Inspired by the ever-fleeting recollection of memories, Distant Horizons, is a vista for times since passed, frozen moments we can always return to. Whereas the last album, Sunwarper, was a reflection on our chaotic times, Distant Horizons represents a momentary reprieve, looking out onto the horizons of our past.
Michael Jakucs has been creating warped, atmospheric electronic music under the moniker Selles since 2013. Field recordings and a keen attention to sonic detail create an audible palette which Jakucs uses to craft nostalgia dripped tunes. Memories play a key role in the inspiration of the melodies, as wistful synths give way to dusty beats while the songs drift into times since passed.
Serene spellbinding worlds come together on the glistening waves of Shall Remain Nameless’s self-titled effort. Quite pastoral in its efforts the way the many layers converge into a singular whole feels deeply satisfying. Field recordings permeate the entirety of the album for the way they seem to simply immerse the listener in such a wild jungle of recordings feels positively liberating.
Drones remain equally important as Shall Remain Nameless touches upon some of Stars of the Lid’s more elegant, less-feedback laden later works. Classical helps to frame every piece for the songs resembles suites in a greater symphony.
“Forest Fly” carries the listener to a tranquil, exotic rain forest, inhabited by tropical wildlife. The inclusion of an enigmatically soothing sitar suggests that we are perhaps accompanied by an imaginary, mysteriously wise sherpa as our guide, giving the track a relaxed, melodic warmth.
Seamlessly shifting to the celestially- inspired “Sunshine In a Blackout”, subtle changes in this ambient orchestral production are somehow simultaneously glacial and emotionally uplifting.
Meanwhile ,“Uneven Terrain Pt 1” as its title suggests, leads the audience down a murky musical path as sinister whispers from dark forces fill the air in this curiously lurid nightmare. The resulting creation is dark ambience at its best.
The twisted nostalgia of “Coney Island Sideshow” presents an electronically intricate, if unsettling centerpiece for the album. The contrast of hypnotic sonic chattering and vocal snippets of family fun at the fair ground requires repeat listens to appreciate its many nuances.
As the album comes to a close “The Fear” reintroduces earlier themes; wide open musical landscapes, floating ambient melodies and electronica are all enhanced by selective samples of the human voice.
The artists influences : The Future Sound Of London,The Orb, Ambient music from the early 90's.
Belau is a fresh Hungarian downtempo music project. Their first music video won the Hungarian Music Video Festival and it has more than 400.000 views. Their first song was used by HBO in its new series and in a commercial (played in 33 countries). Their first LP was released around November which contains 12 downtempo tracks. The debut album won the Hungarian Grammy Awards in the best electronic music album category. One of their track of the new remix EP was airplayed on BBC Radio 1. In one and half year Belau had 70 concertrs in 10 countries around Europe. They played at the biggest festivals in the region, also at least 3 showcase festival in this year.
1. YOU AND I ft. SZÉCSI BÖBE (CHRIS.SU REMIX) 04:35
2.YOU AND I ft. SZÉCSI BÖBE (SUBSETS REMIX) 03:45
3.WICKED ft. ANTONIA VAI (PAPERDEER REMIX) 03:30
4.SOMEBODY TOLD ME SO ft. DALLOS BOGI (HIMALIA REMIX) 03:12
5.DOWN BY THE SEA ft. HERRER SÁRA (DAMIEN REMIX) 03:48
6.DOWN BY THE SEA ft. HERRER SÁRA (RUSTY REMIX) 04:46
7.BOAT PARTY ft. BÖBE SZÉCSI (SUPERSTEREO REMIX) 03:52
Psychonavigation Records founder, Keith Downey returns with his latest musical offering, Buddha Bowl. Under the guise of No Mask Effect, the prolific Downey has just released his fifth project in under two years through Psychonavigation Records.
The album opens with “Be Good To Us”, a diverse mix of industrial complex beats, electronic and Afro-Caribbean inspired vocal snippets alongside an ear worm of a saxophone groove. On “Siren” the mood shifts with a lush sea of sound drifting from the speakers. A sinister yet tranquil string melody lurks beneath the audio waves, eventually emerging to create a beautiful piece of effortless ambient.
Meanwhile the mysterious bells, chimes and subtle, pulsing rhythm of “Hidden Surprises” takes Downey's long time love of Ambient music to new territory. With chattering electronic beeps and bleeps, celestial vocal samples and an ultrasound inspired bassline that is both intriguing and unexpected.
“Dark Emotion” however, reveals itself to be more enigmatic rather than pessimistic. An eight minute sensatory expedition of obscure samples both organic and electronic, nature sounds, glorious synths spiraling electronic loops are all included in the production. Music for headphones, this track's intricacies can only unfold with repeated listens.
With what is undoubtedly his most accomplished and eclectic collection to date, Buddha Bowl should satisfy long time No Mask Effect fans while exposing his unique sound to many new listeners.
illyin pipes have just released their new single and video “Waking Up” from their debut EP Spaces. The track is a nostalgic look at a carefree summer with a dark undertone. They filmed the video while touring in England and it hints at the EP’s theme as a whole.
“I was struggling with a few things while trying to maintain an illusion of positivity and balance. The dichotomy of stability and disorder is present in ‘Waking Up’ as well as the remainder of the EP’s songs, even if that wasn't intentional when we wrote them.” - Jill (vocalist of Illyin Pipes)
A combination of retro aesthetics, enduring lyrics and alt-rock grit.
The best music happens when artists refuse to remain stuck in their own comfort zones and creative boxes. Whenever this happens, they are free to give full range to their vision, and they can really come up with something that’s groundbreaking and personable. This is certainly the case here with Tommy Red and his brand new EP release, “I Wanna Be Exploited.”
Marva Von Theo is an Electropop / Synthwave duo formed in 2016 by the Athens-based singer-songwriter Marva Voulgari and the Vienna-based composer-producer Theo Foinidis.
Their Debut Album “Dream within a Dream” was released early in 2018. The 12 songs on their Album, lean towards an electronic sound that incorporates a variety of influences ranging from the music of the 80’s until today. Darkwave sounds, Jazz harmonies, Rock and Dance drum beats resonate together and mature into something darkly romantic.