ALBUM REVIEW: Novanta - Best Selling Dreams (Seashell Records)

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Artist: Novanta

Record Company: Seashell Records

Release: Best Selling Dreams

Release Date: 27/10/14

Nu-Gaze is a term that scares the life out of me. I generally tend to stay well away from it for fear of lumping a band or an artist into a sub-genre of music that they neither belong to or indeed should be in at all. I personally believe, that wether you use synth's & drum machine's,  guitars & effects or effected ethereal vocals to create wall’s of sound then by right's you should be classed as shoegaze, not tagged with the dreaded Nu-Gaze moniker, that seem's to be lumped onto band’s these day's just for trying out something new or for being different. We need to actively promote and support these band's for trying out something different in today's modern musical landscape, not labelling them outside of the shoegaze family for being different! After all, if we keep creating new terminologies for the different era's or newest wave of gaze, are we not eventually going to completely wipe away the original concept, which is shoegaze?

Italian based shoegaze has been on the rise, in my opinion, for a while now and I’ve touched on it before through mentioning other Italian gaze band's & reviewing Italian releases for this blog (case in point - Stella Diana), but one band in particular are bringing a new form of modern day shoegaze to a worldwide audience via another amazing independent record label who are not only cradling shoegaze on their roster but also Folk, Psychedelic Rock, Alt-Folk, Wave, Neo-Folk, Indie Pop, Folktronic & Ambient artists too. Seashell Records are based in Palermo, Italy & are in my opinion one of the foremost purveyors of Italian gaze today. One such act on their roster are 'Novanta' - they hail from Milan, Italy and are a shoegaze/post-rock/electronic project created by Manfredi Lamartina. They released a stunning album of 8 track's full of ambient, post-rock & shoegaze connotations back in September 2014 through the medium of Seashell Records  called -  'Best Selling Dreams'.

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'Best Selling Dreams' opens up with 'Light Changes'. A drum sequence doesn't give anything away at all before this track opens up into a blistering dreampop infused soundscape with a modern twist. The use of synth's on this track are exquisite & the vocal effects/production are immense. Check it out.

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If anyone ever wanted to know about how good modern day Italian shoegaze really is then track two on this epic release will educate you on it's brilliance. As it's title suggest's 'Windows' will open your eye's & ear's to Italian shoegaze & take you on a journey of monumental proportion's from the off. This track explodes on the musical canvas with effected guitar's & and addictive vocal line's leading us into that immense chorus change. Sheer emotive & expressive shoegaze at it's very, very best. 

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With a look back to the first wave, track three on 'Best Selling Dreams' is my personal favourite. 'Worthless Whirl's' is old school. This track alone has everything, from it's post-punk touches to it's dream-wave infused vocals all comfortably swirling around it's shoegaze leanings. 'Worthless Whirls' is immense! It build's & build's until the haunting vocal arrives on top of post-punk inspired bass line leading us to that brilliant 'My Bloody Valentine' like wall of effected guitar's. This is shoegaze! Check it out.

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You can listen to any track on this album & never fail to get completely inspired with what 'Novanta' & Manfredi Lamartina have achieved. From it's opening track 'Light Changes' on into 'Windows, Worthless Whirls, Novanta Song, A Fever, 2Young2Die, Reasons' & the album's epic closer 'La Maledizione Degli Affetti', 'Best Selling Dreams' should be celebrated for what it is - a brilliant shoegaze album infused with post-punk, dream-pop & ambient styling's, harking back, in parts, to the first wave of shoegaze!  This is a truly wonderful album & one that I'll continue to reference as one of the best underground Italian shoegaze albums of 2014, going forward.

 Del Chaney- The Primal Music Blog - February 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.

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Check out other artists over at SeashellRecords.bandcamp.com

You can find out more about the brilliant 'Novanta' here:

Facebook.com/Novanta

Twitter.Com/Novanta

Novanta.bandcamp.com

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Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave, but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm, The Primal Radio Show, has gained considerable respect from band’s and promoter’s alike since it’s conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he's passionate about. He also currently write's for Canadian based online music webzine www.ReplicantEars.comHailing 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: Youth In Bloom - Shell EP (Mayfly Records)

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Artist: Youth In Bloom

Record Label: Mayfly Records

Release Name: Shell EP

Release Date: 17/12/14

Shoegazing is Escapism! It’s a modern day, anti-hype, full on emotive, romantic genre of music that offer’s hope in a sad, mad & bad world. It makes you think about life & love and it gives you a way out of all of those dull, moronic, every day, conveyor belt moment’s that life can throw at you. Shoegaze washes over us all in waves of reverb laden goodness. It lift’s the spirit’s on a cold, damp winter’s day and it transport’s you on a sonic wave to someplace warm. You can walk around a busy city with headphones on listening to it’s swirls & flourishes just thinking about life. It’s not just about staring at your shoes, it’s also about reaching for the stars. Every once and a while a bunch of track's collectively released on an EP or album grab me by the ear's and throw me around my living room. I've said this before and written about it many times, but it's true! 'Youth In Bloom' are a new band to me, & in my opinion they have released a shoegazing masterpiece! Their 'Shell EP' seriously need's to be heard in it's entirety for people to realise that this resurgent shoegazing scene is not going away easily & every week a new band surfaces with a release that will blow it's listeners away!

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With an almost 'Chapterhouse' like intro, the opening track on 'Youth In Bloom's' debut release 'Shell EP' will give you a clear understanding of what this band are about musically. 'Unwind' is a sonically immense track with a duel vocal to die for! Listen carefully to the traditional shoegaze production technique's on the vocal line's! They are way back in the mix just floating on a sea of bliss & riding a wall of guitar, drum's & bass. This is heaven.

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'Crescent Waves', the EP's second track, greet's us with, in my opinion, the only Alt-Rock influenced track on this EP.  It explodes on to the musical canvas before opening up with the absolutely stunning vocal line - "Pale blue like dreams of you, Old stories we tell are becoming new, Pale blue like dreams of you, Pleasures of the mind will see you through".  A duel vocal again carries this track on a wave of sonically beautiful tones into the amazing chorus line. Check it out:

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Three track's in and we're hit with a shoegaze classic! 'Finder' is the bedrock on this immense release. It has all the qualities of a classic gaze track and cements 'Youth In Bloom' firmly into the shoegaze genre elite. The drum track alone on this song is worthy of singular praise as it takes us on a four minute 5 second journey through the spirit of shoegaze & it's many guises. Again, vocally sublime, this band can do no wrong in my opinion and they deserve our respect. 

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The dreampop element's of Youth In Bloom's sound come to the fore on the brilliant 'Dismantle', the forth track on this amazing EP. Opening with the sweetest of vocal's sitting on top of hauntingly beautiful guitar swell's, this track remind's me so much of Irish shoegazing outfit 'Elastic Sleep' who record, produce & release similar soundscapes in the dreampop/shoegazing genre. The drums explode with menace and bring the curtain down on a really great track but ultimately it's all about the vocal. Sublime!

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'Shrouded' is the closing track on this EP & in my opinion, 'Youth In Bloom' have saved the best for last. This is a stunning piece of music & possibly my favourite track on the 'Shell EP'. Full of expressive shoegaze qualities & subtle dreampop flourishes, 'Shrouded' comes to life after we are introduced to & guided through a Dreampop masterclass into a full on Nu-Gaze heavy hitting classic track. This is stunning in every way and I have to commend 'Youth In Bloom' for the way in which they've presented this track. It has peak's & trough's that are full of swirling sonic goodness & again, that vocal track is to die for!  This track alone has everything that I love about the shoegaze/dreampop/nu-gaze genre's of music & it is also a track that I will keep coming back to again & again.

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Hailing from Williamsport, PA & signed to the immense Mayfly Record's, another amazing independent record company nurturing the underground gaze scene over in the States with aplomb, 'Youth In Bloom' combine shoegaze, nu-gaze, dream pop, & 90′s alt rock to perfection. This EP will appeal to fans of Whirr, Tamaryn, Wildhoney, and Pity Sex but it will also appeal to fan's of the first wave of shoegaze respectively!

You can check out 'Youth In Bloom' for yourselves here:

www.Facebook.com/YouthInBloom

www.Twitter.com/YouthInBloom

www.YouthInBloom.bandcamp.com

www.MayflyRecords.bandcamp.com

Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - February 2015 - Dublin, Ireland. 

 

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Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave, but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm, The Primal Radio Show, has gained considerable respect from band’s and promoter’s alike since it’s conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he's passionate about. He also currently write's for Canadian based online music webzine www.ReplicantEars.com .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 | Cross Tabou - Illusion And Paradise

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Artist: Cross Tabou

Release: Illusion And Paradise

Release Date: 06/02/15

California is producing some epic sound's these days, away from the mainstream tripe & most especially in the psychedelic/shoegaze/dreampop genres of music. One such act hail from San Jose and are a collaboration of two fantastic musicians, the amazing songwriter Miss Sofia Vondell & the equally talented underground artist Horizontal Halfspear. Labelled as 'Cross Tabou', they have just released an absolutely stunning collection of 5 tracks on an epic EP entitled 'Illusion And Paradise'. Their debut 10 track release, 'Cross Tabou', graced our ears back in September 2014 and quickly became a favourite of the online radio community because of it's genre spanning diversity and psychedelic quality, all wrapped around the stunning Miss Vondell's vocal line's. 'Illusion And Paradise' move's a tentative step forward from their impressive debut and take's the listener on a psychedelic journey, leaning more towards the post-punk/shoegaze side of their sound, but with a more traditional dreampop highlight.

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Track one is straight out of the Velvet Underground songwriter's handbook. 'Last Flight' is absolutely stunning. Vondell's vocal abilities take the lead and sit on top of a hauntingly beautiful guitar line. This is the entry point to what Cross Tabou can actually achieve & new listeners to their sound will instantly fall in love with them. It's an amazing intro track. Check it out below.

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Next up is the brilliant 'Into This', probably my favourite track on this EP. This track alone has everything that I love about this genre of music - Shoegaze, Post-Punk & DreamPop! Again the spotlight shine's firmly on Vondell's ability to sing. The traditional shoegaze production techniques on the vocals are pushed to one side to allow Sofia the space she deserves up front in the mix. The guitar swells are addictive and that early 90s sounding drum sequence is exquisite! A masterpiece! Check it out.

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A short interlude with the gaze infused instrumental 'Illusion And Paradise', bring's us nicely to the industrial sound's of track four on his EP,  'Writing On Wall'. On my first listen to this track I could hear Queens Of The Stone Age but without the growl! I kid you not. But it open's out into a track with a multitude of thing's going on in it. Post-Punk flairs litter it's production. It has a gothic feel to it too but it stick's firmly to its psychedelic roots. Sofia Vondell hold's it all together with her almost Debbie Harry like vocal qualities & the production on this track is expertly achieved. Very cool track & one that need's several listens before it really hit's home. Check it out.

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The closing track on his EP has me very intrigued indeed. We're back to the Velvet Underground theme that captivated us early on in this EP's opening track,  but with the epic 'Void' there's something else going on here entirely! There is a tiny post-rock edge to this track that is very addictive indeed. Sofia's almost post-punk vocal lines sitting on the church organ are immense. It hark's back to the hazy days of experimental LSD & full on factory parties.  A truly captivating track. This is church music for the damned. Immense!

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Overall this is a stunning piece of work by a collaborating duo who have plenty more in the tank to give as far as self releasing artists go. I'll expect to hear more from this band towards the end of this year and I know individually they are releasing an immense body of solo work too. Do go and support them.

You can get your hands on this EP & Cross Tabou's debut release HERE.

 

Del Chaney- The Primal Music Blog -  February 2015 - Dublin, Ireland.

 

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Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave, but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Noise-Rock & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. His other arm, The Primal Radio Show, has gained considerable respect from band’s and promoter’s alike since it’s conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he's passionate about. He also currently write's for Canadian based online music webzine www.ReplicantEars.com. 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: Lunar Twin - Lunar Twin

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Artist: Lunar Twin

Release Name: Lunar Twin EP

Record Company: Unsigned

Released: 10/11/14

Music today is filled with many contradiction's. Everyone want's to start a band or a project just to create music that'll sound a lot like this genre or that genre, but with their own twist & their own unique edge, armed with the heartwarming intention of putting themselves out there to get noticed & to stand out from their peer's. More often than not they fail miserably and end up becoming a carbon copy of their influence's only to crash and burn, not only on the modern day musical highway's that swirl around the globe, but also in the eye's of their ever watching & ever knowing peer's. In my opinion this is down to a few major failing's. Firstly, a failing to understand their musical surrounding's, coupled with not knowing their limit's as a working band, and secondly, failing whilst trying desperately to stay relevant & true to a musical belief that they hold dear! They board themselves up in home studio's overthinking a concept and then walk around with a monkey on their back trying their damnedest to sound different! Now, fast forward, let's move on 6 month's to the impending implosion! This is where a slow musical death ensues or to put it bluntly, death by overthinking! Music should not be difficult. It should come from the heart and mean something at the same time. It shouldn't be about genre's, style's or trend's! And it shouldn't be forced. These things are not rocket science? Are they? 

Lunar Twin are a Los Angeles based electronic dreamwave duo specialising in twisting numerous different musical genre's into something rather special. Their knowledge and understanding of their influence's keep's them ahead of their peer's, therefore avoiding the pitfall's of this  modern day musical landscape, whilst sounding completely different to anything else out there today. What they have achieved is a very difficult thing to do & I know this myself, because it's something that we have tried to do with my own band, Analogue Wave. In some way's 'Lunar Twin' remind me a lot of Analogue Wave. You can't pigeon hole them into one particular genre. Their influence's vary, from New Wave (Joy Division & Gary Numan) to Hip Hop (Nas,Wu Tang Clan), through classic psychedelica (13th Floor Elevators) to modern downtempo stuff (Massive Attack, Portishead, Thievery Corporation, Soulsavers); and from classic and modern songwriter's like Billie Holliday, Leonard Cohen, Rodriguez and Santogold. They blend their musical and lyrical influence's together to make a modern psychedelic and cinematic sound.

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The 'Lunar Twin EP' open's up with beautiful 'Sirens'. The sound of wave's crashing on a beach, intertwined with hazy reverb drenched guitar's announce Bryce Boudreau's addictive vocal's & that 80's influenced synth line that seem's to hold the track steady to it's downtempo origin's. It's a great introduction track for anyone new to the sound of  'Lunar Twin'. It's filled with pulse's of New Wave, Dream Pop & Psychedelica with an almost Bluesy vocal line. Check it out below:

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'Champagne', the EP's second track, is hauntingly beautiful, reminiscent of late Pink Floyd in part's, intertwining with that ever present 80's synth sound. You can hear the Hip Hop & Gothic influences here too with subtle Dream-Pop flourishes swirling around another stunning vocal. I really like the use of addictive sample's running just under the vocal track. They keep your attention focused on the track and they also accompany the ocean references in the lyric's, which really hit home with the way the track ebb's & flow's. Check it out:

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'Metroplex' bring's the bands's 80's influences to the fore with sequenced drum's, synth line's & pulsing vocal's! The Gary Numan'esque synth style mixed with Kraftwerk's drive compliment Byrce Boudreau's vocal's with ease. They flow gracefully over the entire track. You can hear the production techniques clearly. You can also really understand the inner working's of 'Lunar Twin' when listening to it. The band seem's to be at home with this particular genre of music. It's not forced or contrived in any way. It's great track & one that I'd say any remixer worth his/her salt would love to get their hands on. Check it out below:

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The closing track on the 'Lunar Twin EP' is probably my favourite. 'Cruel water' creeps along like a stalking animal. It's a modern day masterpiece with it's effected guitar's, Hip Hop styled drumbeat (keeping the pace just nice), addictive sample's & synth's swirling underneath, all cradling Bryce's 'in your face' vocal like a newborn baby! It's a little piece of creeping dirtiness on an otherwise nice EP. Don't take my word for it, check it out below:

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'Lunar Twin' are Christopher Murphy (production/music) and Bryce Boudreau (vocals/co-production). They met in July 2011, at the Denver Underground Music Festival when Bryce joined as a guest of Chris’ previous gothic synth band Nightsweats. They formed Lunar Twin in October 2013, and derived the band’s name from a theory about earth having possibly had a twin moon. They released the stunning 4 track 'Lunar Twin EP' to the masses on the 10th November 2014. As you can tell from the band’s name, the members have an interest in space- and time theories. They draw inspiration from Einstein’s Twin Paradox and Theory of Relativity. What it means for man(kind)’s place in the universe is reflected in their lyrics. Other sources for their lyrical themes are nature (the ocean, wilderness, landscapes) and culture (both ancient and modern, e.g. mega cities).

What is remarkable is that the two band members record the music and vocal separately, on locations far apart (Hawaii and Salt Lake City). 'Lunar Twin' are currently working on new material for an upcoming LP.

 

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For more information and updates, check their social media:

Website: www.lunartwin.com
Facebook: facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008279861005
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/lunar-twin
Twitter: twitter.com/lunartwinmusic
Instagram: instagram.com/chriscontroller
Bandcamp: lunartwin.bandcamp.com

 

Del Chaney - The Primal Music Blog - February 2015 - Dublin, Ireland 

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EP REVIEW: We Came From The North - 'Low Sun, Long Shadow'

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We Came From The North are a Scottish post-rock four piece who's sound display's a crisp interpretation of this genre's formula! Their most recent EP is called 'Low Sun, Long Shadow' and it give's you an excellent example of 'We Came From The North's' near mastery of their skill's.Their sound is a tight example of a band who've got a solid and melodic backbone which allow's the guitarist to pivot and run into flourishes of beautiful solo's that make this genre so appealing.They also give us sparkle's of diversity and originality and outright talent in a genre that has concrete wall's as guideline's, just to keep us coming back to listen again, repeatedly!

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The album opens with the all too brief  'We Grew Old Too Soon' which get's off to a gentle start and show's the band's skill off well enough without giving away too many surprise's too early on in this impressive EP. 'Low Sun, Long Shadow' isn't all front, it take's it's time in unveiling its many twist's and give's the music sufficient room to move and breathe, reaching peak's of utter brilliant noise & never short of a melody before resting quietly on a close up detailed rhythm with gently worked guitar delay delighting your ear's!

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The second track, 'Listening Post' beginning's has classic element's of post-rock building from an elegant gentle intro and hook into a beautifully driven melodic piece before unleashing the full force of it's power while still being poised and graceful. Everything keep's it's shape here, there's no frenzied white noise to induce paralysis on 'Listening Post', but instead a brilliantly executed piece of post-rock goodness that surges to it's height's of power and dovetail's back toward's serenity before flying higher and louder again into it's final crescendo .

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'Model Home For A Nuclear Village' is a different beast altogether!  While it still adhere's to a post-rock ethos, the dirtier fuzz bass and driving beat are brought to the foreground a little more on this fine track which set's 'We Came From The North' a little bit apart from many band's in this already burgeoning genre. This give's the impression that they have a much more to offer in term's of originality and longevity.

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The next track, 'There Is No Such Thing As A Friendly Ghost', is simply beautiful and show's yet more strength to 'Low Sun, Long Shadow'. It is both delicate and destructive! It's detailed quieter moment's are joyous and there's a hint of Animal's era Pink Floyd bass riff's which bring an interesting twist to the middle of the track.

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'Secret Piñata Party' is the closing piece to 'Low Sun, Long Shadow' and shred's it to the core. Whilst the track still showcase's then band's impressive ear for a melody and expert knowledge of building towards brilliant peaks! The finale of 'Secret Piñata Party' pin's your ears back and puts you in a force ten gale of distorted guitar's and attacking drums, with a filthy bass line steering directly toward's you as the guitar's wash over them like a giant wave! Check it out below -

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'We Came From The North' are an impressive Scottish post-rock band who seem to prefer to leave the glitchy sound's of the delicate moments of 'This Will Destroy You' in favour of allowing their ability as musician's take centre stage.They have a truly impressive sound that's both melody driven and as powerful as it come's, while keeping a tight hold on song structure! They don't fall into phases of noise and chaos but drive hard toward's powerful and moving hardcore music that stand's up to repeated hearing. The famous author and fellow Scot 'Ian Rankin' has declared himself a fan of the genre via Twitter by continually supporting bands like Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky, he's also known for supporting Scottish bands in particular. Perhaps 'We Came From The North' could benefit from contacting him?, if they haven't already? There's a distinct possibility that 'We Came From The North's' impressive force would catch his well tuned ear.

Since releasing 'Low Sun, Long Shadow', 'We Came From The North' have also brought out a new track called 'Galena' .

Major Tom Byrne - The Primal Music Blog - January 2015 - Meath, Ireland 

You can find their work on their  - Bandcamp Page.

www.facebook.com/WeCameFromTheNorth

www.Twitter.Com/WCFTNmusic

 

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Tom Byrne is a Dj, Blogger and founding member of online media hub Radioactive//Underground & it's sister website www.SoundAndVisionWeb.com. An avid fan of both mainstream & underground music alike, his passion for finding and actively promoting underground & unsigned music is relentless!

 

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ALBUM REVIEW | The Virgance - Hiko Shrine.

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Artist: The Virgance

Release Date: 26/01/2015

Record Label: El Vals del Conejo 

'The Virgance' is the solo project of UK based Nathan Smith, previously of seminal 90's band Ripley & 00's electro noise merchants 'Loveless'. 'Hiko Shrine' is his second album to be released on the brilliant Independent Netlabel 'El Vals del Conejo' & it follow's on from his 2014 debut 'Lost Continent'. Specialising in writing & producing spectacular instrumental soundscape's via the medium of shoegaze, dreampop, noise-rock & post-punk on your own is not an easy thing these day's! You have to be a master of a certain type of craft to undertake a mammoth project like this. What Nathan Smith aka 'The Virgance' has achieved, in not only this release, but in his magnificent 2014 debut release 'Lost Continent' is nothing short of genius! His attention to detail is immense! With swirling, looping, & arching reverb drenched wall's of guitar leading the charge through an effortless, almost cinematic-like, soundscape of haunting vocal line's, thriving drum's & hypnotic bass line's, the experimental track's on 'Hiko Shrine' are just stunning to listen to. You really have to listen to this album via headphones to experience the absolute feeling of weightlessness & zero gravity!  'Hiko Shrine' is why I love this genre of music so much. It epitomise's & embodie's what I believe this modern day, next wave of shoegazing is all about. This is the next level. This is Post-Gaze! 

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With almost creeping intent, the album's explosive opening track 'Propulsion Lab Part 1' enter's the musical atmosphere like a steam train. This track is absolutely stunning! It takes you to place's you could only dream of. Layer's of effected guitar's loop around your cranium, carefully caressing your eardrum's with reverb induced hallucinogenic's as your led skyward's to some imaginary planet where shoegaze is king! This is one of my favourite track's of this year so far, and I know this year is yet young, but I reckon this album will be hanging around my top 5's of 2015, come year's end, it is that bloody good. But please, don't take my word for it, go and check it out below -

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You could press play on any one of the track's on this immense album and instantly get lost daydreaming your way through it's epic soundscape's. From the extremely addictive 'Mobius Strip' straight through to, my second favourite track on 'Hiko Shrine', 'Breitling Orbiter' and on into 'Airsick, Freon Presence, Interceptors, Propulsion Lab Part 2, Eros & Astraeus' and the album's closing track 'Slingshot', this album is  breathtakingly immense. It's wall's of sound will entice you in and lead you through numerous level's of post-punk & dream-pop infused gaze whilst propelling you into the heaven's. It's a roller coaster of sound wave's and sonic pulse's, ethereal vocal line's, pounding drum's, throbbing baseline's & looping guitar swell's. 'Hiko Shrine' is a wondrous thing. It is hard to believe that this maelstrom of epic sound's were written & produced by just one person? What Nathan Smith has achieved is amazing and I congratulate him on releasing a kraken.  I'd be very surprised if 'Hiko Shrine' doesn't top end of year poll's right across the board  this year, due to how immaculate it sound's. This is an epic musical masterpiece and one that I shall listen to for a long time to come!

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'Hiko Shrine' is now available up on 'The Virgance' Bandcamp page HERE.

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The 'Primal Music Blog' is where Del Chaney review's unsigned band's & post's playlist's from his show – The Primal Radio Show.
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EP REVIEW: Bloodhounds On My Trail - Escape EP

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Over the past few years the Australian shoegazing scene has produced an amazing wealth of talent, spanning every corner of it's awe inspiring continent. From Sydney to Adelaide, Perth to Brisbane, we all know that 'the scene that celebrates itself ' is alive and well in Australia. But there is one city that stands out from all others! It seems to me that every single Australian based shoegaze band that I have come across these days hail's from this city alone! To me, Melbourne has produced some of the best post-punk, noise-rock & shoegaze infused artists over the past 24 months than any other city that I can think of. Bands such as Contrast, VHS Dream, Hideous Towns, Flyying Colours, Lunaire, Glaciers & Luna Ghost have created some amazingly beautiful blissed out tracks that I have played religiously on my online radio show 'The Primal Radio Show' for Radioactive//Underground.

But there is one Melbourne based band, that to me, epitomises a 60's fuzzy psychedelic sound & not only connects 80's atmospheric post-punk to early 90's gaze but who also adds a modern edge to their sound to create an addictive, reverb soaked, maelstrom of layered effects and beautiful melodies that would grace any soundtrack to a modern day musical audience. That band are  - 'Bloodhounds On My Trail'.

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Reading the bands intro up on their Bandcamp page instantly sold me to their musical ideas -  'A love of shoegaze bands of the late 1980's to early 90's provided the catalyst for the formation of the band. Since then, members Johnny Green (guitar, vocals), Chris Donaldson (guitar), Jonny O’Hara (bass) and Nik Donaldson (drums) have sought to fuse the rhythmic underpinnings of bands like the Velvet Underground and the Stooges with the dream haze of Cocteau Twins and Slowdive'. 

Released on the 14th October 2014, Engineered by Matt Hosking & Mixed by Rob Long at Birdland Studios & Los Bomberos, Escape is another of those EP's that has come straight out of left field and completely captivated me from the very first listen! I am instantly a fan of this band's sound. I spent my teenage years listening to some of the sounds that influence Bloodhounds On My Trail, such as Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, Ride, Jesus & Mary Chain, Stooges, MC5 & The Velvet Underground. I can hear every single one of those influential bands on this EP and that, for me, is a special thing! It's a really special thing in todays new wave of shoegaze!

The EP kicks off with the stunning 'Old Fools'. This is the doorway into a world where dreams are collected and played back via the medium of shoegazing! The intro to this song alone will send shivers down your spine and leave you floating in ethereal space. It is 5 minutes 36 seconds of beautiful, blissed out sounds that hit you in waves with their thundering drums and thriving bass lines! The guitar's alone on this track remind me of a Cheetah stalking it's prey! They swirl around the tracks moving parts with menace and pounce with speed when the immense vocal arrangements fall away & let the guitars dictate the space! This track will force the breath from your lungs it is that intense! But please, don't take my word for it. Go and check it out for yourself -

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'Dreamless', the second track on Bloodhounds On My Trail's impressive debut EP, takes your hand and guides you through a blissful soundscape of shoegaze. It open's up into another stunning track and I'm starting to think that this band alone will cross divides and open the genre of shoegazing and its many sub-cultures up to a wider audience. This is yet another beautiful track with a wall of sound that evokes an ethereal almost dreamlike feeling. I love it when a band can unlock feelings from it's listeners or when the music that a band creates can tap into a feeling & force you to remember good times! Bloodhounds On My Trail have a knack of teasing out memories, but in a good way!

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Track 3, 'Jolly', is a shoegaze traditionalist's wet dream!  This track could have been plucked from 1989/1990. It's the closest track that I have heard resembling anything from that era in this modern day shoegazing world. It is stunningly beautiful. This is shoegazing on a cinematic scale. Swirling guitars blended with that amazing bass sound, those steady drums & Johnny Green's infectious vocals make this track a 'Stand Out' track for me and one that every single fan of the shoegaze genre of music should have on repeat. This should be the 'go to' track for future shoegaze fans. To have mastered a sound so infectious on a debut EP deserves major props to Bloodhounds On My Trail. I doubt even the inner sanctum of shoegaze aficionados would disagree with me when I say - " This is shoegaze! "

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A soothing intro heralds the angelic arrival of the closing track on the already impressive 4 track EP. 'Silence, It's Golden' is yet another shining example of pure unhinged shoegaze! The wall of layered guitars  & effected vocals hits you like a steam train. The chorus on this track is absolutely stunning with its addictive chord change, pounding drums and immense vocal all sitting on top of a steady beat. This is a fitting end, to what I believe, is a game changer for fans of the shoegaze genre. This is one hell of a release!  Check it out below -

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This listener is captivated by the sounds that Bloodhounds On My Trail achieve on this EP. The song structures and musicianship are second to none! The 'Escape EP' catapults you into a dream where gravity holds no sway! You float with ease on a sonic wall of reverb infused guitars, pulsating bass lines & amazing vocal tones. It's an immensely beautiful, sleek body of work with clean lines and wonderful arrangements. This EP is an out of body experience that I will continue to tap into again & again & again.

 

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The Primal Music Blog is where Del Chaney reviews unsigned bands & posts playlists from his show – The Primal Radio Show.
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EP REVIEW: Great Black Night - The Smoke Is Rising

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It's not very often that I get the chance to review American based bands/artists for 'The Primal Music Blog'. Michigan based Great Black Night will probably be the first American based band that I've had on repeat on my speakers over the past few weeks. Their 3 track EP entitled 'The Smoke Is Rising' has consistently made me smile every single time that I've listened to it.

America is producing some really great shoegaze & dreampop music as of late and in very many guises. But very few of those bands have actually left a mark on me like Great Black Night have. This bunch of brilliant musicians step outside of the box when it comes to adding interesting extra production & composition parts to their tracks, such as adding a Violin & Cello to a wall of layered guitars or adding a backing vocal to the very tip of the main vocal thus filling the overall track with that little bit of heaven. They make me sit back and think about their music. They make me gaze! Very few bands can do that to this listener.

They do something else amazing, which to me is what music should be about. Listening to 'The Smoke Is Rising EP' evokes so many memories of my youth that I simply had to write this review. It amazed me! It is full of thought provoking moments that bring out memories from the furthest reaches of this listeners mind. Memories of lying in the long grass on a warm summers day, years ago, with friends & family talking about Cocteau Twins, the Pros & Cons of the music scene on that particular day in time and other simple memories full of the excitement that comes with starting a band.

Listening to 'All My Lonely Days', the EP's opening track, for the first time really threw me. I wasn't expecting the immense production on it. This is a huge track. From the amazing lead vocal and especially the backing vocals, to the lush string section sitting on top of the guitars adding that extra sonic element to their overall sound. They instantly made themselves stand out to me as a great band. They are doing something different in this modern age of nu-gaze, shoegaze & dreampop and it's a commendable trait as far as I'm concerned. 'All my lonely days' is my favourite track on this debut release and it is a stunning piece of musicianship! Check it out for yourself below:

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Track 2, on this three track EP,  is called 'The DAAC Song'. This song does exactly what it says on the tin! It's a powerful track with a strong, intensely powerful vocal line that sits in the mix brilliantly. It has an infectious opening guitar line that keeps your attention firmly focused on the entire track and won't allow you to deviate from it. And again, the use of the string parts just under the vocals, throughout most of the track, is genius! Another brilliant addition to this EP.

The final track on the epic EP is a vivid journey through a deep, lush, dreampop infused soundscape. Its a beautiful piece of music entitled 'I've Got A Lot Of love'. Opening with an absolutely stunning vocal track, aligned with those epic strings, this song is a 4 minute roller coaster of emotions.With its delightful sonically brilliant guitar lines, those looping and arcing string arrangements,  which are all sitting on top of a steady bass and drum track, this song is a fitting end to a brilliant debut release by a band that I hope go on to bigger and brighter things in the future. I for one, can't wait to hear what this bunch of musicians do next.

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Great Black Night hail from Grand Rapids, Michigan. They are Steve D: guitar & vocals, Matthew Eastman: drums & piano, Angel Hayden: vocals, Anne LaGrand: cello, Patrick Schaafsma: violin and Andy Stob: bass. 'The Smoke Is Rising EP' was released to the masses on 16th December. It was Recorded and Engineered by Matthew Eastman at Eastman Audio, Grand Rapids Michigan.

In the bands own words they are -  'Celebrating excesses and restraint within the sounds of rock and roll, Great Black Night aim to give you the night of your lives. Great Black Night explores love and rebellion through soulful tender vocals, piercing guitars, lush strings, and driving rhythms. Great Black Night are your band. They sing songs for you and with you. Look up and gaze. The Great Black Night is a wondrous place' - Here, Here I Say!

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THE PRIMAL MUSIC BLOG PODCAST: '15 Tracks That You Really Must Hear' - December 2014

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As I'm on the Christmas holiday break from the live show over on RadioAktiv//Underground and due to the amazing interest that I received from the last 15 track Mixcloud based podcast back in November, I decided to put together another one showcasing some of the amazing music that I've found over the past few months from different artists who have either been in touch with the show or that I've found myself by trawling through the tinter web. These artists come from all over the globe and I believe that they deserve support from not only me but also from anybody with an interest in what I do here on 'The Primal Radio Show'. So below is the podcast & playlist. I've picked 15 tracks that I think you should hear! I've also listed links to every bands track up on band camp so as you can all go and support them! Plus, I've uploaded them to the Primal Radio Show Mixcloud page so as you can listen to them on the go!! Just like Mix Tapes of old. Theres no innate warbling's from me on this episode, just bloody great music. Enjoy!!! - Del Chaney.

Listen To The '15 Tracks That You Really Must Hear Podcast' Here:

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Links To The Music From Every One Of The Bands Featured Here:

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Del Chaney's - The Primal Radio Show - 15 Tracks That You Really Must Hear Playlist 

1) Novanta - Reasons

2) Follow The Sea - Sibirien

3) In Every Dream A Nightmare Waits - Transition

4) Lunar Twin - Cruel Water

5) Chasing Traits - Lost Cause

6) Clustersun - Meteors

7) Jeanseburg - She Never Believed In Gravity

8) UMMAGMA - Kiev

9) The Virgance - Propulsion Lab Part 1

10) Kigo - Never Knowing

11) Medicine Boy - Gimme Ya Love

12) We Came From The North - We Grew Old Too Soon

13) Winter - The View

14) The Lost Jackets - Caitlin

15) In Violet - We're All Dying, Says Sylvia!

 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Stella Diana - '41 61 93'

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With a rake of  new Shoegazing scenes popping up all around the globe it was only a matter of time before we heard what the Italian gazers could produce. From Rome to Milan, Modena to Palermo - powerful & hard hitting Italian 'Nu-  Shoegaze'  bands are creating some of the best sonic sounds around, not only in Italy, but in my opinion, some of the best in Europe! Thats a pretty bold statement to make, you might say to yourself, upon reading this review, but I've found a stunning collection of tracks by a band that most of you reading this blog would only have heard glimpses of!  A band that I've been actively playing & promoting on my show 'The Primal Radio Show' for a long time.

'Stella Diana' hail from Naples, Italy. The band are made up of Dario Torre - Vox & Guitar, Giacomo Salzano - Bass, Davide Fusco - Drums & Roberto Amato - Guitar/Synth. Self declared Shoegaze and New Wave freaks since 1998, the band self released the immense '41 61 93' to the masses on 14th February 2014.

I've listened to '41 61 93' over and over again, and although my favourites keep changing with every listen, I've picked out two immense tracks that'll hopefully showcase the quality of music that Stella Diana create.

Opening up with the massive 'Isabeau' as the first track on this amazing album, Stella Diana set out their Shoegaze stall from the very first Drum beat. With vocals recorded in their native tongue ( a feature for most of this album),  a rolling drumbeat, layered guitars and a hypnotic baseline, this track is immense. From its 'Chapterhouse' like effected guitars to its early 90's drums, 'Isabeau' is well written and structurally sound. Its complex baseline keeps the track fixed to the earth while the guitars soar and lift this listener above the clouds and beyond. That early 90's Shoegaze sound, that so many bands these days are trying to emulate, is there for most of the track but there are other influences in there too! For example, in the opening tracks quieter moments I can hear influential flurries in the mould of musical royalty -  'The Cure'.

Go check that out for yourselves:

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My second pick 'Navarre' lures us into a false sense of security from the beginning. It's a creeping monster of a track that starts off slow with sweet guitars and a stunning bass line all sitting on top of a solid beat. But don't be fooled, the vocals arrive with ease and the journey begins. This track builds into a towering inferno with infectious, layered guitars that cut through the stunning bass frequencies with ease. What happens next is a piece of musical brilliance on the bands part as in comes a Saxophone to lead the line of attack and escort us out of this immense track with charm & style. Its a stroke of genius. It adds another dimension to the wall of hazy guitars, infectious drums and it also accompanies that stunning baseline too. It gives this listener something else to focus on! Superb! This is Italian Shoegazing at its very, very best and it could well be my favourite track on '41 61 93'.

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I am very impressed with the way in which Stella Diana compose and structure their tracks. I am also impressed by the way in which they are not afraid to experiment with their song structuring, for example, by adding a brass instrument to a gaze track, or the way in which they switch between the light & dark or fast & slow moments on this album without a care. This bands ability to slow down tracks, so that we can not only hear whats going on, but actually feel whats going on musically, is second to none! That alone is testament to their prowess as songwriters. You can hear every single note on this album. In my opinion, far to many bands these days try to wow us with their abilities as pedalboard musicians and forget about the finer points of songwriting in a genre of music that is, purposefully built to tell a story, wether sonically or through a songwriters ability as a wordsmith. You should be able to follow every single second of a song and feel what the songwriters feel and in turn find a common pact with them. Yes, Shoegazing should take your hand and fly you through a sonic wall of goodness, push the air from your lungs and musically caress your ear drums, but for me, it should also tell a story. Stella Diana create & tell sonically beautiful stories through the medium of song that I can follow with ease and for that, I commend them.

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As you can probably guess, I am a Stella Diana fan, first and foremost, and a Dj second! Writing this review came very easy to me as music fan. Every single track on this album sent shivers down my spine and created musical images for me that will last and last and last. I dare you to listen to Isabeau, Navarre, 22-2-87, Edward Teach, 4.57, Ash, Regor, Dale Cooper, Motel Sagrera and then come back and tell me that they haven't moved you in some way or another. They are all immense!

You can check out Stella Diana on Facebook, Twitter and Bandcamp here.

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