Monday, February 19, 2018, 11:09 CET:

MOUTH "Floating":

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Mouth were formed in Cologne, Germany in 2000 as a trio, comprised of Christian Koller (vocals, guitars, occasional keyboards), Gerald Kirsch (bass) and Nick Mavridis (drums, backing vocals, keyboards). Indeed, their style is often cited as a mixture of 'retro prog', Krautrock, hard rock, psyche and glam rock - all together it fuses into a unique spleen often underlined with dystopian themes.

After Rhizome (2009, BluNoise Records) and Vortex (2017, BluNoise Records) the trio releases their new album Floating on Tonzonen Records. Floating sounds very different to the previous album Vortex. It’s a bit like the "downside up" or the sarcastic happy contrast to the vortex world.

Floating (reprise) is the opening track and it was also the hidden track on Vortex. It perfectly fits as a bridge to connect both albums. Also the themes are still connected to the loose vortex narrative. Madbeth and Reversed are ironic songs about mad leaders. Distance was basically intended to open the Vortex album and O.T.B.Field is also referring to March Of The Clopes and Into The Light from the Vortex album. The instrumentals (Homagotago / Sunrise / Sunset) are basically Krautrock inspired jams picking up the spirit of the old days.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: H'Art
Genre: Retro-Prog, Krautrock
Release date: 23/03/2018

Links
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mouthsound
Bandcamp: https://mouthprog.bandcamp.com
Label Official: https://www.tonzonen.de

 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 10:56 CET:

PINIOL "Bran Coucou":

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Make no mistake: when dealing with Piniol, you shouldn’t put the spectacular side of the formula before the music. Of course, on paper, this 7-headed Hydra clearly stands out from the French musical landscape. In an ever-growing trend of simplicity (be it in the line-up or the music, precisely), Piniol set no limits. Born of the spontaneous reunion of two bands (Poil and Ni), Piniol (yes, there’s a pun, but you need to know French slang...) have, from day one, chosen to occupy various musical grounds, all of them wild and free (noise, jazz, avant-rock, math) while cultivating a permanent research and perpetual movement, like only 7 brains can create.

On stage, Piniol are two bass/drum/guitar trios, one on stage left and the other on stage right, separated, or maybe linked, by a keyboard player, the central and converging point. All these elements put together give an impression of strangeness: Are we seeing double? Maybe yes, maybe no, but definitely, that state of uncertainty is an invitation to lose your senses and surrender. You are expected to give in to the unclassifiable music - a music that is both well thought out and (un)intentionally primal - that you will hear on Bran Coucou, the latest album produced and released by Lyon-based collective Dur Et Doux. From frontal bits to dry and stocky sections, Piniol won’t chose between maxi and minimalism and state their singularity loud and clear in their syncretic approach of musical extremes that could be quite hard to associate at first sight.

The result is a good surprise: Bran Coucou is amazingly digestible and will have a single consequence: the need to see the whole thing live. For the stage is without a doubt the favourite playground of this one-of-a-kind league (accompanied by the sound creations of Florian Bardet and Judicaël Brun, and the stage design and lights of Pierre Josserand) that make each concert a true audio and visual immersive experience. You get it, the Piniol maze has several entrances but only one way out: ecstasy!


Format: 2xLP, CD, Digital
Label: Dur et Doux
Distribution: L’Autre Distribution (LP, Digital), Inouie Distribution (CD)
Genre: Math/ Prog Rock, RIO
Release date: 20/04/2018

Links
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PinioLband
Bandcamp: https://piniol.bandcamp.com
Label: http://www.duretdoux.com

 

Thursday, February 01, 2018, 10:52 CET:

PLENTY "It Could Be Home":

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It Could Be Home is a debut release over thirty years in the making. Emerging from the ashes of Liverpool-based Post- Punk eccentrics A Better Mousetrap and Warringtonian Art Rock band After The Stranger, Plenty formed in 1986 and was Tim Bowness’s immediate pre-no-man band.
Distinctively echoing then contemporary artists such as The Blue Nile and Prefab Sprout - alongside the iconic likes of David Bowie and Peter Gabriel - Plenty’s music alternated between electro-pop anthems, poignant ballads and ambient experiments and was unheard at the time beyond two North West performances and a handful of plays on local radio stations such as Piccadilly Radio, BBC GMR, BBC Radio Merseyside and Radio City.

Between Spring 2016 and Summer 2017, founder members Tim Bowness, Brian Hulse and David K Jones re-recorded Plenty’s catalogue of 1980s songs and set about completing the album the band had hoped to release three decades previously. Whilst re-writing some lyrics and streamlining elements of the songs’ arrangements, the band remained faithful to both the spirit of the original recordings and the era in which the songs were written.
Showcasing the origins of styles that subsequently became Bowness and no-man trademarks, It Could Be Home also reveals different sides to Bowness’s vocals, as Jones’s powerful bass playing and Hulse’s inventive guitar parts and pulsating electronics push Bowness into territories he’s rarely explored since the 1980s. The Rolling Stones’ As Tears Go By is given a radical synth-heavy overhaul, Hide and Climb possess a driving Post-Punk energy, while pieces like Foolish Waking and Strange Gods anticipate the timeless atmospheric melancholy of Bowness music to come. The Good Man - the band’s first new song in 27 years - provides a seamless link between Plenty's past and the present.

It Could Be Home was mixed and instrumentally augmented by Norwegian producer Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow, The Opium Cartel).

Mastered by The Pineapple Thief’s Steve Kitch, the album also features contributions from former Plenty guitarist Michael Bearpark, pianist Peter Chilvers (Brian Eno, Karl Hyde) and no-man violinist Steve Bingham. A lost Art Pop treasure well and truly found.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Karisma Records
Distribution: Soulfood (Germany), Plastic Head (International)
Genre: Art Pop
Release Date: 27/04/2018

Links
Official: http://www.weareplenty.com
Label: http://www.karismarecords.no

 

Thursday, February 01, 2018, 10:50 CET:

SCHLAASSS "Yoga":

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Schlaasss is a french Rap-Electro-Punk gang created in 2012 in the miraculous city of Saint- Etienne. Full fury, Schlaasss’ mission is to shake the paradox, irreverence and savagery through a furious music, burning poetry, prowess shows, street art and viral videos which present all facets of this wonderful monster. The duo on stage, it’s 2 microphones, rage, blood : a demented and vibrant performance.

Schlaasss is knowm either as awful, dirty and naughty (Salope) or giving slimy kisses in a la-la land with RnB vibes (Bisous). Now the duo goes back to to the future and use its Casio synth for its new EP called Yoga, which will do you good! The new track Envy may trouble you: it’s like trance and gender confusion. We speak about sex and dream about pussys and dicks. Keep your bottom closed and breathe because other tracks are not here to comfort you. Throwing the cat among the pigeons, this EP which mixes styles you sweat and shake on the dancefloor. If you feel the sweat and blood, it means that this effort has paid off. All of that release a trashy and shitty but colourful mixture. On again, we can see that the group from St Etienne hits the bull’s-eye by combining words to well- written music, and this is which contributes to the zen and invigorating side of Yoga. Breathe and relax your bottom, you will have until the end of 2018 to get in shape and enjoy this third EP.


Format: Digital
Label: Atypeek Music
Genre: Electro, Grime, Punk
Release Date: 23/02/2018 (EU)

Links
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Schlaasss-238961719557086/
Bandcamp: https://schlaasss.bandcamp.com
Label: http://www.atypeekmusic.com

 

Monday, January 29, 2018, 10:55 CET:

LECHE MOI "Sortie 13":

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French Lèche Moi is a pair of post punk electro rock tongues. A beat box and a banjo. A long tall blond girl with a strong velvety voice and a bald guy with a deep voice. Romanticism, rage and spleen. The light at the end of the tunnel. There's darkness in the sky but there's joy in sex. Feverish music, lick me, kiss me black. And on Sundays, there's a pretty little knife hiding in your sleeve.


Format: Digital, CD
Label: Atypeek Diffusion/ Pied de Biche
Genre: Post-Punk, Electro
Release Date: 23/02/2018 (EU)

Links
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lechemoii
Bandcamp: https://leche-moi.bandcamp.com
Label: http:// www.piedebiche.com/l
Label: www.atypeekmusic.com

 

Monday, January 29, 2018, 09:41 CET:

THE SHADOW LIZZARDS "s/t":

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The Shadow Lizzards from Nürnberg, Germany are a young power trio who knows how to handle wild intense vintage rock.

Described by fans as an explosive mix somewhere between Creedence Clearwater, Hendrix and The Doors, they know their individualistic way of distinguishing themselves from their role models. The trio feels most comfortable when the dirty, creaky retro sounds are released to the live audience.

The same titled album shows a creative yet uncompromising way of writing rock songs. The Shadow Lizzards impress with varying grooves and instrumental finesse. On their debut the trio has bundled this energy and the album is a vivid contrast to the omnipresent plastic music everywhere.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: H'Art
Genre: Rock
Release Date: 23/02/2018

Links
Official: https://www.theshadowlizzards.de
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShadowLizzards/
Label Official: https://www.tonzonen.de
Label Facebook: https://www.tonzonen.de

 

Friday, January 19, 2018, 12:00 CET:

DOBBELTGJENGER "Limbohead":

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Dobbeltgjenger is an eclectic and, one could also say, mischievous rock band from Bergen, Norway, with a definite edge. The band’s lyrics tell tales of deep-rooted neuroticism accompanied by contagious grooves, a futuristic guitar sound and soulful rock vocals. Dobbeltgjenger consists of members from Major Parkinson, Ossicles, Depresno and 9 Grader Nord.

The band draws their diverse influences from both the past and the present: Queens of The Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin, Joy Division, Jeff Buckley and ZZ-Top to name a few.

Limbohead, the band's second album will be released in the Spring of 2018. It is is a colorful depiction of an anxious reality, where doors are locked in order to shut out the dangerous conspiracies of the world. Paranoid themes are depicted through a varied and comprehensive rock sound and a vocal that alternates between vulnerable falsettos, punkish screams and rhythmic narratives. Limbohead, showcases a more focused band than on the debut, When I’ve Gone to Space, but the trademark musical diversity and catchy groove is still apparent.

Dobbeltgjenger is here to bring back the groove and fun to the serious and eclectic rock style. Let’s just call it futuristic retro rock.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Karisma Records
Distribution: Soulfood (Germany), Plastic Head (International)
Genre: Futuristic Retro-Rock
Release Date: 02/03/2018

Links
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dobbeltgjengerofficial
Bandcamp: https://dobbeltgjenger.bandcamp.com
Label: http://www.karismarecords.no

 

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 10:24 CET:

PHANTOM WINTER "Into Dark Science":

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On Into Dark Science Phantom Winter return with more brute force than ever. After CVLT (2015) and Sundown Pleasures (2016) they now follow up. With their third full-length Phantom Winter found a new language to express extreme heavyness where other bands from the same genre already resigned. They channel depression, anger and severity on an authentic manner that goes it`s own way regarding vehemence.

The record contains six songs about your inner monsters, retaliating ogres and the omnipresence of darkness that we all carry within us. “It is a journey through the dark worlds of authors Sylvia Plath and Mary Shelley. Into Dark Science is a way to accept and channel my inner demons to create something worthwhile and productive” says Andreas Schmittfull who is the mind of Phantom Winter. Six chapters who tell a story of a being who lives in a world which keeps most people paralysed.

Emotional brutalness combined with a gigantic and back-breaking mix of low-tuned atmosphere and riff-orientated brutality in symbiosis with pounding and sometimes cyclic drumming which takes the audience further into a maelstrom. Just now this gloominess reflects in the arcane and mysterious design by Hummel Grafik who is once again responsible for the artwork.


Live
02/02 Jena, Rosenkeller
03/02 Weinheim, Cafe Central
04/02 Würzburg, Immerhin
02/03 Marburg, KFZ
03/03 Nürnberg, K4 Zentralcafe
03/03 Stuttgart, Juha West

Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Golden Antenna Records
Distribution: Broken Silence
Genre: Metal
Release Date: 02/03/2018

Links
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wintercvlt
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/phantomwinter/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/phantomwinter
Label: http://www.goldenantenna.com

 

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 10:20 CET:

THE NEW SPRING "Wholly Wholly":

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The New Spring is the moniker of Copenhagen-based songwriter Bastian Kallesøe. For six years he has been crafting elegant acoustic folk music combining picturesque lyrics, a unique style of guitar fingerpicking, and above all, timeless melodies.

The self-titled debut, which was recorded mainly in Bastian’s own apartment, was released in the spring of 2011 and was a poetical study of love in its broadest sense. The widely acclaimed second album, Secret Armor, was released the following year and here producer Aske Zidore (Oh No Ono, Choir of Young Believers) added a more complex layer of effects, piano and percussion that made Secret Armor stand out as a truly experimental folk album.
2014 was the year of The New Spring’s third album in just three years. The album, Late Bloomer, was recorded in just two days and in the recording process Kallesøe and producer Jens Ramon Murga Meinert (Figurines) strayed from using digital effects. The result was a fresh, more traditionally oriented sound that returned the songwriting to its most naked form - a sound described by GoldFlakePaint as “a hand through the surface of water, the sound of a day taking shape.

Early 2018 will see Bastian Kallesøe return with his most ambitious effort yet. The album Wholly Wholly, once again produced by Jens Ramon Murga Meinert, has been two years in the making and for the first time ever The New Spring materializes into a full band. The album is an ever changing landscape that combines an unsettled spirituality with elements from minimalist classical music as well as 70’s folk rock - and of course the trademark songwriting that is always at the core of The New Spring.


Format: LP, Digital
Label: Tambourhinoceros
Distribution: Indigo, Believe Digital
Genre: Folk-Pop
Release Date: 02/02/2018

Links
Official: http://thenewspring.net
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thenewspring
Bandcamp: https://thenewspring.bandcamp.com/album/wholly-wholly
Label: https://tambourhinoceros.net

 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 12:30 CET:

GREYFELL "Horsepower":

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At the core of the Rouen, France local scene, Greyfell are the armed wing of the Soza collective. Equally influenced by violence and hypnosis, Greyfell's doom sonorities are able to blend Black Metal, Psych and Hardcore together, drawing influences from the sonic heavyweights like Type O Negative, Sleep and Kickback, and paying tribute to ancient Spacemen3 as well, the 4-piece masters the inner power of extreme music while their sound proves to be celestial, telluric, and all around massive. There will be a light in the dark, there will be quiet before the storm, there will be harmony in chaos. Their second album Horsepower explores new territories with the arrival of a fourth member on keyboards and synths, thus going even further into massive drones and ghostly textures. Produced entirely on their own, this new record marks the beginning of their collaboration with Argonauta Records and pushes the boundaries of heaviness and incantatory atmospheres.


Format: Digital, CD, LP
Label: Atypeek Music / Argonauta Records
Genre: Doom/ Stoner
Release Date: 12/01/2018

Links
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Greyfellband
Bandcamp: https://greyfell.bandcamp.com
Label: http://atypeekmusic.com

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