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Ambient Post-rock Outfit [ To Destroy A City ] Latest Album [ Sunless ] Out Now!!!
Experimental Post-rock Outfit [ 1000 Suns ] Latest Album [ The Body The Mind ] Available On BandCamp
Cinematic-ambient Outfit [ There Is No Teenage Love ] Latest Title [ LAHEX ] Available On BandCamp
Upcoming Album By [ 1099 ] Title [ Young Pines ]. New Track Release EVERY FRIDAY Till Album Completion
AU Post-rock Outfit [ The Boats ] Latest Album [ Segundo (Bonus Edition) ] Available On BandCamp
[ Soft-recordings ] Present The Latest From [ EUS / Postdrome / Saåad ] Title [ Different Streams ]
Experimental Ambient Outfit [ US AS EFFIGIES ] Debut Title [ Nodula ] Out Now!!!
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Due to popular demand,
Reinventing Jude will be releasing,
with your help ( of course ), their first vinyl EP! ever.
The campaign has arrived & there's something for everyone, hell yes... ( You Can Bet On That ). Reinventing Jude Texas based artist has been making quite a buzz lately. With two releases already and having played on the Chevy Music Showcase, the band is now getting ready ( with your help ) to release their 01st vinyl EP. Please check out our video &/or pass it along. Thank you loads and MAJOR KUDOS go to Oh JEE NAM for his creative eye & stellar video production!! All proceeds will go towards payment of recording costs, mixing, mastering, EP design, digital, cd & more importantly the vinyl production itself.WHAT WE NEED & WHAT YOU GET:
At this point I am happy to say, it's pretty straight forward. 5K to complete the entire production which include, recording, mixing, mastering, design and physical prints. What you get, as mentioned, there's something for everyone guys, you name it... Sticker, Signed CD copies, Comfy T-Shirts inside a personally painted parcel, Pack Of Reinventing Jude Matches, Signed Copies of previous release, 90 Minutes of Hot Stone Massage ( including paraffin wax treatment for tired hands & feet ) performed by Reinventing Jude Licensed Therapist of 8 years while performing a live ethereal soundtrack by Nigel Newton on the vibraphone, Free Entry to Reinventing Jude shows for LIFE, Reinventing Jude personal paintings, Your Name on the credits side, SERIOUSLY GUYS... you name it, there is definitely something for EVERYONE on this campaign.
If you are not in a position to ( $ ) contribute on this particular campaign, you can still help in many ways. For a start, get the word out and make some noise about our campaign, SHARE SHARE SHARE! and needless to say use the Indiegogo share tools!, Like our campaign on FaceBook, Like & Share the Video Campaign, tweet & re-tweet about our campaign and let the world know about our plans and our dreams. Listen & share our album / ep releases also goes a very long way.
Fronted by extraordinary and prolific songwriter Jude Gonzalez, Reinventing Jude is Soul-Funk-Indie-Pop band making waves in North Texas. Comprised of an extremely talented ensemble, Reinventing Jude is a powerhouse of great songs and unforgettable live music shows.
Reinventing Jude has a new album due out, with a release party held Sept. 30, and while most local musicians I talk to play the "I'm just in it for the fun" card (when we know they dream of rock stardom), Gonzalez wants a world tour and radio play. She is positively outraged that people in Dallas worship Kelly Clarkson while songwriters of more substance go unnoticed. I can't say she doesn't have a point. When she launches her world tour (and it's hard not to believe her), she plans to take the Neptune Locals with her." ___[ Steve Watkins dfw.com ].
Perform “Buddy Holiday”
on the Chevy Music Showcase
Reinventing Jude recently embarked on a quest to explore the band potential and to promote the band name itself. For the most part these engagements have come in the form of an intimate performance of a new video “Buddy Holiday”. The band executed Jimmy Kimmel couple of weeks ago and yet another video “Train Legs”, coming out in February 2015. You’ll also be pleased to know that the band is soon going to be featured on two soundtracks for two new movies. So yes… good things are indeed happening, the grass is definitely greener on the other side and with this particularly awesome sound direction the band are leaning towards; I cannot be any more thrilled to bring you the latest from the enigmatic outfit Reinventing Jude. As you will notice on this new video “Buddy Holiday”, the music takes on a different shape as oppose to the band previous 2012 titles [ Shoulder Season ] and 2013 release [ Sundial Soliloquy ].
“Buddy Holiday” reflects an entirely new composition and a quantum loop in music direction itself. But make no mistakes; at this stage I am not fully aware as to any new full length releases in the pipeline or even if this new mini orchestral-like form of sound is going to be solid and definite. But that said with the enthusiasm and passion behind “Buddy Holiday” as well as the everlasting growth and sound exploration, Reinventing Jude arguably combines an amazing power-emotion from lightless depths to the dizziest heights showing the will to trade fearless and in extremes, thus capturing a wider, stranger range of emotions that most other bands could dream of.Tracklist 01. Smoke 04:44
This new video is pretty solid and fairly unpredictable in terms of the shift in sound. Reinventing Jude, of no doubt must I add, flit from one style to another like a free mythical bird of great beauty in the open skies reinventing itself along the way as it wishes. And in this emerging process and Phoenix-like style, determine to live 500 or 600 years in the Arabian wilderness, to burn itself on a funeral pyre and to rise from its ashes in the freshness of youth and live through another cycle of years, through its emblem of immortality or reborn idealism and hope, listeners are bound to get caught with the band evocative of unique textures and emotions as well as adapting to every swing and punch they got up their sleeves. Watch, listen and enjoy.Reinventing Jude - Sundial Soliloquy ]. > > > > > ============================================
TO DESTROY A CITY
Chicago-based To Destroy A City was formed after Andrew Welch (drums/synths/programming), Jeff Anderson (guitar/keyboards), and Michael Marshall (guitar) met through various iterations of previous musical projects. When the three finally sat down together in the summer of 2010, they moved quickly, writing and recording their debut within a year's time. The self-titled album was released by n5MD in September 2011. The remix companion album, Rebuild, was released in 2012 and featured reworked tracks by local scene-mates as well as other artists from the n5MD roster.
To Destroy A City's sophomore full-length album entitled "SUNLESS" is due in the fall of 2014. On SUNLESS, TDAC expands on where they left off, drawing from cinematic, literary, and musical influences to craft a sprawling yet cohesive follow-up. Sonically, TDAC moves effortlessly between delicate ambient passages to beat-induced grooves to soaring melodic peaks. Electronic beat production is intertwined with live percussion, while layers of guitars, synths and pianos forge the melodic foundation of the tracks. The uninitiated may find To Destroy A City analogous to label mates Lights Out Asia and port-royal, and, due to some periodic drifting into similar spaces, the wide-screen ambient guitar duo Hammock.
DISCOGRAPHY2014 - [ Sunless ]
SUNLESS ( PR )
Sophomore albums can be a tough proposition, often created in a much shorter time span than the years of refinement most debut albums receive. Chicago based trio To Destroy A City dropped such a perfect debut in 2011 that fans have collectively held their breath for the follow-up. However, unlike some artists who rush into the studio to complete their sophomore release, TDAC has taken nearly three years to craft their follow-up: SUNLESS. The time and effort shows in the nine cinematically crafted tracks. At times SUNLESS is more electronic leaning than its predecessor, yet is still punctuated with sheets of glacially emotive guitar-work. Intricate electronic beats give way to propulsive live drumming. The synths, while more prominent this time out, fit effortlessly into the TDAC framework. SUNLESS is an album of contrasting moods, though the trio transitions between these moods more gently than their peers. Is SUNLESS 'better' than the trio's debut? Both are equally strong, which is no small feat. But one thing is for sure: it is a move onward and upward into an expansiveness that they have only hinted at previously. A must-have for fans of God is an Astronaut, Hammock, and Lights Out Asia. SUNLESS will be available on CD/FLAC/MP3 as well as limited edition 2xLP with a limited amount in red/orange/black splatter.
Released 18 November 2014
(c) TDAC (p) n5music (BMI) 2014
[ To Destroy A City ] dropped an atomic blast back in 2011 on their debut self-title album and since then… the band went and got signed on [ n5md ], a recording label measuring up to [ Denovali Records ] and the likes, who has advanced themselves on putting out and delivering some of the best post-rock act known in this everlasting post-rock century.
Unlike some outfits who takes years or even decade to carve a niche for themselves by consistently topping up their catalogue with new Singles and numerous EP’s on a regular basis, [ To Destroy a City ] have managed to create a name for themselves with just a couple of releases, call it luck or good marketing with the right platform, I somehow prefer to lean towards the integrity side of the music itself and the awesomeness factor, since the band has successfully managed to shake listener’s emotions into a state of divine-escape.
From the beginning [ To Destroy A City’s ] music has been of a unrestricted form, variations in its layered sound sequences are as subtle as its modest guitar waves-flow, that in mind the band boundless qualities are beyond absolution, their four unit catalogue are tailored to accompany the most grand and the most elegant panorama one could possible think of: think of the grandest blue skies over the largest blue ocean, all in widescreen scope.
For regular visitors and regular readers if you know [ To Destroy A City ] from the beginning of its existence, which by the way doesn’t travel back decades, then you would know exactly what to expect on “Sunless” or at the very least, a glimpse of what to expect. Upon listening to this latest title, most of us would agree that the band has made two steps towards a more conventional ambient structure but not enough to turn off past fans though, and most likely plenty more attractive details-tunes to magnet a few more instrumental lovers who they might not have gotten the full attention in the past.
This new record is about an odd hour in duration, occupying most part of a full CD, and one that is conveniently easy to stream and to digest in its entirety. “Sunless” is precisely the type of record one would arguably state the gap and the open spaces the band left for exploring newer possibilities and new time signature for future direction. But make no mistake as this is by far not a negative critic and my guts feeling tells me the band took this approach on the mere fact that they have so much to express in a limited hour. It’s one of those tricky approaches that gives you the feeling that the band is not only itchy but also more than ready to burst in new directions and professionally explore new musical avenues without risking-up the solid presence they’ve already effortlessly established. “Sunless” accomplishment is the total proof of that.Tracklist 1. The Messenger 07:16
At this point, I feel confident to say that [ To Destroy A City ] have truly delivered another incredible addition to their slow-growing discography. For the lack of a better term “Sunless” is nothing short of perfection. The record is built with glassy textures where guitar strings, drums, bass and keys are integrated in such way to create the PERFECT flow. The chiming sections, the guitar chords and all the melodies have a unique way of arcing itself together. Anyone who dig [ To Destroy A City ] in the past will dig this new release to an extreme extent. No doubt about that.To Destroy A City - Sunless ]. > > > > > ============================================
The Boats are an atmospheric, dynamic and stunning instrumental experience. The trio formed in early 2003 and quickly developed their own unique sound; combining vintage guitars, drums, piano and bass to create sonic sketches and soundscapes. [ The Boats ] released its debut album "Los Musicos Peridos" back in November 2007 which gathered a lot of attention / critics and over seven years down the line the band is now ready with yet another solid and epic cover title "Segundo ( Bonus Edition )".
The Boats are,Nick Conolly – Guitars
The Boats second album, aptly titled ‘Segundo’, arrives 8 long years after the debut release of ‘Los Musicos Perdidos’. It’s a long time between drinks, but the difficult second album has survived many set backs. Segundo was produced by J. Byron and recorded by Stuart Seers at JMC Studios in Melbourne, over the summer of 2006/2007 - and two of the hottest days on record. The approach was simple…go into a recording studio and improvise, everything. For the most part, this was true, a majority of the album is purely improvised. Several tracks were born from riffs brought to the table, others were spawned from inspiration. What followed was forged through the driving emotion of Melbourne’s extreme heat, and the kind of raw intensity that can only be produced from the marriage of glowing Fender valves and vintage Ludwig drums.
With tracks like ‘Seize the Stars and Turn them into Cinders’, ‘There’s Not a Fire that can Warm Us’ and ‘The Last Man on Earth’, the band discovered a balance between their familiar improvisational approach, while maintaining a sense of structure. Other pieces, such as the epic ‘Trash Can Willy’ parts 1 and 2 are an exception; originally formed as an entire improvised jam, over 28 minutes long and later broken into two parts. Another complete, unedited improvised track was ‘The Merchant’, coming in at approx. 17 minutes in length, and included as one of the bonus tracks in the special bonus edition.
Segundo is an epic, sprawling, largely improvised and yet focused instrumental post-rock album, fully formed and complex. A much darker record than its predecessor; it explores themes of urban aggression, the inherent destructive nature of modern society and the beautiful, yet tragic imagery associated with human isolation. There are larger concepts at work on Segundo, and the wait could almost be perfect timing. ( Play it loud ).
SEGUNDO ( BONUS EDITION )
Released 12 January 2015
Recorded by S. Seear @ JMC Studios in 2006/2007.
Mixed, produced and edited by:
J. Byron in Berlin 2012 & Melbourne 2014.
by A. Dempsey @ Deluxe Mastering, Melbourne 2014.
Fabulous Artwork by [ Karine Pollens ] | Design by [ J. Byron ].
SEGUNDO ( BONUS EDITION ). For a band many of us might have thought was completely wiped from the surface of the earth, Melbourne, (Australia) instrumental outfit, The Boats, are finally back after seven years, with a second album titled “Segundo” (meaning second in Spanish). Beautifully produced by band member / producer, J. Byron - the result is a rich and atmospheric post-rock tour de force, with a grand touch of spookiness. It’s almost one of those ‘back from the grave’ type surprises. When I saw the subject line 'Post / Review Request – The Boats' in my inbox, I went through mixed feelings of both complete elation and utter confusion at the same time. I wasn't sure if it was indeed, the same band - The Boats; an incredible slow-core, post-rock band I discovered years ago, and to this day have changed my entire perception on instrumental music, or if it was a different moniker altogether. But when this momentary lapse of reason passed, I can’t even begin to express the thrill I had to know The Boats, were back and stronger than ever, with a brand new twelve-track album.
"Segundo" follows the same trend and unique approach as their 2007 title “Los Musicos Peridos”, except this time with an emphasis largely driven on synths and electronics; woven together with defined guitar melodies, shaped gently into fuzzy-dreamlike harmonics, while slow sonic undertones vibrate in every corner - transmuting from one atmosphere to another. “Segundo” unfolds itself in an eerie manner, seeping into your subconscious, as if you were given a drug and didn't know what it was. The absolute darkness of this record has a strong tendency to make its way to the surface, in an uncanny way, which is on full display from the beginning of the album. This really means that it is an album that requires the listener’s undivided attention, and that’s not because it’s diifcult to digest, or filled with complex textures that requires multiple listens, in fact, any post-rock fans are bound to enjoy this album on the very first listen. "Segundo" requires absolute scrutiny, not simply because the music is dark, but because it has the ability to awaken memories of a time when vinyl was king, and rock music was raw and emotive, and held the power to conquer minds.
As lush, brooding and dramatic as 'Dresda', 'Clogs', 'Carissa’s Weird' or 'Gravenhurst' (we are talking some very high slow-core sounds here), the new boats album emanates above your average slow-core / slow-ambient monikers, and while it is compelling (and exciting) to the ears, it is also, overwhelmingly soft and pleasant; as the band experiment with different elements in order to layer a sound that is first and foremost - alluring and charismatic. Best of all, the band seems to be having great fun while doing so.Tracklist 01. Trash Can Willy (part 1) 08:43
What can I say… if alternative-metal act such as 'Fugazi' or 'Mudhoney' had ever been mandate to a particular set of selected instruments loyal of a mini-orchestral outfit, they’d have probably sounded a little like The Boats. “Segundo (Bonus Edition)” is very much an epic, yet acquired taste of experimental elements that you will most likely want to hear, time and time again, over and over. - [M.S.Torabally].The Boats - Segundo (Bonus Edition) ]. > > > > > ============================================
Comprised of graphic artist Andy Scott, audio engineer Tommy Hazerian, and tv/film lighting technician Greg Capp, this Los Angeles trio applies their professional backgrounds to form the heart of 1000 Suns. Inspired by the drama and experimental nature of instrumental music, the use of effects pedals, samples and electronic instruments play a major role in the band’s sound. Andy plays guitar and creates the visual imagery associated with 1000 Suns. Tommy handles the bass and synth arrangements in addition to the core recording and mixing out of his GhostNote Studio. Greg, the drummer, applies his production and lighting expertise to the band’s video material and photo shoots. The ability to handle all of the creative aspects allows them focus their talents on the bigger picture, with greater control over artistic concepts from beginning to end.
The Spirit Molecule
2012 yielded The Spirit Molecule, drums were recorded at Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica, CA by Brandon Duncan (The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Ziggy Marley) while the remainder of the album was tracked and mixed at GhostNote Studio. The album contains a variety of melodic motifs, haunting soundscapes, and heavy grooves, at times manifesting the influences of Pink Floyd as well as Tool. Its arrangements have more in common with classical music than it is to pop, introducing a melody, building upon it, then exploiting it to climax. The songs take the listener on a journey, while remaining surprisingly minimalist.
The Body The Mind
The Body The Mind found light of day in 2014 after returning to Berkeley Street with Mr. Duncan and shadowing the process of returning to GhostNote to complete the tracking. Now one album wiser and with material that had outgrown the confines of The Spirit Molecule, the new songs incorporated more stylistic variety. Ranging from moody mellow pieces and surreal transitional montages to epic and heavy riff bashing, the album delves further into intricate arrangements and lush effects. A loose concept piece, it explores visual and conceptual themes of division, polarity, and contrast.
On the horizon, 1000 Suns is busy writing new material for their third album as well as creating scores for a film project, webisodes and a tv pilot. The band is looking forward to a west coast tour for the spring of 2015 and are currently playing shows in the Southern California area.
The Body The Mind
By: 1000 Suns
Release Oct. 07th 2014
Available On [ BandCamp ]
First and foremost, as dark and as heavy “The Body The Mind” gets, the album holds various silver linings radiating through its foggy yet blissful aura. [ 1000 Suns ] eclectic music architecture combines hypnotic ethereal atmospheres and psychedelic sludge-heaviness to an extremely pleasing melodies. Ethereal ( on the opening piece only ) and Sludge being the core element and the foundation of this new album, you’d probably think, fire and ice, no way, this is going to end up in some sort of a major clash, but when it’s done and mixed A La [ 1000 Suns ] precision, believe me when I say, you’ll simply end up with something sublime.
Let’s face it, [ 1000 Suns ] perfected the art of laying down some vicious melodies and vigorous riffing’s from their debut album “The Spirit Molecule”. The trio… Andy Scott behind the veil of a Graphic Designer, Tommy Hanzerian camouflaging as an audio engineer and Greg Capp who disguises himself as a tv/film lightning engineer, together, from the very beginning have acquired the capability and potential of exhilarating tracks from being utter boring to thirst quench and satisfying pieces. “The Body The Mind” is the trio’s second full length, a concept / more educated album and an extension on their melodic sounding.
The band's highest peak bounces back and forth between its strong instrumental know how and masterful electronic mixes. The guitar use is totally explicit, particularly when bursting with propulsive rhythmic section echoing some of the band's most mind-blowing composition which inevitably brings an exquisite sense of satisfaction. The drumming on the other hand is yet another stand-out element, chasing dynamic chords with series of rapid, repetitive strikes, the album showcase Greg’s drumming prowess in high definition. I think it is safe to say, Greg’s precise drumming is to the point throughout the entire album while Tommy’s bass lines penetrates the air from a distance to full blast, shifting time signatures, administering a controllable noise blast and a beautiful mix through various electronic devices and distortions effects.
The sound of this album is absolutely incredible and it also showcases the band maturity from “The Spirit Molecule”. The strongest point of the album relies heavily on the band strong leadership, while many aliases out there tend to follow, [ 1000 Suns ] proves the contrary with a mature sense of leadership. Yes… admittedly, in some cases influence, such as [ Tool “Lateralus” ] will most likely hit you, but the trio’s contribution on “The Body The Mind” crossed the platform between sludge-metal and post-progressive metal creating an amazing blend that is hard label. Their earlier albums were slightly similar ( very accessible / mind-blowing ) with vicious melodies but still not nearly as reliable, as oppose to the new one on progressive themes.Tracklist 01. Draugr 04:27
[ 1000 Suns ] instrumental combination and compelling mixing, necessitate you to rethink the whole concept of progressive / post-progressive metal. From their debut release to “The Body The Mind” the band, in many ways have expanded on their sonic territories. Words are out that the band is busy writing new material for their third album as well as creating scores for a film project, webisodes and a tv pilot. What sonic obsession and dynamic complexities we can expect from [ 1000 Suns ] in the very near future is entirely debatable; but I for one, based on the two releases the band brought forward, I am utterly excited for anything that’s in the pipeline. EXCELLENT SOUND ALL THE WAY.1000 Suns - The Body The Mind ]. > > > > > ============================================
Los Angeles ambient duo There Is No Teenage Love return with homage to their city: LAHEX. In the fall of 2012, There Is No Teenage Love (David J Dowling and Erik Tokle) self-released their eponymous debut, earning praise from bloggers across the globe and plays from the likes of Jimmy Tamborello (The Postal Service), and L.A.’s KCRW. Now, almost exactly 2 years later, they are back with LAHEX, a cinematic love-letter to their adoptive home of Los Angeles.
A minimal symphony of looped guitars, reverberant drones and rhythmic delays, LAHEX is equally at home in the relentless sun or in the late-night, sodium-light-un-blackness of the city — a ‘concept album’ that is heartbreaking when you need it to be, lonesome when you want it to be, and blissful when you allow it to be.
LAHEX is available as a limited-edition white vinyl record with instant digital download (plus a bonus track). The record comes in a heavyweight violet sleeve within a metallic silver jacket. Unadorned by type and suitable for framing, the cover features a 12,000 year old saber-toothed cat skull from L.A.'s La Brea Tar Pits, photographed exclusively for this album.
Some praise for the debut record [ English & French ].
'Avec ses drones éthérées, sa guitare en apesanteur aux contours nappés de reverb, ses orgues majestueux et ses traînées de synthés sans âge au romantisme diffus (à moins que tout cela ne soit le fruit de manipulations guitaristes dignes de l’élégance light d’un Christopher Willits?), on imagine aisément l’effet que doit procurer l’écoute de There Is No Teenage Love au lever du soleil sur un océan à perte de vue.' ___[ Indie Rock Mag (France) ].
‘This is music played by human musicians, and although it avoids any obvious discursive, linear tokens of self-expression, it still sounds like the work of human hands and hearts. There is care and effort in every moment, an understanding of physical instrumental resources without which this music could be nothing like as nuanced and precisely judged.’ ___[ Oliver Arditi (UK) ].
By: There Is No Teenage Love
Release Date OCTOBER 28 2014
SOUNDSCAPES FOR THE POST-EVERYTHING ERA.
Straight to it… “LAHEX” the latest cover by [ There Is No Teenage Love ] is an absolute must have for ambient collectors. The album reflect an airy, voluminous ambiance, molding darkness and echoing sound together in the form of a cushion-like material with shades of bleary lines and fuzziness. The entire album is largely driven by electric guitars and distortion coupled with electronic/synths on seldom occasions, turning into a stream-delight.
Point blank, classifying [ There Is No Teenage Love ] music in to a specific genre can be a little tricky in this particular instance. Well yes… while it’s certainly safe to say, ambient sound in its very depth, the moving textures and the originality elaborate even further and deeper as oppose to your usual average ambient monikers. That said if I were to personally draw some comparison, just to give you a head’s up as to what you are getting in to, which by the way is indeed a difficult notion, as the sound originality is so ecstatic, still… I’ll probably bring the likes of [ 36 ] awesomeness, [ Tim Hecker’s ] experimental air, [ Celar’s ] mindspcaing power and [ Barn Owl’s ] audible drones ALL in the equation.
“Lahex” truly introduces flourished textures and disintegrated shortwave corresponding to frequencies over and above 1600 kilohertz with static motion, paving the way for something unique and original in an articulated sound form. While most part of “Lahex” is executed in the aim of building a subtle motion, as you dive deeper and deeper you’ll soon notice the album unfolding a darker and a more melancholy side to it. This darker and heavier atmosphere untangled itself equally in subtlety as we reach “After The Films” movement and on-wards. There on, repletion echoes and repetition of sound produced by the reflection of its sound waves are to be expected in indulgence.
Touching up on “Lahex IV & V”, movement six on the album, which is one of my favorite track, actually I’m probably saying movement six is my favorite track simply because I am listening to it right now, truth be told the whole playlist are equally euphoric with delicate chime, strings note piercing the air while unsettling electronic/synths and long-waves echoes dissipating to flawless swing before transgressing to some solid type of drones.
Let it be for a late-night listening or a Sunday afternoon gathering, this album is a perfect listen for various occasions, with its fuzzy drones, its seemingly endless multi-textural surface that tends to sooth the atmospheres in the most chilling path, the music on “Lahex” holds up very well. In seven pieces where crackling noises breath softly along some breath-taking melodies, both executed by guitar loops and distorted fragments that emerge in waves forms, there is no better ending but in a lush, atmospheric-ambiance of the most satisfying kind. [ GO GET IT ].
12" White Vinyl Record with INSTANT Digital Download. Record/Vinyl. Receive an INSTANT digital download of LAHEX plus a bonus track when you order the 12" vinyl record. Pressed on white vinyl, LAHEX comes in a heavyweight violet sleeve within an elegant metallic silver jacket. Unadorned by type and suitable for framing, the cover features a 12,000 year old saber-toothed cat skull from L.A.'s La Brea Tar Pits, photographed exclusively for this album.*Tracklist 1. LAHEX I & II 09:31
Due to extended production times for vinyl records, estimated shipping of physical product is January, 2015. Your digital copy is available at the time of purchase. *Specimen courtesy of La Brea Collections, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Includes unlimited streaming of LAHEX via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. [ Shipping out on or around 15 January 2015 ].There Is No Teenage Love - LAHEX ]. > > > ============================================
US AS EFFIGIES is a drone-based ambient duo formed in Oslo, Norway summer 2014. Influenced by [ Mogwai ], [ Explosions In The Sky ], [ Godspeed You Black Emperor ], [ stars Of The Lid ], [ Autechre ], [ Biosphere ], [ Boards Of Canada ], [ Aphex Twin ], [ Plaid ], [ Allan Holdsworth ], [ Squarepusher ++ ] they started experimenting with drones and ambient soundscapes after more than 15 years playing in post-rock bands.
Released December 2014
All tracks written, produced & recorded
by: Christer Lunder & Bjørn Rummelhoff-Hansen
Music production: US AS EFFIGIES
Artwork: Robin Snasen Rengård
Mastered by: Chris Sansom at [ Propeller Mastering ]
If you are up for a casual or a passive listen then you came to the wrong place. [ Us As Effigies ] also known as “U.A.E” sound is nothing what I would described as casual nor passive. “U.A.E” debut title “Nodula” performs at a tremendous level of obligation, requiring full commitment from listener’s side to fully comprehend the sombre textures swarmed into the music. Once you get into that precise zone of engagement, where you are mentally and emotionally conditioned to let the music guide you through, you’ll soon noticed that this is ambient-sound that takes on a whole new level. That engagement and passion is concrete and surfaces across the entire record. Truth be told, it’s what actually make “U.A.E” so tempting.
That in mind, I have to reiterate, “Nodula” can be a little intimidating at first. With gigantic drone walls nested with colossal washed-out ambient waves that flows in one direction simultaneously, you sort of lost in the ambience and wandering in vagueness having no clues as to where the music is going to take you next. But is that such a bad thing though? The answer is plain and simple… No. Once the waves takes you along and start to swing you back and forth in different directions in some emblematic sequences that incorporates the likes of [ Brian Eno’s ] and [ Boards Of Canada ], you’ll be compelled to instantly condition all of your senses for an exquisite trip.
The best part of “Nodula” is… as dark and as heavy the album gets, the message the band conveys or want to convey is as clear as crystal. And that is sitting in stillness and prepares your mind as well as your emotions to travel to the darkest part of your imagination while the light is dimmed and the surrounding is at peace. This is not music’s that makes your body moves, so forget about tapping fingers on the table, following a certain beat or rhythm with your feet or nodding your head for that matter, “Nodula” is pretty clear and concise, sit still while your eyes are closed and the music’s shall do the rest.
This debut title by “U.A.E” gives me the urge to revisit my older music collection; the one’s where electronics and field recordings were not so much in power. But today’s technology has taken music so far that it’s almost impossible to realize the limits one can explore. What's strange, though, is that for all this inner feelings and prediction, “Nodula” never dragged down its listeners, not even for a single moment. And for what it’s worth the album exalts a specific kind of emotion. One that is hard to explain but be sure though, dark spots are the pillars of “Nodula”. It’s all interlaced in the thickness of a repetitive motion, providing a sense of historical ambient that's too often absent in ambient-drone releases these days. This one my friend is loaded with so many subtle patterns and high-end textures, even the most boring listener, will be left astounding. We got ourselves another winner here and its [ Us As Effigies ]. No Doubt.Tracklist 1. Nodula I
To be noted… “Nodula” is so rich and compelling that it also compliments several themes and visual effects, the band for a matter of fact are working on a whole set of videos/or a small movie if you prefer, with the very talented French film/visual/art artist Dorianne Wotton (VERY professional artist indeed), and she is in the process of making some outstanding visuals for the entire album which will be released on DVD. So what we looking here is a double set ( CD / DVD ) release towards Q2 of 2015. Considering “Nodula’s” audio experience on its own, which is so amazing, I can’t help thinking the visuals side of “Nodula”. Now that’s definitely something to look forward to.US AS EFFIGIES - NODULA ]. > > > > > ============================================
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.
CATALOG2015 "Different Streams" By [ EUS, Postdrome & Saåad ]
Releases 23 February 2015
EUS – Jose Acuña
Postdrome – Charlie Floyd
Saåad – Romain Barbot & Grégory Buffier
Recorded in London (UK),
San José (Costa Rica),
Hong Kong (China),
Singapore (Singapore) & Toulouse (France)
Between February & June 2014.
Additional violin on ‘Dervish Dealer’ by Nik Koniwzski.
Mixed & Mastered by Byron Christodoulou, Athens (Greece), 2014.
Photography’s by Charlie Floyd. | Layout & Design by Romain Barbot.
First, let us start by elaborating on the history of the band as well as touch base on the fact that “Different Streams” is the quartet second effort after their 2012 title [Sustained Layers]. The elementary principle is of no doubt the thrill and contentment taken to produce the first record and the devotion to confront in all hospitality the eagerness, yet again, two years later, where everyone has evolved in different direction. This my friends is more like history repeating itself, except that this time around, the gathering of the 3 aliases characterize an “additional” two years of experimenting, writing and music producing experience on the table. This logically goes to say “Different Streams” does not necessarily sound like a reasonable collaborative continuation of the first record, but instead the post-production / production in its very core reflect with more precision and with an inundate emphasis on field-recordings.
Second and foremost, let’s face it; we are talking about a quartet from three different countries with three different languages and with a completely deluded time zone. The differences between [Saåad] based in France, Charlie who switch country every 15 days in Asia, and José formally from Costa Rica… and the concept of the album (from the collaborative aliases point of view), was to create a space where all these places and minds meet, converge in a direction of such streams. The way I sees it, as we all know it is indeed difficult for some to express themselves in words. That said some musicians have the special ability to speak out loud through some particular kind of noise. [EUS], [Postdrome] & [Saåad] are musicians amongst the handful musicians who distinctively express their emotion and their feeling through instruments and sound-making. The music itself in its very dark nature lives in a memorable place and is kept away, far from the fierceness of this world.
As dark as it gets “Different Streams” is an engaging listen, helm by 4 pilots, from various part of this world, they uses guitar / effects and field recordings to build what I would described as, strictly sophisticated and appealing drone noises. Seriously though, we got ourselves some high end material buried deeply in ambient-drone slabs where each tracks stretches to an average of 4 to 7 minutes plus, but filled with subtle distortions where everything’s around you appears to immerse in rainbows. [EUS], [Postdrome] & [Saåad] crushing noises have a strong tendency to dawdle in the air for several minutes after which a soft, washed-out drone triggers into the music leaving its listeners in a nervous state of mind and eager to know what’s next.Tracklist 1. Dervish Dealer
Lastly and admittedly, “Different Stream” paints a great number of sonic textures and soundscapes. The album is like a labyrinth in its multitude cluster of tones and darkness. Hard-core drone and ambient minded listeners will no doubt find this release as comfy as they would feel in a small paradise island. I mean smooth digestion and easy flaw from one movement to the other while recalling master-mind monikers such as [Fabio Orsi], [Noveller], [Richard Sanderson], [Kissy Suzuki] and the likes at the back of their brain. But that in mind, passive ambient listeners and none hard-core drone minded people will also find this listen extremely appealing on the first go itself simply based on the experimental side of the project. EXCELLENT SOUND that goes for everyone.EUS, Postdrome & Saåad - Different Streams ]. > > > ============================================
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