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.
[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=3027048551 size=large bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 tracklist=false artwork=small]
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.
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=3027048551 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=907466788]
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.
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=3027048551 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=455248818]
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.
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=3027048551 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=48891519]
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:
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=3027048551 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=1933050236]
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:
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=3027048551 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=1601547081]
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
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. 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.
by Primal Music
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!
[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=2024171243 size=large bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 tracklist=false artwork=small]
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:
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=2024171243 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=1720140974]
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:
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=2024171243 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=180503157]
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:
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=2024171243 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=1370255959]
'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.
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=2024171243 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=2659322603]
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:
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=2024171243 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=2578067306]
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:
[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=1665240877 size=large bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 tracklist=false artwork=small]
'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:
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=1665240877 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=2347858505]
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.
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=1665240877 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=2316812727]
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.
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=1665240877 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=359798852]
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:
[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=2889063670 size=large bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 tracklist=false artwork=small]
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!
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=2889063670 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=439734667]
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:
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=2889063670 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=259889752]
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:
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=2889063670 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=4049477638]
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:
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=2889063670 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=1526686759]
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.
[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=1238830105 size=large bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 tracklist=false artwork=small]
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:
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=1238830105 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=3434690613]
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!
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=1238830105 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=3543938355]
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:
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=1238830105 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=3849869443]
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.
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=1238830105 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=4294653302]
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.
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=1238830105 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=1182247557]
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:
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=1238830105 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=3207516991]
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.
[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=3058282804 size=large bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 tracklist=false artwork=small]
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!
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=3058282804 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=1765310411]
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:
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=3058282804 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=3205453109]
'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.
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=3058282804 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=4218796836]
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.
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=3058282804 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=825993150]
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.
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=3058282804 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=1360429354]
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.
[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=2292438132 size=large bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 tracklist=false artwork=small]
'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.
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=2292438132 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=468466719]
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.
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=2292438132 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=3174840966]
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:
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=2292438132 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=3889109706]
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.
Artist: Elastic Sleep
Release: Leave You EP
Release Date: 28/04/14
Record Company: FIFA Records( IRL) & Big Tea Records(UK)
Back in early 2014 I had the privilege of hearing a brilliant new, fresh sound coming from Cork in Southern Ireland. In March of that year Elastic Sleep's blissfully immense tracks were a regular on one of my earliest radio show's - The Quiet Room for RadioAktiv, with one track in particular, the beautiful cover version of 'You Only Live Twice', frequenting the airwaves & causing quite a stir with my regular listener's at that time. Elastic Sleep have a sometimes dream-pop, sometimes full on shoegaze infused sound and they are, in my opinion, the forerunner's in Ireland 's own new wave of gaze or as it's being called worldwide - The Shoegaze Revival.
Elastic Sleep are Muireann Levis (vocals), Chris Somers (vocals/guitar), Brendan Riordan (guitar), Ruairí Dale (bass) and Brian Kiely (drums), & are former college friends who, after different formations, bands and projects, became Elastic Sleep. Back in April 2014 they released what should go down in Irish musical history as a game changer of an EP entitled 'Leave You' through Irish independent record label FIFA Records, based in Cork, & over in the UK on Big Tea Records. Elastic Sleep's sound travels across darkness and light; from the tranquil to the uncontrollable taking influence from Broadcast, early Goldfrapp, My Bloody Valentine with a lush cinematic quality that has was won them much praise over the last 18 months.
[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=261148510 size=large bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 tracklist=false artwork=small]
The EP open's up with the rather impressive 'Leave You'. With the haunting tones of Muireann Levis stunningly beautiful vocal, floating on a very addictive guitar line, this track lead's you into it's core with a false sense of security before unleashing a wall of sound so beautiful, it washes you clean of impurities and wraps it's sonic goodness around your entire body. Backing vocals on the chorus lines, from Chris Somers, add to this hauntingly good track. I kid you not! For first time listener's to this brilliant 5 piece band from Cork this should be your entry point! This is brand new Irish shoegazing, this is the new wave:
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=261148510 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=2006669645]
Track 2 entitled 'I Found Love', is heavier in it's origins but stunning all the same. I can hear early Sub Pop era Sonic Youth with it's creeping guitar swells and exploding chorus parts. This track is a crawling monolith with Somers taking the lead vocal & Muireann Levis backing vocal swirling menacingly in time with the exploding wall of guitar & drums. I really, really like this track! I found love ....... Check it out:
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=261148510 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=3054782704]
Track 3 is a different animal all-together! 'Deep And Blue' is four minutes & twenty-four seconds of pure unadulterated dream-pop. It's a stunning soundscape all built around Muireann Levis addictively beautiful main vocal. 'Deep And Blue' is sonically divine, with it's hazy guitars & pounding 60's soundtrack like drumbeat. Reminiscent in parts to Australia's own 'Luna Ghost' or Wales based outfit 'Golden Fable', this track is immense. Check it out:
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=261148510 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=2619141385]
With it's growling guitar intro, track 4 on Elastic Sleep's 'Leave You EP' entitled Tzar 'Bomba(No More Tears)' reverts back to a heavier, angrier sounding Elastic Sleep but still addictive all the same. This track has a harder edge to it & pushes a grungier sound to the fore. Again the backing vocals from Levis cut through the heavy guitar lines & pounding drums, lifting the track on the chorus parts! Bloody good though!
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=261148510 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=3641326494]
'Splish' announces itself onto the musical landscape with Muireann Levis haunting vocal sitting on top of a post-punk inspired bassline. Track 5 on this stunning EP is a full on emotive, early 90's shoegaze infused masterpiece, with both Levis & Somers taking vocal duties whilst the guitars and drums swirl & explode like fireworks! Probably my favourite track on this EP, musically it reminds me of early 'Pale Saints' with it's experimental guitar lines & effected parts. Very cool track! Don't take my word for it though, go check it out for yourself:
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=261148510 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=1881673740]
The EP' closes with a slow burning, very stylish, 'Velvet Underground meets Nico' inspired track entitled - 'Stay'. It's 2 minutes plus of psychedelic sound waves written especially for people like me to daydream to. A strange track to close this immense EP with, but brilliant all the same.
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=261148510 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 track=4099228421]
2015 is shaping up to be a big year for Elastic Sleep. Having received much praise for their debut EP they were chosen to perform at Whelans ‘Ones to Watch’ 2015 and have also been hotly tipped by the Irish Times, the Thin Air, Hot Press and Golden Plec for big things this year.
Their Leave You EP shows that they are making some of the best sounds in Ireland right now. - THE IRISH TIMES
The dream-pop scene hasn’t been so alive in decades and this Cork five-piece take things into the realm of nightmares. Delightfully atmospheric and exquisitely beautiful stuff. - Hot Press
Back in November 2014 Elastic sleep release a brand new track to the masses! Entitled 'Slip' this track gave us all a little insight into whats to come from these Irish gazers in 2015 & beyond. Check it out below:
[bandcamp width=100% height=42 track=2164727676 size=small bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14]
To coincide with their biggest headline gig to date Elastic Sleep have released a live video ,shot by Blair Alexander, covering Jon Hopkins modern classic 'Open Eye Signal' at a recent gig.
Hot off the back of Whelan's 'Ones to Watch 2015' Elastic Sleep return to the legendary Dublin venue for a headline gig in the main venue this Friday 20th of February. Support on the night comes from Other Creatures.
Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - February 2015 - Dublin,Ireland.
You can find out more info & check out Elastic Sleep here:
Release: An Taobh TAat(hail) EP
Release Date: 17/03/15
'Gaeilge' - Irish, or 'Irish Gaelic' is the national and first official language of Ireland, as well as one of the official languages of the European Union"
Being Irish is a great thing. Speaking our first language is another story. In Ireland we are thought how to speak the Irish language for most of our school going lives, yet most of us today can't even speak a full sentence, at all, in what is officially our first language! Take that last sentence in! Now go back and re-read it. We go to school over here in Ireland for anything up to 14 + years!! Shocking isn't it? Last year my band released our second album 'Analogue Wave - Casimir' on it we recorded, produced & self released an Electronic Track with vocal's by me, 'as Gaeilge',to bring attention to the fact that our first language is Irish & more band's/artist's should praise that fact & use it vocally in their songwriting techniques! So Imagine my surprise when I was approached by an Irish shoegazing/ post-rock/ noise-rock outfit only singing in the official first language of Ireland? Yeah it blew my mind too!
'Tuath' are an Irish language prog/ psych/ noise/ gaze band from Donegal, Ireland specialising in recording, producing & self releasing magnificent soundscapes through the medium of gaze! The outfit started off as just Robert Mulhern, sick and tired of being let down by other musicians, he got together with a band hell bent on exposing the Irish language to a bigger audience. He decided that his native tongue would help spread the word & be the vehicle that was needed to get the Irish language out through their songs! Eventually the project was minimised to just himself & Ashley Mobasser ( Saxophone) for recording purposes only, with session musicians coming on board for live experimentations! Their debut 7 track EP - 'Tuath - An Taobh TAat(hail)' is penned in for release on 17th March 2015 with subsequent releases planned throughout 2015 & plan's to tour heavily throughout the year too.
This EP opens up with the triumphant 'Ocras'. A powerful, stomping track with the added bonus of a saxophone giving the traditional shoegaze wall of sound a new edge. The guitars are perfectly produced & the vocals float on reverb laden effects taking the track to a whole new level in the breaks. This is Irish shoegazing at it's very very best. Check it out:
With post-rock & progressive elements leading the charge, the second track on this EP entitled 'Nil Tu Ann' announces it's arrival with a stunning vocal arrangement sitting on top of an addictive drum beat. The introduction of the saxophone again instantly lifts the track out of it's progressive slump and into familiar shoegaze territory and the atmospheric guitar changes towards the end of this track are immense. This is a really great track but there are better on this EP. Check it out below:
Fans of noise-rock will love track three on this epic release! 'D.M.T ' is fast and punchy with an almost ambient like effected vocal cutting through the maelstrom of guitars & drums. I have to say though, it's the Sax that is a welcome addition to this whirlwind of noise & it helps to keep this listener firmly focused on the track in general & not on the madness going on around it. Excellent stuff.
And as if by magic, the shoegaze re-appears! With a nod & a wink to the first wave of gazers, think of band's like UK based - 'Loop' or Boston's own - 'The Swirlies', track four explodes onto the musical landscape with aplomb. 'Uisce, Uisce - Read All About It' is immense! A solid wall of reverb hit's you right between the eyes, scoops you up & takes you with it, on a journey through gaze! In comes the Saxophone to add another level completely & I am now fully content! Probably my favourite track on this release by far. Bloody brilliant.
You can listen to any track on this massive release & it will give you something new to get your ears around. Yes, the Irish language thing is brilliant & I commend the band for experimenting with our national language, but don't let it take your ears away from the musical compositions on this EP. They are absolutely stunning. From the opening track 'Ocras' through 'Nil Tu Ann', D.M.T, Uisce Uisce - Read All About It, I D'tuath De Mo Cuid Namhaid(Brian Jonestown Massacre Cover), the immense instrumental 'Ag Dunmharu An Timpeallacht' & finally to the EP's epic closing track 'Bharuil', this EP has it all. I'm amazed at how much attention to detail has gone into producing this bunch of tracks. When Robert Mulhern got in touch with me initially, he told me that the band had never set out to be 'Gazers'. This EP, in my opinion, firmly put's them into the ' Irish Gaze' category of music & should 'Tuath' decide to stay with shoegaze, it will hold them in good stead with the hardcore Irish shoegazing fan's going forward.
You can find out more about the band by going to:
Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - February 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.
Artist: A Sudden Burst of Colour
Release: Waves Will Rise On Silent Water
Release Date: 19/02/15
Record Company: Good Grief Records
Scotland has a serious love affair with the atmospheric post-rock genre of music. Maybe it's down to location? Or maybe it's down to the expansive visual beauty of the Scottish landscape? Recently I've been coming across some amazing post-rock outfit's coming out of Scotland via numerous different outlets & almost every band that I've heard of has released absolutely stunning musical soundscapes of immense proportions. We have reviewed post-rock band's before for this blog, most recently Edinburgh based 'We Came From The North' & Glasgow based 'Inuit', the latter subsequently winning our 'Best Album Of 2014' accolade with their amazing release - 'Don't Forget You're Here Forever'.
Motherwell four piece 'A Sudden Burst Of Colour' are recent arrival's to Glasgow's premier noise based independent record label - 'Good Grief Records', but they fit into the label's continuing ethos of finding & releasing Independent, experimental & progressive music to the best of their ability. 'A Sudden Burst Of Colour' are - Callum Brand, Luke Duncan, Liam Shaw & Calum Farquharson & they create a beautiful maelstrom of instrumental rock music with ambient & atmospheric influences. Their latest release, the 4 track EP - 'Waves Will Rise On Silent Water (19th February 2015 )', is their first release on 'Good Grief Records', but it will no doubt cement them into the annal's of Scotland's atmospheric post-rock greats. This is a amazing collection of tracks.
[bandcamp width=100% height=120 album=1862572124 size=large bgcol=333333 linkcol=e32c14 tracklist=false artwork=small]
The EP open's up with the stunning 'Riptide', an emotive reverb drenched powerhouse of a track full of atmospheric explosions & creeping guitar lines leading the charge from the off. Trust me when I say that it's immense ending will grab you by the hair and throw you around your room! Yes, it's infectious, but that forces you to keep your concentration fixed on the intricate instrumental work going on throughout the track. Next up on 'Waves Will Rise On Silent Water', is 'Yume', a more laid-back track but beautifully ambient in it's approach. The guitar lines on this track are masterful & equally as addictive as the opening track but leaning more toward's the atmospheric tendencies of this band. Track three get's the blood pumping with it's driving intro. In my opinion 'Life Spent Drifting' was written for daydreaming! It's probably my favourite track on this immense release & it show's exactly how good 'A Sudden Burst of Colour' really are. It has everything going on! Peaks & troughs bring you on a 5 minute 12 second journey through blissfully atmospheric guitars and pulsating drums & again, in my opinion, this track is the corner stone of the entire EP. I really have to congratulate 'A Sudden Burst of Colour' for introducing the world to 'Life Spent Drifting'. It's a beautiful track. The closing track on 'Waves Will Rise On Silent Water' is 'Ocean Floor' & it does exactly what I want this genre of music to do - bring me on journey & evoke snapshots of memories from the past, long hidden. Listening to this track on headphones is a must. The attention to detail & the musicianship are absolutely breathtaking. It's a fitting closing track to a brilliantly emotive EP.
Check out more info on 'Good Grief Records' & 'A Sudden Burst of Colour':