EP REVIEW: Elastic Sleep - Leave You (FIFA Records IRL & Big Tea Records UK)

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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! 

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'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:

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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.

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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

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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:

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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.

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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.

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You can find out more info & check out Elastic Sleep here:

www.elasticsleep.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/elasticsleepband
www.twitter.com/elasticsleep

 

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Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo 'Analogue Wave', but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, Dream Pop, 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.

 


EP REVIEW: Tuath - An Taobh Tuath(ail)

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Artist: Tuath

Release: An Taobh TAat(hail) EP

Release Date: 17/03/15

Record Company: Unsigned

'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:

www.soundcloud.com/tuath

www.facebook.com/Tuathband

Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - February 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.

 

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Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo 'Analogue Wave', but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, Dream Pop, 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.

 


EP REVIEW | A Sudden Burst Of Colour - Waves Will Rise On Silent Water.

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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'. 

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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.

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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':

goodgriefrecords.bandcamp.com

asuddenburstofcolour.bandcamp.com

Facebook.com/asuddenburstofcolour

Facebook.com/goodgriefrecords

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Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - February 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.

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Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo 'Analogue Wave', but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, Dream Pop, 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.

 

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EP REVIEW: Youth In Bloom - Shell EP (Mayfly Records)

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Artist: Youth In Bloom

Record Label: Mayfly Records

Release Name: Shell EP

Release Date: 17/12/14

Shoegazing is Escapism! It’s a modern day, anti-hype, full on emotive, romantic genre of music that offer’s hope in a sad, mad & bad world. It makes you think about life & love and it gives you a way out of all of those dull, moronic, every day, conveyor belt moment’s that life can throw at you. Shoegaze washes over us all in waves of reverb laden goodness. It lift’s the spirit’s on a cold, damp winter’s day and it transport’s you on a sonic wave to someplace warm. You can walk around a busy city with headphones on listening to it’s swirls & flourishes just thinking about life. It’s not just about staring at your shoes, it’s also about reaching for the stars. Every once and a while a bunch of track's collectively released on an EP or album grab me by the ear's and throw me around my living room. I've said this before and written about it many times, but it's true! 'Youth In Bloom' are a new band to me, & in my opinion they have released a shoegazing masterpiece! Their 'Shell EP' seriously need's to be heard in it's entirety for people to realise that this resurgent shoegazing scene is not going away easily & every week a new band surfaces with a release that will blow it's listeners away!

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With an almost 'Chapterhouse' like intro, the opening track on 'Youth In Bloom's' debut release 'Shell EP' will give you a clear understanding of what this band are about musically. 'Unwind' is a sonically immense track with a duel vocal to die for! Listen carefully to the traditional shoegaze production technique's on the vocal line's! They are way back in the mix just floating on a sea of bliss & riding a wall of guitar, drum's & bass. This is heaven.

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'Crescent Waves', the EP's second track, greet's us with, in my opinion, the only Alt-Rock influenced track on this EP.  It explodes on to the musical canvas before opening up with the absolutely stunning vocal line - "Pale blue like dreams of you, Old stories we tell are becoming new, Pale blue like dreams of you, Pleasures of the mind will see you through".  A duel vocal again carries this track on a wave of sonically beautiful tones into the amazing chorus line. Check it out:

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Three track's in and we're hit with a shoegaze classic! 'Finder' is the bedrock on this immense release. It has all the qualities of a classic gaze track and cements 'Youth In Bloom' firmly into the shoegaze genre elite. The drum track alone on this song is worthy of singular praise as it takes us on a four minute 5 second journey through the spirit of shoegaze & it's many guises. Again, vocally sublime, this band can do no wrong in my opinion and they deserve our respect. 

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The dreampop element's of Youth In Bloom's sound come to the fore on the brilliant 'Dismantle', the forth track on this amazing EP. Opening with the sweetest of vocal's sitting on top of hauntingly beautiful guitar swell's, this track remind's me so much of Irish shoegazing outfit 'Elastic Sleep' who record, produce & release similar soundscapes in the dreampop/shoegazing genre. The drums explode with menace and bring the curtain down on a really great track but ultimately it's all about the vocal. Sublime!

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'Shrouded' is the closing track on this EP & in my opinion, 'Youth In Bloom' have saved the best for last. This is a stunning piece of music & possibly my favourite track on the 'Shell EP'. Full of expressive shoegaze qualities & subtle dreampop flourishes, 'Shrouded' comes to life after we are introduced to & guided through a Dreampop masterclass into a full on Nu-Gaze heavy hitting classic track. This is stunning in every way and I have to commend 'Youth In Bloom' for the way in which they've presented this track. It has peak's & trough's that are full of swirling sonic goodness & again, that vocal track is to die for!  This track alone has everything that I love about the shoegaze/dreampop/nu-gaze genre's of music & it is also a track that I will keep coming back to again & again.

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Hailing from Williamsport, PA & signed to the immense Mayfly Record's, another amazing independent record company nurturing the underground gaze scene over in the States with aplomb, 'Youth In Bloom' combine shoegaze, nu-gaze, dream pop, & 90′s alt rock to perfection. This EP will appeal to fans of Whirr, Tamaryn, Wildhoney, and Pity Sex but it will also appeal to fan's of the first wave of shoegaze respectively!

You can check out 'Youth In Bloom' for yourselves here:

www.Facebook.com/YouthInBloom

www.Twitter.com/YouthInBloom

www.YouthInBloom.bandcamp.com

www.MayflyRecords.bandcamp.com

Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - February 2015 - Dublin, Ireland. 

 

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Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave, but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, Dream Pop, 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 hepled 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.

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EP REVIEW | Cross Tabou - Illusion And Paradise

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Artist: Cross Tabou

Release: Illusion And Paradise

Release Date: 06/02/15

California is producing some epic sound's these days, away from the mainstream tripe & most especially in the psychedelic/shoegaze/dreampop genres of music. One such act hail from San Jose and are a collaboration of two fantastic musicians, the amazing songwriter Miss Sofia Vondell & the equally talented underground artist Horizontal Halfspear. Labelled as 'Cross Tabou', they have just released an absolutely stunning collection of 5 tracks on an epic EP entitled 'Illusion And Paradise'. Their debut 10 track release, 'Cross Tabou', graced our ears back in September 2014 and quickly became a favourite of the online radio community because of it's genre spanning diversity and psychedelic quality, all wrapped around the stunning Miss Vondell's vocal line's. 'Illusion And Paradise' move's a tentative step forward from their impressive debut and take's the listener on a psychedelic journey, leaning more towards the post-punk/shoegaze side of their sound, but with a more traditional dreampop highlight.

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Track one is straight out of the Velvet Underground songwriter's handbook. 'Last Flight' is absolutely stunning. Vondell's vocal abilities take the lead and sit on top of a hauntingly beautiful guitar line. This is the entry point to what Cross Tabou can actually achieve & new listeners to their sound will instantly fall in love with them. It's an amazing intro track. Check it out below.

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Next up is the brilliant 'Into This', probably my favourite track on this EP. This track alone has everything that I love about this genre of music - Shoegaze, Post-Punk & DreamPop! Again the spotlight shine's firmly on Vondell's ability to sing. The traditional shoegaze production techniques on the vocals are pushed to one side to allow Sofia the space she deserves up front in the mix. The guitar swells are addictive and that early 90s sounding drum sequence is exquisite! A masterpiece! Check it out.

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A short interlude with the gaze infused instrumental 'Illusion And Paradise', bring's us nicely to the industrial sound's of track four on his EP,  'Writing On Wall'. On my first listen to this track I could hear Queens Of The Stone Age but without the growl! I kid you not. But it open's out into a track with a multitude of thing's going on in it. Post-Punk flairs litter it's production. It has a gothic feel to it too but it stick's firmly to its psychedelic roots. Sofia Vondell hold's it all together with her almost Debbie Harry like vocal qualities & the production on this track is expertly achieved. Very cool track & one that need's several listens before it really hit's home. Check it out.

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The closing track on his EP has me very intrigued indeed. We're back to the Velvet Underground theme that captivated us early on in this EP's opening track,  but with the epic 'Void' there's something else going on here entirely! There is a tiny post-rock edge to this track that is very addictive indeed. Sofia's almost post-punk vocal lines sitting on the church organ are immense. It hark's back to the hazy days of experimental LSD & full on factory parties.  A truly captivating track. This is church music for the damned. Immense!

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Overall this is a stunning piece of work by a collaborating duo who have plenty more in the tank to give as far as self releasing artists go. I'll expect to hear more from this band towards the end of this year and I know individually they are releasing an immense body of solo work too. Do go and support them.

You can get your hands on this EP & Cross Tabou's debut release HERE.

 

Del Chaney- The Primal Music Blog -  February 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.

 

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Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave, but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, Dream Pop, 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 hepled 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.

 

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EP REVIEW: Lunar Twin - Lunar Twin

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Artist: Lunar Twin

Release Name: Lunar Twin EP

Record Company: Unsigned

Released: 10/11/14

Music today is filled with many contradiction's. Everyone want's to start a band or a project just to create music that'll sound a lot like this genre or that genre, but with their own twist & their own unique edge, armed with the heartwarming intention of putting themselves out there to get noticed & to stand out from their peer's. More often than not they fail miserably and end up becoming a carbon copy of their influence's only to crash and burn, not only on the modern day musical highway's that swirl around the globe, but also in the eye's of their ever watching & ever knowing peer's. In my opinion this is down to a few major failing's. Firstly, a failing to understand their musical surrounding's, coupled with not knowing their limit's as a working band, and secondly, failing whilst trying desperately to stay relevant & true to a musical belief that they hold dear! They board themselves up in home studio's overthinking a concept and then walk around with a monkey on their back trying their damnedest to sound different! Now, fast forward, let's move on 6 month's to the impending implosion! This is where a slow musical death ensues or to put it bluntly, death by overthinking! Music should not be difficult. It should come from the heart and mean something at the same time. It shouldn't be about genre's, style's or trend's! And it shouldn't be forced. These things are not rocket science? Are they? 

Lunar Twin are a Los Angeles based electronic dreamwave duo specialising in twisting numerous different musical genre's into something rather special. Their knowledge and understanding of their influence's keep's them ahead of their peer's, therefore avoiding the pitfall's of this  modern day musical landscape, whilst sounding completely different to anything else out there today. What they have achieved is a very difficult thing to do & I know this myself, because it's something that we have tried to do with my own band, Analogue Wave. In some way's 'Lunar Twin' remind me a lot of Analogue Wave. You can't pigeon hole them into one particular genre. Their influence's vary, from New Wave (Joy Division & Gary Numan) to Hip Hop (Nas,Wu Tang Clan), through classic psychedelica (13th Floor Elevators) to modern downtempo stuff (Massive Attack, Portishead, Thievery Corporation, Soulsavers); and from classic and modern songwriter's like Billie Holliday, Leonard Cohen, Rodriguez and Santogold. They blend their musical and lyrical influence's together to make a modern psychedelic and cinematic sound.

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The 'Lunar Twin EP' open's up with beautiful 'Sirens'. The sound of wave's crashing on a beach, intertwined with hazy reverb drenched guitar's announce Bryce Boudreau's addictive vocal's & that 80's influenced synth line that seem's to hold the track steady to it's downtempo origin's. It's a great introduction track for anyone new to the sound of  'Lunar Twin'. It's filled with pulse's of New Wave, Dream Pop & Psychedelica with an almost Bluesy vocal line. Check it out below:

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'Champagne', the EP's second track, is hauntingly beautiful, reminiscent of late Pink Floyd in part's, intertwining with that ever present 80's synth sound. You can hear the Hip Hop & Gothic influences here too with subtle Dream-Pop flourishes swirling around another stunning vocal. I really like the use of addictive sample's running just under the vocal track. They keep your attention focused on the track and they also accompany the ocean references in the lyric's, which really hit home with the way the track ebb's & flow's. Check it out:

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'Metroplex' bring's the bands's 80's influences to the fore with sequenced drum's, synth line's & pulsing vocal's! The Gary Numan'esque synth style mixed with Kraftwerk's drive compliment Byrce Boudreau's vocal's with ease. They flow gracefully over the entire track. You can hear the production techniques clearly. You can also really understand the inner working's of 'Lunar Twin' when listening to it. The band seem's to be at home with this particular genre of music. It's not forced or contrived in any way. It's great track & one that I'd say any remixer worth his/her salt would love to get their hands on. Check it out below:

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The closing track on the 'Lunar Twin EP' is probably my favourite. 'Cruel water' creeps along like a stalking animal. It's a modern day masterpiece with it's effected guitar's, Hip Hop styled drumbeat (keeping the pace just nice), addictive sample's & synth's swirling underneath, all cradling Bryce's 'in your face' vocal like a newborn baby! It's a little piece of creeping dirtiness on an otherwise nice EP. Don't take my word for it, check it out below:

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'Lunar Twin' are Christopher Murphy (production/music) and Bryce Boudreau (vocals/co-production). They met in July 2011, at the Denver Underground Music Festival when Bryce joined as a guest of Chris’ previous gothic synth band Nightsweats. They formed Lunar Twin in October 2013, and derived the band’s name from a theory about earth having possibly had a twin moon. They released the stunning 4 track 'Lunar Twin EP' to the masses on the 10th November 2014. As you can tell from the band’s name, the members have an interest in space- and time theories. They draw inspiration from Einstein’s Twin Paradox and Theory of Relativity. What it means for man(kind)’s place in the universe is reflected in their lyrics. Other sources for their lyrical themes are nature (the ocean, wilderness, landscapes) and culture (both ancient and modern, e.g. mega cities).

What is remarkable is that the two band members record the music and vocal separately, on locations far apart (Hawaii and Salt Lake City). 'Lunar Twin' are currently working on new material for an upcoming LP.

 

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For more information and updates, check their social media:

Website: www.lunartwin.com
Facebook: facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008279861005
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/lunar-twin
Twitter: twitter.com/lunartwinmusic
Instagram: instagram.com/chriscontroller
Bandcamp: lunartwin.bandcamp.com

 

Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - February 2015 - Dublin, Ireland 

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The Morelings - 'No Sign' - An Introduction

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In the ever evolving search for new music, I sometime's come across release's by different band's from all over the world that come straight out of left-field and take me by surprise. One such band have created a blissful, thought provoking, whirlwind of sound on their 3 track debut release that is simply immense! Philadelphia based 'The Morelings' have re-created that late 80's post-punk & dream-pop infused shoegaze sound that hark's back to oldschool musical stalwarts such as The Cure, Cocteau Twins, Secret Shine & For Against, with relative ease. With stunning vocal arrangements sitting on top of epic wall's of effected guitar's, throbbing bass line's and solid drum's, 'The Morelings' are another blissfully brilliant band to emerge from the already amazing underground Philadelphia based post-punk/shoegazing scene.

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'The Morelings' are: bassist & vocalist Kedra Caroline, guitarist Matthew William and percussionist Chris Jordan. They released their stunning debut 'No Sign' to the masses on January 8th 2015.

The bands press release read's - "No Sign promises fifteen minutes of ethereal vocals, spacious gazey guitar, and intoxicating rhythms. The opening track, “Less,” both floats and drives with dream pop hooks, while the bass saturated 2nd track, “Too Far,” oscillating from washy chaos to arresting order, hypnotically defies formula. The title track, “No Sign,” explores the best of both of these worlds, as it juxtaposes The Morelings’ melodic sensibility with trip-hop bass lines, minimalist jazz-like drumming, soaring melodies, and chorus-drenched baroque guitar lines, reaching an almost cinematic sound". It's not wrong!

The 'No Sign' open's with the the amazing 'Less'. Possibly my favourite track on this epic release. This track will have you floating on a wave of sonic goodness from it's opening note. What instantly hit's you from the off is the band's ability to take you by the hand and bring you back in time. With a traditional post-punk sound, glistening with beautiful dream-pop hook's, 'Less' opens up into a maelstrom of guitar's and explodes into that absolutely addictive chorus break. The bass line's on this song are intricate and the drum track keep's the whole show firmly moored to the ground, allowing Kedra's immense vocal's to soar high above the guitar's. This is a stunning track with shoegaze flourishes just touching the tips of it's wings. Check it out below -

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The second track on 'No Sign' is called  'Too Far'. It open's with a haunting guitar line from Matt Kearis, and yes, I can hear subtle influence's from 'The Cure', but also an almost 'Cocteau Twins' like vocal melody, courtesy of Kedra Kearis, float's into the mix and takes this track in another direction altogether. Kendra's vocal arrangement's caress your eardrum's with their ethereal beauty. This is another stunning track that will have you struggling to stay earthbound. You'll feel the urge to float with it's addictive melody & shoegaze infused cinematic soundscape's. Check it out below -

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The closing track on this stunning debut from Philadelphia based 'The Morelings' is called 'No Sign'. This is another shining example of a band in tune with their influence's. It's a polished track that compliment's the production on this whole release brilliantly. The guitar line's are clean, crisp and swirl around the track with aplomb. The bass line alone should be singled out for praise and the solid drum track keep's this maelstrom of sound grounded throughout. 'The Morelings' have really captivated me with their music. I love how they tap into the sub-conscience of their listener's with the vocal arrangement's on this track alone. Kendra's vocal's are simply stunning!  Leaving all the post punk / dreampop reference's aside, and it's probably a contentious influence to mention, but the one band that I can hear throughout this final track is 'Slowdive'. I can hear early 'Slowdive' all over it, and for me, it's testament to how good this band are & to how good this release as a whole really is. Check it out below -

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The Morelings Official Press Photo

 'No Sign'  is available right now from 'The Morelings' band camp page HERE

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You can also find out more about 'The Morelings' at:

www.themorelings.com

themorelings.bandcamp.com

soundcloud.com/the-morelings

www.facebook.com/themorelings

instagram.com/themorelings

twitter.com/themorelings

themorelings.tumblr.com

 

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The 'Primal Music Blog' is where Del Chaney reviews unsigned bands & posts playlists from his show – The Primal Radio Show.
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EP REVIEW: Bloodhounds On My Trail - Escape EP

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Over the past few years the Australian shoegazing scene has produced an amazing wealth of talent, spanning every corner of it's awe inspiring continent. From Sydney to Adelaide, Perth to Brisbane, we all know that 'the scene that celebrates itself ' is alive and well in Australia. But there is one city that stands out from all others! It seems to me that every single Australian based shoegaze band that I have come across these days hail's from this city alone! To me, Melbourne has produced some of the best post-punk, noise-rock & shoegaze infused artists over the past 24 months than any other city that I can think of. Bands such as Contrast, VHS Dream, Hideous Towns, Flyying Colours, Lunaire, Glaciers & Luna Ghost have created some amazingly beautiful blissed out tracks that I have played religiously on my online radio show 'The Primal Radio Show' for Radioactive//Underground.

But there is one Melbourne based band, that to me, epitomises a 60's fuzzy psychedelic sound & not only connects 80's atmospheric post-punk to early 90's gaze but who also adds a modern edge to their sound to create an addictive, reverb soaked, maelstrom of layered effects and beautiful melodies that would grace any soundtrack to a modern day musical audience. That band are  - 'Bloodhounds On My Trail'.

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Reading the bands intro up on their Bandcamp page instantly sold me to their musical ideas -  'A love of shoegaze bands of the late 1980's to early 90's provided the catalyst for the formation of the band. Since then, members Johnny Green (guitar, vocals), Chris Donaldson (guitar), Jonny O’Hara (bass) and Nik Donaldson (drums) have sought to fuse the rhythmic underpinnings of bands like the Velvet Underground and the Stooges with the dream haze of Cocteau Twins and Slowdive'. 

Released on the 14th October 2014, Engineered by Matt Hosking & Mixed by Rob Long at Birdland Studios & Los Bomberos, Escape is another of those EP's that has come straight out of left field and completely captivated me from the very first listen! I am instantly a fan of this band's sound. I spent my teenage years listening to some of the sounds that influence Bloodhounds On My Trail, such as Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, Ride, Jesus & Mary Chain, Stooges, MC5 & The Velvet Underground. I can hear every single one of those influential bands on this EP and that, for me, is a special thing! It's a really special thing in todays new wave of shoegaze!

The EP kicks off with the stunning 'Old Fools'. This is the doorway into a world where dreams are collected and played back via the medium of shoegazing! The intro to this song alone will send shivers down your spine and leave you floating in ethereal space. It is 5 minutes 36 seconds of beautiful, blissed out sounds that hit you in waves with their thundering drums and thriving bass lines! The guitar's alone on this track remind me of a Cheetah stalking it's prey! They swirl around the tracks moving parts with menace and pounce with speed when the immense vocal arrangements fall away & let the guitars dictate the space! This track will force the breath from your lungs it is that intense! But please, don't take my word for it. Go and check it out for yourself -

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'Dreamless', the second track on Bloodhounds On My Trail's impressive debut EP, takes your hand and guides you through a blissful soundscape of shoegaze. It open's up into another stunning track and I'm starting to think that this band alone will cross divides and open the genre of shoegazing and its many sub-cultures up to a wider audience. This is yet another beautiful track with a wall of sound that evokes an ethereal almost dreamlike feeling. I love it when a band can unlock feelings from it's listeners or when the music that a band creates can tap into a feeling & force you to remember good times! Bloodhounds On My Trail have a knack of teasing out memories, but in a good way!

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Track 3, 'Jolly', is a shoegaze traditionalist's wet dream!  This track could have been plucked from 1989/1990. It's the closest track that I have heard resembling anything from that era in this modern day shoegazing world. It is stunningly beautiful. This is shoegazing on a cinematic scale. Swirling guitars blended with that amazing bass sound, those steady drums & Johnny Green's infectious vocals make this track a 'Stand Out' track for me and one that every single fan of the shoegaze genre of music should have on repeat. This should be the 'go to' track for future shoegaze fans. To have mastered a sound so infectious on a debut EP deserves major props to Bloodhounds On My Trail. I doubt even the inner sanctum of shoegaze aficionados would disagree with me when I say - " This is shoegaze! "

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A soothing intro heralds the angelic arrival of the closing track on the already impressive 4 track EP. 'Silence, It's Golden' is yet another shining example of pure unhinged shoegaze! The wall of layered guitars  & effected vocals hits you like a steam train. The chorus on this track is absolutely stunning with its addictive chord change, pounding drums and immense vocal all sitting on top of a steady beat. This is a fitting end, to what I believe, is a game changer for fans of the shoegaze genre. This is one hell of a release!  Check it out below -

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This listener is captivated by the sounds that Bloodhounds On My Trail achieve on this EP. The song structures and musicianship are second to none! The 'Escape EP' catapults you into a dream where gravity holds no sway! You float with ease on a sonic wall of reverb infused guitars, pulsating bass lines & amazing vocal tones. It's an immensely beautiful, sleek body of work with clean lines and wonderful arrangements. This EP is an out of body experience that I will continue to tap into again & again & again.

 

Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - January 2015 - Dublin, Ireland 

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You can follow Bloodhounds On My Trail On:

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The Primal Music Blog is where Del Chaney reviews unsigned bands & posts playlists from his show – The Primal Radio Show.
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EP REVIEW: Great Black Night - The Smoke Is Rising

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It's not very often that I get the chance to review American based bands/artists for 'The Primal Music Blog'. Michigan based Great Black Night will probably be the first American based band that I've had on repeat on my speakers over the past few weeks. Their 3 track EP entitled 'The Smoke Is Rising' has consistently made me smile every single time that I've listened to it.

America is producing some really great shoegaze & dreampop music as of late and in very many guises. But very few of those bands have actually left a mark on me like Great Black Night have. This bunch of brilliant musicians step outside of the box when it comes to adding interesting extra production & composition parts to their tracks, such as adding a Violin & Cello to a wall of layered guitars or adding a backing vocal to the very tip of the main vocal thus filling the overall track with that little bit of heaven. They make me sit back and think about their music. They make me gaze! Very few bands can do that to this listener.

They do something else amazing, which to me is what music should be about. Listening to 'The Smoke Is Rising EP' evokes so many memories of my youth that I simply had to write this review. It amazed me! It is full of thought provoking moments that bring out memories from the furthest reaches of this listeners mind. Memories of lying in the long grass on a warm summers day, years ago, with friends & family talking about Cocteau Twins, the Pros & Cons of the music scene on that particular day in time and other simple memories full of the excitement that comes with starting a band.

Listening to 'All My Lonely Days', the EP's opening track, for the first time really threw me. I wasn't expecting the immense production on it. This is a huge track. From the amazing lead vocal and especially the backing vocals, to the lush string section sitting on top of the guitars adding that extra sonic element to their overall sound. They instantly made themselves stand out to me as a great band. They are doing something different in this modern age of nu-gaze, shoegaze & dreampop and it's a commendable trait as far as I'm concerned. 'All my lonely days' is my favourite track on this debut release and it is a stunning piece of musicianship! Check it out for yourself below:

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Track 2, on this three track EP,  is called 'The DAAC Song'. This song does exactly what it says on the tin! It's a powerful track with a strong, intensely powerful vocal line that sits in the mix brilliantly. It has an infectious opening guitar line that keeps your attention firmly focused on the entire track and won't allow you to deviate from it. And again, the use of the string parts just under the vocals, throughout most of the track, is genius! Another brilliant addition to this EP.

The final track on the epic EP is a vivid journey through a deep, lush, dreampop infused soundscape. Its a beautiful piece of music entitled 'I've Got A Lot Of love'. Opening with an absolutely stunning vocal track, aligned with those epic strings, this song is a 4 minute roller coaster of emotions.With its delightful sonically brilliant guitar lines, those looping and arcing string arrangements,  which are all sitting on top of a steady bass and drum track, this song is a fitting end to a brilliant debut release by a band that I hope go on to bigger and brighter things in the future. I for one, can't wait to hear what this bunch of musicians do next.

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Great Black Night hail from Grand Rapids, Michigan. They are Steve D: guitar & vocals, Matthew Eastman: drums & piano, Angel Hayden: vocals, Anne LaGrand: cello, Patrick Schaafsma: violin and Andy Stob: bass. 'The Smoke Is Rising EP' was released to the masses on 16th December. It was Recorded and Engineered by Matthew Eastman at Eastman Audio, Grand Rapids Michigan.

In the bands own words they are -  'Celebrating excesses and restraint within the sounds of rock and roll, Great Black Night aim to give you the night of your lives. Great Black Night explores love and rebellion through soulful tender vocals, piercing guitars, lush strings, and driving rhythms. Great Black Night are your band. They sing songs for you and with you. Look up and gaze. The Great Black Night is a wondrous place' - Here, Here I Say!

You can check out Great Black Night on:

Bandcamp

Twitter

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Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog -  January 2015 - Dublin, Ireland

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EP REVIEW: Follow The Sea - Sibirien (Moon Sounds Records)

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Self confessed Swedish noise rockers Follow The Sea released their stunning second EP ‘Sibirien’ to the masses back in November 2014. Recorded, produced and mixed between November 2013 & March 2014 at Glappkontakt, Sweden and mastered by none other than Alex Kretov (Ummagma) at Ummagma’s own recording studio in Ukraine, ‘Sibirien’ see’s the Swedish duo take a most welcome forward step from their excellent but sometimes under produced self-titled debut EP -  ‘Follow The Sea’.

Sibirien begins with the addictive chord sequence of ‘Forest Beach’, a beautifully composed track that builds into that trade mark ‘Follow The Sea’ noise-rock infused thundering chorus break and then, like waves crashing on a beach, calms down only to build once again with Erik’s immense vocals leading the charge to the tracks explosive ending.

‘Forest Beach’ washes over us and in turn guides this listener to Sibirien’s sublime second track ‘Heart of Noise’. This sometimes shoegaze, sometimes noise-rock influenced track is to me closer to what I believe ‘Follow The Sea’ sound like! They’re not strictly stuck in the genre of noise-rock. They have shoegaze tendencies whether purposefully injected or accidently created in studio.

That traditional shoegaze wall of sound is evident not only throughout ‘Heart of Noise’ but well into ‘Sibirien’, the EP’s third track and a personal favourite of mine.This is a stunning piece of music! The production on this track alone is second to none and I commend Magnus Lundgren on his skills behind the mixing console. Erik Solfeldt’s vocals are captivating! They sit atop a polished wall of guitars, synthesizers and thundering drums and guide this track through a maelstrom of sound waves. They are immense! I could listen to them over and over again. I believe that ‘Sibirien’ is the corner stone of this EP. This track should, by rights, show everyone where ‘Follow The Sea’ are musically, right now! It has me believing in them as a serious musical outfit. I’m now getting excited about the future and looking forward to the prospect of listening to a debut album from this band and in turn hearing what they can conjure up in the studio together.

Sibirien ends on the calming influences of ‘River’ and the explosive bonus track ‘Linoleum’, another testament to Erik’s vocal abilities and the production skills of Magnus Lundgren.

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Sibirien is, in my opinion, a naturally progressive & positive step by a band that did not rest on their laurels after recording their debut EP, but jumped right back in and concentrated on creating a consistently strong, well-produced and polished collection of tracks. It oozes confidence and shows tenacity in not only the bands song writing skills but also in the quality of their production & mixing techniques. After two EP's 'Follow The Sea'  are showing  great promise for future releases. Sibirien is a stunning piece of work by a band on the rise and I wish them well on their travels. Next stop for me is listening to their debut album when eventually they release one.

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Follow The Sea are Erik Solfeldt ,Vocals, Guitar & Synthesizer and Magnus Lundgren Drums & Synthesizer. The Swedish duo recorded, produced and mixed ‘Sibirien’ in Glappkontakt, Sweden. The EP was released through the independent record label ‘Moon Sounds Records’ and is available to buy through their Bandcamp page. You can also find 'Follow The Sea'  on their Twitter & Facebook pages respectively.

 

Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - Dublin,  January 2015.

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