ALBUM REVIEW - Holy Monitor - II - Featured Image - (700x700)

ALBUM REVIEW | Holy Monitor - II

ARTIST: Holy Monitor

RELEASE: II

RELEASE DATE: October 12th 2018

RECORD COMPANY: Blackspin Records

Blistering Athens-based experimental psych/kraut rock collective 'Holy Monitor' wowed us back in early 2017 with their debut self-titled full length release absolutely filled to the brim with luscious soundscapes that pull together different disciplines to create an otherworldly sonic vibe charged with glistening hypnotics that are all collectively drenched in a woozy kind of psychedelic abandonment. 'Holy Monitor' first pinged our radar with their very impressive 'Ongakubaka Records' released 'Golden Light​/​Aeolus', a compilation containing both of the bands previously released (only digital & in a ltd edition cassette) EP's and since then we've been firmly on board with what they create musically. From rhythmic krautrock to blissed out space rock and on into modern day psych permutations, 'Holy Monitor' do not disappoint. Now the band have unleashed 'II', their monstrous sophomore full length that builds on what the band have already manifested, a wonderful, no nonsense lysergic tinged sonic assault on the cranium. 'II' was officially released back on October 12th 2018 via the good folks over at Backspin Records in Greece and is available to buy/download right now from holymonitor.bandcamp.com

‘Fields Of Mars’ drones into existence swirling within a squally wave of extraterrestrial sonics and ambient hued sound waves. It builds as it manoeuvres itself into striking position unleashing fizzing lines of guitar melded with the repetitive pitter patter of cymbal noise. There’s a distinct tinge of 60’s psych undulating through the guitar sound that is thoroughly addictive, it adds to the overall atmospherics of the track and tunes the listener in at an early stage. Menacing swells of synth join forces with slow moving percussion, tumbling lines of bass and throb of reverberation as we’re scooped up and ferried along brilliantly with the impressive hypnotic sonic melee. As opening tracks go ‘Fields Of Mars’ is absolutely immense. Up next, ‘Animal Heart’ charges into the ether drenched in a garage tinged golden hue. Rocking kraut like percussion keeps a steady back beat as all around it swirls through heady clouds of futuristic neo-psychedelia. Fizzing synths, repetitive guitars and cascading lines of bass are the order of the day catching the listener off-guard with mesmerising instrumentation that collectively loop and arc throughout the sonic arena whilst the lines of vocals tie everything together perfectly. ‘Animal Heart’ is a triumph and a definite album highlight for me.

‘Cirrus’ begins pounding on a repetitive percussive assault before swirling lines of synth and captivating lines of guitar arrive pulling the distinctive throb of bass into the mix and melding into a perfect accompaniment for another melodic vocal. Catchy chord structures and impressive hooks lift and twist the track perfectly as we’re led into that magnificent instrumental break and on into the tracks sublime finale whilst ‘Hunter’s Moon’ conjures up subtle elements of of psych folk as it rumbles and shudders on a brilliant drum track accompanied by enchanting instrumentation and addictive vocalisations all drenched in a kind of lysergic tinged psychedelic abandonment. Up next, ‘Spirits Of The Wild’ swirls through clouds of deliciously hypnotic sonic fare filled with animalistic sampling, shimmering tambourines and shamanistic tendencies. It moves like a living organism, pulsing and undulating as one huge sonic form, dancing and twirling through a multitude instrumental connotations laced with reverberating frequencies that shimmer and shine. There’s a brilliant cultural feel here, a snapshot if you will of the psychedelic side of Greece. It overpowers this listener and is both captivating and exhilarating all at once.

‘Soothing Water’, the albums penultimate piece, drones into existence trapped in a cyclonic whirlwind of fizzing synth and the repetitive pull of those pounding drums. Throbbing lines of bass frequencies intertwine with soaring lines of melodic guitar, ushering in another futuristically sounding vocalisation. Busy lines of lead guitar enter the mix, following the duel lines of vocal perfectly and adding an intimate atmospheric feel to proceedings as all around them explodes into a cacophony of magical sounds. ‘Soothing Water’ is absolutely immense and another album highlight. ‘The Way Out’ closes out proceedings on this mesmeric album. Originally appearing on the bands digital EP ‘Golden Light’, ‘The Way Out’ epitomises that "Holy Monitor" sound. Like a pulsating beacon of musical promiscuity, this track ripples outwardly, like some magical pre-ordained mantra, meandering through throbbing bass lines coupled with hypnotic rhythmic percussive patterns, surging synth swells and a magnificent vocal attack. It’s an acid drenched modern psych gem and a firm favourite of mine that closes out another impressive release by one of my favourite bands around today ......... Bravo 'Holy Monitor'.

5/5

LINKS:

facebook.com/holymonitor

holymonitor.bandcamp.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 SINGLE - Burning House - Mirror Song - Featured Image - (700x700)

NEW SINGLE | Burning House - Mirror Song

Another one of our favourite bands here at Primal Music, Southampton-based heavy alt-gazers 'Burning House' have unleashed a blistering new track entitled 'Mirror Song' via their bandcamp page. This impressive trio create blissed out noisy infusions layered with melody driven song structures all melded with a dreamy kind of melancholy that is both infectious and addictive all at once. This latest single follows on from their melody driven August 2018 released track 'Peach', which we've covered here for the blog and is available as a two track release over on the bands bandcamp page. You can get your muggy paws on it right now via burninghouse.bandcamp.com

'Mirror Song' surges into the ether on soaring waves of guitar as angry fuzzed out reflections ride busy percussion and the pull of bass sends shivers down the spine. Vocally brilliant, this track oozes confidence as it dips and glides through clouds of fizzing reverberations and those ear pummelling lead lines instil a kind of scary melody over proceedings. We can hear MBV, Dinosaur Jr and the driving fuzz of shoegaze stalwarts Swervedriver all over this one. It's another super sonic gem!

Utterly Delicious!

LINKS:

burninghouse.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/BurningHouseMusic

soundcloud.com/burning-house/tracks

twitter.com/burninghouse_


NEW SINGLE - Fawns Of Love - Mournful Eyes - Featured Image - (700x700)

NEW SINGLE | Fawns Of Love - Mournful Eyes

Seemingly unable to put a foot wrong these days, the sublime Californian-based husband and wife team 'Fawns Of Love' have ushered in another sizzling slice of modern tinged dream-pop in the guise of their latest single 'Mournful Eyes', the second single to be lifted from their highly anticipated long player entitled 'Permanent', penned in for release in 2019 via Test Pattern Records. This latest single is the second to be taken from the aforementioned brand new LP, following hot on the heels of one of our favourite singles of 2018 so far, the wonderfully blissful  'Someday'.

'Mournful Eyes' sees the band continuing to experiment with their sonic craft injecting sequenced electronics and repetitive percussion with melodic guitars, simmering swells of synth and swooning vocalisations to collectively create something altogether magical. The track was officially released back on the 9th November 2018, was mixed and mastered by Josiah Mazzaschi (The Jesus & Mary Chain/Built to Spill) and is available to buy/download right now via fawnsoflove.bandcamp.com

Recommended!

LINKS:

fawnsoflove.bandcamp.com

fawnsoflove.com

facebook.com/fawnsoflove

twitter.com/fawnsoflove

testpatternrecords.com


NEW SINGLE - Hanford Reach - Winston Smith - Featured Image - (700x700)

NEW SINGLE | Hanford Reach - Winston Smith

Brooklyn-based psychonauts 'Hanford Reach' haven't been on our radar since late 2017 when we covered their then released 'Caught My Mind' single. Formed back in late 2016 following the dissolution of a previous incarnation called 'Sky Picnic', 'Hanford Reach' are Chris Sherman and Leah Cinnamon. They create a marvellous blend of melodious neo-psych, subtle flurries of shoegaze, post-punk and staggered alternative leanings that collectively swell and fall brilliantly through layers of immense reverberation. This latest dystopian hued single entitled 'Winston Smith' is a very busy one indeed, rattling on a bedrock of rolling percussion with swells of synth and cascading lines of bass in close orbit. It's wailing guitars follow that typically magnificent Hanford Reach styled vocalisation through a fantastic song structure that's ebbed with oodles of impressive melody.

'Winston Smith' is a wonderful return to form by a band who have been away from the scene for far too long.

Recommended!

LINKS:

soundcloud.com/hanfordreach

hanfordreach.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/HanfordReach


NEW VIDEO - Fawns Of Love - Someday - Featured Image - (700x700)

NEW VIDEO | Fawns Of Love - Someday

Bakersfield -based husband and wife team 'Fawns Of Love' have unleashed a brand new video to accompany their recently released single 'Someday', the first on their newly acquired record label 'Test Pattern Records'. With a hint of 80's chic, some shoegaze highlights and lashings of synth led dream-pop, Joseph & Jenny Andreotti have been unleashing some stunning music over the past few years to burgeoning world-wide applause from both fans and peers alike. 'Someday' is lifted from their upcoming full length album entitled 'Permanent', penned in for release in early 2019, and if you want to get your hands on the single just head over to fawnsoflove.bandcamp.com .

For now though, just soon away the minutes to this fantastic new video!

Recommended!

LINKS:

fawnsoflove.bandcamp.com

fawnsoflove.com

facebook.com/fawnsoflove

twitter.com/fawnsoflove


NEW SINGLE - Blushing - The Truth b/w Sunshine - Featured Image - (700x700)

NEW SINGLE | Blushing - The Truth b/w Sunshine

Austin-based dream-gaze quartet Blushing have been very busy since the release of their impressive 'Weak' EP back in January 2018. Not only have the band been picked up by Austin-based 'The Nothing Song Records' but they've returned with a beautiful new double a-side single entitled 'The Truth b/w Sunshine'. The single was officially released back on October 26th and it was recorded, mixed and produced by Elliott Frazier of 'Ringo Deathstarr' fame. These latest tracks display a definite growth for Blushing, highlighting a audible maturity in both songwriting & song structuring, allowing the band to experiment more with melody and sonic attack. 'The Truth b/w Sunshine' is a precursor to the bands highly anticipated full length debut album penned in for release sometime in early 2019.

'The Truth b/w Sunshine' is available to buy/download on various formats including lovely 7" pink vinyl via weareblushing.bandcamp.com

Recommended!

LINKS:

weareblushing.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/weareblushing/#

twitter.com/BlushingBand

blushingmusic.com

thenothingsong.com


ALBUM REVIEW - Firefriend- Yellow Spider - Featured Image - (700x700)

ALBUM REVIEW | Firefriend - Yellow Spider

 ARTIST: Firefriend

RELEASE: Yellow Spider

RELEASE DATE: 2nd November 2018

RECORD COMPANY: Little Cloud RecordsCardinal Fuzz

The ever prolific São Paulo-based trio of 'Firefriend' continue to plough a deep sonic furrow in todays modern psych firmament. With a plethora of releases since 2009 it comes as no surprise at all to us that these guys show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Their latest release entitled 'Yellow Spider' oozes the same sonic brilliance witnessed on this years previously released (April 2018) long player 'Sulfur', diving headlong into slow burning psych melded with hazy passages of shoegaze, but there are also subtle signs of a more noisier, up-tempo approach creeping in to the bands sonic arsenal that is very refreshing. The band are made up of Julia Grassetti - bass/vox/keyboards, C.Amaral - drums/synth/harmonica & Yury Hermuche - guitar /vox. Not officially unleashed until the 2nd of November 2018,  'Yellow Spider' is the second full length album from 'Firefriend' to be jointly released by both the UK-based Cardinal Fuzz Records & Portland-based Little Cloud Records this year so depending on your current location you can get your muggy paws on a copy from either littlecloudrec.com or cardinalfuzz.bigcartel.com  respectively.

Swirling instrumental drones, rattling percussion and an immense bass line collectively announces the arrival of track one ‘Surface To Air’. There’s a magnificent atmospheric pull to this track, a slow burning slice of modern psychgaze centred around a whirring drone that holds everything together thus allowing those howling vocalisations to float in a sea of reverb intertwined at times by the growl of guitar. ‘Surface To Air’ is a mesmerizing lysergic dipped sonic melee and a wonderful opening salvo. Up next, ‘Burning A Haunted House’ swerves into audible range strapped to a slow-moving wall of percussion and a massive wave of sonic energy. Menacing lines of vocal meander and creep through fuzzy layers of hypnotic drones as screaming clouds of feedback pepper the track to within an inch of its life. There’s a hypnotic melody here, a kind of lingering sonic addictiveness that is very hard to shake off making it one of the standout tracks on this entire release.

‘Ultra Violet Thing’ groans into existence on a woozy wave of angry guitar as bouncing lines of bass and tumbling drones merge into one almighty sonic barrage. Somewhere in the mix there is room for a distant vocal in amongst all of that electronic wizardry and those deep-rooted psychedelic incantations. And listen out for that immense finale; it’ll completely floor you. ‘Juxtaposed Parallax’ & ‘Yellow Spider’ are reminiscent of early Sonic Youth with jangling guitars, busy percussion and the luscious addictiveness of the vocal with the latter upping the tempo a little bit more, injecting a layer of stinging fuzz into the mix to accompany those long passages of turbulent noise whilst ‘The Third Wave’, the albums penultimate piece, dives headlong into a pool of hallucinogenic reverberation pulling with it slow-moving percussion and haunting vocalisations (reminiscent of the fantastic Velvet Underground & Nico) before splashing into the fizzing feedback-laden melting pot.

‘Yellow Spider’ closes out with a seven minute long psychedelic trip. ‘Shutdown Your Electronic Hallucinations’ opens with some fanciful guitar steeped in wide scoped reverberation, used primarily to lull the listener into a false sense of security before unleashing a repetitive guitar progression, metronomic rhythms and some undulating swells of instrumentation all circumnavigating a stunning vocal line topped with a haunting vocalised accompaniment. Yes ..... I have just used a heap of superlatives to explain what this track sounds like; but it is that bloody good. It’s a superb ending to what is a marvellous album.

5/5

LINKS:

cful.bandcamp.com/

cardinalfuzz.bigcartel.com

littlecloudrec.com

littlecloudrecords.bandcamp.com

firefriend.com

firefriend.bandcamp.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, 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.


ALBUM REVIEW | The Black Planes- This Is The Black Planes - Featured Image - (700x700)

ALBUM REVIEW | The Black Planes - This Is The Black Planes

ARTIST: The Black Planes

RELEASE: This Is The Black Planes

RELEASE DATE: 2nd August 2018

RECORD COMPANY: Lucky Orange Records

Seattle-based trio 'The Black Planes' pull their impressive sound from a multitude of varying sonic influences. Droning modern psych, krautrock styled rhythms, late 80's Manchester vibes and sullen new wave experimentations are carefully pick-pocketed and reimagined into one huge cyclonic wave with plenty here for everyone to get their teeth into. Their massive debut full length entitled 'This Is The Black Planes' carries a whopping twelve tracks was recorded over a ten-month period with the mixing and mastering completed by local legend Chris Hanzsek (producer of Soundgarden; Melvins and many others), co-founder of Reciprocal Recordings alongside Jack Endino. The band are made up of former Friction Pitch singer and guitarist Dan Gallagher; Brent Cajka on synthesisers and Jeff Gall on drums and the album was officially released back on the 2nd August 2018. 'This Is The Black Planes' was released on all major streaming platforms and is available to buy/download on various formats via theblackplanes.com

Fizzing lines of synth intertwined with the pull of undulating bass frequencies and that almost kraut like percussive swagger announces ‘Cyclosonic Sister’, the opening salvo on this monolithic release. Modern psychgaze melded perfectly with a kind of 70’s sounding prog/kraut shimmer and a subtle injection of rock n’ roll comes to mind as those hypnotic tambourine shakes bring hovering lines of vocal into view washed diligently with swathes of swirling reverb. Individually the instrumentation stacks perfectly, each piece slotting into place inside a whirring wave of noise, forming cohesive sonic progressions that cling to those meandering lines of synth with relative ease. A wonderful opening track indeed. Up next, 'Too Radar Love' bounces into audible range strapped to a repetitive beat and the jangle of guitars. Explosive instrumentation allows a clearer vocal to take shape, steeped in melody and riding a line of humming bass frequencies. There are catchy chord changes here too that build brilliantly and lift the chorus out of a deep repetitive rut but it’s the final two minutes of hypnotic instrumentation that really catches the ear.

‘Hush Hush’ chugs into the sonic ether on a brilliant bass line and skittish drum a pattern as The Dead Planes unfurl some post-punk credentials and those lines of synth ooze confidence. Subtle lines of lead guitar rise and fall just outside the mix adding atmosphere as the chorus breaks and a distinctly 80’s hue permeates the ether. It’s a good track, lifted at times by catchy vocal melodies underpinned with solid sonic structures. ‘Stone In Love’, the albums lead single, is a catchy little ear worm that will stay with you well after the first listen. Again, the band meld krautrock sensibilities with a brilliant modern psych twist here, using a majestic vocal as the lead assault with swirling instrumentation hovering in a tight orbit and that addictive percussive tempo holding court. It’s a triumph and a definite album highlight. ‘Get Some Honey’ deploys some mid-west coolness with a sharp injection of 80’s Manchester chic to create it’s melody driven sound whilst ‘Charity’ has a great little garage psych vibe that is extremely overpowering. ‘Love My Way’ doesn’t do it for me at all unfortunately and goes all Arctic Monkeys in places sounding more like an album filler than anything else forcing me to scratch my head until ‘5 Billion A.D’ arrives twinkling on lines of synth and electronic percussion with it’s T-Rex sounding vocal and bouncing bass notes that again feel completely out of place and screams album filler rather than anything substantial. Up next, ‘Where Is My Mind’ rocks on a repetitive guitar progression, a meandering bass line and atmospheric stabs of synth. It’s layered vocals sound fantastic alongside those intertwining lines of lead guitar that seem pull everything together brilliantly.

‘It’s Easier Than You Think’ is filled with passages of melody, catchy hook laden chord structures and a mix match of sonic influences. Angry bass frequencies are carried here by a steady metronomic tempo and those stabs of guitar add an extra bite to proceedings as the vocals lament in a Pavement kind of way. The albums penultimate piece leans more into alternative rock than anything else. ‘Take It Higher’ has a meandering bass line that undulates and moves brilliantly in and out of another safe drum beat as chorus progressions lift and the vocal hangs in a cloud of reverberation. The album closes out with ‘Not Like A Monday’, an atmospheric piece held in place by a brilliant guitar progression and another impressive vocal performance. All in all it’s a solid ending to a good album.

‘This Is The Black Planes’ has the potential to be absolutely bloody immense. It begins brilliantly, charging through passages of psych rock, krautrock and alternative leanings with relative ease, presenting a fantastic opening section that on any other day could hold itself up on it’s own merit as a really great release. Midway through this twelve track opus however it does get a little lost with repetition taking over and a multitude of different influences overpowering the bands collective identity. They lose their way a little bit only to find it again towards the albums closing tracks. That’s not to say that the album doesn’t work, it does but at different stages throughout, failing to connect the dots properly and cohesively. And at a full twelve tracks in length it’s a long slog with pockets of overpowering repetitiveness & structural sonic brilliance in equal measure. However, there are some fantastic individual tracks here that deserve some serious praise and both the song structuring and production/mastering are faultless.

4/5

LINKS:

facebook.com/theblackplanes/

soundcloud.com/user-857145406

theblackplanes.com

twitter.com/@planes_the

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.


ALBUM REVIEW - Manon Meurt - MMXVIII - Faetured Image - (700x700)

ALBUM REVIEW | Manon Meurt - MMXVIII

ARTIST: Manon Meurt 

RELEASE: MMXVIII

RELEASE DATE: October 12th 2018

RECORD COMPANY: Minority Records 

Manon Meurt hail from Rakovník west of Prague. Inspired by the British shoegaze movement of the early 1990's and bands such as Ride, Lush and Slowdive, this impressive four piece have managed to collectively merge those impressive early scene shoegaze sounds with a modern edge to create something altogether mesmerising.  Their self-titled 12" EP was released back in 2014 to glowing reviews, garnering serious attention from the underground faithful thus leading to a re-release through the Canadian-based independent record label - Label Obscura. The band are made up of  Vojtěch Pejša - guitar/vocal, Káťa Elznicová - vocals/guitar, Jiří Bendl - drums and David Tichý - synths/piano. 'MMXVIII', the band's highly anticipated debut long player, was officially released back on October 12th 2018 via Minority Records and is available to buy/download on various formats from both store.minorityrecords.com & manonmeurt.bandcamp.com respectively.

Glistening swirls of atmospheric piano melded with twinkling lines of guitar announce the arrival of ‘Circle’, the opening salvo on this album. Haunting vocalisations float into view, hugging layers of ethereal reverberation that clings effortlessly to lulling tones and golden frequencies as electronic samples pull duel lines of vocal into the mix and that catchy chorus progression takes hold. ‘Circle’ builds brilliantly, twisting and turning at times into this kind of semi-industrial dream-gaze albeit without percussion. It’s a marvellous opening track. Up next, ‘We Are’ explodes into a wall of blissed out beautiful noise. Layers of reverberating guitars loop and arc through clouds of thunderous percussion as swells of synth and the throb of bass frequencies usher in a fantastic vocal assault. This track has it all, catchy chord sequences, rolling percussion, magnificent instrumental break, uplifting guitars and haunting vocalisations making it a stand out track on this release. ‘Figure It Out’ twangs into existence on a repetitive line of guitar before shimmering lines of vocal and the updraft of instrumental swells add intense atmosphere. The shuddering percussion and twinkle of piano are immense here but it’s that huge cyclonic break with it’s lines of backward guitar accompanying that soaring vocal that carry this track skywards.

‘An Excuse To Hurt’ unfurls it’s warm sonic tendrils strapped to an instrumental drone as intense atmospherics and wide scoped reverb usher in a cutting line of vocal. Shimmering swells of instrumentation lend themselves to a wonderful build as those swooshing drones break the eerie silence and we’re pulled into a sonic dream state .... floating in stasis .... until eventually we’re catapulted out into a huge break more akin to post-rock than dreamy shoegaze. ‘An Excuse To Hurt’ is absolutely beautiful and another album highlight for me. Up next, ‘Neon’ tumbles into audible range on a low rumbling drone before busy percussion pulls the growl of guitar into a massive wall of noise and we’re trapped inside a melodious ball of shimmering joy. The vocal track here is stunning and it’s woozy whammy bar guitar accompaniment fits in rather well when squeezed into those explosive attacks of percussion. With breaks to die for and that slow moving heavy instrumental assault towards the end, ‘Neon’ is another impressive track to listen out for. ‘LXXVIII’ floats into view on a swells of synth, jangling guitars and the metronomic thud of drums. Melody filled vocals ebb and flow in and out of the instrumentation here, drenched in shimmering reverb and clinging to the rise and fall of instrumental progressions. There’s a subtle build that bubbles up from below the mix, proceeded by a beautifully ethereal rush of vocals and the woozy flush of effected guitars that leads us into a fantastically bluesy lead break and on into the tracks melody strewn finale.

‘Lighthouse’, the albums penultimate piece, bellows into existence on an atmospheric line of piano before a blissfuly surreal vocal hovers with an updraft carried by winds of reverb. Slow moving metronomic percussion arrive accompanied by the twinkling of piano as the vocals rise and fall beautifully. We pause momentarily here, trapped in the haze of vocal and an instrumental poise before pulsing again through deep clouds of ethereal dream-pop melded with sequenced electronics. The album closes out with ‘Song Of The Sea’, a bruising slow burner that throbs on lines of catchy chord changes and the hum of bass frequencies. Blissful vocals arrive, clinging to the instrumentation with ease before we’re teased by a partial break thats cut short by an angry refrain of guitar until we dive headlong into layers of reverberation and a twist of experimentation. It’s an absolutely huge track that ends on a massive high, closing out another amazing release by a band who can do no wrong.

5/5

LINKS:

manonmeurt.bandcamp.com

Minority Records

instagram.com/manonmeurt/

twitter.com/ManonMeurt

facebook.com/manonmeurt/

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.


ALBUM REVIEW - Dead Sea Apes & Adam Stone - Warheads - Featured Image - (700x700)

ALBUM REVIEW | Dead Sea Apes & Adam Stone - Warheads

ALBUM REVIEW - Dead Sea Apes & Adam Stone - Warheads - Post Image - (300x300)ARTIST: Dead Sea Apes & Adam Stone

RELEASE: Warheads

RELEASE DATE: 26th September 2018

RECORD COMPANY: Cardinal Fuzz

'Warheads' is the blistering full length collaborative release between writer/artist Adam Stone and Manchester-based noise manipulators 'Dead Sea Apes'. Picking at the claustrophobic underbelly of modern life, 'Warheads' melds the dystopian commentary of Stone with the experimental sonic might of 'Dead Sea Apes' to bring us on a hallucinogenic voyage that swerves valiantly through angry psychpunk, menacingly broody modern psych and mind altering experimental perceptions, holding absolutely nothing back. 'Warheads' had it's official release back on the 26th September via the ever reliable Cardinal Fuzz Records and is available to buy/download right now on various formats from cful.bandcamp.com and cardinalfuzz.bigcartel.com respectively.

Lysergic fuelled guitars fizz and tingle as they balance precariously on layers of reverb allowing ‘Inside Of Me’ to slowly evolve before punishing drums clatter into view pulling heavy bass frequencies and the snarl of charging vocalisations with them, melding collectively into one turbulent ball of atmospheric energy. Lead guitars begin their merry dance, spinning sonic webs of stinging malice as they follow the vocal lines closely, allowing no quarter as the band unleash a pick n’ mix style of various sounds and Adam Stone enlightens us all on the impending demise of modern life as we know it. There are links here to various musical stylings with the apparent ‘Dead Kennedy's’ or 'Mark E. Smith & The Fall' connection evident from the off but if you listen very closely to the instrumental accompaniment you’ll hear classic ‘Dead Sea Apes’ experimentation bubbling just below the mix. Up next, ‘Reduced To Zero’ floats into audible range strapped to slow moving percussive pattern, swirling instrumental drones and jangling guitars all trapped in a kind of dystopian wild west hue. The mesmerising spoken word of Stone, drenched in reverb, cuts a fine wedge through proceedings, pontificating brilliantly and injecting an unsettling atmospheric psychpunk edge deftly underpinned with the dry wit of John Cooper Clarke.

‘Retreat To Your Bunker’ is absolutely sublime! Droning instrumentation mixed with electronic bleeps, sequenced samples, synths and atmospheric fret noise accompany a busy percussive pattern and meandering bounce of heavy bass frequencies as the vocals arrive swirling within a cinematic cloud of 70’s sci-fi atmospherics. This is fantastic listening and possibly my favourite track on the entire release whilst ‘Doing What You Want’ is a charging heavy psychpunk behemoth. Repetitive guitars ride chariot like drum patterns as Stone’s vocalisations draw influences from punk to post-punk and heavy psych with sermon like abandonment. Up next, ‘Broken In Two’ pulses into life with a sequenced line of menacing synth as squally drones ebb just below the mix and that metronomic percussive pattern adds intense atmosphere. Subtle feedback adds to the melee as the vocals arrive bringing schizoid spoken word broken up at times by building swells of guitar and drawn out instrumental breaks filled with repetitive lines of synth and catchy chord changes. ‘Broken In Two’ meanders brilliantly through dark passages of stunning instrumentation used primarily to carry the blistering social commentary of Adam Stone.

‘Yes No’, the albums penultimate piece, is a hypnotic spaced out psych jam falling somewhere between modern heavy psych and mid nineties alternative rock. Heavy drum patterns carry throbbing lines of bass and growling guitars into a battle of fizzing sonic attrition as the screaming vocal incantations throttle the baying acolytes into absolute submission. It’s a fascinating listen and a recommendation from us lot here at Primal Music. The album closes out with the rousing ‘Power To The People’. Sequenced atmospherics meld with squally drones and layers of reverb as they circumnavigate lines of poetic spoken word and pulse through clouds of heady atmosphere. This track builds brilliantly from the off, injecting layers of hypnotic instrumentation in stages and closes out another marvellous excursion into the sonic mind of ‘Dead Sea Apes’.

4/5

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney - (Author Photo)

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, 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.