Friday, August 12, 2022, 10:43 CET:

POLY-MATH "Zenith":

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Poly-Math are a London/Brighton based instrumental five piece Prog band with a number of EP’s, a double album, and two collaboration side project records under their belt.

The band have toured the UK, Ireland and Europe frequently and have been a mainstay at the UK's essential math-rock / post-rock festivals ArcTanGent, Portals, StrangeForms and Bad Pond.

Zenith is the 4th record by instrumental prog band, Poly-Math. 8 tracks of punchy riffs, guitar/sax battling melodies and tight, complex rhythms that capture the band’s massive live energy.

Recorded at The Ranch Production House in Nursling with producer Mark Roberts (Delta Sleep, Toska, Black Peaks, The Physics House Band), Zenith represents a clear development for the band. The first to be written and recorded as a 5 piece with the addition of Chris Olsen on saxophone, Zenith is concise and consistent, focussing on complex instrumentation, huge, crowd pleasing riffs and diverse poly-rhythms.

This record moves away from the band's previous experimentation with expansive soundscapes and field recordings, and instead features concentrated, succinct songs, all around 4 minutes long, focussed on the signature Poly-Math playing style and riffery.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Nice Weather For Airstrikes
Genre: Prog/ Math Rock
Release Date: 18/11/2022

Links
Pre-order: https://orcd.co/polymathzenith
Official: https://poly-math.net
Bandcamp: https://wearepolymath.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/polymathbrighton
Instagram: https://instagram.com/wearepolymath
Label: http://niceweatherforairstrikes.co.uk

 

Thursday, August 11, 2022, 11:31 CET:

ANDERS BUAAS "The Edinburgh Suite":

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Norwegian guitarist and composer Anders Buaas´ new album The Edinburgh Suite is set for release by Apollon Records on September 9th this year.

The album features an all-star lineup with Marco Minnemann on drums, Tony Franklin on bass, Christian M. Berg on mallets and percussion and Richard Garcia on keyboards. A two-part suite inspired by the history of the magnificent city of Edinburgh.

Anders says: "Crank open your favorite bottle of single malt and join me on a sonic journey through the history and the streets of Edinburgh".

Anders Buaas has played with numerous bands and produced many albums in Norway. He has been a touring guitarist for Paul DiAnno (Iron Maiden) and Tim Ripper Owens (Judas Priest) for many years before starting his own project: The Witches Of Finnmark, an instrumental journey based on stories about the prosecution of witches in Finnmark in the 16th and 17th century.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Apollon Records
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Genre: Symphonic Rock
Release Date: 09/09/2022

Links
Bandcamp: https://andersbuaas.bandcamp.com
YouTube: https://youtube.com/c/AndersBuaas
Facebook: https://facebook.com/andersbuaasartist
Label: https://www.apollonrecords.no

 

Monday, August 08, 2022, 08:23 CET:

BJORN RIIS "A Fleeting Glimpse":

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Just when we were about to release Airbag co-founder, songwriter and lead guitarist Bjørn Riis fourth solo album, Everything To Everyone, he approached us with an idea for a new mini album. With A Fleeting Glimpse, Bjørn Riis has let his inspiration from Pink Floyd really come forth. Here he offers four new songs just under 30 minutes, where you can really cherry pick the Pink Floyd references throughout the listen. Riis even got Durga McBroom, one of Pink Floyd's backup singers during the 80s and 90s, to do guest vocals on one of the tracks.

Bjørn comments: "This is a work of passion. It’s a chance for me to go back to my musical roots and pay a respectful homage. All four songs could easily have fitted on one of my albums but there is a seamless Pink Floyd vibe in all of them."

This time, the music was recorded at Double Decker Studios, Oslo (Pymlico) and Riis Studio, Oslo. It was mixed at Subsonic Studio by long-time collaborator Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes, and it was mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow, The Opium Cartel).

Bjørn notes that he "wanted to make it sound authentic, using gear and sounds that Pink Floyd would employ on a certain song or album. It really took me back to when I started to play guitar and experiment with tone and sounds."

In addition to Bjørn Riis on vocals, guitars, bass and keyboards, the album features Arild Brøter (Pymlico), Øyvind Brøter (Pymlico), Per Øydir, Durga McBroom and Mimmi Tamba.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Karisma Records
Genre: Atmospheric Prog Rock
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Release Date: 07/10/2022

Links
Official: www.bjornriis.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/BjornRiisArtistPage
Bandcamp: https://bjornriis.bandcamp.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/bjornriis
Label: www.karismarecords.no

 

Friday, July 01, 2022, 12:56 CET:

KENNETH MINOR "Retirement":

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In partnership with the Initiative Musik/ Neustart Kultur, in 2020, Kenneth Minor entered the studio developing the freshly pressed LP they have titled Retirement. To be released on vinyl & CD in the late summer of 2022 by Unique Records/ The Orchard.

Kenneth Minor must be playing to their humor when they talk of Retirement. As a collection, Retirement reveals Kenneth Minor’s dynamic range. The 12 tracks pull directly from the band’s deep reservoir of influences for the thrill of the ride.

The new record features twangy guitar riffs, pop refrains, entertaining guitar solos wrapped in soundscapes, distorted picking, snotty banging with a honky-tonk piano or some kind of blues-punk attitude with a wink (Down My Spine, Tears Don't Dry in Rainy Season, Always, When It's All Gone). There are also swampy-mystical, hypnotic songs dipped in buckets of psychedelic paint. Songs with supporting cello lines and the use of a flugelhorn, which, after pleasant melodies, might just as well end in a completely surprising noise inferno of an evil fuzz guitar dueling with an atonally beautiful saxophone. Mystical tremolo guitar alternating with a punk-like chorus and dizzying drum rolls. Or clapping along for two minutes to an ascetically designed “mini anthem”. (Down in Our Hearts, Pictures, Crew Love’s Coming, You). In addition, there are songs whose narrative thread is clearly in the foreground and the extent of the musical accompaniment varies in each case. From a light-footed, strumming guitar accompaniment placed in a warm mellotron bed, to picturesque bass lines paired with dreamy guitar picking and Caribbean-like Beguine rhythms to a certain microcosmic majesty. (Is This the World We’re Living In, All Your Demons, From What We Know, The Day She Came By).

Anyone looking for lyrical triviality will not find it. Personal stories are told in a humorous, profound but also serious way, text and music deliberately run counter to each other or harmoniously hand in hand. Optimistic melancholy hovers over the music. Similar to the music, there is also a certain variety of topics such as the volatility of interpersonal relationships, the impartiality of the childhood perspective, criticism of capitalism, death and farewell, but also the beautiful moments in life.

There’s an organic feel to the whole record and just like they did it holed up in the same room for days, it’s not their musicianship alone which keeps them producing with refined, famliar clarity. Doubling down on the family in-house vibe, on Retirement, Kenneth Minor drummer Florian Helleken takes on the production role. Recorded in its entirety in his Hersbruck Hersbrooklyn Recordings Studios. Retirement was mixed by Hannes Plattmeier at Ashfield Street Studios, London and finally mastered by Hans Wagner, SolidArt Mastering, Vienna.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Unique Records
Distribution: The Orchard
Genre: Garage Rock & Psych
Release Date: 02/09/2022

Links
Official: https://kennethminor.com
Bandcamp: https://kennethminor.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kennethminorband
Facebook: https://facebook.com/kennethminormusic
Label: https://uniquerecords1988.bandcamp.com

 

Thursday, June 09, 2022, 10:10 CET:

GROMBIRA "Lunar Dunes":

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Grombira are back from the moonlit dunes of shimmering galaxies and have written down the travel diaries in their new studio album.

With an oriental mixture of world jazz and psychedelic space rock, bring this four gourmet of worlds cuisine hypnotic sounds to the inner space of the audience. In their own universe, the sound gets re-invented and improvised, while each song is driven by the joy of exploring, desire to touch genre boundaries and to exceed limits. Enjoy a flying carpet and lots of space for passenger ́s dancing.

On new paths, they travel through space and time with funky beats and psychedelic sounds of countless sessions over the last 2 years. From Indian space rock to the Mad Mullahs dance moves and the soundtrack of from the cradle of civilisation, is the new album Lunar Dunes a statement for diversity, creativity, peace & freedom. With Ahmed La Fünk on bass, Fredh al Fezer on drums, Habib L1 on keys and - as usual - sheyk rAleph on sitar, oud, saz & multi-instruments, (who travelled as far as Essaouira / Morocco for recording sessions), at Volker Heller's studio in Nassau once again they placed great emphasis on sophisticated arrangements and perfect sound, without losing the spirit of an authentic session character. As with the first studio album, the mastering was done by Busy Bühren from Truebusyness Berlin. It was a great pleasure to win the Japanese multimedia artist and winner of the National Geographic Award, Takao Sakagami, for the front cover. So it’s time to sit back, enjoy the trip and let your hips gyrate. Bon Voyage.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Soulfood Music
Genre: Psychedelic/ Space Rock
Release Date: 15/07/2022

Links
Official: www.grombira.de
Bandcamp: https://grombira.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/Grombira
Label: https://tonzonen.de

 

Monday, May 23, 2022, 11:34 CET:

KLYMT "Murder On The Beach":

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Klymt possesses the art of sharp, rock and synthetic compositions, electronic and cold, without compromise.

Murder On The Beach is a collection of hallucinated songs in the vein of bands like of PORTISHEAD, NINE INCH NAILS and FEVER RAY.


Format: CD, Digital
Labels: Atypeek Music, KdB Records, Anesthetize Prod., Araki Records, Postghost Recordings
Genre: Post-Cold Wave
Release Date: 10/06/2022 (EU)

Links
Official: http://klymt.com
Bandcamp: https://klymt.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/weareklymt
Atypeek Music: https://atypeekmusic.com

 

Thursday, May 19, 2022, 09:34 CET:

DEAD MAN'S EYES "III":

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It has taken four years for the Cologne band Dead Man's Eyes to return with their second studio album, simply titled III. Again, it will be released on Tonzonen Records. Similar to their previous album Words Of Prey (2018) and their debut EP Meet Me In The Desert (2013), the five-piece band does a balancing act between genres. This time more than ever.

The album title already reveals the band's intention. Three bundles, each consisting of three songs, are currently being pressed onto the black vinyl of their third release. Each of the bundles stands for a genre that shapes the band's development. Sometimes it takes lap steel, blues harp and jazz brushes, sometimes the throat has to taste of blood for the sound to match the quintet's vision. The five describe their style in a simple way as "constantly changing, with a permanent home".

Visions Magazine describes it as morbid psychedelic pop, infused with garage and country influences. The music blog betreutesproggen.de, among others, has a similar view: Dead Man's Eyes are acid-folk-blues of the 60s and 70s, which meets modern indie rock and Britpop leanings. They all share a common denominator: their music is multi-faceted and yet sounds like it comes from the same mould.

This may not least be due to the fact that the core of the band has been writing songs since their school days, has spent countless hours crammed into overloaded cars on the motorway and has often toured across Germany for 50 € per show. During countless shows and festivals all over Germany, but also in Poland or China, Dead Man's Eyes shared the stage with acts like Tame Impala. After the release of their first album, they were also nominated for the popNRW award in the category "Best Newcomer" in 2019.

In their rehearsal room in a Cologne, Germany backyard, Peter Engel, Nima Davari, Simon Mead, Simon Reichelt and Phil Eulgem have now written, recorded their second album. It was produced by Nima Davari of the Tonzonen band Gong Wah.

The release date of new album III is August 19th, 2022 and it will be available on vinyl, CD, as well as on all major digital platforms. The artwork was created in collaboration with Spanish artist Azura Daze, who is currently producing one of three music videos for the upcoming album.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Soulfood
Genre: 60's Psychedelia/ Garage Rock
Release Date: 19/08/2022

Links
Official: http://deadmanseyes.com
Bandcamp: https://deadmanseyes.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/deadmanseyes
Label: https://tonzonen.de

 

Thursday, May 12, 2022, 11:07 CET:

ASTRAL MAGIC "Magical Kingdom":

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Astral Magic is a new solo project by Santtu Laakso aka Dj Astro. He used to play bass and Moog in Finnish psychedelic space rock band Dark Sun. Astral Magic has no definitive style or form, but everything is and will be spacey and psychedelic. Since the project was started in March 2020, over 300 tracks have been created. Some of the tracks are cosmic, ambient excursions into other dimensions, some are more space/ kraut/ psych/ prog rocking in the vein of Hawkwind, Gong, Eloy, Pink Floyd, NEU! etc. Santtu's international musician friends are often asked to join in the recordings.

Magical Kingdom can be considered as the first psychedelic prog rock album by Astral Magic. The listener is taken into another mysterious, magical world.

Other musicians on the album include multi-instrumentalist Jay Tausig (US, drums, guitar, saxophone, flute), Gregory Curvey (US, guitar, glockenspiel), Peter Bingham (UK, guitar), Markku Helin (FI, guitar), Anton Barbeau (US, guitar) and Perttu Lindberg (FI, drums).

Magical Kingdom
was recorded and mixed in 2020-2021 and mastered by the kraut rock legend Eroc for maximum sound quality.


Format: LP, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Soulfood Music
Genre: Psychedelic Prog Rock
Release Date: 17/06/2022

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

 

Monday, May 09, 2022, 11:00 CET:

LA REINE SEULE "Visages":

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Over the past few years, Judith Hoorens, well-known as pianist of Belgian post-rock band We Stood Like Kings, has been working on a series of neoclassical solo piano compositions that will be released in June 2022 under the name La Reine Seule.

The album is called Visages and contains eight untitled tracks based on an identical musical cell of three notes. In each track this small cell takes on different forms, moods, rhythms, from minor to major, from melody to harmony, from one voice to another. They are like the perpetual changes we undergo in the course of a lifetime. A contemplative trip across landscapes of human emotions.


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: Neo-Classical
Release Date: 24/06/2022

Links
Bandcamp: https://bandcamp.com/judithhoorens
Bandcamp: https://kapitaenplatte.bandcamp.com/album/la-reine-seule-visages-we-stood-like-kings
Label: http://kapitaen-platte.de

 

Friday, May 06, 2022, 11:54 CET:

Datadyr "Woolgathering":

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Datadyr is a jazz trio from Bergen, Norway. Their music ranges from the heartfelt and gentle to the energetic and explosive, and it's rarely far between those extremes. During four years of studying jazz at the Grieg Academy, the inspiration that accumulated and the expression that remains today is characterized by traditional jazz, newer directions in jazz and improvised music.

Many of the songs on the debut album have their origins from the beginning of their studies and have developed in parallel with the band. Songwriting and arranging have gradually taken a bigger part in rehearsals, while the band works hard to retain the spontaneous and playful expression that was the starting point for the trio.

As the band says themselves: "It was a conscious choice to record everything in the same room, with as few overdubs as possible. We wanted to have good communication between us to make playing as easy as possible, and to capture the energy that comes from the joy of playing music. We wanted the instruments to bleed into each other to get an organic room sound".

The album was recorded in Solslottet Studio at Bergen Kjøtt, with Iver Sandøy as engineer and producer.

With Woolgathering, Datadyr shows a different and exciting direction of Norwegian jazz.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Is It Jazz? Records
Genre: Jazz
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Release Date: 10/06/2022

Links
Facebook: https://facebook.com/Datadyrmusic
Bandcamp: https://datadyr.bandcamp.com
Label: www.isitjazzrecords.no

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