Monday, April 16, 2018, 09:00 CET:

SONS OF ALPHA CENTAURI "Continuum":

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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.

Tracklist
1. Into The Abyss
2. Jupiter
3. Solar Storm
4. Io
5. Surfacing for Air
6. Interstellar
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

Links
Official: http://www.sonsofalphacentauri.co.uk
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sonsofalphacentauri
Label: http://www.h42records.com

 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 09:05 CET:

MIA VITA VIOLENTA "Grey Seas":

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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
Genre: Post-Rock
Release Date: 03/05/2018 (EU)

Links
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mvviolenta
Bandcamp: https://miavitaviolenta.bandcamp.com
Label: http://atypeekmusic.com

 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 09:03 CET:

MATA "Atam":

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MATA was born in Trodica (MC), Italy, in 2016, alongside the band Nevroshockingiochi.

MATA are: Massimo Marini, Mauro Mezzabotta, Emanuele Sagripanti, Alessandro Bracalente.

ATAM is a 36-minute session divided in 4 movements, just like a concerto, fluctuating between electro-glitch and noisecore. The 4 tracks are the chapters of a detox path, a self-confrontation and consequent self- assassination.


Format: Digital, CD
Label: Atypeek Music/ Only Fucking Noise
Genre: Noise, Experimental
Release Date: 03/05/2018 (EU)

Links
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MATAMUSICALE
Label: http://www.facebook.com/ofnrecords
Label: http://www.atypeekmusic.com

 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 09:03 CET:

ENOB "La Fosse Aux Debiles":

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Enob is a basic structure of matter . They are an electrically neutral group of four atoms held together by chemical bonds, and represent the smallest amount of material possessing the characteristic properties of the substance. The matters are in permanent agitation, their movement describes one or more functional modifications gradually decreasing the ability of an object, an information or an organism to perform its functions.

Enob Hyper Hibou video: https://youtu.be/0PuZIHj9qaU


Format: Digital / K7 / Vinyl

Label: Atypeek Music / La Ferme de la Justice / En veux-tu? En v’là / Degelite / Cheap Satanism Records / Calamiti Tandori / Uproar for Venera- tion Records / GuRDuLu / Swarm Records
Genre: Noise Rock
Release Date: 27/04/2018 (EU)

Links
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/enobtheband
Bandcamp: https://enob.bandcamp.com
Label: http://www.atypeekmusic.com

 

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 14:29 CET:

FOTOCRIME "Principle Of Pain":

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Following last year’s acclaimed EPs Always Hell and Always Night, dark post-punk trio Fotocrime have announced the details for their debut full-length album, Principle Of Pain. Fotocrime is the creation of singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist R (aka Ryan Patterson, long-time tentpole of the Louisville music scene). Set for a May 18 release Principle Of Pain boldly returns drum machines and analog synthesizer sequencing to the forefront of the guitar-rock landscape, resulting in an album that confidently displays a mastery of song craft and stylistic range while crafting an distinct sonic identity.

Written and demoed in his home studio over the course of a year, R shared his work with no one before traveling to Baltimore to record the album with producer J. Robbins, a friend and collaborator of nearly two decades. The album was completed with contributions from a small handful of friends, including future Fotocrime band members Shelley Anderson and Nick Thieneman. The stunning original album cover art- work was painted by Chicago-via-Barcelona artist Noelia Towers, renowned for her beautiful, challenging artwork depicting elements of BDSM and feminine power. An in-demand painter and apparel designer, this is her first commissioned album artwork.

Principle Of Pain is a deeply personal album, the singular work of an artist traversing the peaks and valleys of his obsessions, loves, and fears soundtracked by massive beats, warm synths, and guitars that veer from chiming cleans to blown out fuzz.

Tracklist
1. Nadia (Last Year’s Men)
2. Love in a Dark Time
3. Don’t Pity the Young
4. The Rose and the Thorn
5. Autonoir
6. Gods in the Dark
7. Enduring Chill
8. Infinite Hunger For Love
9. Confusing World
10. The Soft Skin


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Golden Antenna Records
Distribution: Broken Silence
Genre: Dark Post-Punk
Date: 18/05/2018

Links:
Official: http://fotocrime.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fotocrime
Bandcamp: https://fotocrime.bandcamp.com
Label: http://www.goldenantenna.com

 

Monday, February 26, 2018, 10:24 CET:

TUSMORKE "Fjernsyn i Farver":

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Tusmørke is a psychedelic, progressive folk rock band from Skien, Norway. Fjernsyn i Farver (“Colour Television”) is their 6th full length album, loosely based on two concepts of light, time and reality. How everything we see is a reflection made by light from the sun hitting an object - The reflected light is registered by our eyes, but the reflection is also sent out in all other possible directions, travelling at the speed of light. The unobstructed reflections would travel forever onwards into space. If we could devise a means to move faster than light, we could overtake these reflections and view them again, seeing history backwards The second idea is that light is not seen as anything until it hits something and is reflected back, creating an image in colour for the human eye. So if there were no physical objects to reflect the light, there would be an eternal totality, a darkness of sorts, since light would not be seen.

All very mind-blowing, but Tusmørke are not afraid of anyone or anything - not even bafflingly complex theories of existence. They gladly tackle, grapple and wrestle with ideas they barely comprehend, yet keenly perceive to be significant.

Tracklist
1. Fjernsyn i farver (Colour Television)
2. Kniven I kurven (The Knife in the Basket)
3. Borgerlig Tussmørke (Civil Twilight)
4. 3001
5. Death Czar
6. Tøyens Hemmelighet (The Secret of Tøyen)


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Karisma Records
Distribution: Soulfood (Germany), Plastic Head (International)
Genre: Progressive Folk Rock
Release Date: 04/05/2018

Links
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tusmorke
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/tusm-rke
Label: http://www.karismarecords.no

 

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: Broken Silence
Genre: Math/ Prog Rock, RIO
Release date: 27/04/2018

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

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