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ALBUM REVIEW | Ultra Material - Cosmic Anti Stuff

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

RELEASE: Cosmic Anti Stuff

RELEASE DATE: 29th August 2018

RECORD COMPANY: Black Wire Records

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

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

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

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

5/5

LINKS:

facebook.com/ultramaterials

ultramaterials.bandcamp.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney - (Author Photo)

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


NEW SINGLE PREMIERE | Tall Pines - Munchausen

Brisbane based grungy shoegaze trio 'Tall Pines' have unleashed a brand new single entitled 'Munchausen', the follow up to their very impressive 2016 debut single release 'The Day Is Gone'. The bands sound skips gracefully between quiet melodic passages & dark heavy swathes of reverberating doom dragging a plethora of music genres with it as it meanders through sonic peaks and troughs at will! 'Munchausen' is available to buy/download right now with two b-sides from: tallpines1.bandcamp.com

'Munchausen' opens up swirling deftly in a flurry of dream pop inspired vocal tones and sequenced percussive patterns as it's noisy guitars are toned back to a sullen hook laden growl. The track floats effortlessly along its predestined route but there's an undercurrent of dark malice lingering around those beautiful vocal tones that interests me the most! It's not long before the track shakes loose it's dream pop hue and explodes into a maelstrom of thunderous drums, throbbing bass frequencies and angry reverberating guitar noise thus underling just how good 'Tall Pines' actually are.

Magnificent! 

LINKS:

tallpines1.bandcamp.com

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EP REVIEW | Twin Haus - Nothing Lavish

a2675988367_16ARTIST: Twin Haus

RELEASE: Nothing Lavish

RELEASE DATE: 22nd March 2016

RECORD COMPANY: Bedlam Records (BDM010)

Brisbane based noisy, ambient psych rockers ‘Twin Haus’ have just released their sophomore EP entitled ‘Nothing Lavish’ (22 March 2016) via Bedlam Records. This release follows on from their successful debut EP, the sonically sublime 7 track ‘Waxen Myriad’ (2014) and see’s the band continue on with their sonic manifesto of not pigeon holing themselves into any one particular musical genre. With a sound that expertly skips through noisy, psych tinged highs but also has subtle atmospheric post-rock strands that are infused with stunning atmospheric ambient low points, ‘Twin Haus’ successfully produce wonderful sonic soundscapes that deserve to be listened to over and over again. ‘Nothing Lavish’ is available to buy/download right now from: twinhaus.bandcamp.com

The EP opens up with an addictively melodic guitar build, carefully cushioning that impressive vocal performance before collectively streaming into a gorgeous chorus break. Yes, I am hearing Radiohead here from the beginning but ‘Synthetic Egg’ morphs into something completely new sounding as we’re treated to a thrilling musical break that is full of golden hued sonic swirls and that brilliant saxophone line that both thrills and interest all at once. The track builds into a maelstrom of atmospheric instrumentation as it deftly works through its sonic gears with aplomb. Is it really strange that I’m hearing hints of Jeff Buckley swirling within those addictive vocal lines? Absolutely stunning. Coming in at nine minutes plus ‘Synthetic Egg’ is by far my favourite track on this entire release.

Track two ‘Self-Love’ is an extension of sorts to the opening track but it has its roots firmly stuck deep within a cacophony of swirling, droning guitar swells and explosive instrumentation. It drives a sonic trench through proceedings and expertly bookends that opening track. Wild but atmospheric percussive hits announce the arrival of track three ‘I Used To Think’ before that soaring vocal line becomes the focal point as reverberating guitar structures circumnavigate the entire track giving off a brilliantly vivid ambient hue as they swirl within the sonic whirlwind. Both the guitar and vocal tracks systematically loop and arc side by side, right across the sonic ether as the track meanders and dances expertly like some imaginary ballroom dancing couple. A brilliantly executed track.

The EP’s closing piece entitled ‘The Revue’ leans more towards noise rock as its driving opening patterns take shape before the veil falls away and we’re treated to a beautiful cacophony of addictive guitars, stunning vocal production, sparse percussion and intense atmosphere. ‘The Revue’ is a sonic journey all in itself as it’s eleven minutes plus of shimmering psychedelic brilliance envelopes the listener, lifts you up and carefully pulls you with it into its inner swirling cyclone. This is sonic heaven of immense proportions and it’s recommended that you listen to it via headphones just to experience its sheer sonic abandonment that it holds. It explodes from the break into a stalking sonic cheetah chasing down its prey. A stunning finale to an utterly brilliant EP.

4/5

LINKS:

facebook.com/twinhaus

twitter.com/twinhaus

twinhaus.bandcamp.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney has spent the last four years not only fronting popular experimental Irish based electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, post punk, post rock & 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. 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 a genre 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 | Ultra Material - Double Date

a2290058003_16ARTIST: Ultra Material

RELEASE: Double Date 

RELEASE DATE: 13th May 2016

RECORD COMPANY: Blackwire Records

The sound of your summer is sorted, thanks to the arrival of Ultra Material’s debut LP, Double Date. Released just as spring finally arrived in the UK, this is a big record from the Brisbane-based band – in its ambition, accomplishment and scale. It sounds fantastic – each element of this sometimes densely-layered creation is clear, reverberating in its own space. In this genre, that’s quite an achievement and it certainly help set it apart. But, it’s the quirks that really make this one stick in the parietal lobe.

The tightly-timed female incantation on opener Eraser, the tricksy riffage of Art Show (doffing my cap to drummer Matt here), the total rushing joy of Crash all signal that this is gaze on a higher plane. Drop seems to have an otherworldy choir providing the beautiful bedrock. Always avoiding the obvious, Sarah swoons through a vocal melody that veers off into minor keys here are and there. The bass starts off as the star in Summit, the centrepiece of the record. But before long, the guitars, shimmering cymbals and atmospheric synths sounds pile up like layers and layers of sparkly quartz to create a huge track, one worthy of a name referencing mountains. But that’s just the start – the tone darkens, the propulsion increases, and that vocal melody. It’s a stomach flipping combination.

We first hear a male voice on Nothing is Lost, adding an interesting new texture. Drowned in reverb, the track emanates an unspecified melancholy, but maintains momentum with a super-fuzzy lead guitar line pushing it all along. Heat takes its time to reveal itself, a hazy vision. The drums open, pounding and insistent. The guitar is floaty and spare, the delayed vocals disorientate dreamily. Pleased to Meet You (which also features on last year’s EP) is where we hear the influences of past shoegazers most powerfully. But as we’ve now come to expect, those MBV-esque sounds are slowed, warped and shaped into something else. Something Ultra Material.

Double Date is out now vinyl on Blackwire Records and digitally at www.ultramaterial.bandcamp.com.

5/5

LINKS:

facebook.com/ultramaterials

ultramaterials.bandcamp.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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In her time, Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.


NEW SINGLE PREMIERE | Tall Pines - The Day Is Gone.

Brisbane based grungy shoegaze trio 'Tall Pines' have unleashed their debut single entitled 'The Day Is Gone' to the masses. With a sound that skips gracefully between quiet melodic passages & dark heavy swathes of reverberating doom 'Tall Pines' are a breath of fresh air to this worn out modern day shoegaze scene. The single is available to buy/download right now from: tallpines1.bandcamp.com and is recommended by us lot here at Primal Music HQ.

'The Day Is Gone' gyrates on glorious reverb induced guitar squall as the impressive percussive attack & the intertwining bass frequencies hold a steady hypnotic beat. The melodic duel vocal lines impress as the track explodes into its chorus parts and a towering layered wall of intoxicating guitars pummel the senses.

This is recommended listening! 

LINKS:

tallpines1.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/tallpinesband

twitter.com/tallpinesband