Tuesday, February 08, 2022, 11:10 CET:

GONG WAH "A Second":

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With new album A Second, Gong Wah launch the second stage of their Fuzzwave rocket, refining the fuel with a shot of bitter pop and a dose of sweet darkness and so follow up their persuasive 2020 debut seamlessly.

Nima Davari and Giso Simon on drums and bass push the Songs up front while guitarists Felix Will and Thorsten Dohle - who produced A Second in the bands own Chestnut Tree Studio - provide the atmospheric base for Inga Nelke's vocals floating above it all that makes Gong Wah so unique.

The tracks on A Second are nine fuzzwave pearls for the dance into the end of the world.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Soulfood
Genre: Fuzzwave
Release Date: 25/03/2022

Links
Facebook: https://facebook.com/GongWahBand
Bandcamp: https://gongwah.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/gongwahband
Label: https://tonzonen.de

 

Monday, February 07, 2022, 14:42 CET:

SOONAGO "Fathom":

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Soonago is a four-piece instrumental post-rock/metal band from Bielefeld, Germany. After forming in 2014, the band has gained notoriety in the scene.
The only thing that is silent on stage with Soonago is the voice. Everything else creates a force of nature that involuntarily captivates the listeners. The band's musical style is characterized by a mixture of hard guitar riffs and melodic soundscapes. Soonago deliberately works without vocals acting as the main instrument. The songs, which mostly consist of drums, bass and guitars, invite the listeners on their own individual journey. The audience should be able to make their own associations and images in their heads and not be guided or influenced by a by a content or context. Compared to other post rock bands, Soonago 's music is more rifforiented, dynamic and therefore covers a range from spherical sounds to brute harshness. Most recently they have proven this live together with bands like The Hirsch Effekt (DE), Brutus (BE), Shy Low (US) or Spoiwo (PL).

In 2017 Soonago released their first album Nephele. Self-produced and recorded, mastered at Watt Matters Studio. In 2020 they were represented with the opener of Nephele, Chronos, on the sampler Lokalrunde of the label Kapitän Platte. The track was remastered for this by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna).

In October 2021 Soonago was signed by the indie/post-rock vinyl label Kapitän Platte. The label, internationally known in the genre, will release the second album of the band, of course as vinyl. Soonago have once again placed the mastering of Fathom in the hands of genre great Magnus Lindberg, who has refined the four songs on the album, all of which were recorded at Watt Matters Studio. For the artwork Soonago could win none other than the Swedish artist Staffan Larsson, who has already proven his skills several times on albums by the label colleagues of EF. The 45 minutes long LP is distributed in Europe by Cargo Records, overseas Fathom is available via A Thousand Arms.

Conceptually, Fathom is mainly influenced by political events. During the creation of Fathom, the band was repeatedly flooded by political messages and grievances, which is reflected in the diversity and hardness of Evac, Besa, Apophenia and Fathom.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Kapitän Platte
Distribution: D / AT: Cargo Records, Benelux: Sonic Rendezvous FR: Differ-Ant, CH: Irascible, IT: Goodfellas NO: Tiger, USA: A Thousand Arms
Genre: Post-Rock/ Metal
Release Date: 25/03/2022

Links
Official: https://soonago.de
Facebook: https://facebook.com/soonago
Bandcamp: https://soonago.bandcamp.com
Label: http://kapitaen-platte.de

 

Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 11:46 CET:

CLOSURE IN MOSCOW "Pink Lemonade":

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Progressive rock chameleons Closure In Moscow will kick off the new year in style, celebrating the 7th anniversary of their second full-length album Pink Lemonade with a new vinyl pressing on…literally…pink lemonade.

As part of the Bird’s Robe Records 10th anniversary series, the band will re-release the album on LP, CD & digital formats internationally, after having been out of print for the past 2 years. A super limited edition vinyl edition of 100 copies will be produced in partnership with Enjoy The Ride Records, featuring ultra clear vinyl filled with actual pink lemonade.

Such a zany approach to their art matches the band’s energy on this record – paying homage to influences as diverse as Frank Zappa, Yes, King Crimson and The Mars Volta, with a tip of the cap to the soulful melodies that encapsulated fans on their previous records First Temple and The Penance and The Patience.
The acclaimed concept record takes their audience inside a world of the band’s own creation, following the journey of the character of The Fool, into self-revelation and existential philosophy.

Liam from the Dillinger Escape Plan says of the record: "Five machine elves who go by the collective name Closure In Moscow just spiked the proverbial punchbowl with a heroic dose of powdered dinosaur placenta called Pink Lemonade. Their sophomore sipper is a psychoactive syrup that promises to save the brave from a fate worse than death: modern mainstream music. Every hemi-syncing hymn off this self-released tweaker’s dozen seamlessly unfolds with the stamina of a Jacob’s ladder toy.

It’s one thing to hear inexperienced musicians parrot their influences with insufficient concealment, and another to hear professionals refract these gospels of light back into the musical multiverse like a prism. On Pink Lemonade, Closure In Moscow have respectfully stepped up where patron saints like Zappa, Mercury, Buckley, and Brown stepped out.
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The album was produced with Andrei Eremin & Tom Larkin in Melbourne, Australia and originally released independently with the support of the band’s management Sabretusk (Pete Williamson) and MGM Distribution in 2014. Since then, the record has earned a dedicated cult following for its unique sound and ambitious conceptual narrative, as well as dabbling with Japanese pop culture, chip tune, vaudeville and musical theatre.

With their as-yet third album on the way in 2021, now is a perfect time to introduce yourself to the world of Closure In Moscow – with their jaw-dropping musicianship and exuding a positivity like no other, by their own admission, this band is here to melt faces and take you to the moon.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records
Genre: Progressive Pop Rock
Release Date: 04/02/2022 (EU)

Links
Official: www.closureinmoscow.com
Order: https://closureinmoscow.bandcamp.com/album/pink-lemonade
Facebook: https://facebook.com/closureinmoscow
Label: https://birdsrobe.com

 

Friday, January 14, 2022, 10:01 CET:

BJORN RIIS "Everything To Everyone":

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Airbag co-founder, songwriter and lead guitarist, Bjørn Riis is ready with a new studio album titled Everything To Everyone, his fourth full length solo record. Six epic new songs, clocking in at 50 minutes.

The album was recorded in Subsonic Society in Oslo, mixed by long-time collaborator Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes, and mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow, The Opium Cartel). In addition to the regular CD version, a limited Digisleeve CD version will be released, containing two bonus tracks: An alternative version of the title track, and the 2020 digital single Desolate Place.

In addition to Bjørn Riis on vocals, guitars and a wide variety of instruments, the album features Henrik Bergan Fossum (Airbag), Kristian Hultgren (Wobbler), Simen Valldal Johannessen (Oak), Ole Michael Bjørndal (Caligonaut), Mimmi Tamba, Per Øydir, Vegard Kleftås Sleipnes and Anders Møller.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Karisma Records
Genre: Atmospheric Prog Rock
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Release Date: 08/04/2022

Links
Order: https://karismarecords.no/kar199-bjorn-riis-everything-to-everyone/
Official: www.bjornriis.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/BjornRiisArtistPage
Bandcamp: https://bjornriis.bandcamp.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/bjornriis
Label: www.karismarecords.no

 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 09:57 CET:

KRYPTOGRAF "The Eldorado Spell":

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Following up on the success of their self-titled debut album from 2020, Kryptograf’s sophomore album titled The Eldorado Spell takes everything even further back to the 70s.

Inspired by the heavy sound of the late 60s and 70s, the four old souls in Kryptograf from Bergen, Norway will hex you with their collective vocals, destructive riffs and inventive songwriting.

Kryptograf is an eclectic but fiercely focused addition to the doomy Bergen underground.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Apollon Records
Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution
Genre: Heavy/ Doom Rock
Release Date: 25/02/2022

Links
Bandcamp: https://kryptograf.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/KryptografMusic
Label: https://apollonrecords.no

 

Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 08:45 CET:

SOUND OF SMOKE "Tales":

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Psychedelic, blues rock meets soul.

A magic mix of heavy and soft, occult and misty, paired with an intense live show, will take you on a trip deep into the land of spirit, wilderness and joy. Feel the energy and let it carry you far away. Enjoy the sound of smoke!

Since 2016 Sound Of Smoke from Freiburg, Germany, are playing an independent mix of Stoner-, Psychedelic-, and Bluesrock. With her deep and warm soul-voice Isabelle Bapté forms the distinctive and individual sound of the band.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Soulfood
Genre: Psychedelic Blues Rock
Release Date: 18/02/2022

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

 

Thursday, January 06, 2022, 09:34 CET:

SALO "From Melmac With Hate":

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Salo is a trio coming from Lyon’s seedy underbelly: it’s the satisfying grime at the corner of the mouth and the blank stare that comes with an abundance of sleepless nights.

Swaying between the lightning speed of high-class garage noise-rock and a visceral punk attitude, Salo lays down, not without class nor success, an important stepping stone in the haven of skin-deep music with its new album From Melmac With Hate.

In the big game of influences, although perfectly assimilated, come to mind the flair of Thee Oh Sees, the aggressiveness of Metz and the pub-crawl swagger of The Fall.


Format: LP, Digital
Label: Bigoût Records
Distribution: Modulor
Genre: Noise Rock
Release Date: 21/01/2022

Links
Facebook: https://facebook.com/SALOGLOUBIGAISTHELORD
Bandcamp: https://bigoutrecords.bandcamp.com/album/from-melmac-with-hate
Label: https://bigoutrecords.com

 

Thursday, January 06, 2022, 09:31 CET:

TAUMEL "Now We Stay Forever Lost In Space Together":

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Now We Stay Forever Lost In Space Together is after There Is No Time To Run Away From Here the 2nd part of the musical series T R A U M.

This musical series is characterized by its slow tempi and the instrumental quartet instrumentation trumpet/flugelhorn, electric guitar, piano/rhodes and drums. As in the first part of this series, TRAUM I, the individual (again five) track titles form the album title. At the same time, this scentence refers to the first part in terms of content, or rather the 'narrative' is continued - whereby the faulty sentence structure shows that a poetization is being pushed forward, which is in a sense programmatic. The apparent uniformity gives way to a slowly progressive change and mutation.

Each album in this series is like a movement of a larger form that has yet to be ultimately determined. What is certain is that a certain uniformity is juxtaposed with increasing change. The surealistic world of T R A U M shimmers between utopia and dystopia and expands its musical material to a noticeable symphonic claim, even if the music always remains anchored in minimalism at the same time. Stylistic classification is basically difficult, because this also always reveals walls and borders that Taumel does not see. Nevertheless, some music styles/genres are mentioned in order to promote an inevitable naming of this music: Minimal, Ambient, Psychedelic, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Metal, Doom, Surealism, Kraut, Instrumental...are mentioned here as influences.


Format: LP, CD, Digital
Label: Tonzonen Records
Distribution: Soulfood
Genre: Dark Jazz/ Doom Jazz
Release Date: 18/02/2022

Links
Official: https://taumel.net
Facebook: https://facebook.com/taumelofficial
Bandcamp: https://taumel.bandcamp.com
Label: https://www.tonzonen.de

 

Wednesday, January 05, 2022, 11:13 CET:

THE SEA SHALL NOT HAVE THEM "Debris":

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Australian instrumental 2 piece The Sea Shall Not Have Them are thrilled to announced their new album Debris for an international release on Friday 11 February through a new partnership with Bird’s Robe Records.

Their first release in 7 years follows their acclaimed debut Mouth and features all the deeply rhythmic and powerful cascading tones the duo is known for.

Recorded and mixed at Airlock Studios in Brisbane and co-produced by the band and engineer Steve Kempnich, the album features guest appearances from Powderfinger guitarist Ian Haug (also known for his work with The Church & The Predators) on Everything Melts, as well as Ed Fraser (Heads/Kino Motal) on Lower the Sky.

The band comments their collaboration with renowned Sydney label Bird’s Robe, home to such acts as sleepmakeswaves and We Lost The Sea: "We are thrilled to join the Bird’s Robe family, and look forward to working with the label to take "Debris" to a wider audience" says guitarist Curt Emerton. "The label is home to a great network of bands and folk who have such a passion for music" adds drummer Mat Wilton.

Mike Solo, Director of Bird’s Robe, says this of the partnership: "I'm very excited to welcome The Sea Shall Not Have Them to the Bird's Robe family for the international release of their new album Debris. It's been a long time coming and these guys have delivered a brilliant and dynamic record that lives up to the reputation they have earned locally as a powerful and emotive band.

The connections between TSSNHT and Bird's Robe go back many, many years. They have featured on our shows, supported our artists and been quick to offer a helping hand whenever our tours came through their neck of the woods. If not for the lengthy time spent dedicated to polishing their records, this formal collaboration probably would have happened some time ago!
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At any rate, here we are, with a fantastic new album to share with people from this hardworking and unique Australian post-rock group.

The Sea Shall Not Have Them have drawn critical acclaim for their live shows, with The Music street press calling the band "consistently a treat live... it's a wonder what a vast aural blanket they can weave with such a minimal ensemble."


Format: CD, Digital
Label: Bird's Robe Records
Genre: Instrumental/ Post-Rock
Release Date: 11/02/2022

Links
Order: https://theseashallnothavethem.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/tssnhtband
Label: https://birdsrobe.com

 

Wednesday, December 22, 2021, 08:01 CET:

COLLAPSE UNDER THE EMPIRE "Section IV-VI":

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On December 24th 2021 electronic post-rock duo Collapse Under The Empire will release a new 3-Track EP called Section IV-VI together with the new single Section VI.

With the new EP, Collapse Under The Empire move further and further away from the post-rock sound and enter new electronic spheres, covering the musical varieties from ambient to ice-cold electronica.

This time the project comes without a concept or story to achieve a certain emptiness and purification. It will be offered exclusively on the band's website, digitally the tracks can be heard via the streaming portals.

A new Collapse Under The Empire album is planned for the end of 2022.


Links
Order: https://collapseundertheempire.com/shop/-p425831525
Offical: www.collapseundertheempire.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/collapseundertheempire 
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/collapseempire
Label: www.finaltune.com

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