Mindsedge has taken a different approach than on the first album "Theta". They wanted this record to feel smooth and be much more positive, despite retaining the dramatic feel of the previous record. The songs feel tighter and more structured. Shades, the titular track is unique in a few ways. It is a redoing of the drummer's old song that he recorded along with the bassist in their old band. He wrote it himself but we wanted to put a new "Mindsedge" spin on it... so they made it sound nothing like a Mindsedge song. It's somewhat ambient and poppy at the same time (even if it's twice as long as your run-of-the-mill pop-song) and features vocals by Małgorzata Pawłowska (who you can also hear on Pathways) as well as keyboards by jazz guitarist Piotr Grudzińsk. Another unique thing about the song is that it was recorded with instruments downtuned to 432Hz instead of 440Hz. It made them sound deeper, perhaps somewhat broken but also very warm.
From Mountains are a new 4 piece instrumental post rock band from Buckinghamshire, UK. With soaring guitar, delicate piano and a driving rhythm section 'From Mountains' piece together an emotive cinematic soundscape experience. Couple this with live projection of the 1982 classic 'Koyaanisqatsi' , their performances act as a live soundtrack to a visually breath taking film. The debut 5 track EP was recorded live in the epic surroundings of Wittington House near High Wycombe and mixed & mastered in The Lodge Studios, Northampton. October 2016
Defend The Rhino is a cinematic instrumental music project conceived by singer-songwriter / composer / audio engineer, Nathaniel Sutton. A multi-instrumentalist with a flair for musical drama, he pursued a degree in audio engineering, developing a deft touch for exploiting emotion through sonic texture and expansive soundscapes.
Defend The Rhino cites influence from instrumental artists such as Mogwai, Explosions In the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. He is currently presenting Defend The Rhino for feature/review opportunities for his debut album, "There's No Place Like Home", released through Mint 400 Records based in New Jersey, USA.
"Of Gentlemen & Cowards" formed in 2010. As a band they 've seen ups and downs, including an appearance on Late Night With David Letterman and an ill-fated cruise ship gig that both broke their collective heart and yet transformed our sound into a more soulful one. Through it all, as Of Gentlemen & Cowards they 've persevered their optimistic outlook.
'Make It On Your Own' started as a song about coming home after being away, and seeing your city and your life from the outside as you hadn't seen before. "Of Gentlemen & Cowards" wrote it as a reminder to themselves of all the things they love but also the things they wish to change. During the two years they spent writing and recording this record the song took on a larger meaning for them and became a mantra for their band. You are never gonna get anywhere if you're waiting for a big break, and to truly be happy you'll need to reevaluate what success means to you. The music video follows four stories where the characters set out to accomplish their goals big and small, and though the outcome may not always be life changing, the act of pursuing the goal is celebrated as accomplishment in itself.
Phil Jamieson of Caspian had this to say about the new songs: "Castles High, Marble Bright" was conceived, written and recorded alongside the collection of songs that would become Dust and Disquiet, an album that sought to capture the dialogue between a newly found, furrow browed cynicism and a fractured but unbroken sense of stubbornly epic, dramatically determined optimism that we've been trying to emulate with our music for 12 years. The 60 minutes of Dust and Disquiet ended up speaking a bit to both; Castles..." speaks exclusively and entirely to the latter. We find ourselves over a year later touring behind this collection of songs still, with over 150 shows in 30 countries across 3 continents in the can. With the end finally in sight as we look to close out this 4 year chapter together, "Castles High, Marble Bright" is our North Star, our way home, and our celebration of that decision to fully embrace the above dialogue head on, all the while finding that, indeed still, hope lies within.
"127 North" is the sound of 6 guys playing in a room together on a Friday afternoon, and is in some ways the least ambitious thing we've ever committed to tape. Free from the grip of over arrangement, overdubs, click tracks, excessive chin stroking and the like, "127 North" is what a Caspian song sometimes sounds like in its infancy. It's a vulnerable moment for us to introduce people to a song that exists in this kind of limbo, somewhere between improvisation and a fully composed piece of music. It's an honest moment and all a part of the process, of course. Maybe it's time to invite people behind the curtain a little... there's some old couches, a few beers and maybe a few high fives back here waiting for you. Some days are less serious than others, and that's quite alright with us.
Caspian is about to kick off their upcoming tour with The Appleseed Cast.
Somewhere at the intersection of modern classical, ambient, and post-rock, Philadelphia-based guitarist Patkus evokes nostalgia and contemplation through pulsating swirls of melody that pierce through clouds of harmonic distortion. "These Are But Dreaming Men, Breathe and They Fade" is Patkus' third full-length album, building upon the idiosyncratic blend of influences and composition techniques heard on 2015's "Colors." Dedicated to the loss of his beloved grandmother, "These Are But Dreaming Men, Breathe and They Fade" mirrors Patkus' journey from loss to acceptance; a search for catharsis tinged with hope.