Thursday, April 22, 2021, 09:58 CET:

DEZ DARE "Hairline Ego":

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Psych-hymns, Soft-punk, Good-times.

Built in the crystalline shadows and existential backwaters of the psyche, Dez Dare constructs psych-hymns, soft-punk, that punches you in the brain while tenderly calling you to inaction.

No other time calls for expression more than times of suppression. Trapped, caught in reclusion under the germs' eye, Darren Smallman (Battle Worldwide, Low Transit Industries, Thee Vinyl Creatures, The Sound Platform, Warped) built a Frankenstein's Monster within his house. Bolted together with old pedals, guitars and synths, a collection of tracks were produced that muse on existence, social normality and the illusion of reality, the first fruits of which can be heard today in the contorted shape amid flashing dayglo colours of new single Dumb Dumb Dumb, lifted from the forthcoming new album Hairline Ego Trip, due this June 4th via Ch!mp Records.

Darren grew up in Geelong, a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia where he became involved in the local punk and rock scene in 1990, playing in a band called Warped, sharing stages with the likes of 5678s, Fugazi, The Dirty Three and the Hard-ons, going on to play in multiple bands spewing out sludgy punk rock, heavy drone and noisy pop abundance. Darren was embedded in the scene, playing music, running labels (founding record label and touring company Low Transit Industries in 1999 working with bands such as The Essex Green, Lilys, Elf Power, Okkervil River, Of Montreal, Black Mountain, Trans Am and CW Stoneking,) before moving to the UK in 2010 where he has operated ever since.

On the new album Darren tells: "This album is about the disconnect the human race has built between themselves and the natural world. How we are collapsing as a society through digital technology, capitalism, religion, nationalism. The failures of the human psych and the beauty in the world around us we fail to see."

Dez Dare helps to shine a light on that beauty. A wonderfully vibrant, colourful world of sound and vision.


Format: CD, Digital
Label: CH!MP Records
Genre: Psych/ Garage Rock/ Punk
Release Date: 04/06/2021

Links
Official: https://dezdare.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/dezdareriffs
Instagram: https://instagram.com/dezdareriffs
Bandcamp: https://dezdare.bandcamp.com

 

Monday, April 19, 2021, 09:34 CET:

HANS HJELM "Factory Reset":

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Factory Reset is the debut solo album by guitarist Hans Hjelm.

Hans studied jazz guitar at the University of North Texas in the nineties and has spent the last ten years performing and releasing music with psych rock bands Kungens Män and Automatism.

Factory Reset comes with an instruction manual:

Use stereo headphones
Take a deep breath and start to relax
Close your eyes and drop all concerns
Notice a slightly different frequency reaching each ear Become aware of your breathing
Start counting your breaths
Allow sounds to pass through your mind unnoticed Immerse yourself in the breathing process
Let the sounds synchronize your thought patterns Repeat the process until reset occurs

The manual reflects how music can act as a means of resetting an agitated or stressed mind to a state of rest and balance.

The music could be described as Depeche Mode meets Michael Rother. Guitars and synthesizers trade off in playing the most prominent role throughout the album. Hans plays all instruments except drums, which are handled by Jesper Skarin (Gösta Berlings Saga, Vak).

The album will be released onMay 28, 2021 on the Kungens Ljud & Bild label and will be distributed by Trust No One Recordings. It will receive a limited pressing of 300 copies each on colored (clear) vinyl and CD.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Kungens Ljud & Bild
Distribution: Trust No One Recordings
Genre: Synth-Rock
Release Date: 28/05/2021

Links
Pre-order: https://tnor.se/hans-hjelm
Official: https://hans-hjelm.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/hanshjelmmusic
Bandcamp: https://hanshjelm.bandcamp.com
Label: https://kungensljudochbild.com

 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 09:00 CET:

MISH "Entheogen":

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As part of the Bird’s Robe Records label 10th anniversary release/re-release series, Sydney progressive metal band Mish will release their second album Entheogen internationally in May this year.

Available on digital and CD format, the album is a powerful step forward for the band whose 2011 debut album The Entrance earned them a cult following and the opportunity to share stages with local and international luminaries: Pelican, sleepmakeswaves, We Lost The Sea & more.

Ten years on, their music stands strong amongst modern heavy metal.

Entheogen is a tour de force from this legendary underground outfit. Their rare but much-talked- about live shows, their incendiary reputation and stories history are all evoked on this new record.

Sonically, Mish recall Mastodon by way of Isis and Meshuggah. However, it’s their catharsis personal relationship with music that informs this record.

To some, Mish are just another heavy rock band slogging it out in obscurity.

To others, Mish are the epitome of what it means to be saved by music.

Listen and decide for yourself.


Format: CD, Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records
Genre: Progressive Metal
Release Date: 14/05/2021

Links
Order: https://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/entheogen
Facebook: https://facebook.com/mishband
Bandcamp: https://mish.bandcamp.com
Label: https://birdsrobe.com

 

Monday, April 19, 2021, 09:00 CET:

DUMBSAINT "Something That You Feel Will Find Its Own Form":

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Something That You Feel Will Find Its Own Form is the debut full- length album from Sydney-based instrumental trio Dumbsaint. Concluding several years of writing and performing, the album is a collection of original compositions demonstrating the band’s talent for blending engaging melodies with demanding musical dynamics.

As part of the Bird’s Robe Records 10th anniversary re-release series, the album will celebrate a decade with a re-release on CD and digital formats this May.

Combining minimalistic ambient sections with moments of intense heaviness and complexity, Dumbsaint takes a deliberately darker and more technical approach to the conventions of the ‘post-rock’ genre.

Well known for presenting a live show in which sound and image interact in the form of an onstage filmic ‘installation’, Dumbsaint are also making available five original videos as a download option with this album release. This will be the first time these visual pieces have been made available for viewing outside of a live performance.

Dumbsaint were originally brought together by love of film and experimental music in 2007. Since then the band has developed a strong local following playing alongside numerous local and international acts including; Russian Circles (USA), Earth (USA), Sleep Parade, Sydonia, sleepmakeswaves, We Lost The Sea, Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving, and Headphones President (JPN). Well respected for their attention to detail, and ability to produce a sound that is deceivingly larger than a three piece, they have won numerous awards with Andrews most recently winning Most Outstanding Drummer 2011 at the annual Noisies Alternative Music Awards.

Something That You Feel Will Find Its Own Form is an opportunity to discover the epic, dynamic and unique sounds of Dumbsaint.


Format: CD, Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records
Genre: Instrumental Rock
Release Date: 14/05/2021

Links
Order: https://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/something-that-you-feel-will-find-its-own-form
Facebook: https://facebook.com/dumbsaint
Bandcamp: https://dumbsaint.bandcamp.com
Label: https://birdsrobe.com

 

Monday, April 12, 2021, 10:35 CET:

MUSHROOM GIANT "Painted Mantra":

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Mushroom Giant have announced the re-release of their 2014 album Painted Mantra through Bird’s Robe Records.

Remastered and available on CD, the record showcases the Australian instrumental band’s original progressive music.

Known for their live performances which offer an aural and visual experience that transcend the conventional rock band, they explore a theatrical realm full of colour and imagery.

Formed in 2002, the band have become a legendary part of the Australian underground music scene and performed alongside many notable post-rock artists including Pelican, sleepmakeswaves, We Lost The Sea, Dumbsaint, Solkyri and many more.

Released in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Bird’s Robe Records, the new edition of Painted Mantra is a gateway for fans to discover this incredible band and the dark energy they bring to music.


Format: CD, Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records
Genre: Progressive Instrumental Rock
Release Date: 07/05/2021

Links
Order: https://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/painted-mantra
Facebook: https://facebook.com/mushroomgiant
Bandcamp: https://mushroomgiant.bandcamp.com
Label: https://birdsrobe.com

 

Monday, April 12, 2021, 10:29 CET:

GangAwry "New High":

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Sydney alternative rock group GangAwry will be ushered into the new decade with the re-release of their debut EP New High on all digital platforms.

Originally released in 2005, the 15th anniversary of the debut was set to be celebrated last year, but was quashed by the pandemic.

Now, as part of the Bird’s Robe Records 10th anniversary release series, the band’s music will be shared again for a new generation of fans to enjoy.
Bird’s Robe Director Mike Solo says: "I’ve been a fan of GangAwry ever since I attended their EP launch show at the Annandale Hotel back in 2005. It was exciting to see this confident young group command a room with funky riffs, Sting-like vocals and a bit of math rock thrown in for good measure. I’m really happy to help share their music with people by releasing it digitally for everyone to enjoy.

Bursting onto the Australian rock scene in the mid-00s, GangAwry were quick to earn industry attention, signing to the legendary Harry Vanda’s label Flashpoint. Their live show soon attracted fans of their blend of Rage Against The Machine, meets King Crimson, meets The Police sounds.

From launching the record at a packed hometown show at the iconic Annandale Hotel, to supporting King Crimson frontman Adrian Belew on his successful Australian tour and Australian rock legends The Angels, the band saw positive reviews and accolades come their way, as they continued to write towards their debut full length album Politics.

The 4-track EP features fan favourites Needing A New High and Dig What Wires Me.


Format: Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records
Genre: Alternative Rock
Release Date: 30/04/2021

Links
Order: https://birdsrobe.bandcamp.com/album/new-high-ep
Label: https://birdsrobe.com

 

Tuesday, April 06, 2021, 09:08 CET:

NEUMATIC PARLO "Random Toaster":

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Melancholia! Where your face should be reflected on the glittering surface of the Rhine, there is nothing but emptiness. The river carries our thoughts away in an endless stream of doubt and teenage angst. An intense longing located somewhere between Düsseldorf's notorious old town and the Oberkassel district on the other side of the Rhine. Where could rebellion against boredom thrive better than here in Düsseldorf's uptown? In an area of tension between deceptive wealth, abonded sub culture spaces and the fabled salon des amateurs, there’s something cooking and suddenly Oberkassel and L.A. are not that far away anymore.

On their second EP Random Toaster Neumatic Parlo play melancholic psychedelic pop. Gloomy lyrics meet delicate melodies and dreamy soundscapes. Vincent Göttler, Justin Jansen, Luis Wedekind, Frederick Oltersdorf and Simon Hartmann create a sound that is simultaneously international but with Motorik, synthesizers and rattling guitars always rooted in the tradition of their hometown. As if he were an antihero of the early 80s, Göttler sings about fear, doubt and a long search. The answer whether he will find what he is looking for is still pending, but the existential need already sounds just like honey.

After their debut EP All Purpose Slicer still sounded like post punk and no wave, Neumatic Parlo are much more psychedelic and playful on Random Toaster. Sometimes that sounds a little like Yo La Tengo or as grueling and noisy as a Ty Segall. Songs like Real Insight and Airplane rave about dark romantic trips into other spheres, while Nicolas Winding Refn is a scenario full of paranoia that could have sprung from a film by the same Danish cult director. The anxiety becomes almost palpable when Göttler's nervous vocal line lies over a rumbling drum kit and is then literally overrun by a wall of guitars and noise. In Lake Perris State Recreation Area Neumatic Parlo reveal the band's own myth and tell of the joint road trip to the Desert Daze Festival in the Californian desert. In addition to countless Fuzz War escapades, it was an appearance by Slowdive that clearly left its mark here. For the recordings of Random Toaster, the band and producer Patrick Stäudle retired to a farm in the Black Forest. Seclusion and inner contemplation clearly reverberate here.


Format: Digital
Label: Unique Records
Distribution: The Orchard/ Membran
Genre: Neo Psych Pop
Release Date: 14/05/2021

Links
Official: https://neumaticparlo.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/neumaticparlo
Instagram: https://instagram.com/neumatic_parlo
Label Facebook: https://facebook.com/Uniquerec
Label Bandcamp: https://uniquerecords1988.bandcamp.com

 

Tuesday, April 06, 2021, 09:06 CET:

STONE CAVALLI "Social Kaos":

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STONE CAVALLI, is a rush of rock and roll full of energy and no- nonsense. Drums, guitar and keyboards create a mix that flirts with punk and new wave. The Tarricone brothers deliver a sound that is both arid and violent. Electro sounds clash with the more organic sounds of their instruments. STONE CAVALLI underlines the force of its Italian roots and is the ideal soundtrack for Bukowsky novel...

Simon (vocals/guitar) plunges you into the void of his determined growl. Meanwhile, his guitar incarnates impudent and raw rock. Benjamin (drums/machines) hits hard! His powerful and fluid style rhythms the darkness of his keys creating a mix that is dizzying, light and obsessive at the same time. STONE CAVALLI’s new EP Social Kaos, is an immediate slap in the face, both dense and spontaneous.


Format: Digital, CD
Label: Sand Music
Genre: Urban Post Punk
Release Date: 19/04/2021

Links
Official: http://stonecavalli.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/stonecavalli
Bandcamp: https://stonecavalli.bandcamp.com
Label: https://sandmusic.fr

 

Monday, March 22, 2021, 12:28 CET:

MILES OLIVER "Between The Woods":

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Miles Oliver is a parisian songwriter, swinging electric & acoustic guitar, piano and loops. An alchemy between lo-fi rock, folk and poetry that makes you think about Bonnie Prince Billy, Sonic Youth and Troy Von Balthazar.

After a 3 weeks tour in the USA, words, images and songs came to mind when Miles OIiver came back. First, he put all these feelings down in the book Between The Words, that he wrote during the year 2019. Miles was working on some songs and all the images combined themselves for the 4th album titled Between The Woods. Both book and music are living together through a story of 12 tracks of music and words.

"Between The Woods is my US vision, the American culture that I created for myself: from the acapella blues folk roots in Save Me and alienated minds in Deamontia to 3/8 Tarot esoterism and the crunchy shamanism of a friend’s loss in June 66, through a women’s revenge to their oppressor in the noisy The Song I Hate and the complaining song for Kurt Cobain’s ghost in Myberdeen, until This Is A Lie’s melancholic dance, each track is an individual portrait, a living character in our present tense."

Miles Oliver wanted to build these lo-fi songs from A to Z by doing the entire process of recording and mixing by himself. The most important aspect is the song and not its look.


Format: CD, Digital
Label: Atypeek Music
Genre: Indie Folk
Release Date: 09/04/2021 (EU)

Links
Facebook: https://facebook.com/milesoliversings
Instagram: https://instagram.com/milesoliverpoetry
Bandcamp: https://milesoliver.bandcamp.com
Label: http://atypeekmusic.com

 

Wednesday, March 03, 2021, 10:49 CET:

JORDSJO "Pastoralia":

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The following in the tradition of some of the best Nordic rock from the last century, Jordsjø manages to meld progressive rock with fantastic melodies and a folkish twist. Spanning a musical journey from minimalist mellotron passages to full on rock tempest, Pastoralia is a must for any fan of Scandinavian prog, but also a gem to be discovered by the novice.

Jordsjø is a duo from Oslo, Norway inspired by Olivier Messiaen, (German) Popol Vuh and Anthony Braxton, via Scandinavian folklore and jazz to early British prog. Pastoralia is their third studio album, which sees the band travelling further into jazzy, progressive musical landscapes. Pastoralia was recorded and produced in its entirety by Jordsjø between March and November 2020, in the basement of Bjørnerud Farm in Våler, Østfold. Thematically, the album is based on dreams, a longing for freedom and the fictional place Pastoralia – where every day is like tropical nights in Nothern Norway, where the forest people dance around campfires.

The band consists of multiinstrumentalist Håkon Oftung (Tusmørke, Black Magic) and drummer Kristian Frøland, with guest appearanced by Ola Mile Bruland (Actionfredag), Håkon Knutzen, Vilde Mortensen Storesund, Mats Lemjan, Christian Meaas Svendsen and Åsa Ree (MEER, Tusmørke, Wobbler).


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Karisma Records
Genre: Symphonic Prog Rock
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Release Date: 07/05/2021

Links
Facebook: https://facebook.com/jordsjoe
Bandcamp: https://jordsjo.bandcamp.com
Label: https://karismarecords.no

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