Monday, February 12, 2018

Foliage - It's Time

Foliage is the solo project of San Bernardino, CA songwriter/musician Manuel Joseph Walker, who released his impressive sophomore album Silence in July 2017. He just announced the upcoming release of his third album III in late April 2018 and shared the first single, 'It's Time'. Faithful to the jangle/dream pop sound he's so far produced, the single is an introduction to something beautiful to come. 
Check it out below. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

The BV's - Interpunktion EP

After the success of their debut album Speaking From A Distance in April 2017, German band The BV's are releasing today their brand new EP 'Interpunktion' on Augsburg label Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten. The 5-track EP is the result of recording sessions at Bear Cave Studio in Cologne, during the band’s tour with The Luxembourg Signal in September 2017. The EP includes two tracks planned to be recorded in the studio as well as three extra ones, which were improvised and recorded live in one take.

Pressed on clear vinyl and limited to 200 hand-numbered copies, each EP comes with unique, handmade artwork by The BV’s guitarist/singer Fred, consisting of a handprinted monoprint on A1 tracing paper, cut into seven pieces.  The digital edition comes with its own artwork, also designed by Fred. 

'Interpunktion' resembles a sonic journey through jangly-gazey-pop sounds where the listener is invited to imagine and add their own "punctuation". Have a listen below!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Best of 2017

Top 10 Albums 

1. The Luxembourg Signal - Blue Field 
2. Airiel - Molten Young Lovers 
3. Slowdive - Slowdive 
4. Secret Shine - There Is Only Now 
5. Star Tropics - Lost World 
6. Life On Venus - Encounters 
7. Deafcult - Auras 
8. Pia Fraus - Field Ceremony 
9. Soon, She Said - The First Casualty Of Love Is Innocence 
10. Alvvays - Antisocialites 

Top 10 EPs/Singles 

1. Surf Rock is Dead - We Have No Friends? 
2. Hater - Red Blinders 
3. Bolywool - From Void To Matter Volume 3 
4. Figmennt - EP 
5. d.e.b.b.i.e. - Cousin Larry 
6. Venn - Venn 
7. Verandan - Verandan 
8. side effects - Feels Like Walking On Sunshine 
9. Pale Spectres - Pale Spectres 
10. Portrayal - Lost Souls

Friday, December 1, 2017

Bolywool - From Void To Matter Volume 3

As the year is coming to an end, it is time for Bolywool's final installment in the 'From Void To Matter' trilogy. Volume 3 follows the Swedish band's September release and introduces new elements to the palette, such as a combination of pop-y parts with more artsy and abstract ones. 'The Age Of Entitlement' stands out with its vigour and 'You Are Not Alone In The Universe, I Am Here' is a true anthem, which sums up the stunning EP and trilogy. 
The EP is available on Bandcamp and Spotify via VÅRØ records. Check it out below! 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Airiel - Molten Young Lovers

'Molten Young Lovers' is Airiel's second full-length album following their 2012's 'Kid Games' EP. The band, which hails from Chicago, IL., does not need many introductions among shoegaze fans. Jeremy Wrenn often describes their music as:"It's loud. It's pretty. You can dance to it."; it's a description that fits perfectly this album. 
'Molten Young Lovers' instantly engages its listeners into an alternating array of uptempo (This Is Permanent, Sharron Apple) and downtempo songs (Your Lips,My Mouth, Molten Young Lovers, Song Of You). This album sounds like an ode to love and is full of captivating melodies permeated with Airiel's magical ability to turn the audio into visual with their lyrics. It's safe to say that it's among our favourite albums of 2017 (and not only). 
'Molten Young Lovers' came out on October 13th on double LP and digital formats on Shelflife Records. Do not miss it! 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Fimbria - Eternal Return

There's a term in literary theory called 'intertextuality', which has to do with the interrelationship between texts that have influenced a writer to create a work or the reader to understand a particular piece of writing. The case of Fimbria's album 'Eternal Return' is one in which the artist uses his influences to create something unique. 
Fimbria is the solo electronic project of American-born composer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Brian Castriota (earlier composing as 'Earth First') who released a 5-track EP 'Northern Winds' in 2014 on FMT Recordings. His music bears influences from the more wistful moments of The Radio Dept. as well as new age and electronic music pioneers, such as Suzanne Ciani, Harold Budd, John Kerr, and Enya. 
In 'Eternal Return' Brian worked meticulously to assemble and combine a particular palette of synthesizers: the lush pads and leads of the Juno-106, the breathiness of the M1, and the Gregorian chants of the VP-330. The album has been described as the soundtrack to "the last few shots of a movie that had a pretty unhappy ending, one of those achy coda endings that's mildly hopeful but it just seems that way relative to how grim the conclusion was in the penultimate scene." 
It is officially released today on Cadent Records, a label co-operated by Brian Castriota and Ethan Wells (Ebn Ezra), who both have a sense that their music belongs to and comes from another time and place, hence their fondness for Romantic painting, early MIDI- and voltage-controlled synthesizers, and megalithic earthworks. 
The painting by 19th-century German painter Caspar David Friedrich on the cover adds to the overall feel of the album. It is entitled 'Evening Landscape With Two Men' and Brian explains its purpose: "I like the ambiguity of it - the relationship portrayed, whose perspective it's from, and whether they're looking at a sunrise, sunset, or nuclear explosion." 
'Eternal Return' is a multifaceted album and invites the listener to effortlessly dive into its various layers of depth again and again. 
It is available digitally and on limited edition cassette and CD. Check it out below!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Bolywool - From Void To Matter Volume 2

Bolywool are a shoegaze/post-rock band formed in 1998 by cousins Calle Thoor and Oskar Karlström on the Swedish island of Öland. With numerous releases under their belt already, they have just shared the second volume of their 'From Void To Matter' trilogy. Following the first part, that was mostly improvised in the studio, this volume is an extraordinary continuation of their work with manifold, shimmering layers. The first song takes up from where they left the single 'The Dial' (released in 2010) with brilliant vocals by Julia Bjernelind from Westkust. The three songs create a vivid image of multiple sonic explosions that materialize into an ethereal, highly evocative, autumnal landscape.
Volume 3 will be released later this year. A collective vinyl-box of all volumes has also been planned for 2018 to celebrate Bolywool's anniversary of 20 years as a band. 
The EP is out digitally via Swedish indie label VÅRØ. Listen and get transported below.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Loners - Intimacy [PREMIERE]

Loners is the brainchild of Coventry based musician Alex Benetatos with the recent addition of Carlos Dias on vocals. What started out as a solo instrumental project has evolved into a duet and today their full-length debut album is coming to light. 'Intimacy' has nine tracks that blend in the reminiscent and haunting atmosphere you can expect from a dreamy and bedroom pop record. 
The album is out digitally and on limited edition CD via Beko disques
 You are invited to stream it and get intimate with it below. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Citrus Clouds - Life Happens

Citrus Clouds released an impressive album in 2016 called 'Imagination', a musical trait they have no shortage of. The dream pop trio from Phoenix, Arizona (comprised of Erick Pineda, Stacie Huttleston and Angelica Pedrego) are ready for their new EP, 'Ultra Sound', which will drop on September 22nd on Custom Made Music
They've just shared the first single 'Life Happens', a song about loss and our ability to move on; when something ends, you have to accept it and grow. Musically, the song is wrapped up in the band's melodic guitar and bass lines, a sample of a more mature work we are looking forward to. 
You can listen to 'Life Happens' and pre-order the EP below. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

TV Sets - Elsewhere

TV Sets formed in Toronto in 2014 when Angela and Joshua heard each other playing music through the walls of their apartment building. They eventually met and started working together. Their third member, also called Josh, joined after being the only person to respond to Angela and Josh's vague Craigslist ad in search of fans of experimental electronic music. 
After revealing the first single Fools Day a few months ago, on August 11th the Canadian bedroom-pop trio released their new EP 'Elsewhere', which features 6 tracks that harmoniously blend jangly guitars and atmospheric bass.
The title track is about the contradicting will to change overnight while being attached to the past. The video was shot on Super 8 film and it follows the band through different local hang outs around their home town. 
Check out the video and stream/buy 'Elsewhere' below.