EP REVIEW - Blume - Wash Away - Featured Image - (700x700)

EP REVIEW | Blume - Wash Away

EP REVIEW - Blume - Wash Away - Post Image - (300x300)ARTIST: Blume

RELEASE: Wash Away

RELEASE DATE: 19th February 2019

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

'Blume' aka Alberta native Arthur Bennell creates washed out shoegaze underscored with flurries of dream-laden reverberations, a hovering post-punk edge and a splashing of psychedelic abandonment. Bennell writes and records everything himself, underpinning that lo-fi 'do it yourself' work ethic that we all like here at Primal Music. Hazy vocalisations and jangling guitars meander through walls of reverb on his latest six track release entitled 'Wash Away', the follow up to the 2015 released self titled four track EP. 'Wash Away' had it's official release back on February 19th 2019 and is available to buy/download right now via blumeband.bandcamp.com

The fantastically brilliant 'That Day' kicks things off in grand style. Hazy reverberations swirl and glide as that repetitive guitar line ritualistically twists and turns on a metronomic pattern of percussion. Swells of synth and the hum of bouncing bass frequencies captivate here as lead lines intertwine with those dusky vocalisations. Brilliant in it's approach and eerily good, 'That Day' is a definite EP highlight. Up next, 'Feel Again' arrives tumbling in a wash of reverb as the soft tap of sequenced percussion and the swoon of woozy guitar washes over the listener. Hushed vocalisations cling just below the mix here, barely audible inside a wave of instrumental melody as we're edged slowly into that huge behemoth like instrumental break and on into the tracks finale. The EP's title track has post-rock connotations streaming through it's inner core. Repetitive lines of guitar hover and float on waves of beautiful reverberation as a busy line of percussion rattles below. Swirling lines of lead guitar soar, puncturing through the layers of reverb and injecting intense melody, atmosphere and a delicate hue into the track. Again, the vocal lines here are hushed but seem to fit this track more than the before as the rambling line of lead guitar streaks skywards.

'Error 404' drones into existence on a menacing line of guitar and sullen sweeps of atmosphere. It builds as it's industrial tinged percussion staggers into view, followed by another rambling lead guitar line and the swoosh of reverberation. Repetitive in nature, this instrumental has a distinct post-punk edge. The EP's penultimate piece glides into audible range with an instrumental sound reminiscent of 'The Cure' or mid 80's 'Cocteau Twins'. The meandering guitars and the pull of bass frequencies are instantly addictive as 'Always The Same' unveils a fantastic vocal take that seems to cling to the surrounding instrumental melody and meld with the wash of lead guitar. Wonderfully refreshing and executed brilliantly, 'Always The Same' is another highlight for me. The EP closes out with 'Can't Wait'. The pitter patter of percussion keeps a steady metronomic tempo as throbbing bass frequencies, undulating lines of lead guitar and oodles of reverb take centre stage. Impressive vocals ride the sonic wave as we're led into that hypnotic lead break before that noisy final third brings the curtain down on a very interesting release.

4/5

LINKS:

blumeband.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/Blume-581864445295476/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney - (Author Photo)

Del Chaney has spent the last six years dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, postpunk & 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 genres 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.


NEW SINGLE - Rev Rev Rev - Clutching The Blade - Featured Image - (700x700)

NEW SINGLE | Rev Rev Rev - Clutching The Blade

It's been nearly three years since noisy Modena-based psych/gaze aficionados 'Rev Rev Rev' unleashed 'Des Fleurs Magiques Bourdonnaient', a full length release that can only be described as one of the best gaze albums to ever have come out of this burgeoning sonic reinvention of the revered shoegaze sound. Crossing over into multiple sonic disciplines, 'Rev Rev Rev' conjure up a formidable wall of unrelenting fuzz & reverb that at times dives headlong into a dark & foreboding sonic world whilst staying true to it's European shoegaze credentials. The band have returned with an immense new single entitled 'Clutching The Blade', the lead track from their highly anticipated new album 'Kykeon', penned in for release this autumn via the veritable Fuzz Club Records. With a plethora of rave reviews, bucketful's of airtime, recently being selected to play at this years SXSW festival, 'Rev Rev Rev' have been on an upwards trajectory for quite some time. Add into the mix an overall sound that ticked most of London-based Fuzz Club Records boxes and it was only a matter of time before 'Rev Rev Rev' popped onto their radar.

The band are made up of Laura Iacuzio - guitar/vocals, Sebastian Lugli - guitar, Andrea Dall - bass & Greta Benatti - drums and 'Clutching The Blade' is available to buy/download right now via fuzzclub.bandcamp.com

'Clutching The Blade' is an unrelenting sonic behemoth. Swathes of fuzzed out guitars, charging bass impressions and explosive percussion surge and flow through layers of fizzing reverberation as Laura Iacuzio directs proceedings with those cutting incantational vocalisations. This is absolutely immense. 'Rev Rev Rev' have collectively injected an abrasiveness into their sound on this track that is both captivating & immersive all at once. This only bodes well for the full album release.

Recommended!

LINKS:

fuzzclub.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/revrevrev.band

twitter.com/revrevrev_band

revrevrev.org

revrevrev.bandcamp.com


ALBUM REVIEW - The Underground Youth - Montage Images Of Lust & Fear - Featured Image - (700x700)

ALBUM REVIEW | The Underground Youth - Montage Images Of Lust & Fear

ARTIST: The Underground Youth

RELEASE: Montage Images Of Lust & Fear

RELEASE DATE: 29th March 2019

RECORD COMPANY: Fuzz Club Records

With a decade worth of releases under their belts, relentless touring and a massive worldwide cult following, immense Berlin via Manchester quartet 'The Underground Youth' are poised to release their most impressive long player to date. Brilliantly titled 'Montage Images Of Lust & Fear', the album was recorded live in studio, is the first record with all the band members involved in the writing process and is inspired by the succession of experiences we are increasingly dealt by the media. With guest musicians such as Kristof Hahn (Swans) playing lap steel guitar on six of the album’s nine songs, 'The Underground Youth' create both abrasively distorted psychedelia & haunting industrial tinged post-punk in equal measure on this album underscored with a raw tenacity that can only be captured in a live studio setting. The band are made up of Craig Dyer (vocals/guitar), Olya Dyer (percussion), Max James (bass) and Leo Kaage (guitar). 'Montage Images of Lust & Fear' is officially released on various formats via London-based Fuzz Club Records on the 29th March 2019 and is available to pre-order right now from fuzzclub.com & fuzzclub.bandcamp.com respectively.

Moody twangs of guitar peppered with repetitive hi-hat hits and waves of reverb announce the arrival of 'Sins', the opening track on this impressive release. It builds brilliantly before introducing the menacing vocals of Craig Dyer who seems to meld perfectly with the slow & meticulous rumble of percussion and those deep throbs of bass frequencies as the track meanders in and out of wide layers of hazy guitar and those intimidating lead lines. 'Sins' is an impressive opening salvo. Up next, 'Last Exit To Nowhere' fizzes into life with squally guitars before exploding into am sinister collective of instrumentation. Sounding like a coming together of the raw energy of Iggy's Stooges melded with the sharp abrasiveness of Suicide, this track drives into the ether on charging lines of melodic bass and an addictive percussive swagger. Angry swathes of guitar and that growling  impassioned vocal add dark atmosphere as subtle lead highlights skirt the outer edges to instil haunting post-punk overtones. 'Last Exit To Nowhere' is sublime and a definite album highlight for me. 'The Death of The Author' begins with a smash of glass, swirling reverberations and a deeply entrancing bass signature. Repetitive in it's beginnings, the vocals glide over the ensuing instrumentation with ease as menacing fret noise dances just below the mix. The track explodes into a riot of visceral  sound-waves as the chorus parts erupt, enveloping Dyer's macabre vocalisations perfectly as collectively they swirls in amongst the angry, cyclonic instrumentation.

'This Is But A Dream' bursts into life trapped in a haze of fuzz and reverb. Bouncing bass progressions dance alongside rattling shakers and angry guitar theatrics before the vocals arrive, balancing precariously on the edge of that rumbling percussive assault whilst 'Too Innocent To Be True' with it's more heartfelt approach is a welcome breath of fresh air aided in part by those addictive lines of lap steel guitar courtesy of guest musician Kristof Hahn (Swans) that glide effortlessly alongside the baritone vocal sounds of Craig Dyer. Beautifully executed and lyrically brilliant, 'Too Innocent To Be True' is absolutely magnificent. Up next, 'Blind' slowly opens up on warbling on a woozy bass line and swirling undertones of guitar before snake like shakers pull fret noise and another impressive vocal performance. Eerie atmospherics swirl deep within dark sonics as this spacious track works through it gears, building meticulously with each chord progression, winding itself up to strike until the arrival of that pointed line of lead guitar and those hypnotic organ swells ease the pressure and we begin the process all over again.

'Blind II' has noisy garage psych connotations as it blazes into the sonic ether on a bedrock of rattling percussive, throbbing bass frequencies and noisy guitars, collectively embracing those morose vocalisations that seem to switch attack from light to dark with relative ease. Another impressive track, 'Blind II' is a definite highlight here. The albums penultimate piece entitled 'I Can't Resist' begins with short stabs of glistening instrumentation underscored by a gliding bass line and those meandering lines of lead guitar that circumnavigate another impassioned vocal line. Building in both intensity and tempo at various stages throughout, 'I Can't Resist' is addictively seductive. The album closes out with 'This Anaesthetised World', a slow burning and deeply melancholic piece filled with repetitive guitar progressions, soothing bass lines and swirling lines of reverb infused lead that build & cling to Dyer's vocals whilst guiding the listener into that tempestuous finale. Impressive stuff indeed.

5/5

LINKS:

fuzzclub.com

facebook.com/TheUndergroundYouth

theundergroundyouth.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney - (Author Photo)

Del Chaney has spent the last six 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 genres 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.

 


NEW VIDEO - Lavender Blush - Fire - Featured Image - (700x700)

NEW VIDEO | Lavender Blush - Fire

San Francisco-based noise pop quintuplet 'Lavender Blush' have announced a fantastic brand new single entitled 'Fire' and it's accompanying video, lifted from their forthcoming new six track EP 'Beauty Is What Beauty Does To You'. With a sound that stands firmly within a gorgeously noisy haze peppered with dreamy incandescent shoegaze and tasty psychedelic indentations, 'Lavender Blush' are a refreshing blast of sonic delight. The band on the forthcoming EP is made up of Ana Ramundo - vocals/synth, Chris Howard - drums, Julie Lynn - vocals/synth, Sam Hewatt - bass & Ryan Lescure - guitar/vocals. The members of Lavender Blush have been involved with several like-minded groups including LSD and the Search for God, Moonbeams, and My Red Dress.

'Beauty Is What Beauty Does To You' gets it's official release on March 30th 2019 via Jon Blaj's 'Sensitive' label and is available to pre-order right now on various formats from lavenderblush.bandcamp.com

Recommended!

LINKS:

lavenderblush.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/lavenderblushSF