July 26th, 2016 / Comments Off on New video from Sophia Danai – Bitter / by Mog/
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I wanted to explore and talk honestly about the unresolved feelings at the end of a toxic relationship; hurt, longing, thoughts of revenge. The end of my relationship was one of the hardest times in my life, but one of the most illuminating. I think it’s important to let yourself go through the whole process, and to feel what you need to feel, without judging yourself..
Brevner, who is a Vancouver-based MC, helped produce the song and is also featured on this track. His presence brings the other perspective. We created a song that shows both sides to the story. The line of what is real, and what is imagined in the music video is intended to be blurry. After a painful separation, the mind can go to dark places, and imagine events and circumstances that would end in vindication for the scorned. Brevner and I had been trying to collaborate for a couple years. Finally we were able to come together, and it was clear that we were both going through break ups of some kind. We were on the same page emotionally and hit it off sonically as far as what we wanted to hear and make. We helped each other out of a difficult time, and the music really wrote itself and told that story.
July 26th, 2016 / Comments Off on Review of self titled album from Tree no leaves / by Mog/
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In this review, I’m going to be exploring ‘Tree No Leaves,’ a self-titled compilation album that Ohio-based ‘heavy psychedelic soul’ outfit has recently released. Clocking in with sixteen tunes, the album is a culmination of the band’s best works from the last four years. All of ‘Tree No Leaves’ music is free on Band Camp, but supporters should note that purchasing this collection for $10 will benefit the band more directly. Thus, let’s explore a good chunk of these songs to determine why they’re the best of four years of music.
As aforementioned, the group does bill themselves rather uniquely – ‘heavy psychedelic soul.’ It’s a surprisingly apt self-analysis, though I’d argue the music is heavily melded with alternative rock musings. (Perhaps even a bit of blues, as the opener of the collection, ‘Ghost Town Rider,’ displays.) In fact, the lead singer has a delivery akin to that of Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys; ‘Ghost Town Rider’ could have been a song off of 2014’s ‘Turn Blue,’ which was also inspired by psychedelic.
As I expected, Tree No Leaves spends a lot of time swimming around a massive pool of reverb. It’s copious, to say the least, and ‘Luminous Eggz’ thrives off of it. These are songs that served well by decent audio set-ups, and I think Tree No Leaves’ production throughout these songs is, for the most part, excellent. Considering these are recordings over the span of four years, that’s a laudable notion. Of course, some tracks seem to be driving toward an intentionally lo-fi soundscape, like the crunchy ‘The Soldier & The Hunchback.’ At that point, Tree No Leaves is less a soul band and more a rock group.
Any good collection that has content from multiple albums should accomplish two specific things. Firstly, it should feel like an album. The song sequencing shouldn’t feel disconjointed. Second, the songs need to display an array of themes and styles. Tree No Leaves deserves some recognition in both these categories. I love that ‘Civil War III’ even toys with electronic musings and ‘Lazy Like Honey’ is atmospheric, even drone-esque experimental rock. These kind of leaps feel natural, and as a result, ‘Tree No Leaves’ is lifted higher as a full experience.
The lyrical content of these songs is varied. Sometimes, the lyrics exude a bit too much obscurity, aligning with, perhaps, progressive rock. They’ll enter long jaunts of pseudo-introspection that can feel a bit derivative. (Like ‘Belief Will Be The Death Of Me.) In contrast, the following track, ‘Reality Tunnel Reprise,’ feels laser-sharp in its aims. (Of course, the latter is two minutes longer.) The entirety of Tree No Leaves is on their A-game for that track, and it shows.
‘Sentience Screwed’ is another longer track, but I’d argue it fares better than ‘Belief.’ The muddled vocals are absolutely enthralling. The track is eerie and quite haunting in nature. In fact, the song is a genuine treat to listen to, making it one of the undeniable highlights of this collection. The emotion of ‘Sentience Screwed’ is remarkable. ‘Pity Bone’ accents it on the opposite end, providing another journey through the band’s reverberated blues themes. ‘Pity Bone’ sits perfectly alongside ‘Ghost Town Rider.’
‘Lake of Gr/Ey’ is an interesting combination of some of the ideas Tree No Leaves established earlier on. It combines classic rock-esque guitar performances, psychedelic effects, and even some light electronic instrumentation. ‘Shadow Puppet’ does this as well, actually, and perhaps even to greater effect. I love the landscape of that song; it’s really breathtaking. The passion of ‘The Grand Ball’n’ and its lyrics is worth noting, too, because it’s one of the best exhibits of Tree No Leaves’ lyrical style in finer form. There are definitely recurring glimpses of lyrical depth that accentuate their instrumental counterparts in a refined fashion on this record. ‘The Grand Ball’n’ is the best of everything Tree No Leaves has to put on the table.
If you wanted to, you could easily go download each album on Tree No Leaves’ Band Camp. In fact, if this set of songs appeals to you, you should probably do that, since you’ll be able to flesh out their catalog and artistic development even better by doing so. With that said, however, there is merit in paying $10 for this collection. Yes, you could compile it yourself with the previous albums, but the attention to detail in this sequencing is worth supporting – as is the quality of this independent music. Tree No Leaves gifts their fans music left and right. If you’re a fan, or if you find this compilation worthwhile, gift a bit back. It goes so much farther than you could ever imagine.
1.Ghost Town Rider 03:45
2.Luminous Eggz 05:24
3.The Soldier & The Hunchback 05:22
4.Civil War III 03:15
5.Lazy Like Honey 03:12
6.Belief Will Be The Death of Me 06:25
7.Reality Tunnel Reprise 04:27
8.Sentience Screwed 06:38
9.Pity Bone 04:47
10.Lake of GrÆy 04:25
11.Shadow Puppet 04:55
12.The Grand Ball’n 05:21
13.Boogie Man 04:33
14.The Original Feel 07:13
15.Little Child 04:32
16.Shapeshifter’s Lament 03:26
July 22nd, 2016 / Comments Off on New video from Dave Rave + The Governors – Radio Rave “Chemical” / by Mog/
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I’m originally from Hamilton, Canada where I played in Teenage Head and The Shakers. Over the years, I’ve worked in the studio with Daniel Lanois, Alex Chilton, Jack Richardson. I now spend most of my year on the road, and that’s where The Governors and I first met.
‘Radio Rave’ will be the third full-length I’ve done with The Governors since 2013. It was written and recorded at Sparta Sound and produced by Rich Mattson and Craig Teiken over three sessions from January 15 to 16. It comes after last year’s Sweet American Music.
‘Mercy’ is a collaborative EP with many of the songs rooted in an effort that Mercy worked on last winter with Christopher Pellnat. He penned a few of the tracks, played some instruments, and helped produce it. The result is a very polished EP; the record doesn’t often misstep, and the recordings are quite slick for the most part. The opening track, ‘Ice Cream’ introduces Mercy as a jazzy vocalist scored by an alternative soul backing. It’s minimalist and soft - perhaps too soft, even.
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.
Wolves and Horses is a one man act, in the customs of a lot of singular outfit, doesn't sound like one. Amassing on drone elements and keys in an almost similar approach to “Ous Mal”, “Darren Harper” and “AUN”, Wolves and Horses tend to shape and form its sound around the idea of INFINITY. The result pertain an elevated measure between the kingdom of modern-ambient and contemporary ambience composition. It's the kind of record where all elements blend flawlessly with no defects and you instantly realize the fundamentals parts without having to set the listen on repeat play.