreamy walls of sonically immense reverb drenched guitars. Their 5 track debut EP is entitled 'Demo' & it was recorded January 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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The EP opens with the pounding - 'And'. There is a strong power-pop influence running through the 'Marble' sound. It's only when you hear the full on wall of sound explode in your eardrums do you realise just how many influences are actually streaming through their impressive soundscapes. Name a band & I can guarantee you will hear it in their sound and that just goes to show the wealth of talent in their influential musical gene pool. This track is immense! An explosive opening track. Very impressive!
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Track 2, 'Lavender & Cherry' is stuffed full of early shoegaze influences! I can hear Chapterhouse, MBV, For Against & Pale Saints all intertwining into a lush, immense, shoegaze fuelled maelstrom of beautiful sonic tones. A brilliant interlude from the full on, in your face explosion of the opening track, the chorus change in 'Lavender & Cherry' is simple breathtaking & worthy of praise on its own. You really need to check this track our for yourselves:
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'Slimy', the EP's third track is nothing short of beautiful! Immense reverb drenched vocals introduce us to waves of sonically delightful guitars. This track will have you gazing at your shoes & dreaming your life away with its soothing tones. Its builds & builds to a massive ending, sweeping you away with its walls of luscious guitars. A masterclass in this bands songwriting abilities, it is my favourite track on this release and yet again, another marvellous track from a very, very impressive band. Ones to watch for the future.
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The longest track on this release, coming in at 4 Minutes and 30 Seconds, is 'The Infinity Link'. Doing exactly as it says on the tin, this track is another shoegazing masterpiece. It's guitar lines will transfix & mesmerise you until you fall into a sonic explosion of tone & shape. This is a monster of a track. Listen to it on headphones & wonder at it's psychedelic qualities. Dreamy to a point, but immensely satisfying to this listener. Very impressive.
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The final track on this really impressive release is 'V'. Vocally ,this track will bowl you over. Hauntingly beautiful. The production qualities on them are amazing. Coupled with the explosive full on layers of reverb laden guitar lines & a solid drum track, this track is a fitting ending to a brilliant release. Easily making me want to hear more.
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Its very difficult to find fault with this band. Musically, they have ability in spades! Their production techniques are second to none! But what stands out for me about them is their ability to introduce so many of the influences that they hold dear into their music. If you need to hear something good this weekend then go and download this EP. It will entertain you! If you are a fan of the Genre, it will blow you away! Newbies to the scene could do no wrong using 'Marble' as a starting point in this new wave of gazing! This EP is a masterpiece. I can't wait to hear what they come up with next.
Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - March 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.
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, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genres of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm The Primal Radio Show has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. He also currently writes for Canadian based online music webzine www.ReplicantEars.com. 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: The Constant State
Release Date: 02/03/15
Trying to convince someone to part with their hard earned cash isn't an easy thing to do when it comes to music! It's an even harder thing to do in the modern day underground music scene. Stats surrounding music sales continue to be wishy-washy at best, with some saying that vinyl is king while other prominent music selling websites are stating that the digital age of downloading music is still here & is still pulling the strings behind the scenes. Convincing people to support your music is the first step on a long upwardly hike to building a fan base! New bands just starting out quickly become aware of just how difficult it can be in this modern day musical landscape. Music Blog's, Online Radio & PR companies, who know their stuff & are willing to go the extra mile for the artist are the key in my opinion, to successfully making this happen. Today's Music Blog's depend on certain underground PR companies to get new artists to their ears & in turn introduce them to immense new music! This week one such online PR Company, the brilliant 'Shameless Promotion PR', introduced me to an immense New York based 4 piece outfit called 'MALKA', who have created a sonic landscape full of psychedelic impressions, stunningly emotive shoegaze, intertwined with dream-pop flair, reminiscent in parts to the amazing early 90's sounds of 'Lush', a firmly solidified member of the first wave of shoegaze & a band that I am a big fan of.
'MALKA' will officially release their debut EP, The Constant State, on March 2, 2015. Recorded at both APT Studio (NYC) and Elohino studio (NJ), mixed by Darko Saric, and mastered at 825 Studios by Grammy Award-winning engineer Butch Jones (Madonna, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop, The Gun Club, B52's). They band are made up of: EJ DeCoske - guitars, synths and vocals, David Ciauro - bass and vocals , Michael Dawson - Drums & Darko Saric - guitars, synths and vocals. The vocal melodies on this impressive debut assume an instrumental form and transcend language, adding transparency to bilingual Spanish-English lyrics shared between three lead vocalists. We've picked our favourite tracks from this brilliant debut release & you can find out what we thought of them below.
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'The Constant State EP', opens with a trip back in time to the early 90's and an absolutely immense track entitled 'A flock Of Crows'. A wall of luscious reverb laden guitars, riding a wave of heavy bass & thunderous drums introduce the arrival of a well produced vocal, infused with a plethora of effects, all swirling around an amazing song structure cruising through a landscape of musical peaks & troughs! This track heralds the arrival of something wonderful.
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With an almost post-rock edge, the second track on this EP stalks it's musical landscape like an animal on the hunt. 'For Now We Live' is so beautiful in it's structure that first it lures you in & then menacingly explodes into a wall of swirling sound's & effected vocal lines, like a hurricane ploughing a track across the earth. For me, this track is not only the cornerstone of this whole release, but it is also the bedrock for what is to come from this stunning band. This is a truly impressive EP. I'm 2 songs in & hooked fast.
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Track 3, 'Mientras Se Respira', again brings me back to the early 90's with it's dream-pop infused vocals & hazy wall of effected guitars. Simple in its construction & with vocals sung in Spanish, this track is simply beautiful and it flows so well, with it's psychedelic breaks & screaming shoegaze swirls. Seriously, go and check this track out:
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You can listen to any track on this 7 track release from New York based 'MALKA' and really drift away on it's post-rock, dream-pop & shoegaze walls of sound. It's a stunning debut from a band I reckon will make serious waves going forward in this next wave of shoegaze. Tracks like 'Wolves And Sheep, Diamond Girl, Corazon Sin Sangre' & the brilliant 'Swoon' will have you drifting through their sonic waves, force you to listen to their explosive shoegaze swirls & have you wanting to hear more from this amazing outfit. Their songs are evocative, both musically and lyrically, touching on metaphysical, existential and interpersonal subject matter with an honesty that resonates to an emotional core. Their music is a reflection of the triumph and tragedy of the world, compelling us to look deeper into the realms of our consciousness.'MALKA' are trying to stretch the concept of songs to make them sound more like emotional lapses of time.
Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - February 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.
The Constant State is available on Bandcamp and will also be available as a digital release in iTunes and streaming through Spotify, Rdio, etc.
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, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm, 'The Primal Radio Show', has gained considerable respect from band’s and promoter’s alike since it’s conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting a genre of music that he's passionate about. He also currently write's for Canadian based online music webzine www.ReplicantEars.com. 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.