June 29th, 2015 / Comments Off on I am Your Captain / by Mog/
I am Your Captain is the solo work of Ben Pierce, (ex)bass player with Air Formation. He released his first EP, “Then We Head Home”, on the 09th of November 2012 which was followed up with his first full length effort, a nine-track album, title “Even Upon The Sea”, on the 22nd of July 2013 and 2014 EP “As My Heart Rate Slowly Drops”
As My Heart Rate Slowly Drops
Music Written & Recorded
@ home by I am Your Captain
Drums Written & Performed
by Ryan Anderson, Recorded / Engineered by Rob Moon
Artist – I am Your Captain
Album – As My Heart Rate Slowly Drops
Release Date – 2014
Genre – Indie, Alternative, Shoegaze, Noise / Noise-pop [ GOOD STUFF ]
1. sharp intake of breath 04:03
2. as my heart rate slowly drops 04:26
3. a frightful longing 03:08 | 4. don’t slip away 03:28
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Artist – I am Your Captain
Album – Even Upon The Sea
Release Date – 2013
Genre – Indie, Alternative, Shoegaze, Noise / Noise-pop [ GOOD STUFF ]
1. morning captain 00:29
2. periscope 04:23
3. less than shadow 04:11
4. scared of everything 03:56
5. still morning? 00:45
6. be there soon 04:20
7. just asking 02:50
8. goodnight captain 03:41
9. even upon the sea 02:18
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Artist – I am Your Captain
Album – Then We Head Home
Release Date – 2013
Genre – Indie, Alternative, Shoegaze, Noise / Noise-pop [ GOOD STUFF ]
1. black lake 02:58
2. only this 03:14
3. see you 00:46
4. no bones broke 04:02 | 5. ethylene 03:44
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Hailing from Chile’s capital Santiago, Maff present their debut self-titled EP, featuring 8 tracks that delightfully whisp you in a whirlwind through such genres as shoegaze, alternative rock, noise pop and indie verging on grunge, but with a dose of electronica thrown in the blend. It’s no wonder how this has happened, considering the bands they cite as their main influences [ The Jesus and Mary Chain ], [ The Pixies ], [ Ride ], [ Sonic Youth ], and [ My Bloody Valentine ].
Maff is clearly having a beautifully combined love affair with guitar pedals and synth, bringing the listener into a cosmic zone, with feelings ranging from revolution-bent to melancholic and even romantic at times. “After 15 years of personally searching and making music, each band member came to encounter an inflexion point in their lives called Maff,” says Ricardo (Richi) Gómez, founding member of Maff. “Maff is about serving music that liberates us from all our prior misconceptions,” explains bandmate Gonzalo (Talo) Correa.
Although a young band, their sound has made its way into some notable ears. Upon hearing them, celebrated dreampop duo Ummagma has embraced their music and even created a radio edit for ‘Walking on Fire’. “It’s rare that music this good from as far away as Santiago, for instance, finds a place among your faves, but that is exactly what has happened here. This warms your skin and gives you goosebumps,” explains Ummagma. Maff has also caught the attention of Creation Records’ Joe Foster.
Released 06 July 2015
FOR FANS OF: Editors, Bob Mould, Husker Du,
Pavement, Dinosaur Jr. and Slowdive (for ‘Someday’)
Maff was originally founded in 2012 by Richi Gómez (Vocals / Bass / Guitar) & Nicolás (Nek) Colombres (Drums), who have been friends since childhood and have previously played together in various punk rock bands. They were later joined by Martín Colombres (Guitar) and Talo Correa (Guitar / Bass / Vocals / Synth). Maff composed, recorded and produced this EP in their own studio, lovingly called ‘The Lab’, owing to the experimental output they concoct. This EP explores such themes as innocence, mystycism, true love, loss, drugs, freedom and timelessness.
Artist – Maff
Album – Maff
Release Date – 2015
Genre – Indie, Shoegaze, Noise [ EXCELLENT ]
1. Act 1 03:30
2. Linger Around 02:54
3. Walking On Fire 04:57
4. Million Year Picnic 04:33
5. Someday 06:13
6. You 05:06
7. Planet Wave 03:10
8. Blue Seas 04:00
9. Walking On Fire (Radio Edit) 03:20
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June 29th, 2015 / Comments Off on Erik Nilsson / by Mog/
Erik Nilsson lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Initially inspired by the grunge scene, Erik first picked up his mother’s old, busted guitar in his early teens and formed rock quartet Banda de Ladrones. Upon hearing Björk some years later, Erik became fascinated with audio manipulation and spent much of his time in the following years mangling samples on his digital workstation. Meanwhile, his musical tastes and influences evolved and expanded into folk, jazz, classical and contemporary experimental music.
Erik’s previous work includes the album Recollage, released by Luxus-Artica Records, and the score for Ahmed – Almost 13, a Norwegian documentary screened at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam. His music can be heard in Project Power, which chronicles civic resistance to privatisation in New Brunswick, Canada, and in Are You Still There?, finalist in the 2011 edition of the short film competition The 24 Hour Film Race. Erik is a regular contributor to the Disquiet Junto Project, an online collective exploring the creative potential of constraints. He is also singer and guitarist of folk-rock trio Otinget, whose debut album will be released in 2015.
Released JULY 30th 2015
The first single from Erik Nilsson’s forthcoming album Hearing Things, out 30th July 2015. The direct emotive power of ‘On and Onward’ comes from the simple accumulation of pristine instrumental elements: shimmering chimes, resonant piano chords, a driving kick drum, and a glitchy, echoing hook. The elements build and play off each other with clarity and precision, resulting in a track of deceptive power and resonance.
Artist – Erik Nilsson
Album – On and Onwards “Single” From Upcoming Album ( Hearing Things )
Release Date – 2015 [ JULY 30th ]
Genre – Ambient, Folk, Experimental, Instrumental, Contemporary-classic [ BRILLIANT ]
1 Ex Nihilo
3 On And Onward
4 Moksha Can Wait
5 Mood Swings
6 Distance, Wind, And Heat
7 In One-Fifth Of A Second
COMING SOON Erik Nilsson – Hearing Things
Artist – Erik Nilsson
Album – Recollage
Release Date – 2011
Genre – Ambient, Folk, Experimental, Instrumental, Contemporary-classic [ AWESOME ]
1. Into Motion 04:50
2. Tail Lights 05:27
3. Timepiece 01:53
4. Rumore del Roma 03:40
5. Old Piano/Bad Back 04:19
6. Recollage 05:15
7. 15 Minutes of Boredom 02:15
8. Little Demon 02:19
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June 29th, 2015 / Comments Off on Hanging From The Rafters / by Mog/
Hanging from the Rafters is a three piece band blending electronic and analog layers to create a lush, ambient sound. [ Hanging from the Rafters ] debut album Box of Songs was released in 2013. We are heading into our NY studio for album # 2 and we are working on some collabs with other SC artists. Reach out!!
An album is never old if it’s brand new to you! Even though Box Of Songs was released last year – there are plenty of reasons why I want to talk to you about this album NOW. There is so much going for this band from San Diego that attention must be paid! From the mystically-atmospheric music they make, the fantastic way they represent themselves, to the genuinely great people they are…Hanging From The Rafters have all the right pieces of the musical-puzzle.
It has never been a secret as to which side of the fence I fall on in terms of independent music versus the mainstream. Not only do I have an incredible amount of respect for those of you out there making it all happen without a cushy management team, but nearly every experience I’ve had in the independent scene has taught me that the new generation of true-leaders in music out there flat-out don’t need it. Here’s proof…
Lolly Brown, lead vocals for Hanging From The Rafters is a perfect example of the unique voice & vision that music desperately needs, but ALSO the perfect example in how to communicate through both song AND general correspondence! By far one of the most astoundingly genuine souls I’ve come across through our project here – Lolly reached out direct to me personally to put this music into my ears. Extremely personable & completely approachable she certainly is – and best of all? She’s EXCITED about her music. I still maintain to this day – that’s the best possible first encounter you can ask for from my side of the screen; you should all be ecstatic about the music you make.
Somewhat unbeknownst to Lolly and her band…I’ve been listening to Box Of Songs whenever I can since initial contact was established between our two entities. Love that word. Entity. It implies, at least to me, something large in scale, living and growing…which is truly how I’d describe the music of Hanging From The Rafters. As much as I’ve personally enjoyed talking to Lolly – my quest for unbiased journalistic efforts in my writing always require me to “go dark” for a while…as I got more and more into the album…I communicated less and less. Some of you out there have already been through that with me.
When I get as excited as I am about an album like Box Of Songs…it becomes tremendously difficult to maintain that silence. What I want to do is phone Lolly directly and THANK HER personally for bringing this music my way at all hours of the day – that’s the consequence of me still being more of a music-fan than I’ll ever hope to be a professional…
But the straight-up from me on this particular album, is that I could listen to it repeating forever. Just absolutely HUGE in sound dynamic – Box Of Songs is both well-made and extremely well-mixed. The low-end on this album is absolutely crystal clear and pushes right to the edge every time it can, creating absolutely huge bass & drum sounds to go along with the other many instruments & sounds they lay sweetly overtop. “Heavens” midway through the album is a perfect example, not that they all wouldn’t be…but this track is so severely massive that it certainly warrants all seven-plus minutes of the attention it commands. But I’m getting ahead of myself already…like I said, I’m excited…
Box Of Songs opens with “Wait For Me,” which is beautiful combination of sweet electro and Lolly Brown’s intensely emotional vocals. I mean, WHAT an opener! This track was such an indication of the brilliant combinations of sounds to follow. Credit much of course to the other two thirds and technically original members of Hanging From The Rafters; Kawika providing the electro & guitars and Mike Brown – Lolly’s husband providing the percussion. These two…I mean…I can literally imagine sitting them in a room, leaving them alone for a couple hours and coming back to MASSIVE amounts of creativity.
Massive. Hmm. I like that word too…especially when it comes to music. I also like the band Massive Attack a border-line stalker’s amount…their music always moved and grew, expanded and changed…like a true musical entity. And here we have Hanging From The Rafters – who in so many ways remind me of all the best parts & atmosphere created at one time in Massive Attack, particularly the Protection and Mezzanine-era.
A few of you out there just woke up. Nice to see you again! Mezzanine, is damn near the Holy Grail of music for its production, flow, songwriting and atmosphere. You don’t chuck that reference around without raising a few musical spirits. And high-hopes. Because there’s been a hole left behind in music through the sound on that album that people still yearn for. To you all, I say wait no longer – go get yourself a Box Of Songs. The entire album swells and flows with the same hypnotic power completely.
Taking it another step further – they clearly incorporate another of my personal favorites with many guitar tones from Kawika sounding like they’re coming direct from Robert Smith’s amp from The Cure. Listen to “Yesterday’s Dream” and you’ll hear it for sure; but the very combination of those beautifully-sad tones and the enveloping percussion, Lolly Brown’s jazz-meets-rock voice…it all leads to an overall incredible sound that is truly their own.
They more than prove they’re beyond the sum of their influences all throughout this album, demonstrated from the very pushing play and opening track “Wait For Me;” but as the album draws to a close, these last tracks show you a band fully expanded and creating completely new & beautiful musical territory. As it winds down with “If I Could,” Lolly Brown becomes self-reflective in what sounds like a very personal track & emotional tale. The guitars, again, perfect & beautifully played against the stadium-huge percussion…it’s such an incredibly effective and well-produced combination that as long as I know I’ve gone on here in this review – I know it’ll never feel like I expressed it ALL to you. It’s that good…I’m assuming you know that already now…cause I’m assuming you’re listening while reading this…
“I Am…” is a song worthy of a novel, not just this paragraph to follow… This song…to me…represents the very best parts of music. If you’re listening to music…and you’re not FEELING something, or you’ve somehow NEVER felt something…you need to hear this song and understand what music can do to you physically when you hear something as powerful as this song is. I must’ve have heard this entire album somewhere in the neighborhood of forty/fifty times since receiving it only a month or so ago…and I STILL GET CHILLS every single time this song comes on. The incredible atmosphere created in this song, and truly this album, are second to none. I feel like I go on a complete journey with Hanging From The Rafters and step right into their world each time I press play, which incidentally is a practice I plan to continue here through the speakers of our studio for a long, long time to come. This is music made by a band with an incredible future, making music you can truly experience physically & emotionally. This is music you can believe in. -[SleepingBagStudios].
Artist – Hanging From The Rafters
Album – Box Of Songs
Release Date – 2013
Genre – Ambient, Electro’, IDM, Indie / Indie-pop [ NICE ]
1 Wait For Me
2 So The Same
3 Yesterday’s Dream
5 Heaven’s Daughter
6 Feet Of Clay | 7 If I Could | 8 I Am
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June 29th, 2015 / Comments Off on Pangalactic / by Mog/
Pangalactic is currently a bi-coastal rock trio based out of New Haven, CT and Seattle, WA. Founded in New Haven in 2012 by Joshua Coppola (guitar, bass, drums), Spencer O’Doy (drums, guitar), and Dan Steele (bass, guitar), the band crafts multi-movement pieces that flow between waves of contemplative, atmospheric psychedelia and groovy, danceable rock beats. Pangalactic attempts to recreate the enveloping sounds and sonic depth of bands like [ Pink Floyd ] and [ Explosions in the Sky ] through the use of delayed guitars and bass, intricate cymbal work, and e-bows. After breaking into the Connecticut rock scene, Pangalactic is excited to release their first studio EP.
Joshua Coppola (guitar, bass, drums),
Spencer O’Doy (drums, guitar), and Dan Steele (bass, guitar)
Released 23 June 2015
All songs written and performed
by Josh Coppola, Dan Steele & Spencer O’Doy.
Recorded by Steve
@ SRE Productions in North Haven, CT
Mastered by Sam Stauff
@ The Port City Recording | Art by [ Spencer O’Doy ].
'Melancholia', the new four track EP from Dai Watts, is now available on digital release, featuring four minimalist pieces written for piano, electronica and orchestra. Dai Watts is a London-based composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, whose music has been featured on BBC Radio 3's 'Late Junction' and appeared on film and television around the globe. His previous album 'Liminalondon' - a 'Psychogeographer's Guide to the City' - was released last year and described by Rough Trade Records as 'a richly diverse and intelligently constructed concept album, offering a distinctive and memorable modern twist on what living in London sounds like today'. He is currently writing the music for the film 'Still Wind', to be premiered at the Netherlands International Film Festival in June.
“Melancholia” is the new EP from London-based composer Dai Watts, featuring four minimalist piano-electronica pieces. Watts' previous release “Liminalondon” took us all by surprise, to the point where many of us have been building up a chain of persistent desire and longing to see / hear a follow-up release. Well… fans, readers and followers it is with joy and comfort that I bring Watts' latest EP ironically titled “Melancholia”. You’ll understand the title name the moment you hit play, no doubt about that. And for those who might have the slightest suspicion in their mind as to whether or not this new EP is as good as “Liminalondon” or “Train Tracks and Travelogues Vol. 2” for that matter, please let me be the one to reassure you that you are in for yet… another superb treat.
Without trying to pick from the tracks name to describe the EP, so to say melancholic, obscure pattern, temporal claustrophobia and nostalgia are central pillars of this new release. Watts' previous titles predominantly reflect more of a modern composition / electronic post-rock blend, with guitar, drums and bass composed and played by Watts himself. The new EP however, tends to drift slightly away from the traditional foundation while still executing some electronic resonance, but by cutting loose most of its outer layers i.e electronic beats and other elements such as field recordings or background noises and focusing more on the atmospheric projection, the entire listen reveals a different side of Watts as a music composer.
The one thing I have to admit on “Melancholia” is that in its short twelve minutes duration, this EP brings a perfect conjuration of winter sound, thick quilt, wooden fire / chimney smoke, indoors warm up and hot beverages. Watts' strong combination of various sound elements and atmospheres is limitless and is bound to gradually exude emotions of nostalgia, melancholic or simply epic. Those emotions could be the imaginary soundtrack to a specific phase of one’s life or a dark romantic fantasy hidden at the back of your brain that no one can attain. Either way the four tracks resume to one movement that builds upon reflection of the past or reflection of the future. And at the end of the EP one would wish for it to be longer, which thus leaves you no option but to hit repeat play and to dive in all over again.
Bloggers and reviewers might find themselves charmed out of their inflicted review indulgence with this brand new EP. Every so often we are driven by a strange compulsion to write about something and when faced with something dramatically beautiful and “Melancholia” is indeed one of those special package, even my sister who visited earlier this morning glanced at me and whispers, ‘now that’s something beautiful’ (while “Melancholia” was set in the background) and trust me when I say, she RARELY comment on my music taste, so… stunned by her comment, I asked, you think? And she goes like; yeah the sounds got infinite highlights but in particular the piano is so stunning. I just smiled and said yeah, this is a great EP by a London-based composer named Dai Watts.
1. Delirium 02:58
2. Obscuritas 03:17
3. Temporal Claustrophobia 01:45
4. Tristesse 02:39
Although there’s so much to say about “Melancholia”, I think all one need to know is that the EP is the kind of sound you’ll be obsessed with from the very first listen. For some “Melancholia” can a perfect blend of various emotions and for others this EP can serve as the perfect flow for adjusting seasonal mood shifts. In all scenarios I’d say do not let this one pass you by without giving a solid ear attention. Watts' musical talent can be thorough and expertly done across all his releases. The ambient nature of his music is nothing but captivating and it effortlessly connects the mind and soul together. TOTALLY AWESOME.
Solkyri are a post‐rock band from Sydney, Australia. Combining subtle ambient textures, crushing distortions and pulsating walls of sound, this album forms a beautiful yet haunting brand of captivating instrumental rock music. In February 2011, Solkyri released their debut EP titled ’No House’ . Since releasing their debut EP, Solkyri have established themselves as one of Australia’s best new instrumental bands. With airplay on Triple J and community radio, the band have toured with the heavyweights of the experimental scene including sleepmakeswaves, Laura, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving and Meniscus, as well as headlining their own club shows along the east coast.
’Are You My Brother?’ is the band’s debut album and it was released through Bird’s Robe Records on May 7, 2013. This album makes use of a plethora of instruments and tone colours to paint a vivid picture that encompasses a myriad of colour and mood. ’Are You My Brother?’ displays the band’s intention to experiment musically outside of the world of post-rock, whilst still paying homage to all that is beautiful about the genre.
Nicholas Hall and Ryan Fitz-Henry
SAD BOYS CLUB
Released April 10th 2015
Produced by Dax Liniere
Recorded and mixed by Dax Liniere @ Puzzle Factory Sound Studio
Farewell Bluebird was recorded @ the 'House Of Sin' in Camperdown
All Music Written, Performed & composed
by Solkyri | Mastered by Sean Diggins
Cello on 'Be Good, I Love You'
& 'Farewell Bluebird' performed by Andrea Young
Violin on 'Farewell Bluebird' performed by Jacqui Carias
Violin on 'Rosalia' by Pandora Holliday
String arrangements for 'Be Good, I Love You'
& 'Rosalia' by Dax Liniere
Front photograph by Kevin Russ | Album layout by Brooke Allender
Australian quartet Adam, Andrew, Nic’ and Ryan’s music somehow accommodate the perfect vibes in a cozy way, the noises the band create is largely fitting since Australian artists do have the propensity to flirt with high emotional tunes. “Sad Boys Club” is Sydneysiders Solkyri latest release. Following the same trend of the previous two releases except with a slight alteration on the distortion, wah-wah side and the aggressiveness / speed tempos Solkyri zoom into the post-rock bliss again, re-instating its endeavour to keep a neat yet wavy ambiance. One of the most alluring facts is, if you glance at the artist web pages, you’ll notice that the band discloses only two releases prior to “Sad Boys Club”, the first release “No House” dates back to Feb’ 2011. So clearly we are not referring to an alias that’s been around for decades. But yet, the level of emotional noises and experience-figure they've gathered on “Sad Boys Club”, you’d have the impression that the outfit has been in the music-making for a couple of decades at least.
From the start of its musical career Solkyri’s focuses its entire energy on a quite melancholic atmosphere. Aiming at the approach of fluctuating between fragile reflection and powerful distortion, as well as intermittently topping odd elements and instruments on every album in the effort of having a rare piece, it is of no surprise the band musicianship, songs writing ability and details arrangements differs from release to release. And by doing so the band has successfully managed to create a solid buzz in its four years of existence. That in mind whatever instruments or sound you come across, let it be guitars, percussion edges, ambient snippets, synth / piano pinches, distortions walls or flute-like waves, Solkyri’s strength lies in its pride of creating sensitive tunes with beautiful melodies that most of the time lead to soulful and touching effect.
Let’s face it, the Australian post-rock scene as we know it, forever surprises us with the number of instrumental acts that surfaces from various part of the continent. To name but just a few [ The Boats ], [ Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving ], [ Laura ], [ Nikko ], [ Sleepmkeswaves ], [ Screens ] and [ Lander Configurations ], all of which are extremely good AU outfits but if you are someone who somehow emphasize quite a bit on band location, you’ll most likely find Solkyri to be one of your top five addition on the list. The band free-flowing style signature and melodic air is magnificently plastered and truth be told the quartet go as far as putting the rock back into post-rock with cinematic songs structures. If you are an instrumental band residing in Australia and has been making some beautiful distortion-waves around, you are bound to be compared to [ Sleepmakeswaves ] or [ Lander Configurations ] just like if are an instrumental band living in Texas, chances to be crossed reference with [ Explosions In The Sky ] is simply inevitable. And that usually happens in a flash, even if it isn't all accurate, that said Solkyri have always been their own act since the beginning, they've grown darker and noisier, and on their third full length album “Sad Boys Club”, it’s more like they've expanded their post-rock structures into something that’s even deeper and more experimental but also maintains a strong sensational pull.
1. Team Solar 08:54
2. Yes, I'm Breathing 05:12
3. Kidnapped 01:00
4. Sad Boys 05:05
5. Beyond The Use Of Men 01:49
6. I Felt Unsafe, I Felt At Home 07:57
7. Odmoriti 01:52
8. Be Good, I Love You 02:45
9. Forrah 04:28 | 10. Farewell Bluebird 03:50
Solkyri’s do not predominantly rely on huge climaxes to create something beautiful, even though it’s quite apparent “Sad Boys Club” built its grandeur solely from its flawlessness’, with loads of instrumental drifts and noise shifting sequences that make the album bigger moments seem even more massive. Similar to an illusion-cut diamond to make it looks bigger and heavier, I’d highly recommend listening to “Sad Boys Club” via headphones since one can catch all the small bits and pieces far better. The composers in this particular case did not reinvent the wheel here but instead they gave instrumental post-rock music and entirely new makeover and that’s not a negative critic. This record follows the band 2013 title “Are You My Brother?” It comes with some uplifting melancholic atmospheres and crushing instrumentals waves, which by the way is expected from Solkyri, but the connection with its listeners are more in depth and far more personal than in the past. The one thing you’ll notice (if you've been a Solkyri’s follower) is that the band isn't afraid to explore extended-noises for extended euphoric moments, as the instruments slowly falls in place. [ ONE OF 2015 TOP ALBUMS ].
The instrumental sound of KOVLO moves between quiet, intimate and mysterious soundscapes, blending it with hypnotic, furious and violent noise explosions in the best tradition of bands such as [ Mogwai ], [ GSYBE! ], [ Shellac ], [ Isis ], [ Explosion in the Sky ] and [ Sigur Ros ].
With the release of their first three records, "A new position for the second degree burnt" (2005), "I'm so happy on this boat" (2008) and "Hey Mom, where's Timbuktu?" (2011), KOVLO has become one of the most interesting and important Swiss post-rock and instrumental rock bands achieving thus international audience and positive critics.
As it happens with most post-rock bands, the live experience is essential to discover and enjoy the music of KOVLO. During their live perfomances, the band is able to express at their best the tension and power of their music with its psychedelic and hypnotic sounds. During their European tours they played in various countries, including Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Czech Republic to name a few.
In 2012 the band composed the original soundtrack for Swiss movie "Tutti Giù - Everybody sometimes falls", wich was selected at different film festivals (Locarno, Montreal, Kaunas, Mons and Hof). The original soundtrack was then released as their latest album so far in February 2013.
After a line-up change in 2014, with the introduction of their latest drummer and keyboards, the band decided to embrace a new project. They are currently working on fresh sounds and compositions that will follow up soon.
Rawirak Pellegrini keyboards and Fabio Giangrande drums
K O V L O will release their new record this fall and humbly seeking for your personal support! With the released of their first three records, K O V L O became one of the most interesting and important Swiss post-rock and instrumental rock outfit. The band has attain a worldwide status and critically acclaimed on their own and is now pushing even deeper and further on their upcoming 2015 album. Question is.... Would you like to be part of the project? K O V L O is throwing a crowdfunding campaign in the light of:
A. Make this new rec’ to the best of their ability,
B. Aiming to push even deeper and further towards promotion,
C. Help the band aiming for a vinyl release, and not just a CD.
D. Being in a better position to make cool videos for your visual.
Here is a small breakdown and it really doesn’t take a genius sums up the bits and pieces together. Total Cost we looking at roughly 4 to 5 K in USD with a vinyl release around 1 500 USD, a CD print around 1 000 USD and Videos / Promotions together with all the loose ends that tie this new release all together around 2 000 USD.
TO BE NOTED:
K O V L O will release the record in any case, whether or not they achieve their 5K fund goal this release will see the light, no doubt about that. Even if it means... from the band own pocket, that in mind if you support the artist, they can do it much better and can / will go to a spectacular level. This simply means even if they don’t achieve their goal, in any case they will be able to use whatever raised and make the best out of it! Either way you bet you can expect something TOTALLY OUTSTANDING and the band previous releases proved that already.
Tutti Giù - Everybody Sometimes Falls [ OST ]
01. Prologue 00:40
02. End titles 02:09
03. Innocence lost 02:09
04. Youth 05:23
05. The artwork 01:37
06. Two worlds encounter 02:00
07. E.'s journey 10:36
08. Gladiators (Oaxaca revisited) 04:06
09. Snow 00:32
10. Mahler's alternative take 05:56 | 11. Night lights 02:29
Michael Jakucs began creating music under The Stars Above moniker in 2010, to explore the interaction between music and emotion. Using the infinite unknown of the universe above us as inspiration, The Stars Above is easily relatable upon first listen; however, subsequent listens reveal the detailed layers embedded within each song. After graduating from university in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Jakucs, like many, experienced the abrupt shift from life as a college student to that of a professional. For the last two years he's seen the dark side of the soul working the streets of Los Angeles as a Private Investigator. He channeled his range of thoughts to craft an album that is deeply personal and contemplative and reflective of the rebirth and fresh start that life changes so often elicit.
The Stillest Hour
By - The Stars Above
Released JUNE 12th 2015
All tracks written, performed & produced by Michael Jakucs
Additional vocals by Frankmunstah
Artwork by Paolo Fortades, Mikey Maietta, and Cody Wolterman
On the 23rd of April 2015 we posted a single ‘Lazarus Effect’ from [ The Stars Above ] full length “The Stillest Hour” in the light of gathering some listeners for what’s to come from the band and at the same time showcasing the band latest movement. After lingering in some agonizing vagueness for almost two months awaiting the final impact of “The Stillest Hour”, the moment has finally arrived and the timing couldn’t be any better. Couple of days back I received the full album in .WAV format and I am happy to say, today (June 12th 2015) the latest album from [ The Stars Above ] sees the light. But before we go any further into the album description I just want to say one thing and that is… the great thing to notice on this predominantly progressive title is the musical landscaping and the constant evolving nature of its composer. Remember to focus on that point as you read / listen along. There are various factors that could attribute to this statement, i.e. the background of the artist, the live / studio recording experience of the band or simply the continuous effort of contributing one record annually since 2012. Those series of determinations could well be the core factor of the derived nature of [ The Stars Above ].
Moving forward, as a blogger for almost a decade, I’ve come across myriads of monikers and one has to admit, after such dedication and exposure, my musical buds and my hearing senses have grown hyper sensitive over the years. In today’s music industry, let it be conventional or unconventional music’s my overall musical taste have a great tendency to manifest and to rely on emotion as oppose to the actual sounding of a particular artist, and with [ The Stars Above ], from the beginning I sort of, have developed an instant connection with the music itself. Beyond all the rhythmic punches and progressiveness I can easily access the softer / emotional side of the band and that alone is a great deal for me. Musically, what I discovered about “The Stillest Hour” or [ The Stars Above ] as an outfit, is its willingness to aggregates many influences and genres. For instance, the music can be labelled as post-rock, post-metal, definitely progressive and most likely low end shoegaze. Those are the common grounds the album explores, but as a whole “The Stillest Hour” is plain and simple a progressive album based on its guitar melodies and a low-end shoegaze title considering its vocals attribution.
All together the album brings an interesting concept in the sense that the singing part of this latest album, which counterbalances more than just an exalting wistful chant to supersede all the bolder elements while its backed-up by mellow instrumental arrangements, nothing too aggressive or too subtle on the instruments side though, something just in the middle to morph the sound so as to have an easy flow and a polish finished. In addition to the bold elements and the vocals attribution comes a great deal of minimalist arrangements that allow for space and interplay between the instruments. These characteristics are well-conferred across the album and advocate the end result meticulously. The ambiance never feels overwhelming even though there are many influences in the music and the motif are above all thoughtful and concise. The production is as near as perfect, the subtlety of the details is impressive and the mood shifts crashes in sequence. Someone who has followed [ The Stars Above ] works from the very beginning of its musical career would easily rate this new album an 8 to 8.5 out of 10 but those who are not familiar with the band works and only came to know the band recently would be more inclined to lower rating, probably a solid 7.5 to 8 out of 10. Either way, check out this new release guys. Interesting indeed.
01 Lazarus Effect
02 Where Spirits Have Lease
03 A Walk Among Giants
04 Time is Our Curse
06 Constants and Variables
09 An Endless Ocean | 10 A Final Moment of Recurrence
Release NOTE - Following the sun drenched sounds of his debut full length album, Shoreline, and the otherworldly atmosphere of the recent EP Drift, The Stillest Hour sees The Stars Above create a new sonic world with unknowns teeming beneath the shimmering surface. Where Shoreline and Drift focused on nostalgia and isolation, The Stillest Hour tackles something more existential; the constant death and rebirth of change. From the mind of Los Angeles native Michael Jakucs, The Stillest Hour sees The Stars Above create thunderous auditory worlds, rich with words and sounds buried beneath the surface. Taking influence from bands as varied as Boards of Canada, The Smashing Pumpkins, Cloudkicker, The XX and Explosions in the Sky; The Stars Above combines post-rock dynamics, math rock complexities and electronic experimentation to create unique soundscapes. Rather than focus on cold, digital perfection - The Stillest Hour embraces and embodies the beautiful variance of the human hand while utilizing computer manipulation to create new sounds from real instruments.
By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen and to Their Late Majesties King George VI, King Edward VII, King William IV, King George V, Queen Victoria, King George IV and to His Late Royal Higness The Prince of Wales ( 1921-1936)
TONY JUSTERINI and ANATOLY BROOKS are the co-founders of Rádio Etiópia. New episodes are posted every Monday set completed apart from the mainstream line of music.
Intro voice led by Ana Ribeiro
- ELDER ALMEIDA - 1st FRIDAY
- PAULINO - 2nd FRIDAY
- FRAY D. JAY - 3rd FRIDAY
- JOÃO H - 4th FRIDAY
- JOSÉ RAMÓN - SOMETIMES
Halfway There Mostly Nowhere
By - Anatoly Brooks
01. Brian McBride – Supposed essay on the piano (0.00:06)
02. Masumi Ito – Nemuri no oukoku (0.04:07)
03. Silence – Halfway there mostly nowhere (0.07:32)
04. Bosques De Mi Mente – Estoy solo respondio el (0.11:27)
05. Soap & Skin – Lost (0.15:04)
06. Smog – To be of use (0.16:52)
07. Boduf Songs – Great anthem of my yoruth (0.22:07)
08. Bruno Sanfilippo – The gray umbrela (0.27:38)
09. RF – Sunspot (0.34:04)
10. The Unthanks – Hawthorn (0.40:18)
11. Scott Mathews – Walking home in the rain (0.44:24)
12. Jeff Buckley – A Satisfied mind (0.48:48)
13. Shearwater – Run the banner down (0.54:36)
14. Amiina – Hilli (0.57:19)
15. Beck – Morning (1.00:17)
16. Electric Litany – Don’t fear the war (1.05:32)
17. Simon Bainton – Arrival (1.09:05) | 18. Deadhorse – The long rain (1.13:46)