ARTIST: Moaning Cities
RELEASE DATE: 23rd September 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Exag Records
Psych/kraut/prog aficionados 'Moaning Cities' formed in Brussels back in late 2011 with the aim of creating ballsy blues edged rock underscored with soaring psychedelia & eastern esoteric flair. Newly signed to the Belgium based independent record label 'EXAG Records', the band released their latest album entitled 'D'Klein' to the masses back on the 23rd September 2016 to rapturous applause and well deserved praise. 'D.Klein' is available to buy on various formats via exagrecords.bigcartel.com or via the usual online digital outlets of iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, etc!
The final death throws of harmonious vocalisations make way for throbbing bass frequencies and snaking lead guitar lines as the opening salvos of ‘Expected’ enter the sonic arena circumnavigated by swirling repetitious drones and shuffling drum patterns. Glorious duel vocals arrive and usher in explosive guitar squall and the full sonic might of 'Moaning Cities' is unleashed. ‘Expected’ traverses the lofty heights of old-school psychedelic rock as it deftly loops and arc’s through ink blotted skies and thunderously good reverberations to bring us a monumental opening track. Up next, ‘Insomnia’ pulses effortlessly in a glorious union of progressive drum patterns and noisy melodious bass lines as those undulating guitars hug impressive vocal lines with apparent ease. ‘Insomnia’ weaves a magical sonic spell as it meanders deftly through musical peaks and troughs, dipping in & out of bluesy lead licks, droning organ swells and woozy psychedelic impressions with ease.
‘Born Again’ swerves into earshot on a wave of brilliant instrumentation accompanied by those almost mantra like vocalisations. This track builds into a raging maelstrom of explosive noise as we’re treated to some absolutely fantastic spells of driving psychedelia mixed with turbulent rock connotations. The creeping ‘Sex Sells’ swirls menacingly around a highly addictive core that hangs on the throb of the bass frequencies and a lazy drum pattern as those undulating guitars wail and snake in and out of the hauntingly good vocal lines and those explosive passages of impressive prog rock. After a reprise of the instrumental ‘Oggy Trev’, we move into another sonic behemoth in the guise of ‘Vertigo Rising’. A turbulent wall of noise swirls & builds effortlessly around another impressive melody driven bass line as the duel vocal attack pounds the senses into submission, joined in the sonic assault by screeching guitars and repetitious percussion. Up next, ‘Yell-O-Bahn’ has 60’s esoteric psych connotations whilst the origins of ‘Drag’ enter the fray held fast within a brilliantly executed driving guitar line and a highly infectious vocal before the track builds into a sonic whirlwind of epic proportions.
The albums penultimate piece echoes on a magnificent organ line before unfurling its sonic tendrils accompanied by a steadying drum pattern and the hypnotic throb of the bass line. ‘Solitary Hawk’ meanders deftly, adorned with another impressive vocal performance, building effortlessly and culminating in that impressive organ filled ending. The albums closing piece drones into earshot accompanied by the hum of bass frequencies, slide guitar as those impressive lead guitar lines intertwined with another tremendously atmospheric vocal take. ‘Dagger’ closes out what is a rather interesting 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.
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ARTIST: Holy Monitor
RELEASE: Golden Light / Aeolus
RELEASE DATE: July 16th 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Ongakubaka Records
Hailing from the sunbaked Mediterranean shores of Greece, experimental neo-psych / krautrock space rockers ‘Holy Monitor’ have had both of their two previous self-released digital EP’s (Golden Light & Aeolus) seamlessly brought together on one fantastic full length album courtesy of Virginia based independent record label ‘Ongakubaka Records’. 'Holy Monitor' blend a stunning mix of neo-psychedelic krautrock & soaring space rock with motorik rhythms and dreamy hypnotic vocalisations that collectively form soundscapes so lusciously inthralling, they will have you hooked from your very first listen. The album is available to buy/download right now with a limited number also available on cassette from: ongakubakarecords.bandcamp.com
Golden Light/Aeolus by Holy Monitor
Like a pulsating beacon of musical promiscuity the opening motorik bars of track one, ‘The Way Out’ ripple outwardly, like some magical pre-ordained mantra, as the piece meanders through throbbing bass lines coupled with hypnotic rhythmic percussive patterns, surging synth swells and a magnificent vocal attack. This is a truly wonderful opening track as it sucks you into the collective mindset of ‘Holy Monitor’ and introduces you to their blissful acid-drenched musical landscape. Up next, we’re treated to a swirling repetitive guitar line intertwined with snaking bass frequencies and another impressive vocal performance. ‘Golden Light’ is full of eastern esoteric influences as its menacing organ swells and stunning reverberation loops and arc’s throughout, painting sonic pictures and instilling shimmering atmosphere.
‘Cacti’ charges into ear shot on a bedrock of pounding drums, swirling guitars and soaring synth swells that are constantly building in tempestuous fashion and continuously circumnavigating that fragile vocal track. It builds from the off adding layer after layer of stunning instrumentation as it deftly skips along its chosen sonic path. Up next, ‘Bend In The Trees’ gracefully glides in on a droning synth progression and a highly addictive guitar line. This track bathes in swathes of stunning reverb as its hushed vocalisations take centre stage continuously urging the instrumentation to keep up with the pace. A brilliantly executed track and possibly my favourite on this entire release. Track five, ‘White Sands’ slows proceedings down a tad initially as a golden cascading organ progression enters audible range. A steady beat is added to the maelstrom before the hypnotically charged vocal arrives and we’re treated to a masterclass of neo-psychedelic discovery.
The EP’s closing track is a thing of beauty. ‘Winterlong’ growls as its supercharged guitar lines expertly protect the immense vocal. Wurlitzing organ progressions swirl as throbbing bass lines add weight to the metronomic swing of the entire track leaving the listener wanting more.
A fitting finale to a stunning release!
RELEASE: Existence Is Futile
RELEASE DATE: 16th June 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
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!
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