NEW MUSIC PREMIERE | Princess - Black Window

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With earlier releases from Princess more firmly in the shoegaze camp, the two tracks that make up this latest single see the Dublin duo trip the light fantastic into Stereolab territory. Black Window’s insistent and mathy guitar goes in satisfying circles. The scuzzed-up vocals and high-pitched feedback that plays at the edge of our hearing evokes 90s noise – that’s compounded when the whole thing erupts in fuzz and chaos. There is more than a soupçon of Laetitia Sadier evident as composure is regained towards the end.

On Sick Ties, vocal layers upon vocal to a reach velvety crescendo, before the bass and drums drives droning into a krautrock groove. Keening guitar breaks the spell and calls us back to somewhere much more clean and crystalline.

Aside from the Dublin connection and some sonic sympathies, Princess appear to share Kevin Shields’ love of the studio, suggesting their forthcoming album will be an ambitious affair.

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Black Window is out now on CD and download at www.thatsoprincess.bandcamp.com

Twitter.com/thatsoprincess

facebook.com/thatsoprincess

AUTHOR: Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr


NEW MUSIC PREMIERE | Great Black Night - Stalker (Single)

 

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Michigan based dreampop/shoegazers Great Black Night return with another immense single entitled 'Stalker'. This haze of shimmering brilliance is the follow single up to their amazing debut EP 'The Smoke Is Rising'.  Stalker open up with a traditionally sounding post punk bass line intertwined with that Great Black Night string section. We're then introduced to a wall of reverb laden guitars, thundering drums & throbbing basslines caressing another brilliant vocal arrangement. This is good stuff from Great Black Night and we can't wait to hear what comes next. Check it out:

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 Stalker is available to buy/download from Bandcamp: gbnlovesyou.bandcamp.com/album/stalker-single


ALBUM REVIEW: Clustersun - Out Of Your Ego

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ARTIST: Clustersun

RELEASE: Out Of Your Ego

RELEASE DATE: 28/04/14

RECORD COMPANY: Seahorse Recordings

Italian dreamgazers Clustersun have flitted at the periphery of my consciousness for awhile now, but after reading a positive review of their work in Big Takeover Magazine and hearing them on the now defunct Flyweight show on college station WZBC, I knew I had to check them out. They also appeared on a compilation I reviewed recently called “Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival”, where they trotted out their trippy band of post punk on a song that also opens this album called “Hipgnosis”.

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The opening bars of "Hipgnosis" wouldn’t be out of place on an early Pink Floyd album, though the vocals are uniquely Clustersun’s. “Meteors” starts off with an almost trademark ominous bass line (which I dig), but that cold wave feeling is quickly nixed by Marco Chisari’s upbeat vocals. “Be Vegetal” is a fine piece of post punk that could have been released anytime in the past 30 years, betrayed only by modern production methods. “Planar I” (is anyone sensing a space theme here?) is a long, spacey song punctuated by trippy electronics and swirling psychedelia. By the 5:30 mark, it transforms into something else altogether, a veritable sonic feast with many layers. The excellent “Nebula” sounds a lot like the great English band, Sad Lovers and Giants, at least vocally. Maybe it’s a question of mood too, as the band brandishes melancholia freely. “Floating” is also in this vein, with some very nice atmospheric guitar work. Then we have “Planar II”, which also has that English post punk vibe, guitar work sliding into Chameleons territory. The song is short but dense, and sweet in the way that good music always is. The band closes the album with the self-titled “Clustersun”, a simmering space rock instrumental. I could actually see them opening a show with this!

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In any case, this album has been out for a year and the band sings solely in English and they go well beyond the sometimes limited realms of shoegaze. It’s a really cool record from a promising young band who just finished up their US tour. Let’s hope they come see us again!

LINKS:

facebook.com/Clustersun
twitter.com/Clustersun
soundcloud.com/Clustersun
clustersun.bandcamp.com
reverbnation.com/clustersun
youtube.com/Clustersun
vimeo.com/Clustersun

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

elizabeth

Music has always been a driving force for Elizabeth Klisiewicz, which she days "continues to define my existence". During and after her college years, she ran a weekly radio show at WMUA FM Radio and also at a community station in Springfield, MA, in addition to writing music and concert reviews for the college newspaper. At present, she writes for The Big Takeover Magazine and The Active Listener Blog, and recently began producing a semi-regular Mixcloud-based show called The Kitchen Sink. In the real world, when not writing technical manuals, she gets her thrills from reading mysteries, birdwatching, and can always be found with a camera and a maxed-out storage card full of music.


EP REVIEW: Honeymoon - I Wanna See Everything

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ARTIST: Honeymoon

RELEASE: I Wanna See Everything

RELEASE DATE: 16/03/15

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

There is a wealth of postpunk / shoegazing / noise rock talent coming out of New York and surrounding environs at the minute.  New York based 'Honeymoon' have a distinct sound full of expressive, layered guitar arrangements, addictive vocals, pounding drums and reverberating bass patterns. Their shoegazing & noise pop tendencies are evident in every track on this latest release but theres a subtle undertone of ethereal dreampop surrounding their vocal effects & arrangements that is absolutely divine and for me it makes them stand out from their peers.  They released their debut EP 'I Wanna See Everything' back in March & it actually took me by surprise on my very first listen. The band are Ryan Barnes - drums, Nate Patterson - bass, Rob Scheuerman - guitar & Cait Smith - guitar and vocals. Below is a review of Honeymoon's latest 4 track release - 'I Wanna See Everything'.

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The opening track on this 4 track release from New York based ‘Honeymoon’ is nothing short of sublime. The hauntingly beautiful vocal tones of ‘Cait Smith’ surrounded by a maelstrom of effected guitars, steady drums and pulsating bass lines will introduce you to this immense musical outfit and leave you wanting more. At 2 minutes 34 seconds ‘Halo’ is a stunning introduction for anyone new to this band. Check it out:

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‘Leaves’ is my favourite track on this release. It has a solid shoegazing / noiserock foundation through its pounding drum pattern and screaming guitar lines but if you listen closely to the vocal arrangement it has a subtle dreampop infused flair, albeit very faint, gracing the tips of its arrangement. It’s another short track but it packs a serious punch and again its expertly executed.

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Track 3 ‘No Danger’ is explosive and I love how the guitar effects are the main protagonist in this tracks structure. They are immense! The guitars loop, arc & swell with aplomb. Again ‘Cait Smiths’ vocals are addictive and carry this track as it moves through sonically brilliant layers of pounding drums and guitars with ease. This is sublime! Check it out:

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The closing track is a subdued affair. ‘I Wanna See’ is an emotive sonic rollercoaster of impressive guitars, hauntingly beautiful vocal tones & steady drum pattern that doesn’t really veer from its opening trajectory at all. It stays solid throughout. It’s a great closing track but I cant help feeling that this band have a lot more in them in terms of songwriting & I cant wait to hear what comes next.

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LINKS: 

facebook.com/honeymoonbk 

twitter.com/honeymoonbk

honeymoonbk.bandcamp.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney
Del Chaney

Del Chaney has spent the last two 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: Lady - The Washer EP

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ARTIST: Lady

RELEASE: The Washer EP

RELEASE DATE: 24/02/15

RECORD COMPANY: Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen

Lady are a New York based Shoegaze/Post Punk/Noise Punk band who specialise in creating immense soundscapes through the medium of sonic sculpturing & who's finished product is emotive & thought provoking, powerful & expressive whilst still staying true to their core underground shoegazing  values. Their latest release 'The Washer EP' follows on from both of the 2014 single releases, the brilliant 'Creatures' & the immense 'Disbelief'. The band are made up of Steven Joyce, Ricardo Arias, Patrick Joyce & JP Basileo.

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The opening track on this wonderful EP is a carousel of shimmering reverb laden guitars, swirling and arcing in close trajectory to a steady, grounding drum pattern, pulsating bass line & a psychedelically infused vocal arrangement that will entice you to listen to it over and over again without a moments thought. The addictive ‘Creatures Of The Night’ is a brilliant introduction to this immense musical outfit. Check it out:

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‘On My Mind’ the EP’s second track is positively my favourite. The intro continues on in the same vein as the opening track but it's the immense build up after the first chorus that explodes into the ether & instantly scrambles your senses as you float along with a sonic wall of guitars pounding drums and immensely addictive bass line. The vocal effect is dreamy and translucent but hard hitting at the same time. This is a monster of a track & I dare you not to instantly fall in love with this bands ability to shoegaze with aplomb. Stunning!

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A maelstrom of sonically beautiful, swirling effected guitars striding a thunderous drum pattern introduces the third track on this already immense release from New York based noise merchants ‘Lady’. ‘Cant Stay’- is a nervy, senses pummelling affair filled with screaming guitars, pounding drums, solid bass lines & psychedelic swells adorning its vocal arrangements! Another brilliant composition full of expressive shoegazing at it’s very very best. Check it out:

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Hauntingly good guitar swells set the tone & mood of track 4 on ‘The Washer EP’. This track opens up a lot slower than the previous tracks but don’t be fooled. It’s a moody, passionate affair, full of emotive walls of reverb drenched guitar lines, addictive vocals and stunning arrangements looping & swirling all over it’s musical canvass. 'Things Are Wrong' is another brilliant example at just how good this band really are. You definitely need this EP in your life.

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Track 5, ‘Chuta’ is a full on high octane shoegazing gem that screams into the atmosphere from its very first opening chord. This track is like a steam train on full tilt slicing through a world of reverb laden delight without a care. I first heard this track on a radio show a few weeks back and it had me captivated with it’s full on sonic assault. Pretty cool stuff. Check it out:

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The closing track on this epic release is the shortest track on the EP coming in at 2 minutes 43 seconds. As closing tracks go this is huge! Pounding drums, shimmering layered guitars and that ever addictive vocal pattern swirl through a multi layered sonic heaven that escorts you through the many levels of ‘Wait (If You Leave)’ until you end up floating in a world of purely emotive shoegaze. This is immense shoegazing and a fitting end to a brilliant EP.

I connected with this EP on so many levels. Its high velocity, fast paced and addictive tracks left me breathless at times. The swirling maelstrom of reverb induced guitars pounding drums & pulsating baselines are highly addictive and when we add into the mix the psychedelic thrall of the vocal arrangements, this EP is one that could grace any proper shoegazing fan's record collection with ease! Its a  truly wonderful thing & one that I will play again & again. This is highly recommended listening for anyone interested in this genre of music. The Primal Music Blog gives this release 10/10.

LINKS: 

ladythebandny@gmail.com

facebook.com/ladythebandny

ladytheband.bandcamp.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney
Del Chaney

Del Chaney has spent the last two 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.


ALBUM REVIEW | On The Wane - Dry

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ARTIST: On The Wane

RELEASE: Dry

RELEASE DATE: 19/12/14

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

Today is a good day after all. I’ve been screaming through a list of submissions for the blog & feeling frustrated at the general state of the musical trite that had been sent to us for potential review. I was just about to give up all hope when I came across a band who had contacted the blog a few weeks back. This band blew my mind from the very first listen to their recently released album entitled - ’Dry’. They are a truly Immense musical outfit! Well balanced, competent musicians who are not afraid to experiment with sound. Not only do they create sonically astute soundscapes through the medium of high octane shoegazing but they also breach the barriers between genre’s to produce a melodic concoction of 80’s/90’s Post-Punk, New-Wave & full on Noise-Rock. Kiev based ‘On The Wane’ are a breath of fresh air in a world of stagnant bands who jump on musical bandwagons and falsely declare themselves as post-punk shoegazers.
‘On The Wane’ were formed in 2014 in Ukraine and believe in everything 80’s & 90’s Alternative, Post-Punk, shoegazing, New-Wave, No-Wave & Noise-Rock. The band are: Anna Lyashok - drums & vocals, Daria Maksimova - bass & vocals, Eugene Voitov & Alexander Yarosevich - guitars. They like knobs turned right, dissonances, noise meditations & motoric rhythms. That’s an incredible list of influential musical genres and a bloody epic statement of intent! Strap yourselves in ..... This is extreme shoegazing at it’s very best.

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The album opens up with the mind bending ’Shelter’. Expressive soaring guitars co exist with addictive, sharp arrangements, pounding drums & a throbbing bassline. Throw into this mix of intense pulsating sound waves the enthralling vocal lines and we have something beyond brilliant. Im hooked after 2 minutes. It is that intense.

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Track 2 is a homage to all things Sub Pop. ‘Sweet Girl’ is a powerful juggernaut of a track that has everything going on in it. It powers through seconds of thundering guitars, bass & drums with an abandon. The hauntingly intensive vocal arrangements are reminiscent at times to early Lydia Lunch & Sonic Youth. They will have you transfixed on this bands complete sound. The vocals have a Post-Punk snarl that are so addictive at times you just want to melt into them and become one with the music. Stunning!

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Menacing distortion somehow filled with melodic guitar hooks announce the arrival of another astonishing track from this Ukrainian outfit. ‘Road And Snow’ continues this bands journey through the medium of soaring bass heavy guitars, pounding drums & addictive vocal tones. This is simply brilliant. Check it out:

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Track 4 begins with Punk Rock connotations stuffed menacingly between a heady mix of ‘Souxsie & The Banshees’ & the ferocity of ‘The Sex Pistols’ all intertwined with a Bauhaus infusion until the chorus explodes onto the musical canvass and streaks across the skyline in a haze of brilliantly executed guitar play. This self titled track will have you jumping around your bedroom & tormenting your neighbours with it’s intensity.

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‘Pheonix’ - Track 5 on this brilliant release, reminds me of early Loop with its intrusive, unsettling yet melodic guitar arrangements. Add into that the stomping drums, blistering bassline & swirling vocals and we have a monster on our hands. A creeping monolith of track that arc’s & swells all over the musical canvass. Sublime!

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Half way through & I’m still transfixed on this bands explosive sound. ‘1232’ growls like a ‘Pixies’ track mixed with Sub Pop brilliance from its opening notes. Again the addictive vocal tones of Lyashok & Maksimova preach malicious intent and drive this track to its final destination. The guitars on this composition are immense and together with the driving force of the base & drum tracks they make ’1232’ the beast that it is. Check it out:

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‘Love Thy neighbour’ is 2 minutes of noise-rock dipped in a punk rock stew and fed through a sonic feeding tube to an audience of waiting lunatics. This is another shining example of how ‘On The Wane’ are capable of switching genres on a whim. Not afraid to mix it up this band are entertaining me completely as every track is a new experience of musical delight.

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Track 8 - ‘Autumn’ leads you into a false sense of security with its opening light hearted drum pattern & jangling guitar lines. But don’t be fooled. This track has an explosive inner core that creeps up on you and packs a heavy punch when you least expect it. The vocals are suppressed but melodic & float along during the sublime verses but are set free with the onset of the slightly unsettling chorus’s breaks.

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‘Louder’ swirls into the musical atmosphere with hauntingly brilliant vocal arrangements & a repetitive drum pattern intertwined with reverb drenched guitars. This track reminds me of early 90’s shoegazing stalwarts & UK based - ‘The Cranes’ with its ferocious swirling guitars, hypnotising drumbeat, pulsating baseline and screaming vocals. Another stunning track.

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The closing track is a stroke of genius. ‘Joy Division’s - Noise Ceremony’ gets the complete ‘On The Wane’ treatment with full on explosive post-punk brilliance. Vocally sublime with hauntingly addictive tones & musically faultless. A great closing track on an already immense album.

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This album blew my mind . . . . . . I am not afraid to say that and to me it goes to show just how good the underground scene is right now in all four corners of this fine planet. Fans of shoegaze, post-punk & early Sub Pop artists will adore this bands complete sound. They create faultless sonic soundscapes that skip through multiple genre’s of an alternative nature with glee. ‘On The Wane’ do this for fun & its not contrived or half arsed either. I believe every single note on this epic release and so should you. Go out and support them by buying their music & go to see them live. I can’t wait to hear what comes next from this band. They truly are a wonder.

Del Chaney - Dublin 2015 

LINKS:

facebook.com/onthewane

onthewane.bandcamp.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney
Del Chaney

Del Chaney has spent the last two 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.


ALBUM REVIEW: Pleasantry - Synapses

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ARTIST: Pleasantry

RELEASE: Synapses 

RELEASE DATE: 22/08/14

RECORD COMPANY: KittyWu Records.

Formed in late 2010, Pleasantry have made a name for themselves in Singapore's local music scene. Recycling musicians from active as well as inactive bands, the quintet crafts and carves music out of each member’s various listening backgrounds. Drawing inspirations from dreamed-up scenarios based on real-life scripts, their compositions showcase simple lyrical tones offset by the accompaniment of rich instrumentation and varied song structures. This genre-bending album is inspired by their collective memories as a band, turning real life scripts into fantastical scenarios. The tracks send listeners into an ethereal dreamscape, powered by airy voices layered underneath swirling instrumentals. Pleasantry are - Samantha Teng (vocals, keyboard), Isa Ong (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard), Ahmad Ariff (keyboard, guitar, bass), Daniaal Adam (Drums) & Haziq Hussain (Guitar, bass, vocals). For the purpose of this review we picked our favourite tracks and wrote about them in detail and created an overview of the rest. Check it out:

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On my first listen to this album I realised that Pleasantry have a great knack of skipping through genre's with abandon. They skip through shoegaze, dream-pop & noise-pop with ease. They are all seriously good musicians and their sonic compositions will have you mesmerised.  There's a song for every mood on this impressive release. For me the stand out track is 'Take It in'. It's a snap shot to the mid 1990's with hints of old school dreampop & indie rock swirling around a brass section to die for. Reminiscent in parts to early Boo Radleys. The added bonus for me is the epic vocal arrangements. Simply stunning! Check it out:

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'Spent' floats into the ether on a wave of strings and sublime vocals and reverb drenched guitar stabs. A stunning track that would grace any dream-pop compilation worth it's salt. The duel vocal harmonies are divine & keep you interested as you float along with its addictive centre. A beautiful track indeed.

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'Owl's' - track 7 on this impressive release instantly caught my ear with its beautiful vocal arrangements, reverb drenched guitar lines & dream-pop infused swirls. This is a stunning track full of accomplished musicianship and sure to have you hooked on this band after your very first listen. This is beautiful in its arrangement & sure to captivate live audiences. Check it out:

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Take a listen to any track on this album Channels, Farewell waltz, False Realities, Habit, Take It in, Spent, Owl's, Swan Song, Nothing's There & Terminals and you will instantly become addicted to the sonic soundscapes Pleasantry create. They are a really impressive band with varying influential traits that will keep you enthralled as you swerve through their musical highways. Theres also some musical contributions from other artists on this release that really need to be mentioned - Strings on “Farewell Waltz”, “Spent”, “Owls” and “Swan Song” by Josh Wei, Vocals on “False Realities”, “Habit” & “Swan Song” by Weish, Horn section on “Take It In” by Alfrey Noor, Hafiz Ismail, “Dizzy” Dzulhusnie and Shah Rizal & Keyboards on “Nothing’s There”, “Swan Song” and “False Realities” by Firdauz Asyraft. The album was Engineered and Mixed by Leonard Soosay at Snakeweed Studios in Singapore & Mastered by Rick Fisher and Rachel Field at RFI Mastering in Seattle, WA.

Pleasantry are happy to announce that they will be playing overseas for the first time on May 8th, 2015 at Canadian Music Week in Toronto, whose lineup includes Colbie Caillat, Death Cab For Cutie, Kiesza, Magic!, Billy Talent, The Jesus and Mary Chain and more. They will also be having their first short tour in the States in hopes of gaining international fans. Go and check them out if you can.

LINKS:

facebook.com/Pleasantry

twitter.com/pleasantrymusic

instagram.com/pleasantrymusic/

pleasantry.bandcamp.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney
Del Chaney

 Del Chaney has spent the last two 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. He also currently writes for Canadian based online music webzine ReplicantEars. 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 | La Casa Al Mare - This Astro EP

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ARTIST: La Casa Al Mare

RELEASE: This Astro EP

RELEASE DATE: 07/04/15

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

I first came across La Casa Al Mare after the release of their double A side single 'CD girl / M' back in September 2014  & their blissful sound had me hooked instantly. Their walls of reverb laden guitars enticed me in and welcomed me with open arms. They have a distinct sound that harks back in parts to the hazy shoegazing sounds of the early 1990's. Full of expressionism & psychedelic influence La Casa Al Mare create a maelstrom of lucid but emotive shoegaze that transcends most modern day shoegazing bands but they don't showboat or gloat about it in any way. They are reserved in their songwriting ability but can bend & twist frequencies at a whim to manufacture a sound so addictive that it will have you yearning to hear more. I firmly believe that listening to them will transport you to another sonic plain - a higher plain, where psychedelic Shoegaze is king! Hailing from Rome, Italy La Casa Al Mare are: Marco Poloni - Bass & Vocals, Paolo Miceli - Drums & Alessio Pindinelli - Guitars & Vocals and they have just released their epic debut first full EP entitled -  'This Astro EP'. The EP includes the previously internet-only released double A-singles - M/CD Girl, Sunflowers/Tonight Or Never, plus three previously unreleased songs - I Don't Want To, At All  and the album's title track 'THIS ASTRO', exclusively available on CD only! The CD pre-order incudes the immediate DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the whole tracklist, minus the 'This Astro' song. A download code for At All will be sent separately via email to You. The CD shipping date is due in early May.

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The EP opens up with the magnificent - 'I Don't Want To'. A solid wall of sound hits you between the eyes and transports you back to 1989/90  & into a live venue packed with people focused on a new musical adventure unfolding before their eyes. This Is shoegazing as it should be. Touches of My Bloody Valentine swirling around a tornado of Guitars, Bass, Drums & Vocals to create a sound so beautiful it will blow you away.

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Track 2 is the immense - 'Sunflowers'. For those of you who have never listened to 'La Casa Al Mare' before this should be your starting point. A blissful roller-coaster ride of sonic emotions wash over you as you glide on a wave of reverb laden guitars, pounding drums & blissful vocal tones. This is how it should be. This is shoegaze. 

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Sonically mind-blowing & immensely addictive 'M' enters the musical arena like a steam train. Released back in September 2014 this is a  swirling monstrous maelstrom of sound twisting around an addictive vocal line that sends shivers down your spine with its wave after wave of reverb laden guitar swells! Its another triumphant track & the very first track that I initially ever heard from this immense band. After listening to this I was instantly hooked. You will be too.

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Subtle hints of 60's psychedelia float on the sonic waves of track 5 on this impressive debut EP release from Rome based 'La Casa Al Mare'. 'Tonight Or Never' - is a laid back slice of coolness. Acoustic guitar tones soothe the atmosphere & create a welcome break from the previous sonic onslaught of the opening 3 tracks. Check it out: 

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The closing track on 'This Astro EP' doesn't disappoint. 'CD Girl' is another brilliant example of a band in love with their music. This track will take you by the hand and guide you through a universe of immense sonic delights with crashing drums & addictive guitar lines. Reminiscent at times to Ride, Slowdive & Chapterhouse - 'CD Girl' will wash over you, cleanse you of your sins & take you on a magical journey. A modern day masterpiece. Wait for the chorus change to hit you & enjoy:

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This is a magical EP full to the brim of what modern day shoegazing should be about. Emotive, awe inspiring & addictive tracks that open up your senses to every single blissful note. Do yourselves a favour & go and get a copy of this release. It is simply stunning . This is only a starting point for 'La Casa Al Mare' & I now urge them as a band to go & write a full album of new material & unleash it on to the world because I for one will be top of the Q to buy it when they do.

'This Astro EP' is now available to pre-order on CD from - lacasaalmare.bandcamp.com

LINKS:

facebook.com/pages/La-casa-al-mare/240822186006795

twitter.com/LaCasaAlMare

lacasaalmare.bandcamp.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney
Del Chaney

Del Chaney has spent the last two 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. He also currently writes for Canadian based online music webzine ReplicantEars. 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: The One2's - EP 2

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ARTIST: The One2's

RELEASE: EP 2 

RELEASE DATE: 06/01/15

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

We get contacted regularly on the Primal Music Blog by a lot of bands with expertly written press releases outlining their sound & influences etc etc. What I mean is that most of the time their press release's or band bio's tell us what they want us to know just so they catch our eye, rather than telling us the truth. We then go and listen to their music and they sound nothing like their written bio reads and most of time we don't review or write about them at all. Its a common occurrence unfortunately & one that I can only put down bands being uneducated in the ways of contacting music blogs or reviewers. So imagine my surprise to read an email from a band who do exactly as it says on the tin via their press release & then go that extra mile to sound immense musically. Philadelphia based noise merchants 'The One2's' create a full on, no messing around, sonic attack on your senses.  Their sound is heavily laden with multiple influences from many genres of music but they manage to focus it directly at the listener & not let it get swallowed up in the maelstrom of screaming vocals, pounding drums, throbbing bass, layered walled guitars & synth sounds. Yes they have a solid shoegazing foundation in parts but they also manage to intertwine post-punk, touches of early grunge & flourishes of dream-pop into the mix to create a sonic manifesto all of their own. 'The One2's' are made up of: Leiana - Bass & Vocals, Sean Bombz - Guitars & Vocals, Jay Dyer - Drums  & Tom Nuzzie - Guitars & Vocals. The 5 track - 'EP2' was released on the 6th January 2015 and we reckon that it's immense!

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The EP opens with a two minute seven second instrumental montage (or modern day tribute) to the 80's synth era with added post-punk swirls. A bit of a misnomer for me,  but it works!  Check out 'Gazed Out' for yourselves:

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Track 2 is probably my favourite on the whole EP & is most definitely full on shoegazing at its very best. An addictive chord sequence heralds the arrival of a musical behemoth in the form of a sonic wall of reverb laden guitars, pounding drums, throbbing bass & soaring vocals. Im in shoegaze heaven! The chorus break alone will have you screaming at your stereo willing the band for more. 'Cryer' is absolutely stunning. Check it out:

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Track 3 - 'Pop The Ripper' opens with that distinctive post-punk fuelled Philadelphia sound of charging Bass & Drums, swirling effected Guitar swells and addictive Vocal lines reminiscent in parts to Philly stalwarts  - 'Stellarscope'. A triumph of a track and one that should come across monstrous in a live setting. Check it out:

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'The One2's' Dream-Pop influences are clearly audible throughout the beginning of Track 4 on this impressive release. With an intro of Drums, Bass & impressive Guitar swells 'I Can See' introduces us to the vulnerable vocal tones of bassist Leiana before opening up into another explosive shoegaze fuelled maelstrom of effected Guitars thriving Drum tracks & subtle Bass lines. I've listened to this track on headphones & it is really impressive.

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The EP closes with what at first comes across as a  tame slow burner of a track - but don't be fooled. 'Blank Stare' is spacious & bright with floating reverb drenched guitar lines, a simple drum pattern and a serine bass line all cradling & protecting the venerable vocal track up to a point. This track explodes half way through spilling its guts onto the musical canvass with screaming vocals, heavy guitars and pounding drums. A truly immense track full of peaks & troughs that incites the listener into its inner core before expelling it through the medium of full on sound waves. Check it out:

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Overall this EP is an impressive body of work from a band who are not afraid to experiment with particular genres of music to create something all of their own. 'The One2's' continuously show songwriting prowess throughout this EP & their song structures are faultless. Apart from the opening track, this EP is a marvel and I look forward to hearing what comes next from this distinctively sounding group of musicians.

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LINKS:

facebook.com/TheOne2s

twitter.com/theone2s

youtube.com/user/TheOne2sMusic

soundcloud.com/theone2s

www.theone2s.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney
Del Chaney

Del Chaney has spent the last two 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. He also currently writes for Canadian based online music webzine ReplicantEars. 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.


UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT | Hermetic Delight

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Postpunk? Shoegaze ? Pop? Hermetic Delight aren’t afraid to play with aesthetics, embracing a singular identity. With the release of Heartbeat 12’’, in 2013, their last maxi single that splashed all over the blogosphere, the five members of Hermetic Delight have built up a solid following and are a band to keep an eye on. Founded in 2011 & hailing from Strasbourg in France, we caught up with the band and asked them a few questions on Music, Future Plans & their involvement in Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival. Check it out:

 

WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOUR BAND AND HOW YOU ORIGINALLY CAME TOGETHER?

We are a 5 piece band from Strasbourg/France in 2 guitars, a bass, drums and a singer format. We’re making this music that is sometimes called to remind a good mixture of noise pop and shoegaze.
We can say that the band was actually formed by Delphine (drums). She took up drum lessons for a while and she wanted and needed to form a band. She had met Bob (bass) and Atef (guitar). They kept playing together for a while and when Geoffrey (guitar) and Zeynep (vocals) arrived in 2010, the actual line up was ready to go.

WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?

This has always been a difficult question because each member in the band is into listening to various kinds of musical styles. Our tastes make an eclectic blend altogether but to start with, My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, Wire, Sonic Youth, etc. are what comes out as influences on both the sound and shape of our band.

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WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START MAKING MUSIC?

Everyone in the band has a different story to tell. Some of us started at really early ages some of us a little bit later. What inspired us maybe, is the urge to smash our heads on punk rock (as Sebadoh named it well.)

IS IT A SHOEGAZE REVIVAL OR A REBIRTH? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE RECENT FILM 'BEAUTIFUL NOISE' AND REUNIONS OF SUCH BANDS LIKE RIDE, SWERVEDRIVER, MEDICINE & SLOWDIVE?

It is too early to tell whether this is a revival or a rebirth, but it somewhat seems like both of them are happening. I haven’t watched the film yet, but I definitely will. One of the best parts of this now is that we get to see many of these first-wave bands in live action. We missed the chance to see when they were active because many of us were too young and some of us weren’t even born yet. It’s also amazing that these bands are still great today and that they continue to write new stuff.

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CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE RECENT REVOLUTION SHOEGAZE REVIVAL COMPILATION?

All of a sudden, Gerpfast Kolektif from Indonesia contacted us to send a title for an upcoming joint shoegaze compilation with Ear to Ear Records, but we really didn’t know that this would be such a huge event! This has been a good occasion for us to consider how widespread the shoegaze community really is, and this is very exciting for us to receive such positive feedback from all around the world about this compilation.

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MUSICALLY, WHAT ARE YOUR BANDS PLANS OVER THE NEXT YEAR?

The next year for us will be about composing as much as we can for an album that we plan to release in 2016 but meanwhile we won’t totally leave live acts aside and we will surely make small surprise releases from time to time. We are in negotiation process with labels at the moment.

 

IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO COVER ANY ARTIST, WHO WOULD IT BE & WHY?

We already did two covers for a digital release that came up in 2013. The Funeral Party from The Cure (which is included in the compilation) and The Gravedigger’s Song from Mark Lanegan. The first reason was our desire to pay homage to two musicians, who we respect and love. At the same time, the idea to try to challenge ourselves by experimenting with these songs without totally turning them into mutants, but to reshape them in order to try give an essence of H.D. anyway, was a fun thing to try.

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IF YOU HAD TO PICK 1 OR 2 OR 3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

Heartbeatful noise, edgy and danger.

LINKS:

hermeticdelight.com

facebook.com/hermeticdelight

soundcloud.com/hermeticdelight