NEW SINGLE PREMIERE | The Orange Kyte – International Caveman.

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Vancouver based experimental psych aficionado’s ‘The Orange Kyte’ have returned with their sixth single and possibly their best release so far entitled ‘International Caveman’. This single see’s the band continuing on with their sonic manifesto of releasing one new track per month in varying shapes & sizes! The band are made up of ‘Vancouver based but Dublin born’, Steve Moonboots & a revolving door of likeminded musicians. For this release the experimental band of psychonauts are: Guitar and vocals by Stevie Moonboots, Drums by Dave Mulvaney, Organ by Mat Durie (Summering), Bass by Robin Schroffel (Fashionism, Strange Things) & Tamborine/additional guitar by Felix Fung. This latest single is available to buy/download right now from: theorangekyte.bandcamp.com

 

The opening bars of ‘International Caveman’ swim in a murky psych induced sea as we’re treated to atmospheric thrills held fast within shady reverberating frequencies and a dark repetitive guitar line. The track builds as it works through its sonic gears, manoeuvring through layers of additional instrumentation before tambourines shake, baselines undulate and those cyclonic organ progressions add intense weight and help to bring soaring hypnotic psychedelic vibes to the entire track! The vocals are immense and cut through the hazy soundscape in its entirety, bringing a serine clarity to proceedings.

Lets not be fooled here – this is a stunning return from a band who continuously amaze! 

Recommended Listening!

LINKS:

facebook.com/theorangekyte

twitter.com/theorangekyte

theorangekyte.com

NEW SINGLE PREMIERE | Breve – Nothing Stays The Same.

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Melbourne based heavy experimental psych trio ‘Breve’ have unleashed the title-track from their forthcoming debut album. The track is called ‘Nothing Stays The Same’ and its the third track to be lifted from the aforementioned album. The band are made up of Dougal Shaw, Toby Fitzgerald & Billy Dowle and they collectively create dark progressive psych rock that swerves in and out of an infectious ambient infused sonic stew. 

 

‘Nothing Stays The Same’ is a growling monolith with pounding drum patterns, trembling bass lines and droning animalistic frequencies that carefully circumnavigate those dark and oppressive vocal lines. It builds into a reverberating ball of thunderous sonic joy until it reaches its tumbling ambient plateaued finale! 

‘BREVE’ are preparing to play at Europe’s Secret Garden Party alongside the likes of Caribou, Primal Scream, Band Of Skulls and many, many more.

Recommended listening!

LINKS:

facebook.com/breveband/

soundcloud.com/breveband

EP REVIEW | FUGLEFLUGTEN – Aftenpragtstjerne.

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ARTIST: Fugleflugten

RELEASE: Aftenpragtstjerne

RELEASE DATE: 16/06/16

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

Danish based atmospheric post-gazing four piece ‘FugleFlugten’ self-released their debut five track EP entitled ‘Aftenpragtstjerne’ to the masses back in June. Their sound swirls within a heady mix of reverb induced post-punk, shimmering synth swells and subtle hints of hazily layered shoegaze. Singing in their native tongue, ‘Fugleflugten’ are made up of Rasmus Yde, Frederik Henriksen, Mathias Rosenkilde & Laurits Pilegaard and you can check out the full EP over at: soundcloud.com/fugleflugten/sets/aftenpragtstjerne

 

Murmuring synth swells coupled with droning guitar frequencies bounce and swirl freely as the opening instrumental bars of ‘Aftenpragtstjerne’ announce themselves to earshot. It quickly burns out only to be replaced by track two, the highly addictive ‘Syv Pelikaner’. This track drives a solid wedge of layered reverberating guitars, soaring synth swells, throbbing bass frequencies and pounding poly-rythmns into one massive cyclonic force that collectively seems to circumnavigate that hauntingly brilliant vocal track. Up next, the atmospheric ‘Det Er På Tide’ floats into the ether on a wave of shimmering guitars that act like a protective barrier surrounding that immense vocal line. Synth progressions swell as the drum track pounds a sonic furrow through proceedings and the track is allowed to breathe and soar with ease, looping and arcing through peaks and troughs of reverberating joy.

The EP’s penultimate piece is my favourite on this entire release. ‘Ensom Galakse’ traverses the outer fringes of expressive post-punk, coupled with brilliantly vivid swathes of atmospheric shoegaze thats all gracefully topped off with soaring synth swells and hazy reverb laden vocals. A stunning track thats worthy of your ears! There’s an intense post-punk swirl streaming through the EP’s closing track. ‘Fugleflugten’ pulses with intent as the bass frequencies growl and hold fast to those impressive drums. There’s a swirling maelstrom of guitars sitting just under the mix allowing for those shimmering vocal lines to soar into the sonic ether. A stunning droning finale to a brilliantly executed EP.

Recommended listening!

5/5

LINKS:

soundcloud.com/fugleflugten

facebook.com/Fugleflugten

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Del Chaney has spent the last four 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, DreamPop, PostPunk, PostRock & PsychRock genre’s of music 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 hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.

ALBUM REVIEW | Miss Mobile Home – Glimmer Down.

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ARTIST: Miss Mobile Home

RELEASE: Glimmer Down

RELEASE DATE: 24/06/16

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

New York based dreamgazing duo ‘Miss Mobile Home’ have unleashed their highly anticipated full length follow up to 2014’s immense ‘Phototaxis EP’. ‘Glimmer Down’ see’s the band continue to deliver shimmering reverb laced soundscapes coupled with stunningly dreamy vocal progressions that collectively manifest a modern edge to a well worn & highly respected musical genre. The band are made up Chris Stoddard – Guitars, Drums, Synth, Writing & Mixing and Samantha Ritter – Vocals & Synth. ‘Glimmer Down’ had it’s full release on the 24th June 2016 and it is available to buy/download right now from: missmobilehome.bandcamp.com

 

A swirling maelstrom of repetitive droning noise ushers in ‘Fine Machine’, the album’s opening track and its not long until we’re introduced to a beautifully ethereal vocal courtesy of Ritter, blissfully wrapped within entrancing metronomic percussion and some brilliantly hypnotic guitar lines. Up next, ‘California (Run On)’, begins with a layered wall of reverberating guitar, closely followed by minimal percussive hits intrinsically permeated by wave after wave of beautifully translucent swirling vocal progressions. A stunning track that weaves and arc’s all over the sonic ether. ‘Sleepwalker’ charges into ear shot on rumbling bass frequencies intertwined with a solid foundation of thundering percussion. It soars into its chorus progressions with aplomb and carries the listener with it, daydreaming into the shimmering ether. ‘Hazel Witch’ begins with a subtle psych-gaze twist as those psychedelically induced guitar progressions swirl intently within a dark creeping reverb induced haze. The vocal track wades into the mix pulsing ripples of dreamy frequencies into the melting pot as the track explodes into its chorus parts. Another stunning track thats worthy of your ears.

Up next, ‘Castles’ slows proceedings down considerably as we step off the edge of the world and float on wave after wave of beautifully executed & highly melodic vocals, steeped in spacious reverb and intensely circumnavigated by those stunningly addictive guitar parts. ‘Castles’ is a dream-pop masterpiece! The rumbling opening chords of the albums penultimate track entitled ‘Still’ shatters the ethereal serenity of the aforementioned soundscape and we’re quickly introduced to cascading guitar thrills and another stunning vocal performance. The albums closing piece is utterly addictive. ‘Ronnie’ blasts into earshot on a melodic guitar line, pounding drums and soaring organ swells that seem to hover just under audible range as its haunting vocals balance tentatively on a sonic tight-wire. It streams into a stunning organ break before erupting into a blissful cascading synth line. ‘Ronnie’ is intensely hypnotic, addictively ethereal and its a fitting finale to a stunning release.

4/5

LINKS:

missmobilehome.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/MissMobileHome

twitter.com/missmobilehome

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Del Chaney has spent the last four 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, DreamPop, PostPunk, PostRock & PsychRock genre’s of music 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 hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.

EP REVIEW | Prayer Wheels – Spring EP

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ARTIST: Prayer Wheels

RELEASE: Spring EP

RELEASE DATE: 27/06/16

RECORD COMPANY: Ringbill Records

There are many who think that there is only a couple of ways to present sophistication in music. Such folks will believe something like ‘there is either sophisticated music or sophisticated lyrics… Or both combined’. And that is completely true but there are many, many more; one such way is to not openly display either of these very things and instead construct a song that sounds like it was written in the backyard for nothing more than pleasure and enjoyment. These very types of songs appear totally (and I mean totally) and thoroughly on Prayer Wheels EP Spring. It stands as a testament to the prevalence and high standard that the ‘keep it simple’ method can be utilized for; it is also easily enjoyable, intelligent and a relaxed rebellion in song form. Prayer Wheels are an alternative rock/garage/indie rock band from Ottawa, Canada, with influences and touches of punk and math rock impinged within their sound; spread out and presented over a simple four tracks on their aforementioned EP Spring. Held within the four tracks are simple, under five minute, regular instrumented songs that the band have written engineered and produced with a reminiscent 90’s-garage rock/noise rock underground aesthetic. But the songs themselves are a different kettle of fish to that of the airwaves that frequented the reams of alt and noise rock in the nineties, when everybody was in a garage band and thought if they could make a racket worthy of Sleater-Kinney then they’d be the next band riding on the airwaves and visiting the mainstream. The songs are more informed by math rock, classic punk and even a bit of metal, with a touch of beautifully yelled/sung vocals by a talented group of both sexes.

 

The EP opens with the stunningly swift but neatly crafted ‘Cavalier’ which resides at just over the two minute mark, with a whopping four lines of lyrics (and by lyrics I mean shouts). I thought initially that it was a simple EP intro but then noticed that most songs were built around this very form. ‘Cavalier’ begins with a sweet guitar intro which breaks into a heavy metal style breakdown after the opening shout of the lyrics that project the comfortable, alternative style of vocals that the band present on the release. Underneath the rocketing drums and guitar is a noisy piece of guitar that seems thicker and heavier than the rest of the mix and acts as a tie in with the rest of the music. The much more conventional ‘Charlatan’ follows, with a Breeders style vocal tone and imaginative build up to a brilliantly written chorus. The bands vocalists chant in unison as the song delves deep into the corners of a more downtempo sound, one that exuberantly highlights their skill with simplicity and a noisy, guitar-orientated form of minimalism. As the lyrics are more substantial than the previous track, the Prayer Wheels use sound in a more conventional style, with a fantastically Fang Island inspired riff and progression in the chorus. 

‘Seesaw Sequence’ follows in a more upbeat tone, but this time the alt-rock is inspired and features a mathy style guitar in the background and returns to the fantastic gang singing and layering of voices. This is perhaps the EP’s most intricate track; one that features substantial play around with instruments and song writing, which the band use to present their capabilities to the fullest. This is followed with the heavy ‘Cormorant’, the EPs fourth and most swinging track. On this track, the bands singing becomes harmonised and places more at the back of the mix, placing emphasis on the swinging and heavy guitars that are again inspired by some form of heavy metal. The song also features a trademark that emerged into the mainstream of the nineties; sampling. The sample fits well into the second half of the song as the band’s sound bounces up and down with its smart and clever approach to steer clear from an overproduced sound. The lyrics seem distant, almost subtle, but this only compliments the mix and reinforces the great music that it sits within.

To conclude, simplicity prevailed substantially on this EP; that mixed with the bands song writing skill and simple approach to writing good enjoyable music. Yes, layering and large productions full of instruments and over produced drums can be great (even fantastic) music… But by listening to this EP I noticed just how overdone (in production) a lot of bands are, especially those who do such in the name of being ‘alternative’. And it must be said that Prayer Wheels are not strictly minimalist in the very definition of the word; they do not feature drums played with one stick without a kick or a guitar that is so quiet it could be in another room, but they are minimalist in the sense of their genre. This very sense connects sonically with the bands contrast of sound and voice, in that the music generally remains quite heavy while the group sung vocals echo with harmony and swiftness. I thought the production was okay, that it could have been constructed more fluently, but praise must be universally given to the mixing, which somehow sounds like it wasn’t mixed at all (in a good way). This whole picture is painted by the preverbal brush of the band and their performance; those who deserve the most praise in the creation of Spring. Perhaps some might not be swept back by its intelligence and subtlety and some may even say it’s just a bunch of folks banging around playing loud music with distant lyrics… But isn’t it all that? It is, in fact… And it suits those listeners who love that genre. But that’s where the band seem to step up to most of their listener’s level (even those who drowned their ripped jeans and second hand amp after hip hop took over) by boiling their music down to enjoyment and imaginative little tunes. They sonically excel with this through lyrics, mixing and sound.

4/5

LINKS:

prayerwheels.bandcamp.com

twitter.com/prayer_wheels

facebook.com/prayerwheels613#

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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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.

ALBUM REVIEW | The Cult Of Dom Keller – Goodbye To The Light.

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ARTIST: The Cult Of Dom Keller

RELEASE: Goodbye To The Light

RELEASE DATE: 22/07/16

RECORD COMPANY: Fuzz Club Records

UK based noisy experimental psych aficionados ‘The Cult Of Dom Keller’ have been creating impressive musical soundscapes under the radar for quite some time. Their sound glides on a screaming swathe of intense psychedelic promise thats underpinned vocally with an interesting slice of goth fuelled expressionism! This band inject a shimmering cinematic quality into their music that can seriously alter reality! Now the Midlands based four piece have announced the next chapter in their musical development, the full length ‘Goodbye To The Light’, penned in for release on 22nd July 2016 via the brilliant London based Fuzz Club Records.  The album will be released on vinyl as a deluxe edition of 300 half-and-half transparent and solid white vinyl in a heavy gatefold sleeve featuring hand numbering, cutouts, embossing and printed inner sleeves. Also as a standard edition of 1000 transparent white vinyl, and CDs.

You can pre-order the album right now at fuzzclub.com

 

Like the opening atmospheric score of a 1970’s cinematic thriller, we’re introduced to a sprawling drone coupled with a repetitious two note sequenced synth pattern that swirls within a sea of enveloping golden frequencies. The opening salvo’s of ‘Hole In The Whole’ punch a reverberating pulse through the protective shield of the surrounding musical ether and immediately gets engulfed by creeping vocal lines and a dark malicious guitar squall. Up next, impressionistic fuzzy bass frequencies tickle the outer reaches of the audible range as those distinctly 80’s, almost post-punk sounding vocal progressions, coupled with hypnotic swirling organ swells take hold and drag you kicking and screaming through the blistering prog-leaning ‘Broken Arm Of God’ before the massive sonic surge of ‘Ravens & Rockets’ clatters into earshot and ploughs a dark and foreboding sonic furrow through proceedings.

‘Deepest Pit Of Emptiness’ enters the arena on massive ambient synth swells before we’re hit with enormous resonating bass frequencies shadowing slow malicious vocal lines as it crawls to its dark finality. ‘Tunnel In The Clouds’ floats impressively on a bed of atmospheric organ swells as haunting vocal lines as an increasingly intrusive monotonous drone pulses through layers of reverb before ‘Exterminating Angels’ enters the fray and brings with it a massive swathe of intensity that builds from the off into a maelstrom of beautiful frequential noise. Up next, ‘I Can See You’ pulses and shakes as it winds itself up into a rattling coil and prepares to strike. Thoroughly reminiscent of early experimental stage ‘Nine Inch Nails’ with its brilliant vocal production and those impressively overpowering synth lines. ‘Astrum Argenteum’ brings a blissful layered wall of psychedelic joy to proceedings before the deeply experimental but highly infectious ‘Nothing Left To Say’ cranks up and enters the realm of 70’s psychedelic Sci-Fi chic!

‘Bring Out The Dead’ begins with sequenced poly-rhythmic acoustic progressions coupled with a tempestuous percussive assault and an utterly addictive vocal. It undulates as it works through its gears, constantly evolving and layering instrumentation as it meanders through sonic peaks and troughs. There’s a short instrumental interlude as ‘Waltz Of The Morgellons’, the albums penultimate track, works the floor before we’re introduced to the albums final track, the aptly named ‘Shambhala Is On Fire’. This is a sprawling monolithic animal, jam packed full of reverb induced groove-laden instrumentation that circumnavigates yet another awe inspiring hypnotic and well executed vocal. A stunning finale to a very impressive album.

4/5

LINKS:

fuzzclub.com 

facebook.com/thecultofdomkeller

twitter.com/CULTOFDOMKELLER

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Del Chaney has spent the last four 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, DreamPop, PostPunk, PostRock & PsychRock genre’s of music 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 hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.

ALBUM REVIEW | Aviaries – Aviaries.

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ARTIST: Aviaries

RELEASE: Aviaries 

RELEASE DATE: 13/05/16

RECORD COMPANY: Requiem Records

Aviaries from Wroclaw, Poland make frosty coldwave sounds which conjure dystopian futures, using sounds that have their roots on the embryonic electro of the 80s. The vocals, where there are any, are a dispassionate affair adding to the overall sense of alienation. The post-punk and new wave influences are as clear as ice throughout their self-titled debut album which was released on Requiem Records in May this year.

 

Pills is a powerful opener, putting big synthy sounds to the fore, while Blindfold adds some squally guitar riffs to the mix. The sparing use of atmospheric synths and flanged guitars work to great effect on the bleak ballad of Wrecks.  Breathe opens with the beat of a dark-edged dance-floor filler, and the melodic guitar line shimmers away like a warm breath on a cold, cold night. There are some different textures on Soil which uses acoustic guitar and a sampled vocal to weave a captivating spell.

Could there be a more aptly-titled track on which to end this album than ‘Cold’? Its portentous opening bars soon transition into a tightly and tastefully woven work of satisfying synthetic fibres.

4/5

LINKS:

aviariesband.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/aviariespl

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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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.

ALBUM REVIEW | The Brainiac 5 – Exploding Universe.

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ARTIST: The Brainiac 5

RELEASE: Exploding Universe

RELEASE DATE: 24/07/15

RECORD COMPANY: Reckless Records

The Brainiac 5 are a band formed from the ashes of Half Human Band, and they made a name for themselves in the mid-70s Cornish music scene. The NME heaped accolades on them, which caused the band to migrate to London. Despite sharing stages with 80s psych stalwarts The Soft Boys and The Barracudas and being favored by John Peel, they split up before their debut album ‘World Inside’ was released. This album eventually came out in 1988 via Restless Records, the same label that released music by Bevis Frond and Black Sun Ensemble. Exploding Universe was recorded in London and features ten new songs performed by the Brainiacs’ nucleus of Charlie Taylor, Duncan ‘Mad Dog’ Kerr and John ‘Woody’ Wood plus drummer Wayne Worrell and Nick Onley on sax and flute. It was lovingly mixed by their longtime engineer, Hawkwind’s ‘Martin Griffin’ at his Roche Studio.

 

The band plunges into a lot of stylistic pools on this recording, mixing pub rock with bluesy psych, punk, and hard rock. The opening track “Haphazard” sounds a bit like Roxy Music would have sounded if blues had been at their core. There is even a jaw harp way up in the mix, competing with some amusing ‘haha’ vocal lines and a deliberately whacked out trumpet. “Ordinary Man” reminds me of vintage 80s pop, with bouncy guitars and a head bobbing melody. “Empty and Blue” very much dips into 70’s blues rock, with added saxophone and Phil Manzanera style guitar. “The Beauty Of It All” is a pretty acoustic song with a prog overlay, rather different from the other tunes here. “Walls Are Falling Down” is a rousing pub rocker with subtle use of horns, while “Stars Plan Ahead” is laid back reggae. “Growing Up” is all about growing pains, and the responsibility of adulthood. “Your Body’s Alright” has a bit of punk snarl to it, while “(I’m The) Glue” is jazzy funk with hints of R&B. “Exorcist Plan” closes out the album and mashes up prog rock with cosmic skronk at the end.

In summary, a somewhat challenging album from an old school psych band that long time fans as well fans of the different genres represented here will enjoy.

3/5

LINKS:

brainiac5.bandcamp.com

brainiac5.co.uk

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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

ALBUM REVIEW | Ghost Box Orchestra – High Plaine.

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ARTIST: Ghost Box Orchestra

RELEASE: High Plaine

RELEASE DATE: 17/05/16

RECORD COMPANY: Evil Hoodoo Records

I’ve been a big admirer of the sounds created by Boston natives ‘Ghost Box Orchestra’ for quite some time . Their collective musical stylings enthralled me from very early on as I repeatedly overplayed their cinematic post-rock hued 2010 debut ‘The Only Light On’, then fell head long into the magnificent dark vortex of 2013’s ‘Vanished’ only to tumble out the other end and crash straight through the reverberating ‘Sound of (Eternal Now)’ EP back in October 2015. For me, it’s been a brilliant musical rollercoaster ride of epic proportions and now I’m happy to report that the band have unleashed a brand new full length masterpiece! ‘High Plaine’ was officially released back on the seventeenth of May 2016 via ‘Evil Hoodoo Records’ over in the UK and it is nothing short of immense!

 

A swirling keyboard drone heralds the arrival of ‘Flutter’, as its tremulous guitars and eerily hypnotic organ progression circumnavigates pounding poly-rhythms & surging swells of reverberating sonic brilliance. ‘Flutter’ builds from its opening notes as the cyclonic musical cacophony urges those Impressive vocal lines to take centre stage happily in the knowledge that they are protected from any outside interference by a raging wall of noise. Let’s not be fooled here people; this is a stunning opening track full of explosive psychedelic promise and worthy of your ears. Up next are howling (but impressive) vocal progressions intriguingly underscored with melodiously repetitive guitar structures and explosive percussive patterns. ‘High Plaine’ opens up into a monstrous musical animal as it weaves its way through swathes of shimmering instrumentation.

The senses are tweaked at the arrival of my favourite track on this entire release! ‘Socrates Burned’ is a monolithic sonic beast that pulses through walls of stunning reverb as those pounding but regimented drum patterns act like bedrock, bearing the full weight of those soaring guitars and its huge swirling synth swells coupled with growling bass frequencies and a piercing vocal attack. There’s a quick reprise of sorts as the remnants of ‘Socrates Burned’ fades into obscurity but its quickly replaced by the calming and refreshing opening bars of ‘Wave Goodbye’.  This track is deeply melodic as it meanders through peaks and troughs of glorious golden instrumentation. Cascading keyboard thrills hang suspended just above audible range as ghostly vocalisations litter the reverberating landscape. It’s brilliant guitars shimmer as they stir within a heady brew of steading drum progressions, beautiful synth swirls and impressive throbbing bass lines. Up next is the shuffling ‘Dead & Gone’ with its mesmerising reverb retched vocal chants that seem to hover blissfully on sonic winds like a hunting eagle as all around it the ether rages a sonic war of attrition. Simply stunning! Droning guitars and meandering vocal lines usher in the opening bars of ‘Days Are Forever’ before we’re lifted high above the musical landscape on melodically brilliant wavy guitar lines and pounding drums as the chorus progression explodes into a brilliant cacophony of wonderful noise.

Things are really moving at pace now as ‘Ghost Box Orchestra’ offer up the albums penultimate track! ‘Within The Sound’ is a storming call to arms. It’s pounding drums and rumbling bass frequencies should have a post code all to themselves as they plough a sonic furrow through the entire musical landscape. Add into the mix the raging wall of noise created by the attacking guitars & that soaring vocal line and we have a full on assault on the senses. The albums closing track fades blissfully into ear shot on a swirling mass of droning guitars. ‘Causality Devotional’ floats on angelic frequencies as it works through its sonic gears. It builds brilliantly as it layers each one of its instrumental components at various points along the tracks navigational path. The vocals soar into ear shot on waves of shimmering reverberating frequencies that loop and arc all over the sonic spectrum with blistering aplomb. ‘Causality Devotional’ then builds into a raging maelstrom of noise as it tumbles into its droning finality. This is a stunning track to close out an absolutely stunning album.

Bravo Ghost Box Orchestra

5/5

‘High Plaine’ is available to buy/download right now from: ghostboxorchestra.bandcamp.com/album/high-plaine

LINKS:

ghostboxorchestra.com

twitter.com/ghostboxband

facebook.com/ghostboxorchestra

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Del Chaney has spent the last four 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, DreamPop, PostPunk, PostRock & PsychRock genre’s of music 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 hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.

ALBUM REVIEW | Hurricane Heart Attacks – Incredible Machine.

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ARTIST: Hurricane Heart Attacks

RELEASE: Incredible Machine

RELEASE DATE: 08/12/15

RECORD COMPANY: Scotch Recordings 

Argentinian psych/space rockers the Hurricane Heart Attacks take their name from psych greats The Warlocks. That’s a point of entry, and maybe all you need to know about these guys, because they really bring it on this release, the follow up to 2012’s Hurricane Love. The album was recorded in Buenos Aires between June 2014 & May 2015 and it gets its full release on various formats via the brilliant Atlanta based Scotch Recordings

 

And it’s pedal down from the get go, with “Signal” enticing you into its folds of feedback, with trippy organ, the requisite wailing vocals that mesh so well with psych, and pounding drums and snarling guitars. “Tangerine” is even more compelling, with Charly Leoni’s rubbery bass and drummer Facundo Dangelo’s explosive drum rolls. Once the guitar slides through in BJM waves, you are hooked! “Have You Heard?” has a definite Verve vibe, especially with Jota Humada’s cool vocals, and you just know it’s going to kick into high gear. Indeed it does, building slowly layer by majestic layer out to the almost 7 minute mark. Epic indeed! “Devil’s Eyes” has pulsating organ and sitar, so you can only imagine the psychedelic feast before you, there to quench your every musical desire. It is a kaleidoscopic, blurry jaunt through Eastern inflected psych. The band has a strong grasp on melody, so the song is never lost to the ether.

“CCTV” dials it to 11, and quickly envelops you in a wall of reverb drenched splendor on the trippiest song in this collection. “Looking Glass” closes the set out in fine fashion, once again reminding me of ‘A Storm in Heaven’ -era Verve, right down to the extended song length. The entire album is a psychedelic banquet of rainbows, bliss, and the merest hint of darkness.

Highly recommended!

5/5

LINKS:

scotchrecordings.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/hurricaneheartattacks 

twitter.com/HHAttacks

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

elizabeth

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