Hi how are you. Pumba is a three-piece band, and we’re from Southern New Jersey, and from Philadelphia. It’s post-rock, or noise-rock, I think, and it’s very loud sometimes and very fun to play. We sometimes sweat when we play, when it’s hot. I play guitar and Dan plays guitar and we both stomp on pedals and twist knobs, and Phil plays drums. We went to Ridgewood, Queens and recorded an EP, live, with Sam Owens from a terrific band called Celestial Shore. It sounds really good, it sounds like it was made by adults, which is nice, and strange, because we’re all graduating from high school next week.
It’s called ‘Keeping Dogs in Houses’ and it’s the warm guts of us so far so have a gander if you’d like. Even though a lot of the tried-and-true post-rock tropes are certainly there (the cavernous build-up on “Cool Tombs”, the searing tremolo picking on “Ice Cream Rat”, etc), Pumba sounds like a band embarrassed of its self-serious label, dressing itself in slinky scrapes of no-wave guitar interplay, dance-beats and blown-out sonics to hide its sulky shoulders…
It isn’t the flashiest brand of post-rock on the block (we’ve so far forgone strings or disembodied vocal samples or what have you, because those things are all kind of hard to fit into the sweaty little North Philadelphia basements where we like to play music in front of people). Hark if you want to: there’s also a really, really pretty film of us playing in one of said basements!!
Music like a walk through surreal pictures. Minimalistic and complex together Harnes Kretzer’s soundscapes are drenched in fieldrecordings, old pianos and analogue synthesizers, which seem to be out of tune in a pleasant way. It’s the relative beauty and the details which make his works unique.
[ Refugium ]. On latest release “Refugium”, Harnes Kretzer dalliances with a graceful array of approaches which make him slightly difficult to pin down. Sometimes, like on opener Hymn, there are shades of Eno, or Stars Of The Lid. It isn’t a dense sound, but certainly absorbing and emotionally affecting, ambient in the truest sense. Sometimes lo-fidelity piano takes the lead, like Nils Frahm at his most tender and reflective. Other tracks – a highlight being the tricklingly delightful “Digital Rain” – are more synthetic creations, but no less preoccupied with describing a tender emotional space.
The power of music to grab your mind and your heart, to take you on an emotional journey less about the destination than the distance travelled is unrivalled. The neo-classical sounds of Germany’s Harnes Kretzer are an excellent example of how powerful quiet ones can sometimes be. __[ Mike Philips (Tru Luv) ].
[ Beauty In Relation ]. As the title suggests beauty is the controverse topic of the second album by Harnes Kretzer. Transient and fragile as beauty may be the smooth ambient sounds are constantly underlayed by repeating fragments of irritating melodies. No sound seems to be perfect in itself. Continuously interrupted the sound fragments grow together to an easily injured universe. The open mind plunges into titles like ‘sunrise’ or ‘sea urchins’ and sinks into a ocean of beauty with sidekicks to its imperfection.
“Listening to this album, there are loads of rejected thoughts coming towards me as I have never ever made an album so beautiful, so intense and full of feelings and/or energy. Field recordings and found sounds blend with Ambient music so beautiful it will make your eyes fill with water. Sit down with a cup of tea, relax, put on your headphones and enjoy this gem of an album!” __[ Piper_Ben ].
[ Harnes Kretzer and Florian von Ameln ]. In this two-track release brought to you by Withering Trees netlabel you can hear Field Recordings of playing children, Drones, chilling Atmospheres and all in all sense of simplicity yet so distinguished it makes your ears cry for joy. Kretzer/v. Ameln deliver two pieces of unimaginable beauty. This is, despite its shortness one of our best releases so far. __[ Withering Trees ].
[ In Search Of The Abysses Of Passion (ep) ]. This is an EP I made during my time in the hospital. Most of the sounds were recorded there (in the church, the catacombs and several places you find on a clinic area). The last track “sümeyya” is dedicated to a beautiful woman I met there. Thanks for the inspiration and thanks to Hubert, a deaf opera singer. You can hear him on the second track, which also gives the title to this work. I spent many evenings with him. I played the piano and he just sang with a passion I never heard before.
And here goes the KILLER POST. Post Of The Day you can say. Leave streaming and previews shoot right ahead and get them ALL. This particular one goes for fans of… I don’t [ Rafael Anton Irisari ], [ Ous Mal ], [ Clayton Alpha ], [ Dakota Suit ] and the likes. Start with “Refugium” followed by “Zurek” but be sure to get them ALL guys. AWESOME STUFF all the way.
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Artist – Harnes Kretzer
Album – Refugium [ * * * * * ] X 10
Release Date – 2013
Genre – Minimal, Ambient, Field Recordings, Experimental, Piano [ ABSOLUTELY STUNNING ]
01. Hymn 04:34
02. Tinnitus In F Moll 03:18
03. Miniature N° 1 01:15
04. As I Hit The Ground 05:46
05. First Snow 03:15
06. Digital Rain 07:35
07. Inward 01:35
08. Miniature N° 2 01:40
09. Dreamdistortion 04:28
10. Before It Tears Apart 02:50
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Artist – Harnes Kretzer
Album – Beauty In Relation [ * * * * * ] X 10
Release Date – 2012
Genre – Minimal, Ambient, Field Recordings, Experimental [ ABSOLUTELY STUNNING ]
01. Amplifying Every Thought 05:23
02. Broken Raindrops 06:03
03. Blue (Devouring Beauty) 07:04
04. A Teardrop On My Record Player 07:02
05. Beauty In Relation 16:15
06. The Stroboscopic Effect 07:00
07. Sunrise 09:38
08. Last Call 04:11
09. Sea Urchins 05:15
10. A Young Boys Dream To Be An Astronaut 02:17
11. An Infinite Grassland 06:22
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[ Seabirds ] is the second “post-rockish” release from musician/composer Nathaniel Noton-Freeman. The three-track EP is characterized by layered finger-style acoustic guitar and Telecaster, dense reverb and delay, and a cheerful, nostalgic, and airy aesthetic.
[ Whorl ] This album was composed, performed, produced, recorded, mixed, mastered, drawn, designed, screened, folded, glued, pressed, and distributed by me. 85% of any donation for this album goes directly to me, a college student who majored in something that makes potential employers shift uncomfortably in their seats. The remaining 15% goes to Bandcamp. However: I do not expect you to pay for my music. I understand that not everybody has the money to pay for albums, and as such I’d rather you listen and enjoy it for free than not hear it at all.
[ Cairn ] I wanted to do something very different for this release. Each track only contains one guitar, as opposed to Whorl which had at most 37. The goal was to develop more music for live performances.
[ DREAM ]. Yet another beautiful release by Nath’. This album was completely self-produced by Nathaniel and released on the 30th of April 2013. Deepest thanks and love to following people Silas, Kevin, Sandra, and Amber Freeman, Michael Freitag, Kathleen Pyburn, Aaron Edwards, Calum McMillan, Joe McClintock, Matt Diamond, Mike Tierney, Paul Puiia, Doug Maclellan, Jasper Boyd, Nick Pagan, Maurice Spicer, Emma Hyatt, Jeff Whitacre, Jake Caron, Travis Wysocki, Ehren Hill. Your encouragement, enthusiasm, friendship, wisdom, and music inspires me more than you know.
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2013 – Perennial [single]
2013 – Extension On “Seabirds”.
Yeap you got it right… “Seabirds” somehow is now extended by an additional 4 tracks. The album has just bloomed from four to a fully eight movements album. Needless to say FREE at your convenience. So those who downloaded and enjoyed “Seabirds” previously you might want to give another spin as the new tracks are simply exquisite. Check It Out and stay right here with me guys as the next post is going to be A KILLER.
Artist – Nathaniel Noton-Freeman
Album – DREAM
Release Date – 2013
Genre – Instrumental, Ambient, Acoustic, Lo-core / Medio-core [ BEAUTIFUL ]
1. The Prettiest Cloud 04:40
2. A Clean, Well Lighted Space 03:47
3. The Waves 03:31
4. I’m Too Scared To Dance 04:02
5. Blue Eyes 04:28
6. Gray Eyes 03:02
7. Cairn 05:02
8. The Great Gesticulator 03:37
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Artist – Nathaniel Noton-Freeman
Album – Whorl
Release Date – 2012
Genre – Instrumental, Ambient, Acoustic, Lo-core / Medio-core [ BEAUTIFUL ]
1. Kites 03:25
2. Swing To The Sunrise 04:09
3. Infinite Grains Of Sand 04:03
4. And there was LIGHT! 04:58
5. Pretty Little Thing 03:55
6. Grandia, A Sovereign Nation 03:45
7. In the pines, in the pines… 02:51
8. One Hundred Days 02:48
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We’re from the Northern Virginia area. We have been a band since march of 2011 and have been also playing many shows for the last few months and just recently recorded a album. We make very ethereal music with use of many different world instruments.
[ Rem's Floating Chandelier ] Self Title LP brings together 12 tracks with an array of influences ranging from the likes of [ winter Drones ] ~ [ Portraits Of American Firing Squad ] ~ [ Arctique Circles ] ~ [ Foxes In Fiction ] ~ [ Pillowdiver ] and basically all the major drone / ambient names.
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2012 – Weeks 1-4
2013 – Slow House Virtual
NOTE: Both titles is released under the moniker of [ Chemists // 化学者 ]. Go right ahead and get all releases, I mean let it be [ Chemists // 化学者 ] or [ Rem's Floating Chandelier ], you are in for a good treat based on the quoted tags. “Weeks 1-4″ is a collection of songs i made through an experiment where i was putting out a two to three song E.P every weekend over a months time. All songs were written and recorded with in 24 hours. The whole idea behind this side project is to go into recording a song with no idea,goal,genre or type of sound in mind. Just to simply pick a instrument and start recording(despite the genre). SERIOUSLY… you might want to consider GETTING ALL releases on this one
Artist – Chemists // 化学者
Album – Weeks 1-4
Release Date – 2012
Genre – Ambient, Shoegaze, Indie, Pop, Chill-wave [ EXCELLENT EXCELLENT ]
1. People I Care For 03:39
2. White Bear 02:37
3. Furture Garden Dreams 02:04
4. Cocolino 02:26
5. Theoretical Girls 1 00:53
6. The Moon is My Girl 03:07
7. Past Garden Dreams 02:12
8. We Are Chemists 01:52
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Artist – Rem’s Floating Chandelier
Album – Think Of The Willows [ * * * * * ]
Release Date – 2012
Genre – Ambient, Shoegaze, Indie, Pop, Chill-wave [ EXCELLENT EXCELLENT ]
1. Tayuya Mountain 02:22
2. Year Leap Année 07:25
3. The Leafs 02:39
4. North Village Waltz 02:37
5. Daydreams 02:51
6. Color Island Girl Ushio 01:41
7. Rem’s Lost Jewelry Box 1959 04:32
8. The Times(Demo) 04:03
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Art Sonic is musical output of multi-instrumentalist Richard Lisaj. Richard newest album, “Roadside Sketches”, has been jointly released by No-Source and Acustronica netlabels. “Roadside Sketches” is the first part of the Southwestern trilogy, a project inspired by a 3-week long road trip to the American Southwest ( Colorado, Utah and New Mexico ).
Richard recorded a wealth of material during this trip and also did some field recordings which later, back in his studio, got incorporated into the tracks’ arrangements. Big prairie skies, Rocky Mountain panoramas, desert vistas, ghost towns and ancient Anasazi ruins, all provided inspiration to pick up the guitar and translate sights into notes. We hope you’ll enjoy this first part of Art Sonic’s Southwestern trilogy – music that has been inspired by the mountain streams, rugged beauty of the desert, tales of the Old West and freedom of an open road.
A 3-week long road trip to the American Southwest ( Toronto, Canada to Colorado, Utah and New Mexico USA ). Good thing I managed to take my old beat-up acoustic guitar – even though there was little spaced for it in our tightly packed truck. Big prairie skies, Rocky Mountain panoramas, desert vistas, ghost towns and ancient Anasazi ruins, all inspired me to pick up the guitar and attempt to translate sights into notes. Little ‘roadside sketches’…
My trusty little field recorder allowed me to actually capture some of the nature sounds which later, back home in my studio, got incorporated into some of the tracks. Hopefully these short musical pieces will evoke the feelings and re-create the sights I had in front of me. “Roadside Sketches” has been released jointly by two netlabels: No-Source and Acustronica.
Artist – Art Sonic
Album – Roadside Sketches
Release Date – 2012
Genre – Ambient, Acoustic, Folk, Mod-folk
01. Morning mist over Rock Creek 03:17
02. Garden of the Gods 03:12
03. Eleven Mile Canyon 01:53
04. Buffalos 02:28
05. Buena Vista, Colorado 02:06
06. Western exposure 03:10
07. Watching the rain 02:22
08. St Elmo 01:37
09. Rocky Mountain High 04:16
10. Something in the air 02:37
11. Old Deer Trail 01:55
12. Prospect Mountain 01:41
13. Lonesome road 03:14
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Glorie [ Falling "EP" ]
Instrumental band, Glorie, was formed in Memphis in the spring of 2009 by former Satyrs frontman, Jason Paxton, after an eight year hiatus from playing music. The other members of Glorie (Jonathan Kirkscey, Rob Brimhall, Andy Saunders, and Jeff Hulett) come from diverse musical backgrounds and have performed with an impressive array of artists such as Cat Power, Jay Reatard, The Bloodthirsty Lovers, Snowglobe, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and Al Green.
The band started as a desire to create more substantive, engaging instrumental music with a strong focus on melody. Their music blends acoustic, electric, and electronic sounds and draws inspiration from many genres including rock and instrumental hip- hop. Texturally, the instrumentation is diverse including layers of strings, synthesizer, guitar, piano, and vibraphone creating an entrancing thick wall of sound with a cinematic quality.
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If you’re interested in using our music for the purpose of advertising your brand or for film please message us and by all means Check out our first official live video! Some super high quality cams were used to capture this shit. This is the first video in the 2nd video of 3 part series that we’ll be releasing in the coming months. Special Thanks to Live From Memphis and Andrew McCalla for making this happen! Hope you dig! Spread it!
1. Sunshine then Nightmares
2. Run Away
5. The Lotus
From the first self-title “Glorie” album to a series of exquisite videos released in (2012) this enigmatic group of musicians has come a long way. A week ago their latest brand new EP “Falling” made its way to my inbox like a deserted child with the need of some proper attention. So I decided to go along with the flaw giving it all I got.
Without beating around the bush the big question is… so how is this new EP by [ Glorie ]? Well to start with “Falling” is absolutely moving and thought-provoking. There is a strong sense of nostalgia across the entire EP, more specifically on the track “Smoke” and “Falling” which almost left me to tears while listening to over and over. The one thing we can all be certain of is… With this new release [ Glorie’s ] aim is not to rebuilt or reinvent the term post-rock or at least at this phase of their musical careers but their approach on this EP is utterly and undoubtedly ecstatic. Their notes and simple execution gleamed in the dark and bring life and hopes to the surface.
“Falling EP” accomplishes a set of strongly defined strings command that evokes some of the most profound inner emotion I have ever experience. [ Glorie’s ] manifest with major strings from their heart and slender violins chords that are undeniably touching as they reveal every fragile layers in sequence and in harmony. Piano / Keys are totally well executed and flows flawlessly in parallel with violin and cello. No glitch, no break up, no hiccup, it’s like a whole bunch of instrumental equipment’s that came together and aligned themselves PROPER and in order. Almost as if they were made to complement each other’s naturally.
Downside and Favourite Tracks.
“Falling EP” total length is only about twenty-five minutes in duration. It’s not so much of a downside since it’s an EP and we can all understand the concept behind but when facing music of such caliber and sounds that are executed with such precision, believe me twenty-five minutes is not long enough, you’d wish for the sound never to end.
Favourite tracks, the entire EP is totally BRILLIANT and extremely well produced but if you really want to know “Run Away”, “Smoke” and “Falling” are KILLER MOVEMENTS and definitely the high of this EP. A lot of people has already managed to get this recording in high quality waves format but for those who haven’t yet, well do expect something utterly beautiful coming your way soon. __[ M S T ].
Credits / Released 06th March 2013
Jason Paxton – Vibes, Keys
Robert Brimhall – Bass
Jeff Hulett – Bass, Vibes
Andrew Saunders – Drums
Jonathan Kirkscey – Cello, Guitar
Beth Luscome – Viola
Jessie Munson – Violin
Long Long Kang – Violin
Tracks 1, 4, 5 written by Jason Paxton
Tracks 2 and 3 written by Jonathan Kirkscey.
Strings arranged by Jonathan Kirkscey and Jason Paxton
Recorded at Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN and our houses
Track 3 mixed at Ardent Studios by Jeff Powell
Track 1, 2, 4, 5 Mixed at Elmwood Studios Dallas, TX by Stuart Sikes
Mastered at West West Side Music, New Windsor, NY by Alan Douches. | Recording Engineers – Jeff Powell, Us | Assistant Engineers: Lucas Peterson |Mixing Engineers – Jeff Powell, Stuart Sikes, Adam Hill, Us | Artwork by Johnny Taylor
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[ The Artist ] ~ The Project [ Nikki Grace Experience ] was born in the year 2010. The Idea of the musical fusion rose from my novel Eta Carinae, existing since 2008. I try to put all dark and sinister images into musical landscapes and post-rockish and ambiental walls. I'm always inspired by journeys through my home, Germany, the Woods, the people, all strange things I see every day, and over there I'm inspired from other beautiful countries like Ireland, the northern countries, all this, with its breath of coldness but beautiful strangeness. I think Music must be a kind of Heart and Soul and the Heart of the Soul turns into Music. [ __the artist ].
"The Album 'REST' was recorded and mastered by myself in my own Proclambient (means Progressive-Classical-Ambient) Studio at my Home in Germany. It was a process about one year, I put all my ideas together, first on piano (that's played by myself on a Midi keyboard). The speeches on "Broken Home" I took from a Creative Commons blog --it's a preacher who's talking and weeping about God and Jesus-- together it's my interpretation of a broken home that's left and leaving. All strings I used were formed from synthesizer tunes into real strings by myself.
The dialogue on "Playback rewind..." are recorded in Dutch speech one year ago by myself; it's an old Woman which would not leave alone her old cassette player. Sad story I think, deep minded and terrible. "Easy Steps Moving Downward" is the newest one on this release. It's my own favorite, a little bit jazzy I think. It's a view to the next releases I'm working on. The drums are created by myself on a drum machine that I use for my computer, also Midi into real stuff.
[ Argumentum e Silentio - Ten Sticks of Willow Charcoal ]
01 yet you're still jealous of everyone [12:40]
02 ten sticks of willow charcoal [09:22]
03 the snow in my hands [07:51]
[ Ten Sticks of Willow Charcoal ] is the latest release from Marko H. AKA [ The Nikki Grace Experience ]. Although this album has been released under a different moniker [ Argumentum e Silentio ] which is Marko H side project. [ Argumentum e Silentio ] combines instrumental compositions with samples and field recordings, with influences from ambient and soundtrack music. The idea of [ argumentum e silentio ] was born with my novel "quaint music - the alphabet theory" -- an a-z story of music mysteries. So i would like to thank all the people who loves my work with -[ argumentum e silentio ] and [ The Nikki Grace Experience ].
New Video From Upcoming Album [ Walnut Grove´s Sunset Diaries ].
Major thanks to the collaborating artist [ Lotte Kestner ]… one of the better beneficiaries of ambient music and needles to say prominence of the present decade [ The Nikki Grace Experience ] a gentle and exquisite of a lead melody accompanied by piano and a steady beat. But above all else… we talking bonus point here guys, [ Lotte Kestner ] lovely lead vocal.
“Hearse: Black and White Opinion” is [ The Nikki Grace Experience ] 10th releases and rapidly attaining the zenith point of an abstract and underground success. All without any radical change from where the band was in 2012 with “Rest” or “Halo”. Marko Hupel oversaw all the production; the core emphasis remained a nexus point between minimalism and ambient all shrouded in mystery of a long journey.
Though many songs work with full arrangements, for instance "The Heartshaped Coffins," or “Proudly Waving Farewell,” those pieces attributes thick and dominating resonance but never once overpowering the combination of the various elements that are blend together. All movements on this particular album are heavily stripped-down to demonstrate in various ways as to how [ The Nikki Grace Experience ] or the collaborating artists for that matter, makes a virtue out of simplicity.
We’ve had many previews of this album “Quiet Painting,” “Proudly Waving Farewell” and more, we knew well in advance something big and totally exquisite is going to hit us on the 26th of April 2013. Truth be said there is no absolute point in beating around the bush over the fact that [ The Nikki Grace Experience ] 10th releases includes some of the most beautiful crowning moment within the ambient scene. Many will agree that “Hearse: Black and White Opinion” somehow… magically possesses the power to force you in to romanticism, if not I’ll even stretch describing it as a nostalgic breakdown and weeping tears.
But that in mind let’s not forget while “Hearse: Black and White Opinion” attracts an unlimited elements of subtlety and nostalgia, movement such as “Homeless (The Wisconsin Oddysey) come’s dressed up with an up-beat attire and is so beautifully arrange that it will leaves you breathless. We’ve got eight months to go before the year end and I’ve already put aside 5 of my top 2013 releases. This one my friend jumps to the 01st top of 2013 release. I can only wish for this release to be press on Vinyl or print on CD’s as a limited edition.
Tracklist [ The Black Opinion ]
01. Perpetual Acrylic Lines (feat. Lotte Kestner)
02. The Poor Conductor And The Dead Puppet Orchestra
03. The Heartshaped Coffins
04. Quiet Paintings (feat. Lotte Kestner)
05. Homeless (The Wisconsin Odyssey)
Tracklist [ The White Opinion ]
01. Proudly Waving Farewell (feat. Lotte Kestner)
02. A Basket Of Flowers (On The Gramophone Table - feat. Lotte Kestner)
03. When All Looks The Same (feat. Lynch Kingsley)
04. The Diary Of Auntie Jane
05. The Funeral Of All Our Hopes (feat. Lynch Kingsley)
Based on the quoted tags [ Ambientscape ] ~ [ Dreamscape ] ~ [ Classical-ambient ] let it be [ Divergence ] or [ Rest ] or [ A()anda "EP" ] and [ A()anda Partur 2 ] you simply need to get your hand of all 4 releases. I was streaming [ Rest ] earlier this am and man... I'm impressed. Seriously guys... you don't even need to stream them just go right ahead and downloads all four titles as you in for super classical-ambient treat here. [ __TheSirensSound ].
Oxide Tones started up as an online store in November 2004. Back then, I was frustrated at having to pay 17€ (and more) for a CD, as well as at the lack of choice in Germany. I ended up buying CDs online, and having them sent from USA, Japan as well as other European countries. This of course involved paying customs and high shipping fees. So I started to import more, with the intention of selling the CDs to other like-minded fans who were experiencing the same difficulties getting hold of decent music. Since then, Oxide Tones has sold over 5000 CDs to customers all over the world. It turned out that Post Rock fans liked the idea of buying multiple CDs from someone who liked the same music, as I am able to recommend artists and CDs.
After speaking to a couple of bands towards the end of 2010, I realised that I may be able to help small and yet unknown bands with their plans. As most bands don’t start with a bang or a big budget, it can be difficult for them to get onto a label. Although there are a few labels out there that really dig Post Rock, they of course can’t take every band on. Basically, I’ll try and work with bands to find out what they need, and how I can help. In some cases it may just be getting a run of CDs printed, in other cases it may be getting CDs onto the market to distributors.
I don't really mind on what formats music is released, digital is a no brainer nowadays, CDs are cool, and in some cases I'll do vinyl too. It depends on the music, the band, and the necessary funding. Being an indepedant label, and also a one-man show, means that I decide what to release, based on my own tastes. To give you a fair idea on what I usually covers in terms of type of music. Below is my present catalog. NOTE that there are some few unannounced one's that I am still working on. Latest release in this case is [ The Sun Aesthetic ] album "Thicker Threads".
Swiss Post Rock band All You’ve Seen was founded in 2008. The band recorded their first EP and an album without a bass player. In early 2011, a new drummer and a bassist joined and the second EP was recorded as a quartet. Spring 2012 was a hard time. A founding member & the second guitarist left for a long journey through Asia, right after the bass player quit. Later that year, with a new man on the bass, the band decided to continue as a trio.
In winter 2012 a new album was recorded, which became “Elements – Part ll” with which All You’ve Seen is starting a new chapter. Not only is it the first full length album in over three years, it also marks a new style in sound and structure of the music. It’s definitely the darkest album to date by the band. It starts and ends with an over 11-minutes long song, that builds a massive wall of sound out of a simple melody. With no need for complexity, the band take their time with build ups and add structure to each track until the time is right for each one to implode into a melodic supernova.
1. File: Earth
2. Some Leaves Never Touch The Ground
3. The Path Of A Root 09:22
5. Dust In My Hands
6. Night Of The Sun
NOTE: Yet another awesome release from the German Label. We are half way through the year and we've had some stunning releases from many monikers and from [ Oxide-Tones ] I must say point... this is the 09th releases already and we still got another 6 months to go. Amazing indeed.
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Aesthesys [Ascendere ]
Aesthesys is an instrumental outfit based in Moscow, Russia. What started as a one-man project back in 2007, has eventually evolved into a sextet performing post-rock music with ambient and neoclassical influences. Aesthesys have so far released 3 albums and 3 EPs.
Discography Under [ Aesthesys ]
2013 – Ascendere
2011 - Camera Obscura
2010 - Lacus Hiemalis
2010 - Crossing The Shoreline
2009 - Unreleased - Cold Light Of Skies That Never Existed
2008 - April-October - Demo
2008 - November - An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything
[ Ascendere ]. Hey there! I can’t believe I’m finally writing this message. We’re happy to announce the details of our upcoming release, which we’ve been working on since last November, and since we’ve been quiet about it for so long, we’re going to compensate for it with the thorough description of what’s been going on the last six months in regards to it.
After our last performance in 2012, which was at the Astral International Festival in September 2012, we decided to enter the studio to record fresh material. The next two months were filled with rehearsals to get the tracks’ sound perfected, and in late November we stuffed our drummer’s car full of instruments and gear to hit the road. The chosen studio was located in city of Zelenograd, where we spent one and a half days recording drums and bass. Though we liked the quality of the recorded material, we were forced to leave this place, and so recording of the guitars and violins took place in another studio the following weekend.
Thus, at the beginning of December we thought that the recording stage of the process was over, so Ivan, our sound-engineer who became a dedicated member of our gang, and I started to work on the mixing. During this almost magical process, we used all our spare time, even nights, and a few late ideas came. Consequently we decided to revisit the studio for an extra day to fulfill these ideas in early January, and that’s when the recording stage actually ended.
At the same time, I was desperately searching for an illustrator and a record label – and later, even for a mastering engineer. There were lots of rejections, and that was the most depressing and complex part of the whole quest. Nevertheless, we eventually found some marvelous professionals who agreed to work with us – famous British engineer Ian Shepherd did brilliant and complex work of mastering of our CD, while the cover artwork is now almost completed by the amazing American artist Brian Luong. Plus, we joined dunk!records, who made us part of their family.
And now I’m delighted to say that this quest is almost over. Now we are waiting for the CD to get printed in the Czech Republic next month, and then shipped to dunk! headquarters in Zottegem, Belgium, from which it’ll be shipped to those who’d like to have the tangible release with booklets.
1. Moving Forward
2. Arise From Dreams of Thee
4. La Torre del Silenzio
5. Sailing to Constantinople
The title is “Ascendere”, Italian for “to ascend”, or, “to rise”. It’s going to be a 30 minute long 5-track EP, with 4 fresh compositions and 1 already released song (but in its “reborn” form we discovered when started to play it live). Though one of the fresh tracks, “Anemoi”, is already available to listen to as a part of the “dunk!sampler”, the EP version of it will be slightly different due to different mastering. It will all be available for free download and CD order this September. A more specific date will be announced closer to autumn.
The co-founders of RÁDIO ETIÓPIA lines-up [ Tony Justerini ] ~ [ Anatoly Brooks ] ~ Intro voice led by [ Ana Ribeiro ] and Special Guests [ JOÃO H ] and [ JOSÉ RAMON ]. New episodes are posted every Monday set completed apart from the mainstream line of music and dedicated to all the sinners of this world. RÁDIO ETIÓPIA shows are absolute journeys to the deepening of the soul by the best contemporary artists and in the most profound poetry manner listeners are led on a non-stop trip of about 80mins per show. [ [ [ Completely FLAWLESS... ] ] ]
[ MIND'S LABYRINTH ].
01. Tristeza – [Reminiscence (your smile) (0.00:06) + First love (0.03:20)]
02. Jay-Jay Johanson – Far away (radio edit) (0.07:47)
03. Steve Roach – Love song (0.11:49)
04. The National – Hard to find (0.13:41)
05. Mazgani – Into the river (0.17:39)
06. Edward Ka-Spel – Entrance & illumination (0.20:52)
07. Colleen – The moon like a bell (0.27:12)
08. Eluvium – Happiness (0.28:27)
09. The National – Heavenfaced (0.35:48)
10. Paul Buchanan – Two children (0.40:03)
11. Ludovico Einaudi – Calore (0.42:16)
12. Patrick Watson – Mary (0.45:43)
13. Low- To our knees (0.49:37)
14. Gareth Dickson – Little Miller (0.52:37)
15. Silence – Mr. Goodwrong (0.55:56)
16. Bersarin Quartett – Es kann nicht ewig winter sein (0.59:21)
17. Christen Lien – Aftermaths (1.03:37)
18. Silence – She alone (1.09:46)
19. Rodrigo Leão – Exercicio (1.13:07)
[ Gareth Dickson ]. Solo acoustic guitar with effects and vocals. Gareth also tours with Vashti Bunyan as her guitarist. Debut album Spruce Goose was released in 2005. Since then he has released music with Lo Recordings, Benbecula Records, Polymorphic and Unlabel among others. He has toured Europe supporting Juana Molina and toured the UK supporting Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan.
“A solo artist singing and playing acoustic guitar - sometimes effected, his songs slip between a beautifully sparse, emotive fragility ( recalling Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, etc )... and denser instrumentals ( recalling Eno or Labradford ). Very cool stuff.” Fatcat Records.
While playing with numerous bands around the Northern California area, Justin Howard, worked quietly behind the curtains on a solo project called "Metazen". Moving form instrument to instrument since the age of 13 and stumbling across Logic Pro at the age of 15, Metazen had the means of composing the incessant sounds in his head.
With influences spanning across a wide range of genres, [ GYBE ] ~ [ Sole ] ~ [ El-P ] ~ [ NIN ] ~ [ Battle of Mice ] ~ [ RATM ] and [ Isis ] Metazen blended vibrations with chaos and released "Oh Great Sun, Nourish Her Rotting Roots EP" in June 2010.
A conceptual release, entailing the story of three pyschopomps as they told their story of the long forgotten planet called earth and it's mothers many suicides. With an interest in storytelling, science fiction, and gritty, glitchy, and brooding music Metazen dove into the world of experimental hip hop. Still involved with another band, Metazen didn't grace the stage with his presence until a year later.
In July 2011, Metazen released "The Conscious Cicatrix EP" crafting his style even more with influences from the filthy bass realm of dubstep. Lyrically, The Conscious Cicatrix, amplifies Metazen's own thoughts and interests covering topics such as mind control, alien abduction, stimulated realties, and terraforming.
[ Collected Scabs Vol. 1 ] Metazen is a one Rap / Trip-hop sound I've heard and liked from the very beginning. [ Collected Scabs Vol. 1 ] may not be as evoking and appealing as [ The Conscious Cicatrix ] or [ Oh Great Sun, Nourish Her Rotting Roots ] but the overall outcome based on the quoted tags still brings a combination of an uplift edifying and obscure atmosphere. The album also involved a couple of mainstream songs like [ Heart Of Glass ] and [ Only Girl ] but needless to say with a touch of [ Metamix ] mainstream suddenly becomes underground. Again... Have a go here. Totally worthy.
01. Tell Yo Momma (Meta, The Rat King Remix) 03:59
02. Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun (Meta, The Rat King Remix) 03:14
03. None Shall Pass (Meta, The Rat King Remix) 03:26
04. I'm The Motherfucking Manic (Meta, The Rat King Remix) 04:02
05. Blunt After Blunt (Meta, The Rat King Remix) 03:11
06. Useless Rhymes (Meta, The Rat King Remix) 02:28
07. Say Yeah (Meta, The Rat King Remix) 04:06
08. Pans In The Kitchen (Meta, The Rat King) 03:53
09. Baghdad Tough (Meta, The Rat King) 04:17
10. Mutual Core (Meta, The Rat King Remix) 04:36
And to break the vibe from everything we've covered today, this is just the perfect beat, set apart from the world of post-rock [ Meta, The Rat King ] AKA [ Metazen ] is back with a new release "collected scabs vol. II which is even darker and more tripping and than any other previous releases. Regular readers / visitors will definitely agree [ Metazen ] has released a string of masterpieces that redefined and changed the whole outlook of Hip-hop on a grand scale. This new record is a combination of what a "commercial outfit" looks and sounds like v/s the approach that relates to the mainstream and topping elements of what makes a beautiful blend of Hip-hop. CHECK IT OUT.
[ All Is Within ] is a multi-instrumentalist and photographer ( involving mainly landscapes and live music portraits, mostly for webzines ) since 1991. That said [ All Is Within ] as an instrumental project has been around since 2008. The new mini album "We All Need The Moon" is more a sort of celestial voyage focused on various elements from progressive rock, post rock, metal to ambient music. The moniker [ A.I.W ] also cherish classical composition and impressionism instrumental music in which lush harmonies, progressive rhythms, and unusual tonal colors are used to evoke moods and impressions.
Two years of work had been necessary to create this piece cause I work alone, in the dark ( and managing astro-photography was sometimes really hard too ). My music is set on free download and by all means feel free to distribute as well. Full download in this case is highly recommended because the illustrations are a part of the message. Have fun and I hope you all enjoy.
1. Le vertige des profondeurs infinies 05:01
2. To the Moon ... 02:54
3. Hyperdrive 08:14
4. Naissance - Electric Space Larsen in F Maj 02:52
5. Le chemin du retour 03:43
Up To Date Releases:
A.I.W [ We all need the Moon (2012) ]
A.I.W [ Introspections between waves and state of mind (2010) ]
< < < [ All Is Within - We All Need The Moon ]. > > >
Wacky Southern Current [ Argonautica ].
Mellow, instrumental, post rock. Wacky Southern Current's " Like The Wind Within The Hollow Tree " is neither wacky nor southern. Marco Cervellin of Italy plays most of the instruments himself creating a hushed, minimal, peaceful landscape of down tempo, acoustic music. From the electronic tinged opening track, " I Took a Journey " to the ambient feel of " Unterkircher " this album sways without ever straying too far.
It is very much a cohesive unit. "Like The Wind Within The Hollow Tree" harkens similarities to [ Explosions In The Sky's ] quieter material, [ Album Leaf's ] early work, as well as netlabel musicians such as [ Cantaloup ] and [ Nic Bommarito ]. This is truly a beautiful suite of music for a quiet Sunday soundtrack.
"Like The Wind Within The Hollow Tree" ~ LISTENING IS BELIEVING HERE. How did mellow post-rock music without any massive wah wah and distortions get so good. The above review mentioned some good references but to top it up the first band that come to my mind while listening to "Like The Wind Within The Hollow Tree" is one of the best medio-core sound you guys probably all know [ Adelaide / Small Sails ]. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon with a cold beer. AMAZINGLY GOOD. Oh by the way... the header picture on top of the page describe the music ~ this album perfect.
[ In a Realm of Uncertain Summer ]. Wacky Southern Current returns to No-Source for a new album of hauntingly beautiful instrumental music. “In a Realm of Uncertain Summer” sees Marco Cervellin find middle ground between instrumental soundtracks, acoustic moods, and post rock sensibilities.
The title track kicks off the same vibe given by Air's “The Virgin Suicides” soundtrack. The instrumentation is top notch as apparent on “Eaten by Your Own Sun”. The slow progression of guitars and strings on “West of the Dam” slowly unfolds until the track "The Nearest Star" take over with a sound reminiscent of early Blue States or Grantby. “Naked Mountain Song” paints a picture of a lazy ride over hills and valleys with its bass line and soft electronic percussion work.
“Dream Sequence” and “Eventide” bring the album to a quiet ending with gorgeous, beat less, nearly contemporary classical music. This is certainly another brilliant release from Wacky Southern Current and an increase in compositional intricacy from Marco Cervellin. Cover photo by [ Pablo Hache ]
01 - Sam the Lion
02 - We Are Argonauts
03 - Spirits and Libations
04 - Padawan
05 - The Faun Song
06 - Père-Lachaise
07 - Inland vs Coastal
08 - The Falconer Song
09 - Transparency
10 - French Radio
11 - Blues in A
Marco Cervellin, the force behind Wacky Southern Current, returns with his third album on No-Source. Argonautica continues the trend of high quality instrumental albums from Marco. To give Wacky Southern Current one genre is to sell the music short. A wide range of influences fill up each release from Marco. Argonautica is no exception. This is a more guitar-centric album with Kraut influences, particularly on the track "We Are Argonauts." "French Radio" is a short burst of experimental soundscape, while "Blues in A" is an excellent seven minute jazz workout. Wacky Southern Current heads is new directions with such musicianship that it's hard to believe they haven't been there all along. Argonautica is: Marco Cervellin - guitars, bass, keyboards. Gianni "Ian" Garbo - guitars. Giacomo Gatti - drums.
Melt Like Clouds is the mind child of Ryan Cantz. Experimenting with noise, sounds, percussion, guitars, bass, pianos and synths, Melt Like Clouds creates a dreamlike world that embraces you to drift away from existence. What you hear is what you feel so close your eyes, float in the sky and ride the atmosphere given off from this delusional audio experience.
The debut album "Liquid Dreaming" is a 10-track album full of un-expecting trances and cacophony. The goal of this album is to differentiate dreams and reality. Majority of this album was made at obscure times of the night and early morning due to irregular sleep patterns. Fully produced, written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Ryan Cantz in the summer of 2012. Officially released September 03, 2012.
[ Liquid Dreaming ] isn't your average electo-ambient sound as it bring together the two core elements of ambient and electronic together in the most perfect way while retaining a low-end vision of other ambiences such as industrial, glitch, dub/techno, noise and ambient-drone. The ten track on this album does bring some unexpected trances that you will most likely enjoy if you are in to the likes of [ Portero Regateador ] ~ [ Salient Sounds ] and [ 65daysofstatic ]. Something you definitely want to check out.
01. Shellbrain 04:39
02. Rainbow Flow 03:49
03. Black Tongues 06:39
04. Lost In The Mist 08:13
05. Knowing 03:53
06. The Depth Of A Canyon 05:49
07. Phantasmagoria 06:08
08. Dwam 07:38
09. Nautical Beings 03:19
10. Invisible Children With Mouth Radios 06:33
11. Sky Daze 06:23
12. Desire In Delays 09:43
Following up with the release of "Liquid Dreaming," came the release of the second coming of the Melt Like Clouds chronicles. "Mile High Island" is the sophomore album of this project. Focusing on isolation, reclusion and living inside yourself; this adventure of sounds portrays the mindset and endeavors of a loner who is misunderstood. Written, recorded, produced, mixed by Ryan Cantz and mastered by Channel Fuse Media in the fall/winter of 2012-2013. Officially released April 09, 2013.
[ Linear Bells ] is a composer and sound artist. His music is a mix between sound manipulations, field recordings, mainly created with acoustic and analogic instruments. He also worked with “Embark” and made collaborative works with “Acre4”. Linear Bells is also working on great remixes for several artists. LB.
[ Discography & Side Project ]
2013. I Can Dream
2013. Winter Haze
2013. Ex Kiss
2013. John Love
2012. Linear Bells ///
2012. Seashore Parody
2012. The Adventure of Peter Parker
2012. Summer Haze
2012. Le Cavalier Blue
2012. An Island
2011. Los Angeles
2012. Just For You
2012. Inside Andromeda
2012. New Orleans
2012. Le Gros Boris
2011. Adieu Paris
[ Lost ] is the kind of album / sound that makes you going straight to the point without beating around the bush trying hard to capture other’s attention. It’s pretty downright and straight forward and YES… I am in this particular instance going to throw in my thoughts, feeling and emotions predominantly based on the 01st movement alone, which in this case is “Lost I”. Well… after all it’s an over 25minutes track filled with so much goodness that I can literally write 25 paragraphs on it. But fear not as I won’t go that far and I will try my upmost best to keep it as concise and as relevant as possible.
“Lost I” or shall I say [ Lost ] find Linear Belles returning to the themes and sounds covering the core root of original drone-scape and experimental-ambientscape in a stunning slow-pace. By now purely based on the consistency and dedication of David we’d all agree from his early recordings to his latest release we are more likely referring to a ( living legend ). Truth be said each and every release by [ Linear Bells ] brings a more sleek and colourful sound in the ear of his listeners.
“Lost I” is a strong piece, and a major development in the ambient line. It is a movement that is so varied in style and structure as it aim to efficacy and ingenious moments. One minute you’ll find yourself so completely wrapped up in the sound that your emotions tends to take control over your body and your soul while other sequences on the very same track is so detached to this world that you almost feel like you are on a different planet. The tracks manifest itself in various sequences in an ambient line of subtlety that is simply and exquisitely too gorgeous to be ignored.
David ability and taste for ambient beauty on [ Lost ] overspread and empowered everything he’s written before. His unique way of portraying and exercising his ideas and thoughts in music makes him a none-ignorable artist with a sublime endowment, the word genius doesn’t even come close to what he is capable of…, The lengthy loops, the discreet moments of piano/keys-led grace that add up to one of the most extraordinary encounter in sound that can push you far ahead the horizon and as high above the sky.
There is no denying that the sound compiled by [ Linear Bells ] in “Lost” or any other releases are music’s mostly intended for film series and visual based documentaries as they unlock your imagination to see daily objects and routine lifestyles in a whole different perspective. The sound by [ Linear Bells ] slowly and captivatingly pushes you mind to reach for places you would never dare to enter in real life as it’s only through music and sound that you can achieve those boundaries. I’ve said that before on [ Linear Bells ] and I am saying it again today [ STRAIGHT 10 OUT OF 10 ] Album Here.
1. Lost-I 25:36
2. Lost-II (Feat. N.Bourasseau) 08:32
3. Lost-III 08:48
4. Lost-IV 07:04
LOST is a journey through several cities where I literally loved to lose myself and sometimes my mind. It describes a personal immersion via Birmingham (UK), Altea (Spain), Venice (Italy), Nantes (France) and all the feelings that come with it. I experimented with different new techniques on this release, Equipement used : LF generator, Guitar, Cello, Tape, Field recordings. hope you enjoy...
Credits / Released 02 June 2013
Written, Recorded and Processed : David Teboul
Mastered at Home, France.
CD Artworks: Peter Nejedly, David Teboul.
Format: Pro Digifix CD of 100 Edition & Digital. LINEAR BELLS.