EP REVIEW | Teen Brains - Translucent EP.

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ARTIST: Teen Brains

RELEASE: Translucent EP

RELEASE DATE: 12/09/16

RECORD COMPANY: Witchgirl Recordings (UK) / Citrus City Records (US).

Teen Brains eponymous 2015 EP was one of the most wondrous releases of the year. Steeped in a nostalgic beauty, it was endearingly fragile and at times uncertain. This year’s follow up 'Translucent' sees them in an altogether more confident frame of mind. There’s a strong psych sensibility throughout which gives the record more focus, although there are still plenty of pleasing whooshing noises.

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'In a Haze' sets off on a phaser-fuelled psych journey. It meanders, but only just. Someone, somewhere has this all planned out. Glorious reverb ushers in 'Isolation' which is the kind of jangly jaunt that is earning Diiv many plaudits at present. The lush melodies are a marvel. There’s a hint of a darker 80's edge on 'Wash Away' with its flanged guitars and intricate guitar lines. The psych influences come out strongly in the rhythm section, adding an insistence to the track. Its big chorus surely means it will shortly usurp Tame Impala from mainstream radio playlists soon?

Closing track 'Translucent' is more contemplative in pace. Its woozy wahs and undercurrent of fuzz and delay create a hazy feel, but this is definitely at the more muscular end of the gaze spectrum. The chart countdown sample maybe gives a hint of where Teen Brains hope to head – straight to the top of the charts. They certainly feel like a band with a plan.

'Translucent' is out on 12th September via Witchgirl Recordings in the UK and Citrus City in the US.

4/5

LINKS:

facebook.com/teenbrainsuk

twitter.com/teenbrainsband

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

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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.


EP REVIEW | hideanyway - If You Were Here I Wouldn’t Be Miserable.

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ARTIST: hideanyway

RELEASE: If You Were Here I Wouldn’t Be Miserable

RELEASE DATE: 08/07/16

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

 

Screeching feedback plunges us into Ferret, the opening track of this EP by Denver four piece Hideanyway. It’s a short squall that’s fuzzy and ferocious, like its namesake. The pure gaze of 悲しい アロハ has added texture from the acoustic guitar that strums along. Free Fall is the centrepiece of the collection, full of melancholy melody and multi-layered distortions. Return again melds acoustic guitar with a track of feedback and mournful vocals. The band, who describe themselves as emo/ grunge/ shoegaze/ dreampunk, have already released an album in 2016 - Grieve Quickly. That’s pretty prolific for a self-confessed ‘sad band’. If You Were Here I Wouldn’t Be Miserable teases the imagination, and never over-indulges.

3/5

LINKS:

hideanyway.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/hideanyway

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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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.


EP REVIEW | My Invisible Friend - S/T.

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ARTIST: My Invisible Friend

RELEASE: S/T

RELEASE DATE: 19/09/16

RECORD COMPANY: Fuzz Club Records

I don’t throw the grand rating of 5/5 around so easy. The album/EP has to be of top quality; has to be of a level of thought provocation and originality that goes that one step further than other bands and artists in that particular genre. It has to be a piece of music that one can revisit with as much reinvested interest as before… A piece of music smart enough to set itself apart from mediocrity or blandness. And this band, the Italian fuzz/noise/shoegaze masters 'My Invisible Friend' have done all of this on their three track self-titled EP; which somehow excels further, with more interesting and brilliant aspects as many full length albums have. What is this EP? It’s a noise-riddled adventure, a passionate and tasteful throwback drowned in originality that defies genre and musical blandness to echo in your ears with an EP sound worthy of a 5/5 rating… What else is there to say?

'My Invisible Friend' are an Italian noise-gaze band who practice in the art of shoegaze/noise rock and pop/darkened Krautrock and even a tad of drone music thrown in there for good measure. Throughout the EP the band blast away with noise-orientated feedback over catchy and diverse shoegaze riffs and a powerful and echoed sound that is contrasted with barely audible vocals, evoking some sort of dream pop element into the mix. The self-titled EP begins with the hazy, over six minute fuzz/crunch of ‘Eyes’ which starts like a garage-rock song, rattling the listeners ears heavily, before introducing the airy and tiny vocals. Eventually, at around the one minute mark, the listener is introduced to a fantastic, Kraut-ish riff that suits the drum machine-sounding drums. The song builds and builds, occasionally sinking into mesmerisingly beautiful patches of dream-inspired shoegaze murmurings before perhaps the greatest riff on the whole EP fills the listeners ears. After this, the true mixture of shoegaze and noise rock begins to show, creating an absolutely brilliant track.

The following track ‘Endless’ creates a thicker and much heavier atmosphere than its predecessor with a much more layered and eerie track, this time exceeding nine minutes, making it a mini-epic of a track. ‘Endless’ is filled with Whirr influenced instrumental ear piercing by the guitar and is helped subtly by the rat-tat-tat of a slow, drone style drum machine in the background. The vocals that inhabit the track seem softer than on ‘Eyes’ and the opening half of the song has it pitched as almost a dream pop tune, until it transforms into a much more thorough version of itself. This seems like the sort of song that would project a wall of sound-style presentation at live shows… A spectacle of true and utter genius. Around the four minute mark the track becomes an atmospheric monster, with all matter of layering, reverb, echo and noise drowning out the breathy and alluring vocals. After each listen ‘Endless’ becomes more accomplished and dreamy than the riff-centred ‘Eyes’, which seems minuscule after each listen when compared to the wild beast that is ‘Endless’. In essence, ‘Eyes’ is the beautiful, mesmerizing and shimmering shallow end of the pool, while the much deeper and heavier ‘Endless’ presides in the deep end, where beauty is evident, but there is so much more water.

The EP’s final track is one that will no doubt circulate most predominantly in discussion about this EP. It will probably receive the most airplay and critical and commercial narration out of any track, and will easily be the most listened to song on the entire EP… Maybe even more so than the entire EP itself. As any listener may think, I believed that ‘Endless’ would be the most large-scale track on this whole EP… Taking into consideration its size and layering… But then the band threw in ‘Sleepless’ at the very end.  ‘Sleepless’ is an almost 18 minute epic, layered in the bands token sound they have expressed on the former two tracks. Its towering and heavy characteristics make it difficult to feature in words, and thus, in this very review. The few things I will say about ‘Sleepless’ is that its editing/mixing and layering are of an exceptional quality, as it maintains its vast and echoed momentum for the entire song. The very writing skill required to write such a song is also immensely evident, as the band express feelings and evoke images through nothing but pure sound. The dream-pad sound that is eventually drowned out by droning noise sees the band at their most shoegaze passage of music… It is an absolute must listen.

This EP is a 5/5 for a number of reasons ! One of them though is that I was not bored at any point during the EP, meaning that 'My Invisible Friend' jumped the preverbal shark that so many other shoegazers tend to wade in the same pool as. Another is that it surmounts genre in the sense that it blends noise with reverb, dream with drone and low strung vocals with feedback laden guitars. There are many more reasons… But I urge you to make your own by listening to one of the most interesting, original and brilliant Shoegaze releases in the past while… Ultimately, it exceeds many albums by so called professionals, collaborations or supergroups, by sticking to its own, injecting some influence and beautifully crafting its sound.

5/5

'My Invisible Friend' will release this latest self titled three track EP on the 19th September 2016 via the indomitable purveyors of all things fuzz, the London based 'Fuzz Club Records'. Head over to www.fuzzclub.com for pre-order details.

LINKS:

fuzzclub.com

facebook.com/MYINVFRIEND/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Cam Phillips is a writer and above all, a music lover, who seeks to gain experience through writing and listening. He is also an avid film viewer and art and literature junkie who enjoys creative writing. His most recent published work was featured on the Australian heavy music blog, I Probably Hate Your Band.


EP REVIEW | No Joy - Droolsucker.

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ARTIST: No Joy

RELEASE: Droolsucker

RELEASE DATE: 15/07/16

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

Montreal band 'No Joy' are one of the genre's gems. Crafting intoxicating melodies, their dry wit and dark edges are a potent combination. 'Hare Tarot Lies' embodies this perfectly and is simply one of the best songs ever. So with all that in mind, I was pretty pleased to be asked to review their latest release, a short sharp shot of shoegaze. The EP 'Droolsucker' came out a few weeks back and travels from thunderous fury to mellifluous mellowness in just three tracks.


They show off their deep, dark imaginations in 'A Thorn in Garlands Side' with ferocious guitars screaming, 'Xo (Adam's Getting Married)' is shades lighter in feel and sound, glimmering with a mischievous sense of humour. Closer 'Theme Song' is so melodious, with Jasamine and Laura’s vocals shimmering serenely.

'No Joy' are touring Europe in August with Poland, Germany and the UK on the list. Get out and see them.

5/5

LINKS:

nojoy.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/nojoymusic

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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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.


EP REVIEW | Everyone But Me - Everyone But Me

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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!

LINKS: 

twitter.com/everyone_but_me

everyonebutmeband.tumblr.com

facebook.com/everyonebutme

everyonebutme.bandcamp.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney
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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.


EP REVIEW | Pallow - Confined EP

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ARTIST: Pallow

RELEASE: Confined EP

RELEASE DATE: 14/02/15

RECORD COMPANY: Ronald Records & Hail Hail Records

From Atlanta Georgia, USA, 'Pallow' released 'Confined' earlier this year. This is a well-chosen title for these four songs which are tightly-controlled, like someone on the verge of totally losing it, but who somehow always retains their decorum. This is emphasised by the music's deliberate pace, which makes each strummed bass note feel heavy with significance.

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'In Wait' is a tense opener, ushered in with a whispered woosh, building to intertwine with intricate guitars and ringing cymbals. There's a frustration about 'Muted' - a brooding track that feels like an argument that needed to happen, but didn't. The distortions layer and momentum grows, but then ebbs away to an ambient moan. It's in 'Synthetic Now' that things get emotional. The vocal cracks as reverbed guitars glower in the background. Before we get too carried away, an off kilter drum beat stiffens that upper lip. Final track 'Inward' is heavy with regret and morose bass. 'Think of what could have been', we are urged. And we do, we must. A torrent of feedback and fuzz gives a glimpse of Pallow's torment, but only briefly.

My question is what happens if 'Pallow' really lose it? Let's hope we find out. Confined is out now on download at www.pallow.bandcamp.com and on tape from Ronald Records and hailhail records.

LINKS:

facebook.com/pallowband

pallowband.tumblr.com

pallow.bigcartel.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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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.


EP REVIEW | The Poetry Book - Young Martyrs EP

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ARTIST: The Poetry Book

RELEASE: Young Martyrs EP

RELEASE DATE: 05/07/15

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

'The Poetry Book' appear to defy their locale, opting to create a kind of black ice -coated electro that suggests the sunshine of Madrid is not their spiritual home. 'The Young Martyrs EP', the duo’s second, is a chilly creation that conjures up bleak post-industrial cityscapes.

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The title of the opening track sets the scene. 'Decay' is a dark JAMC-esque drone with a side order of psych. 'Young Martyrs' is driven by a tom-heavy drum beat and a melancholy howl, sending chills down the spine. The goth gaze of 'Love Letter', with its heavily processed drums, is fast and slick and scary. 'A Last Ritual' unsettles us further with its dark 80s electro feel. The EP closes with 'The Promise', full of dystopian drama and laden with synthesised sounds, reminiscent of Mogwai’s soundtrack work for Les Revenants.

'The Young Martyrs EP' is out now at www.thepoetrybook.bandcamp.com.

LINKS:

soundcloud.com/the-poetry-book

facebook.com/pages/The-Poetry-Book/390016274506524?fref=ts

ABOUT  THE AUTHOR:

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Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr

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.


EP REVIEW | Manon Meurt - Manon Meurt

 

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ARTIST: Manon Meurt

RELEASE: Manon Meurt EP

RELEASE DATE: 16/02/14

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

I love new discoveries, even if I am a bit behind the curve… So, meet 'Manon Meurt' from the Czech Republic and who released this mini-album way back in February 2014. These six tracks are a beguiling introduction to a band who let their music breathe. While many gazers heap track upon track, Manon Meurt’s songs are spacious and special.

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Opening song 'To Forget' blends beautiful vocals, including a deeply buried but gorgeous male backing vocal which must be mentioned, with a rush of reverb-laden guitars. There’s plenty of fresh, sparkly air to enjoy in the middle eight, before they start building that wall of sound. The big-bottomed 'Glowing Cityscape' is driven by growling bass and Phil Spectre-esque drums which contrast deliciously with delicate vocals. Judicious guitar adds texture and sparkle. '94' is a hymn to the golden age of gaze (surely!), with the Holy Trinity of reverb, fuzz and delay all in evidence, and the swooning lyric calling ‘God save me’. Hallelujah! We’re drawn in to 'Until You Can' with a mesmerising Eastern mantra that shape-shifts into a heavy psychedelic sway.

The mood changes with the mild melancholy of 'In These Eyes' before closing track 'Blue Bird' appears on the horizon. The wistful whisper of shimmery cymbals and sparkling guitars succumbs to a swell of sound that soars in the sky, and fades.

Manon Meurt's self-titled debut release is available to pre-order on vinyl right now from the Canadian based Label Obscurawww.labelobscura.com/manon-meurt-manon-meurt/

 

 LINKS:

facebook.com/manonmeurt

bandzone.cz/manonmeurt

manonmeurt.bandcamp.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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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.


EP REVIEW | Arirang - Geisha

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ARTIST: Arirang

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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LINKS:

arirangband.tumblr.com

facebook.com/wearearirang

arirang.bandcamp.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney
Del Chaney

Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze Dream Pop Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.


EP REVIEW | Morels - Lemonseeds EP

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ARTIST: Morels

RELEASE: Lemonseeds EP

RELEASE DATE: 23/06/15

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

‘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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LINKS:

facebook.com/morelsband

morels.bandcamp.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney
Del Chaney

Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze Dream Pop Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.