ARTIST: The Cult Of Dom Keller
RELEASE: Goodbye To The Light
RELEASE DATE: July 22nd 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Fuzz Club Records
UK based noisy experimental psych aficionados ‘The Cult Of Dom Keller’ have been creating impressive musical soundscapes under the radar for quite some time. Their sound glides on a screaming swathe of intense psychedelic promise thats underpinned vocally with an interesting slice of goth fuelled expressionism! This band inject a shimmering cinematic quality into their music that can seriously alter reality! Now the Midlands based four piece have announced the next chapter in their musical development, the full length ‘Goodbye To The Light’, released on the 22nd July 2016 via the brilliant London based Fuzz Club Records. The album was released on vinyl as a deluxe edition of 300 half-and-half transparent and solid white vinyl in a heavy gatefold sleeve featuring hand numbering, cutouts, embossing and printed inner sleeves. Also as a standard edition of 1000 transparent white vinyl, and CDs.
Like the opening atmospheric score of a 1970’s cinematic thriller, we’re introduced to a sprawling drone coupled with a repetitious two note sequenced synth pattern that swirls within a sea of enveloping golden frequencies. The opening salvo’s of ‘Hole In The Whole’ punch a reverberating pulse through the protective shield of the surrounding musical ether and immediately gets engulfed by creeping vocal lines and a dark malicious guitar squall. Up next, impressionistic fuzzy bass frequencies tickle the outer reaches of the audible range as those distinctly 80’s, almost post-punk sounding vocal progressions, coupled with hypnotic swirling organ swells take hold and drag you kicking and screaming through the blistering prog-leaning ‘Broken Arm Of God’ before the massive sonic surge of ‘Ravens & Rockets’ clatters into earshot and ploughs a dark and foreboding sonic furrow through proceedings.
‘Deepest Pit Of Emptiness’ enters the arena on massive ambient synth swells before we’re hit with enormous resonating bass frequencies shadowing slow malicious vocal lines as it crawls to its dark finality. ‘Tunnel In The Clouds’ floats impressively on a bed of atmospheric organ swells as haunting vocal lines as an increasingly intrusive monotonous drone pulses through layers of reverb before ‘Exterminating Angels’ enters the fray and brings with it a massive swathe of intensity that builds from the off into a maelstrom of beautiful frequential noise. Up next, ‘I Can See You’ pulses and shakes as it winds itself up into a rattling coil and prepares to strike. Thoroughly reminiscent of early experimental stage ‘Nine Inch Nails’ with its brilliant vocal production and those impressively overpowering synth lines. ‘Astrum Argenteum’ brings a blissful layered wall of psychedelic joy to proceedings before the deeply experimental but highly infectious ‘Nothing Left To Say’ cranks up and enters the realm of 70’s psychedelic Sci-Fi chic!
‘Bring Out The Dead’ begins with sequenced poly-rhythmic acoustic progressions coupled with a tempestuous percussive assault and an utterly addictive vocal. It undulates as it works through its gears, constantly evolving and layering instrumentation as it meanders through sonic peaks and troughs. There’s a short instrumental interlude as ‘Waltz Of The Morgellons’, the albums penultimate track, works the floor before we’re introduced to the albums final track, the aptly named ‘Shambhala Is On Fire’. This is a sprawling monolithic animal, jam packed full of reverb induced groove-laden instrumentation that circumnavigates yet another awe inspiring hypnotic and well executed vocal. A stunning finale to a very impressive album.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last four years not only fronting popular experimental Irish based electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, post punk, post rock & modern psych rock from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion. His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.
by Primal Music
ARTIST: Magic Shoppe
RELEASE: Interstellar Car Crash
RELEASE DATE: February 5th 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Optical Sounds
Boston based hypnotic noise merchants ‘Magic Shoppe’ are no strangers to creating magnificent dissonant psych driven soundscapes. Their first release, the impressive ‘Reverb EP’ (2010) announced their sonic arrival in style and was quickly followed by their brilliant eight track opus ‘Reverberation’(2011). Then the ‘Triangulum Australe EP’ (2014) took us on a white knuckle thrill ride of mammoth proportions leading us all the way to this latest release, the fantastic 4 track ‘Interstellar Car Crash’ EP. There’s an intense hypnotic buzz surrounding ‘Magic Shoppe’ as their their brand of fuzzy reverb induced psychedelic mayhem rattles through its gears and takes the listener on a melodic journey of discovery. ‘Interstellar Car Crash’ is released via ‘Optical Sounds’ digitally & on a limited edition white 10' Vinyl via MagicShoppe.bandcamp.com
Interstellar Car Crash E.P. by Magic Shoppe
The EP opens up with the magically translucent ‘Salventius’, a hard driven slice of garage psych brilliance that screams through its reverb drenched verse structures and explodes into a whirlwind of bending white noise throughout its chorus progressions. Vocally sublime, ‘Salventius’ is steadied on a foundation of pounding drums, throbbing bass & shimmering guitars. Track two, ‘City Alight (Yeah)’ spins in suspended sonic animation with its hypnotic shuffling drum pattern, stunning guitar arrangements and that addictive shimmering vocal take. The reverb drenched opening salvos of ‘Redhead’ tweaks the senses before exploding into a beautiful cacophony of golden edged psych induced sound that carelessly meanders through wave after wave of layered guitar, impressive bass & pounding drums! ‘Redhead’ loops & arc’s all over the musical spectrum with aplomb and it’s possibly my favourite track on this entire release, if I’m honest.
There’s a mesmerising golden hue surrounding the closing track on this stunning four track EP from Boston based psychedelic explorers ‘Magic Shoppe’ that screams for your attention from its very first note. The triumphant ‘Interstellar Car Crash’ has this uncanny knack of pulling you into it’s hypnotic core and introducing you to its soothing inner workings. It swirls and soars through it’s cloudless, dissonant soundscape with ease and carries you with it as it goes. Simply stunning!
RELEASE: Prism Cinema
RELEASE DATE: April 15th 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
L.A. based psychedelic explorers ‘Bokonon’ unveil their impressive eleven track debut album entitled ‘Prism Cinema’ to the masses on April 15th 2016. With a sound that surfs along the very tips of modern day psychedelia whilst doffing a well worn cap to Shoegaze, Krautrock and swirling 60’s Psych Pop ‘Bokonon’ inject stunning melody into every single track on this immense release and have that canny little knack of pulling you into their sonic world and showing you around it’s fuzzy inner workings. The band are made up of Monique Luna – Synths, Elvis Galvez – Guitars & Vocals, Tianna Nicole – Drums & Ray Montes – Bass & Vocals.
Prism Cinema by Bokonon
The album opens on a whirlwind of golden colour as ‘Stay Awake With Me’ unleashes its shuffling percussive hits, addictive synth patterns, shimmering guitar lines and wavy studio effects that seem to circumnavigate those impressive vocal lines with ease thus leaving this listener with an over riding feeling of total sonic immersion! A truly marvellous opening track and a great jump off point into melodic world of ‘Bokonon’. Up next, ‘By My Side’ meanders into the sonic arena on magically hypnotic bass frequencies, reverberating guitar stabs and that impressive vocal. It explodes into a cacophony of colourful sounds throughout its chorus progressions and soars within a maelstrom of impressive drum patterns and layered sonic waves. Track three, ‘Thru The Trees’ is melodically metronomic from its very first droning notes as that beautiful vocal swirls into the sonic ether. It oozes space and has the freedom to build with impressive synth swells acting as a steadying centrifuge as all around it streams through layers of immense reverb. ‘Harmonia’ has synth pop like beginnings until its calming vocals take over and drag it into a beautifully structured slice of psych-pop whilst ‘Interstellar’ drones on its axis and swirls into earshot as pounding drums herald the arrival of an experimental psychedelic monolith! The bass line drives a sonic furrow through the musical landscape with aplomb and as the track progresses I’m reminded of the instrumental psychedelic explorations of Boston based ‘Ghost Box Orchestra’. Simply stunning!
‘Vanilla Kiss’ explodes with visceral intent as it works through its sonic gears. As the vocals arrive there are hints of early ‘Tame Impala’ swirling around in the track’s make up but its the stunning psych induced tones of ‘Somewhere Sacred’ that peak this listeners attention. It crawls like a stalking sonic beast as it builds on layers of stunning synth swells and infectious guitar progressions. The vocals sit atop of those brilliantly executed drums as we wait for it to unfold its wings and soar into a mosaic coloured sky. A truly wonderful track and possibly my favourite on this entire release. ‘Behemoth’ begins on a bed of throbbing bass frequencies as distorted guitar swells shatter the serenity of the previous track. This is full on 60’s tinged psych rock interspersed with impressive krautrock explosions as organ swells and screaming guitars play hide and seek with the bass and drums. ‘Orbits’ swerves into earshot as droning synths usher in shimmering guitar progressions and earthbound drum patterns. The psychedelically charged vocal lines swirl within the sonic whirlwind and are allowed to loop and arc throughout the entire track.
The albums penultimate piece entitled ‘Untamed’ oozes melody as the instrumentation makes way for another stunning vocal performance. With near perfect production ‘Untamed’ uses its verses to carry the vocal as its chorus parts explode into stunning golden frequencies. The albums closing track floats on magical synth swells, reminiscent of early ‘Electric Light Orchestra’ as we’re treated to blissful vocal lines and hypnotic instrumentation. A fitting end to a truly magnificent album.
‘Prism Cinema’ is available to buy/download on various formats right now from: bokononband.bandcamp.com
ARTIST: Ghost Box Orchestra
RELEASE: High Plaine
RELEASE DATE: May 17th 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Evil Hoodoo Records
I’ve been a big admirer of the sounds created by Boston natives ‘Ghost Box Orchestra’ for quite some time . Their collective musical stylings enthralled me from very early on as I repeatedly overplayed their cinematic post-rock hued 2010 debut ‘The Only Light On’, then fell head long into the magnificent dark vortex of 2013’s ‘Vanished’ only to tumble out the other end and crash straight through the reverberating ‘Sound of (Eternal Now)EP' back in October 2015. For me, it’s been a brilliant musical rollercoaster ride of epic proportions and now I’m happy to report that the band have unleashed a brand new full length masterpiece! ‘High Plaine’ was officially released back on the seventeenth of May 2016 via ‘Evil Hoodoo Records’ over in the UK and it is nothing short of immense!
High Plaine by Ghost Box Orchestra
A swirling keyboard drone heralds the arrival of ‘Flutter’, as its tremulous guitars and eerily hypnotic organ progression circumnavigates pounding poly-rhythms & surging swells of reverberating sonic brilliance. ‘Flutter’ builds from its opening notes as the cyclonic musical cacophony urges those Impressive vocal lines to take centre stage happily in the knowledge that they are protected from any outside interference by a raging wall of noise. Let’s not be fooled here people; this is a stunning opening track full of explosive psychedelic promise and worthy of your ears. Up next are howling (but impressive) vocal progressions intriguingly underscored with melodiously repetitive guitar structures and explosive percussive patterns. ‘High Plaine’ opens up into a monstrous musical animal as it weaves its way through swathes of shimmering instrumentation.
The senses are tweaked at the arrival of my favourite track on this entire release! ‘Socrates Burned’ is a monolithic sonic beast that pulses through walls of stunning reverb as those pounding but regimented drum patterns act like bedrock, bearing the full weight of those soaring guitars and its huge swirling synth swells coupled with growling bass frequencies and a piercing vocal attack. There’s a quick reprise of sorts as the remnants of ‘Socrates Burned’ fades into obscurity but its quickly replaced by the calming and refreshing opening bars of ‘Wave Goodbye’. This track is deeply melodic as it meanders through peaks and troughs of glorious golden instrumentation. Cascading keyboard thrills hang suspended just above audible range as ghostly vocalisations litter the reverberating landscape. It’s brilliant guitars shimmer as they stir within a heady brew of steading drum progressions, beautiful synth swirls and impressive throbbing bass lines. Up next is the shuffling ‘Dead & Gone’ with its mesmerising reverb retched vocal chants that seem to hover blissfully on sonic winds like a hunting eagle as all around it the ether rages a sonic war of attrition. Simply stunning! Droning guitars and meandering vocal lines usher in the opening bars of ‘Days Are Forever’ before we’re lifted high above the musical landscape on melodically brilliant wavy guitar lines and pounding drums as the chorus progression explodes into a brilliant cacophony of wonderful noise.
Things are really moving at pace now as ‘Ghost Box Orchestra’ offer up the albums penultimate track! ‘Within The Sound’ is a storming call to arms. It’s pounding drums and rumbling bass frequencies should have a post code all to themselves as they plough a sonic furrow through the entire musical landscape. Add into the mix the raging wall of noise created by the attacking guitars & that soaring vocal line and we have a full on assault on the senses. The albums closing track fades blissfully into ear shot on a swirling mass of droning guitars. ‘Causality Devotional’ floats on angelic frequencies as it works through its sonic gears. It builds brilliantly as it layers each one of its instrumental components at various points along the tracks navigational path. The vocals soar into ear shot on waves of shimmering reverberating frequencies that loop and arc all over the sonic spectrum with blistering aplomb. ‘Causality Devotional’ then builds into a raging maelstrom of noise as it tumbles into its droning finality. This is a stunning track to close out an absolutely stunning album.
Bravo Ghost Box Orchestra!
‘High Plaine’ is available to buy/download right now from: ghostboxorchestra.bandcamp.com
RELEASE DATE: May 6th 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Sunrise Ocean Bender Records
The brilliant independent record label ‘Sunrise Ocean Bender’ presents a stunning collection of seven tracks by Sicily-based psychedelic explorer ‘JuJu’ (Lay Llamas, Herself) released back on the May 6th 2016. With a stunning sound thats more akin to a pulsating, living organism ‘JuJu’ transcends this modern day psych rock plain bringing with it swathes of rhythmic, almost ritualistic golden frequencies to the ears of its waiting listenership. The album is available on various formats via juju-spell.bandcamp.com
JuJu by JuJu
Driving bass frequencies, riding a wave of panned percussive hits usher in track one, the hypnotically atmospheric ‘Samael’. It’s sequenced drum patterns swirl within the magical maelstrom as it builds into a whirlwind of reverb induced vocal lines coupled with pounding drums and intertwined with suppressive droning guitars. It surges through its chord progressions with apparent ease as wave after wave of sonic frequencies batter the senses and block out any outside influence careering you off its chosen musical path. A stunning entry point into a dynamic world of sonic delight. Track two thunders into the musical arena on a titanic wave of shimmering reverb. ‘We Spit On Yer Grave’ is completely addictive as those plodding synth progressions, cushioning that immense vocal attack, rides a juggernaut of explosive drums, throbbing bass lines and tremulous golden hued guitars.
The metronomic opening bars of ‘Stars And Sea’, my favourite track on this entire release, swerves and moves within a translucent world of shimmering suspended animation as those stunning vocals add an air of atmosphere to proceedings. There’s a subtle but brilliant country chic feel to this track as it meanders its way through peaks and troughs of psychedelic delight. The added eastern sounding percussive hits inject weight and balance but soon make way for an absolutely blistering finale as the track takes off into a stunning cacophony of swirling vocals, swerving synth swells and dark driving guitars. Beautiful atmospheric piano hits circumnavigated by dark oppressive samples announce the arrival of ‘Dance With The Fish’ as immense psychedelically charged synth swells sonically mimic an apparent underwater scene. It’s a beautiful two minute sonic aperitif to what comes next!
A repetitious guitar progression carefully balances a whispering but effective vocal pattern on its axis as ‘Sunrise Ocean’ builds momentum into a charging musical monolith! The tidal wave of sound expands as those droning guitars arrive and plough through the tracks fuzzy interior with aplomb. Add into the mix those driving, addictive bass frequencies and what we have collectively is an absolutely stunning piece of music. The albums penultimate track entitled ‘Lost’ begins with stunning melody courtesy of a repetitive piano sequence. There’s an air of tranquility as the synth swells and drums arrive, adding subtle but firm movement to the track and allowing the vocal samples to loop and arc throughout the reverberating atmosphere. The mood then changes as we shift sonic gears. The drums increase in tempo, coupled with the arrival of a repetitious guitar progression and shakers the entire piece swirls within a beautiful sonic whirlwind!
The albums closing piece is simply magical! Swirling bongos, sequenced samples and droning golden frequencies begin the hypnotic rhythmic mantra as those amazing repetitive vocals shuffle into earshot. ‘Bring ‘Em War’ builds and builds, developing form and shape before unleashing something akin to absolute sonic abandonment! It weaves and bobs throughout and drives a deeply melodic psychedelic furrow right through the centre of the musical landscape! A truly wonderful closing track to a blistering album.
RELEASE DATE: November 18th 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Goodbye Better Records
'Solilians' are a Merrick, NY space rock ensemble that mix Hebrew vocals, ambient dub, and even shoegaze. They sound unlike anything I’ve heard in recent years, sounding as out there as some of A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s material. That only scratches the surface, because they throw in klezmer and horns too. To quote the press kit: ‘Solilians space drone dreams are the interstellar journeys of mystic seekers, mantra minimalism for the next generation. Benjamin Malkin's slow motion ambient dub prisms of klezmer melody refract Sharon Malkin's Mediterranean Hebrew beauty; while Gabriel Walsh's psychedelic sci-fi edge dances with Neptune Sweet's otherworldly cosmic majesty, all coming together on Shin, the four-piece's debut full-length (Think Stereolab slowed down to Stars Of The Lid).
Shin by Solilians
The band got their start via the 7-inch soundtrack of The Binah Comics, a super-powers tale without violence that describes a woman sick of all the insanity and nuclear posturing surrounding her homeland. A collaboration between Benjamin's writing and the great illustrator Ian Densford, The Binah Comics proved successful and Malkin put together his dream team of some of today’s best space rock minds to create ambient reflections of the comics. Starting off, there is 'Hine Ma Tov (Merc Yes Mix)' with horns, slow jam beats, and a droning aspect to it that invites and keeps the listener engaged. 'Hatikvah The Next Generation' retains the same mysterious elements, and it’s all about the emotion elicited, so the lyrics matter less than the music, at least for me. Its center is a drone and numerous voices move in and through the mix, leaving the listener feeling a bit unsettled. 'Lamedvavniks' exceeds eight minutes and is an interstellar journey into the heart of space. Vocals emanate from the creepy fringes of an event horizon, and immerse your ears in cosmic dream pop. This is music to be enjoyed over a great set of headphones and infinite time to let your mind expand and take it all in.
'Rev’s Gold' is much shorter and offers listeners a trippy sonic tapestry mingled with subdued vocals. It is music that takes you out of yourself, drawing you into a daydream. 'Hine Ma Tov' makes another appearance in the form of the Space Drone Dream Mix and this time it’s 13 minutes long! Prepare to float away into the ether. 'I Have Been, And Always Shall Be, Your Friend' takes its title from a Spock quote, and many hued layers of sound propel you straight in and you wish it would never end. Pulsating synths burgeon and grow in volume before it all comes to a dead stop. 'Planet Binah' may well be the centerpiece of this album, named as it is for The Binah Comics. It is another 13 plus minute journey, demanding that you stay present and experience its pulsating presence. The singer’s voice is submerged with synthesizers taking center stage. It all comes to a close with 'Post-Rev’s Reprise', a somewhat disquieting drone that winds down quickly. In short, this is album unlike anything you’ve heard this year, or any year for that matter. It is a fascinating and demanding work, but one that will reward you with repeated listens. Well worth seeking out for fans of international space rock laced with ambient dream pop.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Music has always been a driving force for Elizabeth Klisiewicz, which she days "continues to define my existence". At present, she writes for The Big Takeover Magazine and The Active Listener Blog, and when not writing technical manuals, she gets her thrills from reading mysteries, birdwatching, and can always be found with a camera and a maxed-out storage card full of music.
RELEASE DATE: November 25th 2016
RECORD COMPANY: These Are Not Records
Connecticut based experimental shoegaze/lo-fi four piece 'Landing' are no strangers to the underground music scene having no less than nine previous releases under their belts. The latest addition to that stunning collection is 'Complekt', their 10th release to date and a continuation to their no-nonsense, genre-defining attitude of creating blissful sonic soundscapes that are filled with hazy shoegaze highs and jaw dropping ethereal vocalisations coupled with experimental twists and lashings of glorious reverberation. The band are made up of three longtime members; Adrienne Snow - vocals, Aaron Snow - guitar/synth/bass/drums/vocals, Daron Gardner - bass & John Miller - drums/guitar/synth and you can pre-order the full album on various formats right now from: landing.bandcamp.com
Complekt by Landing
In a beautifully translucent instrumental drone ‘Complekt’ unfurls its effortless sonic tendrils to announce the arrival of it’s opening salvo - 'Light'. It pulses into earshot on a wave of quivering guitars and deliciously ambient swirls before it’s blissfully ethereal vocalisations sweep past you, held fast in swathes of immense reverberation. Up next, ‘Complekt’ swirls repetitiously before exploding into a driving cacophony of thunderous percussion, throbbing bass frequencies and a maelstrom of layered reverberating guitars. The vocal lines cut an ethereal wedge through proceedings, bringing a sort of serine clarity whilst all around them wage a sonic war of attrition. A stunning track that you must listen to via headphones to experience its full sonic onslaught.
‘Weft’ jangles into ear shot on an undulating bed of instrumental promise, sequenced synth theatrics and a shaking percussive pattern as it’s brilliantly executed guitar lines languish deep within swathes of luscious reverb, whilst the monumental ‘Shifts’ menacingly emerges from beneath an angry instrumental drone accompanied by hypnotic shakers and massive walls of ethereal noise. ‘Shifts’ undulates as its beautiful vocals swerve through cascading synth lines that float effortlessly through the sonic ether, looping and arcing with blissful aplomb. Up next, ‘Thither’ soars on a glorious synth swell before building into a throbbing sonic beast. This track pulses and swirls on a cloud of hazy electronics and sequenced atmospherics before we’re treated to a metronomic drum pattern, melodious bass frequencies and another beautiful vocal performance, constantly circumnavigated by reverberating guitars and cushioning synth swells. ‘Thither’ is immense and possibly my favourite track on this entire release.
‘Grow’ bleeps and swirls into existence on a bedrock of sequenced electronics and stunning guitar swells. It shimmers blissfully as it works through it’s sonic gears with aplomb, effortlessly floating unaided through layers of reverb and droning experimental instrumentation. Coming in at ten minutes plus ‘Grow’ is by far the longest track on the entire album and it doesn’t disappoint. It moves effortlessly through soaring guitars, pulsing synths and hypnotic percussion whilst pushing wave after wave of golden hued frequencies out into the sonic ether without breaking a sweat. The vocal lines weave a spell as they majestically intertwine with the entrancing sound waves. ‘Grow’ is a sonic triumph of immense proportions. The albums penultimate track entitled ‘Clouds II’ moves on a lazy percussive swagger albeit coupled with swirling guitars and the constant hum of a throbbing bass line. It’s vocal sits gracefully in the mix, gently leading this listener through a meandering pre-designated verse pattern and on into it’s soaring chorus parts. The albums closing piece however, shimmers on acoustic frequencies and soaring synth swells. ‘World’ switches from female to male lead vocals brilliantly as it builds into a trembling maelstrom of glorious reverberation and tremulous noise. A fitting ending to a marvellous album.
RELEASE: Nothing Stays The Same
RELEASE DATE: November 1st 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
Melbourne based experimental/psych/alt rockers 'BREVE' have self-released a stunning collection of tracks in the form of their debut album, brilliantly titled 'Nothing Stays The Same'. Having wowed us back in July with their then lead single we were eagerly waiting to get our mucky paws on the full ensemble and it did not disappoint. Their impressive take on the modern psych genre is absolutely breathtaking, so much so that I've given the album a rating of 5/5 and thats a rare occurrence for me. The band are made up of Dougal Shaw, Toby Fitzgerald & Billy Dowle and 'Nothing Stays The Same' is available to buy/download right now from: breveband.bandcamp.com
Nothing Stays The Same by BREVE
‘Nothing Stays The Same’ opens up with ‘Konecrane’, a turbulent droning monster that wears its experimental heart on its sleeve. This track builds menacingly from its very first swirling tone until the addictively repetitive lead guitar lines crawl and intertwine effortlessly with steady percussion and throbbing bass frequencies, eventually leading us into an immense sampled filled break and on into its glorious finale! Up next, ‘Introverse’ woozily enters earshot on dark synth swells and sequenced percussion before opening up into an electronically charged psych behemoth. The vocal lines ride a heady mix of explosive reverberating instrumentation deliciously underscored by the the constant hum and throb of the unmissable bass line. ‘Cold Sweat On A Sunday’ enters the fray and immediately entices this listener whilst ‘Nothing Stays’ bursts into a cacophony of noise as its explosive drum patterns and the brilliantly executed guitar lines circumnavigate those immense vocal's, echoing ‘Queens Of The Stone Age’ with its instrumental intensity.
Sequenced percussion and sampled atmospheric’s announce the arrival of ‘Nothing Is Permanent’ as those repetitious guitars and the brilliantly executed (but highly infectious) vocal line permeates effortlessly through layers of reverb. ‘Nothing Is Permanent’ surges half way through into an angry sonic beast, unleashing a torrent of swirling noise until eventually fading out into obscurity. ‘Movement’ crawls into earshot on a menacing drone and a darkly ambient repetitious sample as its fragile vocal lines add atmosphere. The guitars swirl and glide in and out of a hi-hat heavy breakbeat before dragging the angry vocals back into the mix and on into a tremulous finale. There’s an air of movie soundcheck chic on the opening salvo’s of ‘Human’ as its haunting samples float underneath swirling feedback and jangling guitars before ‘Breve’ unleash a driving experimental onslaught onto their listeners. Wailing vocals and intricate bass lines meld effortlessly with explosive drum patterns and screaming wah-wah heavy guitar progressions to give us a progressive/psych rock behemoth. Up next, ‘Connected’ bounces on a bed of sequenced percussion, swirling synth drone and attention grabbing shakers. The vocals arrive as the instrumentation bubbles angrily beneath the surface and those lead guitar lines undulate effortlessly, constantly keeping time with the ever hypnotic shakers. There’s a subliminal message pulsing through every single note of ‘Connected’ that gives two fingers to the social media world of today and we all should pay very close attention to it’s infectious mantra.
The albums penultimate track entitled ‘Feel’ has loose ambient stylings swirling deep within its opening progressions. A beautifully translucent vocal pierces the ether and adds a subtle psychedelic edge to proceedings as swirling drones and malicious atmospherics move and swerve before the track explodes into a glorious cacophony of bass heavy noise and rumbling drum patterns. The albums closing piece staggers on a repetitious percussive sample as we journey through a world of psychedelic enchantment tipped with prog rock finery. ‘Elevate’ has an absolutely immense swagger about it as the metronomic thud of the percussion drags it’s vocal lines and melodious bass frequencies through layers of reverberation constantly assaulted by a swirling instrumental drone and screaming guitar squall. This is a stunning finale to a magnificent debut album.
Hailing from Southern Ireland, 'The Grey Merchant' have just announced their stunning debut single entitled 'Spotless (The Protecting Veil)' , penned in for release on November 8th 2016 via Demeanour Records. 'The Grey Merchant' is the collaborative recording project of Cork based Enda O'Flaherty (Neon Atlas) and a collection of friends and fellow musicians. Their sound gravitates towards a mixture of stoner rock & modern day experimental psych & kraut rock with a moody undertone that is steeped in glorious reverberation. With the promise of further singles and an EP to follow in 2017, 'The Grey Merchant' are most definitely the ones to watch.
'Spotless (The Protecting Veil)' rumbles around a sampled vocal line (courtesy of Charlie Chaplin's speech from 'The Great Dictator') as the track deftly unfurls its edgy side and unleashes a repetitive percussive assault on the senses. Throbbing bass lines and squally droning guitars circumnavigate the entire soundscape as we lurch forward in a distinctly motorik krautrock fashion all the while pulsing stunning frequencies into the atmosphere.
ARTIST: Rise Of The Echo Drone
RELEASE: Chemically Altered
RELEASE DATE: September 28th 2016
Glasgow based experimental psych outfit ‘Rise Of The Echo Drone’ is a collaborative musical project created by Laura O’Brien and Helicon’s own Gary Hughes that features hypnotically charged psychedelic soundscapes gloriously filled with swathes of sequenced electronics, dub laden bass frequencies, motorik percussive patterns and intensely addictive instrumentation that effortlessly swirl through the sonic ether with reckless abandon. Their latest full length nine track album entitled ‘Chemically Altered’ was released back on September 28th 2016 and is available to buy/download right now from: riseoftheechodrone.bandcamp.com
Chemically Altered by Rise of the Echo Drone
‘Getting Higher’ menacingly ambles into earshot on rumbling bass frequencies and a repetitious percussive pattern coupled with sampled vocalisations and underlying synth swells. It’s mantra like vocal lines are enticing and they meld effortlessly with the swirling bleeps and whirls of the instrumentation. Up next, ‘Skull Grinder’ crawls and shudders as it makes landfall, building in intensity as the drum patterns rumble and shake, all the while circumnavigated by droning frequential noise, snaking lead guitar lines and haunting sampled vocals. The eastern esoteric vibes of ‘Chemically Possessed’ float into the ether on a blissful wave of tabla drums and electronic theatrics whilst ‘Drone And E’ does exactly as it says on the tin.
‘Walks Without Sound’ hovers as it unleashes sparse percussion and a plethora of impressive sampled vocals that collectively swirl through swathes of reverberation while ‘Chemically Altered’ rattles as it’s burgeoning synth swells sit atop a repetitious breakbeat, building in intensity as it works through a collection of woozy sequenced patterns. Up next, ‘Dying Escape Death’ is steeped in atmospherics as its dark synth lines and pounding drums usher in it’s unsettling repetitious vocal mantra. The albums penultimate track is a modern day psych monster. ‘Is He Sleeping’ undulates and builds in intensity as it enters into audible range. It’s driving bass frequencies lead the charge as the almost hallucinogenic vocal line rides a wave of impressive reverb and is brilliantly intertwined with searing guitar squall and enchanting lead licks.
The albums closing piece entitled ‘Insane People With Insane Minds’ swirls around a sampled speech by the infamous Mr.John Lennon. Subtly building as it meanders through layers of deranged synth swells, cascading piano progressions and droning instrumentation, ‘Insane People With Insane Minds’ is a fitting end to a brilliantly experimental slice of modern day electronic psych.
Del Chaney has spent the last four years not only fronting popular experimental Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, post punk, post rock & modern psych rock from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion. His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.