Album Review - Ultra Material - Cosmic Anti Stuff - Featured Image - (700x700)

ALBUM REVIEW | Ultra Material - Cosmic Anti Stuff

ALBUM REVIEW - Ultra Material - Cosmic Anti Matter - Post Image (300x300)ARTIST: Ultra Material

RELEASE: Cosmic Anti Stuff

RELEASE DATE: 29th August 2018

RECORD COMPANY: Black Wire Records

Brisbane-based quartet 'Ultra Material' first tweaked our attention back in 2016 when we reviewed their debut album 'Double Date' and swooned at their beautifully entrancing soundscapes. Permeating different layers of shoegaze, passages of haunting dream-pop, bouncing post-punk and subtle undercurrents of psychedelia, 'Ultra Material' create a modern sound that skirts the outer echelons of quaint experimentation whilst doffing a curt nod to the originators of the shoegaze genre. Their sublime sophomore full length entitled 'Cosmic Anti Stuff' was officially released back on August 29th 2018 via 'Black Wire Records', instantly catapulting it into one of favourite releases of this year. It's available to buy/download right now on various formats from ultramaterial.bandcamp.com

With a twang of repetitive guitar and the luscious pull of reverb the opening bars of ‘Belong’ usher in a steadying air of optimism. It’s not long before we’re catapulted headlong into a wall of charging noise as throbbing bass frequencies meld with aggravated guitars and senses pummelling percussion that's more akin to a cumulative krautrock/modern psych gem than a shoegaze odyssey. The arrival of subtle swells of synth only add to the giddying onslaught before those haunting vocalisations float into audible range and my night is complete! ‘Belong’ is absolutely stunning, a monstrous track and a magnificent opening salvo. Up next, ‘Rhodamine’ rocks on a steady metronomic beat as swirling layers of guitar and synth hover above the throb of cascading bass. Sublime vocals arrive in a cloud of atmospherics as catchy chord structures rise and fall through twinkling runs of keyboard and that hypnotic ‘Ultra Material’ vibe takes hold. There’s something altogether magical tumbling through this track that keeps your attention fixed as you follow the individual instrumental layers, listening as they spiral and flow with ease. ‘Rolodex’ is filled with jangling melody that bounces on top of a humming bass signature and those gliding layers of synth with just enough room for another impressive vocal performance whilst ‘Ivory Curl’ has subtle post-punk connotations hidden in amongst it’s beautifully entrancing clouds of dreaminess.

‘Discorporate’ arrives strapped to a fizzing guitar progression before layers of glistening synth dipped in reverb pull steadying percussive patterns and catchy instrumental hooks into earshot, wrapping brilliantly around an impressive vocal take and the continuous sting of lead guitar. This track tumbles effortlessly, melding shoegaze with dream-pop and an undercurrent of psychedelia just for kicks. It’s absolutely beautiful and an album highlight for me. ‘Torpor’ is mesmerisingly beautiful. Swirling lines of guitar rise with the swoosh of cymbal noise and slow pull of bass frequencies and that shimmering vocal meanders alongside allowing the hypnotic pull of reverb to carry the entire track. The arrival of a busy percussive pattern shatters the momentary lull before swells of synth bubble up from below the mix to lift the track skywards, carrying this listener along into the tracks final throws. ‘Transfer’ deploys a heavier atmospheric edge as dark frequencies merge with layers of synth and ‘Ultra Material’ dig deep to unfurl their impressive post-punk side. Busy percussion and a big brooding bass lines lay a deep furrow into the mix as reverb drenched guitars jangle and the haunting refrain of the vocals take flight. It’s another impressive track and a definite album highlight.

The albums penultimate piece arrives in a heavy shoegaze drenched cloud as ‘Reduction’ unfurls it’s fuzzy tendrils and charges into the sonic ether on a throbbing bass line and a repetitive flurry of synth. A steady bedrock of percussion keeps things grounded as we jangle through the verse parts before absolutely exploding into those immense chorus progressions, it's immense vocal and that wall of blissful noise. The album close out with something magical. ‘Parachute’ swirls into action on dreamy waves of synth, the throb of bass and the haunting call of vocal. Slow moving and sporadic percussive hits emerge through the glistening haze as duel lines of vocal ricochet of one another and the fizz of sonic frequencies meld with refractions of reverb to create a multitude of hypnotic melodies all funnelled into one magnificent sonic assault. It’s a wonderful ending to what could be my favourite album of 2018 so far.

5/5

LINKS:

facebook.com/ultramaterials

ultramaterials.bandcamp.com

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.


ALBUM REVIEW - The Daysleepers - Creation - Featured Image - (700x700)

ALBUM REVIEW | The Daysleepers - Creation

ARTIST: The Daysleepers

RELEASE: Creation

RELEASE DATE: 7th September 2018

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

After a ten year hiatus away from the underground shoegaze scene, Buffalo natives 'The Daysleepers' released their highly anticipated long player entitled 'Creation' to worldwide applause, ironing out all of the stateside shoegaze arrogance and righting the previous underlying wrongs that the scene had previously created in the process. Well .... not quite! With a wave of appreciation from some of the self-proclaimed modern day shoegaze commentators, 'Creation' has been mentioned as one of the best albums of 2018 and we have to concur with our learned peers and their aforementioned findings. Not only have this band unleashed a solid, non pretentious album filled with standalone anthems; they've also managed to use all of their previously attained sonic knowhow to meld shoegaze, dream-pop, space-rock and a subtle little layer of modern psych into their collective sound to launch them firmly into the underground ether with rapturous applause. The band are made up of Jeff Kandefer - vocals/guitars/bass VI/programming/keyboards, Mario Gimbrone - drums, Scott Beckstein - bass & Elizabeth Kandefer - vocal and 'Creation' is available to buy/download right now via thedaysleepers.bandcamp.com

With swirling waves of blissful guitar drenched in oodles of reverb 'This Dark Universe' unfurls its woozy tendrils and reaches out with open arms. Slow moving percussion riding deep booming bass frequencies skirts undulating layers of haunting synth as those impressive vocals arrive, lifting the track just enough to make room for those massive pools of reverb. As opening salvos go this is very very impressive . Up next, 'Creation' arrives with it's big bruising percussive hits and that massive wall of resonating noise. Cascading bass progressions slide in and out of soaring lines of lead guitar as those catchy hooks fall into minuscule breaks and we rise headlong into the stars on waves of dreamy instrumentation. The vocals are pulled back into the mix here, exaggerating the size and scope of the track and heightening the overall sensory experience. 'Creation' is a magnificent triumph, a monster of a track and a definite album highlight for me. There's a hint of post-punk emanating from  'Arclights' that is very refreshing indeed. Swirling synths hold the entire backbone of this track together as pounding drums and that charging wall of bass glide effortlessly along allowing the guitars to inject melodious refractions into the mix. The vocals here ooze a kind of dream-pop hue and and those catchy lines of lead guitar are reminiscent of  'The Cure' in their late 80's pomp. 'Arclights' for me is possibly the best track on this entire release.

'Foreverpeople' rises on waves of reverb laden synth and jangling guitars before those catchy drums and another fantastic bass line unveils a beautifully entrancing slice of modern dream-pop. Vocally brilliant, this track conjures up sunny summer melancholic vibes whilst up next, 'The Memory Maker' ambles into audible range tumbling on shimmering lines of repetitive guitar and swells of delicious synth before the duel vocal prowess of Jeff and Elizabeth Kandefer merge to form a haunting wall of heavenly noise that melds with slow moving percussion, twinkling lines of lead and layers of solidifying reverb. Stunning instrumental breaks add wise scoped atmosphere here as the vocals grow in intensity, spinning wildly through layers of brilliant instrumentation right up until the tracks finale. 'Sundiver' is absolutely huge. It explodes into the ether on a driving wall of instrumentation used primarily to ferry another mesmerising vocal performance courtesy of Jeff Kandefer. Humming lines of bass stay close to that edifying percussive assault as soaring lines of guitar spin golden sonic webs, tying everything together nicely. It's a fantastically structured track and another album highlight. Up next, 'Tropics' begins with a thunderous drum track before eventually dragging shimmering lines of guitar and another charging bass progression into the mix and we dive headlong into a massive pool of blistering melody. Beautifully structured, this track rises and falls in just the right places, is filled with catchy hooks and has a subtle psychedelic aura.

'Flood In Heaven', the albums penultimate piece, stutters on arrival before slow moving percussion, layers of simmering synth and entrancing guitars catch hold and we push off through a sea of shining reverb. Cascading lines of lead guitar flood the senses as the vocals arrive and that pounding kick drum carries a fantastic bass salvo. It moves receptively through its verse parts before soaring skywards through the chorus, injecting intense melody with each individual chord sequence until eventually we fall away into clouds of reverb. Huge in scope, 'Flood In Heaven' is absolutely mesmerising and a definite album highlight for me. 'Creation' closes out with 'The Monolith', an atmospheric beast sharpened with a kind of post-punk edge. Repetitive percussion layered in lo-fi splendour carries the track as twinkling guitars pitter patter through out the mix and the bounce of the bass line keeps things very interesting. Vocally, it floats majestically keeping a steady course through those layers of reverb and gliding synth keeping it fairly simple until we reach the soaring chorus break and on into the track finale. It's a brilliant ending to an absolutely wonderful album and my hope is that 'Creation' appears on a multitude of end of year lists as it deserves all of the plaudits.

5/5

LINKS:

thedaysleepers.bandcamp.com

twitter.com/The_Daysleepers

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney - (Author Photo)

Del Chaney has spent the last five years dedicating his time to supporting 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 - Fawns Of Love - Someday - Featured Image - (700x700)

NEW SINGLE | Fawns Of Love - Someday

Hot on the heels of the recent release of their 'Part Time Punks Session', their signing to 'Test Pattern Records' and the subsequent announcement of a full length sophomore release in early 2019 comes the latest single entitled 'Someday' from one of our favourite modern dream-pop outfits 'Fawns Of Love'. 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. This latest single highlights the bands impressive rise and their constant evolution as they prepare to release new music with the backing of a record label.

'Someday' pulses on a sequenced pad of soothing synth, electronic percussion filled with off-kilter bongo hits and the constant pitter patter of hi-hats. Bouncing bass frequencies hum and cascade through layers of blissful reverb, shimmering ambience and subtle lines of guitar twinkle just below the mix allowing Jenny Andreotti to show us all just how good her vocal prowess actually is. 'Someday' is the first track to be lifted from their forthcoming new album and we reckon it's a doozie! It was officially released via 'Test Pattern Records' on October 5th 2018 can get your hands on it right now to buy/download from fawnsoflove.bandcamp.com

Recommended!

LINKS:

fawnsoflove.bandcamp.com

fawnsoflove.com

facebook.com/fawnsoflove

twitter.com/fawnsoflove


NEW SINGLE - Corasandel - Blenefill - Featured Image - (700x700)

NEW SINGLE | Corasandel - 'Blenefill' b/w 'We Play Forever'

Lincoln natives 'Corasandel' have been bringing some serious refreshment to the underground music scene as of late. Not happy with just floating what could be one of the best singles this year to date with their June 2018 released track 'Diving', now the band are unleashing a blissed out slice of experimental shoegaze entitled 'Blenefill' deftly permeated with a kind of shimmering, ambient hued folkiness. It's backed up brilliantly with another super sonic gem, the fantastically titled 'We Play Forever', a washed out wall of tie-dyed resonance steeped in reverb that pulses reverently alongside floating vocalisations, the pull of those subtle lead lines and the wavering swells of synth. The pitter patter of slow moving percussion hovers atop of humming bass frequencies here too eagerly directing the listener into it's massive pools of effervescent atmosphere. Both tracks are perfect for these melancholic autumn evenings.

'Blenefill' gets it's full release on September 27th 2018 and is available to buy/download right now via corasandel.bandcamp.com

Recommended!

LINKS:


New Single - The Hear Todays - Umbrellas - Featured Image - (700x700)

NEW SINGLE | The Here Todays - Umbrellas

Originally hailing from Joensuu, Eastern Finland, 'The Hear Todays' create a hazy melding of simmering shoegaze with soaring fuzz and an undercurrent of post-punk that is completely saturated with oodles of dreamy melody. The quartet draw influences from their adventures in modern life to spin impressive reverb drenched sonic sensibilities that are distinctly evident on their immense debut single 'Umbrellas'. The track charges into the ether on waves of blissed out guitars and driving percussion as cascading lines of bass meander underfoot collectively carrying that impressive dream-pop inspired vocal line. With more music on the way from them this year we reckon 'The Hear Todays' are ones to watch going forward.

Recommended!

'Umbrellas' gets it's official release on September 28th 2018 and is available to buy/download right now via theheretodaysband.bandcamp.com

LINKS:

theheretodaysband.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/theheartodays


NEW SINGLE - Lavender Blush - My Pal K - Featured Image - (700x700)

NEW SINGLE | Lavender Blush - My Pal K (Part Time Punks Session)

Fabulous San Francisco-based quintet 'Lavender Blush' have just unleashed 'My Pal K', the marvellous first track to be taken from their forthcoming 'Part Time Punks Session' penned in for release on November 1st 2018. Originally tracked live back on February 11th over at the Cave Studio in Los Angeles and with the vocals recorded later on back in San Francisco, 'Lavender Blush' have completely melted our hearts with this latest dreamy single. Filled with hazy passages of psychedelically enhanced shoegaze and underpinned with shimmering melody, 'My Pal K' oozes a sonic brilliance that will only bode well for the full release.

The band are made up of Ana Ramundo - synth, Chris Howard - drums, Jérémie Rüest - guitar, Ryan Lescure - vocals/guitar & Sam Hewatt - bass. The bands 'Part Time Punks Session' is officially released on lovely 10' vinyl on November 1st 2018 via Blue Aurora Audio with the digital release due on November 14th. You can pre-order the four track EP on various formats right now via lavenderblush.bandcamp.com

Recommended!

LINKS:

lavenderblush.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/lavenderblushSF


ALBUM REVIEW - Trillion - Maybe Someday Soon - Featured Image - (700x700)

EP REVEW | Trillion - Maybe Sometime Soon

ARTIST: Trillion

RELEASE: Maybe Sometime Soon

RELEASE DATE: 9th August 2018

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

Sydney-based sonic aficionados 'Trillion' was originally formed by two best friends during the heady days of the first shoegaze genesis, before disbanding to focus on the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Now, after over a decade of hibernation their swirling brand of alternative led shoegaze with subtle dream-pop tendencies has become increasingly relevant, this time with an added injection of modern musical influences and far superior advancements in recording techniques. Their fantastic new seven track EP entitled 'Maybe Sometime Soon' was initially recorded as a duo although they have recently expanded to a five piece with an eye on live shows and more expansive recording. 'Maybe Sometime Soon' was officially self-released back on the 9th August 2018 and is available right now to buy/download via trillion1.bandcamp.com

The EP opens up trembling on woozy guitar progression drenched in sizzling reverb. 'Alone' dives headlong into a melodic sonic stew as fizzing layers of guitar ride steady lines of percussion and the deep boom of delicious bass frequencies hover alongside, delicately complimented by the cutting tone of the vocals. Intricate lines of lead guitar intertwine with catchy chord sequences allowing space for the reverb to breathe and lift the higher guitar tones out into the ether. Deeply melancholic, 'Alone' transports the listener back to those heady early 90's sounds as it floats effortlessly on the sonic ether. Up next, the bellowing collectiveness of heavy bass and charging guitars announces the arrival of 'Drive Away' and we're bowled over as that thunderous percussive attack leads the charge and we crash into a wall of tingling instrumental melody. There are hints of the melodic side of seminal shoegaze stalwarts Ride and sheer fuzzed out mayhem of Swervedriver coursing through the veins of this track that are very hard to shake. The arrival of the vocal, pulled back into the mix, adds intense depth and brilliant atmospherics as those swirling clouds of frequency laden reverb ebb and flow through passages of driving instrumentation and huge cavernous breaks. 'Drive Away' is absolutely brilliant and a definite highlight for me on this release.

'Maybe Sometime Soon' begins like a modern dream-pop track until it explodes into a riot of colour and fuzz. It's off tempo percussion is slightly disorientating at first and it takes a while to figure out just whats going on, but my god, when everything comes into focus instrumentally this track is powerful. The duel vocal works well here and I love how those those huge walls of fuzzed out guitars sit on top of the cascading bass line as meandering lead guitar sews everything together. Up next, 'So Serene' does exactly as it says on the tin. Ethereal instrumentation highlights the bands subtle dream-pop leanings as swirling layers of reverb bounce on top of that mesmerising bass line and the steady pitter patter of percussion carries a distinctly post-punk hued vocal line into a charging MBV styled break. Its another mesmerising highlight and a serious recommendation from me. 'Stars In The Sky' screams JAMC and those dizzying line of percussion are reminiscent of early creation era Primal Scream but it's the production on this track that catches the ear. Again the vocal lines seem to keep everything grounded here as just below the mix as the overruling influences of MBV are evident in those screaming lines of guitar.

'Hold On', the EP's penultimate piece, swirls into audible range trapped in a shimmering cloud of golden frequencies as the swoosh of tambourine and the jangle of guitar bubble on top of a cascading bass progression. The arrival of the percussion sets us off at marching speed as the vocals arrive, pushed back into the mix and we float into that soaring tambourine filled break. Catchy chord changes filled with fuzzier moments of sonic reflection shatter the quieter verse perspective as that ever present boom of bass caught up in those thunderous drum rolls continue to captivate this listener. The EP finally closes out with 'Desert Song' and we're swept up on lines of woozy guitars and slow moving drum patterns. Another brilliant bass progression bouncing just below the mix lifts everything up superbly as swirling waves of guitar and deep pools of diminished reverb drench the collective instrumentation. Subtle highlights of melodic guitar and undulating synth add to the overall atmospherics as we lurch through soaring shoegaze peaks and on into booming troughs of alternative led production. It's a fitting ending to a marvellously melancholic EP.

4/5

LINKS: 

trillion1.bandcamp.com

twitter.com/trillionshoega1

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, 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 - Sun Mahshene - Takes Of Fiction - Featured Image - (700x700)

NEW VIDEO | Sun Mahshene - Tales Of Fiction

Immense psychgaze collective 'Sun Mahshene' have unleashed a brand new video to accompany the first single 'Tales Of Fiction' to be lifted from their forthcoming and highly anticipated debut album entitled 'Contradictions & Tales of Fiction' due for full release this October. Just incase you've been hiding under a rock these past few years, 'Sun Mahshene' are a Dublin-based collective of musicians led by the extremely talented Nathan Henderson and his band of sonic explorers who bend and manipulate frequencies to create a mesmerising cocktail of shoegaze blended brilliantly with alternative sounds & hazy psychedelic rock.

'Tales Of Fiction' follows on from their sublime 2016 released EP 'Drones That Don't Kill'  and it was released via Deathcapades Music Ltd back on the 28th July 2018. The video for the track was directed by Gerard Walsh with makeup by Ellinor Wikman and it starred Ieva Grigaite & Desmond Eastwood. You can check out the new single and the bands back catalogue right now via sunmahshene.bandcamp.com

Recommended!

LINKS:

sunmahshene.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/sunmahshene/

twitter.com/Sun_Mahshene


EP REVIEW - Lo! Peninsula - AKA LO! Peninsula - Featured Image - (700x700)

EP REVIEW | Lo! Peninsula - AKA Lo! Peninsula

EP REVIEW - Lo! Peninsula - AKA Lo! Peninsula - Post Image - (300x300) ARTIST: Lo! Peninsula

RELEASE: AKA Lo! Peninsula

RELEASE DATE: 18th August 2018

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

Channelling upheavals or life changing experiences into musical soundscapes convincingly doesn't happen to very many artists. In fact, wearing your heart on your sleeve honestly whilst writing and recording a debut release without it all sounding very bloody boring is a difficult feat to accomplish. Now insert brilliant India-based psych-gaze trio 'Lo! Peninsula' into the narrative who explain brilliantly that this debut EP release "is a catharsis of the existential crisis that we have been facing since the band was formed", and you'll find something so self explanatory, so mesmerisingly good that you can hear every single hard yard that the band have had to travel through just to get to this finished point. Comprising of Nitin, Jyotin & Avinash, 'Lo! Peninsula' have this uncanny knack of producing awe inspiring soundscapes that skip brilliantly through swirling passages of shoegaze with an undercurrent of modern psychedelia and a splattering of soaring post-rock just for good measure. Their immense debut six track EP entitled 'AKA Lo! Peninsula' was released back on the 18th August 2018, is a serious recommendation from us lot here in Primal Music and is available to buy/download right now via lopeninsula.bandcamp.com

The EP begins caught up in a momentary sample, as we’re introduced to it’s opening salvo ‘Another Divine Joke’ and we dive headlong into it’s sparkling guitar progressions and the hypnotic pull of reverberating fuzz. A sharp percussive attack lurches forwards, dragging a driving bass signature with it as we sail magnificently through bellowing layers of production used primarily to carry that addictive vocal as it streams into audible range. Slight lines of backing vocal come and go as catchy chord progressions switch from heavier indentations into mellower passages of music with relative ease. There are classic shoegaze moments spread out along this tracks hardened spine, permeated at times by lysergic themes sharpened impressively with a modern psych twist. ‘Another Divine Joke’ is absolutely immense and a brilliant opening salvo indeed. Up next, ‘Sleight Of Hand’ flicks into motion strapped to a stunning fuzzed up bass line as a steady drum track announces glittering lead lines drenched in oodles of reverb. Distinctly sixties tinged vocalisations tipped with simmering vocal highlights swirl into view as as those lines of lead guitar whip and cajole the track to within an inch of it’s life! ‘Sleight Of Hand’ loops and arcs throughout, driving through walls of reverb as it drags the listener with it into another impressive finale.

‘Flashback Kid’ takes centre stage next, floating on instrumental drones and jangling guitars before the deep throb of bass cascades through slow moving percussion and brilliantly executed chord structures. This track is absolutely beautiful, has definite post-rock connotations and melds shoegaze with ambient swells of blissed out instrumentation very easily making it one of the standout tracks for me on this entire release. Up next, ‘Quicksand (Nuffin)’ fizzes into life swirling through chittering production theatrics before a repetitive instrumental progression riding a well executed drum pattern arrives pulling another impressive vocal performance with it out into the sonic ether. Catchy hook-laden progressions accompanying immense chord structures rise and fall with each line of vocal sending ripples of reverb out to crash into twinkling electronic samples. It’s another sonic triumph, showcasing what is a very impressive release. ‘Evil Flavours’, the EP’s penultimate piece, opens up with sampled rain drops before that addictive guitar progression catches hold and we float into melodic waves of slow moving percussion, pulling melody strewn lines of vocal with us as we dive into massive pools of reverb. This track builds ever so subtly introducing heavier moments filled with fuzzy guitar progressions at different stages topped off with twinkling lines of lead and mountains of melody. ‘AKA Lo! Peninsula’ closes out with ‘Final Roar’, and where normally I would be groaning about now due to the overuse of samples to begin tracks with I think the musicianship and song structuring on this EP far outweigh my grizzled rumblings. This closing track continues with the trend of instilling tons of melody into both the instrumentation and the vocalisations whilst giving careful consideration to production values/techniques to end proceedings on a high. If you have to buy one EP this week I recommend this one. It's absolutely sublime!

5/5

LINKS:

lopeninsula.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/lopeninsula/

instagram.com/lo_peninsula/

twitter.com/Lo_Peninsula

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.


ALBUM REVIEW | Alien Mustangs - Alienation - Featured Image - (700x700)

ALBUM REVIEW | Alien Mustangs - Alienation

ALBUM REVIEW - Alien Mustangs - Alienation - Post Image - (300x300)ARTIST: Alien Mustangs

RELEASE: Alienation

RELEASE DATE: May 15th 2018

RECORD COMPANY: Sound Effects Records 

Thessaloniki natives 'Alien Mustangs' are something of a modern day enigma. Through their highly energetic and psychedelically infectious live shows coupled with a DIY release ethos and their anti-social media stance they have managed to thrive exponentially and create a debut album worth shouting about without the need for massive PR campaigns or an online presence. Their collective sound is the result of an inherent need to not follow the sonic norms and instead focus on breaking boundaries or pushing new sonic frontiers. Their brand of modern psych/space rock is deeply rooted in sixties garage whist pulling into the mix some modern influences such as Spacemen 3, Loop and The 13th Floor Elevators. 'Alien Mustangs' back catalogue consists of the 'Pause/Red Tambourine' 7 inch released in March 2013, the 'River' 10 inch EP released in May 2014 and 'The Tape Sessions' two-track, released exclusively on cassette in November 2015. This long overdue full length release brilliantly titled 'Alienation' was officially unleashed back on the 15th May 2018 via Sound Effect Records and is available to buy/download right now from alienmustangs.bandcamp.com

The album opens up swirling inside an undulating drone as 'Holy Motors' unboxes it's malevolent side, pulling slow moving percussion, fuzzed out guitars and cascading bass into the mix collectively suffocated in glorious reverberations. Haunting vocalisations float into view tumbling through luscious lines of lead guitar, twisting and intertwining with that hypnotic psychedelic swing. 'Holy Motors' is totally infectious and a mesmerising opening salvo. Up next, 'Going Nowhere' slides into the sonic ether swirling around a calming neo-psych vibe. Acoustic frequencies meld with a simple percussive assault and deep booming lines of bass as subtle swells of addictive organ vie for space just below the mix. The vocals arrive riding undulating waves of reverb as they sit perfectively on top the collective instrumentation instantly catapulting this listener into a world of colourful transcendental hypnotics. The blissful opening bars of 'Forest' are sublime. Acoustic guitars merge with woozy lines of organ catch your ear as those 60's tinged vocalisations ebb and flow in unison. Theres a definite 60's psych vibe swirling around this track reminiscent of 13th Floor Elevators, Ogden's era 'Faces' or early 'Pink Floyd'. It's a beautiful track filled with passages of lysergic abandonment and definite album highlight for me.

'Follow Me' has a subtle garage feel to it's opening bars as it's guitars keep that repetitive chord structure buzzing just below the mix and the swirl of organ catches the ear. Slow moving percussion again keeps a metronomic tempo as backing vocals rise and fall and the pull of bass is overpowering. Melodically brilliant, 'Follow Me' builds and builds with each sonic revolution, bringing sporadic squalls of feedback in and out of the mix until eventually the overdrive arrives, the tempo quickens and it explodes into a righteous colour of reverberating frequencies. It's another triumph on an album that continues to amaze me. Up next, the albums penultimate piece arrives drenched in a kind of 'Velvet Underground' hued cloud. 'Sleep' crawls ever so slowly, tumbling around a beautiful guitar progression, twinkling tambourine shakes and those punchy tom tom hits as it's immense vocalisations ride the repetitive sonic wave. The album closes out with 'Lsd', an angry 60's garage banger that rocks magnificently on lines of tumbling bass, charging percussion and wailing lines of lead guitar. Swirling vocalisations intertwine with reverb, delay and production theatrics to bring this album to a thunderous finale. It's a fitting end to a marvellous debut long player.

5/5

LINKS:

alienmustangs.bandcamp.com

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.