Friday, January 20, 2023, 08:47 CET:

DEZ DARE "Perseus War":

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Perseus War is the 3rd album by Australian born, UK based artist Dez Dare. Leading on from 2022s Ulysses Trash, Dez presents 10 songs of dystopian indifference captured over 4 weeks in late 2022. Meant to be a companion EP to the last record, ideas spilled, riffs flowed, Perseus was born.

Ulysses Trash is a call to inaction, embracing the reality of the world around us and the place we have within it. Perseus War is the violent struggle that the universe and all within it has to survive. The daily pressure of existence, the beauty in the destruction left by the way and the sweet solace of understanding we have no control.

Dez Dare (aka Darren Smallman of BATTLE WORLDWIDE, Low Transit Industries, Thee Vinyl Creatures, The Sound Platform, Warped) grew up in Geelong, a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia where he became involved in the local punk and rock scene in 1990, playing in a band called Warped, sharing stages with the likes of Bored!, The 5678s, Fugazi, The Dirty Three and the Hard-ons, going on to play in multiple bands spewing out sludgy punk rock, drone riffage and noisy pop abundance. Darren was embedded in the scene, playing music, running labels (founding record label and touring company Low Transit Industries in 1999 working with bands such as The Essex Green, Lilys, Elf Power, Okkervil River, Of Montreal, Black Mountain, Trans Am) before moving to the UK in 2010 where he has operated ever since.

"I looked into the void to find solace (freedom to fight, freedom of mind)" is sung out in the opening line of STOP. STOP. STOP. TALKING. Regardless of the viewpoint Dez is singing from, this is the underlying sentiment. You can only be truly free with acceptance. Accepting you for who you are, that we all one day will die, that humans are flawed and beautiful, that otters are the best animals. Let go. The void has it covered.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: CH!MP Records
Genre: Garage Punk
Release Date: 17/03/2023

Links
Linktree: https://linktr.ee/dezdareriffs
Facebook: https://facebook.com/dezdareriffs
Instagram: https://instagram.com/dezdareriffs
Bandcamp: https://dezdare.bandcamp.com
Label: https://chimp.bandcamp.com

 

Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 10:22 CET:

THE BLACK CAT'S EYE "The Empty Space Between A Seamount And Shock-Headed Julia":

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The Black Cat's Eye is glaring fuzz, bass and drum riffs, interwoven chord pickings and lead guitars rooted in the blues – sometimes screaming, singing or rough. And above everything, the instrumental and song melody hovers almost like a hymn. With their musical style, the band, founded in Frankfurt am Main in 2018, is directly linked to the '60s and '70s – the great era of psychedelic rock.

In this way, the five-member musician collective approaches their songs with a keen sense of experimentation. The result is a world of sound lands into which you can completely immerse yourself. Time plays no role here, which is why a single piece can last 13 minutes.

The band commnents: "Our music does not describe concrete processes and is not inspired by such. It should and can stand for itself. If our listeners are inspired to their own imaginary journeys via the sound of the music, if films, landscapes and atmospheres arise in their mind's eye, then the music has developed its best possible effect."

A special feature of the band: the use of three guitars, which are not primarily used as a brute wall of sound, but as complex individual voices that fire each other up and spiral to unimagined heights.

The band tells: "Of course, the pieces contain room for improvisation. However, the majority of the music is quite precisely planned in order to specifically create tension and relaxation and not to get lost in trivialities. That's why The Black Cat's Eye has never been a jam band. Most of the music is very precisely choreographed and arranged."

Common structures or sequences of verse - chorus - bridge are deliberately broken up in order to overcome musical limitations. That this becomes an extraordinary, sensual listening experience is due not least to the precision of the arrangement and the interplay.

The album was mastered by Krautrock legend and mastering icon Eroc, who has enhanced the sound of countless indie, psychedelic and neo-krautrock releases.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Soulfood Music
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Release Date: 24/03/2024

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

 

Monday, January 16, 2023, 10:36 CET:

DOBBELTGJENGER "The Twins":

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The eclectic and catchy alt-rock outfit Dobbeltgjenger is releasing their fourth studio album, The Twins. The new record is about the battles that are waged against oneself. This is conceptualized through two internal and rivaling twins. The album reflects a chaotic time in songwriter Vegard Wiknes life, in the aftermaths of a mental breakdown. This was a time where the basics of life became a fight: getting out of bed, eating, talking, sleeping, etc. With extensive help from the mental health care system and by using songwriting as a way of expressing and processing his feelings he managed to get somewhat on his feet again, seven months later. As a trained music therapist in the same system that helped him Wikne is well aware of the way music making can drag people out of deep and muddy waters, and that is what The Twins did for him.

The album reflects this process, both musically and lyrically. The music is energetic, manic and colorful, but also dark, smothering and hard. It changes and varies, just as life does when in a chaotic time. Lyrically the album is self reflective, sometimes from the “bad” twins point of view and sometimes from a more cohesive point of view. "Being really mentally unwell can feel like observing yourself and your life from the outside, without anyway of interjecting" Wikne says. The Twins is about the fight for the driver's seat in your own life.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Apollon Records
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Genre: Alt-Rock
Release Date: 10/02/2023

Links
Instagram: https://instagram.com/dobbeltgjengerofficial
Facebook: https://facebook.com/dobbeltgjengerofficial
Bandcamp: https://dobbeltgjenger.bandcamp.com
Label: https://www.apollonrecords.no

 

Friday, January 13, 2023, 09:23 CET:

FARGO "Geli":

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After the apocalypse something’s brewing. The Leipzig-based post-rock band Fargo presents new album Geli, comprising four instrumental songs, each named after German cities, that have the sky shaking, crumbling, dreaming and resurrecting. They wander empty streets and dark houses.

Founded in 2012, the four-piece uses songs both rousing and somber, intricately and cleverly arranged, to deconstruct a postmodern world that operates through seemingly anonymous power structures. Within Fargo’s convincing dramaturgies, the guitars can sound like pianos, strings or synthesizers, communicating with each other, interrupting each other, and driving each other forward, while bass and drums stoically set the tempo and rhythm. The resulting pieces have a dense clarity and inner drama, clearly harder than the band’s earlier works, and sometimes suggest a secret army marching to defend diversity against simplicity. The complex, far-reaching pieces unfold musical textures which are suspensefully interwoven, distorted and deconstructed in order to let them radiate in a furious finale. Distant relatives include the sound explosions of Russian Circles and the spheric landscapes of Sigur Rós.

The album is dedicated to Geli. This was the nickname given to Angelika Zwarg, mother of two close friends of the band and an art teacher and painter who died in 2018 after a long illness. Angelika Zwarg was born in 1959 in Zschopau (a small East German city near Chemnitz at the foot of the Ore Mountains), where she lived for nearly her entire life. This is a place and a landscape that she both loved and hated, appreciated and despaired of—and you only despair of something that you honor immensely and that you call"home". From these roots she used her art to drive delicately ramified branches into the clouds and into the night sky, where the very same moon shines and illuminates the Dark Houses (the title of the 2013 painting adorning the cover).

Like Angelika Zwarg's intricately varnished paintings, Fargo interweaves musical patterns until a new whole is created. This is something to be appreciated and defended—which is what the samples of Winston Churchill’s famous 1940 speech hint at. Back then, the conservative British prime minister dedicated his country to the fight against Hitler: "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender." Or in Fargo’s own words: "The sample in ‘Pforzheim’ reminds us that murderous ideologies like Fascism, National Socialism as well as their contemporary specters are not defeated by pious hopes but instead demand practical resistance. In that sense, we understand the speech as a plea to act and to resist Fascism, National Socialism and their contemporary manifestations."


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Kapitän Platte/ Apollon Records
Distribution: D/AT: Cargo Records, Benelux: Sonic Rendezvous FR: Differ-Ant, CH: Irascible, IT: Goodfellas
Genre: Instrumental Rock
Release Date: 17/03/2023

Links
Bandcamp: https://fargo-official.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/fargo.official
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fargo.official
Label: https://kapitaen-platte.de

 

Friday, January 13, 2023, 09:17 CET:

LES DUNES "s/t":

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Les Dunes is a new instrumental alternative band from Haugesund, Norway. Consisting of members from bands like The Low Frequency in Stereo, Undergrunnen, Lumen Drones, Helldorado and Action & Tension & Space. The band consists of Per Andreas Haftorsen on guitar, Morten Jackman on drums and Per Steinar Lie on bass.

The result reminds of the fantastic slow-core era bands of the 90ies, like Codeine who create their own version of Explosions In The Sky songs or like Per Steinar Lie claims "it feels like the vibe of the early days of The Low Frequency In Stereo". The music is rooted in a thought of a long freeway drive at night where time stops and the mind flows.

Les Dunes has been to ABC studio in Etne with Kjetil Ulland and recorded 8 tracks, which are going to be their debut album. The album will be co-released by Norwegian Label Apollon Records, and the German label Kapitan Platte who already released Action & Tension & Space and the first two The Low Frequency In Stereo LP's on Vinyl.

Simon Raymonde from Cacteau Twins and Bella Union comments: "Nice mellow vibes Explosions In The Sky feelings".


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Kapitän Platte/ Apollon Records
Distribution: D/AT: Cargo Records, Benelux: Sonic Rendezvous FR: Differ-Ant, CH: Irascible, IT: Goodfellas
Genre: Instrumental Rock
Release Date: 24/03/2023

Links
Instagram: https://instagram.com/les_dunes_band
Facebook: https://facebook.com/Lesdunesband
Label: https://kapitaen-platte.de

 

Monday, January 09, 2023, 11:19 CET:

MOWGLI "Gueule de Boa":

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Just as Kipling's hero from The Jungle Book discovers a life on the fringes of human society and flourishes among new companions, the French trio Mowgli ventures where you might not expect. Their new album Gueule de Boa is a reminder that electro-jazz is a playground that still thrives. Infectious and catchy riffs mix with experimental themes, asymmetrical yet danceable grooves. Through the rich and lush vegetation of the music, the trio penetrates further and further, as if into a jungle.

With Gueule de Boa, Bastien Andrieu, Ferdinand Doumerc and Pierre Pollet create the soundtrack for a 21st century Mowgli. Eruptive, rocky, breathless, Mowgli's music tells stories of the modern jungle. It oscillates between urban sounds and wild lyricism, abstract stripping and incandescent explosions.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: BMC Records
Genre: Jazz Rock/ Improv
Release Date: 20/01/2023

Links
Facebook: https://facebook.com/mowglimusic
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mowgli-music
Bandcamp: https://mowglidelajungle.bandcamp.com
Label: https://bmcrecords.hu

 

Friday, December 09, 2022, 08:37 CET:

JEFFK "TAR":

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TAR is the long-awaited second album by jeffk, the Leipzig-based instrumental band whose first album Inadequate Shelter impressed many post-rock fans in 2018. After touring throughout Europe and playing major post-rock festivals, jeffk returned to Jan Oberg's Hidden Planet Studio in Berlin to record the new album.

On TAR, the trio refined its style of creating sonic landscapes by focusing on groove and balancing playfulness and aggression. The music is accompanied by an album cover and visuals that can be considered as an artistic commentary on the dystopian zeitgeist of today's society in light of humanity's impact on nature.

The band comments on the album title and theme: "The album title TAR refers to mankind's tendency to cover their paradise with concrete, thus robbing it of its qualities and depriving themselves of habitat in order to create a new "paradise" that doesn't come close to the previously destroyed one."

jeffk has the ability to convey this kind of dystopian atmosphere with their music, arranging elements of (post)rock, (post)metal and electronic music. By adding loops and synthesizers, jeffk creates a style that is in no way a cliché of already explored post-rock themes.

The beautiful artwork was designed by Adrian Kietzmann. TAR is released in two colored vinyl editions, as a digipack CD and as a digital download.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Golden Antenna Records
Distribution: Broken Silence
Genre: Post-Rock
Release Date: 20/01/2023

Links
Bandcamp: https://jeffk.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/this.is.jeffk
Instagram: https://instagram.com/jeffk_official
Label: https://goldenantenna.com

 

Friday, December 02, 2022, 08:21 CET:

POIL "PoiL Ueda"

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The new album from French experimental rock experts PoiL titled PoiL Ueda is an unexpected encounter between Junko Ueda, eminent figure of the Japanese medieval epic storytelling, whose warm and profound voice summons the terrestrial energies, and the organic madness of the monster PoiL practicing with cosmic rock without net.

Poil Ueda detonnates the limits of rock and world music. By the magic and respect of the "Ma (間)," the two universes mesh and converge in perfect osmosis. Junko Ueda is a vocalist and satsuma-biwa player from Japan.

Poil Ueda is based on the 13th-century Japanese epic tale "Heike-Monogatari." The composition is based on traditional epic singing accompanied by the satsuma-biwa and Buddhist Shomyo chant. Through the fusion of an ancient Japanese traditional music with a hyper modern European musical formation, this project offers the opportunity to discover a unique musical universe.

Poil Ueda is an innovative performance where PoiL's unrestrained experimental rock blends with the mellow and sinuous voice, the compelling narrative, and the remarkable charisma of Junko Ueda.

The album opens with Kujô-Shakujô, a Buddhist shômyô chant practiced by monks to ward off evil spirits. The second part of the album plunges us into the naval battle of Dan no Ura and the grievous decline of the imperial Heike clan facing the Genji clan.

Junko's stories surf freely on PoiL’s tumultuous wave pulsing with brashness and precision.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Dur et Doux
Distribution: Broken Silence
Genre: Experimental Rock
Release Date: 03/03/23

Links
Bandcamp: https://poil.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/poil.official
Facebook: https://facebook.com/POILband
Label: https://duretdoux.com

 

Friday, December 02, 2022, 08:18 CET:

FRANK POPP ENSEMBLE "Shifting":

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The Frank Popp Ensemble, founded by Mr. Popp himself around 2000, began as a one-man concept, unashamedly recreating the sounds of northern soul and funk from the late 60s, working in old school hip hop fashion, using vintage samples, re-structuring and combining them with beats and some minimal instrument parts. The Frank Popp Ensemble gained popularity between 2001 and 2003 with the Top-20-Hit Hip Teens Don't Wear Blue Jeans and released three great albums.

Now he is back at his desk for his own musical project Frank Popp Ensemble! And again he got help from many wonderful special guests lending this project their voices, such as Jesper Munk, Aydo Abay, Lucy Kruger, Kat Ott from 24/7 Diva Heaven, Anna Glahn and classic FPE singer Sam Leigh-Brown. Mr. Popp wrote, recorded, produced and mixed Shifting in Spain between January and March 2021, accompanied by Jascha Kreft (Odd Couple) for the songwriting sessions.

The 16-song heavyweight takes us on a colourful journey through vintage soul scorchers, psychedelic soundtrack scapes, spector-esque sound walls, bootboy glamrock and even a riviera space-disco tune can be found on the new longplayer. Of course lotsa things changed in that many years. Many lyrics are written by Popp himself, out for trouble in impertinent phrasing here and there. The music has become mature and deeper tho and his voice can be heard on two songs, the first time ever. It sure is a remarkable piece of high quality music, that’s been delivered here. Watch out, world!


Format: LP, Digital
Label: Unique Records/ Schubert Music Europe
Distribution: The Orchard/ Membran
Genre: Soul/ Psychedelic
Release Date: 27/01/2023

Links
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frankpoppensemble
Bandcamp: https://thefrankpoppensemble.bandcamp.com
Label: https://uniquerecords1988.bandcamp.com

 

Friday, November 04, 2022, 08:57 CET:

MICHEL FERNANDEZ QUARTET "Global Warning":

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Global Warning, a warning never taken seriously. Michel Fernandez, saxophonist and composer, with his musicians and guests, has decided to seize it to play all his references, all the memories of jazz and elsewhere to make the need to become wild again, to reconnect with the earth, the environment. Echoes from forgotten times, trances to rediscover the taste of the sublime, of dance, the groove to make bodies and minds move. Civilization needs to go beyond itself to continue top exist. The embers of free jazz, blues, Caribbean and Brazilian cultures are reborn, fanned by a new breath, a vital breath, that of our need to share musical territories so that they become common. A vital, living, joyful and blue music. (- Nicolas Béniès, Le Souffle bleu)

Members + guests: Michel Fernandez, sax ténor / Julien Chignier, sax baryton / Philippe « Pipon » Garcia, batterie / François Gallix, contrebasse / Benoît Thévenot, piano & clavier / Léa Fernandez, batterie / Nicolas Serret, batterie / Pierre Baudinat, batterie.


Format: CD, Digital
Labels: Atypeek Music
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 25/11/2022 (EU)

Links
Official: https://michel-fernandez-quartet.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/michelfernandezquartet
Bandcamp: https://michelfernandez.bandcamp.com
Atypeek Music: https://atypeekmusic.com

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