October 13th, 2015 / Comments Off on Mechanik / by Mog/
Mechanik was spawned in Madrid in late 2011 through the single-cylinder sound of a bass drum. It fed on low frequency bass vibrations, ear-piercing guitar shrieks and electronic intonarumori. It grew defiantly, showing a will of its own way past the control of its operators, eventually detaching itself to vibrate away into deep space.
After one year of silence Mechanik’s new album will be released in September 2015. Recorded at Headroom studio (Madrid) on two live takes it captures the powerful dynamics and experimental developments of the band at its best. From the very first moments it’s made clear that this album takes a step further into exploring new dimensions and stretching their sound to its limits. Much of the work includes intriguing echo loops, droning synthesizer noises,
bizarre grooves, spaced out guitars and sometimes distorted, excoriating vocals.
Though the album has eight tracks it’s conceived as a unique suite that evolves throughout time and space driving the listener across extreme states of mind, from peaceful tranquility to violent dissonance, from blissful noise to crude atonal improvisation.
Lyrics have been fairly consistent, regardless of delivery, and recordings reflect preoccupation about Mechanik’s usual concerns: Death, Mysticism, Gnosticism, Time Travel, Drug Abuse, Spiritualism, OuterSpace, Decadence and a variety of occult notions.
Lete: Drums and Cymbal Blades
Tasio: Bass and PsychoDrones
Dário: Visions + Dreamz
Klaus: K-Gitarre & HaloVox and Yul: Full Pervert Noize and Motions
Eadem Mutata Resurgo
Released SEPT 2015
on RAIG Records
Arrange, Perform and Compose By Mechanik
With ‘Eadem Mutata Resurgo’ Mechanik has taken me during 55 minutes under the spell of their great music and I recommend to the full 100% this album to any lover of both progressive rock and space rock and experimental rock”
New Underground Music
FOR FANS OF
The conceptual and
with canonical forms of herb
and space rock, “highly recommended!”.
Artist – Mechanik
Album – Eadem Mutata Resurgo [ * * * * * ]
Release Date – 2015
Genre – Space-rock, Krautrock, Experimental, Psychedelic [ BRILLIANT ]
01 – Nesmrtelnost
02 – … A V__nost
03 – To Tzeitel
04 – Ein Heller Stern
05 – Howl
06 – Particulas Subatomicas en el Jet de un Agujero Negro
07 – clairs de Vie Apr_s la Dernier Souffle | 08 – Sgt. Shamar Thomas
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Artist – Mechanik
Album – Strange Fish vol II (Vinyl) [ * * * * * ]
Release Date – 2013
Genre – Space-rock, Krautrock, Experimental, Psychedelic [ BRILLIANT ]
1. Kwangmyŏngsŏng 10:56
2. Radian 08:08
3. You Yourself Are The Teacher & The Guru 15:41
4. Most People Were Silent 28:39
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Artist – Mechanik
Album – InnerTemple / OuterTemple EP – Demo [ * * * * * ]
Release Date – 2012
Genre – Space-rock, Krautrock, Experimental, Psychedelic [ BRILLIANT ]
1. Did You Have to Take So Many Pills? DEMO 06:52
2. Inner Temple DEMO 06:29 | 3. BliSS & GloSS DEMO 08:18
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October 13th, 2015 / Comments Off on L’Effondras (or simply ☉) / by Mog/
Bourg En Bresse, France. L’Effondras (or simply ☉) is a Bressan trio. The instrumental rock proposed by the group is led by two guitars and drums, without the presence of a bass and vocals or any other form of lyrics, the sound portrait by the band can be considered as a sonic noise. L’Effondras 2014 self-title album reveals a certain richness and generosity and even with the lack of lyrics or words the sensation behind the noise have a strong tendency to filled the void. L’Effondras is simply enigmatic in all proportions and the best way to listen to this album is to have it on HIGH VOLUME.
Nicolas Bernolin – Drums
Pierre Josserand – Guitar
Pierre Lejeune – Guitar
Nikko Wener (Oxbow) – Guitar, Piano
Je Reste Avec Vous / Lemures “EP”
Release NOV 13th 2015
Recorded @ le Hameau / Recording
& mix by Frederic Lefranc /
Romain Raffini – studio 2R Audio | Artwork by Jean-Luc Navette
Two guitars, a drum and a dialog between noise and silence. ⊙ explores and stretch sounds, plays with time and emptiness, excitement and frustration. Hypnotic like the few seconds of the deafening peace before the first thunderbolt crack the sky…
October 13th, 2015 / Comments Off on OISEAUX-TEMPÊTE / by Mog/
There are, so the story goes, sea birds that reveal themselves only at times of approaching storms. This story though, is a little more complicated. For some, the pipers riding the deluge, yet for the mariner the prophets in the lingering final moments of calm. Thus, ultimately, are they the creator or created if the existence of one requires that of the other?
It is this Mediterranean Sea that Oiseaux-Tempête chose to roam. In 2013, on a trip to Greece with artist Stéphane Charpentier, they returned with an account of the political upheaval and spread of discontent which is now so easy to follow two years later. An album of tension, cinematographic as it rides the storms which it documents. A disc positioned, ultimately, in the statement.
Release Date: March 24th 2015
CD digipack | 2LP Gatefold
Marbled vinyl | Digital Download April 30th 2015
Ütopiya? not only continues this work, but it extends it. The travels move this time to Istanbul and Sicily providing the food for its urgent energy and indomitable drive. While the structures still hint at moments of post-rock, they go further now, almost into the area of free-jazz yet without loosing a directness rooted in punk (highlighted perhaps by the presence of G.W.Sok from The Ex). In addition, the bass clarinet of Gareth Davis references both the roughest of experiments of Akosh Szelevényi and of The Stooges Fun House.
More or less anchored in Paris, Oiseaux-Tempête is the result of the meeting between Frédéric D. Oberland & Stéphane Pigneul (members of both Farewell Poetry and Le Réveil des Tropiques) and Ben McConnell (Beach House and Marissa Nadler). For Ütopiya?, the group is expanded with the addition of bass clarinet virtuoso Gareth Davis (a regular collaborator with Elliott Sharp and Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner).
NOTE: The stream link for the 2014 title Re-works is an excerpts from the album. Oiseaux-Tempête (Frédéric D. Oberland, Stéphane Pigneul and Ben McConnell) have brought together a brilliant list of friends to remix tracks off of their magnificent self-titled debut album (SR 381CD/LP): Justin Small (Do Make Say Think), Scanner, Saåad, Dag Rosenqvist (Jasper TX), Leopard Of Honour, May Roosevelt, Colin Johnco, Witxes, and Aun. Includes a download voucher with bonus tracks from Machinefabriek, and Richard Knox & Cyril Secq (Astrïd). Transparent sleeve with transparent sticker. Limited color vinyl (crystal-clear blue or red)
Artist – OISEAUX-TEMPÊTE
Album – Ütopiya [ * * * * * * * * * * ]
Release Date – 2015
Genre – Instrumental, Spoken-lyrics, Experimental, Post-rock [ ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE ]
01. Omen: Divided We Fall
02. Ütopiya / On Living (feat G.W.Sok)
03. Someone Must Shout That We Will Build The Pyramids
04. Fortune Teller
05. Yallah Karga (Dance Song)
06. Soudain Le Ciel
07. I Terribili Infanti
08. Portals Of Tomorrow
09. Requiem For Tony
10. Aslan Sütü (Santé, Vieux-Monde!)
BONUS TRACK ON CD ONLY 11. Palindrome Series (Live at Saint-Merry)
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October 12th, 2015 / Comments Off on Lifeless / by Mog/
Lifeless is a multi-genre one man musical project based in Samara, Russia. With “Insider”, the band forth LP’s, the music feels a little like revealing some unknown secrets. I mean… how do you get your hands around this stuff?Clearly the Russian solo performer / composer ‘Sviatoslav’ maybe a tad lenient towards methodical cadences in his sounds but the landscaping textures explores a different horizon all together.
Released October 4, 2015
All music composed by Sviatoslav Natalevich
I haven’t listen to the band previous releases yet, so I won’t include them on this post but focusing on “Insider”, I’d say you are in for a beautiful drifting tunes. Yes… it’s all blurred and murky and even occasionally static but the seamless flows and the depth of the sound is totally enjoyable on an epic proportions.
UAE Records is a small independent label managed by Christer Lunder and Christian Saint-Viteux. We focus mainly on ambient, drone, electronic and experimental music. Our main goal is to work closely with our artists and together try to fulfill the potential in the music and the artistic work.
“The Pleiades” is an unequivocal ambient album by experimental musician István Csarnogurszky mostly known as [ musicformessier ], released on the 21st of September 2015. This new title is in many ways similar to István previous releases, to name but just a few, Dreaming The I.S.S and Leaving The I.S.S but with the exception that the 10 movements brought forward by the outfit emphasizes largely on subtly treated piano / synth textures. And in addition to the approach of composing something less aggressively, the album also delivers more pronounced electronic treatments and theme related atmospheres.
So yes… while alternating in some similar approach as the understandable concept to some of the previous releases with the same sense of thrill, inspiration and ethereal beauty, the package brought forth is so ridiculously good that it gives ambient listeners the urge to spontaneously arrange the album somewhere easily accessible. For instance, part of your favourite ambient collection on your music shelf, which consequently stands out amongst the highest peak of beauty. As far as “The Pleiades” goes I can most certainly confirm that there are indeed several high and little to no low points. One of the main aspects goes to how Istvan captures the meaning of subtle ambiance and how far the music can take you if you simply accommodate the sound in its general form.
This exalted and tranquil recording features ten memorable ambient-tone poems for delicate tunes and synth murmurs. The concoction dwells between simple chords, rapid succession of guitar notes and melodies that are periodically chased by elegant electronic whispers in a confident fashion as opposed to simultaneous shifting. The result is absolutely dreamy and even though Istvan chose to compose and record, this time around in a strict minimalist style, the gorgeous tunes evokes so much more, for the reverberating spaces between the notes and the empty sequences are just as important as the notes and the sequences themselves. Everything about “The Pleiades” is exceptional. The album in its entirety is beautifully crafted; the slow-motion consistency of “The Pleiades” is of a fascinating ambient-impressionism that is highly original in contrast to the myriads of New Age imitators.
02. Maia 03:02
08. Celeano 02:16
09. Asterope 04:26
I think it is safe to say that Istvan Csarnogurszky has, on more than one occasions, declared the words "Ambient Guru" with outright earnestness. As a genuinely trained composer, Istvan is an unstoppable self-believer / thinker, with an unquenchable taste for sentimental tunes and nostalgic ventures. I have to say that in many respects [ musicformessier ] is one hell of an alias which has completely earned my trust and dedicated attention when it comes to ambient music filled with emotion. And that’s simply based on Istvan total devotion of consistency. Over the past he collaborated with [ Cousin Silas ], yet another brilliant moniker as we all know; but with “The Pleiades” he went completely solo and still managed to pull something totally outstanding and memorable that you are bound to set on ‘repeat play’ from the very beginning. To conclude, “The Pleiades” is a strange but beautiful consolidation of new age ambient sounds and ingenious melodies. A remarkable blend of music resulting into rich and overwhelming textures that are accessible to all kinds of listeners. [ YET ANOTHER SUPERB RELEASE ].
Soft Recordings is a small independent label focused on Ambient, drone & experimental music. The label produces and delivers physical releases as well as digital one's and are a non-profit recording label. Soft was set up by David Teboul AKA (Linear Bells) earlier this year and have released the following albums.
CD Artworks & photos By - David Teboul & Peter Nejedly
Distribution Line: BANDCAMP | Format : Digipack CD + Digital.
To understand the outcome of this new release “Or” translated as “Gold” in English, listeners and fans need to comprehend certain factors and attributions. A. “Or” is a record that is extremely personal from David Teboul a.k.a [ Linear Bells ]. B. All arrangements of this new release started from spring 2015 right till the end of summer 2015 and C. David also went completely solo on this recording as oppose to a collaboration act like the previous release with [ Sound Awakener ]. Considering those factors when we speak of “Or” we are literally talking about three month’s seclusion, as if gathering all your dedications, ideas, musical thoughts and motivations in one place and withdrawing yourself in solitude to make a record.
Now that we’ve touch based a little as to how it all happened which clearly is impressive, let’s dive to the end result of “Or”. On a musical note the album is more of a drone-wash of infuse ambience from the outset, the album is clear of static noises and majority of beeps and glitches are purified from the inner layers to the outer surface. Yes, I’ll agree to a certain extent we still got the same [ Linear Bells ] sound signature but this time I think we can all admit that David has presented us a more organic delicacy. The meticulous output of the entire album is drowned from layers of guitars + pedals and organs resonating in waves. And while the sound, to my understanding went through a distillation phase, the outcome pertain a solid darkness and a mysterious flow that is rather obscure, acting in accordance to the likes of [ Ember Wreath ], [ Sequences ], [ Ous Mal ], [ Isartum ] and [ Anji Cheung ] but in a more subterranean fashion with accessible arrangements and a sophisticated touch.
Without getting in too much details, I mean although emotions can be translated in words but we have to agree that emotions also varies from listeners to listeners, so what I feel and what I vision while listening to “OR” may not necessary be what you feel and what you experience. That said, various listeners can take different approaches on “OR” but keep in mind that whichever angles you look at it, chances are very like that you’ll end up concluding that “OR” fall somewhere between background music, soundtrack music, relaxation tunes or meditative sound and film noir or independent movie soundtrack. The drone(y) strings on “OR” has a strong tendency to engrave a musical path and the reverberated vibrations holds hazy motifs that float in waves-motion between frequencies offering hints to the album’s advancement and making it impossible to pause midway.
1. Our Common Reason
2. No Judgment In An Honest Face
3. There's No Man Happy
4. A simple Bawd 14:40 | 5. One More, And This The Last
Final note: As dark and as heavy it gets the enhanced melancholy atmospheres have a strong tendency to keep listeners guessing and prying for more. In its entirety “OR” clock’s just over an hour and while in its obscurest form the album offers a murky atmospheres but yet carried out with notions of structure and flexibility in cautious elegant ways that project a great amount of care without the feeling of being laboured, vice versa in its clearest moment “OR” unearth crumble distortions and delays that communicate a collection of glistening tones that create a stylized perspectives and haunting beauty. My best advice on this new release is to schedule it, find a comfy moment and a lonely spot for the next hour is going to be epic guys. We got ourselves some extremely dark yet melancholic listen to indulge our hearing senses.
< < < < < [ Linear Bells - OR ]. > > > > >
Al Berkowitz [ A long hereafter / Nothing beyond ]
Al Berkowitz is an art-rock ensemble commanded by composer / producer Ignacio Simón and based in London. It was founded in 2006, when the Spanish psychedelic band "The Inhabitants" joined forces with American beatnick Aldous Berkowitz. Over the last years, Al Berkowitz have combined strikingly original music with euphoric live performances.
Santiago estrada: Bass guitar, lead vocals on track #8.
Production, edition & mixing by Ignacio Simón
Mastered by Golden Mastering | Artwork: Lucía Clews
Recorded @ Paco Loco studio in Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz)
between 28th and 31st October 2011.
Additional Rec' @ Mare Nostrum studio (Majadahonda), bet' July
& December 2011 and Ritmo y compás between May and June 2011.
A Long Hereafter / Nothing Beyond draws a genuine and unclassifiable musical universe, where every little detail seems to fit in neatly. It features crushing harmonic affluence and expressionist, yet delicate, arrangements. The album's eight tracks maintain a sincere and honest essence through opposing spirits and styles.
This new album was recorded in a heavenly spot off the coast of Cádiz (Spain) and self-produced by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ignacio Simón. After the recording sessions, Aldous B. Berkowitz's disciples spent a long time chiseling and shaping their most ambitious project to date. A Long Hereafter / Nothing Beyond culminates a series of releases arising from those same sessions which have multiplied their followers lately: the singles The Frenchman and The Rabbitman and Magical Cynical and the EP A Better Way.
1. You and I 04:43
2. The Frenchman and The Rabbitman 08:16
3. How could we get ourselves lost? 04:51
4. Magical cynical 03:54
5. Farewell, my lady! 05:27
6. A long hereafter 04:55
7. Nothing beyond 03:34 | 8. Sensitive, not dramatic 07:50
A Long Hereafter / Nothing Beyond is influenced by lots of artists and styles: Beach Boys' baroque visions, Robert Wyatt's melancholy, Robyn Hitchcock's psychedelic folk, Grizzly Bear's pop experiments, Charles Ives's and Takemitsu's dreamy landscapes, The Pop Group's dark intensity, Nick Drake's intimacy or the histrionics of the earliest Pink Floyd, just to name a few.
-ghost island- initially formed by John Romero as an ambient solo project to toy around with song ideas when he wasn't working with his band at the time, Cassiopeia. After the dissolution of Cassiopeia, John had a few songs completed for an EP to be released early 2014. The itch to perform live again however, made him hold off releasing the EP and recruiting Roddy (Ursus Colossus) and Joseph (Underground Cities). They knew early on that they would like to switch up instruments to keep their live shows fresh and more fun, as well as challenging themselves to become more creative on instruments they weren't normally playing in their previous bands. So -ghost island- went to work on writing an album instead of an EP.
After about 6 months of writing as a 3 piece, they were ready to begin recording their first full length album. John had recently bought a house so they tracked the album both there, and at their respective homes for overdubs. They enlisted the services of James Plotkin for mastering, and -ghost island- are very proud to present to everyone with their debut album entitled Destroyer. -ghost island- have plans to release the album on both CD and on LP, with a later date this year to be announced.
For fans of:
This Will Destroy You,
and Explosion In The Sky
Mastered by James Plotkin | All Rights Reserved 2015
The debut album ‘Destroyer’ by -ghost island- can be viewed as a bit of an experiment, though not on an amateur level as John Romero, founder of -ghost island- who’s been around for a while as an active member of “Cassiopeia”, yet another ambient post-rock outfit with the strong ability to turn noise in to beautiful sound. Destroyer by -ghost island- on the other hand can be considered as a fruitful journey towards sound experimentation. The album entails no lyrics or spoken words for that matter and is strictly instrumental with screeching guitars notes and stunning vibrations enticing listeners in a comfortable vagueness while the matter of passion and performance is the core subject.
Listening to ‘Destroyer’ from the starting point all the way till the end is an amazing experience, no doubt about that. It is true that most bands if not all, have their own way of interpreting their emotions though sounds. -ghost island- however, dedicates most of their time flapping through emotions. On one end if we take pieces like What We Can and Cannot See, Mice On A Ship and Glacial, basically the 01st half of the album you’ll most likely be led to the conclusion that album can be as subtle as [ Hammock ] or [ Herbstlaub ]. Those pieces are literally gorgeous with superb strings striking lightning in an entire musical arena and embracing the audience from a distance with the perception that the music is not in your face but more… from afar, drawing its attention purely through a certain love and dedication.
By the same token if we take movements like In Time, In Roads or Utsoro-Bune and Acherusia, plainly the 02nd half of the album, with the load of distortions and extreme darkness you’ll immediately discover that the album can be as dark and aggressive as [ We Lost The Sea ] or [ Pride and Ego Down ] and [ Siberia* ] with the exception that lyrics are nowhere to be found. The band techniques towards untangling powerful noises and shifting through wah wah effect are more like the intricate strategy of an air plane take-off. By default -ghost island- is a post-rock outfit, that’s not debatable and the introductory of ‘Destroyer’, tall tears confirms that in an instant, but there is more to it though… the powerful riffing on Archerusiais like an art-noise and it’s where -ghost island- proves the contrary by revealing new exquisite melodies and motifs.
1. tall tears 02:50
2. what we can and cannot see 06:31
3. mice on a ship 05:59
4. glacial 04:44
5. flood damage 03:20
6. in time, in roads 10:41
7. utsuro-bune 08:27
8. acherusia 05:56 | 9. the last star's light 06:17
Each track on ‘Destroyer’ constantly opens new avenues to explore, but in a continuous and structured fashion. That in mind, the real pride and exultation of -ghost island- debut is how they’ve managed to put together such beautiful noises yet remaining extremely approachable without losing their sense of adventure. This debut album can shift between accessible to enigmatic and back without you even noticing it. That’s how fluid the sound is. Truthfully speaking, the final outcome is outstanding; how outstanding it is though, is up to you to decide, but there is no denying that what the music -ghost island- creates is something else, something rarely found from other musicians in the same scene. Do not skip this one guys and remember to get a solid grip of what -ghost island- has to offer. You cannot listen to the 01st half of the album without listening to the 02nd half or vice versa, you have to embrace the entire album on this one. TOTALLY WORTHY.
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
SEEING THE REAL
BY - TONY JUSTERINI
01. Brian Eno – The Real (00.20)
02. Joy Division – The Eternal (07.00)
03. Psychedelic Furs - Sister Europe (12.40)
04. Library Tapes - The Sound Of Emptiness Part 2 (16.30)
05. Lou Rhodes – Save me (18.00)
06. Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #4 (21.05)
07. Dry The River – Demons (acoustic) (25.35)
08. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Promenade / The Sage (28.55)
09. Helios - Equal Ourselves (34.15)
10. Hammock - Stars in the Rearview Mirror (38.00)
11. Dessin Bizarre – Open Your Eyes (44.40)
12. Arctic Whisperings - It will begin as the... / Gjof (49.40)
13. A Whisper In the Noise - The Times They Are A Changin' (56.20)
14. Emmalee Crane - Silver Blue In Solomon (01.01.00)
15. A Dancing Beggar - The First Day of Spring (01.06.00)
16. 82-75 – Tomorrow (01.07.40)
17. Jack Kerouac Reads “On the Road” (01.10.00)
18. AWITN – Wall of You (01.11.55) | 19. Chromatics – I’m on Fire (01.16.20)
I've been meaning to put up this list for a while but never really had the chance to get around it. I remember posting a top 50 releases for 2011 and top 100 albums for 2012 but somehow missed / skipped 2013 and 2014. That in mind I thought I might as well draw up a list for 2015 but in two half, thus... summing up this post contain TSS top 25 albums as well as 15 honourable mentioned and top 5 remixes for Radio Etiopia, all strictly based ON 2015 01ST HALF. And while we are on the H1 of 2015 subject, I am also pleased to announce that there are indeed some exceptionally good outfits / albums lined-up for H2 of 2015. To mentioned but just a few [ Caspian ], [ K O V L O ], [ MusicForMessier ], [ GIMU ], [ First Falling Leaves ] which is a collaboration result of [ W & H ] and [ U.A.E ], [ 2L8 ], [ madebygrey ] and many other stunning outfits. Trust me guys... if you think H1 of 2015 has been really good then you up for a surprise on 2015 2nd half. So Without further ado...