Friday, September 23, 2022, 07:31 CET:

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Solitär from Stockholm, Sweden is the solo project by Mikael Tuominen, a multi-instrumentalist known from bands like Kungens Män and Automatism, who was born in Sweden in 1973 by Finnish parents. He has been working within a large spectrum of music over the years, ranging from doom metal to avant garde free improvisation to music for film to indie rock.

Solitär has a unique take on mellow indie rock. The first release on Tonzonen Records titled Bus Driver Immigrant Mechanic is often laid back and fragile, but there’s a bass driven heaviness cooking underneath with a clear impact of psych and shoegaze. The music travels freely through the centuries, hinting at soundscapes from the late sixties up until today without losing its focus - there is a story to be told. The lyrics deal with death, time travel, family and old ghosts, but also touch upon issues like class and the struggle of belonging in the world.

Mikael Tuominen comments: "These are definitely the most personal or even private songs I have ever written. It's a bit scary to release them for anyone to hear, but I think the topics are quite universal seen through my lens. We all have to cope with the loss of loved ones, time passing, aging and all of that heavy stuff. I do want to stress though, that this is a very positive album for me. I used music and the creation of these songs to really dive deep into some issues I needed to process, and it felt so great to come out with this result on the other side."


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Soulfood Music
Genre: Indie/ Shoegaze
Release Date: 18/11/2022

Links
Bandcamp: https://solitar.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/solitarmusik
Instagram: https://instagram.com/solitarmusik
Label: https://tonzonen.de

 

Friday, September 16, 2022, 10:12 CET:

H.C. BEHRENDTSEN "s/t":

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H., C. and B. from L. appear like three scientists wearing Aloha shirts occupying your basement party room. Their first album sounds as if it was recorded right there. Under laboratory conditions, of course.

If you‘ve already enjoyed a live gig of the Math Rock Experimental band, you’ll know that there’s no party without three tube TVs and a tumult of computer-generated avatars. This fall the band has launched their first album: nine angular sound excursions enthralling, disturbing and unsettling its listeners.

Difficult to grasp in one pass, this debut discloses a catchy and astounding cabinet of curiosities wrapped by the band's ample precision as well as its delicate and pearly sound. Excited indeed, riotous no.

With certain lunacy and blunt attention to detail Leipzig’s H. C. BEHRENDTSEN have melt clever compositional sophistry and a palmful of pop-cultural references into a record of roughly 40 min. duration. Where outrageous surf rock allusions are breaking even the sturdiest wall of guitar, a touch of 90s rock nostalgia breathes a certain warmth into the crystal-clear math rock structure. A sound which offhandedly bridges academic and DIY-spheres making jazzists and hardcore kids feel at home equally.


Format: LP, MC, Digital
Label: Schatulle Bömm
Distribution: Record Jet
Genre: Math-Rock/ Experimental
Release Date: 11/11/2022

Links
Linktree: https://linktr.ee/hcbehrendtsen
Official: https://hcbehrendtsen.de
Bandcamp: https://hcbehrendtsen.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/h.c.behrendtsen
Facebook: https://facebook.com/hcbehrendtsen
Label: https://schatulleboemm.com

 

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 10:20 CET:

OAK "The Quiet Rebellion Of Compromise":

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Oak is a Norwegian progressive pop/rock band that originally emerged from a folk-rock duo. The four members have a diverse background spanning from classical piano to electronica, prog- and hard-rock, with references to the alternative scene as well as progressive rock – something that has combined to make a distinguished and unique sound

Musically, The Quiet Rebellion Of Compromise is the most dynamic Oak album so far, with a wide range of influences showing through. We’re still in very familiar Oak territory, but with some sharper edges and some surprising twists and turns. After their previous album False Memory Archive, the band set out to write some shorter songs for a change – and ended up with their longest songs yet. As on their other albums, there are subtle hints to both past and future songs in the Oak universe.

For this album, the band decided to write about an important and touchy subject – Suicide and psychic health in general. Music as an art form can be very open for interpretation, so to be sure that the message comes across, they’ve asked for advice from experienced scholars on the subject. The font used on the album cover is partially made of handwriting from two real suicide notes, to underline the concept.

The band has a wide source of inspiration – Everything from classical music and impressionism to movie soundtracks and prog-rock. No wonder Oak really doesn't sound like anything else.

The album was recorded in Ljugekroken, mixed in Ghostward Studio by David Castillo (Katatonia, Leprous Opeth, etc.), and mastered by Tony Lindgren in Fascination Street Studio.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Karisma Records
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Genre: Progressive Pop/ Rock
Release Date: 11/11/2022

Links
Official: https://oakinoslo.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/oakinoslo
Instagram: https://instagram.com/oakinoslo
Bandcamp: https://oakinoslo.bandcamp.com
Label: www.karismarecords.no

 

Friday, September 02, 2022, 09:00 CET:

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS "Caged In Helics":

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Multinational trio Behind Closed Doors offers carefully crafted compositions that aspire to convey a notion of the struggle of what it is like to be a human being.

On their upcoming release Caged In Helices, the three well versed musicians, dutch drummer Yuma van Eekelen, Swedish Fred Jacobsson on bass and synths and German born Christoph Teuschel on guitars, created six songs with story arcs that captivate the mindful listener.

Composer Christoph Teuschel took inspiration from American composer Gloria Coates' use of glissandi and experimented with the many textures a string quartet can provide on three of their six compositions. The outcome is an amalgam of antagonisms: Ferocious, polyrhythmic riffs are juxtaposed with tender moments where time seems to be frozen. The string quartet integrates into the band's sound in a most natural way and adds up to the uniqueness of behind closed doors’ music.

Caged In Helices was composed in the course of 2018 and 2019 and recorded in March 2021 at Hertz Studio, Poland and mixed and mastered by Wojtek and Slavek Wiezlawski. Additional recordings were done at Warning studios in Amsterdam in June 2021. For authenticity’s sake, the band recorded with as little help from modern technology as necessary during the recording, i.e. no copy/ paste, no timing manipulation but the real deal.


Format: LP, Digital
Label: My Redemption Records
Genre: Post-Metal
Release Date: 28/10/22

Links
Official: www.behindcloseddoors-band.com
Bandcamp: https://behind-closed-doors.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/behindcloseddoors.band.official
Instagram: https://instagram.com/behindcloseddoors.official

 

Thursday, September 01, 2022, 10:01 CET:

WIZRD "Seasons":

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WIZRD is a Norwegian rock band that dips its toes in all kinds of genres. From rock and indie to jazz and prog, WIZRD knows all the rules but deliberately break them.

Formed at the Jazz Conservatory in Trondheim, WIZRD's four-piece line-up consists of Hallvard Gaardløs (Spidergawd, Draken and more) on bass and lead vocals, Karl Bjorå (Megalodon Collective and more) on guitar and vocals, Vegard Lien Bjerkan (Soft Ffog and more) on keyboards and vocals, Axel Skalstad (Krokofant, Soft Ffog and more) on drums.

Since 2020 the band has been working on their debut album, produced by Norwegian film score composer and Jaga Jazzist drummer Martin Horntveth. The album was recorded in Studio Paradiso in Oslo by Marcus Forsgren (Bror Forsgren, Jaga Jazzist) and Horntveth. Bergen-based musician and producer Matias Tellez (Young Dreams, Girl in Red) has mixed the album.

Seasons is a groovy, catchy and progressive masterclass, with beautiful vocal harmonies, awesome melodies, quirky jazz grooves and a rock’n’roll drive to die for.

Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Karisma Records
Genre: Groovy Rock
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Release Date: 21/10/2022

Links
Bandcamp: https://wizrd.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/WIZRDTHEBAND
Instagram: https://instagram.com/wizrdtheband
Label: https://karismarecords.no

 

Friday, August 26, 2022, 10:59 CET:

BOOGIE BELGIQUE "Machine":

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Boogie Belgique is the Belgian band founded in 2012 by Oswald Cromheecke. The project grew steadily through word of mouth, and Cromheecke was eventually joined by Emily Van Overstraeten, Cedric Van Overstraeten, Aiko Devriendt, Ambroos De Schepper and Martijn Van Den Broek. This collaborative approach to production gave birth to a new sound that stayed true to the nostalgic flair of the band’s beginning. Boogie Belgique’s sound is a blend of electronic music and jazz, with hints of Bonobo, Wax Tailor, and Quantic. Varying anywhere between relaxing, intimate moods and energizing, danceable grooves, Boogie Belgique’s music is characterized by melancholia, vintage samples and a live big band feel.

Four years after the success of the band’s breakout album Volta, Boogie Belgique is back with Machine. Their sixth album draws a parallel to the 1930’s both musically and politically. The album’s sound pays homage to the decade’s musical trends, such as the crooners, big bands, and swing. The band puts this concept on full display in their album standout Wonder, which is a modern crooner track inspired by Harold Orlob’s hit I Wonder Who’s Kissing You Now with nods to fan favorites like Goodnight Moon and Forever & Ever.

In both eras, the music is meant to be escapist. In the 30’s, fans of music danced their troubles away through exuberance. During the modern age in which this album is set, Boogie Belgique invites its listeners to slow down, breathe, and heal from the frantic distractions of modern life that engulf many of us.

The parallel can also be seen in the economic and sociopolitical shadows of the decade that ultimately lead to catastrophic events. Though the threat is never named explicitly in their music, and the meaning of the album title Machine is open to everyone’s interpretation, this looming presence is something that can be seen in much of the album’s themes. Feeling like they’re on the brink of losing things that are precious in this world, Boogie Belgique warns its listeners of fallen kingdoms (Tales of Old) and the dangers of their ever-growing consumption in the present day (Risk).

Whether it’s in the band’s Boogieman icon, or songs such as Mercury (named after a celestial body that lost its planetary status), Boogie Belgique continually returns to these themes; longing for a bygone era, urban decay, public uneasiness, societies falling from grace, and avenoir.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Boogie Belgique Records (Licensed to PIAS Belgium worldwide & Le Plan Recordings for North America.)
Distribution: PIAS/ The Orchard
Genre: Downtempo/ Electronic/ Jazz
Release Date: 14/10/22

Links
Official: https://boogiebelgique.com
Bandcamp: https://boogiebelgique.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/BoogieBelgique
Instagram: https://instagram.com/boogiebelgique

 

Thursday, August 25, 2022, 09:38 CET:

THE MANANA PEOPLE "Song Cycle, Or Music For The End Of Our Times":

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Song Cycle, Or Music For The End Of Our Times, the sophomore album of German-Colombian multi- instrumentalist duo The Mañana People, is a further deep dive into their eccentric mixture of pop sensibilities and experimental self-sabotage.

Swinging between elements of freak-folk and art-pop, the ten song collection features overlaying minimalistic guitar arrangements, combined with spooky synthesizers and unbound vocal harmonies, which provide an overall lo-fi, filmic aesthetic. The cassette release includes a specially peculiar bonus rendition of ABBA's Souper Trouper.

The Mañana People's output manages to swing harmoniously between the gutters of experimentation and the comfortable lightness of pop music.


Format: Tape, Digital
Label: Unique Records
Distribution: The Orchard
Release Date: 14/10/22

Links
Bandcamp: https://themananapeople.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/themananapeople
Instagram: https://instagram.com/themananapeople
Label: https://uniquerecords1988.bandcamp.com

 

Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 10:16 CET:

HAVEN OF ECHOES "The Indifferent Stars":

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Haven of Echoes is a new project by critically acclaimed musicians Paul Sadler (Spires) and Andreas Hack (Frequency Drift) that puts sophisticated songwriting, thoughtful lyrics and emotional vocal performance to the fore.

Best known as vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for celebrated UK based progressive metal act Spires, Paul possesses a haunting voice that ranges from silky smooth to harsh and anguished. His talent for inventive melodies and layered vocal composition takes centre stage throughout this exciting new project.

Andreas Hack is a musician from Germany whose former band Frequency Drift earned an international fan base with concerts all over Europe and released eight albums worldwide, which were enthusiastically received by fans and the press alike.

The debut album The Indifferent Stars is the engaging result of this collaboration. Difficult to categorize, it is at once progressive yet accessible, familiar yet forward-thinking. An album that takes the listener on a self-reflective journey, exploring the simultaneously connected yet increasingly isolated world we inhabit.

As guest musician, Andreas’ former bandmate, electric harpist Nerissa Schwarz enriches the music with a wide range of sounds, from eerie ambient soundscapes to energetic outbursts. She also wrote the music to the dark and brooding The Lord Giveth.... Electric guitars, acoustic stringed instruments, analogue synthesizers, digital sound generators and dynamic drums add further dazzling tones to the music.

A wide array of percussive instruments is also used to create another exciting layer that gives the songs a driving and exciting edge.

All these elements are combined in a unique cinematic, gothic and truly progressive album that despite all its musical complexities is at its heart a collection of interesting and relatable stories that will fascinate and thrill the listener.


Format: CD, Digital
Label: Self-released
Genre: Cinematic Progressive Rock
Release Date: 07/10/2022

Links
Official: https://havenofechoes.com
Bandcamp: https://frequencydrift.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/havenofechoes
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/haven_of_echoes

 

Friday, August 19, 2022, 10:24 CET:

MAJOR PARKINSON "Valesa - Chapter I: Velvet Prison":

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Major Parkinson announces their long-awaited return with the new album Valesa – Chapter I: Velvet Prison, releasing on CD, vinyl, cassette and all streaming platforms on October 7, 2022. The ever-evolving seven-piece has emerged from the primordial darkness of 2017’s Blackbox, into a neon haze of progressive synthpop/rock. Having chased the ever-elusive Ghost of Pop music from the early days of their eponymous debut album to the present, the band has always thrived within a melodic core – often clad under a shroud of progressive experimentation. On Valesa – Chapter I, the shackles are off, the curtain pulled back, as their compositions extrapolate with new focus and invention. Not necessarily less intricate, but definitely more pop.

The album features 17 meticulously crafted songs that explore new sonic territories, set to the political backdrop of the 1980s as they tap into the Zeitgeist of a period in human history that proved tantamount in shaping our world. From the halls of an abandoned American high school to the wine-stained head of Gorbachev — the album evokes an all-encompassing feeling of uneasy nostalgia, like humanity collectively looking back in time with a pair of cracked, rose-tinted glasses.

Synth anthems set in a disco of nuclear anxiety.”, says vocalist Jon Ivar Kollbotn. “In this day and age, life is passing before our eyes before we can grasp anything at all, and we become spectators in our own lives. Like confused, geriatric visitors in a wax museum. As time passes by, the past is becoming brighter and nostalgia is growing bigger.”

The instrumentation is powerful and evocative. Guitars swell with subtlety as the bass and drums provide the groundwork for an explosion of synths as keyboardist, Lars Christian Bjørknes, takes center stage to create something wholly unique. Returning female vocalist, Linn Frøkedal, joins with the band’s very own Peri Winkle to complement Jon Ivar Kolbotn’s enraptured vocals and guide us through the brightly coloured maze of Valesa – Chapter I.

Weaving between nostalgia and failed revolutions, this album is a completely unique star in the soundtrack of 2022, offering you something that has rarely been done in any field of music.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Apollon Records
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Genre: Progressive Rock
Release Date: 07/10/2022

Links
Official: https://majorparkinson.com
Bandcamp: https://majorparkinson.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/majorparkinson
Label: https://www.apollonrecords.no

 

Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 09:27 CET:

BRENNENSTUHL "No":

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Precise rhythms and yet great musical freedom characterize the Augsburg, Germany quartet Brennenstuhl.

Thus unexpected but always catchy structures can be found. Bass and drums as a driving Krautrock machine, paired with psychedelic guitar playing from jazz and blues form the flying carpet for saxophonist and singer Eva, whose voice is reminiscent of a mixture of Erykah Badu and Tess Parks.

The band self-describes their sound as acid krautrock jazz that is loud and weird, but also thoughtful, quiet and straightforward, yet always touching and danceable! Since the release of their self-titled debut album (HeadApe-Records) in 2017, the band has conquered the hearts of many at live festivals.

New album No is the consistent further development of the diverse sound of the four band members. The roots are clearly in jazz rock, but elements from the singer/ songwriter domain take a significant part of the music on No. With a wink of the eye, popular music is entertainingly processed, and it gets surprising when the band is inspired by free jazz structures, thus taking Brennenstuhl's sound cosmos in a completely new direction. No is multi-layered, from extremely catchy melodies and vocal passages, to complex instrumental parts.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Soulfood Music
Genre: Acid Krautrock Jazz
Release Date: 23/09/2022

Links
Linktree: https://linktr.ee/brennenstuhl
Bandcamp: https://brennenstuhl.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/brennenstuhlmusic
Label: https://tonzonen.de

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