Thursday, June 21, 2018, 07:36 CET:
TANGLED THOUGHTS OF LEAVING "No Tether":
No Tether is the new album from Australian quartet Tangled Thoughts of Leaving. Having toured the world, earning a cult following for their sonic explorations of doom-jazz, post-metal and piano-drive prog on earlier releases Deaden The Field, Failed by Man and Machine and Yield To Despair, the band have taken 3 years to produce their latest record. Sharing stages with contemporaries such as Russian Circles, The Ocean, MONO, sleepmakeswaves, Boris & This Will Destroy You has informed their experimentations, but they have pushed into a realm all their own.
The sonic concepts for No Tether emerged in the wake of performing Yield To Despair (2015) live. There were some tonal mine shafts in the vein of Yield that, after playing the record live repeatedly, the band felt there were greater depths to explore - longer doom passages and darker, feedback-driven tones. But the overriding feeling in the band was that there was a tangent to be taken, with faster, more free-form compositions. The addition of Paul Briggs on guitar also drove this transition.
One of the central concepts to the sound of No Tether, is to never trust the riff, to never let it settle - as soon as the riff and the beat forms, Tangled are willing to de-construct it, change its form and fold it back on itself. This is evident through the post-metal beat-down of The Alarmist, the drone of Cavern Ritual and the wild prog of Binary Collapse - as soon as the central riffs and beats are presented they are subtly morphed on each subsequent re-presentation.
This concept was initially explored in a series of huge recorded jams at Studio Sleepwalker's Dread in early 2016. Hours of material was recorded, with the band focussing on pushing as hard against the grain of Yield as possible - fast riffs and grinding beats throwing as many vicious shapes out as possible. At one stage, the record that was emerging was going to be one continuous song cycle snaking through various noise-scapes - but eventually the different textures and movements separated from one another and the seven songs that make up No Tether emerged.
The recording process for No Tether was approached as a cycle of continuous writing, recording, review and re- recording. Some songs were recorded at multiple times in the year from January 2017 to January 2018, informed by new information emerging elsewhere in the record. Some songs were recorded live with minimal overdubs - the improvised interplay of drums and piano on Inner Dissonance and the wild drum and distorted bass grids of No Tether are the best evidence of this - with other pieces meticulously pieced together in long recording sessions.
No Tether is also a record of its environment. The soundscape presented by the record - the sounds of frogs, trains, birds flying past microphones - are all drawn from the environment directly outside Studio Sleepwalker's Dread in North Dandalup, Western Australia, where the album was written and recorded.
The artwork for No Tether was once again produced in collaboration with Sydney artist Teo Treloar. During the writing and recording of No Tether, various pieces from Treloar's series, Another Grey World, were placed around the studio, setting a visual tone for the record. The cover image and Treloar's repeated study of Dürer's Melencolia polyhedron in various drawings reflected the approach the band was taking with No Tether; in the mechanical sense with angular riffs being constantly morphed and represented in different forms, and in the emotional sense, reaching out to capture an unobtainable and somewhat unexplainable feeling.
Format: 2xLP, CD, Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records (world)/ Dunk! Records (EU)
Genre: Post Metal/ Rock
Release Date: 27/07/2018
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TangledThoughtsOfLeaving Bandcamp: http://music.tangledthoughtsofleaving.com
Label world: http://www.birdsrobe.com
Label EU: https://dunkrecords.com
Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 10:57 CET:
KEVLAR BIKINI "Rants, Riffage and Rousing Rhythms":
Kevlar Bikini are a hardcore band from Zagreb, Croatia. They have been around since 2010 and play punk infused with metal and noise rock. The band was originally a quartet and released two albums as such, Explodisiac (2012) and Hi-Fi or Die (2014). They also played a good number of sweaty shows all over Europe.
Recently, however, for more oomph, Kevlar Bikini has been distilled into a trio. Guitarist Mario Balta now doubles as vocalist. In addition, the band has taken a turn towards a more snarky, dirty and aggressive sound. Mario’s hoarse and raw voice fits right into that.
The band’s new album Rants, Riffage and Rousing Rhythms embodies all recent developments. The self-explanatory tongue twister of a name describes not only the collage of songs on the album, but also the overall revamped style of the group. It is the album the band is most proud of.
Now more than ever, Kevlar Bikini 2.0 is ready to hit the road and deliver some of that sonic bile live.
Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Geenger Records
Distribution: Sounds of Subterrania (GAS), Sonic Rendezvous (BeNeLux), Code 7 Music (UK)
Genre: Hardcore Punk, Noise Rock
Release Date: 14/09/2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 10:53 CET:
GENGHIS KHAN "Her Absence Is My AntiChrist":
Genghis Khan is an emcee and producer hailing from Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. He is the founding member of the 3 man production team known as The Gemini Lounge (Genghis Khan, Unconscious Rascall, and Jon Jackson).
In 2008 Khan released his debut LP The Violence Effect, followed by his critically acclaimed follow-up The Broken Love LP in 2012. Known for his gritty, dark, and often unique personal style, Khan's music has been labeled by some as "Industrial Hip Hop". A furious blend of vintage boom bap drums and samples, violently layered with synths and ambient atmospheric noise. Lyrically poetic and controversial, Khan's distinct voice speaks from a place of angst. Genghis Khan will release his highly anticipated 3rd solo album Her Absence Is My AntiChrist June 29th 2018 on France's own Atypeek Music Label.
Label: Atypeek Music
Genre: Dark Hip-Hop/ Grime
Release Date: 29/06/2018
Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 16:30 CET:
Following the laborious process of distilling two albums worth of material into one focused gem, we give you minus. The pinnacle achievement of KRAKOW’s thirteen-year existence. After a year of recording, shaping, re-recording and refining, minus has been reduced to the bare essence of who KRAKOW are as individuals, as a group and as story tellers. It is an album that defies any attempts at genre definition and covers the heavy, the subtle, the melodic, the atonal, the groovy, the sluggish, the dense, the airy, the naked, and always, always, that wall of sound where no light can escape.
With themes spanning from outer space to the hidden worlds deep below, travelling in time from the distant future to the near past like an inverted space odyssey, we are taken on a journey where we all become stories, in ways as much a reflection of the ones we tell, as a revelation of the ones we won't.
minus was once again recorded in the renowned Duper and Solslottet studios in the Bergen Kjøtt creative complex, in collaboration, once more, with Iver Sandøy. KRAKOW even brought in some help this time, to tell these stories, the album ending with a choir consisting of a select group of Bergen based musical veterans, whilst the opening track introduces the most rock n’ roll guitar solo, courtesy of one Phil Campbell of Motörhead fame.
So, this is minus. An album that defies any attempt at genre definition. There are guests, who bring glitz and rock n' roll, as well as a grounding force to the core of the mountain. There is beauty, and there is rotten decay, like a lush forested island in the centre of a lake of septic water. There are monsters and there are saints, and none of them reveal themselves. But if we allow ourselves to search, we will find the cracks in the fabric and find a way to get close.
It's a collection of contradictions, is what we're saying. It's a KRAKOW album.
1. black wandering sun
3. the stranger
4. from fire from stone
Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Karisma Records
Distribution: Soulfood (Germany), Plastic Head (International)
Genre: Progressive-Rock/ Metal
Release Date: 31/08/2018
Monday, May 28, 2018, 11:20 CET:
NICK FLESSA "Flyover States":
Nick Flessa is an artist and musician based in Los Angeles. He is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. His debut solo exhibition, Death Production: The Archive of Janna Flessa (Executed by Nick Flessa), was on view at Los Angeles Contemporary Archive from February 10th - March 24th of 2018. Nick was the central creative force behind Wash (LA), a conceptual alt-country project developed at CalArts, where he graduated with an MFA from the school of Film/Video.
Flyover States is Nick Flessa's first solo LP. Departing from his more experimental and instrumental releases, Flyover States develops a precise and playful variation on country-rock and lo-fi sounds, with a wry focus on songwriting that is equal parts performative and sincere. The result is a cinematic collage of seemingly plain- spoken, bare-bones, country-inflected set pieces that are elevated by lush, expressive arrangements that include pedal steel by J.D. Carerra and Piano by Richard Valitutto (Wild Up, LA Philharmonic), as well as the bubblegum operatics of backing vocalist Lucy LaForge. Michael Abitz, Susanna Battin, Seth Blake and Adam Snider (Berkeley Guitar), all former members of Wash (LA), sporadically serve as the backing band.
While working on the record, Flessa and producer Neil Wogensen (Valley Queen) called their aesthetic "Bedroom Nashville", and made the majority of the recordings in Wogensen's garage in Frogtown, Los Angeles. The principle was to create a different space for each song, using refined arrangements to contrast their more intimate, rickity cores.
"I called the record Flyover States because someone from LA told me they thought it was interesting that I was from a 'Flyover State,' and that I had knowledge of 'Flyover Country' as some kind of lived experience", Flessa explains, continuing: "This record is sort of a vision of a Midwesterner moved to Los Angeles trying to depict some literary sensibility of the Midwest with Los Angeles as the template and subject. Sonically, my voice is centered, but the arrangements are sprawling and indicate a more expansive environment."
Susanna Battin created the album art by distorting an anonymous Los Angeles postcard image with an ominous view looking West toward Hollywood. On the back of the record we see Flessa, back to camera, in rural Indiana, stretching and looking out toward a swampy, Middle-American landscape. This contrast highlights the cryptically personal, yet impersonal qualities of Flyover States. The songs on the record and the stories they tell seem to alternate between the West Coast and Midwest, or simultaneously exist in both places. In its totality, the record tells a suggestive, fragmented story. Flessa cites writer William H. Gass, Guided by Voices, Smog, Silver Jews, Gram Parsons, Andy Kauffman, Jonathan Richman and Neil Hamburger as influences.
Format: LP, Digital
Distribution: Broken Silence
Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Country, Indie
Release Date: 27/07/2018
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 09:01 CET:
JUNE BUG "A Thousand Days":
June Bug has an alternative approach to Folk Music, where electronic and saturated sounds merge with the harmonies of human voices, guitars, percussions and synthesizers. The words and the melodies strongly match with the personality of Sarah June, self-taught artist singer songwriter who, through her musical journey, crossed the path of Beryl, guitarist multi-instrumentalist, who now accompanies her in the musical arrangements and on stage.
Format: Digital, CD
Label: Atypeek Music / Pied de Biche / Araki Records
Genre: Anti-Folk/ Pop, Psych Rock
Release Date: 15/06/2018 (EU)
Tuesday, May 08, 2018, 09:19 CET:
DEAD MAN'S EYES "Words Of Prey":
Those who have witnessed Dead Man's Eyes, know how their arrangements alternate between jazzy, dynamic key- rhythms and guitar powered, mantric jams within seconds. Without getting lost in an ecstatic, repetitive maze of confusion the polyphonic vocals guide the listener through a wide range of songs. On stage the band presents itself energetically, and creates a strong atmosphere. Within the last years Dead Man's Eyes shared the stage with international acts such as Tame Impala, Band of Skulls, The Datsuns, Black Mountain and many more.
After locking themselves up in a windowless room for approximately two years, nourished solely by coffee and their own hair, Dead Man's Eyes now return to the daylight and present to us Words Of Prey, the new long play album that will be released in cooperation with Tonzonen Records on limited edition vinyl, CD and digital.
1. Radiant Smiles
3. Be Good
4. What Are You Waiting For
5. This Old Place
6. This Old Interlude
7. Two Dozen Eyes
8. Robot Sophia
9. Fire Of My Own
Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Genre: Psychedelic/ Indie Rock
Release date: 22/06/2018
Label Official: https://www.tonzonen.de
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 09:52 CET:
BOJANEK & MICHALOWSKI "Solid":
Solid is the second full-length album of Piotr Michałowski and Grzegorz Bojanek. It is the result of their nearly ten-year cooperation.
After As Far As It Seems (2013), a record released by Ohm Resistance (USA), Michałowski and Bojanek joined their forces yet again, in search of new sounds and textures. This over 50-minute release showcases a very unique collection of subdued, oneiric tones, the duo has always been appreciated for.
Michałowski and Bojanek begun working together in 2010. It was around that time they performed their very first, entirely improvised concert which gave rise to the artistic path both musicians walk to this day. Improvised performances and countless recording sessions resulted in a seasoned and very focused record.
The duo’s latest release Solid comprises 8 tracks which are likely to appeal to both fans of classic ambient and enthusiasts of sonic experimentation. The record is filled with tape transformations and analog instruments, as well as some of the duo’s trademark sounds, acoustic and electronic, which resulted in a multicolored and multilayered album.
Solid also features a special contribution from an extremely prolific and renowned Polish musician, Jacaszek, author of Kwiaty, published in 2017 by Ghostly International and appreciated by both domestic and international critics and listeners.
The latest work of Piotr Michałowski and Grzegorz Bojanek was mastered by Michał Wolski and released on Piotr Michałowski’s label, N_Coded. The graphic design for Solid was created by Adrian Spóz from the Redkroft studio.
Format: CD, Digital
Genre: Ambient, Electronic
Release Date: 27/04/2018
Release web: http://ncoded.pl/release/Bojanek-Michalowski-Solid
Monday, April 16, 2018, 09:00 CET:
SONS OF ALPHA CENTAURI "Continuum":
The wait is over. There have been disbelievers and the faith of the followers has been questioned. After over a decade since the release of the debut album Sons of Alpha Centauri return for their second full-length album – an epic introspective journey of abrasive and ambient progressive electronic alt rock entitled Continuum.
Continuum is wrought with dark anthems and intense textures, introspective interludes with tidal waves of distortion. It is awash with soaring melodies and a deep underpinning of the darker side of light.
The second album has been a long time coming for the UK quartet who having reflected upon their collaborations with Karma to Burn and Yawning Man had initially looked to record their sophomore album back in 2009. Continuum sees a development of the heavier blended concepts expressed on the debut album.
The band’s crew remains the same as the debut Nick Hannon (bass), Marlon King (guitars), Blake (electronics) and Stevie B (drums). "The band carries a duality", Hannon says. "this was reflected in the debut which carried two distinct tones, one dark and one light. We were going to record an album in 2009, but that record went onto the become the Yawning Sons debut so instead we worked on a much darker reflection of the band for the second album."
This darker reflection needed to interface seamlessly as both a dedicated chapter continuing on from the debut and as a musical milestone in its own right. In order to do this the band approached Aaron Harris of the legendary and phenomenally influential post metal titans ISIS to produce, mix and engineer the album.
"We had been in contact with the ISIS guys since 2005", Hannon says, "When they went their separate ways and Harris wrote and produced the debut Palms album we knew that he was our guy." Harris accepted and over the course of two years the sessions were brought together. "Working with Aaron has made this album an intense composition", King explains, "Aaron only produced two records over the past few years and he puts everything into it, he got the best out of the band, and together we made a record we are exceptionally proud of".
Continuum showcases the return of Sons of Alpha Centauri delivering eight emotionally demanding tracks driven by their darker side.
1. Into The Abyss
3. Solar Storm
5. Surfacing for Air
7. Orbiting Jupiter
8. Return Voyage
Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: H42 Records
Distribution: Clearspot Distribution (EU), Code 7 (UK), Cobraside Distribution (USA)
Genre: Ambient Progressive/ Alt Rock
Release date: 01/06/2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 09:05 CET:
MIA VITA VIOLENTA "Grey Seas":
Fitting to its name, the Paris quartet Mia Vita Violenta writes songs that are equally manipulative and encouraging to our darkest desires. With members of of Enob and Saar, the band is handled as «possibly the Paris’s best power quartet» with the visceral spoken narratives of multiple singers and flowing melodic soundscapes. It’s almost as though the band’s fluid and often soothing music exists to distract our better instincts while the singer whispers above it all, urging and lulling us into the dark, decrepit world of his words.
Mia Vita Violenta evolves on the intertwined paths of noise and post-rock, sometimes tinged with a post-hardcore fury and inhabited by structuring instrumental passages. Impetuous or ethereal, the music of Mia Vita Violenta wants to be whimsical, dynamic, contrasted with the guiding line a progressive and flayed line.
Format: Digital, CD
Label: Atypeek Music
Release Date: 03/05/2018 (EU)
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