Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 11:46 CET:

CLOSURE IN MOSCOW "Pink Lemonade":


Progressive rock chameleons Closure In Moscow will kick off the new year in style, celebrating the 7th anniversary of their second full-length album Pink Lemonade with a new vinyl pressing on…literally…pink lemonade.

As part of the Bird’s Robe Records 10th anniversary series, the band will re-release the album on LP, CD & digital formats internationally, after having been out of print for the past 2 years. A super limited edition vinyl edition of 100 copies will be produced in partnership with Enjoy The Ride Records, featuring ultra clear vinyl filled with actual pink lemonade.

Such a zany approach to their art matches the band’s energy on this record – paying homage to influences as diverse as Frank Zappa, Yes, King Crimson and The Mars Volta, with a tip of the cap to the soulful melodies that encapsulated fans on their previous records First Temple and The Penance and The Patience.
The acclaimed concept record takes their audience inside a world of the band’s own creation, following the journey of the character of The Fool, into self-revelation and existential philosophy.

Liam from the Dillinger Escape Plan says of the record: "Five machine elves who go by the collective name Closure In Moscow just spiked the proverbial punchbowl with a heroic dose of powdered dinosaur placenta called Pink Lemonade. Their sophomore sipper is a psychoactive syrup that promises to save the brave from a fate worse than death: modern mainstream music. Every hemi-syncing hymn off this self-released tweaker’s dozen seamlessly unfolds with the stamina of a Jacob’s ladder toy.

It’s one thing to hear inexperienced musicians parrot their influences with insufficient concealment, and another to hear professionals refract these gospels of light back into the musical multiverse like a prism. On Pink Lemonade, Closure In Moscow have respectfully stepped up where patron saints like Zappa, Mercury, Buckley, and Brown stepped out.

The album was produced with Andrei Eremin & Tom Larkin in Melbourne, Australia and originally released independently with the support of the band’s management Sabretusk (Pete Williamson) and MGM Distribution in 2014. Since then, the record has earned a dedicated cult following for its unique sound and ambitious conceptual narrative, as well as dabbling with Japanese pop culture, chip tune, vaudeville and musical theatre.

With their as-yet third album on the way in 2021, now is a perfect time to introduce yourself to the world of Closure In Moscow – with their jaw-dropping musicianship and exuding a positivity like no other, by their own admission, this band is here to melt faces and take you to the moon.

Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records
Genre: Progressive Pop Rock
Release Date: 04/02/2022 (EU)

Official: www.closureinmoscow.com
Order: https://closureinmoscow.bandcamp.com/album/pink-lemonade
Facebook: https://facebook.com/closureinmoscow
Label: https://birdsrobe.com


Friday, January 14, 2022, 10:01 CET:

BJORN RIIS "Everything To Everyone":


Airbag co-founder, songwriter and lead guitarist, Bjørn Riis is ready with a new studio album titled Everything To Everyone, his fourth full length solo record. Six epic new songs, clocking in at 50 minutes.

The album was recorded in Subsonic Society in Oslo, mixed by long-time collaborator Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes, and mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow, The Opium Cartel). In addition to the regular CD version, a limited Digisleeve CD version will be released, containing two bonus tracks: An alternative version of the title track, and the 2020 digital single Desolate Place.

In addition to Bjørn Riis on vocals, guitars and a wide variety of instruments, the album features Henrik Bergan Fossum (Airbag), Kristian Hultgren (Wobbler), Simen Valldal Johannessen (Oak), Ole Michael Bjørndal (Caligonaut), Mimmi Tamba, Per Øydir, Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes and Anders Møller.

Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Karisma Records
Genre: Atmospheric Prog Rock
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Release Date: 08/04/2022

Order: https://karismarecords.no/kar199-bjorn-riis-everything-to-everyone/
Official: www.bjornriis.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/BjornRiisArtistPage
Bandcamp: https://bjornriis.bandcamp.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/bjornriis
Label: www.karismarecords.no


Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 09:57 CET:

KRYPTOGRAF "The Eldorado Spell":


Following up on the success of their self-titled debut album from 2020, Kryptograf’s sophomore album titled The Eldorado Spell takes everything even further back to the 70s.

Inspired by the heavy sound of the late 60s and 70s, the four old souls in Kryptograf from Bergen, Norway will hex you with their collective vocals, destructive riffs and inventive songwriting.

Kryptograf is an eclectic but fiercely focused addition to the doomy Bergen underground.

Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Apollon Records
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Genre: Heavy/ Doom Rock
Release Date: 25/02/2022

Bandcamp: https://kryptograf.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/KryptografMusic
Label: https://apollonrecords.no


Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 08:45 CET:



Psychedelic, blues rock meets soul.

A magic mix of heavy and soft, occult and misty, paired with an intense live show, will take you on a trip deep into the land of spirit, wilderness and joy. Feel the energy and let it carry you far away. Enjoy the sound of smoke!

Since 2016 Sound Of Smoke from Freiburg, Germany, are playing an independent mix of Stoner-, Psychedelic-, and Bluesrock. With her deep and warm soul-voice Isabelle Bapté forms the distinctive and individual sound of the band.

Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Soulfood
Genre: Psychedelic Blues Rock
Release Date: 18/02/2022

Official: https://soundofsmoke.de
Bandcamp: https://soundofsmoke.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/soundofsmoke
Instagram: https://instagram.com/soundofsmokeband
Label: https://tonzonen.de


Thursday, January 06, 2022, 09:34 CET:

SALO "From Melmac With Hate":


Salo is a trio coming from Lyon’s seedy underbelly: it’s the satisfying grime at the corner of the mouth and the blank stare that comes with an abundance of sleepless nights.

Swaying between the lightning speed of high-class garage noise-rock and a visceral punk attitude, Salo lays down, not without class nor success, an important stepping stone in the haven of skin-deep music with its new album From Melmac With Hate.

In the big game of influences, although perfectly assimilated, come to mind the flair of Thee Oh Sees, the aggressiveness of Metz and the pub-crawl swagger of The Fall.

Format: LP, Digital
Label: Bigoût Records
Distribution: Modulor
Genre: Noise Rock
Release Date: 21/01/2022

Facebook: https://facebook.com/SALOGLOUBIGAISTHELORD
Bandcamp: https://bigoutrecords.bandcamp.com/album/from-melmac-with-hate
Label: https://bigoutrecords.com


Thursday, January 06, 2022, 09:31 CET:

TAUMEL "Now We Stay Forever Lost In Space Together":


Now We Stay Forever Lost In Space Together is after There Is No Time To Run Away From Here the 2nd part of the musical series T R A U M.

This musical series is characterized by its slow tempi and the instrumental quartet instrumentation trumpet/flugelhorn, electric guitar, piano/rhodes and drums. As in the first part of this series, TRAUM I, the individual (again five) track titles form the album title. At the same time, this scentence refers to the first part in terms of content, or rather the 'narrative' is continued - whereby the faulty sentence structure shows that a poetization is being pushed forward, which is in a sense programmatic. The apparent uniformity gives way to a slowly progressive change and mutation.

Each album in this series is like a movement of a larger form that has yet to be ultimately determined. What is certain is that a certain uniformity is juxtaposed with increasing change. The surealistic world of T R A U M shimmers between utopia and dystopia and expands its musical material to a noticeable symphonic claim, even if the music always remains anchored in minimalism at the same time. Stylistic classification is basically difficult, because this also always reveals walls and borders that Taumel does not see. Nevertheless, some music styles/genres are mentioned in order to promote an inevitable naming of this music: Minimal, Ambient, Psychedelic, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Metal, Doom, Surealism, Kraut, Instrumental...are mentioned here as influences.

Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Soulfood
Genre: Dark Jazz/ Doom Jazz
Release Date: 18/02/2022

Official: https://taumel.net
Facebook: https://facebook.com/taumelofficial
Bandcamp: https://taumel.bandcamp.com
Label: https://www.tonzonen.de


Wednesday, January 05, 2022, 11:13 CET:



Australian instrumental 2 piece The Sea Shall Not Have Them are thrilled to announced their new album Debris for an international release on Friday 11 February through a new partnership with Bird’s Robe Records.

Their first release in 7 years follows their acclaimed debut Mouth and features all the deeply rhythmic and powerful cascading tones the duo is known for.

Recorded and mixed at Airlock Studios in Brisbane and co-produced by the band and engineer Steve Kempnich, the album features guest appearances from Powderfinger guitarist Ian Haug (also known for his work with The Church & The Predators) on Everything Melts, as well as Ed Fraser (Heads/Kino Motal) on Lower the Sky.

The band comments their collaboration with renowned Sydney label Bird’s Robe, home to such acts as sleepmakeswaves and We Lost The Sea: "We are thrilled to join the Bird’s Robe family, and look forward to working with the label to take "Debris" to a wider audience" says guitarist Curt Emerton. "The label is home to a great network of bands and folk who have such a passion for music" adds drummer Mat Wilton.

Mike Solo, Director of Bird’s Robe, says this of the partnership: "I'm very excited to welcome The Sea Shall Not Have Them to the Bird's Robe family for the international release of their new album Debris. It's been a long time coming and these guys have delivered a brilliant and dynamic record that lives up to the reputation they have earned locally as a powerful and emotive band.

The connections between TSSNHT and Bird's Robe go back many, many years. They have featured on our shows, supported our artists and been quick to offer a helping hand whenever our tours came through their neck of the woods. If not for the lengthy time spent dedicated to polishing their records, this formal collaboration probably would have happened some time ago!

At any rate, here we are, with a fantastic new album to share with people from this hardworking and unique Australian post-rock group.

The Sea Shall Not Have Them have drawn critical acclaim for their live shows, with The Music street press calling the band "consistently a treat live... it's a wonder what a vast aural blanket they can weave with such a minimal ensemble."

Format: CD, Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records
Genre: Instrumental/ Post-Rock
Release Date: 11/02/2022

Order: https://theseashallnothavethem.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/tssnhtband
Label: https://birdsrobe.com


Wednesday, December 22, 2021, 08:01 CET:



On December 24th 2021 electronic post-rock duo Collapse Under The Empire will release a new 3-Track EP called Section IV-VI together with the new single Section VI.

With the new EP, Collapse Under The Empire move further and further away from the post-rock sound and enter new electronic spheres, covering the musical varieties from ambient to ice-cold electronica.

This time the project comes without a concept or story to achieve a certain emptiness and purification. It will be offered exclusively on the band's website, digitally the tracks can be heard via the streaming portals.

A new Collapse Under The Empire album is planned for the end of 2022.

Order: https://collapseundertheempire.com/shop/-p425831525
Offical: www.collapseundertheempire.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/collapseundertheempire 
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/collapseempire
Label: www.finaltune.com


Thursday, December 09, 2021, 10:14 CET:

ECHOTIDE "Into The Half Light":


Australian post-rock trio Echotide have announced they will re-release their 2017 album Into The Half Light for its 5th anniversary in 2022, as part of the Bird’s Robe Records 10th anniversary series.

With a slow-burn introspective sound, Echotide are an Australian cinematic three piece with a dynamic songcraft approach, ranging from delicate and minimalist ambient to an all-encompassing wall-of-sound.

The band was originally formed as a side project for members of progressive metal outfit Arcane, guitarist Michael Gagen & keyboardist Matthew Martin. The original lineup included original Caligula’s Horse drummer Geoff Irish, who featured on the band’s 2012 debut record As Our Floodlights Gave Way To Dawn.

Following the dissolution of Arcane in 2015 and the departure of drummer Geoff Irish to focus on joining Arcane vocalist Jim Grey in Caligula’s Horse, the profile of Echotide lifted further with the original 2017 release of their second album Into The Half Light.

Prospective fans need go no further than the epic title track which opens the record to hear the might of the band on full display. It’s powerful, progressive, cathartic, ethereal and emotional all at once.

The band comments: "Seven symphonies for ends, those loose and neatly tied. For half lights, for dawn, for dusk. For tape delay. For our families. For our friends. For headlights over the road. For childhood memories and the sheer terror of growing up. For Jane (RIP, we hope you would have loved this record). For the late nights of loops and feedback that coat the walls of our particle board home. For some things never change. For each other. For the distance. For the road."

The lead single Her Back To The Sun sports a wonderful swing amidst its uplifting chordal passages, blending Sam Mead’s excellent groove on drums with Gagen & Martin’s sprinkling melodic tones.

Into The Half Light will be released internationally on Friday 21 January 2022.

Format: CD, Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records
Genre: Post-Rock
Release Date: 21/01/2022

Order: https://echotide.bandcamp.com/album/into-the-half-light
Facebook: https://facebook.com/echotide
Label: https://birdsrobe.com


Thursday, December 09, 2021, 10:08 CET:

PIRATE "Left Of Mind":


Australian avant-garde rock quartet Pirate have announced they will re-release their 2009 debut album Left Of Mind as part of the Bird’s Robe Records 10th anniversary series.

Debut album Left Of Mind is the follow up to their critically acclaimed self-titled EP of 2009 and their 2007 demo which were widely circulated amongst Sydney's underground - even ending up in the hands of Adrian Belew (King Crimson) and Billy Rymer (Dillinger Escape Plan).

The debut is a marked progression for the group, featuring their first use of melodic vocals, restrained and hypnotic experimental pop and layered soundscapes, with tracks like 'In The Balance', 'Animals Cannibals' and 'Finish' pushing in new directions.

Fans of Pirate's frenetic technical groove rock will still be impressed - tracks like 'Rough Shuffle', 'Time Minus Five' and 'Left Of Mind' prove they are justifiably amongst the most fiercely experimental and exciting of the prog rock scene in Australia.

It’s live on stage where the band shone brightest, however, blending fiercely constructed riffs with epic improvisational skills and a determined focus on experimentation.

Ever seen a man scream through the bell of his saxophone amplified by 5000 watts? This is a band you must see.”

Left Of Mind will be released on Friday 14 January, 2022 on all digital platforms and CD format.

Format: CD, Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records
Genre: Math/ Prog Rock
Release Date: 14/01/2022

Order: https://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/left-of-mind
Facebook: www.facebook.com/piratewastaken
Label: https://birdsrobe.com

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