NEW SINGLE - Burning House - Mimosa - Featured Image - (700x700)

NEW SINGLE | Burning House - Mimosa

It's turning out to be quite the year for Southampton's 'Burning House'. The trio have recently signed to Yumi And The Weather’s label - MIOHMI RECORDS, have just released a new single (their first on the aforementioned label) and there is also talk of a debut full length release this summer? That's some achievement for band who first tweaked our attention back in 2017 with their then debut single 'If You Won't'.  Steeped in noisy shoegaze with a splattering of alternative led noise-rock and subtle splashes of experimentation, 'Burning House' have a plethora of influential sonic strands coursing through their veins with comparisons been made to Swervedriver, Jesus & Mary Chain and shoegaze stalwarts RIDE. The band have also shared the live stage with Moon Duo, Shonen Knife, Is Bliss and Kagoule. Comprising of Aaron Mills - guitar/vocals, 
Patrick White - bass & Dominic Taylor - drums, 'Burning House' are definitely ones to watch this year.

Their latest single entitled 'Mimosa' had it's official release back on April 16th 2019 via MIOHMI RECORDS and is available to buy/download right now from miohmirecords.bandcamp.com

Recommended!

LINKS:

miohmirecords.bandcamp.com

burninghouse.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/BurningHouseMusic

soundcloud.com/burning-house/tracks

twitter.com/burninghouse_


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NEW SINGLE | Blushing - Dream Merchants

You always know that you are on to a winner when new music from Blushing drops into your inbox. This Austin-based quartet know how to construct epic soundscapes that are absolutely drenched in dreamy hook-laden reverberations and equally stacked to the brim with whirring cyclonic shoegaze. 'Dream Merchants' is the second single to be lifted from their forthcoming & highly anticipated debut album penned in for release sometime this summer and it follows on from their brilliant October 2018 released single 'The Truth/Sunshine'. Blushing are made up of Christina Carmona - vocals/bass,  Michelle Soto - guitar/vocals, Noe Carmona - guitar, Jake Soto - drums and this latest single had it's full release back on April 12th 2019. If you want to get your sticky paws on it you can do so right now by heading over to weareblushing.bandcamp.com

'Dream Merchants' is a swirling kaleidoscopic sonic ride through layers of woozy shoegaze & hazy dream-pop that is all deftly highlighted with immense instrumentation and another stunning vocal performance ..... 2019 is Blushing's year!

Recommended!

LINKS:

weareblushing.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/weareblushing/#

twitter.com/BlushingBand

blushingmusic.com


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NEW SINGLE | Velvet Tides - Into Light

Birmingham-based hazy post-gaze quartet 'Velvet Tides' have just unleashed their impressive debut single entitled 'Into Light' to the music masses. Formed back in 2018, this promising band meld subtle alternative led shoegaze sensibilities with the wistful ambient tinged swirls of dream-pop and an overriding pulse of post-punk to good effect, instilling instant instrumental reminisces of 'For Against, Slowdive, The Swirlies & early Starflyer 59'. The band are made up of Luke Marvin - guitar/vocals, Josh Hale - bass, Caleb Keenan - lead guitar & Brandon Moss - drums.

'Into Light' merges out of a reverberating sonic fog as swirling guitars and the twinkle of golden melody merge into one sonic pulse. Beautiful lines of hazy vocalisations stream into view, hovering blissfully on the hum of bass, all collectively strapped to that driving percussive assault and peppered by intricate lines of lead guitar. We're pulled along with the track from the off until that sublime break used us out into the ether and we fall headlong into a magnificent track finale. Wonderfully constructed and deeply entrancing, 'Velvet Tides' are a breath of fresh air.

With a busy year of recording ahead, we can't wait to hear what comes next!

Recommended!

LINKS:

velvettides.com

facebook.com/VELVETTIDES/

instagram.com/velvettides/

soundcloud.com/velvet_tides


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NEW SINGLE | Corasandel - As In Always

To say that there's a lot going on inside this latest single from Lincolnshire-based duo 'Corasandel' is an understatement. 'As In Always', the second single to be lifted from their forthcoming & highly anticipated five track EP 'All The Hours Are One', begins in a kind of psych-folk lull with it's beautifully entrancing lines of guitar, those swirling feedback-laden drones and the captivating line of vocal that seems to cling to every fibre of the sonic ether. Intricate little moments filled with small trinkets of ambient abandonment and those peaceful transitions into huge pools of hazy reverb blend meticulously with the song structure, instilling a melancholic feel with every single note. There's definitely something for everybody in this track, highlighting the writing/producing prowess of Jimmy Osborne and Mark Merrifield brilliantly.

'All The Hours Are One' gets it's full release on April 26th 2019. It includes the singles 'Unison Mix' & 'As In Always' and is available to pre-order on various formats right now via corasandel.bandcamp.com

Recommended!

LINKS:


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ALBUM REVIEW | Mote - Samalas

ARTIST: Mote

RELEASE: Samalas

RELEASE DATE: 14th March 2019

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

Melbourne-based quartet 'Mote' unleash a cataclysmic whirligig of sound on their latest long player with every single track literally filled to the brim with motorik krautrock, modern experimental psych and futuristically attuned spaced out jams. Since unleashing their sizzling five track 'Recordings I' back in 2017 the band have garnered some serious attention from fans on the worldwide underground psych scene and now they've unleashed an absolute sonic behemoth entitled 'Samalas', their debut seven track release. Officially unveiled back on March 14th, 'Samalas' is a brutish tour de force that takes the listener on a white knuckle, lysergic tinged, sonic thrill ride of ingenious proportions. The album is available to buy/download right now on various formats via motemelbourne.bandcamp.com

Swirls of droning notes echo and pulse alongside glitchenous electronic frequencies as the opening salvos of ‘Awesome Wells’ permeate the sonic ether. Rattling percussion and the soft purr of acoustic vibes arrive next to meld with twanging guitar and huge swathes of reverb, creating a perfect plunge point just as the track begins to pick up tempo and starts to resonate perfectly. There are sampled vocals here, swirling motorik krautrock like rhythms deftly straddled by addictive throbs of bass that are all wonderfully constructed around that continuous instrumental drone. Massive in stature and fantastically addictive, ‘Awesome Wells’ is an absolute triumph. ‘Jolo’ unfurls it’s sonic tendrils and wraps its cinematic self around a blistering line of guitar and a swirling instrumental drone. Explosive drum patterns exacerbate it’s space rock credentials as we’re spun in and out of catchy chord structures and those wonderful eastern esoteric vibes. Coming in at a whopping nine minutes plus, ‘Jolo’ pulls on the heart strings a tad as it drags you through huge walls of woozy wah wah led guitar and bounces you atop of those huge bass progressions until we’re led into a brilliant break about halfway through that spirals wonderfully into a cacophony of swirling sonic atmospherics. ‘Jolo’ is a seismic sonic blast and an album highlight for me.

‘Requiem For Al’ begins with a slow moving drone and the soft pulse of repetitive bass notes. Luscious lines of guitar float on top of of reverberating waves of noise leading us gently into massive atmospherically charged chord changes that instil a melancholic edge to proceedings before we fall into that behemoth like break and on into the tracks final throws. Up next, ‘Adventure Call’ slides into the ether on a synth led progression before winding itself up into a magnificent krautrock gem. Wailing guitars, cascading lines of bass and turbulent instrumental drones join in with the sonic melee, adding an intense ambient styled atmosphere until the arrival of the lead guitar that seems to whip and cajole the entire track and that twinkling line of synth that seems to run the gauntlet just below the mix. ‘Adventure Call’ is a fascinating track , possibly my favourite on the entire release and one that I will keep coming back to again & again . The albums title track  'Samalas' is a fourteen minute plus sonic adventure of monolithic proportions mixed with monumentous passages of modern psych, some far out space rock and a sprinkling of ambient abandonment. It builds brilliantly from the off, tumbling through lysergic tinged clouds of frequency laden reverberations peppered with intricate instrumental structures that knit together brilliantly giving off a feel more like a live jam than a track on a studio album. Huge in scope, ‘Samalas’ is absolutely immense.

Having bought the album digitally via bandcamp to support the band, I was pleased to see that it came with two bonus tracks. ‘Magnetic Space’ swirls into the ether on a chittering drone before the arrival of repetitive guitars and drums that collectively cut a wedge into those booming bass heavy notes. Its vocal lines are entrancing, consumed by reverb and hang in a kind of suspended animation just above the charging percussion as the lines of lead guitar undulate in and out of explosive drum fills whilst ‘Hollow’ meanders into audible range on the now customary instrumental drone before a brilliantly constructed bass line ushers in noisy guitars and a steady back beat all the while building into this futuristic sounding sonic behemoth. Reminiscent at times to those UK-based experimental psych heads ‘Dead Sea Apes’, ‘Hollow’ closes out what is now a new addition to my ‘Best Album Releases Of 2019’ list.

5/5

LINKS:

motemelbourne.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/motemelbourne/

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.


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EP REVIEW | Violent Dreams - Serotonin

EP REVIEW - Violent Dreams - Serotonin - Post image - (300x300)ARTIST: Violent Dreams

RELEASE: Serotonin 

RELEASE DATE: 17th March 2019

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

Hailing from Liverpool/London, 'Violent Dreams' are a melancholic shoegaze/dream-pop duo who specialise in creating mesmeric sonic soundscapes whilst doffing a well worn cap to the originators of the respective genres. Think 'Cocteau Twins' forged with the instrumental prowess of 'Mazzy Star', a sprinkling of modern goth & noisy alt-rock and you'll stumble onto their collective sound. Consisting of Matt & Abby, 'Violent Dreams' unleashed their debut five track entitled 'Scared of the Dark' to the masses back in 2017 and have followed it up with this latest sophomore EP entitled 'Serotonin'. The five track EP was officially released back on March 17th 2019 and is available to buy/download right now via violentdreams.bandcamp.com

'Lost In You' jangles into the ether on a wave of luscious guitar and swells of synth before haunting vocalisations awash in reverb move atop of repetitive lines of percussion. Deeply melancholic and brilliantly executed, this track is filled with mesmerising chord changes and catchy hooks that ebb and flow through layers of shimmering reverberations as slow moving lines of bass cascade just beneath the mix. Brilliant lead lines haunt the entire track as we tumble through the ether completely enveloped in blissful noise. A fantastic opening salvo indeed. Up next, 'I'm Still Here' arrives with a sprinkle of tambourine, slow moving lines of guitar and booming lines of bass. Repetitive bass kicks add atmosphere as the vocals float on shimmering waves of reverb and those lead guitar highlights lead us into a magnificent chorus change. Explosive cymbal hits crash as drum rolls rumble and lead guitar soar skywards in a haze of glorious golden tinged reverb. 'I'm Still Here' is intensely atmospheric  and a definite standout track. 'Grace' swirls into the sonic arena on a menacing chug of guitar steeped in reverb pulling slow moving percussion and that irresistible vocal tone with it. Sullen verse parts work through the gears before we tumble into another huge chorus break filled with wide scoped reverbs and woozy chord changes. Drenched in melancholy, 'Grace' is infectious.

The EP's penultimate piece entitled 'The Terror' is instrumentally reminiscent of 'Treasure' era 'Cocteau Twins' with its impressive instrumentation and oodles of reverb all swirling around that massive vocal line. A brilliantly addictive percussive assault drives everything forwards as swirling synths, throbbing bass lines and excellent production lifts the entire track skywards allowing the vocal line to permeate absolutely everything. Quite possibly my favourite track on the entire release 'The Terror' holds it's head high. The EP closes out with 'Serotonin', magical acoustic vibes weave a golden web used primarily to capture that magnificent vocal line as those swirling organ swells, captivating synth and the slow moving thud of percussion keeps a deafening metronomic time. Beautiful and awe inspiring, 'Serotonin' is a fascinating ending to a wonderfully refreshing EP.

4/5

LINKS: 

violentdreams.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/ViolentDreamsBand/

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 - The Here Todays - January - Featured Image - (700x700)

NEW SINGLE | The Here Todays - January

'The Here Todays' unleashed their debut single 'Umbrellas' back in September 2018 and completely blew us away here at Primal Music with their collective sound. Steeped in dreamy shoegaze with a layer of melodic dream-pop and an undercurrent of driving post-punk, the Finnish-based quartet draw their influences from their adventures in modern life to create a distinctly irresistible palette of sonic colour. Now the band have returned with their second single entitled 'January', this time leaning heavily on the post-punk side of their collective sound. Stabbing guitars, cascading bass lines, charging drums and those addictive swathes of guitar are absolutely captivating as they envelope those mesmeric vocalisations with ease. We've said it before and we'll say it again - 'The Here Todays' have a promising and exciting future.

'January' gets it's official release on the 5th April 2019 and is available to buy/download right now via theheretodaysband.bandcamp.com

Recommended!

LINKS:

theheretodaysband.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/theheartodays


EP REVIEW - Japan Review - Juno - Featured Image - (700x700)

EP REVIEW | Japan Review - Juno

EP REVIEW - Japan Review - Juno - Post Image - (300x300)ARTIST: Japan Review

RELEASE: Juno

RELEASE DATE: 22nd March 2019

RECORD COMPANY: Reckless Yes

London-based 'Japan Review' have had a revolving door of personnel since its formation back in 2014 all milling around it's one solid sonic protagonist - Adam O'Sullivan. Steeped in hazy lo-fi sensibilities and permeated with experimental yet dreamy nugaze vibes, 'Japan Review' inject drone, analog synth and impressionistic twists into their collective modernistic sound. Their latest four track EP entitled 'Juno' was recorded last year and co-written with O'Sullivan's former Beach Volleyball bandmate Dom Ashton. It had it's official release on March 22nd 2019 via independent record label 'Reckless Yes' and is available to buy/download on various formats from both recklessyes.comjapanreview.bandcamp.com respectively.

The EP begins rolling through clouds of reverb as the pitter patter of sequenced percussion fizzes underfoot and the twang of guitar echoes through the sonic ether. 'Soviet Happy' builds into this booming monolith as it's melancholic vocals arrive, peppered with repetitive guitar, the hum of bass frequencies and flurries of synth. Both melodic and sullen in equal parts, this track explodes into a riot of colour as layers of driving reverb-laden guitar merge into one huge wall of fuzz, sucking in the vocal until barely recognisable and those soaring lines of synth point skywards leading us into it's grand finale. Up next, 'Say Hi To Juno' begins floating on a melodic keyboard line before being joined by droning guitars and a busy sequenced drum pattern. Huge in scope, it lays bare an almost cinematic approach with it's wide scoped reverbs and massive production values that allow those vocals to hover in a kind of suspended sonic animation whilst the instrumentation circumnavigates in a gentle kind of way. Beautifully transcendent, 'Say Hi To Juno' is my favourite track on the entire release.

'Sealand F.C' announces itself with blissful sample before sequenced synths and acoustic vibrations arrive, pulling vocals and slide guitar in to the mix drenched in oodles of reverb. Again, this track is heavily melodic and beautifully constructed, abundantly lo-fi and distilling a melancholic wave of reminisces that forces the listener to remember a lost love or times gone by. Listen out for that huge sounding finale and the brilliant use of percussion throughout. The EP closes out with 'Inertia', another brilliantly constructed track but leaning more into alternative led electronica than the previous soundscapes. Layered percussion bubbles beneath the throb of bass frequencies to collectively construct a solid bedrock of sounds as swirling guitar drones and subtle lines of analog synth envelope the vocal brilliantly. Unfortunately though, as I listen through this track, there are massive differences to the previous three and I can't help but hear Radiohead or even Thom Yorke's solo efforts coursing through its veins. All in all a very interesting release.

4/5

LINKS:

japanreview.bandcamp.com

twitter.com/japan_review

recklessyes.com

instagram.com/japanreviewmusic/

facebook.com/japanreviewmusic/

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.


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EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM | The Dandelion - Old Habits & New Ways Of The Dandelion

With a sonic style that swirls effortlessly inside a generous melding of warm psych-folk, explosive garage psych and entrancingly fuzzy sixties sounding musings (or retro-psych as the kids like to call it these days), 'The Dandelion' began life as a solo project by 'The Dolly Rocker Movement' frontman, Daniel J Poulter, eventually releasing it's debut long player 'The Strange Case Of The Dandelion' back in 2013. Shortly after the release however,  Poulter walked out and the super talented Nathalie de Silver took over songwriting duties, subsequently releasing some impressive collections of music alongside a revolving door of live musicians. The current line up though, consists of Nathalie de Silver - vocals/guitar/songwriting/producer, Laura Murdoch - organ/vocals/theremin, Josh White - drums/vocals & Lauren Crew - bassWith a brilliant self-titled EP released in 2014, a very interesting sophomore release in 2015 called 'Seeds Flowers and Magical Powers of The Dandelion' and a dedicated worldwide following, 'The Dandelion' have announced a brand new thirteen track album entitled 'Old Habits & New Ways Of The Dandelion' via Greek-based independent record label 'Blackspin Records', and a European tour throughout April taking in France, Spain, Greece, England, Scotland, Belgium, Austria, Croatia & Germany to support the album. 'Old Habits & New Ways Of The Dandelion' is penned in for official release on April 1st 2019 and will be available on various vinyl formats via blackspin.gr

'Old Habits & New Ways Of The Dandelion' begins tumbling in a haze of instrumental drones, military style drumming and the unmistakable pull of wind instrumentation as 'Garden Of Yi' opens up into a kaleidoscope of sonic colour spinning in kind of psychedelic surf rock tinge. Swells of electric organ and the pitter patter of reverb cushion de Silver's luscious vocalisations throughout as tingling slide guitar and those melodic incantations ebb and flow. 'Old Habits New Ways' undulates into audible range on a woozy line of organ as the comforting tones of cascading bass frequencies meander beneath and the slow metronomic swing of percussion keeps a wonderful back beat. Shimmering vocalisations meld with soaring clouds of reverb and those soothing backing vocals as accompanying drones and that delicious lead guitar intertwine to form a glorious wall of noise. Up next, 'El Poncho Rojo' oozes west coast charm with it's busy percussive pattern, those addictive guitars and it's subtle rockabilly sensibility whilst 'Beneath The Rowan Tree' has infectious psych-folk and esoteric middle eastern connotations brilliantly overlaid with classical sonic tones and passages of stunning wind instrumentation that collectively sweep you off your feet.

'All I Ever' opens up swirling on hazy acoustic vibrations before more eastern tinged instrumental accompaniments arrive to superbly envelope Nathalie's vocalisations. Handclaps, tambourine hits and woozy lines of guitar sway blissfully on top of those hypnotic percussive patterns as we float on waves of psychotropic sonic abandonment. Up next, 'Who May Have Found God' is a classic 60's psych cut. Warbling lines of organ bounce on top of a busy percussive assault as we're led into the melee. Bass notes hum and that shimmering vocal line takes centre stage, gently leading us by the hand into that magnificent finale. Infectious, addictive and beautifully constructed, 'Who May Have Found God' is a definite album highlight. 'The Holy Son (What Have You Become?)' begins on a line of acoustic guitar before a flurry of hypnotic sitar and rumbling percussion arrives to pulse in unison with waves of bass frequencies and that washed out vocalisation. Swirling lines of organ add serious atmosphere here as those intricate lines of guitar spin sonic webs and the catchy chord structures completely entice the listener. 'Message From The Fire' shudders into audible range on tumbling drum pattern and a busy organ line. Wonderful structures of chugging guitar cling to a thumping bass signature as the vocals arrive and we're all collectively pulled headlong into that angry assault of lead guitar before 'de Silvers Dream' unfurls it's blissful, incantational tendrils and unleashes a wave of beautifully hypnotic psychedelic sounds on us all.

'Deep Down In The Hollow' is steeped in a swirling kind of retro vibe. Rattling percussion, fizzing guitars and swirling clouds of hazy reverb meld with addictive lines of vocal, swells of electronic frequencies and that sticky wah-wah that washes over everything. 'Deep Down In The Hollow' is another stand out track for me on this release. Up next, 'Song For All Seasons' gently brings us back down to earth, awash in hazy sound-waves and lysergic tinged instrumentation whilst the albums penultimate piece is another super sonic gem. 'Incognito' opens up with tumbling drums and a repetitive line of guitar before the arrival of delicious organ and that cascading bass line launches us out into the sonic ether. Nathalie de Silvers vocals are fantastic here, leaping in and out of heavier lines of guitar dipped in layers of shuddering reverb. Quieter moments permeated by rambling lead lines and warbling electronics stand out on this track and that impressive lead break is memorable. The album closes out with soft acoustic finger pickings floating on waves of iridescent reverb as 'The June Light' meanders into view. Hovering lines of hushed vocalisations amble into ear shot straddling melodic chord structures and catchy chord changes as we gently ripple outwards on soft waves of blissful sound. A marvellous ending to an impressive collection of tracks.

4/5

LINKS:

thedandelion.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/thedandelionmusic/

blackspin.gr

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.


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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.