Pulsing shimmering melody & effortless melancholy into raging torrents of intermittent fuzzy noise isn't something to be taken lightly. It's a difficult process to get right and takes somebody with serious song writing & production skills to it pull off. That being said, Irish based noisy post-gaze trio 'Easy Tide' have managed to do it in spades on their latest single aptly titled 'Denim On Denim'. The band are made up of Aaron Dunphy, Steven Rafferty & Mark Carolan and they collectively create beautifully honest soundscapes that meander through swathes of reverberation and intense fragility that at times hangs on a very fine sonic thread before exploding into bouts of blissful frequential noise. 'Denim On Denim' is the bands first outing of 2017, the track follows from the release of their 2016 debut LP 'Ennui' and the following singles ‘Tea Party’ and ‘Mind Your Head’.
'Denim On Denim' leaves you with no place to hide. It pulls on your heart strings with it's deeply intense melancholic vocalisations straddling jangling guitar progressions and the constant hum of bass frequencies. It's rickety percussive swagger swings menacingly as the track builds and ebbs through passages of noisy instrumentation before exploding into it's grand sonic finale.
by Primal Music
RELEASE: Things I Don't Know
RELEASE DATE: 28th January 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
‘Tuath’ exploded onto the Irish underground scene back in March 2015 with their intensely addictive & deeply experimental debut EP ‘An Taobh Tuath(Ail)’ closely followed by their immense spaced out single ‘Amhairc Thart Ort Fein’ in September of the same year. Last year the band returned with a blistering four track EP entitled ‘Existence Is Futile’ packed full of experimental dreamscapes that skipped from serine psych-rock into blissfully dreamy shoegaze and on into expressive jazz fusion coupled with swirling hypnotically progressive rhythms and sullen space rock hues. Now the band have created what is probably their most interesting release to date. 'Things I Don't Know' pulses through four tracks of soaring reverb laced progressions, deeply filled with haunting vocalisations that are collectively underpinned by heavier grunge filled moments, swirling instrumentation and massive swathes of melody.
Things I don't know by Tuath
The opening track, 'Stoically, I Ran Through The Rubble' jangles into earshot on wavy guitars and floating atmospherics. Melodious vocals hold court here and when allowed to roam in the over all mix have a knack of drawing you into them even when all around them is waging a sonic war of attrition. Up next, ‘Seacht Seachtaine’ revolves effortlessly around an addictive guitar progression as Rob Mulhern’s darkly melodic vocals churn through wave after wave of diminishing reverb and pulsing sequenced swirls. The back story surrounding this track is harrowing. It deals with the loss of Mulhern's close friend who committed suicide back in 2016 and the events incorporating the seven weeks between hearing he was dead and the coast guard having found the body. It's written as a narrative in Ireland's native tongue and it ignites into an agitating psychedelic behemoth with punishing percussion that drags droning guitars and boiling saxophone lines into the mix thus melding perfectly with haunting vocalisations, twisting and arcing into one massive wave of utterly addictive turbulent noise. Possibly my favourite track on this entire release ‘Seacht Seachtaine’ is a serious recommendation from me.
The penultimate piece on this release 'Things I Dont Know' swirls into the ether on waves of shimmering synth & reverberating guitars, occasionally broken up by the incoherent ramblings of Tuath’s lead man Rob Mulhern and the welcomed sampled vocalisations of Carl Sagan. Just as we’re about to float away into the ether however, explosive percussion shatters hypnotically charged sonic incantations by driving a flirtatious break beat into proceedings that leads us on merry dance through stellar production theatrics and on into the tracks atmospheric finale. The EP's closing act entitled 'Superhighway To Ignorance' drones into the audible range held fast in tempestuous swirling synth line before exploding into a raging torrent of noise that meanders through so many different musical genres it’s difficult to pin one down at any given time. 'Superhighway To Ignorance' is a whirring ball of sonic turbulence supplemented at times by wailing incoherent vocalisations and driving instrumentation. It has repetitiously overdriven guitars that ride a tempestuous beat whilst it's lead lines lick and harass the piece to within an inch of it’s life. It’s important to stress here that traditionally ‘Tuath’ are masters of experimenting with sound so newer fans of their work might be asking themselves ‘What The Fuck?’. Don’t panic, go with it & pop on some headphones to check out what is actually going on under the latent noise. This track will be an absolute monster when played live and it's a fitting ending to what is a massive step up for a band who we have covered intensely here at Primal Music from their very first release. Bravo Tuath!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last four years 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 (Now On Hiatus). 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.
ARTIST: Sun Mahshene
RELEASE: Drones That Don't Kill
RELEASE DATE: 31st December 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Deathcapades Music Ltd.
Dublin based experimental psych/noise collective 'Sun Mahshene' have been quietly busying themselves behind the scenes over the past two years creating intense soundscapes and manipulating sonic frequencies to do their bidding. They have just released their third EP entitled 'Drones That Don't Kill', their first since 2015's 'When The Bomb Drops' and it is absolutely magical. The band are made up of Nathan Henderson - guitars & vocals, Iain McGinn - guitars, Martin Fagan - bass & David Murray - drums & percussion and you can get your hands on the full EP to buy/download over at sunmahshene.bandcamp.com
Drones That Don't Kill by Sun Mahshene
The EP opens up swirling deftly in a droning whirlwind of noisy frequencies and explosive percussion. 'No Control' licks and undulates into a meandering supercharged beast, filled with driving percussion, throbbing baselines and melodious guitars that are overshadowed at times by immense arcing guitar drones that whip in and out of wailing vocalisations instilling a kind of hypnotic intensity over proceedings and thus keeping this listener very interested indeed. A bloody marvellous opening track. Up next the band wear their influences on their sleeves with 'Shine Your Light'. I can hear 'BJM, Warlocks and seminal UK stalwarts Spiritualized' echoing all over this piece. Brilliantly executed and packed full of fuzzy psychedelic imprints to soothe your soul after a festive period of overindulgence.
Up next is my favourite track on this entire release. 'The End' pulses into audible range held fast in a cacophony of noise as it's pounding drums and reverberating guitar frequencies envelope the instantly recognisable vocals courtesy of the brilliant Lydia Des Dolles (Daag Hur). This swirling behemoth moves and arcs through walls of frequential noise as it's hypnotic sonic incantations meld effortlessly with throbbing bass lines and explosive drum patterns to take you on an intensely malicious sonic journey. Utterly delectable and deeply psychedelic this track is worthy of your ears and is a recommendation from me.
The EP's penultimate piece is a noisy nonchalant affair. Just when you think 'Sun Mahshene' have hit the nail on the head musically they throw in a curve ball. 'You' swerves in and out of alt-rock territory at times as it's noisy guitar lines and steadying drums hold court throughout pulling the almost metronomic verse progressions into explosive chorus passages. Vocally it's faultless, but it's a bit too same-same for me. The closing piece on the EP is different story altogether. 'I Love You' is a stunning bonus addition to the release when you buy it from bandcamp. It's central spine is a throbbing repetitive baseline in the vein of 'Jesus And Mary Chain' with a wonderful vocal and noisy growling guitars all rattling collectively on a bedrock of shuddering percussion. A fitting end to an interesting EP. More of this please!
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.
Irish based 'Easy Tide' have been floatin round for a while now. Establishing themselves in drips and drabs, one constant theme in the 'Easy Tide' sound is the frustrated surf, blues, fuzz & rock mix.
Hazy & bored, yet passionate & angry (ANGRY REACTS ONLY TO THIS VIDEO).
'Mind Your Head' takes the aesthetic of vaporwave by way of using a grand 90's colour scheme to present their new, trippy and suggestive video. The tune itself is a passionate blast of fuzz & huge bass, a modern classic in the making!
In other words, this video is lit A.F
Miss this at your peril.
RELEASE: Existence Is Futile
RELEASE DATE: 16th June 2016
Nestled deep within the Irish Republic’s rugged northwestern periphery and held fast in a belief that sonic experimentation across many different musical genre’s is the only formula needed to express artistic freedom in todays overly diluted and increasingly crass home grown independent music scene, resides one of the best modern day experimental psych-gazing collectives to ever have graced this fair isle, led by the charismatic & multi-lingual Robert Mulhern and a rag tag bunch of instrumental geniuses. ‘Tuath’ mesmerised the musically saturated underground back in March 2015 with their intensely addictive & deeply experimental debut EP ‘An Taobh Tuath(Ail)’ closely followed by their immense spaced out single ‘Amhairc Thart Ort Fein’ in September of the same year. Now the band have returned with a blistering four track EP entitled ‘Existence Is Futile’, penned in for digital release on the 16th June 2016 and is absolutely jam packed full of experimental dreamscapes that skip from serine psych-rock to blissfully dreamy shoegaze and on into expressive jazz fusion coupled with swirling hypnotic progressive rhythms.
Existence is futile by Tuath
Tuath’s broad musical foundations are brought to fore on the EP’s self-titled opening track and we’re soon introduced to a swirling trip hop inspired percussive swagger thats inherently intertwined with massive swathes of reverb, purposefully unleashed to hold a protective sheen around those hazy vocal lines before the brilliantly hypnotic guitar progression takes hold and carries the entire track into its shimmering finality. A stunning opener! We’ve no time to take stock however as the glorious opening salvos of track two, ‘Who Do you Want Me To Be’ enters into audible range and introduces us to a swirling maelstrom of melodic guitars, brilliantly executed flurries of cascading Saxophone, steadying drum patterns and Mulhern’s instantly recognisable vocal. Possibly my favourite track on this entire release ‘Who Do You Want Me To Be’ is mesmerisingly good and worthy of a single release going forward! ‘Take Refuge’, the EP’s penultimate track screams into the sonic ether and unleashes reams of golden psychedelic ripples that pulsate into the musical atmosphere, all held fast to shimmering guitar progressions, pounding drums and another magnificent vocal display. Tuath’s creative wall of sound is exacerbated by flourishes of expressive saxophone swirls that seem to mimic the guitar progressions – like for like, building layer after layer of melodic sound waves until we’re left with one big immovable sonic force. Deliciously addictive, if you ask me, and a track that sends out a big bold statement of intent to the entire Irish psych-gazing fraternity!
Dark, creeping guitar squall coupled with a throbbing melodic bass line ushers in the EP’s closing piece, the menacingly good ‘Poll’. This track undulates like a venomous snake on the hunt, winding its way along a sandy psych induced wasteland as those tempestuous guitars build exponentially through its verse progressions and explode into the chorus parts thus unleashing a cacophony of smooth sax progressions, pounding drums and swirling reverb drenched guitars! There are subtle hints of 70’s progressive krautrock, late 80’s trash metal, space-rock and 90’s alt-rock circumnavigating the overriding psychedelic maelstrom as ‘Poll’ moves through its sonic gears with mesmerising aplomb. ‘Poll’ is sublime and a stunning bookend to a blistering EP from a band who continue to amaze!
Recommended Listening …….
Our good friends 'Tuath' have joined forces with 'Nartystation Films' to unleash a veritable feast for the eyes in the guise of their latest accompaniment to their absolutely immense single 'Who Do You Want Me To Be'. Lifted from the bands latest EP entitled 'Existence Is Futile', 'Who Do You Want Me To Be' takes us on a mind bending visual journey reminiscent to those over the top, but highly infectious, 'Primus' videos of old (albeit with a considerably better sonic accompaniment).
‘Tuath’ mesmerised the musically saturated underground back in March 2015 with their intensely addictive & deeply experimental debut EP ‘An Taobh Tuath(Ail)’ closely followed by their immense spaced out single ‘Amhairc Thart Ort Fein’ in September of the same year. This year the band returned with a blistering four track EP entitled ‘Existence Is Futile' and have again cemented their status as one of the best experimental psych/prog outfits around today.
'Existence Is Futile' is available to buy/download from tuath.bandcamp.com and you can also check out some fantastic outtakes from the track 'Who Do You Want Me To Be' right now via the band's soundcloud page: soundcloud.com/tuath
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: New Pope
RELEASE: Youth LP
RELEASE DATE: 09/12/15
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:
YOUTH LP by New PopeThis is absolutely the sing alongable-ist track on the album by a long un:
YOUTH LP by New PopeThis next one here is a spicy boy as well:
YOUTH LP by New PopeJuly 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
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.
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With earlier releases from Princess more firmly in the shoegaze camp, the two tracks that make up this latest single see the Dublin duo trip the light fantastic into Stereolab territory. Black Window’s insistent and mathy guitar goes in satisfying circles. The scuzzed-up vocals and high-pitched feedback that plays at the edge of our hearing evokes 90s noise – that’s compounded when the whole thing erupts in fuzz and chaos. There is more than a soupçon of Laetitia Sadier evident as composure is regained towards the end.
On Sick Ties, vocal layers upon vocal to a reach velvety crescendo, before the bass and drums drives droning into a krautrock groove. Keening guitar breaks the spell and calls us back to somewhere much more clean and crystalline.
Aside from the Dublin connection and some sonic sympathies, Princess appear to share Kevin Shields’ love of the studio, suggesting their forthcoming album will be an ambitious affair.
Black Window is out now on CD and download at www.thatsoprincess.bandcamp.com
AUTHOR: Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr
There was an subtle air of anticipation in the Loft venue of Dublin's Grand Social as two of the hottest underground live acts today came together for one epic live experience. There's a well deserved buzz surrounding both bands with electro rockers Makings having recently accrued a distribution deal for their very impressive debut album 'Cognition' & Scottish shoegazers Wozniak on the verge of releasing their second EP and subsequently playing their debut gig in Ireland. The online threads were awash with talk of this gig and there was plenty of music bloggers in the venue on the night waiting anxiously to give their account of how this gig would go down live. These two bands may be on the opposite ends of the musical spectrum with where they sit in their respective genres but they are both equally immense live! This gig had been organised by the brilliant Pinkman PR & Management who I might add are a shining example of how to treat artists / music reviewers & gig goers alike. If there were a few more setups like these guys in the Irish music scene today we'd probably have the best live scene in Europe. Their attention to detail was second to none & its only fair that I mention them in this live review.
With both bands getting an equal share of stage time it was up to Wozniak to open the proceedings. In a haze of reverb laden brilliance the shimmering sounds of this Edinburgh based 4 piece awakened the docile Grand Social crowd with their full on shoegazing experience. Projected cinematic visuals, flashing strobe lights & the thundering opening track 'Columbo's Car' heralded the arrival of a musical behemoth! Simon & Sarah worked their magic on board's of effect pedals to create a psychedelic wall of sound while James hypnotised us with his addictive bass lines & the ever steadying qualities of drummer John Sinclair brought fire & brimstone to the eardrums of the waiting crowd.
The band brought new tracks with them to play tonight alongside their already amazing arsenal of musical soundscapes and these new compositions did not disappoint! Snow Effect, Wings Of Pegasus, Gospel of Infinity & Hester & Zelda are taken from the bands forthcoming & highly anticipated new EP entitled 'Auster' & they are absolutely huge live! Add into the mix Columbo's Car, Kreuzberg & El Maresme (from their debut EP Pikes Peak) & their ever brilliant latest single 'Five Star' and what we have is a band on the verge of something big! Wozniak are truly an immense live musical outfit. Im glad that everyone present tonight In The Grand Social got to experience this fact live and I hope we get to see them again on our shores soon.
Up next were local heroes Makings! With the crowd getting fidgety & the late arrivals pushing to get in to see the band they took to the stage. And after a guitar change we were ready to experience another band on the verge of something big! Makings have an enormous live sound. In fact, its the most complete sound that I think I've ever heard from an underground Irish band to date. Rick Burns ever present vocal is absolutely stunning as usual as they open up with 'Only Time'. Im constantly amazed at how good these guys are as musicians!
Each individual member of the band sings live (A rare occurrence on todays live circuit). Barry Shock & Rick Burn are a musical tour de force on guitars while Raul Marcos skips through his baselines with aplomb. Its in the engine room where this band fascinates me though. Paddy Reynolds on drums is as good a drummer as I have ever heard in Ireland. What he does throughout a Makings gig is nothing short of magical. His drum patterns are second to none and it adds to Makings immense overall sound. It's a well oiled machine with every member of the band knowing exactly where he should be at any given time. They never fail to blow me away with their overall sound & as front men go Rick Burn is ominous as he drags this band kicking and screaming to the ears of every single audience member. Their setlist tonight included tracks from their debut album 'Cognition' & some new tracks including Only Time, Dig, Man On Fire, 46a, The Wool Gatherer, iClone, Mythomania, (Editors note: My Favourite Track) - Heart Attack, Suffocate & Human Nature.
Ive said this before but Makings are a band on the rise. Their next live stop is a gig with Wozniak again but this time in Edinburgh. They have the complete package as far as Im concerned. Go and check out their debut album 'Cognition'. This is a sonic confession from a band who's sound is destined to play in stadiums ..........
Del Chaney - Dublin 2015.