ALBUM REVIEW | Follow The Sea - Blue Joy

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RELEASE: Blue Joy

RELEASE DATE: 25th May 2016

RECORD COMPANY: Häxrummet Records

Stockholm based noisy & experimental psych-gazing duo ‘Follow The Sea’ have returned with their highly anticipated follow up to 2014’s immense four track EP ‘Sibirien’. Comprising of five tracks, ‘Blue Joy’ is peppered with masterful soundscapes each one bringing something sonically different to this modern day musical table. ‘Follow The Sea’ are made up of ‘Erik Solfeldt & Magnus Lilltrollet Lundgren’. Their overall sound drones within layers of blissful reverberation and swirling accumulative fuzz thats circumnavigated by melodically serine vocal progressions and senses pummelling percussive explosions. The album was produced by Niclas Lindgren & Follow the Sea, written by Follow the Sea (Breeze by Niclas Lindgren & Follow the Sea), mastered by Carl Saff, artwork by Erica Anettesdotterr with photos by Erica Anettesdotter & Sara Alf Sökare Eklöf. ‘Blue Joy’  was officially released on the 25th May 2016 via Häxrummet Records and is available to buy/download on various formats from: followthesea.bandcamp.com.

‘Blue Joy’ opens up with the blistering ‘Dive’. A swirling drone lays a solid, guiding foundation before we’re introduced to explosive drums and a massive layered wall of driving guitars. It then takes off like a sonic steam train, weaving and bobbing through expansive golden frequencies that are drenched in stunning guitar effects. The reverberating maelstrom of intense noise ebbs and flows through expertly produced & spacious percussive breaks as the tracks melodic vocal line picks its way through the leftovers of the proceeding sonic attack. ‘Dive’ is brilliantly addictive and a stunning opener. Up next, is the albums’s first single! ‘Virhe’ languishes on a bed rock of repetitive sequenced percussive hits as those hazy synth swells and hypnotic guitars swirl around the psychedelically induced but highly melodic vocal track, thus holding it in a kind of sonic stasis as the track meanders expertly on its chosen course.

A driving, distorted guitar progression coupled with another pounding drum pattern announces the arrival of ‘In Time’ and its not long before we’re treated to another impressive vocal display that leads us into a soaring chorus and on into a blissful break before the track explodes into a cacophony of wonderful noise! The growling, opening chords of the albums’s penultimate track entitled ‘Fall’ leans more into noise-rock territory but their is a subtle swathe of psych-rock coursing through its inner core. The vocals wail and the guitars surf through layers of impressive, sequenced synth progressions that are steeped in impressive reverberating joy! The albums’s closing piece chalks in at fifteen minutes plus. ‘Breeze’ floats into the sonic ether on a wave of droning atmospheric synth that builds from its opening notes. The addition of dark creeping guitar swells add to the building intrigue before ‘Breeze’ explodes into a wonderfully hypnotic wall of intense noise. Subtle vocal hits swim within the swirling sonic maelstrom as ‘Follow The Sea’ close out ‘Blue Joy’ with a brilliant slice of stunning experimental psych-gaze. A thoroughly enjoyable ending to a brilliantly executed album.

Recommended Listening!

5/5

LINKS:

facebook.com/followthesea

followthesea.bandcamp.com

haxrummet.bandcamp.com

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.


NEW SINGLE PREMIERE | Bloodhounds On My Trail - Over The Wall

Over The Wall (cover)Melbourne based noisy experimental shoegaze outfit 'Bloodhounds On My Trail' have announced a brand new single entitled 'Over The Wall', via the reclusive 'Moon Sounds Records'. 'Over The Wall' is lifted from the bands forthcoming brand new EP, penned in for release on September 16th, and it follows on from 2015's mind-blowing debut release 'Escape II'. The band are made up of Johnny Green (guitar, vocals), Chris Donaldson (guitar), Nik Donaldson (drums) and Ché Walden (bass) & collectively they have a cunning knack of connecting the sonic dots, bringing together a mix of music genres blending hazy melodious shoegaze with driving post punk, atmospheric post rock and growling noise rock thus lighting the proverbial touch paper on a stunning array of mesmerising sound waves. 'Over The Wall' is available to buy/download right now from: bloodhoundsonmytrail.bandcamp.com

'Over The Wall' swirls into earshot on a maelstrom of growling fuzzy frequencies before unfolding into a deliciously melodious slice of post punk infused shoegaze. Its driving baseline is captivating as it hugs the steading percussive attack, infectiously twisting around the utterly addictive vocal line, allowing the soaring hazy guitar squall to wash luscious reverberation across the entire musical piece. You can't get a better recommendation than that.

Mesmerising!

LINKS:

facebook.com/BloodhoundsOnMyTrail

twitter.com/BloodHoundsMelb

BloodhoundsOnMyTrail.bandcamp.com


EP REVIEW | Wozniak - Auster (Morningside Young Team Records)

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ARTIST: Wozniak

RELEASE: Auster

RELEASE DATE: 29/06/15

RECORD COMPANY: Morningside Young Team Records 

In the realm of instrumental shoegaze noise-rock, psych & post-rock it is the ability of the musician and or musicians to collectively carry a project to its finality thats the most important overriding factor. These modern day creators of psychedelic gazing are tasked with the job of carefully enticing listeners into their world by virtue of a sonic journey through many layers of infectious mind bending tone & shape and on into a blissful arena of sound. Musicians need to be masters of their craft & commit to enthralling listeners with their collective creative abilities in order to achieve their fans adoration. One such band have continued to impress not only me but the vast majority of the underground shoegaze, noise-rock, psych & post-rock world with their stunning musical soundscapes & their collective ability to bring listeners to their music on a psychedelic rollercoaster ride through waves & waves of addictive shoegazing goodness.

From their earliest creations Edinburgh based sound gazers 'Wozniak' have produced mind numbing music of brilliant shimmering proportions. 'Wozniaks' first release 'MFMB / New Hampshire' was a tiny crack in the surrounding framework that encompasses their musical world but what it did was to allow us to briefly peek inside. Listening to it let us collectively (as music fans first & foremost) sample a small sliver of their psychedelic might. It wasn't until the release of their immense EP 'Pikes Peak' that they broke the mould & unleashed a torrent of beautifully inspired shoegaze & noisey post rock infused cinematic sounds into the atmosphere that are so good they actually had the ability to sweep up this listener & carry him on an awe inspiring wave of shimmering musical brilliance.

Wozniak live - photo by Bruce Cowie
Wozniak live - photo by Bruce Cowie

After releasing the brilliant explosive single 'Five Star' back in November 2014 as a follow up to the mighty 'Pikes Peak' the band have released another stunning collection of tracks on Morningside Young Team Records aptly named - 'Auster'. The EP takes its name from the Roman God of the south wind, and reflects the elemental forces at work on Auster’s four stunning tracks. With its swirling snarl of guitars, dark, dirty bass tones and tom-heavy drums, the EP builds on 'Wozniak’s' previous releases revealing sophisticated sounds and songs that reveal themselves over repeated listens. 'Auster’s' layers of shoegaze sounds are underpinned by a noise-rock intensity and the expansive structures of post-rock bringing to mind comparisons with Slowdive and Mogwai.

This latest release opens up with the rather beautiful 'Snow Effect'. Glimmering guitars, addictively layered lead progressions, fuzzed out intricate bass lines, the steading presence of John Sinclair on drums mixed with that absolutely stunning standout vocal performance from Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr makes this track shimmer. As opening tracks go this has to be one of the best that I've heard this year. 'Snow Effect' has the ability to tell a story through the medium of music. Its chorus alone will shake up your memories & have you dreaming of the heady sunny days gone by. This is an absolutely stunning first track!

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The opening salvos of 'Wings Of Pegasus' charge into the musical atmosphere & instantly bring you back down to earth with its full on instrumental noise-rock swagger accompanied by that ( a- typical of Wozniak ) swirling maelstrom of guitars courtesy of both Simon & Sarah's penchant for guitar effect pedals & their ability to craft wondrous sounds from them! This is an addictively repetitive monster of a track that belongs on an early Death In Vegas mixtape & should in my opinion be remixed for the dance floor at some stage further down the road.

Next up on this immense release is another instrumental masterpiece - 'Gospel Of Infinity' is a call to arms. It builds from its very first repetitive chord progression whilst sitting on top of Johns Sinclair's rolling drum pattern & intertwining with yet another addictive bass line courtesy of the brilliant James Urquhart until the band eventually explode in unison as one swirling singular mass of gazing noisy sound waves.

The closing track on 'Auster' is simply EPIC. 'Hester & Zelda' is eight minutes plus of pure joy. Its cinematic beginnings are steeped with post-rock tendencies but don't be fooled. Wozniak refuse to be tamed within any genre specific borders. They unleash a full on sonic assault on your senses that will have you on the one hand gazing at your shoes immersed in a beautiful swirling mass of sound & on the other I can guarantee you will spend your time being absolutely amazed at this tracks post-rock infused glory. A truly wonderful track by a band who are not afraid to experiment by beating & bending sound until its moulded into their preferred shape. Stunning!

If creating & releasing music can be classed as a continuous progression with each step a betterment of yourself as a musician or as a collective of musicians then Wozniak have made a serious leap up the musical ladder with this latest EP release. What 'Auster' shows is that this band are one with their music & that they have the ability to create serious waves in todays underground musical landscape. I firmly believe that they have (as a collective) raised the musical bar for others to see clearly. This is a bold statement of intent from a band that I have a lot of time for & who I know have a lot more to give to us paltry music fans going forward. This EP is a must have for any serious music fan reading this (who like me) love their music on the shadier side of noisy post-rock but with that full on atmospheric shoegaze wall of sound.

It is my belief that the sounds 'Wozniak' are creating today will be influencing new bands for years to come.

Next up a full album release .......... & I can't wait.

LINKS: 

wozniak.bandcamp.com

twitter.com/band_wozniak

facebook.com/wozniakofficial

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney
Del Chaney

Del Chaney has spent the last three 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 Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. 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.


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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