ALBUM REVIEW | Narcosatanicos - Body Cults

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RELEASE: Body Cults

RELEASE DATE: November 4th 2016

RECORD COMPANY: Bad Afro Records

'Narcosatanicos' are a psych/prog/noise rock band from denmark and are by all means laying down the 'Danelaw' once again. In a world populated with Sonic Youth and MBV 2.0's this band immediately caught my ears as if a sawn off shotgun had been unloaded into them and the surrounding areas of my mind. 

Echoing the experimental ballsyness of 'Can' ,the brute force of 'Black Sabbath' and dare I say saxyness of 'Bitches Brew' era 'Miles Davis' all the while keeping it brilliantly psych! This is something I personally admire in a world where people are relying more on their foot pedals than their actual fingers, this band is cataclysmically heavy and experimental in equal measure (These boys definitely love 'Mastodon').

'Body Cults' is an exhibition of all of the most twisted elements I mentioned above. If you are reading this and have not heard the album yet, go into this album after an argument with the Mrs, a shitty day at work or after the results of America's recent election to feel it in its full nature.

There is absolutely no point in me explaining the tracks, 'track by track' while I have a link ready for you with which you can experience it for yourself.
 If you have gotten this far by reading then you are likely to already be interested.

 Instead of the usual track by track verbose nonsense where I try and plug my agenda to you, I will just suggest standout tracks. The opener 'Vulvic Church' is a crafty beast whilst 'Television Dreams' reminds me of Earthworm Jim for the Sega Mega Drive for some reason?! 'Matamoros' is why I added the 'Miles Davis' reference and of course the hard hitting lead single 'Vile'.

4/5

'Body Cults' is available to buy/download right now from: badafrorecords.bandcamp.com

LINKS:

badafrorecords.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/narcosatanicosdk/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.


ALBUM REVIEW | New Pope - Youth

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ARTIST: New Pope

RELEASE: Youth LP

RELEASE DATE: 09/12/15

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

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:

This is absolutely the sing alongable-ist track on the album by a long un:

This next one here is a spicy boy as well:

July 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

LINKS:

newpope.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/newpopemusic

twitter.com/newpopemusic

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.


EP REVIEW | Jewish Mandiolo - Gustavinho Debaixo D'água

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ARTIST: Jewish Mandiolo

RELEASE: Gustavinho Debaixo D'água

RELEASE DATE: 09/07/15 

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

'The Jewish kings' are a new experimental post rock band from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil who specialize in experimental textures, flamboyant Latin grooves but with guitar effects that larry lalonde (Primus guitarist) would be wet for! The band are made up of Bernardo Arenari, Luiz Bento, Denisson Caminha, David Dinucci & Danilo Nagib.

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In the first track 'Agua' we are exposed to almost too much coolness for a mans ears to take. The opening chords are vague, spacious and driving while the bass leans over and gives yer ears a wee sombre kiss coupled with a subtle whisper conveying its love for making you happy. This track goes in and out of dominent 6th chords that add such a strange resolution - resolution - resolution kind of feel to the progression as opposed to the usual tension - resolve setup of our tritonic Jazz forefathers. After our typical start the tracks middle section takes us to shoegaze land where we swallow a dose of some concotion off of the same shelf as 'Do Make Say Think's - Goodbye Enemy Airship or The Landlord Is Dead' album's of yore! Of course then it takes us into a combination of the two but with an added brass section...... and as the main songwriter in 'Tuath', I love me a brass section! The crescendo in this track is so expertly conveyed that you will wonder how this band are just on their first EP.

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The third track 'Imersáo' has a shoegazey type of James Bond feel that you just gotta check out. You will not be able to prevent yourself from singing 'Live And Let Die' over the tune. This track has elements of 'Yo La Tengo' on vocals but with some of the same guitar textures of 'Conan Mockasins' debut album! While listening to it I was tempted to name drop 'Neutral Milk Hotel' in terms of the way his voice sounds. 'Imersáo' stinks of late 90's guitar 'Radiohead' but upon saying that it is still its own buzz! I reccomend experimenting with some 'Bucolic Remedies' before listening to this track. For absolutely no reason  at the end of this song it blasts the distortion really loudly with some delicious unison bends. I am not sure weather this was a half assed ending or if they genuinely planned it to sound like this but either way I love it. Check it out:

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'Amor LIquido' is by far the coolest track on this EP. The intro is in an odd groove and takes me back to 'Bad Moon Rising' in terms of guitar sound. The drum sound is grainy & the bass doesn't give a toss about frequency masking and then imagine that 'Sonic Youth' had the cop on to include a brass section? Because of course they incorporate some really tense but harmonic brass harmonies all the while incorporating some Rio De Janeiro musical stylings in the form of some claps. In my opinion this is an excellent thing to do as it completely melds the culture from which this band come with the music that they like. The Jazzy Latin flavors are bloody magic & they make me want to go and put some trad onto the next 'Tuath' record. Also I must add that unlike most experimental bands these dudes sing in their own language which again, as the main songwriter in 'Tuath' I think is a magic buzz altogether and they should be stamped for their bravery in the field.

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'Merguhlar' is a song I am going to mention even though I didnt enjoy it for a contradictary reason: The first half of it is a story and it is in Portuguese & due to this it takes ages to get to the meat and potato's! This would not be a problem for me if I spoke Portuguese but I don't unfortunately. Anyways when it does kick off it is beautiful and contains some of the nicest shoegaze out there at the moment as it boasts some beautiful off kilter harmonies, the right amount of distortion and the panning techniques keep the sound interesting. Check this track out:

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The EP's closer 'Foz (Debaixo D'água)' is a feel good, Jazzular & almost Funk effort that lands directly at a loud Post Punk mid section half way through the intro but with the anthemic shouting of a lot of modern Indie music. These guys really know how to progress their music in an intricate way and this song is a great example of that. This is by far my second favorite track on this EP. It's a lovely closer & a magic sign off for what is a short but great listening experience. 

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This band are great but I feel with a bit more experimentation they will be quite a force to be reckoned with. I doubt I will ever see this band live but I am a big fan of their sound.

I rate this 4 out of 5. 

LINKS:

facebook.com/pages/Jewish-Mandiolo/1480645392201842

JewishMandiolo.bandcamp.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Robert Von Ciaran
Robert Mulhern

Robert Mulhern is the Vocalist, Guitarist, Producer & Engineer in Irish heavy experimental shoegazers 'Tuath'. Hailing from Donegal, Ireland 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.