EP REVIEW - Hanford Reach - Nathalie - Featured Image - (700x700)

EP REVIEW | Hanford Reach - Nathalie

ARTIST: Hanford Reach

RELEASE: Nathalie EP

RELEASE DATE: 25th January 2019

RECORD COMPANY: Medium Lavender Music 

Brooklyn-based 'Hanford Reach' first tweaked our radar back in 2017 just before the release of their debut four track EP 'Canyons'. Since then the recording duo, consisting of Chris Sherman & Leah Cinnamon, have released a splattering of singles leading up to this brand new four track release entitled 'Nathalie'. Spanning a multitude of sonic disciplines, 'Hanford Reach' create solid, melody filled standards stuffed to the brim with ear catching chord structures and clever instrumentation. 'Nathalie' was officially released on the 25th January 2019 via the bands own record label 'Medium Lavender Music' and is available to buy/download right now from hanfordreach.bandcamp.com

The EP open up with 'Ontario'; driving guitars ride a ridiculously live sounding drum pattern before collectively imploding into a swirling cacophony of golden tinged synth and the luscious pull of cleverly created bass frequencies. Steeped in punchy and  woozy psych-pop, the vocal lines courtesy of Chris Sherman, cut through the instrumentation brilliantly, instilling melody and an overall freshness to a sound that we've come to know from the bands previous releases. Up next, 'Microfiche' arrives swaying to a slow moving percussive swagger and trapped in a dense cloud of jangling guitars. Featuring Dan Kendall on synths and effects, the track glides gracefully on that cascading baseline before falling into precise reverb filled instrumental pauses with ease and capturing another impressive vocal performance wonderfully.

'Asunder', the EP's lead track, resonates into audible range on splurge of guitar trickery and jazzy drum pattern before woozy bass notes and swells of synth arrive to back up that fragile vocal line. Building majestically, it charges into a fantastic chorus change, led in part by a blistering lead guitar line and explosive drum rolls. Melodic in intensity and brilliantly executed, 'Asunder' is a definite EP highlight for me. 'Nathalie' closes out with 'Morning Phantoms', a busy psychedelically leaning sonic behemoth that loops and arcs through layers of glistening reverb and those jangling lines of guitar. Irresistibly catchy, the bass line meanders and snakes just below the mix, intertwining with those huge drum fills and the addictive swell of woozy synth while the vocal lines ride the infectious sonic melee below. It's a great ending to another impressive Handford Reach release.

4/5

LINKS:

soundcloud.com/hanfordreach

hanfordreach.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/HanfordReach

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 - Steeple Remove - Vonal-Axis - Featured Image - (700x700)

ALBUM REVIEW | Steeple Remove - Vonal Axis

ARTIST: Steeple Remove

RELEASE: Vonal-Axis

RELEASE DATE: 30th November 2018

RECORD COMPANY: Fuzz Club Records

With a career that spans two decades and a perplexing sound that drones through shoegaze, krautrock, psych pop, post-punk and deep experimentalism, 'Steeple Remove' dip their impressive musical tendrils into a variety of sonic worlds. Their debut album 'The Importance Of Being Steeple Remove' was released back in 1998 on cult label Sordide Sentimental who put out earlier works from the likes of Joy Division, Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, not returning until eight years later with 'Radio Silence' in 2006 and 'Electric Suite' in 2008, both marking a change in direction away from their experimental electronica days and unveiling a sound filled with krautrock, psychedelic rock and sullen atmospheric pop. With a few live shows and the odd single release in-between the band unleashed 'Position Normal' back in 2014 receiving monumental praise. Steeple Remove is Arno Van Colen - vocals/synth, Walter Thomas - percussion, Mana Audisio - guitars & David B - bass. The French-based quartet returned late last year with a blistering nine track opus entitled 'Vonal-Axis', recorded by the band themselves on an old 8 track recorder, mixed by Demian Castellanos (The Oscillation) and officially released back in November 2018 through the good folks over at Fuzz Club Records. You can get your hands on it right now on various formats via fuzzclub.comfuzzclub.bandcamp.com

'Oval-Stril' kicks off proceedings swirling within an instrumental droning strapped to a breakbeat and walls of luscious guitar. Hushed vocalisations cling just below the mix, gliding on top of cascading bass notes that cut through layers of intense melody and woozy reverberation. Up next, 'Blood Veins' echoes into audible range stuck top a bedrock of repetitive percussion and electronic bleeps & whirls. Howling drones accompany angry bass tones into the atmospheric abyss as 'Steeple Remove' unleash their experimental side sounding more like Nine Inch Nails colliding with energetic drive of The Stooges. Vocal lines cut through swathes of reverb and those catchy chorus changes impresses immensely as howling lines of lead guitar intertwine with that more abrasive industrial sound. The instrumental 'Ferris Noir' resonates through eerie atmospheric drones, distorted passages of lead guitar and heavy bass frequencies whilst the opening bars 'Set It' lean slightly into a more electronic vibe with those sequenced percussive accompaniments before eventually exploding into a menacing cut of garage psych that balances precariously on a repetitive instrumental chord structure. Filled with swirling lines of synth, cutting vocalisations and angry guitars, 'Set It' is a definite album highlight.

'In Dreams' glides into earshot on a woozy wave of droning synth as jazz like instrumentation, a slow moving drum track and a female vocal swirls into the light. Fuzzy, repetitive bass notes bounce and hover just below that hallucinogenic tempo as soaring lines of lead guitar weave a sonic web, connecting the dots brilliantly with intricate trails of reverb clinging to every single note. 'Monochrome Continuum' screams into the ether on a resonating drone before that off kilter drum pattern arrives pulling bouncing bass lines into the mix accompanied by walls of synth laden noise. Catchy chorus changes lift the entire piece allowing lines of lead guitar to dance and flow in between those melody filled vocal lines whilst 'In The Waves' begins with a flurry of energetic frequencies as lines of feedback laden guitar and subtle swells of synth merge into one magnificent wall of sound. Pacy, kraut like drums add weight, building slowly alongside cascading keyboard frills and the drone of angry bass before the vocals arrive and we're spiralling into the ether on a blistering psychoactive chorus change. 'In The Waves' is sublime and another album highlight for me.

The albums penultimate piece entitled 'Waters' exploders into life with a steady rumble of drums before lines of hallucinogenic synth and a punishing wall of guitar arrive, bouncing on a line of catchy bass notes. Theres as summery 70's psych vibe swirling here that is infectious as kraut like experimentation mingles perfectly with golden hued psychedelic abandonment. Catchy vocals etched with golden reverberation cling to the instrumentation perfectly as we'e scooped up and brought on a soaring kaleidoscopic thrill ride. The album closes out with instrumental 'Pink Ferris'. Futuristic in it's approach, it has electronic vibes deftly twisted and shaped into that post-punk styled engine room and adorned with a modern garland of entrancing psychedelic instrumentation. A very interesting experimental finale to a really great album.

4/5

LINKS:

fuzzclub.bandcamp.com

fuzzclub.com 

facebook.com/SteepleRemoveFR/

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.


ALBUM REVIEW - Fawns Of Love - Permanent - Featured Image - (700x700)

ALBUM REVIEW | Fawns Of Love - Permanent

ALBUM REVIEW - Fawns Of Love - Permanent - Post Image - (300x300)ARTIST: Fawns Of Love

RELEASE: Permanent

RELEASE DATE: January 18th 2019

RECORD COMPANY: Test pattern Records 

California-based husband and wife team of Jenny & Joseph Andreotti aka 'Fawns Of Love' have made huge strides in the development of their collective sound over the past eighteen months. Since the release of their debut album 'Who Cares About Tomorrow' back in 2017 they have matured their sonic techniques, concentrating on melody, intricate instrumentation and instilling a serene calmness into their overall sound that is both breathtaking & atmospheric all at once. Their addictive twist on the traditional ethereal dream-pop sound should be applauded for being both forward thinking and experimental in it's approach. Injecting raw slices of shoegaze, walls of shimmering reverb and moments of immersive post-punk into a distinctly 80's sounding sonic platform is a joy to hear. The band have returned with a blistering full length release entitled 'Permanent' through Sacramento-based 'Test Pattern Records'. It's penned in for official release on January 18th 2019, was mixed and mastered by Josiah Mazzaschi (whose credits include The Jesus & Mary Chain & Built to Spill) and is available to pre-order right now on various formats including lovely vinyl via fawnsoflove.bandcamp.com

The soft pulse of electronic percussion announces the arrival of ‘Someday’, the albums opening track and it’s not long before we’re scooped up and whisked off our feet, tumbling gracefully in a flurry of intricate guitar lines and clouds of hazy reverberation. Swells of synth bubble and sway from below the mix, merging with the orbiting instrumentation and adding serene atmospherics to proceedings as Jenny Andreotti's gentle vocal tones glide effortlessly on waves of shimmering electronics. ‘Someday’ is absolutely sublime, a wonderful opener and one of the many track highlights on this impressive album. Up next, ‘December’ dances into the ether trapped in a sequence of pounding drum hits, trembling lines of guitar and swells of beautifully entrancing synth. Ethereal vocal lines come into view, swimming in a sea of reverb that seems to catch her tone perfectly, gently melding it with those glistening swirls of reverb to collectively envelope the entire mix. Reminiscent at times to 80’s sounding New Order colliding with the ethereal qualities of the Cocteau Twins, ‘December’ is deliciously majestic.

‘Horoscope’ oozes a kind of sentimental coolness that is very hard to shake off. It sways into audible range on layers of synth and a totally addictive drum pattern. Rhythmic electronic incantations twitch and run alongside those rambling lines of guitar, carefully circumnavigating a pristine vocal take as we glide and move with every single note. Graceful in it’s attack and beautifully serene, ‘Horoscope’ is another little sonic gem. ‘Permanent’ arrives trapped in a cloud of intense melody as it’s swirling instrumental drones mix with huge swells of synth and the rush of reverb leaves you breathless. Guitar lines intertwine with the ricochet of percussion as the vocal cuts a deep furrow straight through the mix with relative ease whilst ‘Mournful Eyes’ sees the band continuing to experiment with their sonic craft, injecting sequenced electronics and repetitive percussive loops with melodic guitars, simmering swells of synth and swooning vocalisations to collectively create something altogether magical.

‘Divine’ echoes into existence on a wave of swirling instrumentation as ghostly vocalisations materialise out of those huge waves of reverberation. The pitter patter of electronic percussion holds a steady rhythmic pattern here as floating electronics and cascading bass frequencies dance and flow just below the mix and that constant pull of guitar is ever-present. Wonderfully  ethereal, ‘Divine’ is a sublime track and should of been a lead single. The albums penultimate piece entitled ‘Anarchy & Kisses’ unfurls it’s sonic tendrils and tumbles brilliantly into a cloud of hazy instrumentation as Fawns Of Love inject their now trademark sting of shimmering melody. Repetitive guitars arrive to pierce through the woozy layers of production as Jenny’s ethereal vocalisations float into view, now wrapped in a warm blanket of reverberation, and proceed to glide with grace on top of the swirling sonic melee. Another fantastic track, ‘Anarchy & Kisses’ is simply beautiful. The album closes out with ‘Wasted Days’, a blissful sonic charge of intense melody and instrumental perfection. Swirling guitars, beautifully streamlined vocals, hazy synths and a repetitive rattle of electronic percussion collectively bring this magnificent album to a shimmering close.

4/5

LINKS:

fawnsoflove.bandcamp.com

fawnsoflove.com

facebook.com/fawnsoflove

twitter.com/fawnsoflove

testpatternrecords.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.


NEW SINGLE - Wozniak - Twin Sirens - Featured Image - (700x700)

NEW SINGLE | Wozniak - Twin Sirens

With a brooding new single, a forthcoming new EP, a brand new bass player, working with Simon Scott from Slowdive and teetering on the cusp of their first vinyl release, mighty Edinburgh-based noise merchants 'Wozniak' have emerged from the shadows to shine a veritable sonic light on the opening act of 2019. 'Twin Sirens' is the first track to be lifted from a brand new EP entitled 'The Space Between The Tress', penned in for official release on February 9th 2019 via the good folks over at Morningside Young Team Records. Merging hazy passages of melodic shoegaze with soaring post-rock connotations and fuzzed out slabs of psych induced noise rock, 'Wozniak' are continuing to push musical boundaries and showing no signs of ever slowing down. The band are made up of Simon Cuthbert-Kerr - guitar, Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr - guitar/vocals, John Sinclair - drums & Kevin Fraser - bass. You can get your hands on the new single 'Twin Sirens'pre-order the full EP right now on various formats including lovely vinyl via wozniak.bandcamp.com

Recommended!

LINKS:

wozniak.bandcamp.com

twitter.com/band_wozniak

facebook.com/wozniakofficial


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

NEW SINGLE | Fawns Of Love - December

ICYMI: The wonderful 'Fawns Of Love' released their third and final single entitled 'December' from their brand new & highly anticipated long player via Test Pattern Records called 'Permanent', penned in for release on the 18th January and available to pre-order right now from fawnsoflove.bandcamp.com. Just incase you've been living under a rock for the past while, 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. With a hint of 80's chic, some shoegaze highlights and lashings of synth led dream-pop, their song writing prowess has gone from strength to strength.

'December' dances into the ether trapped in a sequence of pounding kick drum hits, trembling lines of guitar and swells of beautifully entrancing synth. Jenny's ethereal vocal lines come into view, swimming in a sea of reverb that catches her tone perfectly, gently melding it with those glistening swirls of reverb to collectively envelope the entire mix. Reminiscent at times to 80's sounding New Order colliding with the ethereal qualities of the Cocteau Twins, 'December' only whets the appetite for whats to come on the full album.

If you want to get your hands on the single 'December' right away, it is currently available to buy/download via fawnsoflove.bandcamp.com 

Recommended!

LINKS:

fawnsoflove.bandcamp.com

fawnsoflove.com

facebook.com/fawnsoflove

twitter.com/fawnsoflove

testpatternrecords.com


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NEW SINGLE | Sun Mahshene - Come Alive (Leave This City)

Brilliant Dublin-based psych/gaze collective 'Sun Mahshene' have announced the second single entitled 'Come Alive (Leave This City)' to be lifted from their forthcoming & highly anticipated debut album 'Contradictions and Tales Of Fiction'. Penned in for release on the 11th January, 'Come Alive (Leave This City)' is a driving wedge of modern psych melded with swirling alternative led shoegaze with charging guitars, sizzling electronics, pounding drums and an absolutely magnificent bass line. Catchy chorus changes and that unmistakable vocal assault finish off the jam solidifying 'Sun Mahsnene' as one of the most exciting bands on todays underground psych scene. The band are made up of Nathan Henderson - guitar/vocals, Ian McGinn - guitar, Ryan Daffy - guitar, Darren Hughes - bass, David Murray - drums, Ray Burke - percussion/backing vocals & Robert Crosbie - keys/synth. The single was recorded and co-produced in Darklands Audio (Dublin, Ireland) with Dan Doherty. 

The single will be available on all major streaming and digital platforms from Friday, January 11th 2019.

Recommended!

LINKS:

sunmahshene.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/sunmahshene/

twitter.com/Sun_Mahshene


EP REVIEW | Sooner - Stranger

EP REVIEW - Sooner - Stranger EP - Post Image - (300x300)ARTIST: Sooner

RELEASE: Stranger EP

RELEASE DATE: 7th December 2018

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

Brooklyn-based dream-gazers 'Sooner' released their latest six track EP entitled 'Stranger' back on December 7th 2018 but due to our extended Christmas break we're only getting to it now. 'Stranger' represents a sea change in the bands collective sound as they've forgone with depending on their alternative rock leanings to concentrate more on those dreamily intricate pop sensibilities that littered their debut self-titled release back in 2017. Yes, their soundscapes are still steeped in shoegaze, but 'Sooner' are deploying the more dreamier almost ethereal side of their sound to good effect on this latest release. The band are made up of Federica Tassano - vocals, John Farris - guitar, Tom Wolfson - drums, & Ehren Brenner - bass. 'Stranger' was officially released back on December 7th 2018 and is available to buy/download right now via soonermusic.bandcamp.com

'Stranger' opens up rumbling on a rolling drum pattern and the soft twang of guitar as 'Humid Air' unfurls it's blissful sonic tones. With a jolt of immediate melody the track stirs, percussive patterns change and that woozy instrumentation cushions a beautiful line of vocal that leads us by there hand in to a magnificent chorus change. Catchy lines of guitar intertwine with the hum of cascading bass as Sooner's dream-pop influences come to the fore showcasing a strong start to this EP. 'Notes From The Underground' begins in a flurry of golden tinged frequencies as jangling guitars and a busy bass signature rattle on top of that steadying drum pattern. A song of two halves, 'From The Underground' melds the soft hushed tones of modern dream-pop with the hazy reverberating whoosh of shoegaze. My favourite track on the entire release, it is filled with intricate lines of instrumentation that wrap themselves around Frederica's vocal line brilliantly.

'Mean' slows things down a tad. Beautifully entrancing and deeply melodic, it's standout moments are full of vocal flair and that woozily addictive guitar that seems to envelope everything as the almost metronomic stomp of drums keeps a steady tempo. Up next, 'Breathing' glides into the ether on a bedrock of jangling guitars, break-beat styled drum patterns and the throb of that hovering bass line. Vocally brilliant again, it's lead guitar uses that space between breaths to full advantage here and also the use of instrumental pauses needs to be applauded as they work really well. There's a refreshing almost atmospheric post-punk edge to 'Lily (Regrets)' that catches the ear as it begins with a melodic guitar line punctuated by heavier stabs of instrumentation. Slow moving at first, it builds into this driving monolith, switching into a woozy freak-out mode driven by that charging bass line and thunderous percussion before falling back into those melodic lines of guitar and on into the tracks finale. The 'Stranger' EP closes out with 'Right There'. One minute plus of layered instrumentation drenched in swirling reverberation with a vocal line sunk into the cyclonic sonic melee. All in all a fantastic ending to a wonderful EP.

4/5

LINKS:

soonermusic.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/Soonersounds

instagram.com/sooner_band/

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 - TAU - TAU & The Drones Of Praise - Featured Image - (700x700)

ALBUM REVIEW | TAU - TAU & The Drones Of Praise

ARTIST: TAU

RELEASE: TAU & The Drones Of Praise 

RELEASE DATE: 2nd February 2019

RECORD COMPANY: Drones Of Praise Records 

'TAU & The Drones Of Praise' is the highly anticipated sophomore release from Berlin-based neo-psych collective TAU. Filled with rhythmic tribal incantations, swirling shamanic mantras and lysergic tinged instrumentation 'TAU & The Drones Of Praise' dips it's impressive sonic tendrils into a fascinating variety of music genres from psych-folk to krautrock, modern day psychedelia to eastern tinged neo-psych, all with a deft nod to esoteric spiritualism & sonic experimentalism. Formed by Dubliner Shaun Mulrooney (Dead Skeletons/Camera) after an excursion through the deserts of the American Southwest, TAU unleashed their debut long player 'Tau Tau Tau Tau' back in September 2016 through the very veritable Fuzz Club Records to positive acclaim. The aforementioned debut release featured guest musicians such as Christoph 'Tiger' Bartlett (Kadavar), John Jeffery (Moon Duo) and Valo from the brilliant Soft Moon to name but a few. With this latest sophomore long player from the band getting it's full release on the 2nd February 2019 through Drones Of Praise Records & Sound Effects Records you can expect to hear a rolling menagerie of guest musicians such as Andy Aged (Celtic Harp) and Idris Ackamoor's cosmic saxophone interpretations. 'TAU & The Drones Of Praise' is available to pre-order right now via tauofficial.bandcamp.com

Frequency laden incantations swirl effortlessly around a spiralling rhythmic percussive assault as the opening salvos of ‘It’s Already Written’, the albums emphatic lead track. Featuring Idris Ackamoor (Pyramid) on saxophone & Andy Aged on Celtic Harp, it unfurls it’s sonic tendrils to carefully envelope this listeners entire cranium. A deft injection of pulsating drums arrive at speed to add serious weight to those metronomic percussions as TAU unleash a psychotropic avalanche of kraut tinged melodic sound-waves filled to the brim with lucid lines of guitar, instrumental drones, harp, haunting synths, impressive backing vocals and that magnificent meandering saxophone that seems to tie everything together brilliantly as we collectively glide through hallucinogenic clouds of reverb, desperately trying to catch up with the undulating vocal tones of head honcho Sean Mulrooney. This is absolutely superb and as opening tracks go ‘It’s Already Written’ is a monumental triumph and an album highlight for me. Up next, ‘Tonaith’ drones into existence trapped in a slow burning slice of experimental neo-psychadelia. Mulrooney’s opium hued spoken word clings to weaving lines of slow moving instrumentation that weaves and ebbs through masses of atmosphere, pulling twinkling percussion, flute and bone shaking guitar strums with it into the mix before collectively deploying them to blistering aplomb.

‘Craw’ whispers into existence hovering on waves of atmospheric synth as the gentle pull of melodically inclined acoustic guitar accompanies an almost psych-folk feel. The arrival of strings, sitar and the receptiveness of that meandering guitar move and dance as one before the vocals arrive and instantly inject an eastern esoteric air of brilliance. ‘Craw’ is deeply enchanting and another favourite track of mine. ‘New Medicine’ has a subtle west coast 60’s psych feel pouring from it’s impressive sonic pores whilst ‘Erasitexis’ dives headlong into the more modern sounding experimental psych-folk genre. An entrancing blend of mesmerising instrumentation accompanies hallucinogenic vocalisations layered with stunning lines of backing vocals that collectively lift this listener skywards and out into the infinite sonic ether. ‘The Sturgeon’ chugs into audible range on pulsating bass frequencies as the underlying rattle of instrumental spoons keep a steady metronomic tempo allowing those shamanic vocalisations to take hold and the lysergic injection of heavier guitars to shake the roof. Meandering lines of synth meld with experimental passages of instrumentation, whispering lines of vocal and catchy chord structures that at times swerve into prog rock territory before deftly skipping back out into experimental psych.

‘Dance The Traps’, the albums penultimate piece, drones and swirls into the ether carefully orbiting the poetic vocal tones of Sean Mulrooney. Subtle fret noises merges with hovering swells of feedback and the twinkling plink of piano as we incrementally rise with every single spoken word. Sporadic percussive hits meander just below the mix as the expectant plunge into the sonic abyss arrives. We dive headlong into a massive pool of angry atmospheric noise, filled with heavy bass tones and angry guitars as those heady vocalisations make the senses swim. ‘Dance The Traps’ is impressive and should be released as a single at some point. ‘TAU & The Drones Of Praise’ closes out with a beautiful track entitled 'The Seer'. Magical lines of guitar accompany a mesmerising vocal as subtle swells of synth bubble and move just below the mix, rattling atop of slow moving percussion to collectively inject some summer warmth into the opening months of 2019.

Is iontach. Go raibh math agat mo chara ...

5/5

LINKS:

tauofficial.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/tauberlin/

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 | Helicon - Zero Fucks

ARTIST: Helicon

RELEASE:  Zero Fucks

RELEASE DATE: 11th January 2019

RECORD COMPANY: Fuzz Club Records

It's been just over a year since Glasgow's 'Helicon' unleashed their well overdue self-titled debut album, blowing the lid off the UK psych scene in the process and showing the worldwide psych audience just what they were truly capable of. Their hard hitting approach to bending and shaping sonic frequencies into high energy tripped out, wall to wall psychedelia cannot be taken lightly, making them one of the best modern psych bands plying their trade on the scene today. Now the band have returned with a three track EP entitled 'Zero Fucks'. Recorded live, mixed and produced in one day at Glasgow's Green Door Studio, the EP comprises of three immense instrumental soundscapes that skip through boundless kosmische, four to the floor fuzzed out rock n' roll and woozy washed out psychedelia. 'Zero Fucks' get's it's full release via Fuzz Club Records on the 11th January 2019 and is available to pre-order on various formats from both fuzzclub.comfuzzclub.bandcamp.com respectively.

The EP opens up with with 'Phil Mitchell'd', a blistering slice of brooding, motorik kosmische. Angry bass frequencies ride punishing instrumental drones as bounding percussion arrives and we launch skywards out into the sonic ether. Swells of mesmerising synth arrive permeating huge walls of stunning reverberation as a driving bass line meanders and snakes just below the mix. This is absolutely sublime,  a non stop sonic thrill ride that loops & arcs through a kaleidoscope of lysergic tinged psychedelia whilst up next, 'Come On Get Off' begins in a haze of turbulent instrumental drones before the arrival of an angry and repetitive line of guitar, the subtle pull of bass and the slow moving thud of drums solidifies the entire mix. Swells of electronic wizardry, synth and catchy instrumental breaks arrive to add intense atmosphere and we navigate the sonic melee accompanied by the cushioning of reverend those addictive lines of sitar.

The EP closes out with 'I Hate Everyone But I Quite Like You', it's lead track and my favourite cut on the entire release. A track of two halves, it begins on a droning whim, hovering on a bedrock of slow moving percussion and the quietened hum of jangling guitars before quickening in pace, swaying on subtle bass notes and manageable feedback laden frequencies. There are faster moments here too that creep up and take advantage of the peaceful air before we tumble into a droning instrumental break and find ourselves rolling into the second half of the track where we're gliding inside a far-out acid drenched sonic trip. The track is an absolute sonic triumph closing out what is another impressive Helicon release.

4/5

LINKS:

fuzzclub.bandcamp.com

fuzzclub.com

heliconglasgow.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/HeliconGlasgow

twitter.com/HeliconGlasgow

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.


ALBUM REVIEW - Rancho Relaxo - Soft Luxury - Featured Image - (700x700)

ALBUM REVIEW | Rancho Relaxo - Soft Luxury

ALBUM REVIEW - Rancho Relaxo - Soft Luxury - Post Image - (300x300)ARTIST: Rancho Relaxo

RELEASE: Soft Luxury

RELEASE DATE: December 8th 2018

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

Norwegian-based experimental neo-psych aficionados 'Rancho Relaxo' returned to the burgeoning underground psych scene back in December 2018 with their ninth studio release entitled 'Soft Luxury'. Formed back in 2003, 'Rancho Relaxo' are on the forefront of the experimental psych scene. Combining a plethora of genres from drone to space rock, shoegaze to neo-psychedelia, the band continue to create a totally absorbing and immersive sonic experience with each long player. 'Soft Luxury' was officially released back on the 8th December 2018 and is available to buy/download on various formats right now via ranchorelaxo.bandcamp.com

A swirling feedback driven instrumental drone ushers in the beginnings of ‘No Shadow No Soul’, the opening act on ‘Soft Luxury’. It builds brilliantly, meandering through a kaleidoscope of sonic colour and the pull of hazily melodic guitars. Slow moving percussion echoes and hovers alongside waves of woozy reverberation as the throb of bass frequencies bounce intermittently between those deeply hypnotic vocal lines. The track undulates through a menagerie of sound waves before closing out with an immense instrumental finale. Up next, ‘lgjen’ twinkles into audible range dancing on a glittering line of guitar as the drone of instrumentation ushers in a live sounding drum kit. Melodic vocals riding the the throb of cascading bass enter the fray, mingling brilliantly with the swirl of reverb and the afterglow of those fantastic organ notes. Explosive chorus changes catch the ear of this listener here and I also cant help but notice a subtle 60’s psych vibe resonating throughout the entire track. ‘igjen’ is absolutely immense and a definite album highlight for me.

‘You Know Her Name’ glides into the ether on shimmering swells of melodic synth . Sounding almost anthemic in stature, this track is huge in scope. The arrival of percussion and soaring lines of guitar help to collectively permeate those massive clouds of reverb thus adding intense atmosphere that completely envelopes that haunting line of otherworldly vocal. Coming in at almost nine minutes in length, ’You Know Her Name’ is a blissful slice of modern neo-psychedelia. Up next, ‘Love You Baby’ bounces into the sonic arena on the hum of bass frequencies as shakers and the drone of electronic sequencing beef up the sonic attack. Rancho Relaxo surf the outer edges of sonic experimentation here, adding swirling electronics into the mix to coalesce with those meandering lines of bass as the track builds into one swirling tempest of beautiful noise and those sporadic off beats catch the ear. The vocal line seems to skirt the sonic melee completely, floating independently from the main body of instrumentation, lightly tethered to it at different times by intimate strands of melodic reverb. It’s a fascinating track that stands head and shoulders above anything else on the album.

‘Mouth’ opens up with sampled vocalisations before the woozy swagger of organ and swells of reverberation take hold pulling percussion and catchy chord changes into the mix peppered with an intense kind of melody. Lines of vocal ride waves of sound, using the momentary pauses in instrumentation to good effect. Swirling lines of organ take centre stage here, injecting a brilliant swirl of atmosphere into the track as we head into it’s eastern tinged but lysergic fuelled finale. ‘Det Sku lkkje Skjedd’ begins brightly. Droning organ swells meld with catchy lines of guitar, humming bass and intense production atmospherics as we lift skywards on waves of effortless sonic melody, churning on hypnotic sound waves and eagerly awaiting the arrival of that immense vocal track. ‘Det Sku lkkje Skjedd’ is an intensely spiritual sonic ride, easily reminiscent of The Black Angels or even ‘West’ era Wooden Shjips and is another highlight on this release.

The albums penultimate track entitled ‘Oh Me’ is a woozy affair. Bluesy guitar structures rattle on top of slow moving percussion, cascading lines of bass and sporadic shimmers of tambourine. Catchy vocalisations merge with shimmering production values as we chug through verse patterns filled with rolling reverberation and clatter into guitar filled chorus parts filled with intertwining lead lines. There’s a hint of post punk here as the repetitive instrumentation takes hold but all in all it’s a solid track. The album closes out with one of it’s shining gems. ‘Out The Door’ begins on a warbling wave of repetitively melodic, reverb hued organ. Utterly addictive, this in turn pulls rattling percussion, shaking tambourine and the jangle of guitars into view used primarily as a conduit for those warm west coast sounding vocalisations. Intricate chord structures and those meandering lines of organ carry the weight here as Rancho Relaxo cast a solidifying sonic spell on this listener, instantly injecting a slice of warm summer sun into the opening salvos of 2019.

4/5

LINKS:

ranchorelaxo.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/ranchorelaxoband/

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.