ALBUM REVIEW - Parrot Dream - Light Goes - Featured Image - (700x700)

ALBUM REVIEW | Parrot Dream - Light Goes

ALBUM REVIEW - Parrot Dream - Light Goes - Post Image - (300x300)ARTIST: Parrot Dream

RELEASE: Light Goes

RELEASE DATE: August 24th 2018

RECORD COMPANY: Good Eye Records

'Light Goes' is the debut LP from Brooklyn-based dream-pop/psych-pop outfit Parrot Dream. It’s a neat combination of old school alternative bands (such as the Cocteau Twins) and newer, sleeker sounding dream-pop bands like Beach House and Memory House. Everything is sort of here: the breathy female vocals, the wizzingly bright synths, the reverb guitar, the drum machine-esque beats and, finally, that weird place between nostalgia and retrospective abandonment that only dream-pop can capture. With this in mind however, Parrot Dream don't really ride the genre in a new and wholly original direction. They use what’s already lying around to create their collective sound; albeit with a nifty talent for song writing and production. The band on this release is made up of Christina Hansen Appel (Kiki) - vocals/keys, Gonzalo Guerrero - guitar, Matt Sklar - bass & Agustin Faundez Rojas - drums/ percussion'Light Goes' had it's official release back on the 24th August 2018 via Good Eye Records and is available to buy/download right now on various formats from parrotdream.bandcamp.com

The opener and titular track starts things off brilliantly; guitar and keyboards weave over a simplistic drum beat that rolls tiredly along. The vocals add to this already catchy and soft texture. Here the band are accurately playing upon the ‘pop’ side of dream-pop; the song provides an enjoyably laidback introduction into the album. ‘Follow Me’ takes a more ballad-like approach, the vocals are breathy and whispered and the tempo has been laid back even more. However, this song lacks the catchiness of opener ‘Light Goes’ and seems to pale in comparison somewhat. Unfortunately, this type of slow-burn songwriting continues on ‘1740’, which doesn’t really go anywhere beyond the point of a collection of instruments playing an unconnected tune. Thankfully, the following track pulls the show back together; ‘Paradise and Prey’ features a calming backing synth and the occasional guitar plucking to forge a calming image in the listeners mind. The sound captures a band in unison, with the vocals sounding more connected to the rest of the instrumentation as a whole. ‘Julio’ is an album highlight: the intricate drum beats, weaving throughout a slow synth line and the usual guitar plucking create a different approach to the type of textures previously explored throughout the album. The vocals shine (perhaps the most interesting vocal performance on the album) in a manner similar to the aforementioned melding of Memory House.

‘By Your Side’ continues this, its opening showcasing the power of a dream pop-based soundscape. Following this, the contemplative side of dream-pop happily follows as the band perform with a deeper and more concentrated sound. ‘Fall Forward’ is a neat, post-punk hued tune which envelops into a more beautiful, whimsical place as the song rolls on. The instrumentation here, mixed with the high vocals, makes for a beautifully rich and engaging sound. ‘Cloudchaser’ seems to be the pinnacle of the previous group of songs: it collects the best elements of Parrot Dream into one song, projecting something both enjoyable and well written. Here the performances finally connect perfectly with the production and mixing, creating a credible album highlight. The darker and challenging ‘Ode to Octavia’ is just as interesting, collecting up all the previously mentioned elements of dream-pop and twisting them to sound more like a question than a thought. ‘Helium’ proves to be one of the best songs on the album, lasting longer than other tracks and combining thoughts and sketches into long winded instrumental passages. The second half especially sounds like somewhat of a homage to shoegaze; guitars climb, drums smash and vocals soar.

'Light Goes', as previously mentioned, is not exactly a wholly new, original take on the dream-pop genre. Its cards are placed with a historical retrospective and a familiarity that the band actually plays to its strength throughout. And often Parrot Dream and their use of dream-pop practices is actually quite refreshing because it relies on nothing more than quality song writing and performance rather than explorative elements. At times, of course, this is a hinderance. Most predominantly on the first half of the album, songs seem like album fillers or slight re-hashes of other music you’ve heard before. Thankfully the second half of 'Light Goes' seems to recover and realise the correct direction that songs and tracks should be taken in. Interestingly enough, I often find myself weighing up the amount of songs on albums by particular bands, seen here in a sort of contemplative footnote in the second half of the review. Without going too deeply into critical points, I believe that 'Light Goes' may have too many songs on it. Much like many of the releases I’ve heard lately through this blog, the extent of track listings are stretched to ten or more tracks, with no hugely variant elements found from track to track, making the album seem like more of a forced odyssey than an interesting adventure. Parrot Dream are almost an exception though, as the second half seems to pick up the pace and set things a little more ‘on course’. Compliments to the performances and production, the album cover (a fantastic picture that truly captures the songs on the album) and the overall sound.

3.5/5

LINKS:

goodeyerecords.com

parrotdream.bandcamp.com

parrotdreamband.com

facebook.com/parrotdreamer

twitter.com/parrotdream

instagram.com/parrotdream/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Cam Phillips - Contributing Writer

Cam Phillips is a writer and above all, a music lover, who seeks to gain experience through writing and listening. He is also an avid film viewer and art and literature junkie who enjoys creative writing. His most recent published work was featured on Baeble Music and Culture (USA), Sounds and Colours Magazine (Latin America, London), Easterndaze (Latvia) and the Australian-based heavy music blog, I Probably Hate Your Band.


ALBUM REVIEW - Melody Fields - Melody Fields - Featured Image - (700x700)

ALBUM REVIEW | Melody Fields - Melody Fields

ARTIST: Melody Fields

RELEASE: Melody Fields

RELEASE DATE: February 26th 2018

RECORD COMPANY: Kommun 2/Soundeffect Records/Beluga Records

Hailing from Gothenburg on Sweden's west coast and armed with a sound that resonates effortlessly through lysergic tinged waves of 60's Californian psychedelics, psych-pop and the poppier side of shoegaze, 'Melody Fields' are a breath of fresh air in the overly-populated melting pot that is the modern underground psych world. With three part harmonies, jangling guitars, deeply spiritual song structures and an ounce of respect for the pioneering forefathers of the sound, 'Melody Fields' have unleashed a self-titled album filled to the brim with precise instrumentation, intense melody and sweet sonic delight. The music was recorded at Studio Parkeringshuset where Hills, GOAT and The Movements have made their albums and the band are made up of David Henriksson, Ramo Spatalovic, Thomas Widholm, Henrik Bäckström & Sebastian Jannesson with guest musicians on this release courtesy of The Holy Wave’s - Dustin Zozaya on mellotron and Nils Börén on saxophone. 'Melody Fields' was released back on February 26th 2018 and is available to buy/download right now on various formats via melodyfields.bandcamp.com

Tumbling blissfully within a swirling instrumental drone, 'Morning Sun' pulls rumbling drum patterns and repetitive bass frequencies out into the sonic ether accompanied by meandering guitar progressions and addictive hook laden lead lines. Magnificent vocalisations intertwine with layers of resonating reverberations as hypnotic lines of saxophone jockey and vie for space in amongst the glorious melee. 'Morning Sun' is an instantaneous kaleidoscope of sonic hallucinogenics and an immense opening salvo indeed. Up next, 'Liberty' bounds into audible range bouncing brilliantly on a deep permeating bass progression and the jangle of intricate guitars. Again, those absolutely lovely vocal lines captivate this listener as they weave and bob through layers of reverb and repetitive hits of tambourine. There are beautiful chord changes here, luscious percussive skips, cascading bass signatures and soaring lines of lead guitar that meld effortlessly with their surroundings, collectively painting a lysergic themed picture as we traverse these stunning soundscapes. 'Run' injects a heavier gear into proceedings as roaring lead guitars ride steadying drum patterns and subtle acoustic frequencies before dimming down to allow those vocal lines to flow though their verse parts with ease. There are brilliant chord changes dotted here and there permeated at times by lead guitar and deep booming bass progressions that keep everything moving as we fall in and out of spacious instrumental breaks and swirling reverberations and dive headlong into a mesmerising sonic assault filled with soaring progressions of lead guitar. 'Run' is captivating and a definite highlight for me on the entire release.

'Rain Man' is steeped in 60's neo-psychedelia. Woozy, resonating guitars meld with jangling instrumentation before the pull of addictive bass and a busy percussive attack completely envelopes a stunning vocal track. Swooning reverberation and sticky delay add atmosphere but the star of the show is that brilliantly executed and deeply melodious vocal. 'Rain Man' is very catchy, filled with brilliant instrumental structures and another highlight for me. Up next, 'Fire' jangles on an acoustic guitar as closely orbiting progressions of lead, hypnotic shakes of tambourine and intense walls of melody evoke those sonic pioneers of old. There's an air of positive accomplishment here swimming in-amongst the layers of brilliant instrumentation and expert production that is very hard to shake off and those harmonious vocals are an absolute triumph. 'Trädgränsen', The albums penultimate piece, meanders into earshot trembling slightly on a shaky guitar progression lightly washed in luscious reverb. Twinkling percussive hits ripple just below the mix adding an expectant kind of atmosphere to proceedings as sporadic pulls of bass and swirling reverberations arrive dragging a light rumble of tom tom drums with them into the slowly building sonic behemoth. It's vocal harmonies arrive, floating blissfully on the collective instrumentation and pulsing through layers of reverb with relative ease. 'Trädgränsen' is all consuming, it ebbs and it flows, it falls into deep cavernous lakes of reverb and soars skywards when required and it's a monumental triumph. It's my favourite track on this entire release.

The album closes out with 'Morning Sun (revisited)'. From it's opening salvos we instantaneously fall into a glorious melding of eastern themed esoteric psych and flourishes of psych-folk that swirl and flow through hazy hallucinogenic clouds of reverb and intoxicating percussive patterns with ease. It's brilliantly executed vocal lines are sublime and they're carefully buffered by brilliant song structures and intense production. It's a fitting ending to what is one of my favourite releases of this year.

5/5

LINKS:

melodyfields.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/melodyfieldsband/

soundcloud.com/melodyfieldsband

instagram.com/melodyfields.band/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney - (Author Photo)

Del Chaney has spent the last five years dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, post punk & 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 genres 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.


The Citadels - Dawn Chorus - Single Premiere - Featured Image - (700x700)

NEW SINGLE | The Citradels - Dawn Chorus

Austrailian based experimental sound manipulators 'The Citradels' have released the first single to be lifted from their forthcoming eight independently released studio album interestingly titled 'God Bless'. Formed back in 2010 'The Citradels' traditionally created engagingly dynamic soundscapes filled with repetitive drones, fuzz and intense melody deftly underpinned with a subtle undercurrent of shoegaze. On this latest single release entitled 'Dawn Chorus' the Melbourne based five piece have channelled the sonic mindset of both Brian Wilson and The Byrds with an added touch of west coast coolness for good measure. 'Dawn Chorus' was released on the 22nd November 2017 and is available to buy/download right now via thecitradels.bandcamp.com

'Dawn Chorus' shimmers and floats atop a swirling cacophony of golden tinged sound waves filled to the brim with stunning five part vocal harmonies, jangling guitar progressions and subtle percussion. Cascading bass lines hum and dance alongside melodic orchestral arrangements adding instant warmth to the ethereal ambience. 'Dawn Chorus' is a welcome injection of summer sun to this damp European winter.

Recommended!

LINKS:

thecitradels.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/TheCitradels/

twitter.com/thecitradels


Telescope - Telescope - EP Review - Featured Image - (700x700)

EP REVIEW | Telescope - Telescope EP

ARTIST: Telescope

RELEASE: Telescope

RELEASE DATE: 10th November 2017

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

Barcelona based neo-psych duo 'Telescope' unleashed their debut self-titled three track EP to the masses back on November 10th 2017. With a sound reminiscent of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dungen and Tame Impala this sweet little release caught our attention instantly. The band are made up of Esteban Garós & Luis Pomés and you can buy/download this impressive release right now via telescopebcn.bandcamp.com

The EP opens up swirling in muggy reverberating haze. Magically melodic sound waves intertwine with a rambling vocal performance as 'With Your Truth' unfurls it's sonic tendrils and explodes into a cacophony of colourful frequencies. Plodding bass lines meander and undulate brilliantly under busy percussion as catchy hook laden chord changes and the pull of fuzz laden guitars lead us into whirring, looping lead lines and sublime passages of neo-psychedelia. Up next, 'Adrift' bounced into the ether on a melodic bass signature as tambourine hits and swirling organ swells announce the arrival of a catchy lead guitar line and reverb laden vocalisations. It's chorus parts are utterly addictive and they show off the songwriting prowess that this duo possess. There's also a fantastic modern psych feel to this track although it does have passages of 60's psych pop attached to it's kaleidoscopic vibrations.

The EP closes out with 'Not Your Game', a tumbling shimmering behemoth that rumbles through a melody strewn landscape filled with addictive bass fills, explosive percussion and brilliantly executed instrumentation. Leads guitars lick and harass impressive vocalisations before that synth line permeates the ether and instantly adds golden atmosphere to proceedings. A masterful ending to brilliantly executed EP.

Recommended!

4/5

LINKS: 

telescopebcn.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/telescopebcn/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney - (Author Photo)

Del Chaney has spent the last five years dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, post punk & 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.


Hanford Reach - Caught My Mind- Single Premiere- Featured Image - (700x700)

NEW SINGLE PREMIERE | Hanford Reach - Caught My Mind

Brooklyn based duo 'Hanford Reach'   have unleashed a stunning brand new single entitled 'Caught My Mind' and have injected some new sounds into their already immense melting pot of sonic awareness. The band are made up of Chris Sherman - guitar/vocals/drums/synths & Leah Cinnamon - bass/vocals and their collective sound has developed exponentially over the course of their previous three releases to emerge anew on this latest single release as a explosively punchy, hook laden and jazz infused gem with hazy synths and swirling shoegaze tendencies all enveloped in a warm & fuzzy blanket of psych-pop loveliness. The single gets its official release on the 10th November 2017 and is available to pre-order right now via hanfordreach.bandcamp.com

'Caught My Mind' explodes into the sonic ether spinning wildly in a pulsating rhythmic percussive assault deftly permeated by throbbing lines of bass and hazy walls of synth. It's lead guitar lines are utterly addictive and streamlined at times to follow an impressive vocal performance which meanders in and out of seductively melodic, acid tinged production with huge psych-pop sensibilities. It's a wonderful return to form by band who can do no wrong.

Recommended!

LINKS:

soundcloud.com/hanfordreach

hanfordreach.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/HanfordReach


Dazy Crown - I Don't Need A Jacjket - Featured Image - (700x700)

EP REVIEW | Dazy Crown - I Don't Need A Jacket

Dazy Crown - I Don't Need A jacket - post image - (300x300)ARTIST: Dazy Crown

RELEASE: I Don't Need A Jacket

RELEASE DATE: 16th June 2017

RECORD COMPANY: Hazy Dog 

Norwich based 'Dazy Crown' have just unleashed a brand new four track EP brilliantly titled 'I Don't Need A Jacket' via the independent record label 'Hazy Dog'. The band began life back in 2015 as the solo project of guitarist and vocalist Thomas Little before fleshing it out into a quartet with Philip Jones on guitar, Thomas Rees on bass and Theo Lewis on drums. Their collective sound sits firmly within the jangling lo-fi/garage catagories of music but it is also infused with stunning melody and subtle passages of dreamy psych-pop. 'I Don't Need A Jacket' is available to buy/download right now on various formats from hazydog.bandcamp.com

The EP opens up with 'Euphoria'. A beautifully translucent lead guitar line runs throughout as cascading bass frequencies hover just below the mix hugging a steady drum track and the hum of rhythm guitar, collectively enveloping that melody driven vocal line in it's entirety. A stunning opening salvo indeed. 'Dazy Crown' peel back their outer layers to show their subtle psych-pop tendencies on track two. 'Peanut Butter Dreaming' swerves into earshot filled with summery vibes that swirl around a shimmering a lead lick, a metronomic drum track and the throb of bass. Woozy vocalisations splashed in melodious colour twist a turn through layers of reverberation until we're eventually introduced to brilliantly executed and psychedelically charged finale.

'360 Dunk' drives into the ether swirling on another rambling lead guitar line. This time the bass line takes centre stage though as it meanders on a melodious trip, dancing in and out of a giddy percussive swagger as the collective instrumentation tries desperately to hold on. The vocal lines on this track are addictive and they float effortlessly on top of the surging reverb. The EP closes out with its lead single. 'Multi Vitamin' tumbles through swathes of woozy and highly infectious guitar progressions that ride an insanely laid back percussive pattern. Those simmering vocalisations wobble and arc through hazy layers of bubbling bass frequencies and resonating production as the leaping chorus break snaps you out of a hypnotising trance and tip toes you into a cyclonic world filled with instrumental drones and fuzzy sonic reflections. A fitting ending to a marvellous EP.

4/5

LINKS:

hazydog.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/dazycrown

twitter.com/dazycrown

soundcloud.com/dazy-crown

dazycrown.bandcamp.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney - (Author Photo)

Del Chaney has spent the last five years dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, post punk & 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.


Hanford Reach - Featured Image - (700 x 700)

NEW SINGLE PREMIERE | Hanford Reach - June Sunshine

Brooklyn based outfit 'Hanford Reach'   have returned with a shimmering brand new single entitled 'June Sunshine' hot on the heels of their marvellous debut four track EP 'Canyons'. Consisting of Chris Sherman and Leah Cinnamon the band's sound swirls primarily in the realms of jangling shoegaze hued psych-pop but there is a subtle undercurrent of driving post-punk hanging brilliantly under the instrumentation. This latest single was released back on the 16th June 2017 and is available to buy/download via hanfordreach.bandcamp.com

'June Sunshine' is deeply melancholic as jangling guitars sweep and tremble atop tumbling drums and fluttering bass frequencies. It's deeply infectious vocalisations call out with a yearning intent as the track drags surging lead lines and driving psych-pop breaks into audible range injecting swathes of hypnotic swagger into it's coursing sonic veins.

Recommended!

LINKS:

soundcloud.com/hanfordreach

hanfordreach.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/HanfordReach


Dazy Crown - Multi Vitamen (700x700) Featured Image

NEW SINGLE PREMIERE | Dazy Crown - Multi Vitamin

'Dazy Crown' are a Norwich based lo-fi/garage band who create stunning soundscapes full of melodic brilliance. They wowed us way back in July 2016 with their impressive single 'Move' and now this immense quartet have returned with another citric slice of summer in the guise of 'Multi Vitamin', their latest entrancing groove laden offering.

'Multi Vitamin' tumbles through swathes of woozy and highly infectious guitar progressions that ride an insanely laid back percussive pattern. Those simmering vocalisations wobble and arc through hazy layers of bubbling bass frequencies and resonating production as the leaping chorus break snaps you out of a hypnotising trance and tip toes you into a cyclonic world filled with instrumental drones and fuzzy sonic reflections. Stacked to the brim with summery summer vibes, 'Dazy Crown' have hit the proverbial sonic nail on its head with this latest track.

Recommended!

LINKS:

facebook.com/dazycrown

twitter.com/dazycrown

soundcloud.com/dazy-crown

dazycrown.bandcamp.com


NEW SINGLE PREMIERE | Divisionists - Dream Landscape

Londoners  'Divisionists' have unleashed a brand new single entitled 'Dream Landscape' lifted from their forthcoming full length debut album 'Daybreak' penned in for release on March 17th 2017 via the London based Mount Watatic Records. This latest single comes hot on the heels of the brilliant 'Say You Can', the albums lead track which garnered serious support worldwide in both radio & press circles and it also follows on from the bands debut four track EP 'we play rock music ...' released back in 2011. With a sound that skips brilliantly through harmonic psych & power-pop, is sometimes underscored by patchy alternative rock rudiments and stops off for the occasional psych-folk singalong, 'Divisionsits' have a lot going on sonically.

The band are made up of Brendan Quinn – guitar/lead & backing vocals/piano/organ, Rob McGregor – drums/percussion, Mark Bennett – guitar/synths/backing vocals & Mike Whitaker – bass/piano/ backing vocals and the 'Daybreak' album will be available digitally from March 17th 2017 but is available to pre-order right now on on lovely 180 Gram orange vinyl which includes a full-colour folded insert with artwork and lyrics via divisionists.bandcamp.com

'Dream Landscape' swirls into the ether on resonating guitar frequencies that rise and fall blissfully through beautifully astute progressions laced in glorious reverberation. Cascading bass lines straddle steadying percussion as undulating lead licks whip and harass the entire piece into submission allowing those stunning vocalisations to hold court thus stirring up audible manifestations of those 60's psych-pop pioneers 'The Byrds, The Beatles, The Velvet Underground & Crazy Horse'. 'Dream Landscape' is a truly magnificent track and this in turn only bodes well for the full album release.

Recommended!

LINKS:

divisionists.bandcamp.com

mountwatatic.bandcamp.com

divisionists.co.uk

mountwatatic.co.uk

facebook.com/DIVISIONISTS

twitter.com/divisionists