UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT | Clustersun

Clustersun
Clustersun

Italian shoegazing is on the rise as far as we're concerned here in the Primal Music Blog HQ. Every one of our contributing writers are in agreement. Italian 'Nu- Shoegaze' bands are creating some of the best sonic sounds around, not only in Italy, but in our opinion, some of the best in Europe!

CLUSTERSUN are an Italian based band riding the crest of the Italian shoegaze tidal wave right now. They create sonically astute, washy,  loud shoegazey reverberations infused with blissful walls of sound, cold wave atmospheres & crystal clear dreamy melodies. The band are Marco Chisari  - vocals & bass, Mario Lo Faro - guitars, Piergiorgio Campione - synthesizers, keyboards & backing vocals & Andrea Conti - drums. Hailing from Catania, Italy, the band have been together since the beginning of 2013. Their first selfproduced single “Be Vegetal” was included in the CD Summer Sampler 2013 published by american indie label Custom Made Music (Peter Hook & The Light, Freebass, Ringo Deathstarr, Dead Leaf Echo). After that they got signed to the italian indie label Seahorse Recordings for the release of the first album “Out Of Your Ego”. We caught up with the band as they prepare for their first American East Coast tour ( April 23rd to May 3rd - New York, Boston Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Providence, Lancaster, and Lowell) & asked them about their influences, band history & future plans. Check it out:

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Who are you? Tell us about your band and how you originally came together? 

CLUSTERSUN are basically four long-time and really close friends from Catania, Italy, that enjoy making loud noises together. Everything started at the beginning of 2013, when all us four began to rehearse together just for having fun and playing loud. Very loud! We instantly found a wonderful feel and interplay between us: that comfortable sensation of speaking the same musical language, with cranked amps, reverbs and eyes pointed at our feet. So our strong human interconnection and common musical background helped a lot in moving things really fast. We soon self-produced our first song, "Be Vegetal" and put it on Soundcloud. The wonderful Dave Allison of U.S. indie label Custom Made Music heard it and appreciated it: he included it in CMM Summer Sampler, a compilation of shoegaze, post-punk, psych, garage from great acts of all over the world. That really pushed things up and was a big spotlight for us. A few weeks later we signed with Italian indie label Seahorse Recordings, run by Italian underground legend Paolo Messere: he brought us in the studio at the end of 2013 for recording our first album "Out Of Your Ego", which came out in April 2014.

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Describe your sound?

We try to mix shoegaze, dreampop, coldwave and psychedelia with hypnotic-obsessive bass lines, dark and cold drum pattern, a strongly expressive guitar with a range that goes from ambient ethereal mood to fuzz-and-reverb madness, fat analog synths and dreamy vocal melodies. Our album "Out Of Your Ego" came out with a distinctive airy-spacey-dreamy-ethereal mood that we love, but we are now at work exploring our fuzzier, grittier, dirtier side in the live renditions of the album tracks and especially in the new material that is coming out at rehearsals. We hate to stand still.

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What do you love about shoegaze?

Shoegaze is a music that can bring you to another dimension, sonically and mentally. It lets you a lot of freedom and big room for experimentation, allowing your creativity to expand in many directions. From a musician’s point of view is like a place where you’re encouraged to breaking borders and pushing things at their limits.

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Your song ‘Hipnosis’ is on the compilation ‘REVOLUTION – The Shoegaze Revival’. How did that come about and what does this all mean? 

We were delighted to be involved In “REVOLUTION - The Shoegaze Revival”, which is an international compilation put together for Ear to Ear Records by a great artist and friend Shauna McLarnon – she is the vocalist in one of the bands we love most, Canadian-Ukrainian duo Ummagma. We were glad to contribute with our single “Hipgnosis”, that sits in excellent company alongside stunning tracks by 30 amazing bands from 16 countries of the world, covering 5 of the 6 inhabited continents: Orangenoise (Pakistan), Sounds of Sputnik (Russia), The Yours (Hong Kong), Trementina (Chile), Ummagma (Canada-Ukraine)Digilite (Indonesia), Jaguwar (Germany), Stellarscope (USA), Spool (Japan), Wozniak (Scotland), Ether Feels (Japan), Hideous Towns (Australia), Lights That Change (Wales, UK), Damascus (Indonesia), Weird. (Italy), Hermetic Delight (France), Rev Rev Rev (Italy), The Evening Primrose (Hong Kong), Stella Diana (Italy), Seaside (Indonesia), Blood Lips (UK), Magao (Japan), Clustersun (Italy), Duelectrum (Brazil), Intenna (Indonesia), Robsongs (Brazil), Slow Motion Picture (USA), Thud (Hong Kong), Sharesprings (Indonesia), and Puna (Peru). This compilation was released on British label Ear To Ear Records and the Indonesian label Gerpfast Kolektifthis is one of the major shoegaze events of 2015, a detailed representation of what shoegaze was, is and also where it could go, as confirmed by the great endorsement and support by legends like Creation Records co-founder Joe Foster, Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver/ Brian Jonestown Massacre), Stephen Lawrie (The Telescopes), and Louise Trehy (Swallow/ Strata Florida). We are so proud to be part of this. [Editor’s note: check out our recent interview with Joe Foster here].

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Why is it important for the world to hear your music? What kind of message would you like to share with international listeners?

We can only say we make visionary music for visionary people, in the most genuine and honest way; we don’t pretend to deliver a particular message to our listeners, maybe an aesthetic ideal.

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Musically, what are your bands plans over the next year?

2015 is going to be a really great year for us! In just a few days we’ll announce our first American tour, 9 gigs on the East Coast between New York, Boston Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Providence, Lancaster, and Lowell, from April 23rd to May 3rd. After that we’ll plan touring in Italy and Europe for summer. We are also still at work on new material and it's a very productive and inspiring time for us. We have completed a bunch of new songs that are coming out in a grittier, edgier and more aggressive mood compared to the ones on the album.

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Can you name some bands from your country or elsewhere as recommended listening?

So many great emerging acts to discover in our country, we highly recommend Rev Rev Rev, Stella Diana, Novanta, My Invisible Friends, In Her Eye, A Modern Way To Die, Weird, La Casa Al Mare, The Crackers, Kimono Lights, 86Sandals, Sonic Jesus, Snow In Mexico, Last Movement, Electric Floor, Allie’s Dope, Winter Severity Index, Klam, Ash Code, and Geometric Vision. You will be able to hear (and download) many of them on the compilation out this week from Shoegazin’ Your Waves.

Clustersun
Clustersun

Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?

Keep following CLUSTERSUN at the links below.

LINKS:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CLUSTERSUN
Twitter: http://twitter.com/CLUSTERSUN
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CLUSTERSUN
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/it/album/out-of-your-ego/id868443460
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/0q2vyNxAbOLdsb0jxpQJz7
Deezer: http://www.deezer.com/album/7741114
Amazon: http://www.amazon.it/Out-Your-Ego-Clustersun/dp/B00JXDPND4/
Audioglobe: http://www.audioglobe.it/disk.php?code=8016670109440
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/clustersun
Bandcamp: http://clustersun.bandcamp.com/
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/clustersun
Instagram: http://instagram.com/clustersuntheband#


EP REVIEW | Wild Meadows - Wild Meadows

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Artist: Wild Meadows

Release: Wild Meadows EP

Release Date: 23/04/15

Record Company: Unsigned 

With so much good music coming out of Australia these days is hardly surprising when I tell you that another brilliant band from that immense continent got in touch with the blog to announce their debut EP.  We've touched on Melbourne based shoegaze/dream-pop bands before on the Primal Music Blog, so you all should know by now just how good bands emerging from that city are at creating immensely sounding atmospheric soundscapes. 'Wild Meadows' are no different! Hailing from Melbourne primarily, but with band members originating in Birmingham, Wellington & Adelaide also, 'Wild Meadows' have a distinctly early  90's shoegaze sound with an underlying nod to 60's psych-pop & 80's electronica all intertwined with an impressive modern day 'nu-gaze' twist. The band are: Kat Karamitros - vocals & keyboards, James Ross - guitar & vocals, Donovan Pill - bass, Chris Rodgers - guitar & Tom S - drums. Their self-titled debut EP is penned in for released on April 23rd 2015 at the Tote, Collingwood and you can check out what we thought of it below:

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The 4 track ’Wild Meadows EP’ opens up with the immense - ‘Colours’. A distinctive post-punk edge adorns this modern day gazing gem with swirling effected guitars, a beautiful vocal line & a really addictive bass track. Fans of Philadelphia based outfit - ‘The Morelings’ will love this track. The chorus explodes onto the musical landscape announcing the arrival of yet another amazing Melbourne based post-punk infused shoegazing outfit. Sublime!

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Track 2 - ‘Jennifer’, is a journey back in time to the early 90’s with its melodic vocal lines, swells of reverb drenched guitars & power-pop explosions! Reminiscent in parts to early 90’s, UK based - ‘Chapterhouse’, this is stunning example of a band in tune with their musical influences & surroundings! The songwriting & song structuring on this track are immense and coupled with the production makes this debut EP's stand out track for me. It has this addictive chorus break that will have you hooked from the very first listen & what’s going on under the vocal track is nothing short of beautiful. ‘Jennifer’ - is the bedrock of this entire EP as far as I’m concerned and that makes it possibly my favourite track. But don’t take my word for it, go & check it out for yourself:

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 Track 3 ‘Save Yourself’ may lean more towards garage & 60’s psych-pop with it’s guitar stylings but it’s all about the vocal track on this one for me! Kat Karamitros (Vocals & Keyboards) has an alluring tone to her vocal that keeps you interested in the tracks that she takes the lead on. Both - ‘Save Yourself’ & this EP’s opening track - ‘Colours’, have a depth to them and I believe it’s down to Karamitros vocal abilities. They sit really well with a layered wall of reverb effected guitars, driving bass & explosive drums. Check it out:

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The closing track on this impressive debut release from Melbourne based gazers ’Wild Meadows’ entitled - ’Stare At The Sun’ is another solid, early 90’s sounding melodic track full of impressive song writing and catchy production. Im not sure of the bands influences and if I offend them in any way I apologise in advance, but I can hear ‘The Soup Dragons’ & early ‘Pearl’ era ’Chapterhouse’ on this track and it doesn't disappoint at all. Go check it out:

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This is a brilliantly executed debut release from ‘Wild Meadows’. It showcases some really impressive songwriting skills with tracks that loop & arc through layers of effected sound-waves & vocal tones to die for. It will have you wanting to hear more from them & I look forward to hearing what comes next?  A full release will tell more & until then I wish them well.

 

You can get your hands on this EP by heading over to the bands Bandcamp Page and supporting them there.

LINKS:

soundcloud.com/wild-meadows

facebook.com/WildMeadowsofficial

wildmeadows.bandcamp.com

Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - March 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.

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, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genres of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm The Primal Radio Show 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. 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 | Bloodhounds On My Trail

Bloodhounds On My Trail
Bloodhounds On My Trail

Melbourne based 'Bloodhounds On My Trail' create a 60's sounding fuzzy psychedelic imprint that not only connect 80's atmospheric post-punk to early 90's gaze but also add a modern edge to their immense soundscapes. A love of shoegaze bands of the late 1980s to early 90s provided the catalyst for the formation of the band. Since then, members Johnny Green (guitar, vocals), Chris Donaldson (guitar), Jonny O’Hara (bass) and Nik Donaldson (drums) have sought to fuse the rhythmic underpinnings of bands like the Velvet Underground and the Stooges with the dream haze of Cocteau Twins and Slowdive. With an addictive, reverb soaked, maelstrom of layered effects and beautiful melodies their sound could grace any soundtrack of a modern day musical audience. 'Bloodhounds On My Trail' are one of our favourite bands right now & we are stoked to have interviewed them for the blog. Their latest amazing release - Escape EP is available to download from their Bandcamp Page HERE. We also reviewed it for The Primal Music Blog and you can read our thoughts on it HERE.

We new releases in the pipeline & serious attention building around the band, we caught up with them and asked them a few questions about their influences, future plans & their thoughts on shoegaze!

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1) Who are you? Tell us about the formation of the band & your history?
We are Bloodhounds On My Trail from Melbourne, Australia who practice the art form of music, writing songs, sharing experiences & falling out. In other words, we are a band. It all started pretty spontaneously with Johnny and Nik jamming on a few ideas that I had on a loop pedal. Johnny was listening to a lot of Jesus and Mary Chain at the time and that really inspired him to start a new band. Once they had worked out a few songs (incl 'She's In My Plans') Chris was asked to come check out what they were doing with it in mind to have him join as another guitarist since two guitarists could create a big sound. After hearing what the then duo had created Chris was immediately impressed and keen to contribute to what they were creating. After some practices as a trio a good friend Jonny O'Hara was recruited on bass who appeared on Escape EP. Shortly after the release of that EP O'Hara parted ways & Che (of Miniatures) threw his hat in the ring to punch out the 4 stringer. A brief history for a band that has only been around for just over a year.

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2) Who are your biggest influences?
We focus heavy on the song writing aspect & find influence comes more from life & experiences than just music. We don't ever decide we like a particular tune so we try to do one like it. Its more the fact that tunes are written that capture a particular mood musically & have a particular content lyrically. Influence on writing a song comes from conscious thought that's decided by what happens to & around us or to an individual and the music is a subconscious influences based on the music we enjoy to listen to. As the music aspect goes, as a band we are into a wide range of music (anything from late 80s, early 90's UK/US stuff to Rockabilly to Punk) and we really dig that. It helps in keeping the ideas interesting and exciting. We collaborate and flesh out a lot of songs from a basic idea Johnny or Chris bring to the table and it's really cool when you leave rehearsal with a song that has taken a direction that you didn't see coming... Those are the songs that give us a buzz.

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3) Describe your sound?

Underneath it all we hope our song writing comes through followed by a big sound sonically. We are always trying to keep tunes very much together in terms of the instrumentation so we can have a thick blanket of sound. Maybe think of drone sounding guitars where the bass denotes chord changes & a most solid of beats. Add to that some JAMC inspired riffs melodies that are emotive.

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4) What inspired you to start making music?

It's best when it's more in your blood than a particular moment when you decide to make music. Sure there are turning points that may make you do something because it inspired you but music had always been a big part of growing up for all of us so it's just been a natural step from the beginning. Like Johnny got into a lot of bands (The Smiths, The clash, The White Stripes, The Beach Boys...all the good stuff) from the vinyl his Dad played from the lounge room. Wasn't something consciously thought about, just loved hearing new bands and new songs so figured why not learn guitar and start a band. The brothers (Nik & Chris), like Che as well grew up with a musical parents so nature + nurture will always win.

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5) What do you love about shoegaze?
The music itself just hits the right chord with all of us. Never really thought about it. Just heard and loved it immediately. Also the "scene" is a great community really. All supportive. The way it always has been really. It's niche. Niche people always get each other more.

Bloodhounds On My Trail
Bloodhounds On My Trail

6) Why is it important for the world to hear your music? What kind of message would you like to share with international listeners?

Because like bands that we love, be that local or international, everyone can bring something great. We like to think that people could be getting a good buzz of hearing our music just like when anyone listen to anything that they enjoy. As for a message... Escape?

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7) What are some of your favorite bands or albums?
We wanna take this question to plug some Roogaze (Australian Shoegaze) that we love (no particular order of course): Lowtide, Contrast, Miniatures, Hideous Towns, Flyying Colours, Blush Response, Luna Ghost, Kigo, Lunaire, Roku Music, Fait. So many. Probably missed some!

Bloodhounds On My Trail
Bloodhounds On My Trail

8) Musically, what are your bands plans over the next year?
Been writing a lot of new songs recently and plan to release a couple of singles in this year followed by an EP. We have just finished recording a cover of a ''Dreams Burn Down" by gaze fav's Ride for a Ride tribute compilation that is available on 'the blog that celebrates itself' bandcamp - check it out! Other than that, play more shows locally, around Australia and internationally perhaps!

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LINKS:

Facebook.Com/BloodhoundsOnMyTrail

Twitter.Com/BloodHoundsMelb

BloodhoundsOnMyTrail.Bandcamp.Com

 

ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER:

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 The Primal Radio Show 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 Holy Cosmos - THC​/​VC Split

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Artist: The Holy Cosmos

Release: THC/VC Split

Release Date: 31/01/15

In the world of music there is no bigger force right now than the internet. Connectivity between bands of all disciplines and their fans is centred around their social media outlets & music streaming platforms. The age of lugging tape reels on airplanes so as to collaborate with your peers on the other side of the globe has gone to the great gig in the sky! Nowadays it’s all about click & send. One such cross geographical collaboration met on a Facebook music group called ‘Space Mantra’, a Facebook group dedicated to supporting psychedelic, shoegaze infused spacerock in all it’s many guises. ‘The Holy Cosmos’ are a spacerock band from Mexico City & along with a German friend of theirs, ‘Vintage Cucumber’ (I Kid You Not ), from Templin, Germany, they have just released a 6 track split EP entitled - ‘THC/VC Split’. Its split with 3 tracks from each artist.
The Holy Cosmos’ are: Rita – Drums, Vocals & Percussions, Ernesto - Drums & Percussions, Fabián – Bass, Marco – Guitar & Vocals, Josuæ – Guitar, Juan – Guitar. They met on the Facebook group - ‘Space Mantra’ & then in person at a rock show when they were two different bands. Ernesto & Marco were in ‘Voyager 2’ and Rita, Juan, Fabián & Josué were in ‘Neutle’. At the end of 2013 they decided to join forces to make the atmospheric juggernaut that is ‘The Holy Cosmos’. Their influences are wide reaching & impressive with Dead Skeletons, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Neu!, The Velvet Underground, Spacemen 3, The Warlocks, Sonic Youth, Bardo Pond & MBV all on the list.
The ’THC/VC Split EP’ - is a supersonic roller coaster ride through blissful, lush musical highways intertwined with space heavy atmospheric tones. This is an amazing collaborative release full of pulsating instrumental shoegaze, psychedelic swells & luscious reverb drenched vocal swirls. For fans of shoegaze infused spacerock this is a must have release. 2015 is shaping up to being a massive year for the shoegazing genre.

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The EP opens up with the first composition from ‘The Holy Cosmos’, a creeping monolith of a track called - ‘Fields’. It has a distinctive ‘Spacemen 3’ meets ‘Velvet Underground’ feel to it. You melt into its inner core & disappear inside until you are suspended in reverb drenched wonderment. Check it out:

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Track 2 is another from a heavy hitting - ’The Holy Cosmos’. ‘Come On Riding’ - has that stoner-gaze vibe reminiscent of early stuff by Californian based gazers - ‘The Warlocks’. A sluggish repetitive guitar sequence hugs the bass & drums like a man in love! The reverb effected vocal lines intertwine & swirl around the entire track as it pulsates & moves like a snake. Immense track!

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Track 3 is possibly my favourite on this whole release!Cult Of Skulls’ is a 5 minute plus, express elevator to hell! It explodes onto the musical canvass from the off and it twists & turns through layers of socially brilliant effected guitars, pulsating bass lines & solid Drums. This is an addictive musical masterpiece. It reminds me of another brilliant Australian based outfit called - ‘Luna Ghost’& their epic 2014 release ‘The Luna Ghost EP’. Check it out:

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Track 4 is ‘Vintage Cucumber’ territory!  But don’t let the band name fool you. This is an absolutly immense track full of addictive reverb drenched guitar loops, reminescent in parts to early ‘Loop’ or american based instrumental shoegazers ‘Ghost Box Orchestra’. Its another full on edge of your seat sonic ride through layers & layers of effected guitars and solid drum tracks. ‘Mutterhertz’ is dance music in shoegazing form. LISTEN TO IT ON HEADPHONES. It will blow you away.

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Next up is another monster of a track!Vintage Cucumbers’ -’Rennsimulator Marke Eigenbau’ reminds me of ‘Contino Sessions - Death In Vegas’. Continuously pulsing vocal samples striding a drum track built for driving to, with swirling guitar lines and bass frequencies to die for. This track is another floor filler in gazing form. Look at your shoes.

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The final track on this impressive release is another ‘Vintage Cucumber’ gem. Slower than the previous two tracks, ‘Windhart’, takes you by the hand and leads you into a sonic heaven full of angelic reverb laden tones worthy of worshiping on another musical plane. This stunning track opens up into a haunting vocal line filled with intent. It builds & builds into the chorus break like norse god waiting to explode. This is psychedelic shoegazing at its very, very best & it will send chills down your spine! Check it out for yourselves:

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Im very impressed with both bands on this split release. The shoegazing genre of music is amazingly strong all around the globe and both of these acts are worthy of joining this new wave of gazing prowess currently caressing the earlobes of the worlds gazing fans. This Split EP is available up on bandcamp to download for free. Go and get a copy of it while you still can.

Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - March 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.

LINKS:

Facebook.Com/TheHolyCosmos

TheHolyCosmos.Bandcamp.Com

Facebook.Com/VintageCucumber

VintageCucumber.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, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genres of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm The Primal Radio Show 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. 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 | Marble - Demo

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Artist: Marble

Release: Demo

Release Date: 11/02/15

Record Company: Unsigned

Back in the late 80’s I fell in love with an american based band called ‘For Against’. With full on catchy dream-pop inspired gazing sounds I instantly became a big fan & subsequently collected everything they ever released on Vinyl. Fast forward to last week and imagine my surprise when I was contacted by a band with a sound so reminiscent of ’For Against’ that I had to do a double take! ‘Marble’ - are Elliot C & Julian L, they formed in 2013 in Marlboro, NY over in the U.S & they take their influences from Scott Cortez, Robin Guthrie, Kevin Shields, Bulgarian Choir Music, Bela Bartok & Kate Bush. Marble display that typical 'For Against' sound - the full on high- tempo, gazing soundscape -  that enthralled me back in the late 80's,  but they have also intertwined a modern edge that is both captivating & laden with melodic dreamy walls of sonically immense reverb drenched guitars. Their 5 track debut EP is entitled 'Demo' & it was recorded January 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.    

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The EP opens with the pounding  - 'And'. There is a strong power-pop influence running through the 'Marble' sound. It's only when you hear the full on wall of sound explode in your eardrums do you realise just how many influences are actually streaming through their impressive soundscapes. Name a band & I can guarantee you will hear it in their sound and that just goes to show the wealth of talent in their influential musical gene pool. This track is immense! An explosive opening track. Very impressive!

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Track 2, 'Lavender & Cherry' is stuffed full of early shoegaze influences! I can hear Chapterhouse, MBV, For Against & Pale Saints all intertwining into a lush, immense, shoegaze fuelled maelstrom of beautiful sonic tones. A brilliant interlude from the full on, in your face explosion of the opening track, the chorus change in 'Lavender & Cherry' is simple breathtaking & worthy of praise on its own. You really need to check this track our for yourselves:

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'Slimy', the EP's third track is nothing short of beautiful! Immense reverb drenched vocals introduce us to waves of sonically delightful guitars. This track will have you gazing at your shoes & dreaming your life away with its soothing tones. Its builds & builds to a massive ending, sweeping you away with its walls of  luscious guitars. A masterclass in this bands songwriting abilities, it is my favourite track on this release and yet again, another marvellous track from a very, very impressive band. Ones to watch for the future.

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The longest track on this release, coming in at 4 Minutes and 30 Seconds, is 'The Infinity Link'. Doing exactly as it says on the tin, this track is another shoegazing masterpiece. It's guitar lines will transfix & mesmerise you until you fall into a sonic explosion of tone & shape. This is a monster of a track. Listen to it on headphones & wonder at it's psychedelic qualities. Dreamy to a point, but immensely satisfying to this listener. Very impressive.

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The final track on this really impressive release is 'V'. Vocally ,this track will bowl you over. Hauntingly beautiful. The production qualities on them are amazing. Coupled with the explosive full on layers of reverb laden guitar lines & a solid drum track, this track is a fitting ending to a brilliant release. Easily making me want to hear more. 

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Its very difficult to find fault with this band. Musically, they have ability in spades! Their production techniques are second to none! But what stands out for me about them is their ability to introduce so many of the influences that they hold dear into their music.  If you need to hear something good this weekend then go and download this EP. It will entertain you!  If you are a fan of the Genre, it will blow you away! Newbies to the scene could do no wrong using 'Marble' as a starting point in this new wave of gazing!  This EP is a masterpiece. I can't wait to hear what they come up with next.

Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - March 2015 - Dublin, Ireland. 

LINKS:

marblemusic.bandcamp.com

soundcloud.com/marblemusic

 

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, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genres of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm The Primal Radio Show 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. He also currently writes for Canadian based online music webzine www.ReplicantEars.com. 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 | Joe Foster (Legendary Musician, Producer & Label Boss)

Joe Foster
Joe Foster

Slaughter Joe aka Joe Foster (born Joseph James Foster Ruiz) is a musical artist, record producer, historian, and former child actor based in Scotland. Along with Alan McGee and Dick Green, he formed Creation Records in 1983. He set up the Kaleidoscope Sound label in the mid-1980s, and Creation's subsidiary label Rev-Ola Records in the early 1990s.  He is noted for producing the The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Telescopes, Primal Scream', and My Bloody Valentine. He also produced records for many others, including the X-Men, The Jasmine Minks, The Loft, Felt, The Sea Urchins, The Bounty Hunters, Dave Kusworth, 18 Wheeler, Razorcuts, I, Ludicrous, Captain Soul, and The Creation among others.

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His early days in music can be traced back to the early 80's avant garde pop of the Television Personalities. He produced the TVP’s classic album, The Painted Word, before joining Alan McGee in the embryonic Biff Bang Pow! In 1983 he formed Creation Records with Alan McGee and Dick Green, going on to become the label’s house producer. In this capacity he produced many of the early singles and albums that distinguished the label, including material by the Loft, Primal Scream, Jesus And Mary Chain and Biff Bang Pow! By 1987 Foster had begun a relationship with My Bloody Valentine, recording singles with them for the Kaleidoscope Sound label, before bringing them, and another artist on that label, Dave Kusworth, to Creation Records. Two albums with Kusworth, plus two Felt collections, were produced in 1988, before he moved to Holland to produce various projects for the Megadisc label.

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 On his return to England he would use this experience to help young bands tour the low countries, and he also returned to live sound engineering (having initially taken this role with the fledgling Jesus And Mary Chain). In 1991 he set up a small demo studio with Sonic Boom (ex-Spacemen 3) to record the artist’s new material and that of other local bands. The following year he returned to Creation to set up a subsidiary division, the Rev-Ola label, in order to license and remaster material from the 50s to 80s (including the excellent reissues from the Millennium and Sagittarius). He continued to run the label while producing albums by 18 Wheeler and the Creation, the 60s psyche band who originally inspired the parent label’s choice of title. After the break-up of Creation Records, Foster moved on to join the newly formed Poptones label. Then, in 2002, in 2002, joining forces with Cherry Red Records’ Iain McNay in revitalising the Rev-Ola label.  He has recently worked with and has released records by - Eugene Kelly, BMX Bandits, Norman Blake, The Fine Arts Showcase, Zoe, Control Freak, The Cake, Roger Nicholls and a Small Circle of Friends, Evie Sands, The Wondermints, The Ecstasy of St. Theresa, The Telescopes, The Brian Jonestown Massacre & Richard Olsen. Joe Foster's list of musical credits are endless. You can check them out HERE.

His releases under the name Slaughter Joe are: "Slaughter Joe And The Modern Folk Quintet - All Around My Hobby Horse's Head ‎(LP) (Kaleidoscope Sound 1987) & "The Pied Piper Of Feedback" (Creation Records 1990)

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More recently Joe Foster has been working tirelessly with todays up & coming bands/artists from all around the globe, instilling his hard earned knowledge of Production, Mastering & Remixing Skills on their music! In my opinion he is a musical visionary & someone that young bands of today should not only look up to, but should investigate as a source of all things music! We sent Joe a few questions about his Career, Todays Rebirth Of Shoegaze & Creation Records. He kindly agreed to answer them. For that we are eternally grateful and we thank him a lot. Check it out:

 

Del: Hi Joe - Before we start, can I just say that I'm a big fan of yours (STARSTRUCK DEL TALKING). 'The Painted Word' by The Television Personalities is a truly great album. I know that you not only produced it but you played most of the instruments on it as well, so as far as I'm concerned you are a musical visionary! 

JF: **Why thank you :-

DEL: When did it all begin musically for you?

JF: **IDK drifted into it I suppose...as a child actor of a low range type haha also my late father was a recording engineer at various studios and the BBC...through his contacts I was working at a tea boy level at various music publishers in ‘’Tin Pan Alley’’ era Denmark Street not too far from where I lived in Fitzrovia...not then at all a fancy part of town let me add haha. The London music world was still just about as it had always been since forever, many of us worked in lowly positions in it looking to work out way up...Dan Treacy worked for Swansong records/Led Zeppelin as an office boy, which he hated haha...Stevie New and Rusty Egan of The Rich Kids etc worked at Warner Bros in the postroom so many other teaboys about hahaha the classic… a lost world haha lost as Atlantis...a shame in some ways as kids cannot feel part of an interesting business, where who knows? Instead they are put out there as contestants on an amateur hour TV show and that’s the new mainstream...tragic really…we would kind of know people like Andrew Loog Oldham or Derek Taylor or whoever...kids today trying a mainstream way know who? Some TV wacko...
I was also studying at the Central School of Art for some years, and moved in that world...still do in some ways haha met all sorts of people..London in that period was pretty buzzing, and we were all part of it, no matter how low we were seen by the movers and shakers, to ourselves we were genius hahaha it was a clubtastic time and we heard so much different music and met so many people some things we felt part of others we observed and liked or hated but all interesting to us as artists...oh well

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DEL: You have produced some amazing bands from all around the world, some of them labeled as seriously influential in modern day music. Big names such as - My Bloody Valentine, Jesus And Mary Chain & Primal Scream, to name but a few. But you are also a gifted musician & founding member of The Television Personalities. How difficult was it back then to get your music heard by the right people? And do you have any insight for the bands reading this interview into approaching record labels today?

JF: **As I say, still a small world in music, Soho in London, various places in NYC, Hollywood etc though it was the mainstream but it was reachable we never felt it was impossible….we just wanted to lord it with our art and we kinda did eventually. We never felt ANYTHING was impossible..or difficult. Delusional? probably haha. And if we could not be on the mainstream show or label we would create our own and propose it as a replacement culturally...IDK how gifted I am as a musician..multi talentless perhaps haha
Alas today there has been a creeping amateurisation going on...which has tbh hurt music...if no one is a pro, it’s all for free and it’s all a game..your art means little..grrr haha oh well I better get rich parents :-)

The Creation Years
The Creation Years

DEL: In the 1980's & into the early 1990's - 'Creation Records' changed the perception of modern music & brought a blissfully immense sound to the ears of a youth culture crying out for something new. Did you ever think that this little independent record label, which you helped to start, would still be influencing kids today - to the extent that nearly every band referenced as influential to them now, were once Creation Records artists?

JF: **We felt that Creation Records and everyone associated with it would be a legendary new beginning never to be forgotten :-) a new world perhaps we were all insane haha perhaps we still are? This bonded us all to a scary degree in a mental no questions way it still does very tribal oh yesh :-) perhaps that needs to occur in a shoegaze rebirth?

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 DEL: You gave a quote recently about the Ear To Ear Records & Gerpfast Kolektif Records free to download, compilation release, featuring 30 bands from all around the globe, entitled 'Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival'. In it you spoke of a rebirth instead of a revival. Can you recommend some of the newer bands around today, who you are either listening to or working with & who you reckon are contributing to this rebirth?

JF: **Yes exactly I feel this has arisen as what I prefer to call a rebirth a resurgence of a feeling in music in a very organic way...spontaneous something I can identify with...and good grief 30 bands from all over the world? All at once? Having never really met? Something is afoot oh yesh!
The structure of the label (Ear To Ear Records) I find interesting...it is based in Wales and also in Canada...with an awareness of how to publicise the whole thing worldwide...a positive aspect of the internet, like being able to do mixes/remixes without shlepping huge reels around town/the world..opens it all up...one can be anywhere or everywhere like a comic book villain haha the world will be conquered by all this I think this initiative of doing 30 bands right there in a one-er sets out the stall for a whole new thing...and getting it out there makes the magic happen..and it IS magic make no mistake! Let’s focus on these bands to begin...because there will soon be so so many more..and not all the same or even similar...once the genie escapes, it’s game on!!

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DEL: Alan McGee was recently quoted as saying that - "Joe Foster was the Andy Warhol of Creation Records as his pop art prophecies always came true" - Taking that quote into context, who, in your opinion out of all of the bands that you had on Creation Records were the stand out acts for you? And why?

JF: Haha very kind of Alan to say that...I am possibly not quite so omnipotent as all that, but maybe I was...and will be again….so you can take me seriously re the new bands compilation, a new world will escape from it!!
The bands? I loved them ALL every one and still do….as different as many of the bands were, if one takes an academic view there are many common themes to them...perhaps I should write a paper haha

DEL: And Finally, What's next for Joe Foster? Who are you working with at the minute?

JF: **Right now I have been recovering from a fairly challenging spinal injury, almost there :-) meanwhile producing/mixing/remixing and mastering a whole slew of artists old/new from all over the world...that is an advantage of internet world haha lately have produced CuT, Fur Cough, The Beat Movement, and Andy Gallagher...and done mixes for Sonisk Bloodbad, The Veldt, Sleepyard and many others...mastering I am doing non stop for artists old and new...been doing a few jazz and exotica type artists in vinyl albums too, as I love the sound...mono vinyl oh yesh :-)....I may well start doing some contemporary artists too...I like to live my life of love and adventure oh yesh haha ........

 

LINKS:

facebook.com/joefosterrecordproducer

discogs.com/artist/275385-Joe-Foster

poppydisc.tumblr.com/joe

twitter.com/thejoefoster

 

ABOUT THE INTERVIEWER:

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 The Primal Radio Show 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 | Rev Rev Rev

Rev Rev Rev
Rev Rev Rev

Hailing from Modena, Italy, Rev Rev Rev’s sound is influenced by first-wave shoegaze, as well as psychedelic rock, re-metabolizing these elements into a loud, woozy, fuzz-driven context. Their live sets comprise kaleidoscopic video projections waving with music, and the use of self-constructed stomp boxes, producing weird sounds.
The band formed in the summer of 2011, the release of their debut EP, ‘Hypnagogic Visions’ the following year quickly catching the attention of independent webzines and radio stations across Italy; Silent Siren has been included in the shoegaze compilation “Nothing much to lose”, featuring, among others, tracks from Panophonic, Panda Riot, Asàlto al Parque Zoologico, Shi Shi.
Their first LP (self-titled), featuring a psychedelic artwork by Brock Lefferts, has been released in October 2013 and has got lots of positive feedback from press and webzines. Songs from the LP are in rotation on many independent radios. “Rev Rev Rev” were also Number 3 on the 2013 Shoegazer Alive Top 10, were included in the ShoegazeMania Top Ten and in several other 2013 charts. Since the Summer of 2014 their debut album has been distributed in Japanese record stores.

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A digital single has been released in October 2014 on WinWin Records, a new label founded by One Little Indian Records members (iTunes link: http://smarturl.it/Rev-Rev-Rev-iTunes). Side A - “Catching A Buzz” has been featured on Steve Lamacq's show on BBC 6 Radio and its video has been in première on Clash Music Magazine.

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Since September 2013 Rev Rev Rev have toured across Italy, Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Czech Republic, and in October 2014 UK, Switzerland and France. Recently “Rev Rev Rev” has been nominated as best self-produced album by PIMI (Premio Italiano Musica Indipendente).

 

Rev Rev Rev
Rev Rev Rev

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Their latest inclusion in the massive 30 band, worldwide shoegaze compilation comprised by Ear To Ear Records & Gerpfast Kolektif Records entitled: Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival shouldn't come as a surprise! This band are one of the forerunners of this latest rebirth in the shoegazing genre!  Their impressive sound & explosive live shows have seen them grow in strength as they move forward in this modern musical landscape. We caught up with the band and grilled them with some intrusive questioning!  Big thanks to Rev Rev Rev for taking part & answering the questions for us.

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Who are you? Tell us about your band and how you originally came together.

We're from Modena, Italy (the town you may have heard of in relation to Ferrari, Lambrusco red wine and balsamic vinegar). We (Sebastian and Laura) are a couple and we've been in the band since the beginning in 2011, while Greta (drums) and Andrea (bass) joined us more recently, after some line-up changes.

Who are your biggest influences?

My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Spacemen 3, The Velvet Underground, Loop, Dinosaur Jr., and The Pixies.

Describe your sound?
Our sound is kind of first-wave shoegaze, with a touch of psychedelic rock and noise. The output is loud, woozy, fuzz-driven.

What inspired you to start making music?
Listening to the music we like. Bands like, say, Sonic Youth, or MBV themselves, made us understand that there is no limit, nor is there technical concern about the sounds you can make with your instruments. The only North Star is the feelings and states of mind you would like to get.

What do you love about shoegaze?
It’s hypnotic, still loud tones, and being melodic and experimental as well.

Can you tell us about your involvement in the Revolution shoegaze compilation?
We're really proud to be part of this project; Ear to Ear Records (UK), Gerpfast Kolektif (Indonesia) and Shameless Promotion PR have managed to put together such geographically distant bands, concurring to paint a picture with so many shades of shoegaze...

Musically, what are your bands plans over the next year?
We're working on new stuff and should be able to release an LP in some months. The new tunes are more in the vein of experimentation, still keeping the shoegaze attitude. Probably we're going to do a vinyl pressing too. Then we're going to tour as much as possible.

Can you name some bands from your country or elsewhere as recommended listening?
Among the highest peaks reached by Italian pop music, we would mention Franco Battiato and CCCP Fedeli alla linea. In the contemporary indie scene we recommend Stella Diana, La Casa al Mare, Clustersun, 86sandals, and My Invisible Friend.

Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
We just took part in a tribute compilation to Ride managed by The Blog That Celebrates Itself, covering “Polar Bear”. It's another very nice project, which will be released soon: we hope you will like it.

 

LINKS:
revrevrevband.wix.com/revrevrev
www.facebook.com/revrevrev.band
soundcloud.com/revrevrev
twitter.com/revrevrev_band
www.youtube.com/channel/UCOHB4sYmR_O4l90oXafDyhQ
Press contact: contact@shamelesspromotionpr.com
Booking: info@molotovbooking.com


ALBUM REVIEW | Kimono Lights - Imprinting.

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Artist: Kimono Lights

Release: Imprinting

Release Date: 18/02/15

Record Company: Unsigned

We're no strangers to Italian shoegaze/dream-pop scene here at Primal Music HQ. In fact we actively promote the Italian gaze scene to the best of our abilities because we believe that it has some serious contenders in this modern day shoegaze landscape. The standard of underground shoegaze & dream -pop coming out of Italy today is immense! So it won't surprise you when I say that 'Kimono Lights' debut album entitled 'Imprinting', should be classed as one of the best of albums of 2015 so far!  It is a stunning release filled with atmospheric post-rock tendencies, all intertwined with dream-pop swells. It is filled with expressive, emotive shoegaze induced imprints. Immerse yourself into a cauldron of psychedelic goodness & let the sonic pulses wrap themselves around you as you float on a solid wave of reverb drenched vocal lines & atmospheric post-rock infusions. Every track is an emotive journey through the eyes of a sonic god. It is that good. The band is made up of  Andrea Crispy Smiths - Guitar and Vocals,  Manuel Fabbri - Bass, Matteo Sama - Guitar & Enrico Piraccini - Drums and Vocals. We've picked a few tracks from this 10 track debut album & you can read what we thought of them below:

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This albums opening track entitled ‘Autumn’, blissfully begins with haunting tones hugging the sonic ether & filing the air with ethereal vocal swells. Addictive guitar lines seep through this dream-pop infused highway and instantly suck you inside its dreamy soundscape. There are subtle hints of post-rock vibes swirling in amongst the reverb drenched guitar tracks but with an added, definitive heightened shoegaze intensity which keeps the listener attention transfixed on the track.

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Track 2 ‘Etere’ is another stunning, hauntingly brilliant slice of shoegaze magnificence, infused with dream-pop flair. Heavier in parts than the opening track, it traverses a fine line between full on nu-gaze & old school dream-pop, but it lacks absolutely nothing. It floats on wall of lush tones & reverb induced sonic swells. Simply divine! Check it out:

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‘Love Flows’, Track 3 on 'Imprinting', showcases its addictive qualities from the off. A wall of lush vocal’s, catchy guitars, synth swells with a solid drum track cementing in a foundation of musical bliss to die for! Another stunning track from this Italian gazing outfit.

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Don’t be fooled into thinking that Track 5 on this impressive release is anything less than masterful. ‘Kimono Lights’ have this knack of enticing you into their tracks with beautifully crafted songs filled with light & dark moments intertwined gracefully in slow melodic soundscapes. ‘Daydream’ begins like a precious bird in flight on a calm day only to explode like a post-rock behemoth, force fed on a diet of full on shoegazing goodness! This is a stunning track that runs & runs and it’s probably my favourite track on this impressive debut album from another very impressive Italian shoegazing band.

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Check out any of the 10 Tracks on this album & I can guarantee that you will fall in love with its sonic swells & reverb drenched guitar lines. The vocal tracks alone will enthral you. They tell a story through the medium of shoegaze, just like albums created in this genre of music are supposed to do. This album keeps it’s secrets firmly hidden inside each track & makes you sit, listen, take in every single note & every single piece of production, just to find out all about them! How many bands out there today can do that? Yes, there are post-rock edges to ‘Imprinting’, but I think it only enhances the full on ‘Kimono Lights’ soundscape experience. Its yet another string to their very impressive musical bow. This is a wonderfully addictive album that deserves respect.

 

Kimono Lights
Kimono Lights

 

Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - March 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.

LINKS:

facebook.com/Kimonolights

kimonolights.bandcamp.com/releases

soundcloud.com/kimono-lights

open.spotify.com/album/341Djfb18Tk7FAkGu9TJXt

 

 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, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genres of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm The Primal Radio Show 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. He also currently writes for Canadian based online music webzine www.ReplicantEars.com. 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 | The Marbles Jackson.

The Marbles Jackson
The Marbles Jackson

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With 2 blissful EP's behind them,  a highly anticipated debut album entitled  - 'Notes To The Dust' - on the horizon &  a successful crowdfunding campaign, we caught up with the brilliant London based noise merchants 'The Marbles Jackson' and drilled them with a few testing questions! Check out their answers below:

1) Who are you? Tell us about the formation of the band & your history?

We are The Marbles Jackson, a Hackney based four piece band. We've been playing live since late 2011 and released 2 EPs. The Marbles Jackson consists of: Terry Kirkbride (main voice, drums, guitars), Naokoko (guitars, the other voice, drums on one track), Simon Gwynne (keys, electric guitar) and Mikey Belfast Gibson (bass, percussion). Before forming The Marbles Jackson, Terry played drums in Proud Mary, Noel Gallagher and Oasis and that. Naokoko is a performance/installation artist. Two of us are the main songwriters of the band. We are releasing our debut album in April (vinyl in May), which is so exciting.

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2) Who are your biggest influences?

Terry: My grandmother, Kitty Malloy and Charlie Watts.

Naokoko: Patti Smith and Meredith Monk.

3) Describe your sound?

Loop meets The Carpenters! (Naokoko: My mum loves The Carpenters...)

4) What inspired you to start making music?

Terry: It was the only thing I’ve ever been interested in, coupled with the fact that I’m hopeless with everything else.

Naokoko: As an artist, I was always interested in sound, so I had a go at making music.

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5) What do you love about shoegaze?

Terry: I always had a keen interest in other people’s footwear. You can tell a lot about the person by what they have on their feet.

6) Why is it important for the world to hear your music? What kind of message would you like to share with international listeners?

Judging by the soul destroying shite out there at the moment, The Marbles Jackson are the only saviours of the human race!

The Marbles Jackson.
The Marbles Jackson.

7) What are some of your favorite bands or albums?

Twin Peaks soundtrack, The Verve (Early Stuff), Spacemen 3, Mazzy Star, Billie Holiday.

8) We know that you guys are crowdfunding for your next release. Would you recommend this method to other artists? Why?

Absolutely! It’s hard work, though. If your target is realistic and if you engage with your fans, it’s a really good way for DIY bands to get your music out there. If it goes tits up, it’s only yourselves to blame.

9) Musically, what are your bands plans over the next year?

We’ll just shut our eyes, keep playing and see what happens.

Big, big thanks to the band for taking the time out of their debut album preparations to get involved in this interview! You can can still pledge up on their crowdfunding site, to not only get your hands on their forthcoming debut album on Vinyl, but 10% of funds raised above their final target will go to  - Disability Rights UK. An even better reason to get pledging. You can do so by heading here:

www.pledgemusic.com/projects/marblesjackson

LINKS:

Facebook.Com/TheMarblesJackson

Twitter.Com/TheMarblesJackson

soundcloud.com/the-marbles-jackson

 

Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - March 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.

 


UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT | MALKA

'MALKA',  are a New York based 4 piece outfit who have created a sonic landscape full of psychedelic impressions, stunningly emotive shoegaze, intertwined with dream-pop flair, reminiscent in parts to the amazing early 90's sounds of 'Lush' on their latest release entitled 'The Constant State'. The Primal Music Blog caught up with the band and interrogated them with questions about their influences & future plans.

 

MALKA
MALKA

 

1) Who are you? Tell us about the formation of the band & your history?

Darko: Malka is Mike Dawson on drums, David Ciauro on bass/vocals, EJ DeCoske on guitar/synth/vocals, and me, Darko Saric, on guitar/synth/vocals . Mike and I have known each other since 2007. We have played together in a couple of bands: In Flight Radio and Shy Around Strangers (in which David also played). In early 2013 I began to work on some demos and asked Mike if he wanted to record the drums and be part of the project. He liked the demos and after finishing 5 songs (all of them in Spanish) we asked David and EJ to join the band, and Malka was formed. By the end of 2013 we released two singles: "Mirame" and "Mientras Se Respira". We got a bunch of nice reviews and ended up as a finalist in the category of "Best New Artist 2013-Dreampop/Psychedelic" in The Deli Magazine NYC. In 2014 we decided to record new music, and the band's sound evolved. We experimented and tried to find a sound that could represents the four of us as a whole. The result is a stronger sound with more dynamism now that we have three vocalists as David and EJ are also lead singers in the band.

 

2) Who are your biggest influences?

Darko: I like British bands from the late 70's and 80's like The Cure, U2, The Smiths, and Joy Division, and also British bands from the 90's like Radiohead, Suede and Lush.

Mike: Regarding my drumming in Malka, my influences include Mitch Mitchell, Matt Chamberlain, Steve Jordan, Ronnie Vannucci, Jon Theodore, Darko Saric, Sigur Ros, Carlton Barrett, Patrick Keeler, and Marky Ramone.

David: Mastodon, Russian Circles, Refused, Beastmilk, Joy Divison, and Led Zeppelin.

EJ: Tame Impala, Mogwai, The Beatles, Archive, and A Place to Bury Strangers.

 

3) Describe your sound? 

Darko: We try to convey a lot of emotion with our music, and that's why we rely on so many genres of music. Sometimes our music can be aggressive, and sometimes it can be peaceful.

Mike: Cinematic, atmospheric, moody, rock .

David: Our songs tend to evoke a lot visuals for me: colors, specific places, seasons. Each song puts me in a different place.

EJ: Eclectic and cinematic.

 

4) What inspired you to start making music?

Darko: Music was always an important part of my life. My parents had me study music when I was 4 years old, and I was able to be at the conservatory at age 7. As teenager I was hearing music all day long and trying to put a band together with my friends. That moment when you are immersed with the guitar and all sense of time and space disappears is priceless.

Mike: For as long as I can remember all I ever wanted to do was to be in a band, so it's hard to say what inspired me to start making music. But what inspired me to pursue music as a career was a combination of endless hours of MTV, listening to my father and brother's record collections, experiencing the power of drumlines in holiday parades in my town, and the support I received from my music teachers in the public school system.

David: For as long as I can remember, music always inspired me. I started playing drums when I was three. For whatever reason, I always felt connected to music, and that I was able to communicate far better through music than I could with words. I'm left-handed, but play every instrument right-handed, so my love of music was so innate it revealed itself before my handedness.

EJ: I find comfort in listening and creating music and it has brought me stability in many hard (and not so hard) times. Music is where the magic is.

 

5) What do you love about shoegaze?

Darko: What I love about Shoegaze is that is the music genre that brought the artistic element back to pop music. Underneath the wall of reverb, distortion and fx lies a song with a very strong pop sensibility. It's not music for sale or entertainment but it is for anyone who wants to pay attention.

 

6) Why is it important for the world to hear your music? What kind of message would you like to share with international listeners?

For us, what is important is to make music that truly represents us and that we feel passionate about. We want to connect with people, so the idea is that they can relate to the music and the emotions we are trying to convey.

 

7) What are some of your favorite bands or albums?

Darko: The albums that I'm listening these days are: 23 (Blonde Redhead), Fantastic Planet (Noveller), Oshin (Diiv), Dive (Tycho), Warpaint (Warpaint)

Mike: Are You Experienced?, Led Zeppelin I, A Love Supreme, Bob Marley Legend, Road to Ruin.

 

8) Musically, what are your bands plans over the next year?

The following months we are going to promote the EP. We are very lucky that Shameless Promotion PR  is helping us with spreading the word - Shauna is amazing! In June/July we are going to play some shows and then we are hitting the studio and begin working on the next album.

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Big, big thanks to 'Malka' for participating in this interview. You can check out what we thought of their latest EP release 'The Constant State'  - HERE. Then you can go over and get yourselves a copy here - Malkanyc.Bandcamp.Com

LINKS:

malkanyc.com
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Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - March 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.