Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 11:28 CET:
ryr "Left Fallow":
rżr (islandic: barren, sparse, weak) is an instrumental post-metal band from Berlin, Germany.
Left Fallow is the debut album from rżr, and it combines crushing and heavy riffs with spherical clean sounds in a non-standard yet intuitive way to balance different sets of emotions within individual songs. The concept of the band is to create diverging spheres in a simple and abstract way that is best suitable for being performed in an absorbing live environment. The six songs are perfectly filling over 50 minutes of an auditive journey.
Even though the 7 tracks on Left Fallow are dark tunes, the quartet focuses on conveying a broad range of positive sentiments by performing their music, playing live and meeting all the people that would like to share similar experiences.
Left Fallow was recorded and mixed by Jan Oberg at Hidden Planet Studios (The Ocean, Abest, Sun Worship) and mastered by Role at Tonmeisterei Oldenburg (Omega Massif, Ahab, Jungbluth).
Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Narshardaa Records
Release date: 10/01/2020
Label Pre-order: http://narshardaa.com/news/ryr-left-fallow-lpcd-pre-order-starts-now
Thursday, November 07, 2019, 09:10 CET:
THE DOGHUNTERS "Splitter Phaser Naked":
Bright minded indie rock with a certain affinity to psychedelics is what The DogHunters play best. Splitter Phaser Naked is the name of the new album of the Cologne, Germany based band. The album title not only indicates a pronounced desire for freedom but also stands for solid proof of their humor and self-irony. All of it demonstrated clearly on their self-released debut EP The Shit Singles. Here they walk the talk of ever more lust-to-play, catchy indie rock songs; they are casual and yet danceable, virtuosic in the right moments and yet without wrangling for the spotlight.
One feels that the band members are totally in sync with each other, and each key played delivering utmost fun to them as well as to their fans. And despite the young age of the band members, The DogHunters are already celebrating ten years of band existence, which speaks for the band structure on the one hand and contributes to the songwriting quality of the songs on the other. The Doghunters may be playful, but they never sound arbitrary. They don't lose sight of their goal, and that goal is a modern melodic rock sound that isn't afraid of borrowings from the past. So you feel reminded of the 60s sound of the American West Coast and wonder what it would be like if Cologne were on the Pacific. The soundtrack would come from The DogHunters.
The DogHunters donít lay back in mid-tempo equalizer-tranquilizer, but they can stir up the crowd with hard driving, cocky rock, carved out by years and years of playing live. How about a trip into smoked out, psychedelic Dub dives? There are no limits to your imagination when youíre open to the wonderland of The DogHunters.
Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Genre: Psychedelic Indie-Rock
Release Date: 06/12/2019
Friday, November 01, 2019, 08:35 CET:
EXCELSIOR "O Horizon":
Excelsior is the moniker of the Danish composer, producer, arranger and singer Anja T. Lahrmann. A well- known face on the Copenhagen and Aarhus underground scenes, she gained attention as the frontman of the indie-pop band Ice Cream Cathedral in the early-to-mid Ď10ís.
After almost three years of work, Excelsiorís debut album, O Horizon is ready for release. O Horizon is a hypermodern blend of avant-garde sound and form experiments. Pop, baroque, and renaissance music is fused with a thematic fascination of humanity's struggle to keep up with an ever-accelerating world.
O Horizon is a part of a three-pronged, cross-disciplinary piece comprised of the album, a book set for release in the spring of 2020, and an installation in the autumn of 2020.
Drawing upon geo-taxonomy and medieval bestiaries for lyrical inspiration, Excelsior conjures images of isolation in a digital age and her estrangement from nature. O Horizon is an intertwined rooting that wanders from baroque sounding videogame music on the album opener Ultramarine through the powerful Nordic chamber-pop on Time of None to pastel coloured 80's drums and synth on In Silico, and melancholic English Folk on the closing track O Horizon; Excelsiorís music is an eclectic mash anchored in a melodically curious and refreshingly complex expression.
Title: O Horizon
Format: CD/ Digital
Label: Big Oil Recording Company
Genre: Experimental/ Avant-garde Pop
Release Date: 22/11/2019
Monday, October 21, 2019, 09:56 CET:
QUEEN ELEPHANTINE "Gorgon":
Formed in 2006 in Hong Kong and currently based in Philadelphia, USA, Queen Elephantine is a nebulous worship of heavy mood and time. The shapeshifting post- apocalyptic rock band draws from psychedelia, doom, drone, and noise as well as free jazz and sacred music from around the world.
The new album Gorgon is a trip through hypnotic molasses grooves. The dissonant riffs on the new 4 track album will pull you down a river of unearthly atmospheres, guided by the incantations of sardonic fakirs, unravelling their final sermon before the cosmos combusts. Highly recommended for fans of acts like Swans and OM!
Format: Digital, LP, CD
Label: Atypeek Music/ Argonauta Records
Genre: Doom/ Psych/ Experimental
Release Date: 08/11/2019
Atypeek Music: http://www.atypeekmusic.com
Monday, October 21, 2019, 09:55 CET:
DOUBLE NELSON "Erreur 89450"
Double Nelson is a life-and-stage duo, the embodiment of a new breath of French strange-rock consisting of guitar/ drums/ bass and electronics, combining irreverence and musicianship, sensitivity and experimentation. The group was formed back in 1986 (!) in Nancy, France motivated by the exchange between a collective of local artists and the Berlin-New York underground scene.
Handicapped by a certain carelessness and attracted by the desire to make music without code, the avant-garde duo is evolving in its genre of unique and groovy yet Lo-fi Post-Kraut music, tinged with hypnotic arrangements, they are radically human and furiously personal. 33 years and a few hundred tours later, videos, short-films, web-series and 8 albums, Double Nelson will release their ninth opus Erreur 89450 this November.
Format: Digital, LP, CD
Labels: Atypeek Music/ La Face Cachťe
Genre: Lo-Fi/ Post-Kraut
Release Date: 16/11/2019
Monday, October 21, 2019, 09:53 CET:
French proggy mathrock quintet Shelter releases organic music that tends to move away from gender codes, so that it is mixed homogeneously. The members come from different bands, like Bottle Next (hard folk), Vertex (metalcore). The band from Lyon, France delivers to every handbanger, but also to everyone worshipping pure strength, madness and velocity.
On their latest musical offering, Spetsnaz, a trumpet and analeptic guitars propel you into a tribal dance sweating vodka. The fluorescent epileptic riffs, leaning on a sprawling rhythmic colossus, perforate you like a Kalashnikov shot.
Format: Digital, CD
Labels: Atypeek Diffusion/ Le Cri du Charbon
Release Date: 16/11/2019 (EU)
Friday, October 11, 2019, 10:08 CET:
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 TŁkor, 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 TŁkŲr 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 albumís 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 whoís perceiving them and how. Itís a broad idea, and one thatís 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. TŁkor 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 Tӧrzsí 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
Friday, September 27, 2019, 09:30 CET:
WE LOST THE SEA "Triumph & Disaster":
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 childrenís 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.
ďWe 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 weíve 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 childrenís 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
Thursday, September 26, 2019, 09:08 CET:
PRAY FOR SOUND "Waves":
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 donít 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 Soundís origins can be directly connected to the founderís own journey. Deaf in his left ear since high school, Bruce envisioned an architecture for sonic catharsis on 2012ís 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 2014ís 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 didnít 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. Itís 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 boysí ambition to ďstart 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 theyíre 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".
Release Date: 08/11/2019
Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 11:38 CET:
ELECTRIC LITANY "Under A Common Sky":
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 RPMís 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
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