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Yucatan

June 30th, 2015 / Comments Off on Yucatan / by Mog/

Yucatan Profile

From beneath vaporous skies, at the foot of slate grey peaks and from where song rises from within the soil, Yucatan have created chiming, ethereal lullabies since 2006, born of a desire to create abstract, epic music. Yucatan’s self-titled debut album was released in 2007, followed by ‘Uwch Gopa’r Mynydd’ (Above the Mountain Summit), the band’s second album in summer 2015. Audiences in the UK and Europe experiencing their immersive live performances, of sweeping instrumentation, soaring choirs and shimmering string sections, will do so again with Yucatan appearing at major festivals and carefully selected venues.

Uwch Gopa’r Mynydd

Credits
Released June 22nd 2015
Recording Label Recordiau Coll

Passing yourselves off as the Welsh Sigur Ros may not be the cleverest of things to do unless you can back that statement up with music to match. Thankfully Yucatan not only match but also surpass the Icelandic band in depths of emotion and jaw-dropping beauty on their new album, Uwch Gopa’r Mynydd. A bold statement but even a singular listen to this album will prove it is a worthy one. There are moments on here where you will literally lose your senses and simply sit gawking at nothing in particular as the music sweeps over you.

It would be easy for Yucatan to get carried away with their grandiose meanderings but their trick is to keep a firm ear on the intimate and whilst there are moments which take on a cinematic level, these are tempered by the much better homely feelings. It’s a Welsh trick taken on board by the likes of Golden Fable and Little Arrow and no doubt inspired by that greatest of all, SFA, at their most relaxed. Indeed it’s almost fortuitous that in the year when Mwng gets re-released, we get another Welsh language album that matches up to that classic.

Language barriers aside, Yucatan deliver on all levels here and although you may not be able to understand what they are singing about that’s not the point. Such is the lilt of the welsh language, it chimes along and seeps into your consciousness much like Sigur Ros do with their language. Only this time the language is real and by that reckoning, packs a much bigger emotional punch. As for the music, from the opening strands of ‘Ffin’ to the final moments of ‘Uwch Gopa’r Mynydd’ all life is here. The epic ‘Cwm Llwm’ stirs emotions deep inside you whilst ‘Llyn Tawelwch’ threatens to make you cry. There are several moments too, where time seems to stand still and the music transcends your very soul leaving you a gibbering wreck. It’s beauty of the highest order, a beauty that doesn’t arrive very often. A beauty which the Welsh seem to hold so near to their hearts when it comes to music.

And it’s the Welshness that makes this album what it is. You can almost picture the sweeping hillsides leading up to Snowdonia and the valleys beyond where slate quarries lie abandoned only to see life as a tourist trade. It evokes the lost sense of belonging which can only be found on a St David’s Day parade or when the rugby team breathes it’s dragons fire. It also evokes the home-spun tales of the Mabinogian and other folk tales which make the culture so enduring. To a Welshman it will raise tears of understanding, to others a cry of joy at the music it can produce.

This album is pretty untouchable and is pretty damn near perfect in it’s delivery. Not a moment goes by where a note is wasted or you feel the need to do something else. It transfixes and holds you in its grasp until it’s very end then begs you to play it again and discover other delights. They may very well be the Welsh answer to Sigur Ros but they are also so much more. Who knows what goes through the minds of these musicians when they reach yet another mini crescendo on this fabulous journey. Yucatan may be the most essential band on the planet at this very moment. -[E&D].

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Yucatan  - Uwch Gopa'r Mynydd

Artist – Yucatan
Album – Uwch Gopa’r Mynydd [ * * * * * ]
Release Date – 2015
Genre – Ambient, Instrumental, Post-rock [ EXQUISITE / POST OF THE DAY ]

Tracklist

01 – Ffin
02 – Cwm Llwm
03 – Word Song
04 – Halen Daear a Swn y Mor
05 – Ochenaid
06 – Llyn Tawelwch
07 – Angharad | 08 – Uwch Gopa’r Mynydd
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FILEFACTORY Yucatan – Uwch Gopa’r Mynydd
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Yucatan - Yucatan

Artist – Yucatan
Album – Yucatan [ * * * * * ]
Release Date – 2007
Genre – Ambient, Instrumental, Post-rock [ EXQUISITE ]

Tracklist

01. Y Gwacter 05:12
02. Hull 04:24
03. Malu Trwsio Chwalu Uno 05:03
04. Un Cyfle 08:24
05. Cyrn Pen 03:01
06. Mynd Lawr 04:25
07. Bregus 03:11
08. Lle Ti Di Bod 04:12
09. Cwsg 04:21
10. A Oes Ymateb_ (Radio Session) 03:04
11. Y Llif (Radio Session) 02:55 | 12. Unig Ddau (Radio Session) 09:10
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FILEFACTORY Yucatan – Yucatan
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I am Your Captain

June 29th, 2015 / Comments Off on I am Your Captain / by Mog/

I am Your Captain Profile

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

Credits
Released
Music Written & Recorded
@ home by I am Your Captain
Drums Written & Performed
by Ryan Anderson, Recorded / Engineered by Rob Moon

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I am Your Captain - Periscope

Artist – I am Your Captain
Album – Periscope
Release Date – 2014
Genre – Indie, Alternative, Shoegaze, Noise / Noise-pop [ GOOD STUFF ]

Tracklist

01 – Periscope
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I am Your Captain - as my heart rate slowly drops ep

Artist – I am Your Captain
Album – As My Heart Rate Slowly Drops
Release Date – 2014
Genre – Indie, Alternative, Shoegaze, Noise / Noise-pop [ GOOD STUFF ]

Tracklist

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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I am Your Captain - Even Upon The Sea

Artist – I am Your Captain
Album – Even Upon The Sea
Release Date – 2013
Genre – Indie, Alternative, Shoegaze, Noise / Noise-pop [ GOOD STUFF ]

Tracklist

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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I am Your Captain - Then We Head Home

Artist – I am Your Captain
Album – Then We Head Home
Release Date – 2013
Genre – Indie, Alternative, Shoegaze, Noise / Noise-pop [ GOOD STUFF ]

Tracklist

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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MAFF

June 29th, 2015 / Comments Off on MAFF / by Mog/

Maff Profile

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.

MAFF

Credits
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.

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Maff - Maff

Artist – Maff
Album – Maff
Release Date – 2015
Genre – Indie, Shoegaze, Noise [ EXCELLENT ]

Tracklist

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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Erik Nilsson

June 29th, 2015 / Comments Off on Erik Nilsson / by Mog/

Erik Nilsson Profile

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.

HEARING THINGS

Credits
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.

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Erik Nilsson - Hearing Things

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 ]

Tracklist

1 Ex Nihilo
2 Altitude
3 On And Onward
4 Moksha Can Wait
5 Mood Swings
6 Distance, Wind, And Heat
7 In One-Fifth Of A Second
8 Drawing/Dreaming
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Erik Nilsson Recollage

Artist – Erik Nilsson
Album – Recollage
Release Date – 2011
Genre – Ambient, Folk, Experimental, Instrumental, Contemporary-classic [ AWESOME ]

Tracklist

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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Hanging From The Rafters

June 29th, 2015 / Comments Off on Hanging From The Rafters / by Mog/

Hanging From The Rafters Profile

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!!

Lolly Brown- Vocals
Michael Brown- Drums, Percussion
Kawika Hughson- Guitar, Groove Box, Synth

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].

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Hanging From The Rafters - Box Of Songs

Artist – Hanging From The Rafters
Album – Box Of Songs
Release Date – 2013
Genre – Ambient, Electro’, IDM, Indie / Indie-pop [ NICE ]

Tracklist

1 Wait For Me
2 So The Same
3 Yesterday’s Dream
4 Post
5 Heaven’s Daughter
6 Feet Of Clay | 7 If I Could | 8 I Am
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