ALBUM REVIEW | The Dandelions - Old Habits & New Ways Of the Dandelion - Featured Image - (700x700)

EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM | The Dandelion - Old Habits & New Ways Of The Dandelion

With a sonic style that swirls effortlessly inside a generous melding of warm psych-folk, explosive garage psych and entrancingly fuzzy sixties sounding musings (or retro-psych as the kids like to call it these days), 'The Dandelion' began life as a solo project by 'The Dolly Rocker Movement' frontman, Daniel J Poulter, eventually releasing it's debut long player 'The Strange Case Of The Dandelion' back in 2013. Shortly after the release however,  Poulter walked out and the super talented Nathalie de Silver took over songwriting duties, subsequently releasing some impressive collections of music alongside a revolving door of live musicians. The current line up though, consists of Nathalie de Silver - vocals/guitar/songwriting/producer, Laura Murdoch - organ/vocals/theremin, Josh White - drums/vocals & Lauren Crew - bassWith a brilliant self-titled EP released in 2014, a very interesting sophomore release in 2015 called 'Seeds Flowers and Magical Powers of The Dandelion' and a dedicated worldwide following, 'The Dandelion' have announced a brand new thirteen track album entitled 'Old Habits & New Ways Of The Dandelion' via Greek-based independent record label 'Blackspin Records', and a European tour throughout April taking in France, Spain, Greece, England, Scotland, Belgium, Austria, Croatia & Germany to support the album. 'Old Habits & New Ways Of The Dandelion' is penned in for official release on April 1st 2019 and will be available on various vinyl formats via blackspin.gr

'Old Habits & New Ways Of The Dandelion' begins tumbling in a haze of instrumental drones, military style drumming and the unmistakable pull of wind instrumentation as 'Garden Of Yi' opens up into a kaleidoscope of sonic colour spinning in kind of psychedelic surf rock tinge. Swells of electric organ and the pitter patter of reverb cushion de Silver's luscious vocalisations throughout as tingling slide guitar and those melodic incantations ebb and flow. 'Old Habits New Ways' undulates into audible range on a woozy line of organ as the comforting tones of cascading bass frequencies meander beneath and the slow metronomic swing of percussion keeps a wonderful back beat. Shimmering vocalisations meld with soaring clouds of reverb and those soothing backing vocals as accompanying drones and that delicious lead guitar intertwine to form a glorious wall of noise. Up next, 'El Poncho Rojo' oozes west coast charm with it's busy percussive pattern, those addictive guitars and it's subtle rockabilly sensibility whilst 'Beneath The Rowan Tree' has infectious psych-folk and esoteric middle eastern connotations brilliantly overlaid with classical sonic tones and passages of stunning wind instrumentation that collectively sweep you off your feet.

'All I Ever' opens up swirling on hazy acoustic vibrations before more eastern tinged instrumental accompaniments arrive to superbly envelope Nathalie's vocalisations. Handclaps, tambourine hits and woozy lines of guitar sway blissfully on top of those hypnotic percussive patterns as we float on waves of psychotropic sonic abandonment. Up next, 'Who May Have Found God' is a classic 60's psych cut. Warbling lines of organ bounce on top of a busy percussive assault as we're led into the melee. Bass notes hum and that shimmering vocal line takes centre stage, gently leading us by the hand into that magnificent finale. Infectious, addictive and beautifully constructed, 'Who May Have Found God' is a definite album highlight. 'The Holy Son (What Have You Become?)' begins on a line of acoustic guitar before a flurry of hypnotic sitar and rumbling percussion arrives to pulse in unison with waves of bass frequencies and that washed out vocalisation. Swirling lines of organ add serious atmosphere here as those intricate lines of guitar spin sonic webs and the catchy chord structures completely entice the listener. 'Message From The Fire' shudders into audible range on tumbling drum pattern and a busy organ line. Wonderful structures of chugging guitar cling to a thumping bass signature as the vocals arrive and we're all collectively pulled headlong into that angry assault of lead guitar before 'de Silvers Dream' unfurls it's blissful, incantational tendrils and unleashes a wave of beautifully hypnotic psychedelic sounds on us all.

'Deep Down In The Hollow' is steeped in a swirling kind of retro vibe. Rattling percussion, fizzing guitars and swirling clouds of hazy reverb meld with addictive lines of vocal, swells of electronic frequencies and that sticky wah-wah that washes over everything. 'Deep Down In The Hollow' is another stand out track for me on this release. Up next, 'Song For All Seasons' gently brings us back down to earth, awash in hazy sound-waves and lysergic tinged instrumentation whilst the albums penultimate piece is another super sonic gem. 'Incognito' opens up with tumbling drums and a repetitive line of guitar before the arrival of delicious organ and that cascading bass line launches us out into the sonic ether. Nathalie de Silvers vocals are fantastic here, leaping in and out of heavier lines of guitar dipped in layers of shuddering reverb. Quieter moments permeated by rambling lead lines and warbling electronics stand out on this track and that impressive lead break is memorable. The album closes out with soft acoustic finger pickings floating on waves of iridescent reverb as 'The June Light' meanders into view. Hovering lines of hushed vocalisations amble into ear shot straddling melodic chord structures and catchy chord changes as we gently ripple outwards on soft waves of blissful sound. A marvellous ending to an impressive collection of tracks.

4/5

LINKS:

thedandelion.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/thedandelionmusic/

blackspin.gr

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

ALBUM REVIEW | Alien Mustangs - Alienation

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

RELEASE: Alienation

RELEASE DATE: May 15th 2018

RECORD COMPANY: Sound Effects Records 

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

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

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

5/5

LINKS:

alienmustangs.bandcamp.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney - (Author Photo)

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


ALBUM REVIEW | This Other Kingdom - Rêveur (Wrong Way Records)

ARTIST: This Other Kingdom

RELEASE: Rêveur

RELEASE DATE: 21st April 2017

RECORD COMPANY: Wrong Way Records

Dublin based neo-psych/garage powerhouse 'This Other Kingdom' have announced their latest  full length release in the guise of their stunning ten track sophomore opus entitled 'Rêveur' penned in for release on April 21st 2017 via Wrong Way Records'This Other Kingdom' are made up of Del Kerton - vocals/keys, Declan Dunne - guitar/vocals & Git Sweeney - drums and they are no strangers to this modern day psych scene having previously supported some serious international heavy hitters like 'Holy Wave, The Cult of Dom Keller, TAU, Radar Men from the Moon & Yuck'. 'Rêveur' is available to pre-order right now on translucent orange vinyl with purple splatter, CD and download via wrongwayrecords.bandcamp.com

On a wave of steadying percussion wrapped deliciously in throbbing bass lines and the constant strum of angry guitars ‘This Other Kingdom’ unleash the opening salvos of ‘Common Colours, Common Sounds’, track one on their brutish sophomore album. It undulates and heaves through layers of glorious reverb, oscillating brilliantly around that impressive vocal line as it weaves through sonic peaks and troughs with blistering aplomb. This is a stunning opening track. Up next, ‘Eye Do Eye’ shimmers as it enters into audible range held fast in an instantly addictive 60’s psych vibe sonically peppered at times by a harder swirl of driving garage psych. The instantly recognisable vocalisations of Del Kerton holds everything together here and keeps this listener focused as surging guitars & pulsating percussion meld effortlessly with throbbing bass frequencies and driving production.

‘Telescopic State Of Mind’ bounds into earshot tumbling through repetitious drum patterns and hypnotically charged lead lines as the constant hum of bass notes add atmosphere whilst ‘Comatosed’ impresses with it’s driving guitar signature and catchy organ hooks. ‘Chemikle’ shimmies into the ether on a cloud of golden hued eastern esoteric flair as it’s droning instrumentation and lumbering percussive attack lurch and wobble on wave after wave of tremulous reverberation. This track moves and undulates collectively as one huge monolithic chunk of sonic energy acting solely as a conduit for that impressive vocal line. Up next, ‘Rays For Days (When The Sun Did Shine)’ is a repetitious behemoth that leans heavily on the constant twang of mechanical guitar and shimmering (cymbal heavy) drum pattern whilst ‘Hellion’ is a driving sonic triumph and probably my favourite track on this entire release. It pulses menacingly on a stunning drum pattern as billowing instrumentation underscored by a stunning lead guitar line licks and harasses the vocal to within an inch of its life.

‘Réveur’ takes a welcoming mellow turn next as ‘Morning Skies’, it’s penultimate piece, enters the sonic arena slowly revolving in a haze of turbulent reverberation. Creeping percussion holds a steady beat here as Del Kerton’s haunting vocalisations keep a kind of fixed holding pattern in the eye of a billowing sonic storm. Up next, the cinematic ‘नई दिल्ली सात’ pulls some esoteric vibes back into play and melds them brilliantly with impressionistic neo-psychedelia to create a beautifully intense acid blotched instrumental sonic trip. The album closes with the atmospheric ‘Valley Of Nowhere’, a dark slab of modern tinged psych rock that builds and undulates on waves of fuzzed out guitars and explosive drum patterns that jostle and push it’s vocal boundaries until they howl and wail like a primordial animal on the hunt. A fitting ending to a rather interesting album.

4/5

LINKS:

wrongwayrecords.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/thisotherkingdomband

thisotherkingdom.bandcamp.com

soundcloud.com/thisotherkingdom

twitter.com/THISOTHERKINGDO

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney has spent the last four years 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 (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 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.


NEW VIDEO PREMIERE | This Other Kingdom - COMATOSED (Wrong Way Records)

Dublin based swirling neo-psych/garage psych aficionados 'This Other Kingdom' have unleashed a stunning brand new video to accompany the lead track entitled 'COMATOSED' from their highly anticipated twelve track sophomore opus 'Rêveur' penned in for release on April 21st via the ever brilliant 'Wrong Way Records'. 'This Other Kingdom' are made up of Del Kerton - vocals/keys, Declan Dunne - guitar/vocals & Git Sweeney - drums and they are no strangers to this modern day psych scene having previously supported some serious international heavy hitters like 'Holy Wave, The Cult of Dom Keller, TAU, Radar Men from the Moon & Yuck'.

The full album is to be released on 21st April 2017 on translucent orange vinyl with purple splatter, CD and download via Wrong Way Records. You can pre-order the album right now from wrongwayrecords.bandcamp.com

A launch party in Dublin and Manchester accompanies the release, with a full tour scheduled for May 2017.

Recommended!

LINKS:

wrongwayrecords.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/thisotherkingdomband

thisotherkingdom.bandcamp.com

soundcloud.com/thisotherkingdom

twitter.com/THISOTHERKINGDO


ALBUM REVIEW | No Mightier Creatures - No Mightier Creatures

ARTIST: No Mightier Creatures

RELEASE: No Mightier Creatures

RELEASE DATE: 10th February 2017

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

'No Mightier Creatures' is the debut seven track self-titled release from Peru based  alt-psych/garage aficionado's 'No Mightier Creatures'. The band consists of Renato - vocals/guitars/words, Dolmo - guitars, Felix - bass & Arturo - drums and what they collectively create is a mesmerising politically charged cacophony of swirling psych rock thats underscored with hints of alt-blues indentations melded with surging swathes of driving garage psych. 'No Mightier Creatures' is available to download as 'Pay As You Like' over on bandcamp but I recommend that you pay these guys a few dollars to help them get this album out on vinyl nomightiercreatures.bandcamp.com

The album open up with an angry melodious growl as 'Yet We Divide' enters earshot and sets off a repetitious sonic chain reaction as guitars swirl and sway held fast to a metronomic percussive beat. Vocals arrive and ride the turbulent beast to finality. Highly infectious and surprisingly addictive 'Yet We Divide' is a brilliant opening salvo. Up next, 'Multiply' jangles through waves of reverberation as 'No Mightier Creatures' unleash some sullen rockabilly psych on us, swerving through pulsating drum patterns and hypnotically charged lead lines that gyrate around those impressive vocal lines. 'Springfield' heaves around a central spine of driving instrumentation, throbbing bass progressions, repetitive drum patterns and sporadic noisy guitars thats collectively led by those politically charged spoken word vocalisations. We shatter the repetitiveness of the previous tracks with tumbling bass frequencies and chugging guitars as my favourite piece on the entire release enters the sonic arena. 'No Light' is an anti-establishment call to arms nestled in the welcoming arms of driving instrumentation and pulsating production.

Musically, 'Corporate Dream' acts as a sort of sonic conduit for the spoken word of the bands lead vocalist Renato who spits relevant rhetoric for today's self appreciating society whilst the albums penultimate track growls and wails as it swerves into the ether. 'To Cross' meanders deftly through dark menacing bass patterns and an explosive percussive attack. Its raging guitars wage a sonic war of attrition, whipping up a frenzy of pulsating sound waves in the process that lick and harass another impressive vocal performance. 'To Cross' pushes wave after wave of psych induced passionate spoken word out into the world accompanied by a raging torrent of frequential noise. Thoroughly enjoyable and another highlight on this brilliant release. The albums closing piece opens in a beautiful haze of tremulous guitars and cascading bass lines. 'Take It Easy' is accompanied by sparse percussion and haunting vocalisations. It builds and builds nonchalantly into a brilliantly melancholic tidal wave that crashes multiple sound waves onto an empty windswept beach. A fitting ending to a marvellous album.

4/5

LINKS: 

nomightiercreatures.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/nomightiercreatures

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney has spent the last four years 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 (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 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.


EP REVIEW | The Intelligence Service - Maladies EP

a0194158289_16ARTIST: The Intelligence Service

RELEASE: Maladies EP

RELEASE DATE: 02/01/16

RECORD COMPANY: Wiener Records

Hailing from Vancouver, Canada ‘The Intelligence Service’ collectively creates stunning psych induced garage rock, peppered with droning guitars & melodic organ swells that are tinged with subtle shoegazing flourishes. The band are made up of Alex. P - Vocals & Guitars, Heather Campbell - Vocals, Organ & Analog Synth, Sam Daoust - Bass & Backing Vocals & Dror Zur - Drums and their latest four track EP entitled ‘Maladies’ is getting the cassette treatment via independent label ‘Weiner Records (A Burger Records Subsidiary)’.

The EP opens up with the monolithic ‘Distraction (Here Comes Dror)’ & with a running time of fourteen minutes plus its recommended that you strap yourselves in and make yourselves comfortable. This track is insatiable! Opening with a swirling droning synth that reverberates on its own sonic axis before being joined by shuffling percussion, melodic organ swells, throbbing bass lines & a warm fuzzy guitar progression. It builds & builds into a cacophony of stunning noise that swirls around some impressive spoken word as it meanders through musical peaks and troughs increasing in intensity around it’s raging sonic maelstrom. An absolutely stunning fourteen minutes of sublime sonic sounds. Up next, ‘Driving To My Sun’ does exactly as it says on the tin! Hypnotic organ swells compliment the driving guitars and that steadying drum pattern as duel vocal lines help lift the chorus changes out of a monotonous vocal trench that had been ploughed during the verses. Another solid track from as band who are starting to grow on me.

Track three is explosive! ‘School Me’ pulses on it’s foundation of throbbing melodic bass frequencies, addictive drum hits and driving fuzzed up repetitive guitars. The duel boy/girl vocal attack adds impressive atmosphere. The closing track ‘Can’t Believe’ leans more into garage rock territory than the previous three tracks whilst keeping a tentative finger firmly within a psych rock mould by subtly layering melodic organ swells underneath that pounding instrumentation.

Recommended Listening!

4/5

LINKS:

theintelligenceservice.bandcamp.com/

twitter.com/The_IS_Band

facebook.com/TheIntelligenceService

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney has spent the last four years not only fronting popular experimental Irish 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 hepled 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.