Friday, October 11, 2019, 10:08 CET:

TOERZS "Tukor":

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Post-Rock/ Shoegaze trio Tӧrzs from Budapest, Hungary takes their name from Hungarian terminology that connects ideas which reference persistent evolution coupled with a coherence and continued clarity of conceptual vision. This motif assumes direct meaning on their upcoming third record Tükor, which sees them initiate a shift from the inclusion of vocals to an entirely instrumental approach. They retain their strong shoegaze-aligned roots while employing post-rock technique to explore chosen themes via texture, melody and atmospherics.

The new album Tükör was recorded live at Aggteleki Cseppkőbarlang, located within a cave system in a Hungarian national park. The resulting songs ring with crisp clarity and voluminous depth, echoes reverberating radiantly and giving the album a distinct sense of place, a sonic imagery that can be easily conjured by the listener. The album’s title translates to "mirror", appropriate as the sounds of the individual instrumentation can be heard reflecting boldly off the surfaces surrounding the musicians during their performances. But beyond that this is a record meant to inspire self-reflection, to conjure ideas about how we see ourselves in one another, how our paths through life parallel, and how these related images can become distorted based upon who’s perceiving them and how. It’s a broad idea, and one that’s best served with instrumental music as its backdrop, so each listener is given the opportunity to experience their own version as it unfolds.

There has been a blossoming trend of post-rock bands recording their material as full units rather than tracking individually, and time and again this process has proven successful. Tükor works because the compositions are strong, but it flourishes because it feels lived in, it exists as a breathing, evolving construction. This is part and parcel with Tӧrzs’ mission statement, to be in a perpetual state of growth and re-definition, to be true to exactly what they are in the moment, and capture that as honestly as possible for listeners.


Format: CD/ Digital
Label: A Thousand Arms (USA) / Lerockpsicophonique (South Africa) / self-released (Europe)
Genre: Post-Rock/ Shoegaze
Release Date: 18/10/2019

Links
Official: https://torzstorzs.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/toerzs
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/torzslll
Bandcamp: https://torzs.bandcamp.com

 

Friday, September 27, 2019, 09:30 CET:

WE LOST THE SEA "Triumph & Disaster":

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Fourth album Triumph & Disaster by Sydney cinematic instrumental band We Lost The Sea is a post-apocalyptic view on the collapse of the world told like a children’s story and illustrated through the eyes of a mother and her son as they spend one last day on Earth. The music is the narrative for the destruction and tragedy. The words tell the story of love, loss and letting go.

The first single lifted from the album is also its opener Towers. At an expansive 15 minutes long, with its ringing guitars Towers heralds in a new era for the band. Representing the beginning and the end of everything, it is about giant oppressive forces and feelings, the towering juggernaut of power, failure, history and death.

We love Departure Songs (2015) and everything it has done for us and our fans but we wanted to push things this time around. We felt a lot of pressure to try and rise to the challenge of writing something that would hold up to those levels and expectations. It was really tough to work with that hanging onto everything we did, and I think that energy fed into the music. We really wanted to do something that was completely for ourselves, from the story behind it to the music. I feel that Triumph & Disaster is a lot bolder, dynamic and much more sonically dense than anything we’ve previously done," guitarist Matt Harvey elaborates.

"Dealing with huge themes and constantly thinking about the end of days, surrounded by images of destruction, pollution, stark landscapes and bleak artistic imagery for almost two years has really shaped how this came about. Towers sums all of this up in one song and represents the light, shade, push and pull that is all throughout this album. We wanted to come out epic from the start, so here's the first song, Towers. This song and album is one of the most challenging we've ever put together. It took a long time to get it right."

Triumph & Disaster is a sad love letter about the collapse of the planet as told through a lens of intricate guitars and striking colour. The album deliberates themes and events such as the climate crisis, over consumption, isolation and the loss of love and trust. It is a lament for the planet, all the people on it and the beauty that will be left behind.

Instead of leaning on facts and figures, We Lost The Sea chose to deliver their message in a bleak but kind way only art can transcend, and telling their story via a children’s book allowed them to reduce huge topics into simpler forms like how a child would see the world.


Format: 2xLP, CD, Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records/ dunk!records
Genre: Post-Rock/ Cinematic
Release Date: 24/10/2019

Links
Official: http://www.welostthesea.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/welostthesea
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/welostthesea
Bandcamp: https://welostthesea.bandcamp.com
Label: http://www.birdsrobe.com
Label: https://dunkrecords.com

 

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 09:08 CET:

PRAY FOR SOUND "Waves":

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Music emits healing properties. Its reverberations and echoes double as emotional, spiritual, and even physical remedies. Without ever uttering a word, Pray For Sound channel this curative power through instrumental transmissions of lush post-rock, cinematic production, glistening synth pop, and organic tribal percussion. The Boston quartet fully realize the scope of that potential to heal on their independent fourth full-length, Waves.

"We want people to take away hope and happiness from this record", exclaims band founder and guitar player Bruce Malley. "We don’t want them to feel sadness and despair as is customary with much post-rock or instrumental music. We try to convey something positive."

Originally formed in 2011 as a solo project for Bruce, Pray For Sound’s origins can be directly connected to the founder’s own journey. Deaf in his left ear since high school, Bruce envisioned an architecture for sonic catharsis on 2012’s Monophonic. Joined by his bandmates around the same time, the group unlocked an inimitable chemistry, thriving on stage at countless East Coast shows and flourishing in the studio for 2014’s Dreamer. The latter yielded Sleeper which impressively clocked 4.5 million Spotify streams as Decayer followed with 230K. With the 2016 arrival of Everything Is Beautiful came further acclaim from all around the world. In 2018 the band released the experimental LP, Waiting Room. Furthermore in 2018, Pray For Sound dove into writing what would become Waves when a brutal back injury sidelined Nick throughout the creation. Facing this pain, it was a time of many struggles, but the writing process allowed him to ignore the pain: "I was trying to write songs to lift me up. I didn’t want to write something angry and relive the injury. The name Waves fit as we were going through these highs and lows together".
"It was an interesting perspective for me," says Bruce. "On the first album, I portrayed darkness and pain since I was frustrated with my deafness. On this album, I wanted Nick to feel better. I was able to overcome what I went through. It’s behind me at this point. I got the chance to help him. We were able to support one another."

In order to uplift, they brightened the sound by incorporating analog synths and drawing on a wider swath of inspirations, including The Naked & Famous, Vacationer, and The 1975. As a result, they encode subtle pop ambition within this virtuosic framework. "We all love good catchy melodies," Nick continues. "You should be able to hum these later after you hear them". The first single and opener All The Days cycles from guests of wind and shakers through bombastic percussion and airy delay before sweeping distortion takes hold. It culminates on a hummable riff. It lives up to the boys’ ambition to “start with a big momentous song". Meanwhile, the title track Waves employs "the heaviest synth influence", merging lo-fi techno stylings and robust rock in its elegant ebb and flow. Spiral tempers careful guitar with a prominent bass groove before another rush of energetic and kinetic playing. In the end, Pray For Sound offer a remedy like no other on Waves. "We just want listeners to enjoy this", Nick leaves off. "When they’re excited about our band, we feel really good. At the end of the day, all we can hope for is to share the same sentiment with others".


Format: 2xLP
Label: dunk!records
Genre: Post-Rock
Release Date: 08/11/2019

Links
Official: http://www.prayforsound.com
Bandcamp: http://music.prayforsound.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/prayforsound
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/prayforsound
Label: https://dunkrecords.com

 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 11:38 CET:

ELECTRIC LITANY "Under A Common Sky":

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Under A Common Sky is the third album from London based four-piece Electric Litany. The 9 tracks were written in a beach house in Corfu during the summer of 2017 before being recorded at Fish Factory, North London by producer George Botis.

It is Electric Litany's most ambitious recording to date. Inspired not only by the nocturnal nature of the island but also the humanitarian crisis in which we find ourselves.

Under A Common Sky invites us into dark territory with early tracks CFU and Sealight before ascending to the heavenly heights of mid-album track Bedroom, a song reminiscent of 1970's songwriting. Tales of humanity that permeated earlier albums once again reveal themselves in the unambiguously titled Refugee. The almost dystopian cinematic production acting as a fitting backdrop to the record.

The album has already gained international attention with the release of the video teaser for intro track Azure on One RPM’s YouTube playlist.

Under A Common Sky will be released November 22, 2019 on all formats through One RPM, Apollon Records and Inner Ear Records.


Artist: Electric Litany
Title: Under A Common Sky
Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Apollon Records
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Genre: Ethereal Post-Rock/ Synth Pop
Release Date: 22/11/2019

Links
Official: http://electriclitany.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElectricLitany
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/electric_litany
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ElectricLitany
Label: http://www.apollonrecords.no

 

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 11:09 CET:

ACTION & TENSION & SPACE "Explosive Meditations":

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Action & Tension and Space, the spaced out instrumental outfit from Norway, consisting of members from The Low Frequency In Stereo, Electric Eye, Soft Ride, Ape Club and Lumen Drones are out with their third album Explosive Meditations 4th of October on Kapitän Platte.

Free improvised and travelling up-right bass, chill-out combo organ, smooth drums, crispy guitars and a surfing lap-steel. If you combine the ambience from the Necks and the doomsday revelations of Pink Floyd's A Saucerful Of Secrets you can get to where Action & Tension & Space are on their new album Explosive Meditations.

Explosive Meditations was recorded on the island Karmøy on the west coast of Norway during two days with heavy rain showers and storm rumbling outside the studio windows which influenced the band towards a sonic, impulsive and dynamic mood, which resulted in three tracks and 40 minutes of abstract yet groovy music.


Format: LP, Digital
Label: Kapitän Platte
Distribution: Germany: Cargo, Benelux: Sonic Rendezvous, FR: Differ-Ant, AT: Hoanzl, CH: Irascible, IT: Andromeda, NO: Tiger, USA: A Thousand Arms
Genre: Scandipsych/ Instrumental Rock
Release date: 04/10/2019

Links
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/actionandtensionandspace
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/actionandtensionandspace
Label: http://kapitaen-platte.de

 

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 11:07 CET:

HALMA "The Ground":

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While Halma have leaned far out of the window on their predecessor album Granular, in fact so far and wide that comet Tschurjumow- Gerassimenko came into view, Halma are now digging into the depths of the world with their new recording The Ground.

Whirlpools of crystals drill into the ground, it grinds and flows, carbon becomes diamonds. On The Ground the band drives six new tracks with racing drill deep into our consciousness. Halma turn around mountain tops, they flow back into the depths, like mountains from below. The band seems to know the old mountaineering wisdom that Gipfelglück is indeed dangerous; and so the German quartet proves that they are stable on their feet and manage the descent into the abysmal regions with sovereign elegance. It is admirable how much attention Halma can pay to paths, tracks and marks in detrital.

Hiker: Paths are created where you walk them, and in low altitudes one is at home, and in deep substance Halma is at home.


Format: LP, Digital
Label: Kapitän Platte
Distribution: Germany: Cargo, Benelux: Sonic Rendezvous, FR: Differ-Ant, AT: Hoanzl, CH: Irascible, IT: Andromeda, NO: Tiger, USA: A Thousand Arms
Genre: Instrumental Rock
Release Date: 04/10/2019

Links
Official: http://www.halma-music.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/halma.music
Bandcamp: https://halma.bandcamp.com
Label: http://www.kapitaen-platte.de

 

Friday, September 06, 2019, 08:32 CET:

DEAD HIPPIES "Resister":

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Arnaud Fournier is the lead guitarist in The Hint and La Phaze. He now returns with the new album Resister of his Dead Hippies project.

With more than 1000 live shows around the world, and having released over dozen albums of very different styles, Arnaud has once again taken up the challenge of breaking down genre barriers, by creating a bridge between noisy-post-rock, electro and dance-floor music. The Dead Hippies ensemble presents powerful and haunting music on Resister, combining binary and massive beats. Resister is heavily based on Electro basslines, distorted and heavy melodies. Dead Hippies is still this noisy-dance hybrid: massive electro-dubstep beats on which many guitars (Arnaud's DNA) are still embedded. After the mainly instrumental debut album Kill Me Sweety (2013), Resister provides a new direction to the project with the arrival of the British soprano Dylan Bendall ( Lab°, Schoolbusdriver) and his distinctive voice alternating between hip-hop and punk; and the super powerful featuring of American rapper Mr J. Medeiros ( The Procussions, Alltta, The Knives) on the title track. The album is more compact but does not lack relief, 10 tracks-uppercut with a variable sensory impact. Some tracks stand out for their more cinematographic aspects, with slower bpm, melodies that smell like the dust of a good old Spaghetti Western.

Dead Hippies is five guitars (Fender Jazzmaster) on stage, live they offer to reconcile body and mind, dance and pure feedback; a bit like Foreign Beggars flirting with Mogwai or Sonic Youth being remixed by The Bloody Beetroots.


Format: Digital/ CD
Labels: Atypeek Music / Bruillance
Genre: Noise Rock/ Electro
Release date: 20/09/2019

Links
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/deadhippiesdead
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/deadhippies
Label: http://www.atypeekmusic.com

 

Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 09:39 CET:

OKIDOKI "When Oki Meets Doki":

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Okidoki is a quartet created by Laurent Rochelle in 2015 mixing 3 french musicians and the German singer Anja Kowalski. They play original compositions of minimalist jazz-pop music with lyrics in German, English and French.

Okidoki presents the new EP When Oki Meets Doki in the form of a fantasy journey to the land of the rising sun. Strongly inspired by the work of the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami (explicitly mentioned in the title of the first piece), When Oki Meets Doki opens the doors of a sublunary and surreal parallel world, where the imagination makes any unlikely encounter possible, where beauty blends with the strange and the sensible is adorned with luminous sweetness.

When Oki Meets Doki is a tale imagined on solar, organic and heady music, populated with polyglot words and impressionistic sounds, the soundtrack of a road movie with narcotic vapors, a singular musical odyssey that summons our children’s souls. As a bonus, the new EP includes a remix by the famous Tanuki fox. When Miyazaki meets Murakami.


Format: Digital, CD
Label: Atypeek Diffusion / Linoleum
Genre: Dream Jazz Imaginaire
Release Date: 26/09/2019

Links
Official: http://www.okidoki-quartet.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/okidokiquartet
Bandcamp: https://okidoki-quartet.bandcamp.com
Atypeek Music: www.atypeekmusic.com

 

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 08:40 CET:

TIMELOST "Don't Remember Me For This":

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What started as a file-sharing effort between two metalhead friends who sought to explore their own musical lusts, TIMELOST transformed into an emotionally charged diary of honesty, self-evolution, loss,and pain. Philadelphia’s TIMELOST, will deliver their powerful debut full-length, Don’t Remember Me For This on October 25th via Golden Antenna Records and To Live A Lie Records. Don’t Remember Me For This delivers the triumphant anthems 2019 has been begging for.

Don’t Remember Me For This is bursting with dynamic punk velocity, nostalgic feelings of shoegazey grunge and intertwined with infec- tiously rippling sadness. Lush with the bands influences on their sleeves, TIMELOST mix just enough angst and grungy aggression with post-rock and dark-waving melancholy to create hazy, seductive soundtracks. 11 brand new tracks showcase the bands attention to textual and sonic detail while capturing the fury of a driving and blasting rhythm section.

"We didn’t set out for this to be a concept album but there is definitely a theme within the lyrics", comments TIMELOST frontman Shane Handal. "We wanted to be honest and wrote what was real to us. It just so happened we both were going through a lot at the time we were writing the album. It’s weird to throw yourself out there to the world and be so vulnerable but it felt honest and real. We wanted to put out a genuine record from the music to the lyrics."

Singer and guitarist Shane Handal (Set & Setting) and drummer Grzesiek Czapla (Woe) entered Uniform Recording in Philadelphia, PA in August of 2018. Looking to set the perfect tone, the duo partnered with recording engineer, Jeff Zeigler (War On Drugs, Kurt Vile, Nothing) and recorded over 15 days, playing every instrument. With the help of mixing engineer, Ryan Haft (Torche, Wrong) and mastering engineer, Ed Brooks (REM, Death Cab For Cutie, Minus The Bear), Don’t Remember Me For This came to life.


Format: LP/ CD/ Digital
Label: Golden Antenna Records
Distribution: Broken Silence
Genre: Shoegaze/ Post-Punk
Release Date: 25/10/2019

Links
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wearetimelost
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wearetimelost
Bandcamp: https://wearetimelost.bandcamp.com
Label: http://www.goldenantenna.com

 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 09:27 CET:

NOORVIK "Omission":

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Since 2016 German instrumental quartet Noorvik combines spherical melodies with harsh rhythms. Noorvik melt dynamic arcs of suspense with progressive song structures to an experimental post-rock attitude. Named after a town in Alaska, the self titled debut album was released in 2018 and the band gained attention across the international music scene.

After several live shows in Germany, Noorvik's second album Omission will be released on 4th October 2019 via Tonzonen Records, following a live tour to present the new album.

On Omission the band continues to explore new boundaries and refines its chosen path since the band's debut. In the future there will be no getting around that small Alaskan town, musically speaking.


Format: LP/ CD/ Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Bertus
Genre: Post-Rock
Release Date: 04/10/2019

Links
Official: http://www.noorvik.de
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/noorvikband
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/noorvikband
Bandcamp: https://noorvik.bandcamp.com
Label Official: https://www.tonzonen.de

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