Montreal experimental band AIM LOW is set to release Scratched Out on 12" format, a record that has been plagued with numerous issues from disappearing band members, lost recording stems, a messed up vinyl test pressing, artwork problems, and numerous other issues. Toss in a hospital visit (via ambulance, no less), and you can understand why the band is happy to finally release this three song collection of dense shoegaze-y drone density in the vein of early-Sonic Youth, Nadja, and Rhys Chatham. AIM LOW practically took everything into their own hands to get the lp out, right down to the spraypainting process of the lp jackets that can be seen here - https://youtu.be/bbZvcHV2HqQ
Lead off track "Tacit Approval" sets the sound for their forthcoming full length, currently being mixed by Jon Drew, bridging the more experimental nature of their now sold out CD-R Foulards and sold out cassette String Theory with a more structured sound based around the controlled chaos surrounding fuzzed out crackling spoken word vocals. The 12"'s centerpiece "Low Hanging Fruit" was recorded in a church in Montreal West to capture as much natural reverb possible to achieve a contextual Beach Boy sound, complete with "oooh" vocals that are heavily processed with the band's penchant for knob-twiddling effects pedals. And closing track "Phantom Cat" is a twelve minute highway ride of multiple layers and textures in the key of A with lung-straining chanting.
AIM LOW has previously played with the likes of Disappears, Weekend, Moon Duo, and Stephen O'Malley, and plan to support Scratched Out with more dates and a tour in the late Summer of 2017.
Heavy, impactful and energetic. These are some of the words that come to mind when describing Tuber’s recent studio effort, the full-length album “Out of The Blue.”
This talented Greek band set out to take the local music scene by storm and beyond: their edgy blend of hard rock and alternative music is collecting acclaim and accolades throughout the world, as growing numbers of fan continue to support the band and download their music.
“Out of The Blue” channels the band’s various musical influences, ranging from sludgy stoner rock to ethereal psychedelic and classic rock. This is a guitar-driven record with massive punch and lots of depths.
This band truly learned the lesson from some of the most influential sludge and alternative rock bands of the past 20 years. Their music is highly diverse and if you listen closely, you can understand where these talented musicians found their inspirations. The songs have their own unique personality, of course, but you can certainly discern shades of Kyuss, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Queens of The Stone Age or even Sound Garden, just to mention a few. Tuber has managed to develop a personal, organic and authentic blend of rock music, with lots of integrity and depth.
Their instrumentation is set up in a very simple way, yet it is very engaging and right to the point. The rhythm section, for example, is as solid as a monolith, often spiced up with cavernous re- verb tones and other effects. This makes for a haunting tone with a hint of psychedelia.
These musicians aren’t afraid to break the pattern and experiment with synth lines and other electronic soundscapes to add a different palette of colors and textures to this release. While songs such as “Cat Class” reveal the band’s ability to experiment with genres close to industrial and electronica, “Luckily Dead” reveals their connection with old school rock sonic assault, with nasty fuzzed out guitars and hard-hitting grooves. “Noman” is probably one of my favorite tracks on the record, with over 8 minutes of its edgy arrangement that constantly evolves and morphs into something different.
Find out more and listen to “Out Of The Blue” directly on the band’s Bandcamp page, where you will be able to download the music and peruse the band’s awesome merchandise!
"The Vacation" is a fifth album by Endless Melancholy. It is a follow up to project's rather acclaimed full-length "Her Name In A Language Of Stars", released back in 2015. "The Vacation" was lovingly crafted over the span of two months, processed through the vintage reel-to-reel tape recorder for some analog warmth and received a thoughtful master from Stephan Mathieu at Schwebung Mastering studio. Wonderful artwork was created by Lita Akhmetova. The album was released on 27 June, 2017 via Hidden Vibes (CD + digital) and ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ (tape + digital).
They had wakened one morning and the world was empty - 04:35
Stillness mixed with stillness - 05:29
"Wouldn't we be lonely?" - 05:59
His voice faded - 03:06
Sunflower wildernesses - 05:12
Earth that was now no more than a meadow - 04:19
Enough to cost us a lifetime - 05:12
And he had walked her through the still and empty city streets - 04:41
"Tree Trunks" is the second single from Basement Revolver and is off their upcoming EP 'Agatha' out on 21st July On Yellow K Records (U.S.) and fear of missing out records (U.K.)
'Tree Trunks' was written when I started experiencing panic attacks for the first time, and my increasing need to find a professional who could help me to find better ways to cope. It also tries to mirror how I imagine the environment feels sometimes - and how the environment is tied to many people's mental health. I was very fortunate to find the help that I needed and I would encourage everyone to go after the mental health resources that are available to them."
Low Sun just released their first single, “Into Sun”. The track comes ahead of a split they are a part of called Human Sun with Toronto band HUMANITIES - out July 13, 2017.
"Lyrically on “Into Sun” we wanted to experiment with how we could dissect and ultimately expand on the seemingly mundane experiences people tend to let pass them by. Mostly, we were curious as to what separates an everyday, or random observation, with one that is powerfully religious in its essence. Sometimes we are unaware that attention and perception are the only things that separate the two."
The Human Sun split contains their first two songs which serve as an intro to their band. Their contributions to the release are also pieces of their upcoming full length which they plan to release this fall.
Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.