Friday, December 02, 2022, 08:21 CET:

POIL "PoiL Ueda"

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The new album from French experimental rock experts PoiL titled PoiL Ueda is an unexpected encounter between Junko Ueda, eminent figure of the Japanese medieval epic storytelling, whose warm and profound voice summons the terrestrial energies, and the organic madness of the monster PoiL practicing with cosmic rock without net.

Poil Ueda detonnates the limits of rock and world music. By the magic and respect of the "Ma (間)," the two universes mesh and converge in perfect osmosis. Junko Ueda is a vocalist and satsuma-biwa player from Japan.

Poil Ueda is based on the 13th-century Japanese epic tale "Heike-Monogatari." The composition is based on traditional epic singing accompanied by the satsuma-biwa and Buddhist Shomyo chant. Through the fusion of an ancient Japanese traditional music with a hyper modern European musical formation, this project offers the opportunity to discover a unique musical universe.

Poil Ueda is an innovative performance where PoiL's unrestrained experimental rock blends with the mellow and sinuous voice, the compelling narrative, and the remarkable charisma of Junko Ueda.

The album opens with Kujô-Shakujô, a Buddhist shômyô chant practiced by monks to ward off evil spirits. The second part of the album plunges us into the naval battle of Dan no Ura and the grievous decline of the imperial Heike clan facing the Genji clan.

Junko's stories surf freely on PoiL’s tumultuous wave pulsing with brashness and precision.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Dur et Doux
Distribution: Broken Silence
Genre: Experimental Rock
Release Date: 03/03/23

Links
Bandcamp: https://poil.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/poil.official
Facebook: https://facebook.com/POILband
Label: https://duretdoux.com

 

Friday, December 02, 2022, 08:18 CET:

FRANK POPP ENSEMBLE "Shifting":

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The Frank Popp Ensemble, founded by Mr. Popp himself around 2000, began as a one-man concept, unashamedly recreating the sounds of northern soul and funk from the late 60s, working in old school hip hop fashion, using vintage samples, re-structuring and combining them with beats and some minimal instrument parts. The Frank Popp Ensemble gained popularity between 2001 and 2003 with the Top-20-Hit Hip Teens Don't Wear Blue Jeans and released three great albums.

Now he is back at his desk for his own musical project Frank Popp Ensemble! And again he got help from many wonderful special guests lending this project their voices, such as Jesper Munk, Aydo Abay, Lucy Kruger, Kat Ott from 24/7 Diva Heaven, Anna Glahn and classic FPE singer Sam Leigh-Brown. Mr. Popp wrote, recorded, produced and mixed Shifting in Spain between January and March 2021, accompanied by Jascha Kreft (Odd Couple) for the songwriting sessions.

The 16-song heavyweight takes us on a colourful journey through vintage soul scorchers, psychedelic soundtrack scapes, spector-esque sound walls, bootboy glamrock and even a riviera space-disco tune can be found on the new longplayer. Of course lotsa things changed in that many years. Many lyrics are written by Popp himself, out for trouble in impertinent phrasing here and there. The music has become mature and deeper tho and his voice can be heard on two songs, the first time ever. It sure is a remarkable piece of high quality music, that’s been delivered here. Watch out, world!


Format: LP, Digital
Label: Unique Records/ Schubert Music Europe
Distribution: The Orchard/ Membran
Genre: Soul/ Psychedelic
Release Date: 27/01/2023

Links
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frankpoppensemble
Bandcamp: https://thefrankpoppensemble.bandcamp.com
Label: https://uniquerecords1988.bandcamp.com

 

Friday, November 04, 2022, 08:57 CET:

MICHEL FERNANDEZ QUARTET "Global Warning":

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Global Warning, a warning never taken seriously. Michel Fernandez, saxophonist and composer, with his musicians and guests, has decided to seize it to play all his references, all the memories of jazz and elsewhere to make the need to become wild again, to reconnect with the earth, the environment. Echoes from forgotten times, trances to rediscover the taste of the sublime, of dance, the groove to make bodies and minds move. Civilization needs to go beyond itself to continue top exist. The embers of free jazz, blues, Caribbean and Brazilian cultures are reborn, fanned by a new breath, a vital breath, that of our need to share musical territories so that they become common. A vital, living, joyful and blue music. (- Nicolas Béniès, Le Souffle bleu)

Members + guests: Michel Fernandez, sax ténor / Julien Chignier, sax baryton / Philippe « Pipon » Garcia, batterie / François Gallix, contrebasse / Benoît Thévenot, piano & clavier / Léa Fernandez, batterie / Nicolas Serret, batterie / Pierre Baudinat, batterie.


Format: CD, Digital
Labels: Atypeek Music
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 25/11/2022 (EU)

Links
Official: https://michel-fernandez-quartet.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/michelfernandezquartet
Bandcamp: https://michelfernandez.bandcamp.com
Atypeek Music: https://atypeekmusic.com

 

Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 10:47 CET:

NIX & THE NOTHINGS "Here Goes Nothing":

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Here Goes Nothing is the debut album from Bergen, Norway garage rockers Nix & The Nothings. A homage to garage rock from the 60s and beyond - filled with fuzz, emotions & attitude. They deliver doomy lyrics set to wild sounds reminiscent of a Back From The Grave compilation, but with a bigger production value to infect the masses. 10 tracks of raw & haunting garage rock on acid, ended softly with tales of a broken heart.

For fans of: Thee Oh Sees, Dead Moon, The Mystery Lights, King Khan, Black Lips, Dead Ghosts, The Gruesomes, The Cynics, Jay Reatard


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Apollon Records
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Genre: Garage Punk/ Psych
Release Date: 18/11/2022

Links
Instagram: https://instagram.com/nixandthenothings
Facebook: https://facebook.com/nixandthenothings
Label: https://www.apollonrecords.no

 

Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 11:41 CET:

KAMALA "Limbo666":

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The Kamala band closed its eyes and opened them again two years later. Broke as fuck, but still with ease and desire. Slightly coughing, not quite awake yet, but on the way. The new album is coming soon. Really.

Kamala is a band consisting of five friends, connected by music and love. But if truth be told, they do it for the fun. Psych-rock, sometimes softer, sometimes harder, sometimes playful, sometimes simple. Limbo666 is a bit darker and more gripping than the previously released album Your Sugar (2019).

The album starts straightforwardly with the title track Limbo. It's about the growing monotony down to the abyss every day. No sleep. Driven. The new synth added to the sound helped the band to break out of old patterns and into new ones. Another gem on Limbo666 is Cut The Wire, with a wavy sound, forward striving, gritty. The combat starts on a sofa and the wire has a spark that tickles you. It plants joy in your heart and turns into pain. At the end still with a classic rock edge. Eric and Theo are responsible.

Overall, everything is a bit straighter now, you can rely more on kick and snare, but not too much either. So has Kamala become less experimental? Become more grown up? No and no. On Narcissus the heaviness of vanity and dissatisfaction with which Narcissus contemplates himself in the lake is compressed into a tear that drips onto his own image and makes the unconscious mountains in the distance tremble.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Soulfood Music
Genre: Psych Rock
Release Date: 09/12/2022

Links
Bandcamp: https://kamalapsych.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/kamalapsych
Facebook: https://facebook.com/kamalapsych
Label: https://tonzonen.de

 

Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 11:38 CET:

WE STOOD LIKE KINGS "Away":

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Piano-based instrumental post-rockers We Stood Like Kings from Brussels have been around for over a decade now. They have released four albums and toured Europe extensively, rescoring silent movies and revisiting classical music in a heartfelt attempt at breathing new life into masterworks of other art forms. The albums BERLIN 1927, USSR 1926 and USA 1982 form a vibrant cinematic trilogy of new live scores for silent cult movies, a field in which the band has become a reference on the European scene. After the release of the Classical Re:Works project, on which We Stood Like Kings take a fresh look at classical music from the Baroque to the 20th century, the band goes back to cinema with a new live soundtrack project dedicated to the recent silent 3D animation movie Away by the young Latvian director Gints Zilbalodis.

The Away project is the daring meeting between We Stood Like Kings’ music – now refined, textural, then epic and intense: think Pink Floyd, Chopin and Mogwai all mixed-up – and Gints Zilbalodis’ first feature film, an exceptional cinematic effort picturing the journey of a young boy trying to get back home while being followed by a big black monster. On this new album sounding more post-rock than ever, We Stood Like Kings manages to render both the tense and risky atmosphere of the boy’s adventure and the emotional ups-and-downs he goes through on this precarious journey.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Kapitän Platte
Distribution: D / AT: Cargo Records, Benelux: Sonic Rendezvous FR: Differ-Ant, CH: Irascible, IT: Goodfellas NO: Tiger, USA: A Thousand Arms
Genre: Post-Rock
Release Date: 04/11/2022 (LP tba. 2023)

Links
Official: https://westoodlikekings.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/westoodlikekings
Facebook: https://facebook.com/westoodlikekings
Bandcamp: https://wslk.bandcamp.com
Label: http://kapitaen-platte.de

 

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 10:15 CET:

ATSUKO CHIBA "Water, It Feels Like It's Growing":

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Montreal’s Atsuko Chiba venturesomely crosses genre-defining borders with a cohesive and hypnotic blend of post-rock, progressive rock, and krautrock, weaving together a rich sonic tapestry that subverts through offbeat songwriting. The psychedelic armada is back with Water, It Feels Like It's Growing. Groovy, psychedelic, droney and hypnotic, Atsuko Chiba's latest offering takes listeners down a path of epic sprawling soundscapes.

New album Water, It Feels Like It's Growing is as stylistically diverse as it is thematically-anchored, as oddly catchy as it is thoroughly challenging. Asymmetric, yet seamless time signatures, otherworldly synthetic frequencies, patented harmonies, raga-inspired melodies, cryptic lyrics and orchestral arrangements co-exist within this surreal musical tale recounting one’s relation to their environment.

Archived at Room 11 – Atsuko Chiba’s studio – alongside the band’s sixth member, engineer Matthew Cerantola, this collection of musical moments stems from months of experimentation taken on by the musicians, as well as from conceptual dichotomies born in strange times. Roaming free along a multitude of genres, akin to a flagless ship cutting through beautiful, yet troubled waters, this third full-length from the Montrealers should please fans of The Mars Volta, Beak> or Spirit of the Beehive.

Atsuko Chiba on the new album: "As opposed to our last album, which was about introspection, spacetime and the personal journey, the themes explored on this new album are related to our environment and our reaction to it. Though not meant to be strictly political, our references stem from highly politicized movements and ideas. Division and group ideology are heavily explored. A prime example is the weaponization of vocabulary used to distract, displace and alienate us, forcing us to pick sides on every front. Our lyrics also strongly denote our innate love for all living things, encompassing a hopeful, if somewhat violent, plea for change."

Following two early releases that showcase improvised sessions, Atsuko Chiba recorded a first full-length entitled Jinn in 2013. The artist then followed with two Eps in 2016: Figure And Ground and The Memory Empire. On April 12th, 2019, Mothland released their sophomore long-player Trace, revealing a new depth to their already diversified sonic palette, proposing an elegant balance between straightforwardness and psychedelia. More recently, the quintet provided their fans with a breathtaking live session commissioned by renowned alternative broadcaster, Audiotree Worldwide.

Water, It Feels Like It's Growing will be out January 20, 2023 via Mothland.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Mothland
Genre: Experimental Rock
Release Date: 20/01/2023

Links
Instagram: https://instagram.com/atsukochiba
Facebook: https://facebook.com/atsukochibamusic
Bandcamp: https://atsukochiba.bandcamp.com
Label: https://www.mothland.com

 

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 10:07 CET:

GHOSTER "Sombre Crame":

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St Ouen. Almost Paris, but not quite. Less pressure, more freedom. A place where you «don’t give a damn». The place where Ghoster was born: within just a few hours in Greg’s studio, Fête 0 emerges. 2 years laters, the track is used in a Chanel N°5 campaign. Against all logic.

Now St Ouen has become Ben’s home aswell. St Ouen offering a lightness and a much needed «giving in», as Ben and Greg don’t get to chill in their daily lives: they work their ass off on 36 projects simultaneously. Their encounter was bound to happen, after many years of bumping into each other late at night.

Their collaboration kicks off with an unexpected success: together they create the sound signature for Citroën, winning against many far more famous producers. Having so much fun together, Ben teaches Greg how to welcome improvisation, and how to party. And Greg teaches Ben how to make HUGE bass sounds.

Ghoster was born on a party. Actually no, on 74 parties. The kind of party where time slips away too fast, where nothing exists between 10 PM and 5AM. The kind of party you want to re-experience over and over again. Ben and Greg aren’t too fond of party endings. And they like when the sound gets «hard», because they miss hitting the drums with a rock band. So when they find themselves turning the knobs to make techno, it’s not really techno. It’s more about the legacy of their forgotten indie-rock dreams, minus the boredom and the toxic ambitions. They kept the big distorted bass though. When Ghoster improvises with machines, they only keep the accidents, to polish the unexpected. Creating the conditions of a good party, and letting it go wild.

Upon their first EP release in 2019, Ghoster wanted to stay anonymous. By fear of letting their own personalities get in the way maybe? Ghoster live for the shows, the mess, the moment, the surprises. The tracks of Sombre Crame where marked by the duo’s first shows, and they kept the best of it. When Ghoster gets on stage, genres become irrelevant. Only one question remains: party? One answer: party.


Format: CD, Digital
Labels: Atypeek Music
Genre: Post-Punk Techno
Release Date: 14/10/2022

Links
Instagram: https://instagram.com/ghoster.fete
Facebook: https://facebook.com/ghoster.dance
Atypeek Music: https://atypeekmusic.com

 

Wednesday, October 05, 2022, 10:47 CET:

RYR "Transient":

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rýr (Icelandic: barren, sparse, weak) is an instrumental post-metal band from Berlin, Germany. transient is their second full-length album. Like on the first album, left fallow, the band creates diverging spheres and heavy riffs, but with a more riff-centric focus on this album, to create a slightly more versatile and forward-going atmosphere. The sound origin is located in post and black metal, but the band tries to incorporate inspirations from every genre of music that has atmo- spheric and forward-going parts in it, without being to accommodating. The five songs constitute a diverting, 40 minutes long auditive journey.

transient was written by the band in 2020 and 2021 and then recorded in September 2021 by Jan Oberg at Hidden Planet Studios (The Ocean, Abest, Sun Worship), who also mixed and mastered the songs.

The cover art is designed by Fabian Schlinsog and emphasizes the concept of this album which focuses on the fleetingness of the moment, the relationships we build, the struggles we have to face— all taking place in enclosed walls and countries we live in. The sound of the album tries to capture the dialectics of these transient phenomenon in dense and enclosed environments, yet still tries to identify small, sometimes clandestine portions of positive sentiments in modern world’s urban emptiness.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Golden Antenna Records
Distribution: Broken Silence
Genre: Post-Metal
Release Date: 28/10//2022

Links
Bandcamp: https://ryrpostmetal.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/ryrpostmetal
Instagram: https://instagram.com/ryrpostmetal
Label: https://goldenantenna.com

 

Monday, September 26, 2022, 10:19 CET:

THE WILD CENTURY "Organic":

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Hailing from the mystic borderlands between Belgium and The Netherlands, this untamed pack of mavericks takes you on a mesmerizing trip along sitar-tuned cosmic dimensions, where harmonic basses and mantric rhythms pump while the astrals project their ethereal grooves on everyone's lucidity.

Drawing heavily from the musical sources of psychedelic rock and punk-blues from what today seems like a forgotten era long gone, they manage to recreate that spirit as a mysterious reverie that, as soon as it comes to life, continues to reverberate into the deepest of your visions. Through the succession of repetitive notes, the sound waves become almost visually perceptible; the view becomes misty, the body harmonizes with the tantric melodies and the consciousness fades. Welcome to the trip that is The Wild Century.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Soulfood
Genre: Psychedelic Rock / Retro Rock
Release Date: 28/10/2022

Links
Bandcamp: https://thewildcentury.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/thewildcentury
Label: https://tonzonen.de

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