May 6th, 2015 / Comments Off on Wild Cat Strike / by Mog/
Wild Cat Strike (‘waɪld ‘kæt ‘straɪk) n. 1 The feeling of folk-like intension with aggressive execution 2 The experience of immersion in sound 3 The manic shift between harmonious beauty and cacophony: Wild Cat Strike has released their new EP entitled ‘Attentive Blood’ which is available from Bandcamp. [ Lat. ferus cattus inpello ] Synonyms; None
“Four local lads on a mission, to present a refreshing take for alt, indie rock. A delightful pairing of soaring guitars and screeching vocals. Lead singer Danny Byrom may scream until he is red in the face, and yet the audience is not alarmed – truly believable stories of epic proportions delivered with an utterly convincing performance.” __ [ TwoThreeFour ].
WILD CAT STRIKE LATEST VIDEO LAUNCH
From Upcoming EP
Released – TBA
Filmed By Some Friends @ Small Pond Recordings
From the mournful palm-muted intro and the teasingly drawn out drum break to the extended instrumental rockout, the latest single from Wild Cat Strike takes its sweet time to unravel. As their dictionary definition press blurb states, the band’s name represents “the manic shift between harmonious beauty and cacophony”. For once this is a press blurb that makes sense, as can be heard when the song erupts into a furious crescendo.
This is ‘Neighbourhood’, a melancholic eight-minute epic about life in a small town – an appropriate theme for a city like Brighton which seems to be the getaway of choice for many musicians. “It’s a song about growing up in a one horse town that never changes,” explains singer Danny Byrom. “People either leave and evolve or stay stationary and decline.”
SOURCE is hosting the premiere of the single’s video, produced by Small Pond Recordings. It was filmed at Marwoods coffee shop in an upstairs room which singer songwriter Nick Williams (who also works in the café) has recently converted into a live music space. “The reason we chose Marwoods is we love the space,” says Danny. “It’s really interesting and different to the usual places people film videos. We’re massively grateful that Nick and the rest of the guys let us make all that noise up there.” The video is being released ahead of Wild Cat Strike’s appearance at Bleach this Friday. The band are playing alongside local operatic rockers Written in Waters supporting New Zealand’s post rock heroes Jakob who are touring their first release in eight years.
Artist – Wild Cat Strike
Album – Shout At Satan
Release Date – 2012
Genre – Indie, Alternative, Math-rock [ VERY GOOD ]
1. When You Coming Home 2.58
2. Gospel 3.10
3. Not the Time or Timing 4.52
FREE DL Wild Cat Strike – Shout At Satan
The band Siberia, from Montmeló (Barcelona), mixes fast riffs, powerful breakdowns, odd complex time passages, melodic chorus, and many more interesting things, that make every song a hit. They crushed the metal local scene with their sound, putting their songs into another level with strong live shows. The band started from a La Granja de Playmobil reunion in January 2009. The members were Alberto López (drums), Carlos Sáez (bass and voice) and Daniel G. Nogales (guitar). They started jamming the old songs in the rehearsal room, but they quickly decided to forget about them and felt the need to create new ones from scratch with their current metal influences. They took Alberto’s brother Víctor López, as a second guitarist and Carlos focused on the voice, leaving the bass position to different people until they find Marc A. Claramunt..
In mid 2010 Siberia launched an EP with two songs to promote the band and make more shows. All the recording and mixing process was done in Carlos’s room between February and March, and it was mastered by Juan Pe at K-Cleta Studios in April 2010. In October 2012 they launched their first LP titled A war inside my head. Drums were recorded in K-Cleta Studios, and voices in Jailden Studios, so this time they only recorded at home guitars and bass. The mastering was done, again, by Juan Pe. The record has eleven songs that can be labeled as progressive metalcore. With a lot of brilliant ideas in every song, all the record flows dynamically from the beginning to end, and the listening to it leaves no one indifferent.
In summer 2013, the band began to compose and make demos for their upcoming second LP. The recording process was done in Wasabi Estudis by Juan Pe and Carles Puntí. It was mastered in Fascination Street Studios (Örebo – Sweden) by Jens Bogren. The LP titled A calculated life cycle has been launched in April 2014. The album contains ten songs that not only follow the previous LP’s trail, but also it is a step foward into their progressive metalcore, showing an spectacular maturity and driving the band far beyond.
Víctor López: Guitar
Daniel G. Nogales: Guitar
Carlos Sáez: Voice
Alberto López: Drums | Marc A. Claramunt: Bass
A CALCULATED LIFE CIRCLE
Released April 20th 2014
Recorded by Juan Pe and Carles Puntí
@ Wasabi Estudis.
Mixed by Juan Pe
@ Wasabi Estudis.
Mastered by Jens Bogren at
@ Fascination Street Studios. | Artwork and design by Dani Naimare.
Artist – Siberia
Album – A Calculated Life Circle
Release Date – 2015
Genre – Electro’ Instrumental, Post-rock
01. Fear of heights 01:32
02. My last breath 04:32
03. Two hours 03:35
04. 100% cotton 03:37
05. Black pillow 04:00
06. Burning me inside 04:48
07. The saddest winter 04:09
08. Thanatos 03:11
09. A new dawn 04:24 | 10. On thin ice 05:47
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Artist – Siberia
Album – A War Inside My Head
Release Date – 2015
Genre – Electro’ Instrumental, Post-rock
01. Azzacov 00:50
02. Sungazers 05:20
03. Even there is no hope 03:54
04. Petrov 02:58
05. Sheriff Wolf 03:47
06. Yakuza smile 03:09
07. Parasomnia 04:24
08. The end of the murders 00:37
09. Low cost love in Whitechapel 03:48
10. Extinction 05:01 11. Death or glory 03:17
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May 6th, 2015 / Comments Off on Johnny In The Jungle / by Mog/
Johnny in the Jungle is an instrumental band hailing from Szeged, southern Hungary. That band started out from jam sessions in the spring of 2009. Our style could by described as a crossover of post-rock, psychedelic rock and jungle. Our debut album [Kilincs] came out in 2010. Since then our musical style has evolved a lot. Our second self-produced album [Chimera] is now available for free download at our bandcamp site. It includes an e-book accompaining each song with a short story or poem in Hungarian and also a beautiful painting.
This music is something different to the usual day to day post. Couple of critics tend to say start with [ Kilincs ] followed by [ Chimera ]. Personally I don’t have a preference between the two albums. If you like one you’ll definitely dig the other. Or shall I say if you dig the likes of [ Rovo ] / [ Losalios ] then you are most certainly in for a beautiful treat as both title is strongly jazz-fused with a low-end avantgarde-like touch and electronic base. The tricky part is… when an album is complex it usually take a couple of listen for you to digest the sound but with [ Johnny In The Jungle ] that’s not the case. The complexity is actually an easy flow all together. Again [ Rovo ] / [ Losalios ] or [ Naikaku ] fans, head for the download. But that in mind ‘Postcard from Norilsk’ is an entirely different game. VERY NICE INDEED.
Artist – Johnny In The Jungle
Album – Postcard from Norilsk
Release Date – 2015
Genre – Instrumental, Experimental, Post-rock, Low-end Jazz [ LOVE IT ]
1. We Are Trapped 05:22
2. Nickel Rush 05:32
3. Thawing and Flood 07:12
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Cinchel is a drone/ambient guitarist from Chicago. “Quiet Nights, Lonesome Woods” is his latest EP release. This particular one contains no guitars and some buried beats and enough low end drone to really shake your walls. Many of us will also find that “Quiet Nights, Lonesome Woods” works pretty damn well as headphone music and large room listening. The latest EP is where you would want to start but but all means work your way to gather the entire Cinchel catalog.
[ Diamond Is The Rough ]. The eponymous title track is not only the gateway to Diamond In The Rough, but its very morphogenetic core which happens to be embedded in-between a helix of aquatic fractals. Instead of launching with the expected fade-in phase of several seconds and balmy Drone layers, Diamond In The Rough starts in medias res, with a gorgeously bubbling echo-coated fluxion of a moist and profound arpeggio. Textures and tonality burst at the seams in the very first seconds already, and as the architecture is repeated and gets louder over its course, the intensity is charged as well. That this vesiculation is guitar-based is a given in Jason Shanley’s work.
The emerald feeling is soon interpolated with a sun-dappled luminosity of excitatory drones which tower securely above the melting pot. Their infinitesimally overdriven scratches and hazy physiognomy make them curiously present and diffusely untouchable. Soon enough, these layers begin to bubble and oscillate as well. Clinging chimes lead to snoring dragons, the arrangement becomes incredibly louring (or was that luring?) all of a sudden; abyssal bass creeks float through the labyrinthine vaults, a pompous aura of opaqueness reigns. However, since Diamond In The Rough is based on vignettes, this state, while still maintained and resurrected for a few moments, is accompanied by blazingly iridescent and melodious Rave bells which do not seem gelid rather than supercharged with a powerful nostalgia.
When this hypnotic segment wanes, the earthquake-evoking atmosphere is reintroduced, now with a greater impetus than before. Frosty bells gyrate around devastating explosions and rumbling cliffs. Diamond In The Rough, as it turns out, ends with a focus on the devastating roughness. Its progression, the various textures, reverberations, filters and melodies are, in short, an utter delight, a sublime bedlam. [ FULL REVIEW ]
Live at ESS 12/6/2013
Released MAY 01st 2015
Guitar and Laptop: Cinchel
Engineer: Alex Inglizian
Cover photo: Dan Mohr from the performance at ESS
Mastered by Adam Stilson at Decade Studios, April 2015
All Audio recorded at ESS in Chicago on December 6th 2013 in front of a live audience. During “Light passes…” I distributed bells throughout the crowd and asked the audience to ring them as they were inspired throughout the performance. This was part of ESS 2013 Oscillations series. This same evening Bill Mackay w/ Matt Lux also performed.
Artist – Cinchel / Dustperiod
Album – Sometimes I Hear Voices / Trying to Make Impermanent Things Permanent
Release Date – 2015
Genre – Ambient, Drone, Experimental, Dark-ambient, Drone-ambient [ MASSIVE / GET IT ]
01. cinchel – take out the trash 13:52
02. cinchel – feed the cats 05:00
03. cinchel – eat something 07:06
04. cinchel – you really should go to bed now 11:44
05. cinchel – bury that melody (wasn’t me reprise) 11:34
06. dustperiod – if i can’t kill you my daughter will 04:29
07. dustperiod – Eyes Pop – Skin Explodes – Everybody Dead 04:57
08. dustperiod – everyone has gone to the moon without me 07:19
09. dustperiod – feverhouse 05:16
10. dustperiod – A Minor Setback… 04:54 | 11. dustperiod – Creon 15:59
————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Cinchel / Dustperiod – Sometimes I Hear Voices / Trying to Make Impermanent Things Permanent
Artist – Cinchel
Album – A House Once Lived That Never Was
Release Date – 2014
Genre – Ambient, Drone, Experimental, Dark-ambient [ MASSIVE ]
01. its finally warm again, but sometimes it still snows 04:06
02. tulip bulbs breaking ground in the garden outside 02:45
03. porch swings 02:43
04. sunlight, windows, sleeping cats 03:25
05. rain floods, harsh sounds 00:45
06. summer solstice picnic in the field out back 04:05
07. cat bats at the curtain as it billows in the breeze 03:09
08. filling up the wading pool, playing outside all day 02:59
09. camping out in the backyard 04:06
10. just sitting on the porch 01:52
11. saying goodbye from the driveway as the school bus comes 01:41
12. drinking the last of the sun-tea and watching the leaves begin to change 03:52
13. first apple pie from the oven and the kitchen smells wonderful again 02:38
14. all the rooms are quiet 05:31
15. cat asleep on the windowsill 01:28
16. sitting in the rocking chair reading a good book 02:00
17. preparing for guests we dust off the mantle and make room for the fold out bed 01:25
18. after the big meal we sit around and remember 03:56
19. hiding Christmas gifts under the stairs and in the closets 02:26
20. falling asleep in the big blanket, waking up with snow falling outside the bedroom window 03:49
21. drinking tea on the couch, staving off a fever 05:55
22. that sound the radiators make 04:13
23. the tea kettle whistles while we watch the last embers in the fireplace 06:28
24. the windows barely keep out the cold, sealed against the wind and the ice 05:30
25. we had to move out but hopefully the next owners treated it nicely 05:50
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Artist – Cinchel
Album – Glitch.Dump [ * * * * * ]
Release Date – 2010
Genre – Ambient, Drone, Experimental, Dark-ambient [ MASSIVE ]
1. I 05:52
2. II 09:29
3. III 07:44
4. IV 03:00
5. V 07:52
6. VI 06:32
7. VII 05:02
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Herod Layne is a post-rock instrumental band formed by Sachalf [ guitars ] Elson [ bass, guitars ] Lippaus [ guitars ]and Johnny [ drums ]. In 2007 ~ the band took part in the David Gilmour’s ” Arnold Layne ” worldwide online contest, and was ranked among the top ten best versions for Syd Barrett’s 1967 song. While in 2008 the band unveil their “In Between Dust Conditions” album and the Walking The Valley EP by the net label Sinewave.
Moving forward in 2009 the band released a new EP – Sealand Fire, also by Sinewave -, and made a small tour in Canada, playing at the Canadian Music Week festival. The tour was followed by the documentary “Je Me Souviens…”, directed by guitarist Sachalf. [ Herod Layne ] also played at various festivals in Brazil throughout the year – Festival Calango in Cuiabá, the two Sinewave Festivals in São Paulo, and Festival Extravaganza in Sorocaba. In 2010 the release of their new album, entitled [ Absentia ]. The album contains seven songs and three incidental songs, and was recorded during a six-month period. Absentia is an album about loss, explains guitarist Sachalf. We have been through some personal issues recently, and these feelings were invariably absorbed in the compositions, he adds. “Although we are mostly an instrumental band, we tried to express these feelings through the music…
Drummer Johnny admit such feelings might have been expressed in the proper structure on the songs, as the album features light ambient tracks together with heavier accents. “We love extremities” Bassist Elson on the other hand mentioned “Therefore, we wrote songs like ‘Drug-Induced Inertia’ which is more guitar-oriented, and ‘Absentia’, which is like a mantra based on guitar effects”, he completes. The album also contains long crescendo tracks the band has been acknowledged for, together with “300-Megaton Lullaby”, which features unexpected vocals. “The song was originally instrumental, but we wrote some words and a vocal line and saw they might fit in”.
Sachalf explain that the artwork images were taken during their 2009 tour in Canada. The main cover picture is an abandoned house found in the middle of a small road in Ontario. “By the time we saw this house we knew we had an album cover, no matter what album that would eventually turn out to be”, while Elton admittedly agreed that the release also brings in a new band formation – Lucas Lippaus (Gray Strawberries, s.o.m.a.) has just joined the band to play the second guitar. [ Absentia is out now on Sinewave net label ].
Artist – Herod Layne
Album – In Between Dust Condition
Year – 2008
Genre – Instrumental Post-rock, Post-metal
herod layne – 01 – born from a dead phoenix
herod layne – 02 – elegy for a dream
herod layne – 03 – no choice
herod layne – 04 – prelude for anticipation
herod layne – 05 – walking the valley
FREE DL Herod Layne – In Between Dust Conditions
heklAa - [ Pieces Of You “Vol 1. The Piano Works” ].
[ heklAa ] is a 37 years old French composer, influenced by post-rock, jazz and movie-music. His musical project is called [ heklAa ], Songs in F is his first self-produced EP. The 4 tracks talk about his trip in Iceland in April 2010, as he was stuck "thanks to" the eruption of the with-the-unpronounceable-name volcano. A follow-up EP "My Name is John Murdoch" was released in Oct. 2014, fully inspired by the cult Sci-Fi movie "Dark City". Latest release by [ heklAa ] title "Pieces Of You ( Vol. I) The Piano Works" sees the light on March the 20th 2015. This release is utterly inspired by and dedicated to heklAa's wife. The recording is kind of a puzzle that represents her when all pieces are gathered together. The album is in two volumes: Vol. 1, titled as 'Pieces of You - The Piano Works', is an eight songs playlist and the movements revolve predominantly around Piano Keys but not limited to. Vol. 2 on the other hand is set for the third quarter of 2015 and is titled 'Pieces - The Band Works'. The 2nd Volume consists of the same eight songs of Volume 1 and/or other songs arranged and orchestrated.
2015 - Pieces Of You ( Vol. I ) The Piano Works
2014 - My Name Is John Murdoch | 2013 - Songs In F
I’ve done quite a few articles on [ heklAa’s ] masterpieces. 01st “Songs In F” followed by “My Name Is John Murdoch” and an announcement draft on “Pieces Of You Vol. I (the piano work)” and now a since I’ve got my hand on the mastered version of the entire album, I can’t be any more thrilled to jot yet another critical analysis on this brand new album. “Pieces Of You Vol. I (the piano work)” is an album so close to being exactly what I like in an album that it makes it an absolute delight for me to listen and to be inspired over and over. Like several monikers out there, many artists tend to take a specific approach on an album and releases can critically differs to each other. However, if this album is any indication of what's to come from [ heklAa ] in the future then [ heklAa ] is definitely a band you would want to watch and follow very closely, as if every releases.
On an analytical point of view, this new album conveys two words in bold and those are; appealing and intriguing. Appealing, I am confident would be the entire compensating elements ascription. The most powerful being strong neoclassical piano parts coupled with drums / FX which are made exclusively of piano sounds, kick, strings,... and short droning tone strumming in the background that are reminiscent of [ Balmorhea’s ] work with an equal touch of contemporary-classical atmosphere and where [ Le Seul Elément ] might be slightly abrasives for some, [ heklAa’s ] may be the perfect alternative, with stunning percussion work, seductively dark piano with wonderful hums and claps, beeps and bleeps. Intriguing, so to say… one would notice that there isn’t a myriad of instruments at work here, but upon thorough listening of the album, it gives the feeling of a symphonic play descending from heaven. It’s almost as if subtle and gorgeous musical notes are carried by little angels with wings directly from the sky right to your musical senses. And those gallant musical notes intersects a comfortable corner where fans of [ Balmorhea ], [ The Sinking Longboat ], [ Dolls Come To Life ], [ Kawataro ], [ Bosques De mi Mente ], [ Harnes Kretzer ], [ Clem Leek ], [ Library Tapes ], [ [blue] ], and [ French Teen Idol ] might all gather in serendipity to enjoy musical differences in a strong alliance.
An obvious point I’ve been meaning to say (before it skips my mind), how often have you come across an eight tracks album where each and every single track is simply ecstatic. The kind of album that is easy to write about yet also complex to do a track by track review because there’s isn’t any weaknesses or flaws to point out. Well “Pieces Of You Vol. I (the piano work)” is one of those albums. This latest title by [ heklAa ] is packed and jammed with sombre and bright pieces. The opening movement “Your Name” reflects a melancholic feel of sombre textures and dense droning piano. The ridiculous gloomily piano melodies and the droning noise loop flows in a clockwise motion while subtle beeps are tangled in the background floating in an anticlockwise direction, and upon the merge of the front end sound and the back end noises you sort of end up with a stunning double beats close to a strong patriotic hymn. The entire album, considering the low and high, passive / aggressive built or fast / slow pace, the overall sound winds through a semi-cinematic build with the willingness to explore unlimited avenues and that what makes [ heklAa’s ] new release so stunning. This is literally the kind of records you’d wish for the artist to execute on vinyl.
1. your name 08:11
2. your legs
3. your skin
4. your shadow
5. your hands, my hands - the four-hands song
6. your hair - improvisation in a minor 07:39
7. your smile - memories of Köln
8. I am a piece of you 04:17
9. your walk (stella by starlight cover) BONUS TRACK 03:08
Hard-core followers of this site might or would remember, the single “I am A Piece Of You” which was released some time ago, a dramatically beautiful piece off this album itself, full of melancholy and wonderful musicianship, well you’d be thrilled to know that the entire album doesn’t fall short of any musical skills neither, the seven songs extension pushing the single to an 8 tracks full length album elevate the sound to something even deeper and more personal. Ornate in every angle you can possibly think of, this album can sit comfortably somewhere between [ n5md ] and [ Denovali ] records. Basically major recording labels whose dramatic and epic releases precede its names. That in mind and without any confusion this album is released by [ 1978RECORDS ], also another label on the watch who entered some agreement with the recently covered artists [ Thank You Satan ].
L A T E S T O N [ h e k l A a ] M O V E M E N T
While we wait for [ heklAa’s ] follow-up album of ‘The Piano Work Vol I’ which is a long way from here, fans would be thrill to know that [ heklAa ] is also currently working on a MAJOR / MEGA split EP where several aliases will make a rework of it: Confirmed artists so far are [ We Deserve This ], [ MusicForMessier ], [ Release The Long Ships ], “Manu” from [ Thank You Satan ], ALL of which are comfortably featured on The Sirens Sound itself. The mentioned artists are the definite one’s and maybe… just maybe, more aliases will be added to this project. This is going to MASSIVE and it’s no surprise from the outstanding composer [ heklAa ]. This latest activity also include TWO SONGS off this split which is already out in the open and its ‘Vìk’ and 'Tränen'. You can catch a glimpse of what's coming your way right here guys or simply follow the hyperlink of the actual song itself. BE SUTE TO CHECK IT OUT.
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 ].
Code I' is Alex Wilkinson, a solo multi-instrumentalist recording artist and producer from Nottingham, England. Drawing on post rock/ambient influences, Code I's emotive work also includes metal and hardcore. His album 'The Ending That We Dream Of' combines hard hitting, heavy arrangements and contrasting layers of ambient noise.
THE ENDING THAT WE DREAM OF
Released 25th March 2015
All Tracks Composed and Arranged By Alex Wilkinson
1. A Depiction of Mountains 04:07
2. The Ending That We Dream Of 04:55
3. Somewhere Inbetween 07:45
4. Cold Shoulder 03:58
5. Oceans Apart 05:14
6. Interlude 02:40
7. Passing Through 02:45
8. Lost 01:22 | 9. ...And Then I Was Found 03:54
A post/rock ambient album calling upon elements of hardcore, metal and rock. This album if the first for Code I. As part of a university project, he has been given the task to create an album in a specific genre, this being post rock/ambient. Stripping down conventional pop and rock music, Code I has created relaxing melodies, epic builds and dark tonal elements that will appeal to any post rock fan.
Earlyguard is an German ambient musician who started releasing ambient drone in October 2010, and since then, has released quite a few albums focused mainly around minimal drones and relaxing soundscapes.
Latest release ‘Freigeist’ from [ Earlyguard ] aka “Thomas Frühwacht” is a call for stargazers, sky surfers and planetariums scholars. The four movement’s release marks its 40 minutes in heavy neutral sound and solitude piano keys vibrations. Largely synonymous and reciprocal with space ambiance the music conveys a strange conforming sense of relaxation alongside with deep nostalgia and hypnotic state of mind. Unlike other monikers surfing in the same sound direction [ Earlyguard ] music’s can be as diverse as holding a straight tonal pitch or retaining some sort of conventional melodies without any disturbance in its rhythmic pattern.
1. Freigeist 1 05:26
2. Freigeist 2 09:08
3. Freigeist 3 05:37
4. Freigeist 4 20:19
‘Freigeist’ is literally music in its most simplistic form that drives listeners to contemplate on how limited our thoughts can be and how far it can travel if only allowed to. As tripping as the sound is, ‘Freigeist’ ultimate accomplishment is that it made me wear my thinking cap. You are all welcome to download [ Earlyguard ] music for free as MP3, FLAC, ALAC, OGG VORBIS etc but if you'd like to support the artist then just stream his music at [ Deezer ], [ Rdio ], [ Spotify ] or [ Tidal ].
christerK or Christer Kauppinen is a producer/songwriter based in Stockholm, Sweden. Inside his small own recording studio in the rural archipelago outside stockholm he lets his imagination come alive. With a background as a drummer in post-rock and electronic bands he combines synthesizers and acoustic instruments alongside reverbs, delays and drum machines. The ambition is to create tracks that are groovy yet mild and vibrant.
Soft-Recordings [ “Belonging To The Infinity” By: Sound Awakener & Linear Bells ].
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.
For those who are not familiar with [ Sound Awakener ], brief description on the alias, [ Sound Awakener ] is the solo project of [ Nguyễn Hồng Nhung (Nhung Nguyen) ] from Hanoi, Vietnam. The project was formed back in 2011, with the aim to experiment with various sound elements, especially random ones. Nhung’s mainly worked with laptop and sometimes instruments/daily objects and since then, [ Sound Awakener ] record, design and manipulate everything by himself, from field recordings to tape sounds and generative output. Bloggers and writers tend to synchronize [ Sound Awakener’s ] music to themes like electro acoustic, sound art, ambient, noise and other related atmospheres. That in mind Nhung’s personally don’t emphasize too much on tags and genres. Instead he only focuses on creating an endless sonic world, where the connection between music, awareness, nature and technologies collide in a big bang. One of the more confounding blurbs that accompanied Nhung’s work so far is “Dark” quoted with the following words…. While I can hear the underpinnings of the noisy side of the project, the compositions feel much more ethereal and weightless. The dreamlike quality that would fit well with his sound is the soundtrack of a film by Stan Brakhage or Harry Smith.” – ( Robert Ham for Consequence of Sound ).
Belonging To The Infinity
By: Sound Awakener & Linear Bells
Released April 19th 2015
Music Box, Chimes and other objects
Cello, Guitar, Piano,
Subtle Chimes, Organ and Field Recordings
The latest collaboration from prolific ambient/drone outfits [ Sound Awakener ] & [ Linear Bells ] shapes a different ritual all together as oppose to both monikers previous releases, which is fairly understandable considering the fact that we have two master mind in the process as oppose to one. So do not be utterly alarmed when you hear [ Belonging To The Infinity ] taking on the darkest path. The truth of matter is… things tend to get a little tricky on collaboration works. Bearing in mind that everything is suddenly apprehended ‘to the square’ i.e we now have two different musical background, two different musical perception, two different mind-set and two different sound motifs; but when the music is created in its finest comprehension, regardless of the fact that we have two separate entity you can still end up with something truly and utterly flawless, which is exactly the case with [ Belonging To The Infinity ]. So even though this latest collaboration is not the kind of sound one would conceive in his familiar surrounding or familiar mind-set, all you need is to set your mind and prep’ your emotions to undergo one of the darkest path. From there my friend, you are in for a mega treat. Trust me on that. I know because I’ve listened to this collaboration dozens of times to get where I am now. It’s opaque, flawless and above all the sound tends to form a different notion all together which is simply ecstatic for me.
On a simplified note, on one side [ Linear Bells ] being one of my favourite artist for years in terms of a multi-instrumentalist solo outfit occasionally flirting with vintage instruments and hard on sound manipulations and the other side of the token [ Sound Awakener ] being an alias I’ve recently been introduced to ‘what an honour’ but fell deeply in love with its explicit darkness that rises slowly through each movements albeit delightfully pleasant but extremely catchy on the first listen, this new collaboration effort is a power-driven apparatus that unified the theory of how subtle noise and distortion sound can blossomed in this new digital age. For those who yarn the days of sound perfection and where artists wouldn’t set any boundaries and where everything is limitless and to the extreme, you’d be glad to know that this day is not near but it’s here. There is no limit as to how far an artist can go these days and how deep can his sound manipulation can take you. [ Sound Awakener ] & [ Linear Bells ] are the living proof that theory.
1. Drifting Together 06:24
2. I'm Anything I'm Everything 07:28
3. Lullaby 06:47
4. Luna 06:35
5. The Invention of Wire-Wrapped Strings 05:41
6. Post Modern Structuralism 10:09
The atmosphere of the music very much relates to various passages, capturing the sort of dark ambience one might associate with total solitude and sleepless nights. Musically, the album has a strong organic feel with patches that feels a lot more realistic when compared to the usual drone-ambient and otherworldly soundscapes. But make no mistake; there is a certain tension and edginess that accompanies the overall sounding. So depending on the mood you are this release can be as light as heavenly clouds and as precise as well known polymath painters “Leonardo Da Vichi”. Filled with textures, high in contrast and subtle on an epic proportion [ Belonging To The Infinity ] is a collaboration work that stays loyal to its title description. As most of us would agree SOFT has always live up to its name and this latest collaboration release once again set SOFT-RECORDINGS totally apart from other Recording Labels on a unique scale. By all means guys get this release and give it a thorough listen, as if from the beginning to the end without skipping or fast forwarding any movement. This is a BRILLIANT COLLABORATION I would personally rate 10 out of 10 based on the quoted tags.
The Black Penguins were formed from the primordial ooze of rock power trio’s from the past mixed in with today’s digital age noise. An evolving project of eric toledo, The Black Penguins are an experimental, instrumental, post-rock, psychedelic band.
Eric Toledo … Six Strings, Keys, Ableton Live
Al Carter … Drums – “Mark it Zero”
and David Emmert … Bass – “Mark it Zero”
All The Black Penguins music is free to download or pay what you want [ RIGHT HERE ]
& mixing using ableton live & pro tools
“Nopales (Mix 2)”
remix of the single "Nopales"
"Animal (Ghosts of San Francisco)"
remix from “Mark it Zero”
al carter – drums
David Emmert - Bass
"Whales & Salt"
live stereo demo recording
sf anonymous - Drums
and "Canelo" canlelo - paws on wood floor
Out of all the shadowy outfits prowling in the fast flickering eye of the electronic storm and psychedelic lo-fi manifesting across CA, some are as obscure and as overlooked as [ The Black Penguins ]. The confounding maker Eric Toledo, has released several titles to essentially few basic recognition or critical acclaim in the last half decade. A sad event so to say, for "MY THIRD EYE" the most recent in a chain of release, is so solid and so different in comparison to [ The Black Penguins ] previous titles that it’s almost impossible to believe they all emerged from the mind of one shrouded outfit. But make no mistake as every album since the first, "Mark it Zero" when [ The Black Penguins ] had a drummer & bass player, Eric’s music were built mainly with the use of electronic beats and keys while flirting around various elements to create electronic pieces. And while majority of Eric’s albums are shape around electronic output [ The Black Penguins ] also swift outside its comfort zone integrating few guitar based songs with electronic drums. The album "Moods" has no guitars at all while all the "Mixtape" albums are heavy on the electronic side. “MY THIRD EYE” on the other end is the culmination of [ The Black Penguins ] electronic work. It’s probably one of the most cohesive results to date.
Try to envision the mongrel love child of [ Luop Garou ] and [ [blue] ] or [ The Widest Smiling faces ] and [ Infinite Third ], deserted and raised by stylish robots in a desolate valley of several enchantment hills. That goes to say we are citing on a general note and not on a specific collection though. The band latest release “MY THIRD EYE” is a hefty palette of sounds, it’s where the band combines some of the most unusual blend of psychedelic ambiance and electronic noises growing its musical air to an even more subtle and layered sound. The production as a whole can be described as impressive (no doubt about that) as the sound surpasses the limitations that most artists would achieve. The tricky part of “MY THIRD EYE” is that the album bring an inordinate types of tunes together but all in the aim of building various atmospheres. And I must admit [ The Black Penguins ] has done a superb job all together. The 01st three tracks on “MY THIRD EYE” is alarmingly glitch(y) and spontaneously pleasant to the ears. At 01st you might think it’s going to take a couple of listen to fully camouflaging yourself with the sound but it doesn't take long to realize that hey this is something different but at the same time extremely beautiful and easy to digest.
So now that the obvious is out there, a. this new release hold an entirely different pattern in contrast to [ The Black Penguins ] previous releases and b. the album is predominantly aimed at the concept of bringing various type of atmospheres while keeping an eerie yet easy flow across the entire listen, I guess it is now safe for us take a journey into the consciousness of its creator Eric "Eroctech" Toledo aka [ The Black Penguins ]. Each song is linked to a time, place, or emotion in his life, which in this case… time, place and emotion are represented as psychedelic, experimental and electronic occasionally laced with flash backs from The Dude from The Big Lebowski. To be noted here, there are two tracks with samples from the movie "Squid-N-The-Whale" and "Take It Easy" to be more precise. Apart from that, despite the hectic onslaught of synths, I can’t help but wonderfully recall the spacious works of electronic-ambient moniker [ Clearside ].
01. Intro 01:58
02. Is That My Shadow? 02:16
03. Everything Is Going Extremely Well (FE65055) 03:17
Usually I’d pick a highlight movement but on this one it’s REALLY DIFFICULT to select any specific track out of the wonderful landscape set-list, the mesmerizing on ‘We Believe In Nothing’ or the glitch bleep on ‘Escape On Silk Road’ and the outstanding flow on ‘Everything Is Going Extremely Well’ act as a splendid illustration of [ The Black Penguins ] musical arts. Adaptable synths cloak itself in threadlike around frantic beats that obsessively attempt to give in to temptation. “MY THIRD EYE” is of no doubt an odd album, yet one that most listeners will be able to stomach on the very first listen. And yes for those who followed [ The Black Penguins ] closely, it is true that this new album may be of a different footstep, descending even lower into the fuzzy depths of the bottomless abyss of sound, bravely exploring the murmuring textures and foggy darkness but its most certainly one album that reflect boldness and adventurous in this ever growing electronic industry. By all means… go check this new release by [ The Black Penguins ] guys, it’s simply outstanding. And needless to say FREE DOWNLOAD of the entire album also comes with loads of goodies.
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.