EP REVIEW | Malka - The Constant State.

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Artist: Malka

Release: The Constant State 

Release Date: 02/03/15

Record Company: Unsigned

Trying to convince someone to part with their hard earned cash isn't an easy thing to do when it comes to music! It's an even harder thing to do in the modern day underground music scene. Stats surrounding music sales continue to be wishy-washy at best, with some saying that vinyl is king while other prominent music selling websites are stating that the digital age of downloading music is still here & is still pulling the strings behind the scenes. Convincing people to support your music is the first step on a long upwardly hike to building a fan base! New bands just starting out quickly become aware of just how difficult it can be in this modern day musical landscape. Music Blog's, Online Radio & PR companies, who know their stuff & are willing to go the extra mile for the artist are the key in my opinion, to successfully making this happen. Today's Music Blog's depend on certain underground PR companies to get new artists to their ears & in turn introduce them to immense new music! This week one such online PR Company, the brilliant 'Shameless Promotion PR', introduced me to an immense New York based 4 piece outfit called 'MALKA', who have created a sonic landscape full of psychedelic impressions, stunningly emotive shoegaze, intertwined with dream-pop flair, reminiscent in parts to the amazing early 90's sounds of 'Lush', a firmly solidified member of the first wave of shoegaze & a band that I am a big fan of. 

New York based 'Malka'
New York based 'Malka'

'MALKA' will officially release their debut EP, The Constant State, on March 2, 2015. Recorded at both APT Studio (NYC) and Elohino studio (NJ), mixed by Darko Saric, and mastered at 825 Studios by Grammy Award-winning engineer Butch Jones (Madonna, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop, The Gun Club, B52's). They band are made up of: EJ DeCoske - guitars, synths and vocals, David Ciauro - bass and vocals , Michael Dawson - Drums & Darko Saric - guitars, synths and vocals. The vocal melodies on this impressive debut assume an instrumental form and transcend language, adding transparency to bilingual Spanish-English lyrics shared between three lead vocalists. We've picked our favourite tracks from this brilliant debut release & you can find out what we thought of them below.

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'The Constant State EP', opens with a trip back in time to the early 90's and an absolutely immense track entitled 'A flock Of Crows'. A wall of luscious reverb laden guitars, riding a wave of heavy bass & thunderous drums introduce the arrival of a well produced vocal, infused with a plethora of effects, all swirling around an amazing song structure cruising through a landscape of musical peaks & troughs! This track heralds the arrival of something wonderful. 

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With an almost post-rock edge, the second track on this EP stalks it's musical landscape like an animal on the hunt. 'For Now We Live' is so beautiful in it's structure that first it lures you in & then menacingly explodes into a wall of swirling sound's & effected vocal lines, like a hurricane ploughing a track across the earth. For me, this track is not only the cornerstone of this whole release, but it is also the bedrock for what is to come from this stunning band. This is a truly impressive EP.  I'm 2 songs in & hooked fast.

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Track 3, 'Mientras Se Respira', again brings me back to the early 90's with it's dream-pop infused vocals & hazy wall of effected guitars. Simple in its construction & with vocals sung in Spanish, this track is simply beautiful and it flows so well, with it's psychedelic breaks & screaming shoegaze swirls. Seriously, go and check this track out:

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You can listen to any track on this 7 track release from New York based 'MALKA' and really drift away on it's post-rock, dream-pop & shoegaze walls of sound. It's a stunning debut from a band I reckon will make serious waves going forward in this next wave of shoegaze. Tracks like 'Wolves And Sheep, Diamond Girl, Corazon Sin Sangre' & the brilliant 'Swoon' will have you drifting through their sonic waves, force you to listen to their explosive shoegaze swirls & have you wanting to hear more from this amazing outfit. Their songs are evocative, both musically and lyrically, touching on metaphysical, existential and interpersonal subject matter with an honesty that resonates to an emotional core. Their music is a reflection of the triumph and tragedy of the world, compelling us to look deeper into the realms of our consciousness.'MALKA' are trying to stretch the concept of songs to make them sound more like emotional lapses of time.

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

 

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The Constant State is available on Bandcamp and will also be available as a digital release in iTunes and streaming through Spotify, Rdio, etc.

LINKS:
malkanyc.com
malkanyc.bandcamp.com
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twitter.com/malkanyc
www.youtube.com/user/malkanyc

 

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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 helped 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.


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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