ARTIST: Hawkeyes / Radiation Flowers
RELEASE: Split EP
RELEASE DATE: 7th July 2017
RECORD COMPANY: Sunmask / Cardinal Fuzz
Ontario based heavy psych aficionados 'Hawkeyes' have joined forces with Saskatoon natives 'Radiation Flowers' on a brand new five track 'Split EP' that is absolutely immense. Stacked with massive walls of hypnotic acid drenched noise 'Hawkeyes' formed back in 2012 (apparently out of sheer boredom) and began self-releasing tracks on cassette before their debut album 'Poison Slows You Down' was picked up by Helmet Lady Records back in 2015. 'Radiation Flowers' on the other hand create spacious psychedelically charged shoegaze permeated at times by edgier, fuzzier moments of sonic contemplation accompanied by floating vocalisations that hark back to that early 4AD sound. The album gets it's full release on the 7th July 2017 via 'Sunmask' and the ever reliable Cardinal Fuzz Records and it available to pre-order right now on colour vinyl with full colour printed inner sleeve via cful.bandcamp.com
'Hawkeyes' open up proceedings with the first of two tracks; 'Atom Heart Motherfuckers Never Learn' swirls into audible range stuck firm to a warbling atmospheric guitar progression steeped in hypnotic reverberations. Sparse flourishes of cymbal and fizzing fret noise pull a massive surge of instrumentation into play as growling guitars, humming bass and steady percussion gently pushes us out into a turbulent sonic sea. Wailing lead lines whip up a sonic frenzy as a pulsing metronomic procession of drums and bass keep up a steady tempo for eight minutes plus, acting like some sort of sonic chariot meandering through layer after layer of spaced out grooves and ambient hued textures before 'Hawkeyes' briefly slip their spaced out ambient leanings and explode into a riotous sonic behemoth filled with darker, heavier guitar progressions and explosive accompanying instrumentation, goading the listener with their impressive mind bending production. All in all this is a massive opening salvo. Their second track entitled 'Creator Destroyer' floats into earshot on a wave of intense atmosphere deftly enveloped in beautifully textured acoustic guitar progressions and hushed vocal tones. That illusion is quickly shattered however as they explode into a cacophony of fuzz and reverb. Soaring lead guitars intertwine with delay & the pull of wah-wah to create a claustrophobic wall of hypnotic sound that builds and builds, tumbling brilliantly through rolling percussion and driving bass frequencies before culminating in a wind swept spoken word finale.
'The Radiation Flowers' unfurl '33 Floors Up', a pulsating sonic behemoth that pounds its way through the ether on a resonating wave of instrumentation swirling magnificently through layer after layer of tantalising reverberations. Soaring guitars traverse huge organ swells and there's no let up to the meandering whip of turbulent frequencies as this track explodes into the ether. Up next, 'Always On the Ground' bounds into earshot rocking giddily on a throbbing bass progression before squally synth hits add a sliver of comedy. Off kilter percussion drags itself into the mix accompanied by luscious lead guitars drenched in subtle feedback, effected fret noise and lashings of reverb. The collective instrumentation builds into a rolling wash of sound as beautifully translucent vocalisations ebb and flow into earshot underscored by an off putting organ drone before huge swathes of noise erupt, adding blistering atmospheric depth that seems undulates on that bouncing bass line. The album closes out with 'Never Fade' as 'The Radiation Flowers' meld tremulous shoegaze & indie rock with 60's psych flair. Surging organ swells ride a steady drum pattern as swirling lead guitar lines wrap themselves around another impressive vocal performance. Catchy chorus changes coupled with intricate guitar progressions keep this listener interested as the band inject some serious jolts of melody into proceedings. A fantastic ending to a rather interesting split release.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last five years dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, post punk & modern psych rock from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion (Now On Hiatus). His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.
by Primal Music
ARTIST: Secret shine
RELEASE: There Is Only Now
RELEASE DATE: 16th March 2017
RECORD COMPANY: Saint Marie Records
Bristol based 'Secret Shine' have been flittering between shoegaze, indie-pop and dream-pop since their humble beginnings back in the early 1990's and during their illustrious career have released some mesmerising albums to boot. Now on the back of 2016's reissuing of their seminal album 'Untouched', 'Secret Shine' have unleashed a brand new album entitled 'There Is Only Now' via the elusive Texas based independent record label 'Saint Marie Records'. Filled to the brim with ten shimmering new tracks for you to fall in love with, ten tracks that skip nonchalantly between harmonious hook laden guitar progressions, post-punk inspired keyboard fills, soaring melodious vocal tracks and blissed out hazy passages of sonic serenity, 'There Is Only Now' is a stunning return to form from a band who helped to shape this scene into what we know it as today. It was released back on the 16th march 2016 and it is available to buy/download right now on various formats via saintmarierecords.bandcamp.com
There Is Only Now by Secret Shine
The album opens with ‘Burning Stars’, shimmering vocal lines permeate layers of blissed out reverb as melodious synth swells bubble and move through charging guitar progressions and steadying drum patterns. Catchy hooks and monumental production lift this track skywards as ‘Secret Shine’ unleash a mesmerising chorus progression dragging this listener with it as its streams out into the sonic ether. Up next, ‘All In Your Head’ swirls effortlessly through a turbulent synth drone and tremulous guitars before unleashing a beautiful vocal line accompanied by cascading synth patterns and steadying percussion. This track builds and builds brilliantly throughout before tumbling into a shimmering ball of blissful sonic energy. ‘Dirty Game’ shimmies into earshot on a bedrock of metronomic percussion, throbbing bass frequencies and growling guitars as stunning synth lines weave and meander in and out of fantastic vocalisations and brilliant production whilst ‘Drift Away’ throbs and pulses on waves of melodious bass lines, soaring synth and otherworldly vocalisations. There’s a subtle but brilliant hint of 80’s post-punk emanating through the noisier moments on this track that catch you off guard but for the most part it flows effortlessly through hazy shoegaze passages dipped at times into a dreamy pot of loveliness.
‘To The Well’ bounces into earshot on a marvellous bass signature permeated by the constant plink of synth, the thud of a bass drum and the whoosh of sparse percussion. Floating vocalisations with magnificent duel backing lines ride the collective instrumentation before all hell breaks loose and we’re travelling at break neck speed through a soaring spread of resonating frequencies as ‘Secret Shine’ turn up the heat and pulse wave after wave of stunning sound waves out into the ether. Up next, ‘For You’ growls into existence strapped to a noisy guitar drone before a blinding wall of beautiful noise pummels the senses. Lazy percussion, humming bass lines, reverb laden guitars and sequenced synth swells envelope haunting vocalisations before collectively drenching this listener in a blissed out wave of euphoria. ‘For You’ is absolutely stunning and is my favourite track on the entire album. ‘Snowglobe’ glistens as it loops and arcs through meandering duel vocal lines and sublime instrumentation before ‘Falling Again’ screams into the ether on pounding drums, catchy guitar lines and sublime vocals that instantly transport this listener back to the early 90’s.
The albums penultimate piece pulses into audible range on a pulsating synth progression before unfurling repetitive drum patterns and a soaring wall of reverb laden guitars. ‘Things I Said’ is beautifully produced and it swirls around another stunning vocal take filled with stunning backing lines and shimmering instrumentation. The album closes out with another synth laden masterpiece. ‘Make Me You’ floats into the ether and gently caresses the listener with haunting vocal lines and charging guitars, cascading bass lines and meandering synth swells. A brilliant end to a marvellous return to form.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last four years dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, post punk & modern psych rock from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion (Now On Hiatus). His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.
ARTIST: Stupid Cosmonaut
RELEASE DATE: March 2017
RECORD COMPANY: Drone Rock Records
UK based sound manipulators ‘Stupid Cosmonaut’ release the next chapter in their impressive sonic catalogue this coming March via Drone Rock Records in the form of their deliciously entrancing four track monolith 'Algol'. Their sound permeates the outer reaches of ambient psych-rock whilst it’s inner core is full of dark, atmospheric synth swells, beautifully produced percussion and swathes of minimalistic drones that collectively create music to immerse your entire being into until you float away on sonic ripples of shimmering ambience. The band are made up of Steve McNamara – synths/bass, Sam Read – synths,/guitar, Andy Hunt – drums & Mark Hawnt - synths. The album is available to pre-order right now on lovely vinyl (colour Side A / Side B effect in black and grey/limited to 250 copies) via dronerockrecords.com
'Algol' unfurls it's sonic wings and swirls into earshot on a wave of hushed voices, haunting bass frequencies and repetitive fret board theatrics. 'Solitary Stasis' floats through the ether on clouds of sweeping synth swells and ambient reverberation coupled with intense atmosphere and the constant chattering of samples vocalisations that seem to come and go in and out of earshot at will. A stunning opening track indeed. Up next, 'The Demon Star Pilot' announces itself on indignant guitar tones and swirling synth swells. coming in at a whopping sixteen minutes plus I quickly realise that I have to strap myself in for the long haul. Senses pummelling frequencies underscored by dark swathes of unrelenting synth lines quiver and wail in a visible mass of atmospheric reverberation as we're swept up and advanced into what I now firmly believe deep space actually feels like. Alone and frightened the arrival of a metronomic percussive thrill and something solid sonically to focus on is a welcome reprise. That's not to say this isn't enjoyable, I'm simply referring to the brilliance of 'Stupid Cosmonaut' and their use of dark atmospherics to stimulate the senses. 'The Demon Star Pilot' rumbles on through massive walls of shimmering synth and soaring lead guitar lines as the ever present cadence of drums, addictive bass thrills and droning instrumentation loops and arcs all over the entire track, helping the listener to experience the full on sonic arsenal that this band can unleash at will. Let's not be fooled here, this track is absolutely immense! You need to listen to it via headphones to experience total sonic immersion.
The album moves on with frightening pace as the albums penultimate piece 'Passing Between Dancing Giants' enters into audible range spiralling menacingly in seething synth lines, echoing reverberation and the constant thump of repetitive drum progressions. 'Passing Between Dancing Giants' is so good it belongs on a sci-fi movie soundtrack. It is huge in scale and moves like a monstrous tidal wave through the ether pulsing instrumental drones, sound waves and frequential noise through swathes of dark reverberation, deploying expansive deluges of sound into every single facet of being. Its a triumphant piece and one that I will keep coming back to again and again. The album closes out in a flurry of psych induced guitar progressions, surging synthetic drones and turbulent glitchy sound waves. 'Barus' is absolutely immense! Swirling atmosphere builds rapidly from behind the dark oppressive instrumentation as hauntingly good production holds court dragging this behemoth into the ether, pulling with it sparse percussion and the dark throb of bass frequencies. Synth swells bob and weave a steady path, intertwining with the twang of guitars but dodging the explosive drum patterns as 'Stupid Cosmonaut' unleash the heaviest track on the entire release. Gone are the ambient stylings of previous tracks to be replaces by a monolithic modern day space rock anthem! 'Barus' is a fitting end to a bloody marvellous album!
Bravo 'Stupid Cosmonaut' ..... we've just pre-ordered this one on vinyl!
Del Chaney has spent the last four years dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, post punk, post rock & modern psych rock from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion (Now On Hiatus). His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.
ARTIST: SPC ECO
RELEASE: Under My Skin
RELEASE DATE: 10th February 2017
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
From the mind of CURVE genius Dean Garcia comes the ridiculously good, cold air beauty of SPC ECO; a duo consisting of Garcia and his daughter Rose Berlin, who are set to release the mesmerizing, slow yearning five track EP 'Under My Skin'. It’s honestly an EP I wasn’t exactly bending over backwards to hear as I wasn’t a huge fan of Garcia’s previous collaboration S T F U. But I revoke such reservations to conclude that 'Under My Skin' is in fact a 5/5 EP. It’s choir/orchestral like moods combined with the slow daze of trip hop and a touch of dark wave, helped along by the trance inducing-beauty of Berlin’s vocals make it a slow moving, heavy classic; showcasing the genius of Garcia’s as a producer and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist.
Under My Skin EP by SPC ECO
'Under My Skin' opens with the moving title track that establishes the sound of the project. Built around a slow dream pop inspired keyboard line and the utterly brilliant vocals of Berlin, the song moves into a sweeping orchestral key and remains heavy and drowned for the tracks entirety. The lyrics aren’t anything substantial, but coupled with the music, they make fantastic and meditative tones for the listener. ‘Meteor’ is the duos greatest streak at trip hop; the song builds around a similar group of sounds as the opener, albeit slightly more upbeat, though this time said sounds are reinforced by the slow hits of a drum machine, programmed slowly and swinging in time with the music and the soundscapes within the song. ‘Meteor’ sounds less cinematic than the opener, switching out the orchestra swell for a more synthetic sound; which does wonders for the song.
This beat/darkwave style of synthetic/programmed sound continues on 'Creep In The Shadows' which is perhaps the least significant track on the EP. That’s not to say, however, it doesn’t have its positives; the synthetic notion of the music is enhanced to include a neat reverbed bottle rattling sound in the background of the drum pattern that sits comfortably behind a confusingly auto-tuned/vocal FX enhanced Rose Berlin. And that’s exactly why I feel this track to be less significant than the others; because it is perhaps a little too comfortable. Thankfully Garcia and Berlin turn things in a different direction with the deep electronic track ‘Let It Be Always’; a song that revisits the projects earlier tinkering’s with dream pop but abstracts it using neat and intelligent experimental production techniques.
‘Found’ is the most meditative, dreamy and soothing song upon 'Under My Skin'. It’s truly beautiful stuff; slow and spacey, echoed and hovering vocals hang over the mix. The instrumentation and production turns minimalist while the lyrics suggest of gentle contemplation, of discussion and speech between Berlin and somebody or something that has lost its way. It’s a song about light that doesn’t actually hold much light within itself; ‘When you get lost and found/ And when you get lost for a noun/ Like I lead you there/I will lead you there’ sings Berlin, as she offers a kind of shimmering light to counteract the darkwave undertones of 'Under My Skin'. It’s intro and outro are as slight as each other, and when Berlin's vocals sway away, it’s as if the listeners been gently touched by the singers voice. A truly fantastic song.
Apparently 'SPC ECO' have had the title track featured on MTV’s popular show Teen Wolf, a show that I don’t watch. The main thing that I can deduce, however, from that decision is that for the most part the producers must have very good taste. So good of a taste in fact that I applaud them for featuring it on their show and hope that from doing so, more viewers and listeners out there go out searching for 'SPC ECO'. They definitely deserve it. For this EP deserves recognition; whether it’s for the stellar and professional production, the sweeping instrumentation, the stellar arrangements and instrumentation or if it’s for the breathtaking talent and stature of Rose Berlin’s vocal deliveries. After a few listens of the EP I can say that the father/daughter combination of music and vocals/instruments and lyrics is a 5/5 collaboration that highlights everything creative and interesting about dream pop, trip hop and a genre I generally don’t listen to much of - darkwave! This collaboration puts their strengths forward and creates an engaging and musing piece of music, achieved through top notch production, performance and sound.
Cam Phillips is a writer and above all, a music lover, who seeks to gain experience through writing and listening. He is also an avid film viewer and art and literature junkie who enjoys creative writing. His most recent published work was featured on the Australian heavy music blog, I Probably Hate Your Band.
RELEASE: Abstract Concepts
RELEASE DATE: 23rd May 2016
UK based sound manipulators ‘Sam Read and Steven McNamara’ AKA ‘Stupid Cosmonaut’ released their immensely experimental six track album entitled ‘Abstract Concepts’ on the 24th May 2016. Their sound permeates the outer reaches of ambient psych-rock whilst it’s inner core is full of dark, atmospheric synth swells, beautifully produced percussion and swathes of minimalistic drones that collectively create music to immerse your entire being into until you float away on sonic ripples of shimmering ambience. The album is available to buy/download right now from: stupidcosmonaut.bandcamp.com
Abstract Concepts by Stupid Cosmonaut
I feel like I’ve unsuspectedly stepped into a swirling vortex of exquisitely deafening repetitive noise as my senses are pummelled by a stunning array of blistering frequencies courtesy of track one, the utterly addictive ‘Long Term Survival’. Sporadic sampled vocal intercessions cut through the fuzzy wall of noise as Stephen Hawking’s voice haunts the outer limits of my audible range like some kind of skulking sonic beast. This thundering ball of sonic energy gives way to the experimental ‘Obsolete’. It’s droning electronic pulses are fused together with dark oppressive synth swells to create intense atmosphere as its stringed instrumentation coupled with intriguing vocal samples add a subtle eastern themed flair to proceedings. ‘Obsolete’ tugs on your inner psyche as it meanders through its chosen musical course.
‘Tesla Is Not Dead’ shuffles into earshot on a wave of delightful reverberation and slight percussive hits. It builds from the off with its vocal samples carrying the entire track as its circumnavigated by off kilter but interestingly panned glitchy frequencies and soft synth swells. Brilliantly executed and full of impressive psychedelically charged instrumentation ‘Tesla Is Not Dead’ is a track best listened to via headphones. Up next is the brilliantly ambient title track ‘Abstract Concepts’. Sequenced percussion usher in the samples as its reverb induced synths swirl recklessly within the sonic ether before ‘Space Music’ arrives jangling on a beautiful cascading piano line and that intense vocal sample whilst all around it swirls within a hazy ambient maelstrom of experimental synthetic drones and reverberating sonic frequencies. This penultimate track is a thoroughly enjoyable slice of electronically charged ambient psych. The beautiful twang of a crunching electric guitar heralds the arrival of my favourite track on this entire release and the albums closer. Highly addictive and beautifully arranged ‘A Complete Theory Of Everything’ glides on wave after wave of stunning reverb as its chord changes usher in a hazy but peaceful three minutes of sonic contemplation and it is a fitting bookend to a rather interesting album.
Del Chaney has spent the last four years not only fronting popular experimental Irish based electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, post punk, post rock & modern psych rock from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion. His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.
ARTIST: Daniel Land
RELEASE: In Love With A Ghost
RELEASE DATE: November 25th 2016
The well-travelled transition of lo-fi, simple and sloppy production and mixing into well-produced, fluent and full production is often one that tends to place song writing, musicality and instrumentation at the background of importance. Bands and artists bath senselessly in the pool of sounding and appearing magnificent and sort of forget to be magnificent. A man who has somehow jumped this very preverbal shark is Daniel Land. His albums were never lo-fi per say, but his latest album In Love With A Ghost is so well produced and neat sounding that he seems to have made that aforementioned transition, and he has done so with style and talent on full display. A gracious and stylized effort, In Love With A Ghost throws a crisp nu-pop sound, alternative rock undertones, shoegaze melodies and the fantastically solemn tinkering’s of downtown jazz into one collective effort; ultimately it’s an album that demands to be respected in its substance, content and dazzlingly appearance.
In Love With A Ghost by Daniel Land
In Love With A Ghost opens with the piano laden alternative pop tune ‘You & Me Against The Sky’ that showcases the spacy and impressive production that features on the entire album. The songs post-punk inspired double snare tap contrasts Lands soft voice which gives the song a beautifully dream pop aesthetic. This notion is reinforced with the synths that play throughout the chorus of the song and the piano that acts as the foundation of the song and instrumentation. The tracks greatest element is the saxophone that creeps in and plays in an appealingly whimsical style that eventually seeps into the outro; a beautiful and melodic piece of music. ‘Holes On the Dancefloor’ follows with a more electronic and soundscape tone similar to Lands previous recording efforts, but continues the pop sensibility expressed on the opening track by still incorporating the distant sound of piano. Land exercises his skill of writing catchy but alternative chorus lines and lyrics with the chorus on this very song; featuring a small but notable vocal performance that climbs in a reflective way to the instruments. ‘Everyone's Got A Guy Garvey Story’ continues the piano balladry style of the previous two tracks but in a more up tempo styling. The highlight of such a song is the clever lyrical content; featuring referential and introspective lines that dance along with the swinging, up tempo beat of the drums. While the following track, ‘The Sweetest Lover’ doesn’t quite connect the same way previous tracks do, one must admire what is actually going on in the song and the instrumentation. The swing style drum beats, the layers of guitar and perhaps most interestingly, again; Land’s skilful vocal delivery.
One of the highlights of the album is the fantastic, jazz inspired ‘New York Boogie-Woogie’ which melds Land’s instrumentation with a dreamy shoegaze styled soundscape in the background. The song plays along at its own pace; drawing a picture in your mind with Land’s lyrics and then the utterly skilled saxophone (in a tone reminiscent of the opening track) that joins the instruments in the outro. ‘Saints With His Mercy’ is the closest Land comes to complete and utter dream pop on the entire album; but this is a good thing. It offers a crossover of the musician’s pop aesthetic and the dream tones of keyboards and guitars that results in a dancehall style pop song… Yes, by dancehall I mean like borderline reggae; thus, the song sounds at times experimental in its wild mix of danceable drum patterns but husky and echoed elements of dream and shoegaze. The ultimate ballad, ‘Whistling Gypsy’ again displays Land’s mesmerizing vocal delivery, but this time offers a more minimalist backing; with distant, sliding guitars. Another top moment on the album is the outro to this song; beautiful, entrancing and somehow calming in its musicality.
The title track lends itself to a lengthy, shoegaze intro that melds into a swell drum machine pattern that crosses into the opening of ‘The Beautiful Room is Empty’; which rounds up all of the albums sound and song writing traits into one enthralling piece of music. Again, Land creates an outro that really one could not speak highly enough of if they tried.
In a way, this album is some kind of warped pop album, even an experimental pop album perhaps. And this very fact makes it an interesting listen… But let’s assume that it wasn’t so alternative; it would still be an engaging and greatly enjoyable listen. And this is where Land demands some kind of greater perspective or respect with this album; it is so *expletive word* difficult to make a pop album, whether that be pop rock, alt-pop, soft pop blah blah, that is different, fascinating and at least somewhat original that so many artists just end up drowning in clichés and step by step musical characteristics. Land’s album is obviously far from the delirious pop of the mainstream but it is a mostly pop orientated album whose songs centre on all things piano, drums and the art of the voice.
The production is top notch; clean, precise and echoed to compliment Lands vocals and the music’s distinct sound and style. Mixing is of a similar quality; every piece of string plucking, vocal chanting or murmuring and drum tapping can be heard in a polished and clean way; even when it is in the background of the song. Perhaps the greatest element of the album, beside the song writing itself, is the performances exhibited wherein. While all the instruments are truly brilliant, I feel Land himself delivers one of the best performances on the album vocally. This is a dreamy, original and somewhat experimental piece of pop music, built on the genius of performance, production, song writing and sound.
'In Love With A Ghost' gets it's full release on November 25th 2016 and is available to pre-order right now from: danielland.bandcamp.com
RELEASE: Danxia EP
RELEASE DATE: 11th September 2016
The lush sounds of Warm Rain are a dreamy introduction to Danxia. The Warrington based band have been whipping up whimsical sounds for their debut EP.
Danxia EP by Danxia
Closer is a triumph of textures, the guitars gritty and soaring by turns, topped with a honeyed vocal. The mood is more contemplative with Dislocated Minute's hushed intro, full of intricate layers that briefly bloom into a crashing reverb-laden crescendo. Sullen's melodic bassline bobs and weaves alongside the pretty vocal lulls and soothes.
A delicious debut!
In her time, Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.
Leeds based experimental psych-gazing trio 'Jellyskin' have unleashed a stunning new single entitled 'Grey Glass Hat' and have also had it included on a fantastic little compilation release courtesy of the Manchester based independent record label 'Sea Of Skin Records'. 'Jellyskin' create stunning musical soundscapes that gracefully meander through shoegaze, dream pop and psych rock whilst taking a decadent swerve on route through space-rock and atmospheric post-rock.
'Grey Glass Hat' floats on a wave of beautiful golden frequencies as metronomic percussive patterns, soothing ethereal vocal lines and the soaring synth swells carry the listener through layer after layer of reverberating sonic joy ......
by Primal Music Blog
ARTIST: The Marbles Jackson
RELEASE: Notes To The Dust
RELEASE DATE: 05/04/15
RECORD COMPANY: Feline Frequency Recordings
Every musical artist worth their salt with a dream of recording & releasing a body of work physically either on Vinyl, Cd or Tape will eventually run into a brick wall when it comes to funding their musical adventure’s because in every walk of life imaginable the mantra remains the same - ‘Money Makes The World Go-Around’. These days artists have a wealth of ways to generate cash (without gigging themselves to death) with one medium also allowing them to expand their fan-base at the same time! That pretty cool medium of garnering funds is called - Crowdfunding. One such act to do so are UK based sonic adventurers ‘The Marbles Jackson’ who after a successful crowdfunding campaign, raised enough funds to not only release their debut album ‘Notes To The Dust’ digitally but also fund a Vinyl release! Hailing from Hakney over in London Town - ‘The Marbles Jackson’ are: Terry Kirkbride - Guitars, Vocals, percussion & Mouth Organ, Naoko TakaHashi - Guitars & Backing Vocals, Smon Gwynne - Keys, Guitar & Sound Effects & Mikey Belfast Gibson - Bass and what they have created musically is nothing short of beautiful. Most of the tracks were written by Terry Kirkbride & Naoko Takahashi except - 'Nowt Will Ever Be The Same' & 'I Want Never Gets' by Kirkbride and 'What Remains' by Simon Gwynne. The album was Produced by Kirkbride and Takahashi, Engineered, Recorded and Mastered by Mark Jasper @ Sound Savers, Hackney, London & Mixed by Takahashi @ Shabby Road Studio, Hackney, London.
We have picked a few of our favourite tracks from ‘Notes To The Dust’ for the purposes of this review and you can read what we thought about them below:
Track 1 on this very impressive release opens up a portal to a world of daydreams, shoegaze & dream-pop. ‘If Symptoms Persist ( Nothing Wrong With Me )’ is a slice of laid back sonic heaven on a grand scale reminiscent in parts to early 90’s musical stalwarts such as Spiritualized & The Verve. Anyone new to this band is in for a treat as this is the entry point to a musical adventure you could only ever dream about. Beautiful in its conception with dreamy vocals and addictive guitar lines, it will evoke memories of life & love and have you floating on a wave of tone & reverb. Absolutely blissful.
Light & dark tones are magnified to shimmering brilliance on the albums second track - ‘Murder Mile Sunshine'. This is stunning. You stay fixed on the main vocal while a maelstrom of swirling effected guitars, immense backing vocals, lazy drum beat & hazy samples immerse you in a world of dreamscape infused shoegaze with immense psychedelic swirls.
‘Requiem For The Have It All’s’ - is a journey track. Beautiful vocal harmonies lead you in and caress your eardrums with intricate guitar lines, delayed tones & stunning ethereal vocal swells all intertwined around it's post-rock 'esque core. One for the headphones! Check it out:
Passionate, emotive & immense are all words that can be used to describe the feelings you get when you listen to track 8 on this stunning release. ’Running Man’ is a blissful ride through addictive guitars stabs, beautifully immersive reverb drenched vocal lines & swirling backing tracks that tells a sonic story through the medium of sound waves. Check it out:
It’s a strange thing these days for any band to touch this listener as deeply as ‘The Marbles Jackson’ have. Their attention to detail on every single one of the epic tracks on this release will stay with you long after you have finished listening to them & that’s a great thing in my opinion. Somehow they stick in your subconscious and you end up humming their tunes or speaking their lyrics at absurdly different & weird times of the day & for me that’s the mark of a great song and the total embodiment of a great band. I’ve been following the journey of this band intently ever since they got in touch with me about airplay on a radio show in early 2014. They haven’t disappointed & this album is a stunning body of work by a band that will leave you with a sweet taste in your mouth after every listen. Sonically sound & immensely beautiful ‘Notes To The Dust’ is album that every music fan should have in their collection. If you missed out on pre-ordering the album during their crowdfunding campaign, don't panic, you can still get your hands on a copy of 'Notes To The Dust' as it is available to order on Vinyl through www.RoughTrade.Com & will also be available via iTunes & the labels BANDCAMP PAGE from the release date.
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.
Artist Name: Revolution - A Shoegaze Revival ( Compilation )
Release Date: 11/02/15
Record Company: Ear To Ear Record's & Gerpfast Kolektif Record's
Today, on the 11th of February 2015, see's the all the work undertaken by a collaboration of 2 amazing Independent record label's, Ear To Ear Record's & Gerpfast Kolektif Record's, come to fruition. They have will brought together 30 band's from all over the world, to celebrate, with us the fan's, the spirit of a new wave of underground shoegaze. This collection of like minded artist's have not only donated their epic track's, but have all agreed that this compilation will be available to download for free from both record companies bandcamp page's respectively.
We've already introduced you to this mammoth undertaking, but if you haven't read about it yet, you can do so HERE.
We've also introduced you to the first 10 band's on this epic compilation and you can read about them HERE.
And then The Primal Music Blog introduced you to the next 10 band's and you can check that article out HERE.
Plus, we have previewed every single track from this release on a dedicated episode of The Primal Radio Show & you can listen back to it HERE.
I would personally like to thank both Ear To Ear Record's & Gerpfast Kolektif Record's for inviting The Primal Music Blog & The Primal Radio Show to be a media partner for this immense release. I would also like to thank all the other bloggers & Dj's for introducing me to not only their blog's & websites, but for also introducing me to their writing! Immense! There has been some amazing articles posted about this release. I would also like to say how proud I am for being involved & I wish all of the involved band's every success in the future! Gaze On!!!
"Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival' is an epic, truly international 30-track compilation comprised of outstanding original material. Such band's have set the stage for shoegaze pioneers’ return to today’s scene by upholding their wall of sound and painting it with breathtaking colour. Some of these band's are also ‘first wave’ but have remained underground, while some are newbies – the ‘second wave’ of shoegaze".
The featured band's on the compilation are: //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), Puna (Peru).
We promised to introduce you to every single one of the 30 band's involved in this epic release, individually, in post's featuring 10 band's at a time. So far we've given you, the reader, link's to the first 20 band's on this compilation in two previous post's. We've also given you link's to each band's Social Media Site's & also link's to where you can find their music. The importance of a collection of this size & magnitude should not be overlooked. These underground shoegaze & dreampop artist's represent a wave of music that should be celebrated worldwide by old school fan's of the genre & new fan's alike. This is the new wave ........ This is shoegaze ......... Let's celebrate it together!
Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - January 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.
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Below is the last 10 band's from this epic compilation with link's to their music & information on each band:
1) Seaside - Undone
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Seaside is a rather 'complete' shoegaze & dreampop band from Jakarta, Indonesia. Their sonic landscape not only delivers waves of reverb with a delay-laden guitar sound, but this also mixes wonderfully with synthesizer and keyboards. To round this off perfectly, this blends together with loveable lyrics and waves of beautiful noises. This track is lifted from the 'Undone' LP, released 15 December 2013 . Order via www.anoarecs.com
2) Blood Lips - Heartbeats
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FOR LOVERS OF: Bloody Knives, Stone Temple Pilots, Have a Nice Life, Bush, Silverchair
Blood Lips are a three piece band from North Wales and Manchester, formed in 2014. Recorded and produced by Marc Joy of Ferndale Productions, the 'Brittle Bones' EP was the band's debut EP. Released on November 17, 2014 through Ear to Ear Records, the EP features four tracks of dark, brooding guitar music. The band played their first gigs at the Focus Wales festival and industry showcase in Wrexham, North Wales in 2014, to very positive reviews. They are focused on live shows around the UK following the release of their 'Brittle Bones' EP.
"Catchy guitar riffs, dark melodies, a little bit Joy Division-esque on some tunes, pretty brilliant" - Melanie Lapierre, CISM 89.3 FM.
"Screaming psychedelic guitars with chunky riffs and tub thumping drumming" - Neil Crud, link2wales.
"Experimental, but accessible. The guitar lines hit you hard" - On The Fence Blog
3) Weird - Infinite Decay
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Weird began in Rome in the second half of 2011, and is basically the brainchild of Marco Barzetti (guitar and vocals). Matteo D’Argenio (bass guitar) and Massimiliano Pecci (drums) joined him by the end of the year, and the band spent most of 2012 experimenting in the studio. The result of this exploring is their debut album "Desert Love For Lonely Graves" (2013), which was recorded and mixed by Marco Barzetti at his home studio, and mastered by Lacopo Sinigaglia (Libra). All seven tracks flow slowly between reverberate guitars and vocals, autumnal bass and sepulchral drums, while diverse musical genres such as shoegaze and psychedelia converge beautifully. In April 2013, D'Argenio left the band and was replaced by Giovanni Romano. After this, Weird. began touring throughout Italy. In 2014, the band started recording their sophomore LP. On November 4th, Weird. broke the silence with "Infinite Decay", the first single from their upcoming new album, expected for release in early 2015.
4) Stellarscope - This Will End Tonight
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For fans of: Wavves, A Place To Bury Strangers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Ramones and Manhattan Love Suicides.
Philadelphia’s Stellarscope are a staple of the shoegaze and alternative rock scene, constantly on a mission of creating new and exciting music. Their music is dark and emotive but with pop sensibility. Stellarscope’s energetic live performances has garnered the band accolades from peers, as well as fans. With multiple releases under their belts, they continue to march forward and evolve with the times. Their music has appeared in many compilations and tribute albums, documentaries as well as on MTV, A&E, Discovery Channel, Alli Sports TV, and more. Their latest album 'The End is Near, I'm Not Prepared' was released in March 2014 on Patetico Recordings. Their focus on the new album was to create more sonically-charged fast-paced postpunk indiepop shoegaze anthems, which would appeal to a broader audience, with a tongue-in-cheek attitude.
5) The Yours - Honey Treats
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The Yours are a Hong Kong based alternative rock band. The band was originally formed by Jack Leung (guitar, vocals) and Nic Wong (guitar, bass, vocals) in 2005 and released their debut EP, Abraham, on Lona Records in 2006. Known for their confrontational stage presence, the band quickly established themselves as one of the most unique acts in the underground scene of Hong Kong. Their early music was variously described as a mixture of post punk and shoegaze, which featured reverb saturated guitars and a steady, almost drum-machine like rhythm section. After the release of Abraham, The Yours went through multiple line-up changes, with Jack and Nic remaining the sole consistent members, until the band decided to record a full-length studio album. In 2011, the band recruited Gwyneth Tang (Vocals/Guitar), Nelson Ko (Drums) and Tim Ng (Guitar) to complete the line-up. The band’s debut album, The Way We Were, was recorded by Lona Record’s Alok Leung and released in August 2012 on Imagine-Imagine-Imagine Records. Incorporating well-crafted melodies and fuzzed out guitar riffs reminiscent of the early 1990’s, the album was met with critical acclaim upon its release, with Dazed and Confused listing the band as one of the East Asia’s new wave of talents. In 2013, the band embarked on their first-ever tour in China and released a Japanese edition of “The Way We Were” with Disk Union in Japan. The band’s sophomore album, “Teenagarten” was released in July 2014. Recorded by Yang Haisong of P.K14 at Psychic Kong in Beijing, the second album is rawer, darker and more intense than its predecessor, yet maintains the band’s rich melodic structures and teenage angst. Since their formation, The Yours have been one of the most active bands in Hong Kong, making numerous appearances at music festivals and performing with multiple international acts, most notably The Jesus And Mary Chain in 2012. The band’s most recent line-up consists of Jack Leung (guitar, vocals), Nic Wong (bass, vocals) and Tim Ng (guitar). In July, 2014, The Yours signed to Maybe Mars, the leading independent record label in China.
6) Wozniak - El Maresme
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Hailing from Edinburgh (Scotland), four-piece Wozniak were formed in 2012 on a mission to cause terminal tinnitus with their brooding (largely) instrumental cocktail of feedback, reverb and delay, distorted bass tones and pounding drum beats. The band have just released their latest track Five Star a taster from their work-in-progress album due for release in 2015 on Morningside Young Team Records. This is the first new material from the band since their well-received Pikes Peak EP which racked up positive reviews and airplay from Scotland, and beyond. Released in June, that collection of songs took inspiration from shoegaze, post rock, hard rock and no wave, 70s public information films and 80s Japanese cartoons. Wozniak have played extensively across Scotland in 2014 and 2015 is already looking set to be a busy year, with plans for shows in London and Dublin taking shape and the album already underway. The Primal Music Blog voted 'Pikes Peak' as their best EP of 2014 and we also reviewed this epic release for the blog. You can read what we thought about it HERE.
7) Puna - Trasnoche
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Puna is a shoegaze electronic hybrid music project, formed in 2008 in Lima, Peru by Jorge Rivas O 'Connor, José Rodríguez, Gerardo Flores and Arnold Medina. They make music within the post-rock current, assimilating styles therein from such genres as Ambient, Ethereal, Shoegaze, Noise, Dreampop, IDM, Space and Drone. Puna's current makeup includes Jorge Rivas O'Connor on guitars, strings, keyboards and midi, and Jose Rodriguez on guitars and strings, Rolando Apollo guitar and bass, oscillator. In 2009, Puna released the "Puna" maxi-single through independent label Dorog Records. In 2010, the band released the "Mediodía en la la Luna" EP independently. In 2012, they also independently released their second EP "Dawn of the End". In 2013, the band released the 'Inmerso' single through Latin America Shoegaze. Puna's latest release came in August 2014, when Dorog Records released the long-play album "Au dial".
8) Digilite - Dance of Angels
Digilite is a band from Bandung, Indonesia, which was founded on 21 August 2007. This band explore's various genre's, including Alternative Rock, Shoegaze, Dreampop, Indie Rock, Brit Pop, and New Prog.There are currently five members of Digilite: Hasan [Vocals], Husen [Guitar], Izul [Guitar], Yudit [Bass], Kikie [Synthesizer] and additional drums,
9) Spool - Sway, Fadeaway
Spool are a Japanese shoegaze girl band, formed in 2011 in Saitama Tokyo, Japan. Band's they admire include Spitz (Japan), My Bloody Valentine, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Deer Hunter, Washed Out, and M83.
2012 - since1991 (sold out)
2013 - sink you
Live Video for Sway, Fadeaway www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9mhN32DWoM
10) Damascus - Slightest
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Based in Jakarta, Indonesia, this band has built their sounds from the rough side of 90s shoegaze bands, similar like Swervedriver, Ride, Catherine Wheel, etc. Fuzz, reverb, wah, and tremolo, blends into one package. Damascus are: Peter A.W. - vocal & guitar, Ritchie Ned Hansel - guitar, Ricky Babay Janitra - bass & Freddie Warnerrin - drum's. They believe shoegaze is all about rock n roll, not suicidal tones. They are into fuzz, tremolo, feedback, and stage diving. Their influences include bands and guitar work from the likes of Kevin Shields, Adam Franklin, Thurston Moore, J Mascis, and Brad Laner.
Curated by UK label Ear to Ear Records and Indonesian label Gerpfast Kolektif, this compilation features 30 bands from 16 countries, covering 5 of the 6 inhabited continents. Each was selected purely on the basis of their dynamic sound, without any consideration of geographic preference, label affiliation, popularity ranking or hype. Without even one throwaway or filler track, these are all 'keepers'. This 30-track compilation of epic music is available to download for free right now over at:
Ear To Ear Record's
Gerpfast Kolektif Record's
DEL CHANEY - Founder, Editor-In Chief, Contributor
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 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 band’s and promoter’s alike since it’s conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he's passionate about. He also currently write's 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.