New York based noisy lo-fi shoegazers 'curelight wounds' have unleashed an immense new single entitled 'Salted Hour' lifted from their forthcoming four track EP entitled 'Wearing The Strings', penned in for release on November 1st 2016. This latest EP follows on from their March 2016 release entitled 'Strange Collapse'.
'Salted Hour' drives headlong into the sonic ether on a skittish percussive pattern brilliantly underscored by weaving post-punk inspired bass frequencies and a raging maelstrom of reverberation. The lo-fi vocals cut an unwavering wedge through proceedings as the swirling accompanying guitars perform whammy bar theatrics as they unleash a cacophony of beautiful noise!
by Primal Music
Soft Skull by Lazy Legs
The highly prolific and extremely talented Chicago based noisy shoegazing trio 'Lazy legs' have returned with a blistering new single called 'Soft Skull', lifted off their forthcoming EP entitled 'Chain Of Pink' thats penned in for release (just in time for Christmas) on December 16th 2016 via Wild Patterns Records. 'Soft Skull' quickly follows on from their immense full length July release 'VISIONDEATH', which back then completely wowed the underground scene.
'Soft Skull' packs a serious punch! It's kinda like a melding of the sonic aggressiveness that My Bloody Valentine created on their debut album and the hazy melody driven vocalisations of No Joy or Ringo Deathstarr. 'Lazy legs' have set the bar very very high with this single release and it marks a brilliant new chapter in the evolution of their collective sound.
ARTIST: Magic Love
RELEASE: Night Falls
RELEASE DATE: October 7th 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
Shimmers and swells set the lush tone for the latest release, Night Falls, from Tokyo's Magic Love. Their first release since single 2015's Night Before brings together four tracks of stomach-flipping sonics.
Night Falls by magic love
Wait For Rain feels like dropping through dense clouds, Midnight Baby's tumbling energy rolls like sweet-sounding thunder. Popularity's full of summer pop sensibilities. There's a darker edge to Ghost Novice with its heavy fuzz and vertiginous swoops.
Night Falls is out now at magiclove.bandcamp.com
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In her time, Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.
One of our favourite noisy shoegaze outfits here at Primal Music, the fantastic Melbourne based 'Bloodhounds On My Trail', have announced the release date for their forthcoming highly anticipated brand new EP entitled 'Haunted Isles'. The EP will get its full release on November 18th 2016 via US based independent label 'Moon Sounds Records' and it promises to be something seriously special. Before that however, the band have unleashed the second track to be lifted from the aforementioned 'Haunted Isles' EP. This new track is called 'Places Like This' and it follow's on from the EP's brilliant lead single 'Over The Wall', unleashed to the masses back in September 2016.
Haunted Isles by Bloodhounds On My Trail
'Bloodhounds On My Trail' continue to captivate the underground fraternity with their melancholic style of atmospheric shoegaze that blissfully harks back to that late 80's/early 90's sound of wall to wall reverberation coupled with melody filled vocalisations and driving fuzzed out instrumentation. Firmly stabled within the burgeoning Melbourne based shoegaze scene, 'Bloodhounds On My Trail' create blissed out sonic soundscapes that continue to both enthral & excite us all at once.
This latest track, entitled 'Places Like This', jangles into earshot on a deeply surreal wave of hazy atmospheric guitars before we quickly lurch forward into a tumbling drum pattern and the instantly addictive hum of the bass frequencies. The vocals arrive, suspended knee deep in swathes of blissful reverb, as the track builds in momentum and leads us into a chorus progression that swirls immensely in a maelstrom of beautiful noise. 'Bloodhounds On My Trail' can do no wrong .... and that only bodes well for the full EP release.
The 'Haunted Isles' EP gets its full release on the 18th November 2016 and you can pre-order it right now via moonsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com
Shimmering dream-gazers 'Bagstiv' have unleashed their fantastic debut single to the masses. The track is called 'Blood' and it is absolutely stuffed to the brim with fantastic fuzzy shoegaze coupled with the heavy stomp of a pounding krautrock inspired sequenced percussive pattern and a gloriously hazy vocal line. These guys are definitely ones to watch!
Colorado based four piece 'The Baltic' released the immense 'Archipelago' EP to the masses back on the 20th June 2016 via Misra Records (under Sub Pop's umbrella) and it quickly became a firm favourite of ours here at Primal Music with our head honcho Del Chaney ranking it as one of his favourite EP's of 2016. Now the band have unleashed the wonderful 'Fortitude', a woozy shoegaze inspired standard filled to the brim with psychedelic indentations, driving percussion and powerfully expressive instrumentation. 'Fortitude' and its stunning accompanying video (which was filmed and directed by the band's drummer/singer, Graham Epstein) is the latest single to be lifted from the aforementioned EP, which is still available to buy/download right now from: thebaltic.bandcamp.com
'Fortitude' screams into the ether on a wave of glorious frequency laden noise as 'The Baltic' bring their shoegaze tendencies to bare for all to hear. It's opening bars are layered with fuzzy reverberating guitars, throbbing baselines, shimmering tambourines and melodious vocals, reminiscent to those early UK based shoegaze stalwart's 'Ride'.
'The Baltic' also have two back to back shows coming up in NYC on Oct 29th and 30th. You can get all of the ticket details here: bandsintown.com/TheBaltic
ARTIST: In Violet
RELEASE DATE: October 21st 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Bottle Imp Productions
In my opinion listening to music should be a totally immersive experience. Every single facet of my being should spark & fire upon hearing a new release for the very first time just for me to get interested enough to play them on the radio let alone write about my experiences as well. It's something that has stood me to good stead over the years both as a musician and as a Dj/music writer. It's a principle I tend to stick to as I peruse the ever expanding musical genres hovering within todays burgeoning underground scene. Back in 2014 I was introduced to the enigmatic Mr.Jake Murray, founding member, frontman & chief bottle washer of London based experimental sound manipulators 'In Violet'. Their impressive debut album, entitled 'Opal', blew my socks off and I have been eagerly awaiting its follow up with baited breath ever since. In Violet have a brilliantly immersive & experimental sound that traverses a plethora of varying musical styles, taking in driving electronica, avant-garde post industrial, psych & krautrock tones whilst infusing melancholic post rock & sonic atmospheric's into the mix and they are not afraid to push boundaries or test limitations with their music. Now the band have returned with their stunning full length sophomore entitled 'Amber' and it's penned in for release on the 21st October 2016 via Bottle Imp productions. 'Amber' features guest collaborations from members of Teeth of The Sea, Rumour Cubes, Collider and many more and the album will be available in all major digital stores with an extremely limited edition CD and art book available as a single-edition run via inviolet.bandcamp.com
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'Amber' is steeped in a burgeoning sonic darkness. And I don't mean that in a bad way at all. It's all good, very very good actually. What I mean is that from the opening drone of 'Betrayed' right through to the closing death throws of 'The Matador', In Violet manage to instil a sense of utter foreboding into their sound. There's an underlying atmospheric brutality to every single track on this album that is irresistibly addictive and totally enthralling. The use of glitchy experimental electronics, swirling instrumental drones, pulsing reverberation, charging synth swells and processed motorik percussion is immense. Add into the mix Jake Murray's sublime vocalisations, the constant hum of bass frequencies and a cacophony of fuzzy, layered guitars and what we have is a heady & experimental, multi-faceted sonic melting pot.
Each track on this album expertly dips a sonic toe into a delectable procession of hypnotically charged music styles. From the immense psych behemoth 'Amber' through to the industrial sounding twosome of 'Betrayed' & 'Bereft', the kraut-rock heavy hitters 'Shivers' & 'Poseidon Weeps' and on into the albums more mellower ambient side with tracks like the beautifully intense 'Salome' or 'Lady Of Avalon' and the swirling impertinent drone of 'Sagazan', In Violet have created a stunning collection of highly creative soundscapes that will have you hooked from the off. Each track in this collection is forward thinking and brilliantly experimental without being overly annoying. They are totally immersive, full to the brim with swirling atmospherics and bathed in swathes of dark pulsating frequencies that collectively will pull you with them as they ride a turbulent gittering sonic wave into a world of senses pummelling noise.
'Amber' is a stunning return to form by a band who have now set the judging bar very very high indeed.
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.
New York based experimental musical aficionados Adam Watkins & Patrick Savage aka Reunionunion have returned with the first single and its stunning accompanying video entitled 'Photosynthesis' lifted off their forthcoming highly anticipated sophomore album. The band wowed the underground music fraternity back in January 2016 with their debut self-titled release and their impressive melding of shoegaze, alt-rock, post-rock and dream-pop to create a impressive cacophony of glorious noise.
'Photosynthesis' is a peeled back slice of summer sun that sits on a repetitive sequenced percussive pattern and is circumnavigated by swirling guitar lines and subtle synth swells. The instrumentation hums as it glides alongside those impressive dreamy vocal lines, constantly building until we're guided to a sudden finale.
Summer Sky by Porcelain Animals
'Summer Sky' is the immense debut single from Brazilian based dream-gazing trio 'Porcelain Animals'. Their sound is blissfully ethereal and filled with cascading melodious guitar lines and deep throbbing bass frequencies that swim and glide effortlessly alongside the busy percussion. 'Summer Sky' swirls within a hazy cacophony of beautiful noise as it melts into the stunning ethereal vocal lines with aplomb.
'Summer Sky' is available to as 'Name Your Price' up on bandcamp right now and you can get your hands on by heading over to porcelainanimals.bandcamp.com
ARTIST: The Valkarys
RELEASE: Since I Was Fifteen
RELEASE DATE: 28th October 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Wrong Way Records
Edinburgh based garage/psych five piece 'The Valkarys' have announced the release date for their forthcoming five track EP entitled 'Since I Was Fifteen'. It's penned in for release on October 28th 2016 via Wrong Way Records with both a digital pre-order and a very limited 10' orange vinyl pressing available via wrongwayrecords.bandcamp.com . Collectively, 'The Valkarys' have a very unique sound that skips nonchalantly through a beautifully melodic & endearing sixties psych vibe thats deliciously underscored by a distinctly modern approach.
Since I Was Fifteen by The Valkarys
The EP opens up with 'Grandma', a brilliantly executed slice of tremolo induced melancholy. 'Grandma' swirls blissfuly through cascading guitar lines that seem to perfectly filter out to envelope those incredible duel vocal lines courtesy of Scott William Dunlop and Sarah Ross. Up next, 'This Time's Today' floats into earshot on subtle acoustic vibrations coupled with the hum of bass frequencies, steadying drums and a jangling lead lick that snakes in and out of Scott William Dunlop's distinct vocal takes with aplomb. 'This Time'sToday' is wonderfully melodic and takes the listener with it on a beautiful journey of sonic discovery. The EP's title track ambles into earshot next. 'Since I Was Fifteen' begins with an acoustic guitar progression and a whirling drone before exploding into a cacophony of reverberating colour as the drums, bass and slide guitar soar into the ether. Vocally sublime, 'Since I Was Fifteen' is possibly my favourite track on the entire release. Simply beautiful.
The EP's penultimate piece, 'I Cheated Time', is a foot tapping 60's garage juggernaut. It rattles into the ether on a hi-hat heavy percussive pattern coupled with driving guitars and shaking tambourines, ploughing a heavy furrow as it deftly meanders on its predesignated course. A monumental track that will have you humming along to its hypnotic instrumentation. The EP closes out on a jangling acoustic strum and subtle synth swells. 'Crazy Shoes' introduces slide guitar to proceedings as Scott William Dunlop preaches the good word to the baying masses. Reminiscent at times to mid 90's Verve, The La's & Echo And The Bunnymen, 'Crazy Shoes' shakes and rattles into a glorious finale. A fitting end to a very satisfying EP.