ALBUM REVIEW | New Pope - Youth

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ARTIST: New Pope

RELEASE: Youth LP

RELEASE DATE: 09/12/15

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

Contemplative, reflective, gentle, forgiving, lush, ambient, folky, dreampoppy, insert adjective here! Whatever this is, it's good......... really good. Echoing the voices of its predecessors: Bert Jansch, Neutral Milk Hotel and even a spot of Arlo Guthrie, New pope is a band I have experience with, having seen them live at a time when there was a stripped down lineup of classical guitar and accordian in terms of instrumentation. They've upped their game and added an aul setta drums, a wee bass geetar and a nice swirling, echoing electric guitar (which is one half of the reason why this album is justifyibly on a shoegaze website, the other being the spacious vocals). New Pope is the moniker of David Boland, a Galway based songwriter dealing in melodic dream pop and sometimes folk. Live, he is joined by Colm Bohan on drums and Stephen Connolly on organ and guitar. This album is a friend to your ears. Lyrically pensive, restrained and thoughtful; anthropomorphically speaking, this album sounds like a mothers love!

Im not going to go describing this thing track for track because it is on the internet for you to listen to for yourself. I am however going to highlight the tracks that might get you hooked faster than if I didn't, like a crack dealer givin you the crack with the most cocaine in it, because the most sing alongable tracks will hit you first.

'Onwards Westwards' is a doozie, a great-tastic opener for any album. Even limp bizkit could open an album with this track:

This is absolutely the sing alongable-ist track on the album by a long un:

This next one here is a spicy boy as well:

July 2016 saw the release of LOVE EP, the precursor to New Pope's second album LOVE due out in October. So get yer palms nice n sweaty for this one!

The 'Youth LP' is available to buy/download right now from: newpope.bandcamp.com

LINKS:

newpope.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/newpopemusic

twitter.com/newpopemusic

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Robert Mulhern is the vocalist, guitarist, producer & engineer in Irish based heavy experimental psych-gazers 'Tuath'. Hailing from Donegal in the North of the Republic, Robert’s musical influences span numerous genres and are far reaching. 'Tuath' are quietly establishing themselves as forerunners in Ireland’s experimental shoegaze & psych-rock scene.


EP REVIEW | Lava Lite - Lava Lite EP

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Artist: Lava Lite

Release: Lava Lite EP

Release Date: 23/04/14

Record Company: Unsigned

Lava Lite are a  Shoegaze/Dream Pop band, formed in Saint-Petersburg, Russia in 2011. They are: Sergenty Timoshenko - guitar, keys & vocals, Nikita Tarakanov - guitar & keys, Paul Kostyaev - bass & Eugene Kulikov - drums, percussion & backing vocals. This band have slipped under the shoegazing radar but from the very first listen it sound's to me like they've put their boots on, kicked down the door & unleashed a mesmerising whirlwind of beautiful shimmering shoegaze on their latest 5 track, self-titled offering. We've chosen 3 tracks from this EP and you can read what we thought of them below:

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'Fear Of Silence', the first incredible track on the EP, with guitar nods to nirvana and bass lines similar to the ilk of dare I say it  - 'Twiggy Ramierez'(Marilyn Manson) circa 1996, it's also got the fire of the smashing pumpkins! Check it out:

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Track 2-  'Have You Ever', is somewhere between 'Waterfall' by 'The Stone Roses' & 'Kevin Is Gay' by 'Giant Drag'. This song meanders on a little bit and is by no means the best offering to the shoegaze gods but it is a solid second track. The one thing I really like about this track is the vocal line as it sears around the tracks like water around a stone in a running river.

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On 'Can't You See', the third track on this epic EP we are treated to sparse bass lines, octaving smoothly as if they were lounging around in a funk track. It has an energy to it thats similar to the 'Brian Jonestown Massacre' but with its own vitality. It invokes a sort of 'post rum libido' for that special someone you only met 3 hours ago at the local bar. This track also comes with the standard wailing unison bend that we all know and love, the lazy guitar line that refuses to change key and the bass line's are playing very nice with the drums. This epitomises what shoegaze is all about & its one of my fave tracks on this lovely EP.

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From start to finish this EP is a display of music made by a band who have embodied the sonic culture completely by the way that they consume the music of the sophmoric shoegaze era ,eating other modern bands for dessert. The musicianship and production values on this EP are fantastic plus the songwriting is lush and the lead singers voice is immense. What I would love to hear from them is music in their own language, but moreover I can't wait to hear what they come up with next. Their sound is already very mature and their production impressive. 'Lava Lite' are ones to watch.

The EP was recorded & mixed by Vladimir Nosyrev at the Petersburg Recording Studio, Saint Petersburg, produced by Lava Lite & mastered by Andrey Subbotin at the Saturday Mastering Studio, Moscow and is available up on their band camp site - www.LavaLite.Bandcamp.Com

LINKS: 

facebook.com/LavaLiteBand

soundcloud.com/lavalite

last.fm/music/lava+lite?setlang=en

vimeo.com/lavalite

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Robert Von Ciaran
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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.


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.