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

 

Thursday, May 05, 2022, 13:53 CET:

SVIN "Introducing SVIN":

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On the seventh album Introducing SVIN, the Danish avant garde rock-trio SVIN widens its musical scope once more by incorporating electronics and vocal collaborations with renowned singers Bisse and Marie Eline Hansen. The result is a dynamic, techno-mechanic sounding record, that aligns with the contemporary ever accelerating integration of the digital and analog domains of man and machine within human existence and experience.

The band has made their mark on the international music scene since debuting in 2011 with the album Heimat. After consolidating the current line-up, SVIN released their 5th album Virgin Cuts in 2018. The album features music that drags the listener into a sonic loophole between noise-infested rock, drony landscapes, new age minimalism and dusty afro-tripping, drawing on heavy inspirations from nature, folklore, ceremonial music and avant-garde.

SVIN has performed at festivals such as Roskilde Festival, Eurosonic and by:Larm and has during the recent years toured extensively all over Europe, Russia and the Balkans. The band is a part of the programme “The Young Artistic Elite” from 2019 - 2022 supported by The Danish Arts Foundation. In 2019, SVIN was commissioned to compose music for the contemporary ensemble, Århus Sinfonietta, which premiered at Aarhus Festuge, and in January 2022, the music from this commision was released on the album Elegi.

SVIN’s new album Introducing SVIN expands on the trio’s bricolage aesthetics by adding a higher degree of electronics to the studio production. This delivers a robotic, futuristic feel of man and machine interwoven in a simultaneously manually operated and techo-mechanic musical multiverse. The cyborg-ish jazz rock vibes circulate in an musical reality with the natural and digital domains continuously shifting role and meaning, a stance visually reoccurring in the glitchy album artwork shaped by Ana Vujovic.

Upon entering the studio, the new material was more unpolished than at prior sessions with more left to chance and the spur of the moment during the two recording sessions with producer Jens Benz (Iceage a.o.). New paths were taken and collabs emerged with renowned singer Bisse and his twisted chant on Bøn and ditto Marie Eline Hansen’s (Traening a.o.) calmly-anxious speak on album closer Dødsensangst. As ever, SVIN hits the sweet spot between improvisation and structure, keeping enough elastic to make the music breathe, break and creating head space for the listener within the strange, soothing intersectional sounds that makes up Introducing SVIN.


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

Links
Official: https://svin-music.com
Bandcamp: https://svin.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/SVINmusic
Label: https://instagram.com/SVINmusic

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 15:42 CET:

YOO DOO RIGHT "A Murmur, Boundless To The East":

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Experimental rock trio Yoo Doo Right (Montréal, CA) wed noisy, melodic guitar parts, effect-heavy synthesizer soundscapes, deep bass grooves and patented percussive furies into a literal wall of sound. In their honest approach to experimentation, they engage with elements of krautrock, shoegaze, post-rock and psychedelia, crafting a unique sound that could be described as a “car crash in slow motion”.

After premiering its tracks for hometown fans inside the dome at Société des arts technologiques de Montréal in the Summer of 2020, post-everything outfit Yoo Doo Right knew there was but one way to record A Murmur, Boundless To The East: live off-the-floor at world-famous studio Hotel2Tango. To help achieve this vision, the musicians called upon acclaimed record producer, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Suuns, Ought, Fly Pan Am), who deftly printed forty-five minutes of gritty experimental rock.

Though dynamics and depth were always core elements in Yoo Doo Right’s music, A Murmur, Boundless To The East reaffirms the notion that the spectrum of sound is in fact infinite. Also thanks to the work of celebrated engineer Seth Manchester, tasked with mixing the opus at Machines With Magnets (Battles, Lightning Bolt, Lingua Ignota) in Pawtucket (RI), as well as that of Matthew Barnhart (FACS, Destroyer, METZ) at Chicago Mastering Services, fans of extremes in music are served with a long-player that fascinates and lingers.

The band comments: "A Murmur, Boundless To The East’s overarching theme is suppressed anger or gritted teeth. We went to Hotel2Tango to record with our friend Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, hoping to build on our sound, while being more cohesive, more patient. As was mainly the case on our previous album, we again recorded most of the tracks live off-the-floor. Another friend of ours, Jessica Moss, laid some violin on the album. The tracks then traveled all the way to Pawtucket, RI to be mixed by Seth Manchester at Machine With Magnets, before ending in Chicago for mastering."

Also featuring inspired contributions from innovative violin player, Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tralala Band, Black Ox Orkestar), to compliment percussion, bass, guitar, synthesizers and vocals, A Murmur, Boundless To The East is a must-have for fans of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, My Bloody Valentine, METZ, etc.


Format: LP, Digital
Label: Mothland
Genre: Experimental Rock
Release Date: 10/06/2022

Links
Pre-order: https://bfan.link/a-murmur-boundless-to-the-east
Official: https://yoodoowrong.com
Bandcamp: https://yoodooright.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/yoodoowrong
Instagram: https://instagram.com/yoodoowrong
Label: https://mothland.com

 

Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 09:33 CET:

SOUNDS OF NEW SOMA "Musique Bizzare":

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Musique Bizarre is already the eleventh album by the experimental sound duo Sounds Of New Soma (Alex Djelassi | Dirk Raupach).

The approach to the creation of the songs was completely different this time. A double LP was envisaged as the concept, with various musicians from Tonzonen Records abel bands. A collaboration where musicians / bands provide the duo with sound files to be recorded for this concept. The musicians were completely free to decide what would be made available to the duo in the end.

The duo then processed the resulting fragments in their Helmtown studio. Ideas for the sound files were developed and recorded. A process that took several months. Some of the songs came together very quickly, others were complex and difficult, but the duo finally succeeded in bringing all the submitted ideas into new song structures and giving the album a unity. This was not an easy undertaking, as the bands' specifications ranged from classic rock elements to avantgarde sound files to free jazz and oriental elements. But Musique Bizarre has been given a clear structure and is a self-contained, always exciting concept album.

A special sound cosmos from catchy songs to elusive free pieces. The electronic part of Sounds Of New Soma plays a big role, as well as the classical instrumentation of rock and jazz music.

The recordings were mixed in the local Helmtown Studio and mastered once again by Eroc (Grobschnitt).

The deliberately reduced cover artwork is complemented by the multi-layered colourful illustration on the inside, which perfectly fits the theme of the album. The artist Gerry Carnelly created the artwork for Musique Bizarre.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Soulfood Music
Genre: Avantgarde Psychedelic/ Space Kraut
Release Date: 25/05/2022

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

 

Thursday, April 07, 2022, 12:02 CET:

HIGH CASTLE TELEORKESTRA "The Egg That Never Opened":

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After 2 long years of meticulous production, High Castle Teleorkestra's debut album, The Egg That Never Opened (Radio Free Albemuth part 1), is finally being released by Australia’s forward-thinking Art As Catharsis label in June 2022. It will be available in standard download formats as well as a gorgeous 180g 2x12" 45rpm double LP and 20 page-2CD digibook. Deluxe options include 40+ downloadable bonus tracks, a t-shirt, chord book and other exclusive content.

The album traces the narrative of the discarded novel Radio Free Albemuth by famous sci-fi author Phillip K. Dick, which will be increasingly explored in HCT's music videos.

HCT's music is not unlike what might be expected from a group with such a diverse collective musical résumé, yet is somehow fresh, vibrant, and dare we say mature in its eclectic cadence. The musical terrain traversed by this largely instrumental group includes long forgotten European waltzes with untimely bursts of "Vaudeville Grindcore," 70's Italian cinema-inspired songs, Romanian Folk Metal, 50's sci-fi-surf instrumentals, innovative use of odd meters, and non-standard tunings.

There are densely layered productions enriched by obsessive attention to detail, starkly unrelated genre superimposition, unclassifiable styles, ultra-refined chord progressions, sonic timbres that would've made Joe Meek proud, inscrutable metric modulations, and more. Despite the wide array of styles, the recordings are surprisingly cohesive. There is an odd mixture of hi-fi and lo-fi components that converge to make aesthetically pleasing recordings that sound as if they were produced on a 1970's 2-inch tape machine. Despite the convenient aid of modern machinery in their productions, HCT cuts no corners, and even runs their final mixes to JH110B 1⁄4 inch analog tape to round out their warm sound. High Castle Teleorkestra aims to blow minds, satisfy souls, and quench the musical thirst of those who have sorely missed any or all acts from the graveyard of defunct, semi-defunct, and/or active bands they've helped populate.


Format: 2xLP, CD, Digital
Label: Art As Catharsis
Genre: Experimental/ Progressive
Release Date: 17/06/2022

Links
Official: https://highcastleteleorkestra.com
Bandcamp: https://highcastleteleorkestra.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/highcastleteleorkestra/
Facebook: https://facebook.com/HighCastleTeleorkestra
Label: https://artascatharsis.com

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