Monday, August 19, 2019, 14:43 CET:

SONS OF ALPHA CENTAURI "Buried Memories":

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Sons of Alpha Centauri are back to release Buried Memories, a collaborative post metal colossus and the second part of the journey that started with last album Continuum (2018).

This unique release has been mixed by industrial metal icon Justin K. Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu...) and ambient gloom metal maestro James Plotkin (Khanate, Jodis etc.). Buried Memories contains two 10 minute slabs of eclectic ambient progressive rock and a series of interpretative remixes of the theme tracks by both Broadrick and Plotkin.

Justin Broadrick collaborates with the band on side A through the progressive riff saga of Hitmen which he has mixed and also provided two remixes in his guise as Jesu and another as the eponymous JK Flesh. These three staggering pieces of music elapse over 27 minutes of pure instrumental voyage in a way only Sons of Alpha Centauri and Justin Broadrick could deliver!

James Plotkin and SOAC collaborate through several tracks including Warhero a sprawling 10 minute odyssey and a masterful remix of SS Montgomery - the single from the bands classic instrumental landmark debut album.

After entering the Continuum the listener must now bury their memories. The darkness will envelope the listeners in this second part of their epic sprawling progressive dark rock saga.

The LP version of Buried Memories comes on a selection of 180 gram heavyweight colored vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with photo inlay and download code.


Format: Limited LP, CD, Digital
Label: H42 Records
Distribution: Broken Silence (Ger), Clearspot (EU), Code 7 (UK), Robotic Empire (USA)
Genre: Post-Rock/ Ambient
Release Date: 13/10/2019

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

 

Thursday, August 15, 2019, 11:42 CET:

LUCY KRUGER & THE LOST BOYS "Sleeping Tapes For Some Girls":

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Lucy Kruger is a singer/songwriter from Cape Town, South Africa who recently moved to Berlin. Her performance focuses on the bare bones of the songs, a slow burning psychedelic folk that is both intimate and ambient. Dreamscapes set against drones allow the stories to drift and dive, fall asleep and come to life.

Lucy Kruger & The Lost Boys’ first LP Summer’s Not That Simple was released in partnership with independent South African label Permanent Record. The album holds a sea of guitars in conversation with almost whispered thoughts.

In September this year she will release her second full length album Sleeping Tapes for Some Girls through Unique Records. The new album is made to be a quiet companion for restless evenings. The album was recorded just before Lucy moved from Cape Town to Berlin in May last year. She had been quietly spinning a soft web of songs and wanted to capture the feeling before leaving. Sleeping Tapes for Some Girls was made with a very specific listener in mind. For the last few years Lucy has gone to bed listening to the stories and sounds of songwriters that have became close companions, both challenging and nurturing her and eventually gifting her rest. She wanted to give something of the same to those who might need it.

The arrangements are minimal and leave space for Lucy’s voice and guitar which are present throughout - reflecting, resisting and trying to reason with conflicted thought.

Lucy Kruger has shared the first two singles and accompanying videos for The Ocean at Night and Half of A Woman, as well as Digging A Hole.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Unique Records
Distribution: Groove Attack/ Believe Digital
Genre: Psychedelic Folk/ Dark Folk
Release date: 27/09/2019

Links
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LucyKrugerOfficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lucy_kruger
Bandcamp: https://lucykruger.bandcamp.com
Label: http://unique-rec.com

 

Wednesday, August 07, 2019, 10:08 CET:

WIRES & LIGHTS "A Chasm Here And Now":

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When you find yourself struggling to find suitable references and apt descriptions to somehow classify the sudden enthusiasm about a new record, it can quickly lead to despair. Even when you're searching within roughly the right category (post-punk: you know – melody, substance, rock line-up and so on), and still fail hopelessly, then one thing is clear: No matter what you do, hold on to that record firmly and don't let it go!

A Chasm Here And Now is the long awaited debut album of Justin Stephens' (ex-Passion Play) current band Wires & Lights, with which the Berlin quartet redeems everything they announced at live shows and on the Pagan Love Songs Vol. 3 compilation in 2014 with an early demo version of Swimming.

Right from the off, the brilliant opener Drive leaves nothing to be desired in terms of thrilling, hymnic danceability: "Turn up your drive / ‘til you're racing ahead of the noise of life" is just epic! A grandiosely updated Swimming sustains the urgent sense of drive unconventionally, before Anyone, one of the most gripping and sweeping mid-tempo ballads of recent years, changes down a gear. And that was just the beginning.

Every time you think you've grasped the band musically, they immediately prove you wrong with the next track. Beyond predictability and within a broad, but nonetheless navigable aesthetic corridor, Justin Stephens and his comrades-in-arms – Ralf Hünefeld on guitar and keyboards, Gabriel Brero on bass and Sebastian Hilgetag on drums – display with A Chasm Here And Now one thing above all: Songs of this calibre cannot possibly be created by beginners. What is so rich in content, so versatile but never arbitrary, and yet seems to flow so naturally, can only be the result of rich experience and many years of dedication. The high-quality production in Berlins Trixx Studios is the technical equivalent of the artistic premiere league in which A Chasm Here And Now plays.

In addition to pure listening pleasure, Justin's incomparable lyrics offer unpretentious depth in a manner that is rarely found. They inspire in their entirety just as they function as one-liner fragmented aphorisms ("reality stayed when your reason abandoned"). Thus Wires & Lights are the very embodiment of the enlightening message to which they owe their name: It's all there; you just have to help yourself.

And if you’re still in any doubt, listen to the conclusion of the album: Going, Going, Gone – this masterfully polished gem of a song, with its New Model Army-like bubbling structure, its genetic connection with Passion Play's Running On Empty and its epic deliverance will be a classic for all time that everyone always wants to hear.


Format: CD, Digital
Label: Oblivion/ SPV
Distribution: SPV
Genre: Post-Punk
Release Date: 13/09/2019

Links
Official: https://wireslights.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wireslights
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/wireslights
Label: http://www.facebook.com/spvhannover

 

Monday, August 05, 2019, 10:55 CET:

KENNETH MINOR "On My Own":

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Kenneth Minor presents his third, previously unreleased, album. After two highly-acclaimed longplayers In That They Can Not Help It (2010) and Phantom Pain Reliever (2017), performances at home and abroad (from Wiesbaden to London) and the Innocent Award 2017 in the category "Best Singer Songwriter“ in his pocket, Kenneth Minor introduces his probably most multi-facetted album under the title On My Own, without losing the common theme: stomping folk blues, picking wrested from the fingertips, swamp, warm, fuzzy and soulful electric guitar riffs with punk attitude and incisive slide guitar, minimalist style, relaxed folk, idiosyncratic beat in a contemporary sound design - without appearing clichéd. His melodious character voice, supported by harmonious choir singing, oscillates between fragile expressiveness and self-assured announcements, paints poetic-linguistic images of the inner and outer world and spans the contentual arc between autobiographical experience and social criticism.

Tracklist
1. Age Of Reason
2. Fed Up
3. Wrap Up A Deal
4. On My Own
5. True
6. Happy Man
7. Bad Conscience Blues
8. Breach
9. Hidden Berries
10. Dash Of Sadness
11. Girl From Berlin
12. My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Unique Records
Distribution: Groove Attack/ Rough Trade/ Believe Digital
Genre: Indie Folk / Singer-Songwriter
Release date: 04/10/2019

Links
Official: http://kennethminor.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kennethminormusic
Bandcamp: https://kennethminor.bandcamp.com
Label: http://unique-rec.com

 

Thursday, June 06, 2019, 11:20 CET:

ALWANZATAR "Helsfyr Terminal Ekspress"

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Alwanzatar is a one man project featuring Krizla of Norwegian cult heroes Tusmørke. Helsfyr Terminal Ekspress is the third album by Alwanzatar, it features six pieces of cosmic synthesizer music containing flute, drum machines, analog and digital sound sources and loads of tape echo. Under the Alwanzatar moniker, Krizla is creating extraterrestrial world music with his flute, incantations, synthesisers and electronics. Helsfyr Terminal Ekspress is a traveller's bag of earcandy to enjoy on a bus ride into the nether regions of space.

Helsfyr Terminal Ekspress refers to a bus service whose route passed the now derelict rehearsal rooms at Ulven, Oslo, where the first Alwanzatar tapes were recorded seven years ago. Later on, strangely, this service disappeared from any bus schedule. However, the present album are the tracks that Krizla would like to listen to while riding that bus, speeding on its way to the terminal hellfire.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Apollon Records
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Genre: Synth, Electronic, Kosmische
Release Date: 21/06/2019

Links
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/alwanzatar
Bandcamp: https://alwanzatar.bandcamp.com
Label: http://www.apollonrecords.no

 

Wednesday, June 05, 2019, 11:19 CET:

MAGIC PIE " Fragments Of The 5th Element":

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Magic Pie has become a household name for prog fans around the world with their blend of classic prog and 70's hard rock inspired by bands such as Dream Theater, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Kansas, Deep Purple, Yes, etc. Fronted by band leader and guitar maestro Kim Stenberg, the band are known for their epic, energetic, melodic and sometimes heavy prog rock with splendid vocal harmonies and great musicianship.

Fragments of the 5th Element is Magic Pie’s long awaited 5th album, made up from 5 tracks showcasing the band’s very diverse influences. On this record, they have tried to steer clear of the sterile perfection which modern prog bands have a tendency to get caught up in – and have gone for a slightly more unpolished sound, a bit rough in the edges. A little more ‘bite’.

From the bombastic and genre-defying opener The Man Who Had It All to the epic 23 minute album closed The Hedonist, this album has Magic Pie firing on all cylinders! It’s safe to say that it has definitely been worth the wait.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Karisma Records
Distribution: Soulfood (Germany), Plastic Head (International)
Genre: Progressive Rock
Release Date: 30/08/2019

Links
Official: http://www.magicpie.no
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MagicPieOfficial
Bandcamp: https://magicpie.bandcamp.com
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/magicpieband
Label: http://www.karismarecords.no

 

Monday, June 03, 2019, 11:22 CET:

WARMRAIN "Back Above The Clouds":

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Back Above The Clouds is the highly anticipated debut album from Warmrain. The band’s first release, a four-track EP Absent Friends (2011), was described in Prog magazine as "a thoughtful calling card... A stately affair that shows some Floyd influences." Since then Warmrain have been out of the spotlight, quietly crafting the intense and deeply personal double album. Conceived and written by Leon J Russell, Back Above The Clouds is based on a true story, "adapted", according to Russell, "to appeal to everyone. As human beings, we all share in the universal experience of heart-breaking loss, and during the after-effects we have to discover coping mechanisms that will give us the strength to rebuild ourselves and our lives." The concept was brought to life by guitarist Matthew Lerwill and bassist Simon Bradshaw, with Russell handling vocals, guitar and drums, and tells how the person who lived through this story kept a series of journals, documenting the thoughts and feelings they were experiencing. Back Above The Clouds is made up solely of extracts from these journals.

Because of the universal nature of such a story, there are plans to widen its horizons so that it is not only told through words and music, but also through videos, photographs, illustrations and infographics via social media platforms. "There isn’t a single person who doesn’t know what it feels like to experience loss", explains Russell, "and I see this as a healing aid, if you like, something people can engage with and not feel alone". Back Above The Clouds will be preceded by a new EP. The lead track Here Comes The Rain Again, a sublime interpretation of Eurythmics’ song, appears in edited form, and will be accompanied by a stunning 4K video, shot at Dorchester Abbey on 20 February and featuring guest musicians Craig Blundell on drums and John Mitchell playing keyboards. The EP is completed by three non-album tracks Shadow-Line Paradigm, Keep Going and Clock Watching Pt.1, Pt.2 & Pt.3 written specifically for the release. The full seven-minute version of Here Comes The Rain Again will be included on Back Above The Clouds as a bonus track. A must have for fans of Pink Floyd, Steven Wilson and Anathema.


Format: 2xCD, Digital
Label: Rain Recordings
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Genre: Progressive Rock
Release Date: 07/06/2019

Links
Official: http://warmrainband.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/warmrainofficial
Instagram: hhtp://www.instagram.com/warmrainband
Pre-order: https://warmrain.lnk.to/backabovetheclouds

 

Monday, June 03, 2019, 09:30 CET:

MOOP "s/t":

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MOOP is a crazy animal. Mixing metal heaviness with contempory jazz improv, MOOP plays a singular music, strong, full of break, meditative, even poetic.

It hints and blares an hybrid «brutal jazz», with complex rythms. Two robust baryton saxophones support the lucid aberrations of a guitar reminding Robert Fripp's obsessions and tripping drums.

The band is based in Poitiers, Paris and Périgueux (France), where they mostly play live with math-rock bands (Sec, Piscine, Kouma...) or Jazz artists (Thomas de Pourquery, Magnetic Ensemble).

MOOP was created by the saxophonist William Brandy in 2011. The same titled debut was recorded during summer 2016 and came out originally in September 2017 but will be now released via Tonzonen Records in a limited edition of 300 copies on colored marbled vinyl with a gatefold cover.


Format: LP/ Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: H'Art
Genre: Jazz-Improv/ Metal
Release Date: 12/07/2019

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

 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 10:08 CET:

MOUTH "Past Present Future":

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With their second album Vortex (2017, released by BluNoise Records under the direction of Guido Lucas) German Mouth already attracted attention and was very well received by fans and the press with their cool vintage sound.

After the death of Lucas Mouth signed to Tonzonen Records and released the exciting and highly acclaimed album Floating (2018).

Unfortunately the band had to deal with a heavy fate again. After a long and serious illness Mouth bass player Gerald Kirsch died shortly after the release of the album.

It was definitely time for a break.

In March 2019, the band announced that they had found a new bass player in Thomas Johnen and will make their live comeback at the Krach am Bach Festival (Beelen).

Just in time for summer, a comeback release from Mouth in form of a beautiful limited edition 10" (300 copies, pink vinyl) will be released again with Tonzonen Records. Titled Past Present Future, the new EP features 4 previously unreleased tracks in best retro-mouth rock style, mastered by Eroc


Format: 10"/ Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: H'Art
Genre: Retro-Prog, Krautrock
Release Date: 14/06/2019

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

 

Monday, May 27, 2019, 09:45 CET:

LECHE MOI "A6":

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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. drums.


Artist: Lèche Moi
Title: A6
Format: Digital / CD / Vinyl
Labels: Atypeek Music / Araki Records
Genre: Post-Punk/ Dark Electro
Release date: Out now (June 2019)

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

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