ALBUM REVIEW - Tengger - Segye - Featured Image - (700x700)

ALBUM REVIEW | Tengger - Segye

ARTIST: Tengger

RELEASE: Segye

RELEASE DATE: 22nd February 2019

RECORD COMPANY: Cardinal Fuzz / Sunrise Ocean Bender

Originally formed back in Seoul, South Korea in 2005, 'Tengger' began life as 10, switching their name to (((10))) after the dreadful earthquake in Japan in 2010 before expanding their name officially to 'Tengger' in 2012. With a dynamic sound that hovers elegantly in a cloud of progressive, droning electronica melded with krautrock, atmospheric neo-psychedelica and born out of real world experiences, Itta - voice/Indian harmonium/toys and Marqido - analogue synths began touring around USA, Asia & Europe. Audience reactions, personal remembrances and life experiences on the road began to solidify their collective sound, allowing them to unleash a plethora of impressive releases until eventually in 2016 the band began to write and record their totally immersive eight track long player 'Seyge'. Originally released on cassette by Guruguru Brain, 'Seyge' gets it's vinyl release on the 22nd of February 2019 through the good folks over at Cardinal Fuzz (UK/Europe) and Sunrise Ocean Bender (US/NA) and can be pre-ordered right now via cardinalfuzz.bigcartel.comsunriseoceanbender.bigcartel.com

Whirling synths pulsing through layers of intoxicating reverberation announces the arrival of 'Donggrami', the opening salvo on this addictive release. It meanders through a multitude of frequency laden sonic parameters, building in intensity before adding harmonic vocalisations steeped in deeply entrancing melody as we continue along in a trance like state, tumbling unabashed inside that spiralling whirlwind of intoxicating sound. Up next, 'Haeoragi' begins with a repetitive line of synth riding a swirling instrumental drone that seems to rise and fall effortlessly through hazy clouds of reverb. Steeped in melody, it builds and builds into something akin to a living organism, creating its own tempo (even in the absence of any percussion) as it gyrates through a multi-faceted sonic sequence of swirling electronics. Calm almost sloth like sonic permutations wash over this listener as it fades out into the ether before we're introduced to the shamanic incantations of 'Ollim'.

'Ollim' drives into audible range on a sequenced line of crunchy synth. Droning swells of instrumentation pull haunting vocalisations into the mix that build in intensity with every single note. Repetitive in it's approach, this track is steeped in experimentalism, leaning into a metronomic almost krautrock like stance at times. Shamanic, hypnotic and deeply spiritual,  'Ollim' is a standout track for me on this release. Up next, 'Eeeum' takes a pulsating but short atmospheric trip before 'Gubigubi Badabada' takes control and we're soon gliding on a wave of swirling, golden hued synth. Droning swells of simmering instrumentation arrive, rising and falling in a melodic splendour, all the while building in momentum until eventually we crash into those shimmering angelic vocalisations and on into the tracks finale. The next track, 'Gogae', arrives in a splendid sonic haze, pausing to take breath before it glides away on a wave of short lived droning synth.

The albums penultimate piece entitled 'Neoulneoul' pulses brilliantly on a line of repetitive and darkly atmospheric synth as splashes of calming reverb emanating from just below the mix send resonating ripples out into the sonic ether then we're into the albums final track, the mesmerising 'Geuglag Wansaeng'. A pacy, sequenced line of synth streams into audible range rocking ever so slightly on ricocheting instrumental delays as haunting vocalisations bubble up from below the mix steeped in wonderfully psychedelic, esoteric spiritualism. Probably my favourite track on the entire release, 'Geuglag Wansaeng' is a monumental triumph and a fascinating ending to a marvellous album.

4/5

LINKS:

sunriseoceanbender.bigcartel.com

cardinalfuzz.bigcartel.com

tengger.bandcamp.com

tengger.net

facebook.com/tenggerland

twitter.com/tenggerland

instagram.com/tenggerland/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney - (Author Photo)

Del Chaney has spent the last six years dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, postpunk & modern psych rock from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion (Now On Hiatus). His other arm  - Primal Radio -  has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting genres of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.


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ALBUM REVIEW | A Place To Bury Strangers - Fuzz Club Session

ALBUM REVIEW - APTBS - Fuzz Club Session - Post Image - (300x300)ARTIST: A Place To Bury Strangers

RELEASE: Fuzz Club Session

RELEASE DATE: 15th February 2019

RECORD COMPANY: Fuzz Club Records 

'APTBS' have been plying their trade for nigh on a decade now, pummelling ears and breaking craniums with their sizzling brand of fuzzed out atmospheric noise-rock. Famously tagged with the ridiculous 'loudest band in NYC' monikor, the band have continuously amazed those who have seen them live, changing up their sound with every single gig and each time unleashing a darkly twisted cyclonic assault on their baying fanbase in the process. Following on from their 2018 released long player 'Pinned' and at the end of a European tour in support of the album, the trio spent the day at Lovebuzz Studio in South London to record a live session for  'Fuzz Club Records', who have the arduous task of capturing the band's full live sonic might on a vinyl only release. With tracks lifted from Pinned (‘Never Coming Back’ and ‘Punch Back’), 2015’s Transfixiation (‘We’ve Come So Far’), one from 2012’s Onwards To The Wall (‘Drill It Up’), another from their 2007 S/T album (‘Ocean’) and a previously unreleased track (‘Chrome Shadow’), this is a must have release for both long time fans of the band and for those wanting to experience the sheer sonic might of a band who's sound has been perfected by months on the road. APTBS - 'Fuzz Club Session' is officially unleashed on the February 15th 2019 and is available to pre-order as a vinyl only release right now via fuzzclub.com

A pulsating whirl of sonic intensity hits you sure on the jaw as 'We've Come So Far' enters the arena. Originally released on 'Transfixion' back in 2015, it explodes into a swirling cacophony of reconfigured percussion, driving bass frequencies and wailing guitars that lash and cajole the track to within an inch of its life. Haunting vocalisations appear out of the muggy frequency laden fog, ricocheting  on top of the tightly repetitive drum pattern and the constant chug of maliciously angry bass frequencies as Oliver Ackermann, the band’s vocalist/guitarist and founding member unleashes a fury of infectiously raw guitar lines that seem to cling to absolutely everything. 'We've Come So Far' was sublime on the original studio album back in 2015 but it has been redesigned here as a different animal altogether. Up next, 'Drill it Up' erupts into a cloud of dark, sluggish atmosphere. Walls of heavy bass twang and buffer brilliantly as those charging drums ride rough shot all over the mix, cymbal's crashing, those fills and rolls sounding like explosions of thunder as Ackermans snarling vocals accompany distorted lines of guitar as they scream skywards. Originally released on 2012's 'Onwards To the Wall', 'Drill It Up' is a swirling sonic animal on this live release.

'Never Coming Back', lifted off the bands latest long player 'Pinned', begins wailing in a malicious feedback laden cloud before twisting into a kind of driving, bass heavy post-punk hue. Duel vocalisations courtesy of  both Ackerman & new drummer Lia Simone Braswell, who joined the band just last year, are up front, raw and in your face as they lead us through the verse parts, building in intensity at the arrival of guitars and driving percussion as we fall into that delicious chorus attack. Dion Lunadon’s bass line holds everything together here freeing up both drums and guitars to sync & change tempo when needed. 'Never Coming Back' charges into a huge crescendo of wailing noise before falling back into it's quick step finale. The brilliant 'Punch Back', also taken from 'Pinned', is led out on vocals by Lia Simone Braswell, who's voice suits this tracks intensity. Charging drum patterns meld with cascading lines of bass and sublime layers of guitar as the band collectively create a huge wall of non-stop, raging sonic noise until we're led into swirling opening salvos of the magnificent 'Ocean'.

'Ocean' was originally released on the band self-titled album back in 2007. Here, it is deftly reimagined into swirling psychedelically charged behemoth drenched in layers of reverb and meticulously stacked with raging walls of feedback-laden guitar, busy percussion and sullen bass lines. Again, Ackermans brilliant vocal seems to come from out of nowhere, floating on the sonic melee below but barely audible above the ensuing din as Braswell keeps a steady metronomic time and Lunadon's remorseless bass signature undulates throughout. For long time fans of the band 'Ocean' will stir the senses here as the full weight of the bands sonic fury hits you like a cataclysmic punch in the face. The live session concludes with a previously unreleased track. ‘Chrome Shadow’ rattles on a bedrock of percussion, throbbing bass pulls & scuzzy guitar trickery. Deeply atmospheric, the cascading bass line materialises out of the gloom, instantly solidifying the track as those wailing vocalisations drenched in effects meld as one with those screaming lines of guitar. Momentary instrumental pauses add weight as catchy chord changes and layers of reverb combine to make one fantastic closing salvo.

4/5

LINKS:

fuzzclub.com

twitter.com/APTBS

facebook.com/aplacetoburystrangers/

aplacetoburystrangers.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.


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.


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.


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

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Del Chaney has spent the last six years dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, postpunk & modern psych rock from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion (Now On Hiatus). His other arm  - Primal Radio -  has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting genres of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.


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PRIMAL MUSIC | Top Releases Of 2018

Primal Music - Top Releases Of 2017 - Post Image - (300x300)Another year over, another overload of epic music. 2018 has been a veritable treasure trove for new, worldwide musical explorations. While some well known faces within the scene seemed to take a year off, us lot here at Primal Music & Radio got stuck in and trawled through the 1000's of submissions to bring you just a tiny snapshot of some of the immense releases that have graced our ears throughout the year. As usual, it was impossible for us to review every single release. We've whittled down the contenders to a small selection of full releases for this year, sidestepping individual singles for obvious reasons. We're sure that there are still a few albums or EP's missing from the list that would probably appear on your's but we did our best and hopefully we've introduced you to some new music along the way. Submissions are already starting to arrive for 2019 and it's looking like it's going to be another bumper year for underground music.

Regardless of what people may think, end of year lists generate conversations about bands who deserve support from small online publications like ours. So, once again we've tripped the sonic fantastic with our selection to bring you some blistering experimental psych, woozy shoegaze, shiny dream-pop & darkly atmospheric post-punk for your listening pleasure and once again this year you didn’t even have to vote for one single entry, click on any app or donate any money!

Happy Christmas one and all and we’ll see you all in 2019 for more fun and frolics!

Primal Music & Radio (Ireland).

 

 

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

Lo! Peninsula - AKA LO PENINSULA

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. 

 

 

EP REVIEW - UNIFORMS - Equals - Post Image - (300x300)Uniforms - Equals

Noisy Spanish based quartet 'Uniforms' create an atmospheric mix of noisy layered shoegaze and alternative rock deftly underpinned with dreamy & melodic vocalisations and connotations of sullen noise-pop. The band are made up of Pan - drums/vocals, Laura - bass /vocals, Spingel - guitar/vocals & Annie - synth/lead vocals. Their debut four track EP entitled 'Equals' was self-released back on January 24th 2018 and is available to buy/download right now via uniformsband.bandcamp.com . As EP's go, 'Equals' has something very addictive coursing through it's veins making this release a worthy entry to this years list.

 

 

 

Blushing - Weak

Austin-based 'Blushing' are made up of two husband and wife pairs, Christina Carmona - vocals/bass, Michelle Soto - guitar/vocals, Noe Carmona - guitar/keyboard/vocals & Jake Soto - drums and their dreamy ethereal tones first came to the fore back in January 2017 on their four track self-released debut  'Tether' and since then the band have gone from strength to strength, returning firstly with their highly anticipated sophomore release 'Weak' and more recently with their double 'A' sided single 'The Truth/Sunshine'. For this years list however we're concentrating on 'Weak' which at the time was a massive step forward in their overall development as a band. It's five luscious tracks are filled with dreamy shimmering soundscapes, precise layered musicianship and well crafted songs that are all enveloped by absolutely sublime vocalisations. The Ep was official released via Austin Town Hall Records back on January 18th 2018 and is still available via weareblushing.bandcamp.com

 

 

The Autumn Sighs - Green

Immense German-based trio 'The Autumn Sighs' returned with a stunning brand new five track release this year entitled 'Green', the follow up to their mesmerising 2016 released EP 'Branches'. With a sound that meanders gracefully through melodious and dreamy swathes of blissful dream-pop infused shoegaze coupled with soaring chorus progressions, thunderous drum patterns and addictively hazy instrumentation, 'The Autumn Sighs' have released what is quite possibly one of our favourite EP's of 2018. The band are made up of Katha - guitars/vocals, Ulrik - guitars/effects/ebow, Denis - drums and Florian Malicke appearing on bass for this release. 'Green' was officially released back on February 10th 2018 via 'Dreams Never End Records' and is available to buy/download on various formats including lovely 12' vinyl right now from both  dreamsneverend.bandcamp.com theautumnsighs.bandcamp.com respectively.

 

 

EP REVIEW - Martes Niebla - Martes Niebla - Post Image - (300x300) Martes Niebla - Martes Niebla

From the far away lands of Seville, Spain, comes the dynamic dream pop/post-punk genre crossover of 'Martes Niebla', a band whose self-titled debut EP keeps things simple yet stunningly enjoyable. Across four tracks the band, singing in their native Spanish, pull together a sonic palette so effortlessly enjoyable that I could comfortably call it one of my favourite reviews of this past while. Unlike many contemporaries, Martes Niebla don’t spend effort and time trying to sound like somebody else; they defiantly push through with something that remains both un-complicated and strikingly beautiful. The band are made up of Inés Olalla (Blacanova), Erica Pender (Terry vs. Tori), Davis Rodriguez (Escuelas Pías), Cristian Bohórquez (Blacanova, Escuelas Pías) & Paco Arenas (Blacanova). 'Martes Niebla' had it's official release back on April 4th 2018 and is available to buy/download right now via martesniebla.bandcamp.com

 

 

Daze - Ritual

Texas-based sonic manipulators 'DAZE' create a heady concoction of fuzzed out heavy shoegaze melded brilliantly with intensely melancholic transitions and noisier alternative leanings that are addictively reminiscent of early Swervedriver or 'Silver' era Starflyer 59. The band are made up of Nikki - guitar/vocals, Abraham - guitar, Enrique - drums & Jon- bass. Their latest five track EP entitled 'Ritual' was officially released back on the 14th May 2018 and is available to buy/download right now from dazetx.bandcamp.com

 

 

 

ALBUM REVIEW - Stella Diana - 57 - Post Image - (300x300) Stella Diana - 57 

Neapolitan dream-gazers 'Stella Diana' have been one of our favourite Italogaze outfits since their sublime debut long player '41.61.93' dropped way back in February 2014. Steeped in shimmering sounds and referencing seminal shoegaze bands such as Ride and Lush, the dark-wave atmospherics of Bauhaus and Joy Division and even the new-wave structures reminiscent of Echo And The Bunnymen and The Chameleons, 'Stella Diana' are a deeply entrancing listen. Their intricate song structures weave intertwining sonics filled with a kind of melancholic atmosphere that never ever disappoints. This year the band returned with what is their best long player to date. Simply titled '57', this eleven track opus delivers a more mature sounding 'Stella Diana', firmly establishing them as one of the most important bands to ever have come out of the underground Italogaze scene. '57' has it's official release on May 25th 2018 via both the Italian based independent record label Vipchoyo Sound Factory and the Spanish based Siete Señoritas Gritando respectively. It's available to pre-order right now on various formats via stelladiana.bandcamp.com

 

 

 Reveries - Reveries

Originally released back on the 14th April 2018, the self-titled debut EP from Washington-based quartet 'Reveries' initially eluded us lot here at Primal Music. Their overall sound swims effortlessly in a simmering sonic sea filled with melancholic flourishes of shoegaze, post-rock, ambience and alt-rock all expertly drenched in a reverb tinged magnificence. The band are made up of Jonathan, Jesse, Ryan & Jose and you can buy/download their self-produced debut EP in full right now via reveriespnw.bandcamp.com

 

 

 

ALBUM REVIEW - Soft Science - Maps - Post Image - (300x300)Soft Science - Maps 

Sacramento-based 'Soft Science' reside in the grooves between music genres, pulling different influences from each to create something altogether sublime. From shoegaze to dream-pop and power-pop to alt-rock, each of the aforementioned genre's sonic impressions are brilliantly compressed and honed until their forms have been collectively reimagined into one intensive surge of melody. The band are made up of Ross Levine, Katie Haley, Matt Levine, Tony Cale & Mason DeMusey with influences ranging from The Beach Boys to Lush, Pale Saints, Teenage Fanclub, New Order and Jesus And Mary Chain. Their latest long player entitled 'Maps' was officially released back on June 1st 2018 via the good folks over at 'Test Pattern Records' and is available to buy/download right now on various formats via testpatternrecords.bandcamp.com

 

 

EP REVIEW - Seasurfer -Vampires - Post `Image - (300x300)Sea Surfer - Vampires

'Vampires' is the latest four track release from German-based dream-pop (or dream-punk as they would like it known) musical project Seasurfer; the moniker which sole member Dirk Knight creates and collaborates under. Landing somewhere between their obvious influences of Cocteau Twins and the heavy new-age trap-like electronic sound of bands like Salem, Seasurfer present a small collection of well written and beautifully structured songs, dipped in a steaming vat of FX and left to dry out in the cold (or should I say Coldwave?). Knights instrumentation leaves enough room for a pair of female vocal talents (Änni Bird and Apolonia) and a bassist (Steven Burrows) to join the sonic wave that is 'Vampires', creating something emotionally deep while simultaneously dance-ably enjoyable. The EP had it's official release back on August 4th 2018 via the good folks over at Saint Marie Records and is available to buy/download right now on various formats from saintmarierecords.bandcamp.com

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 The Daysleepers - Creation

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

 

 

Manon Meurt - MMXVII

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.

 

 

 Echodrone - Past, Preset and Future

It's been quite some time since we've had any music from brilliant San Francisco based experimental shoegazers 'Echodrone'. Their impressive 2015 released long player 'Five' caught the ear of the venerable 'Saint Marie Records' and marked a significant change sonically for the band. It was released at a time when the resurgent underground scene was booming and shoegaze was a buzz word on the lips of passionate scenesters. It was also met with rave reviews upon release and is still spoken about today as being a landmark album from that year. Now the band have returned with a brand new thirteen track opus entitled 'Past, Preset and Future'. Self -released, this massive compendium of tracks swirls and dances through a multitude of music genres such as shoegaze, dream pop, post-punk, electronica, post-rock and indie-rock with relative ease and is sure to stir up the hearts and minds of the underground faithful once more. The album had it's full release on January 23rd 2018 and is available to buy/download via all of the bands usual outlets.

 

 

EP REVIEW - Burning House - Tracer - Post Image - (300x300) Burning House - Tracer 

Southampton based 'Burning House' inject blissed out noisy infusions of sublime melancholy into their sound that is very, very hard to shake off. Streaming through shoegaze, melody driven alternative rock and swirling dream pop, 'Burning House' have evolved somewhat from their heavier and more alternative feedback driven debut single 'If You Won't' adapting and sculpturing a collective sound so serine in it's approach that on first listen it immediately harkened back to those early 90's pioneering shoegaze stalwarts 'MBV, Ride & Swervedriver'  with song structures reminiscent of early 'Verve' and the absolute raw power of (dare I say it?) - 'Smashing Pumpkins'. Their four track debut EP entitled 'Tracer' was released back on the 17th February 2018 and is available to buy/download right now via burninghouse.bandcamp.com

 

 

EP REVIEW - Tombstones In their Eyes - Nothing Here - Post Image - (300x300) Tombstones In Their Eyes - Nothing Here 

There’s something tantalizingly interesting in a band/album description wherein genres cross from somewhat oppositional points. Its like saying ‘I’m in a J-Pop band, our sound is a mixture of Perfume and… Napalm Death’. Immediately you’re interested, you’re captivated, because, due to your years of musical socialization, you find the mixture of those two bands to be somewhat amazing. You also find that mixture of bands to be like mixing ice cream with sausage… it may taste like trash, but it sure is interesting. In my book, creditability can be found and served happily to those who are willing to push the boundaries, to experiment… Even if things turn out like trash, there is a kind of theatre of the absurd quality that makes it more important than some bunch of musicians who stuck to the rules in the proverbial book. Speaking of the proverbial book, turns out LA-based group 'Tombstones In Their Eyes' didn’t read it. Their latest release, a tight three track EP entitled 'Nothing Here', melds the shoegaze explorations of bands like MBV and even a tinge of bands like Asteroid 4 with the dirty, sludge/psych guitar music of stoner bands like Kyuss and a kind of watered down Monster Magnet ..... seriously recommended!

 

 

ALBUM REVIEW - Nonn - XVII - Post Image - (300x300) NONN - XVII 

When Stockholm's Christian Eldefors (The Orange Revival) released his debut solo album as 'NONN' back in May 2017 we instantly viewed his style of music as forward thinking psych-punk. Minimalistic, atmospheric and brooding with a simmering melodic undercurrent of modern electronics that wowed us from the off. Now he has returned with his sophomore release aptly titled 'XVII'. Joined by Hannes Nyling and Christian's brother Alexander, the project has a heavier feel this time around, leaning more into the electronic side of the venture, apparently a bi-product of touring and playing the debut album live all over Europe. The album gets it's full release on December 7th 2018 via those ever reliable folks over at Fuzz Club Records and is available to pre-order right now both digitally from fuzzclub.bandcamp.com or on lovely vinyl from fuzzclub.com

 

 

EP REVIEW - Medistation - Medistation - Post image - (300x300) Medistation - S/T

Eric Strand is no stranger to Stockholm's burgeoning underground psych scene. Having already established himself in The Orange Revival (hands down one of the best neo-psych outfits out there today) Eric has just announced the self-titled debut EP release for one of his other musical projects, the mesmerising 'Medistation'. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, 'Medistation' create a visceral sonic palate filled with fizzing, alternative led, noise-pop drenched in swathes of shuddering reverb and swirling feedback. It collectively spotlights that truly epic early 1990's melodic neo-psychedelic sound, a sound that can sometimes get lost within this modern underground scene. The EP is a collaborative effort, with guest vocals from Jake Garcia (The Black Angels), percussion from Cobian Modeste (The Buttertones) and grand piano from Max Groundstroem (Samling/Valp). It had it's official release back on April 20th 2018 via those London-based purveyors of all things meaningful 'Fuzz Club Records' and is available on various formats via fuzz club.com

 

 

EP REVIEW - The Altered Hours - Post Image - (300x300) The Altered Hours  - On My Tongue 

After a year's worth of touring in support of their stunning debut album 'In Heat Not Sorry', Irish-based noise merchants 'The Altered Hours' decamped to Dublin's Bow Lane Studios to record their highly anticipated brand new four track EP entitled 'On My Tongue' . With a sound that typically tumbles through swathes of experimental psych, swirling fuzz and is at times peppered with layers of noisy shoegaze, the band decided to take a slight sojourn on this latest release by swerving into the noisier side of rock & roll thus giving us a little glimpse of what's to come on their forthcoming full length sophomore release. 'On My Tongue' was officially released on March 9th 2018 via Art For The Blind Records/Penske Recordings and is available to buy/download right now on various formats from thealteredhours.bandcamp.com

 

 

ALBUM REVIEW - Alien Lizard - Pure Kafka - Post Image - (300x300) Alien Lizard - Pure Kafka

Gdansk-based psychedelic explorers 'Alien Lizard' create no-nonsense psychedelic incantations filled to the brim with squally lysergic tinged reverberations, fizzing electronics and droning instrumentation all teetering brilliantly on top of shaking percussion and deep penetrative bass progressions. Their immense debut album entitled 'Pure Kafka' was officially released back on February 23rd 2018 and is available to buy/download right now via alienlizard.bandcamp.com 

 

 

 

Album Review - Psychic Lemon - Frequency Rhythm Distortion Delay - Post image - (300x300) Psychic Lemon - Frequency Rhythm Distortion Delay

London based psych aficionados 'Psychic Lemon' inject swirling space rock, well drilled prog rock and motorik krautrock into their overall sound that is both hypnotic and addictive all at once. This impressive three piece (previously a quartet) have been ploughing a deep sonic furrow into the underground psych collective since the release of their self-titled debut album back in 2016 but I have to admit that I hadn't heard of the band up until receiving the press release for their brand new album. I've since rectified that issue. Entitled 'Frequency Rhythm Distortion Delay', this immense collection of five tracks is explosive, exquisite and quite possibly one of the best albums that I've heard in some time. At times sonically transcending, 'Frequency Rhythm Distortion Delay' breathes new life into a collective of genres that have been very much diluted beyond hope over the past few years. 'Psychic Lemon' strip these genres back to their base components before collectively reimagining them into a huge singular sonic entity. 'Frequency Rhythm Distortion Delay' had it's official release on January 12th 2018 via tonzonen records and is available to buy/download on various formats including lovely vinyl from psychiclemon.bandcamp.com 

 

 

ALBUM REVIEW - Crimen - Silent Animals - Post Image - (300x300) Crimen - Silent Animals 

Rome-based psych/kraut trio 'Crimen' have been delicately enticing their fanbase with their long-overdue debut full length release for well over a decade. Steeped in modern psych with an infusion of hyperactive krautrock, 'Crimen' have developed a sound that at times dips it's sonic tendrils into subtle shoegaze and lurching post-punk creating a fizzing lysergic brew that they have self-titled 'Kraut-Punk'. Formed in the Centocelle district of Rome back in 2007 by Simone Greco - bass/vocals/sound engineering and Patrizio Strippoli - guitars/voice, it took another six years before the band enlisted Giuseppe Trezza - drums/electronics. After a collection of successful EP's and two years hibernating to record 'Silent Animals', Crimen officially unleashed the album to the masses back on June 29th 2018, joining forces with the good folks over at 'Fuzz Club Records'. 'Silent Animals' is available to buy/download right now on various formats via fuzzclub.bandcamp.com & fuzzclub.com respectively.

 

 

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

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

 

 

ALBUM REVIEW - Firefriend - yellow Spider - Post Image - (300x300) Firefriend - Yellow Spider 

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.

 

 

ALBUM REVIEW - The Oscillation - Wasted Space - Post Image (300x300) The Oscillation - Wasted Space 

Lets get straight too it: The Oscillation's latest release, 'Wasted Space' is the definition of bonkers genius. I first heard that term, ‘bonkers genius’ in regards to a film script that had been written as a proposed sequel to a very popular and big budget movie. But underneath it all there was something amazing. Perhaps that ‘something’ was the very composition of the script, maybe it was that, when stepping back, the plot actually made coherent (and considerate) sense. Maybe it was because everything locked together in a way that many people wouldn’t even consider when approaching it. All these questions can be applied to 'Wasted Space' . Tracks here are scattered underneath piles of bizarrely twisted loops, sound FX, off kilter guitars, and just general madness. Underneath it somewhere, is a warped and absurdist dance album. Preface: this is one of those releases that even the greatest writers cannot accurately describe. Demian Castellanos has created a swirling hedonistic thrill ride in the guise of 'Wasted Space'. It's the bands sixth album to date and it leads the listener on a blistering journey into the darker side of the experimental psych spectrum, a side that balances tentatively on a fizzing tight rope of sonic emotions. The album had it's official release back on the 21st of September 2018 via those good folks over at Fuzz Club Records and is available to buy/download right now on various formats via fuzzclub.comfuzzclub.bandcamp.com respectively.

 

 

 Holy Monitor - II

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

 

 

ALBUM REVIEW - Prana Crafter - Enter The Stream - Post Image - (300x300) Prana Crafter - Enter The Stream

William Sol aka 'Prana Crafter' has released some mesmerising experimental psych & acid folk through a plethora of underground labels throughout the years from his home base on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Through labels like  Beyond Beyond is Beyond, Eiderdown, Deep Water Acres, and Reverb Worship his soundscapes have permeated the sonic ether, flowing down through various levels of consciousness to paint a sonic tapestry so rich in colour that listening to his work is genuinely more akin to a intensely spiritual journey of sonic discovery. Sol returned with what could be the best album of 2018. A blistering new long player entitled 'Enter The Stream', a collection of eight tracks that skip effortlessly through ambient tinged psych folk, acid folk and kosmische styled psych rock all steeped in a kind of esoteric brilliance. 'Enter The Stream' was officially released back on July 31st 2018 jointly via the good folks over at Sunrise Ocean Bender Records and Cardinal Fuzz Records and is available to buy right now through pranacrafterabode.bandcamp.com


ALBUM REVIEW - Nonn - XVII - Featured Image - (700x700)

ALBUM REVIEW | Nonn - XVII

ALBUM REVIEW - Nonn - XVII - Post Image - (300x300)ARTIST: Nonn

RELEASE: XVII

RELEASE DATE: 7th December 2018

RECORD COMPANY: Fuzz Club Records

It would be very easy for us to categorise 'NONN' as being purely post-punk. In fact, I've read some recently furnished reviews of their music where the reviewer has pigeon holed the band into the aforementioned genre without so much as a mention of the multifaceted affiliations that the band have to the more modern or generic sonic specifications. Their brooding electronic soundscapes do indeed tap into that late 80's post-punk gloom but they also pluck numerous influences from minimalistic electronica, EBM, darkwave, synth-punk and the alternative experimental side of the modern psych spectrum to mould and sculpt something altogether new sounding. When Stockholm's Christian Eldefors (The Orange Revival) released his debut solo album as 'NONN' back in May 2017 we instantly viewed his style of music as forward thinking psych-punk. Minimalistic, atmospheric and brooding with a simmering melodic undercurrent of modern electronics that wowed us from the off. Now he has returned with his sophomore release aptly titled 'XVII'. Joined by Hannes Nyling and Christian's brother Alexander, the project has a heavier feel this time around, leaning more into the electronic side of the venture, apparently a bi-product of touring and playing the debut album live all over Europe. The album gets it's full release on December 7th 2018 via those ever reliable folks over at Fuzz Club Records and is available to pre-order right now both digitally from fuzzclub.bandcamp.com or on lovely vinyl from fuzzclub.com

The album opens up with 'Pray', a dark, slow moving sonic behemoth that pulses on a wave of deep penetrating bass frequencies continuously circumnavigated by menacing lines of synth and and heady hypnotics. Its vocal lines glide and shimmer on top of that massive wave of fizzing electronics, collectively drenched in heavy reverberating atmospherics. Up next,  the albums lead track 'Clear' charges into the sonic arena steeped in typical post-punk flair. Repetitive sequenced percussion traverses a cascading bass line that plods along like some sequestered boot boy as those Cure-esque lines of guitar intertwine with subtle sweeps of synth to carefully envelope another impressive vocal take. Filled with deft nods of the proverbial cap to those early 80's post-punk pioneers and with a firm injection of modern charm, 'Clear' is an album highlight. 'Home' sticks to the well worked formula of the preceding track with its melodic guitars straddling a great vocal performance that collectively rattles atop of sequenced drums and those throbbing swells of bass whilst 'Believe' ushers in a menacing slab of electro-psych with its booming bass frequencies and the repetitive thud of a bass drum. Swirling electronics stick to the vocal line as the track builds brilliantly alongside the twang of guitar and swathes of reverberation. Fizzing lines of sync arrive to break the monotony as the sequenced electronics are cranked and the sound gets all fuzzy. 'Believe' is immense, a modern day gem and another album highlight for me.

'When' arrives swirling inside a building instrumental drone. More akin to psych-punk, this track sticks to a more linear formula. Swirling vocalisations steeped in melodic reverb ride the deep throb of bass as the repetitive thud of a bass drum keeps a metronomic beat allowing fuzzed out electronics to ebb and flow at will, adding masses of atmosphere with each gluttonous rise. Mesmerising in its attack and with a sublime finale, 'When' is absolutely brilliant. Up next, 'Hide' morphs into 80's theme tune territory with those fizzing synths and that punishing line of sequenced percussion. The vocal lines are fantastic here, twisted into something futuristic and run alongside a throbbing bass signature that magnifies them tenfold allowing the drums to skip and roll between each line of verse before finishing rather abruptly. The very Cure-esque sounding 'Reach' is steeped in melody. Vocally faultless, the accompanying drum pattern is immense and when the guitar arrives alongside those lines of synth the track instantly takes off. It's another standout gem. Then albums penultimate piece entitled 'Beyond' arrives in a haze of bouncing electronics. Sequenced percussion is busily dancing underfoot as that repetitive bass line holds everything in place allowing fizzing lines of synth and subtle twangs of guitar to keep the tempo tight as the vocal line glides effortlessly overhead. Deeply entrancing, 'Beyond' is steeped in melody and another album highlight. 'XVII' closes out with the instrumental 'Past', a throbbing bass heavy piece with another repetitive bass heavy percussive assault. The twang of guitar rides fizzing lines of electronics that seem to build and build into one massive sonic wave, injecting sublime melody into that beautiful bass line until eventually opening up into something sounding akin to The Cure melding with the darker side of Massive Attack. It is utterly fantastic and brilliant ending to another impressive release.

5/5

LINKS:

facebook.com/nonnband

nonn.se/NONN

fuzzclub.bandcamp.com

fuzzclub.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.


ALBUM REVIEW - Telephone Exchange - Maschinelles Lernen - Featured Image - (700x700)

ALBUM REVIEW | Telephone Exchange - Maschinelles Lernen

ALBUM REVIEW - Telephone Exchange - Maschinelles Lernen - Post Image - (300x300) ARTIST: Telephone Exchange

 RELEASE: Maschinelles Lernen 

 RELEASE DATE: January 5th 2019

 RECORD COMPANY: Ongakubaka Records 

Do you remember those films where some or another adventurer, archaeologist, mercenary or traveller discover some sort of stone, jewel or emerald that was increasingly hard to find and was even harder to identify? Do you remember the scene where the character finds the prize and holds it up, perhaps so happy that they begin to jump about and celebrate? There’s that feeling of a prolonged search, finally made worthy by the reward they hold in their hands that was camouflaged in its surroundings. This writer’s prolonged search has been through a metaphorical jungle of music that pertains to be ‘experimental’ and ‘genre pushing’ but ultimately leads nowhere. The jewel is 'Maschinelles Lernen', the debut album from Mexico-based psychonauts 'Telephone Exchange'. What a release; free of the confines of genre, destructive in its bizarre push to either trample or re-invent what is commonly known as pop music and ultimately such a reward to the listener that you wonder why you’ve never heard the band before. The album is officially released on the 5th January 2019 via the good folks over at Ongakubaka Records and is available to pre-order right now on various formats via ongakubakarecords.bandcamp.com

'Maschinelles Lernen' opens with the off-beat ‘Index of Bounds’ which is essentially around five minutes of ‘ba-ba-ba’ kind of almost barbershop quartet gone very wrong. Underneath of the singing is the disgusting grind of a noise-laden/distorted/fuzzed guitar that occasionally goes out of key (intentionally). The first time I heard it I thought ‘oh my god, I’ve finally found a band whose self-proclamation of genre pushing is actually true’, and this was statement was continually re-instated as the song continued with more wordless singing into its second section wherein the guitars sounded like a cheese grater. ‘Poppies Biscuits’ takes a more conventional (sort of) angle; it’s almost like an early rock ‘n’ roll song from the sixties. The actual tune and the melody seem appropriately psych, yet the lo-fi production and (again) occasionally off-key passages make things all the more weirder. There’s even what I guess you could call a ‘guitar solo’ yet it sounds more like a train engine with distortion pedals run through the sound… This album was sounding increasingly like the aforementioned jewel I was searching for. ‘Plevna’ is perhaps the most ‘linear’ song on the entire release, much of it centres around a delicate riff and strong, lo-fi vocal performance which calls to mind what could be defined as jangle pop. The guitars pitch bend slightly, and massive gaps are left between some strummed chords, making the whole song land somewhere between romantic and awkward… in a good way.

Two of the albums best tracks are actually the most bizarre on the entire release. ‘The Bureaucratics of Parametricism’ relies on either a sampled section of speech or one of the band members performing a spoken word piece (I’m not really sure which it is) over the top of a beautifully, poignant piece of music that sounds at times like the previous tracks meld of psych and garage rock and a demented kind of shoegaze. Following on from this is the fantastic track ‘User Manual’ which opens with a beautifully danceable almost swing-beat before divulging into a rougher post-punk passage by the band. The song bounces back and forth between these two sections of music as well as a sample of somebody explaining, what sounds to be, an audio user manual, and the bands own characteristically off-beat low-pitched vocals. ‘Machine Learning’ is a monster 11 minute plus post-punk ballad that seems to also incorporate many other genres of music. To fully explain the song here would do it injustice; just go and listen to it instead.

There is something extremely satisfying about this release. Whether it’s the lo-fi layout and tones that feed throughout, the obtuse chord progressions and sounds or just pure weirdness, I’m not too sure. 'Maschinelles Lernen' has the same appeal as great outsider art does: it appeals to us who seek out something wherein rules are not so much barriers but things you aim to surpass and transcend. The simplicity of this release also bolsters its appeal, nothing here is aiming to be anything in particular, which makes it all the harder to describe. Furthermore, 'Telephone Exchange' shed all the pretentiousness and polished sound of many boring and bland psych bands making music. It most certainly will not be for everybody, but for those interested, this may be one of the most enjoyable releases to come out on the underground psych circuit in quite a while. Pure fun, pure experimentation, pure sound.

5/5

LINKS:

ongakubakarecords.bandcamp.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Cam Phillips - Contributing Writer

Cam Phillips is a writer and above all, a music lover, who seeks to gain experience through writing and listening. He is also an avid film viewer and art and literature junkie who enjoys creative writing. His most recent published work was featured on Baeble Music and Culture (USA), Sounds and Colours Magazine (Latin America, London), Easterndaze (Latvia) and the Australian based heavy music blog, I Probably Hate Your Band.


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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.