Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 11:33 CET:

iiah "Terra":

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Formed in 2013, iiah consists of Tim Day (Vocals, Keys, Guitars), Ben Twartz (Guitar), Nick Rivett (Guitar), Aaron Fuller (Bass) and Matthew Stedman (Drums). Their brand of cinematic post rock blends ambient moods with driving guitars and soaring vocals, informed by the diverse musical and artistic backgrounds of the members.

After the launch of their self-titled EP in 2015, the band followed up with their debut album Distances in 2017 which received significant attention and interest throughout the post- rock community and lead the band to share stages with Mono, We Lost The Sea and Cog.

iiah's highly anticipated second album Terra is set to transport listeners to alternate planes of existence. It represents both a maturity and evolved vision of the journey the band began with Distances, combining their distinctive vocal style with deliberate and purposeful exploration through moments of light and dark in both music and the human experience. The band is set to tour the album across Australia and Europe as soon as possible.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: self-released
Genre: Cinematic Post-Rock
Release Date: 17/04/2020 (EU)

Links
Facebook: https://facebook.com/iiahband
Instagram: https://instagram.com/iiahofficial
Bandcamp: https://iiah.bandcamp.com
Label: https://www.birdsrobe.com

 

Monday, March 16, 2020, 09:00 CET:

SMOKEMASTER "s/t":

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Smokemaster is a psychedelic rock band from Cologne, Germany. Their musical spectrum ranges from slow and spherical parts that are reminiscent of Pink Floyd to colourful jam parts that remind you of The Doors or Colour Haze.

The self-titled debut album starts with gentle tones. The first track Solar Flares starts quite slowly and takes the listener on a musical journey. However, this dream-like journey abruptly ends when they speed up with their song Trippin' Blues which is a blues-rock sing. This is the first time on the album that singer Björn Bear presents his warm voice. Ear Of The Universe is the third and longest song on the album. It's about ten minutes long and as intense as Trippin' Blues. It starts as a mid-tempo krautrock number, however this changes and the song evolves from colourful jam parts to an epic kind of post rock song. Sunrise In The Canyon, a song that might remind you of Tarantino's Wild West movies. On Astronaut Of Love the band dives into real stoner rock, starting with a fuzzy bass riff which is later supported by heavy guitar. It is the last time on this album you will hear Björnsen Bear's warm voice. The song ends with an epic and massive organ. Finally, the last track Astral Traveller, is a 60s or 70s heav psychedelic song that is moving forward constantly before guitarist Jay starts with a solo that sends you to a far away universe - or to another dimension.

Smokemaster are extremely happy about working with the sound genius Eroc, who is widely known as the drummer of the German band Grobschnitt. The band is one of the bands of the golden age of krautrock. With his dedication and commitment Eroc gave the album the brilliance and power Smokemaster wanted to achive.

The first single, Astral Traveller, will be released with a video that was directed by psychedelic artist Larry Carlson from New York.


Format: LP/ CD/ Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Soulfood
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Release Date: 24/04/2020

Links
Official: https://smokemaster.rocks
Facebook: https://facebook.com/SmokemasterPsychedelic
Bandcamp: https://smokemaster.bandcamp.com
Label: https://www.tonzonen.de

 

Monday, March 09, 2020, 11:32 CET:

UNTITLED WITH DRUMS "Hollow":

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Untitled With Drums formed 2014 as a five-piece rock band from Clermont-Ferrand, France. With a wide array of influences such as Failure, Slint, Shipping News, True Widow or Cave In, Untitled With Drums puts a fresh spin on alternative rock by incorporating the raw noise of the 90s with a modern progressive post-rock vibe.

After touring in support of their first EP S/T W/D (2017), Untitled With Drums started working in their debut LP. The result is the 10 track album Hollow, which was recorded by infamous Serge Morattel at Rec Studio (Knut, Shora, Unhold, Impure Wilhelmina, Year Of No Light, Tantrum...) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Hollow was recorded live in studio to retain the organic feel and the energy of their live shows. The guitars abd synth parts were then re-recorded in order to craft the heavy, lush atmosphere Serge Morattel's productions are acclaimed for.

To maintain consistency between music and visuals, Untitled With Drums' songwriter and bass player Martin Le Borgne is also responsible for artwork and art direction of Hollow.


Format: Digital, LP, CD
Labels: Atypeek Music (digital), Seeing Red Records Araki Records, Brigante Records
Genre: Alternative Rock
Release Date: 03/04/2020 (EU)

Links
Facebook: https://facebook.com/untitledwithdrums
Bandcamp: https://untitledwithdrums.bandcamp.com
Label: http://atypeekmusic.com

 

Monday, March 09, 2020, 11:30 CET:

SOLAR FLARE RECORDS - Various Artists:

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Though it may look like it, this isn’t a «Best of Noise», or even a «Best of Solar Flare Records» collection. Solar Flare Records - Various Artists is just a collection of notable international noise bands released by Solar Flare Records from 2012 - 2019. We recommend this album to any fan of noise rock, who is not yet familar with the French and American noise scene, as it contains some very good examples of noise songs, and some good reasons to check these bands out. Solar Flare Records is an independent label located in France, promoting Noise Rock, Metal and Hardcore Punk bands. French avantgarde label Atypeek Music collaborates with the label on digital distribution.


Artists: Pigs, Sofy Major, Pord, Watertank, Bardus, American Heritage, Fashion Week, The Great Sabatini, Carne, Stuntman.
Title: Solar Flare Records - Various Artists
Format: Digital, CD
Labels: Solar Flare Records/ Atypeek Music
Genre: Noise Rock
Release Date: 03/04/2020 (EU)

Links
Facebook: https://facebook.com/solarflarerecords
Facebook: https://facebook.com/AtypeekMusic
Official: http://atypeekmusic.com

 

Monday, March 02, 2020, 09:30 CET:

SOLKYRI "Mount Pleasant":

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Australian post-rockers Solkyri are back with a new album Mount Pleasant and new live shows to launch the record in Europe and the UK (touring alongside fellow Australian post-rock legends We Lost The Sea)!

Mount Pleasant is Solkyri’s long-awaited follow up their 2015 release Sad Boys Club. This record sees the band further build upon their unique approach to post-rock, reaching new limits of aggression, intricacy and intimacy. With Mount Pleasant the band strives to push the boundaries of both sides of its personality, its unyielding energy and its tender moments of vulnerability. Mount Pleasant is the culmination of years of personal reflection and rediscovery of passion. The lead singles Holding Pattern and Pendock & Progress show the band are still at the peak of their powers on record, and adept at blending nostalgia & pulsing adrenalin within a song.

The record was inspired by the theme of deception, deceit and false facades. Tracks like Potemkin, one of the more unrelenting songs on this album, takes inspiration from the architecture of the Potemkin Village, a construction used to deceive others into believing a situation is better than it is. Similarly, closing track Gueules Cassées, is a reference to the ‘broken faces’ of French soldiers who suffered horrific facial mutilations from the first war in history fought on an industrial scale. The track attempts to invoke the horror and chaos of a war that was advertised as a sporting adventure with your mates.
In contrast, tracks like Meet Me In The Meadow, a delicate Rhodes-driven piece ,showcases new ground broken by the band in their approach to song craft, allowing members to experiment with new configurations within the band.

While Solkyri have explored new territory on this record, they have also honed their style of energetic post-rock laden with pop melodies on tracks like Pendock & Progress and Shambles. Both tracks are built around the interplay of guitars and driving rhythms, with nods to math-rock, shoegaze and ambient music. As such, they fit seamlessly into Solkyri’s already dynamic live sets.
For this album, Solkyri opted to self-produce, with guitarist Ryan Fitz-Henry taking the helm. The record, like previous records, was mixed by Dax Liniere at his state of the art studio in London. The process allowed the band to hone the production whilst progressing themselves personally and professionally – a new model for many artists in this day and age.

The band are renowned for their fiery and powerful live performances. So it’s fitting they’ll launch the record with shows in their homeland before heading overseas to Europe again. In March they will celebrate upcoming album in Melbourne on Friday 6 March, playing alongside Japanese legends Mono at Max Watts. Then on Saturday 28 March they’ll launch the record in their hometown of Sydney at The Factory Floor. Following these dates, the band will return to Europe to play Belgium’s dunk!festival and support fellow Sydneysiders We Lost The Sea on a four-week series of shows around the UK and Europe in May & June, showcasing a career-spanning set of songs.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records/ dunk!records
Genre: Post-Rock
Release Date: 03/04/2020 (EU)

Links
Official: https://solkyri.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/solkyri
Instagram: https://instagram.com/solkyri
Bandcamp: https://solkyri.bandcamp.com
Label: www.birdsrobe.com

 

Friday, February 21, 2020, 10:00 CET:

LESS WIN "Given Light":

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The third album Given Light finds Less Win at their most explosive and introverted yet; as if guarding something with all their might, tensing every musical muscle.

Writing a new album never comes easy. Once the Copenhagen trio had come back from a huge touring spree promoting their 2016 album Trust, (that sold out two weeks after release) all three band members took a few months off to regroup and returned, creatively restless, with a wish to write in a structured way with each individual member acting as a separate songwriter to work on and build collectively. The process was long, hard and draining, and nothing tangible was emerging from their creative bedrock, so they scrapped at least one album’s worth of music on the spot.

After taking an adopted ‘tabula rasa’ approach: "We gave no thought to our earlier material, to our friends in other bands or to the record label. Material was to be written quickly; all preconceived material was to be disallowed. Criticism and editing of material during the writing process was to be swift and decisive," says drummer Matthew Moller. If any doubts were raised about the material, it would be scrapped and they would start again.

With this approach, writing was finished in a couple of brutal weeks, the studio was booked, finishing touches were considered and recording and mixing took place over a four-five day session at Black Tornado Studios in Copenhagen.

Gone are the string section and the avantgarde saxophone bursts from Trust; dirgy, soul-tinged group horns, percussion, distant harmonica, flamenco guitar and piercing lonesome viola taking their place. The result sees post-punk, art rock and flamenco sensibilities meet in a furious mesh of relentless, yet melodic songs. The flamenco touches, especially, loom large; Casper Morilla (also of Iceage) has spent the years since Trust studying flamenco, adding a severity and finesse to his playing that has coloured the whole album: "The touch of flamenco, which I feel so strongly about, as an ingredient and how we write together, has been a means to transmitting the stories, advice and sentiments expressed on this album." he says. Fittingly, the title, Given Light, is a Spanish saying for giving birth.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: The Big Oil Recording Company
Genre: Post-Punk
Release Date: 22/05/2020

Links
Facebook: https://facebook.com/lesswinlesswin
Bandcamp: https://lesswin1.bandcamp.com
Label: https://facebook.com/thebigoilrecordingcompany

 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 09:27 CET:

CUB "Ouais":

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Ça + SubmarineFM = Çub. After Musique Actuelle (2017) the new record titled Ouais is here!

Çub is still a crazy rock electro band and since the meeting of Ça and Submarine FM some years ago, Çub has produced music that is both violent and tickling.

Çub is all kinds of electronic sound but played with real instruments. Çub ha not invented a new fusion, Çub is truly in fusion: in constant transition from one state to another. Beware of balances and paths that are all mapped out. A live show from Çub is a burst, a cutaneous eruption. Why? Because everyone hates smooth skin.


Format: Digital, LP, CD
Label: Atypeek Music / La Souterraine / L’Affect Records / Araki Records / Misèrecords / Vox Project
Genre: Math-Rock/ Dub Techno
Release Date: 06/03/2020 (EU)

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

 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 09:25 CET:

PORNOHELMUT "Bang Lord":

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Texas-Based Extreme/Experimental Act PORNOHELMUT has completed its mind-numbing new album, Bang Lord. The madman has signed with French avant purveyors Atypeek Music for the album’s primary release in February.

PORNOHELMUT is the work of one Neil Barrett, formerly of BLK OPS, The Dead See, and others. With this outfit, Barrett fires point-blank on all cylinders blasting a debilitating alloy of explosive drums/percussion, synths, vocals, and more at the listener. Live, the performance is doused in hyperbizarre visuals. Bang Lord marks PORNOHELMUT’s first studio album release, a multifaceted crystallization of industrial noise, punk rock, metal, experimental electronics, and violently enigmatic percussion that tests the boundaries and proclivities of underground music at large. The album was engineered by Neil Barrett at Hell’s Kitchen, mastered by James Plotkin, and features artwork by Josh Paul.

In addition to the impending Bang Lord album, PORNOHELMUT is creating a fully audiovisual album with Gridfailure as well as other projects to see release in the new year.

PORNOHELMUT first surfaced in the Texas underground scene in the winter of 2001. Early shows featured analog synth percussion, scrambled vocals, an effect-mangled guitar being beaten relentlessly, and crudely dubbed VHS mixtape-style visuals displayed on CRT televisions. During this time, the one-man act shared the stage with such wildly varied and esteemed groups as Mastodon, Genghis Tron, Jucifer, and Melt Banana.

PORNOHELMUT soon became notorious for irreverent and often jarring shows. The strong reactions of attendees only served to further fuel the intensity and fervor of the performances. The live show was once described by John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees as, «the most complex solo project since Captured! By Robots,» and when asked about the act, Brent Hinds of Mastodon remarked, «What’s he gonna do next, just start killing people? Seriously, I’m worried about that guy.»

After relocating to Austin, PORNOHELMUT quickly blossomed into an all-out mind-bending audiovisual experience, incorporating synchronized animated visual projections and drum-controlled synths and samples, and was featured on showcases at SXSW among other festivals and events. The unique spectacle caught the eye of some internationally traveling artists, and soon several European tours came about, sharing billing with such acts as Mr. Marcaille, Chantal Morte, Tat2noisact, and Schlaasss. Subsequent tours both in the US and abroad have seen wide success, with performances at private parties at Burning Man and guest appearances on French radio bringing highlights.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Atypeek Music
Genre: Alternative, Electro-Rock, Metal
Release Date: 06/03/2020 (EU)

Links
Instagram: https://instagram.com/poornohelmut
Bandcamp: https://pornohelmut.bandcamp.com
Label: http://atypeekmusic.com

 

Monday, February 17, 2020, 09:04 CET:

PULCINELLA "CA"

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Formed in 2004 by four major actors of the Toulouse, France scene Pulcinella plays an omnivore kind of jazz, fond of rock, tango, musette, and eastern Europe music, all in order to serve musical stories and sparkling colors pictures.

For 15 years, this playful quartet has not grown tired of doing everything it wants. With drums, a double bass, an accordion and a saxophone, Pulcinella mixes funk, jazz, Balkan music, electro, musette and progressive rock to create a polymorphic and borderless music. With more than 600 concerts on the clock, the quartet gets real on stage, it has performed in prestigious festivals such as Jazz in Marciac, the Festival Radio France, Rio Loco, Jazz sous les Pommiers, the London Jazz Festival, the Odessa Festival. The band travelled the roads of some twenty countries such as Honduras, Guatemala, Bulgaria, Tajikistan, Moldova, Colombia, India and even Vietnam to celebrate the 1000 years of the capital Hanoi!

Greedy of encounters, the Pulcinella always like to collaborate with other artists. In addition to new creations with different musicians (Émile Parisien, Leïla Martial, Andreas Schaerer, Hervé Suhubiette... ), they like to rub shoulders with other artistic fields: Pulcinella composed the music of theatre plays and film concerts, collaborated with dancers, illustrated text readings, accompanied circus acts... Pulcinella created in 2017 Le Grand Déballage (futuristic dancing ball where mazurka, afrobeat, waltz and merengue clash one on the other) and started a new musical adventure with Italian singer Maria Mazzotta in June 2019.

The new and 6th Pulcinella album titled ÇA ("it" in English) is out now on legendary Hungarian BMC Records (Budapest Music Center). More electric than the previous ones, ÇA hosts a gallery of mutant sounds straight out of an Elka organ and pedals of strange effects... an atypical music serving an ode to the ÇA, a stream of desires without censorship studied by Doctor Freud.


Format: Digital, CD
Label: BMC Records
Distribution: Socadisc
Genre: Jazz/ Avantgarde
Release Date: Out now (EU, 03/2020)

Links
Official: www.pulcinellamusic.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/pulcinellamusic
Instagram: https://instagram.com/pulcinellamusic
Bandcamp: https://pulcinellamusic.bandcamp.com
Label: https://bmcrecords.hu

 

Friday, February 14, 2020, 14:00 CET:

YUNE "Agog

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Agog is the debut album from Danish indie quintet Yune made with producer Nis Bysted (Thulebasen, Iceage). True to the desert theme permeating the album, Agog describes seemingly hopeless situations and trying to get out of them without knowing if the glimmer of hope on the horizon is an oasis or a mirage.

"The desert imagery is open to interpretation; to different frames
of mind. For some, it might the heat and the meditative, buoyant feeling of endlessness. For others, it might be loneliness and emptiness that dominates the listening experience," says Yune. "We love this dualistic feeling. It hints at things perhaps not being as they seem; that there’s more to them.
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On Agog, Erlend Eggestad and Nikolaj Bugge’s guitars whirl around and through each other like a dust devil across the desert floor, combining Tuareg sleight with a blockier/linear Western sensibility. Synthesizers shimmer like heat in the air, while bassist Mads Flethøj Ege and drummer Tobias Andreassen create a rolling, heavy backbone – a motion that feels as if navigating treacherous ground. Finally, singer Tobias Sachsen moves from shoegazy legato and staccato phrases delivered with an almost casual urgency, as on the earworm chorus of leadsingle Odd One Out, or the mysterious Unna, which culminates in a hazy string climax that feels as if gravity has shifted by 90 degrees, the landscape soaring by you in horizontal freefall.

The album is characterised by a self-assured recklessness. With just four tracks written, the band booked four days in the studio with DIY-veteran Nis Bysted, convinced that it would result in an entire album. And it did. The five members of Yune have wildly different personal and musical differences (one is a doctor, another a plumber, another a blind psychic, the fourth a communist and the fifth an actual dog), but they trust in each other’s musical intuition; they’re comfortable with letting their ideas be molded by one another.

The journey to Morocco, where the videos for singles Odd One Out and Low were filmed, as well as the photos and the album cover, was likewise spontaneous and relatively unplanned. The band knew where they were going and that they wanted to make a couple of music videos, but they had never met the director, Niklas Adrian, before they met in the airport. And aside from the location, the videos were completely unplanned. As on the album, everything was left to the band’s mutual intuition. A common guiding star called Yune.

Format: CD, LP, Digital
Label: Crunchy Frog Recordings
Genre: Indie/ Alternative
Release Date: 22/05/2020

Links
Facebook: https://facebook.com/yunemusic
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yuneband
Bandcamp: https://yune.bandcamp.com
Label: http://crunchy.dk

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