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.


ALBUM REVIEW | The Cult Of Dom Keller - Goodbye To The Light (Fuzz Club Records)

cd-4p-digi-1tray.pdfARTIST: The Cult Of Dom Keller

RELEASE: Goodbye To The Light

RELEASE DATE: July 22nd 2016

RECORD COMPANY: Fuzz Club Records

UK based noisy experimental psych aficionados ‘The Cult Of Dom Keller’ have been creating impressive musical soundscapes under the radar for quite some time. Their sound glides on a screaming swathe of intense psychedelic promise thats underpinned vocally with an interesting slice of goth fuelled expressionism! This band inject a shimmering cinematic quality into their music that can seriously alter reality! Now the Midlands based four piece have announced the next chapter in their musical development, the full length ‘Goodbye To The Light’, released on the 22nd July 2016 via the brilliant London based Fuzz Club Records. The album was released on vinyl as a deluxe edition of 300 half-and-half transparent and solid white vinyl in a heavy gatefold sleeve featuring hand numbering, cutouts, embossing and printed inner sleeves. Also as a standard edition of 1000 transparent white vinyl, and CDs.

Like the opening atmospheric score of a 1970’s cinematic thriller, we’re introduced to a sprawling drone coupled with a repetitious two note sequenced synth pattern that swirls within a sea of enveloping golden frequencies. The opening salvo’s of ‘Hole In The Whole’ punch a reverberating pulse through the protective shield of the surrounding musical ether and immediately gets engulfed by creeping vocal lines and a dark malicious guitar squall. Up next, impressionistic fuzzy bass frequencies tickle the outer reaches of the audible range as those distinctly 80’s, almost post-punk sounding vocal progressions, coupled with hypnotic swirling organ swells take hold and drag you kicking and screaming through the blistering prog-leaning ‘Broken Arm Of God’ before the massive sonic surge of ‘Ravens & Rockets’ clatters into earshot and ploughs a dark and foreboding sonic furrow through proceedings.

‘Deepest Pit Of Emptiness’ enters the arena on massive ambient synth swells before we’re hit with enormous resonating bass frequencies shadowing slow malicious vocal lines as it crawls to its dark finality. ‘Tunnel In The Clouds’ floats impressively on a bed of atmospheric organ swells as haunting vocal lines as an increasingly intrusive monotonous drone pulses through layers of reverb before ‘Exterminating Angels’ enters the fray and brings with it a massive swathe of intensity that builds from the off into a maelstrom of beautiful frequential noise. Up next, ‘I Can See You’ pulses and shakes as it winds itself up into a rattling coil and prepares to strike. Thoroughly reminiscent of early experimental stage ‘Nine Inch Nails’ with its brilliant vocal production and those impressively overpowering synth lines. ‘Astrum Argenteum’ brings a blissful layered wall of psychedelic joy to proceedings before the deeply experimental but highly infectious ‘Nothing Left To Say’ cranks up and enters the realm of 70’s psychedelic Sci-Fi chic!

‘Bring Out The Dead’ begins with sequenced poly-rhythmic acoustic progressions coupled with a tempestuous percussive assault and an utterly addictive vocal. It undulates as it works through its gears, constantly evolving and layering instrumentation as it meanders through sonic peaks and troughs. There’s a short instrumental interlude as ‘Waltz Of The Morgellons’, the albums penultimate track, works the floor before we’re introduced to the albums final track, the aptly named ‘Shambhala Is On Fire’. This is a sprawling monolithic animal, jam packed full of reverb induced groove-laden instrumentation that circumnavigates yet another awe inspiring hypnotic and well executed vocal. A stunning finale to a very impressive album.

4/5

LINKS:

fuzzclub.com

facebook.com/thecultofdomkeller

twitter.com/CULTOFDOMKELLER

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.


EP REVIEW | FUGLEFLUGTEN - Aftenpragtstjerne

aftenpragtstjerne-cover-finalARTIST: FUGLEFLUGTEN

RELEASE: Aftenpragtstjerne

RELEASE DATE: June 16th 2016

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

Danish based atmospheric post-gazing four piece ‘FugleFlugten’ self-released their debut five track EP entitled ‘Aftenpragtstjerne’ to the masses back in June. Their sound swirls within a heady mix of reverb induced post-punk, shimmering synth swells and subtle hints of hazily layered shoegaze. Singing in their native tongue, ‘Fugleflugten’ are made up of Rasmus Yde, Frederik Henriksen, Mathias Rosenkilde & Laurits Pilegaard and you can check out the full EP over at: soundcloud.com/fugleflugten/sets/aftenpragtstjerne

Murmuring synth swells coupled with droning guitar frequencies bounce and swirl freely as the opening instrumental bars of ‘Aftenpragtstjerne’ announce themselves to earshot. It quickly burns out only to be replaced by track two, the highly addictive ‘Syv Pelikaner’. This track drives a solid wedge of layered reverberating guitars, soaring synth swells, throbbing bass frequencies and pounding poly-rythmns into one massive cyclonic force that collectively seems to circumnavigate that hauntingly brilliant vocal track. Up next, the atmospheric ‘Det Er På Tide’ floats into the ether on a wave of shimmering guitars that act like a protective barrier surrounding that immense vocal line. Synth progressions swell as the drum track pounds a sonic furrow through proceedings and the track is allowed to breathe and soar with ease, looping and arcing through peaks and troughs of reverberating joy.

The EP’s penultimate piece is my favourite on this entire release. ‘Ensom Galakse’ traverses the outer fringes of expressive post-punk, coupled with brilliantly vivid swathes of atmospheric shoegaze thats all gracefully topped off with soaring synth swells and hazy reverb laden vocals. A stunning track thats worthy of your ears! There’s an intense post-punk swirl streaming through the EP’s closing track. ‘Fugleflugten’ pulses with intent as the bass frequencies growl and hold fast to those impressive drums. There’s a swirling maelstrom of guitars sitting just under the mix allowing for those shimmering vocal lines to soar into the sonic ether. A stunning droning finale to a brilliantly executed EP.

Recommended listening!

4/5

LINKS:

soundcloud.com/fugleflugten

facebook.com/Fugleflugten

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 | Holy Monitor - Golden Light / Aeolus (Ongakubaka Records)

a1740565417_16ARTIST: Holy Monitor

RELEASE: Golden Light / Aeolus

RELEASE DATE: July 16th 2016

RECORD COMPANY: Ongakubaka Records

Hailing from the sunbaked Mediterranean shores of Greece, experimental neo-psych / krautrock space rockers ‘Holy Monitor’ have had both of their two previous self-released digital EP’s (Golden Light & Aeolus) seamlessly brought together on one fantastic full length album courtesy of Virginia based independent record label ‘Ongakubaka Records’. 'Holy Monitor' blend a stunning mix of neo-psychedelic krautrock & soaring space rock with motorik rhythms and dreamy hypnotic vocalisations that collectively form soundscapes so lusciously inthralling, they will have you hooked from your very first listen. The album is available to buy/download right now with a limited number also available on cassette from: ongakubakarecords.bandcamp.com

Like a pulsating beacon of musical promiscuity the opening motorik bars of track one, ‘The Way Out’ ripple outwardly, like some magical pre-ordained mantra, as the piece meanders through throbbing bass lines coupled with hypnotic rhythmic percussive patterns, surging synth swells and a magnificent vocal attack. This is a truly wonderful opening track as it sucks you into the collective mindset of ‘Holy Monitor’ and introduces you to their blissful acid-drenched musical landscape. Up next, we’re treated to a swirling repetitive guitar line intertwined with snaking bass frequencies and another impressive vocal performance. ‘Golden Light’ is full of eastern esoteric influences as its menacing organ swells and stunning reverberation loops and arc’s throughout, painting sonic pictures and instilling shimmering atmosphere.

‘Cacti’ charges into ear shot on a bedrock of pounding drums, swirling guitars and soaring synth swells that are constantly building in tempestuous fashion and continuously circumnavigating that fragile vocal track. It builds from the off adding layer after layer of stunning instrumentation as it deftly skips along its chosen sonic path. Up next, ‘Bend In The Trees’ gracefully glides in on a droning synth progression and a highly addictive guitar line. This track bathes in swathes of stunning reverb as its hushed vocalisations take centre stage continuously urging the instrumentation to keep up with the pace. A brilliantly executed track and possibly my favourite on this entire release. Track five, ‘White Sands’ slows proceedings down a tad initially as a golden cascading organ progression enters audible range. A steady beat is added to the maelstrom before the hypnotically charged vocal arrives and we’re treated to a masterclass of neo-psychedelic discovery.

The EP’s closing track is a thing of beauty. ‘Winterlong’ growls as its supercharged guitar lines expertly protect the immense vocal. Wurlitzing organ progressions swirl as throbbing bass lines add weight to the metronomic swing of the entire track leaving the listener wanting more.

A fitting finale to a stunning release!

4/5

LINKS:

facebook.com/holymonitor

facebook.com/OngakubakaRecords

ongakubaka.com

twitter.com/OngakubakaRcrds

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 | Miss Mobile Home - Glimmer Down

a2017233375_16ARTIST: Miss Mobile Home

RELEASE: Glimmer Down

RELEASE DATE: June 24th 2016

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

New York based dreamgazing duo ‘Miss Mobile Home’ have unleashed their highly anticipated full length follow up to 2014’s immense ‘Phototaxis EP’. ‘Glimmer Down’ see’s the band continue to deliver shimmering reverb laced soundscapes coupled with stunningly dreamy vocal progressions that collectively manifest a modern edge to a well worn & highly respected musical genre. The band are made up Chris Stoddard – Guitars, Drums, Synth, Writing & Mixing and Samantha Ritter – Vocals & Synth. ‘Glimmer Down’ had it’s full release on the 24th June 2016 and it is available to buy/download right now from: missmobilehome.bandcamp.com

A swirling maelstrom of repetitive droning noise ushers in ‘Fine Machine’, the album’s opening track and its not long until we’re introduced to a beautifully ethereal vocal courtesy of Ritter, blissfully wrapped within entrancing metronomic percussion and some brilliantly hypnotic guitar lines. Up next, ‘California (Run On)’, begins with a layered wall of reverberating guitar, closely followed by minimal percussive hits intrinsically permeated by wave after wave of beautifully translucent swirling vocal progressions. A stunning track that weaves and arc’s all over the sonic ether. ‘Sleepwalker’ charges into ear shot on rumbling bass frequencies intertwined with a solid foundation of thundering percussion. It soars into its chorus progressions with aplomb and carries the listener with it, daydreaming into the shimmering ether. ‘Hazel Witch’ begins with a subtle psych-gaze twist as those psychedelically induced guitar progressions swirl intently within a dark creeping reverb induced haze. The vocal track wades into the mix pulsing ripples of dreamy frequencies into the melting pot as the track explodes into its chorus parts. Another stunning track thats worthy of your ears.

Up next, ‘Castles’ slows proceedings down considerably as we step off the edge of the world and float on wave after wave of beautifully executed & highly melodic vocals, steeped in spacious reverb and intensely circumnavigated by those stunningly addictive guitar parts. ‘Castles’ is a dream-pop masterpiece! The rumbling opening chords of the albums penultimate track entitled ‘Still’ shatters the ethereal serenity of the aforementioned soundscape and we’re quickly introduced to cascading guitar thrills and another stunning vocal performance. The albums closing piece is utterly addictive. ‘Ronnie’ blasts into earshot on a melodic guitar line, pounding drums and soaring organ swells that seem to hover just under audible range as its haunting vocals balance tentatively on a sonic tight-wire. It streams into a stunning organ break before erupting into a blissful cascading synth line. ‘Ronnie’ is intensely hypnotic, addictively ethereal and its a fitting finale to a stunning release.

4/5

LINKS:

missmobilehome.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/MissMobileHome

twitter.com/missmobilehome

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.


EP REVIEW | Magic Shoppe - Interstellar Car Crash

a0594426943_16ARTIST: Magic Shoppe

RELEASE: Interstellar Car Crash 

RELEASE DATE: February 5th 2016

RECORD COMPANY: Optical Sounds

Boston based hypnotic noise merchants ‘Magic Shoppe’ are no strangers to creating magnificent dissonant psych driven soundscapes. Their first release, the impressive ‘Reverb EP’ (2010) announced their sonic arrival in style and was quickly followed by their brilliant eight track opus ‘Reverberation’(2011). Then the ‘Triangulum Australe EP’ (2014) took us on a white knuckle thrill ride of mammoth proportions leading us all the way to this latest release, the fantastic 4 track ‘Interstellar Car Crash’ EP. There’s an intense hypnotic buzz surrounding ‘Magic Shoppe’ as their their brand of fuzzy reverb induced psychedelic mayhem rattles through its gears and takes the listener on a melodic journey of discovery. ‘Interstellar Car Crash’ is released via ‘Optical Sounds’ digitally & on a limited edition white 10' Vinyl via MagicShoppe.bandcamp.com

The EP opens up with the magically translucent ‘Salventius’, a hard driven slice of garage psych brilliance that screams through its reverb drenched verse structures and explodes into a whirlwind of bending white noise throughout its chorus progressions. Vocally sublime, ‘Salventius’ is steadied on a foundation of pounding drums, throbbing bass & shimmering guitars. Track two, ‘City Alight (Yeah)’ spins in suspended sonic animation with its hypnotic shuffling drum pattern, stunning guitar arrangements and that addictive shimmering vocal take. The reverb drenched opening salvos of ‘Redhead’ tweaks the senses before exploding into a beautiful cacophony of golden edged psych induced sound that carelessly meanders through wave after wave of layered guitar, impressive bass & pounding drums! ‘Redhead’ loops & arc’s all over the musical spectrum with aplomb and it’s possibly my favourite track on this entire release, if I’m honest.

There’s a mesmerising golden hue surrounding the closing track on this stunning four track EP from Boston based psychedelic explorers ‘Magic Shoppe’ that screams for your attention from its very first note. The triumphant ‘Interstellar Car Crash’ has this uncanny knack of pulling you into it’s hypnotic core and introducing you to its soothing inner workings. It swirls and soars through it’s cloudless, dissonant soundscape with ease and carries you with it as it goes. Simply stunning!

5/5

LINKS:

facebook.com/MagicShoppeBoston

twitter.com/MagicShoppe

instagram.com/ilovemagicshoppe/

opticalsounds.com/artists/magic-shoppe/

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.


EP REVIEW | Stella Diana - Alhena

a3655131241_16ARTIST: Stella Diana

RELEASE: Alhena EP

RELEASE DATE: November 27th 2015

RECORD COMPANY: Vipchoyo Sound Factory

It’s hard to believe just how far ‘Stella Diana’ have come since their last full release '41 61 93' back in 2014. I know that they’ve appeared on various shoegaze compilations since then with various covers etc & that they have just penned a new record deal but leaving all of that aside, this band have continued collectively to create a beautiful concoction of mesmerising & melodically astute shoegaze while vocally using their home language, rather impressively I might add, as a method with which to transport their sonic message to their fairly immense worldwide fanbase. That in itself should be applauded in my opinion & thats even before we peel back the outer layers of this latest outing – ‘Alhena’, released via their newly acquired independent record label ‘Vipchoyo Sound Factory’.

Scientifically speaking the meaning dictated for ‘Alhena’ is – “Its an evolving star exhausting the supply of hydrogen at its core and has entered the sub-giant stage”. If you attach the above definition to ‘Stella Diana’ you can quickly understand how this band have exhausted their small time musical surroundings and are now moving out of the underground into a much larger musical orbit. Its amazing to see & even better to hear as some of these tracks were previously available via the bands bandcamp page (albeit without the production & mastering skills of Ferndale Productions Mark Joy & Alexander Kretov of Ummagma Studios) and have now been beautifully mixed & mastered by the afore mentioned individuals to the extent that they now weave & arc through layers of amazing sonic brilliance. ‘Stella Diana’ are Dario Torre – Vocals & Guitar, Giacomo Salzano – Bass, Roberto Amato – Guitar, Raffaele Boccheti – Guitar & Davide Fusco – Drums & they hail from the beautiful city of Naples.

The opening track & lead single ‘Shohet’ explodes into the ether with a fuzzy undercurrent intertwined with melodic guitar patterns & hazy shimmering tone. It has, as we’ve come to expect from ‘Stella Diana’, a sublime vocal track that is jammed full of gorgeous melody. Up next is a trip to 1990’s heaven. ‘Caulfield’ drives & ploughs through another impressive musical structure reminiscent at times to early Belgian stalwarts ‘Deus’ crossed with Manchunian wonders ‘The Stone Roses’. Go listen to it!!! Track 3 – ‘Bill Carson’ brings the song writing skills of ‘Stella Diana’ to the fore with melodic chord progressions full of purposefully addictive peaks & troughs. Another solid tune, masterfully mixed & produced. Up Next – ‘Mira’ is utterly addictive without being overly lush. It explodes in the breaks & drives through the verses with its repetitive bass line & almost droning space rock like guitars. A triumph of a track that is most definitely the stand out for me on this whole release. Closing the proceedings is a cover version of a track originally released by 1990’s psychedelic underachievers ‘Kula Shaker’ entitled ‘Govinda’. Not for me really but you can understand why the band would include it on this release as it fits into the over all ascetic of ‘Alhena’ & obviously has deep meaning that only the band can explain.

Overall this is an impressive debut release by a band whom I have a lot of time for. If you are new to the impressive sounds of ‘Stella Diana’ then this is a great starting point on your sonic adventure. For me though, the band have a lot more to give & I eagerly await some brand new material.

4.5/5

LINKS:

vipchoyo-sound-factory.bandcamp.com

stelladiana.com

facebook.com/StellaDianaBand

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 | Desert Mountain Tribe - Either That Or The Moon

met1009-jpgARTIST: Desert Mountain Tribe

RELEASE: Either That Or The Moon

RELEASE DATE: 11th March 2016

RECORD COMPANY: Metropolis Records & Membran(UK).

Dear pseudo psych bands – Unplug your puny phaser pedal, and pull up a pew. Here’s a lesson in the head-spinning world of psychedelic sound, 2016-style from Desert Mountain Tribe and their debut album Either That Or The Moon. Note the analogue delays creating dizzying drones, study the mesmerising power of repetition, submit yourself to the rhythm of the riff. If you follow these tenets, as so aptly displayed by DMT, there may yet be hope. If not, you’ll be trapped in a sub-Kasabian purgatory. Suffice to say Either That Or The Moon is a hefty swedge of satisfying psychedelia – scuffed, swirling and bone-crushing in all the right places.

Opener ‘Feel The Light’ launches this space rocket of sound, countdown and all. There’s a dusty swagger to ‘Take A Ride’, with its lyrics about big cars and dreams. Bigger is definitely better for Desert Mountain Tribe, they are not a band who seem interested in confinement or restraint, so the chorus to ‘Midnight Sky’ is expansive and perhaps a tad grandiose. There’s some devilishly good tape delay in ‘Heaven and Hell’, a repetitive rumble that makes the head spin. Single ‘Runway’ is a good ole rock n roll tune. There’s hint of Southern rock about it and it could almost tip over into convention line, if it were not for that rich palette of sound which keeping it heavy. ‘Enos in Space’ has a strong sixties vibe, with organ featuring high in the mix, and those Byrdsian harmonies. There’s a brief clearing of the psychic fog with ‘Way Down’, but before long, the drums are pounding, there’s a huge fuzz explosion and an all-encompassing wah-wah solo. ‘OC Dream’ marks a change of pace on the record. It all seems to slow down. We float along on the updrafts of the melodic bass. The icy lament of ‘Interstellar’ sends out space signals that soon explode in the sky. With the fuzzed-out slow dance of ‘Coming Down’, we’re into a dark place on this trip and it is here in this suffocating, swirling spot we stay.‘Leave It Behind’ is a cowboy tale with a sinister sway that breaks down into a huge stramash of sound.

Either That Or The Moon is quite a journey and one that’s not afraid to lead us into the shadier edges of the psyche, but it’s definitely a trip that’s worth taking.

The album gets its full release on the 11th March 2016 via Metropolis Records (Membran in the UK).

LINKS:

facebook.com/desertmountaintribe/

twitter.com/DMTribe

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.


ALBUM REVIEW | Singapore Sling - Psych Fuck (Fuzz Club Records)

a2640148959_16ARTIST: Singapore Sling

RELEASE: Psych Fuck

RELEASE DATE: 30th November 2015

RECORD COMPANY: Fuzz Club Records

Formed in Reykjavik back in 2000, persuasive psychedelic explorers Singapore Sling have spent 16 years creating impressive ripples within the sonic ether. Their influential brand of experimental fuzzy psychedelic rock has touched nearly every fabric of this modern day underground psych scene and their sound continues to inspire up and coming young talent with its swirling infectious, heaving soundscapes. ‘Psych Fuck’, the bands eight release to date via the immense UK based Fuzz Club Records was unleashed back in November 2015. This twelve track monolith of immense proportions is stunningly sublime from start to finish.

The opening track ‘Dive In’ is a dark chunk of infectious psych rock. Its shuffling drum patterns, driving guitars and that highly addictive duel vocal attack will floor you. The track shifts through its sonic gears with ease, building into an intense swirling whirlwind of beautiful hypnotic noise as it goes. Track two ‘Let It Roll, Let It Rise’ heaves and trips through its musical progressions with ease, reminiscent at times of early ‘Jesus And Mary Chain’ but with an injection of 60’s surf psych. Those dark, repetitive jangling guitars, impressive drum sequences and that insanely addictive tambourine seems to protectively circumnavigate the vocal lines thus keeping them held in a sonic stasis! Up next ‘ÆJL’ is a fuzzy melodic ball of noise and reverb that just makes sense whilst ‘Na Na Now’ is a slice of 60’s psych goodness with its shimmering tambourines, repetitive drums, jangling reverberating guitar progressions and those highly addictive vocals. ‘Try’ is a distorted, dark, crawling soundscape with a hypnotic guitar line that grabs you by the throat and makes you listen intently to it while ‘The Underground’ is a serine slice of electronic drums, throbbing bass frequencies & infectious vocals that are all intertwined with that melodically creepy guitar line (think country psych, if thats even a musical genre?).

Track seven ‘Dying Alive’ stalks into audible range on a wavy bed of sequenced electronic drums, awkward synth stabs and sampled voices before building to a sublime cacophony of sonic sound waves. ‘Give Me Some Other’ is a throbbing, repetitive, psychedelic beast whilst track nine ‘Glitter’ shimmers and rotates on its sonic axis as it works itself out of a coiled state to unleash a sublime slice of 60’s infused psych rock. ‘Astonaut’ shakes and shudders as it rumbles through its psych tendencies until we’re introduced to the mellow opening tones of ‘Shithole Town’ and those reverb laden guitars, delayed vocals & electronic drum patterns brilliantly reminiscent of The Velvet Underground.

The albums closing track ‘The Shadow Of Foronicity’ is a glitchy affair, full of distorted frequencies that swirl around the droning vocal line, stunning organ progression and that shuffling percussion track. A fitting end to a fantastic album.

Recommended listening from a new fan!

5/5

LINKS:

fuzzclub.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/Singapore-Sling

myspace.com/singaporesling

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 | Bokonon - Prism Cinema

a3929727412_16ARTIST: Bokonon

RELEASE: Prism Cinema

RELEASE DATE: April 15th 2016

RECORD  COMPANY: Unsigned

L.A. based psychedelic explorers ‘Bokonon’ unveil their impressive eleven track debut album entitled ‘Prism Cinema’ to the masses on April 15th 2016. With a sound that surfs along the very tips of modern day psychedelia whilst doffing a well worn cap to Shoegaze, Krautrock and swirling 60’s Psych Pop ‘Bokonon’ inject stunning melody into every single track on this immense release and have that canny little knack of pulling you into their sonic world and showing you around it’s fuzzy inner workings. The band are made up of Monique Luna – Synths, Elvis Galvez – Guitars & Vocals, Tianna Nicole – Drums & Ray Montes – Bass & Vocals.

The album opens on a whirlwind of golden colour as ‘Stay Awake With Me’ unleashes its shuffling percussive hits, addictive synth patterns, shimmering guitar lines and wavy studio effects that seem to circumnavigate those impressive vocal lines with ease thus leaving this listener with an over riding feeling of total sonic immersion! A truly marvellous opening track and a great jump off point into melodic world of ‘Bokonon’. Up next, ‘By My Side’ meanders into the sonic arena on magically hypnotic bass frequencies, reverberating guitar stabs and that impressive vocal. It explodes into a cacophony of colourful sounds throughout its chorus progressions and soars within a maelstrom of impressive drum patterns and layered sonic waves. Track three, ‘Thru The Trees’ is melodically metronomic from its very first droning notes as that beautiful vocal swirls into the sonic ether. It oozes space and has the freedom to build with impressive synth swells acting as a steadying centrifuge as all around it streams through layers of immense reverb. ‘Harmonia’ has synth pop like beginnings until its calming vocals take over and drag it into a beautifully structured slice of psych-pop whilst ‘Interstellar’ drones on its axis and swirls into earshot as pounding drums herald the arrival of an experimental psychedelic monolith! The bass line drives a sonic furrow through the musical landscape with aplomb and as the track progresses I’m reminded of the instrumental psychedelic explorations of Boston based ‘Ghost Box Orchestra’. Simply stunning!

‘Vanilla Kiss’ explodes with visceral intent as it works through its sonic gears. As the vocals arrive there are hints of early ‘Tame Impala’ swirling around in the track’s make up but its the stunning psych induced tones of ‘Somewhere Sacred’ that peak this listeners attention. It crawls like a stalking sonic beast as it builds on layers of stunning synth swells and infectious guitar progressions. The vocals sit atop of those brilliantly executed drums as we wait for it to unfold its wings and soar into a mosaic coloured sky. A truly wonderful track and possibly my favourite on this entire release. ‘Behemoth’ begins on a bed of throbbing bass frequencies as distorted guitar swells shatter the serenity of the previous track. This is full on 60’s tinged psych rock interspersed with impressive krautrock explosions as organ swells and screaming guitars play hide and seek with the bass and drums. ‘Orbits’ swerves into earshot as droning synths usher in shimmering guitar progressions and earthbound drum patterns. The psychedelically charged vocal lines swirl within the sonic whirlwind and are allowed to loop and arc throughout the entire track.

The albums penultimate piece entitled ‘Untamed’ oozes melody as the instrumentation makes way for another stunning vocal performance. With near perfect production ‘Untamed’ uses its verses to carry the vocal as its chorus parts explode into stunning golden frequencies. The albums closing track floats on magical synth swells, reminiscent of early ‘Electric Light Orchestra’ as we’re treated to blissful vocal lines and hypnotic instrumentation. A fitting end to a truly magnificent album.

Recommended Listening!

5/5

‘Prism Cinema’ is available to buy/download on various formats right now from: bokononband.bandcamp.com

LINKS:

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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.