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Nostalgist – Disaffection (Nostalgium Directive, 30 March 2018)

Seattle’s Nostalgist presents ‘Present:Tense’ off forthcoming ‘Disaffection’ album

Post-punk outfit Nostalgist has announced their forthcoming album ‘Disaffection’, slated for vinyl and digital release in March. The six-track offering includes five original songs and a cover of ‘Texture’ from shoegaze legends Catherine Wheel‘s 1992 classic ‘Ferment’.

Already now, the Seattle-based band is previewing the lead track Present:Tense’ as a proper teaser of their new long-play.
Formed in 2012, Nostalgist is led by Asa Eisenhardt (vocals and guitar). ‘Disaffection’ follows ‘Of Loves and Days Ago’ (2015) and 2013’s ‘Monochromantic’ EP, which was engineered, mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, King Woman, Tony Molina).
Recorded and mixed throughout 2016 and 2017, every track on ‘Disaffection’ features great contributions by renowned drummer Aesop Dekker (Khorada, Worm Ouroboros, Extremity, ex-Agalloch). More recently, in the fall of 2017, Alex Entrekin joined as the new drummer, building on Dekker’s crushing performances while bringing nuances and twists all his own. Monte McCleery (also of Seattle funeral doom outfit Un) is currently filling in on bass.
Nostalgist’s brand of heavy, ethereal post-punk is informed by bands like Lowlife, Slowdive, Lycia, Comsat Angels, The Chameleons, Killing Joke, Fields of the Nephilim, Hum, and Red House Painters.
“I was a few months into writing songs entirely on my own – something that I’d barely ever worked at before. I was also hurting, fresh off of the disintegration of an unstable and short-lived period of intimacy that never congealed into a relationship,” explains Asa Eisenhardt about lead track ‘Present:Tense’.
“The verses largely regard that time, and are my most stream-of-consciousness lyrics to date, though still couched in the grey dream imagery I’m always trying to evoke. The chorus, however, is really the essence of the tune: perseverance through hardship, while recognizing the weight and inevitability of heartache. ‘I will dream again’ is such a stupidly simple line, but the implied resolve is important.”
That prism of emotional openness continues a throughline from the band’s beginnings. Since its inception, Nostalgist’s sonic blend has been equal parts swirling riffs, expansive shoegaze atmospheres and airy post-punk isolation, combined with a romantic, self-questioning lyrical bent and cinematic themes. Lush layers of warm guitar fuzz and shimmering reverb interweave with melodic bass, intricate drums and evocative, determined vocals, tempering the music’s melancholy with just a slight sliver of hope.
Nostalgist crafts lush and powerfully intense distortion-laden dream rock riffs. A love of film noir, a sense of isolation and a decidedly romantic aesthetic shine through what are generally vulnerable lyrics. Eisenhardt’s talents in post-punk song-crafting are illuminated in the darkest moments with the warm, glowing embers of nebulous shoegaze.
The outfit’s latest output only further refines these sounds and ideas. “When writing ‘Disaffection,’ my sights were firmly set on creating a handful of focused, memorable songs that crystallized everything I’ve wanted Nostalgist to be, to the best and most thorough degree possible. It’s a mission statement on the direction of everything to come,” says Eisenhardt.
The ‘Disaffection’ album will be released on March 19 on vinyl and digitally on March 30 via the band’s own Nostalgium Directive label.

TRACK LIST

1. Pendulums
2. Smoldering Amber
3. Present:Tense
4. Petrichorale
5. Threshed At Dusk, Winnowed At Dawn
6. Texture

CREDITS
Asa Eisenhardt – vocals, guitar, bass, synth, arrangement, lyrics (except ‘Texture’)
Aesop Dekker – session drums
Instrumentals produced and engineered at Soundhouse, Studio Foster and Electric Wall by Evan Foster
Vocals produced and engineered at Studio Nels by Will Smith
Mixed by Evan Foster at Studio Foster
Mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx
Master lacquer cut by Levi Seitz at Black Belt Mastering

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Posted by on January 31, 2018 in Post Punk

 

New Zero God – The Flowers of Romance tribute

This year New Zero God pay tribute to top Greek Gothic Rock band The Flowers of Romance…

The Flowers of Romance was founded in 1981 as a punk rock group by Mike Pougounas and two of his schoolmates, Tasos Dimitriadis and Costas Venos.

Numerous line-up changes followed and the band evolved through the years into a post-punk and later into a gothic rock band.

The Flowers of Romance opened for acts such as The Sisters of Mercy and New Model Army and also had the luck to have Wayne Hussey (of the Mission / Sisters of Mercy / Dead or Alive fame) producing the third album of the band, “Brilliant Mistakes”.

In 1998 singer Mike Pougounas decided that he wanted to pursue a different path and The Flowers of Romance disbanded.

He founded Nexus, an industrial/goth project that helped Pougounas experiment with new techniques and sounds, releasing four full length albums and one CD single.

New Zero God is considered to be The Flowers of Romance epigons since Pougounas decided to disband Nexus and return, in 2006, to a classic rock’n’roll formation and to the good old post-punk sound.

After putting out three full length albums, one mini album, two 7” singles and two digital singles, opening for the Legendary Pink Dots, Christian Death and Andi Sex Gang and releasing a mini album recorded live in Italy (that you can DOWNLOAD FOR FREE from HERE) New Zero God is touring in 2018 playing The Flowers of Romance songs.

20 years after The Flowers of Romance ceased to exist, singer Mike Pougounas, guitarist Akis Nikolaidis, drummer John Psimopoulos and bassist Michalis Semertzoglou have already played in Athens and Thessaloniki but there are more gigs to come in order to bring back to light the Flowers of Romance songs.

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Watch here the video of the full show from Athens…

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2018 in Post Punk

 

Kudzu – Defeated (Push & Pull Records, 2 March 2018)

Missouri-based post-punk synth wave duo Kudzu release new album ‘Defeated

Missouri-based post-punk synth wave duo Kudzu are set to release their new album ‘Defeated’ via Push & Pull Records following rave reviews of the lead single ‘No Backbone’. This album is a reaction to mounting disappointments and frustrations with increasingly frustrating and disappointing realities.
On this 9-track long-play, Kudzu delivers a cheerfully caustic synth pop assault with psychedelic underpinnings, like paint fumes you’d happily dance to. The offerings range from post-punk (Defeated) to synth pop (One Purpose, No Backbone) and tracks with a darker more industrial sense (Balking The Grave). The vocal delivery oscillates between John Lydon of Sex Pistols and PiL fame and the cold sinister lyricism of Al Jourgensen’s Ministry in the band’s earliest phase.
Based in Springfield, Kudzu is Seth Goodwin (vocals, synth, and drum programming) and Mark Gillenwaters (vocals and guitar). Influenced by bands such as Tears For Fears, The Cure, Spectrum, Guided by Voices, Sympathy Nervous, and This Heat, they’ve managed to concoct a sound original from any of them.
“A lot of these songs come from a place of disenchantment with punk and “diy” scenes i’ve dedicated too much time to and the resulting dissociation as i’ve continued to have involvement in those scenes,” says Seth Goodwin. “A documentation of a transitional period that im sure a lot of people feel as they start to feel parts of them age out from this type of lifestyle but dont know how to do anything else.”‘Defeated’ was recorded by Adam Schoeller and Jonathan James at No Coast Recording, and mixed by the latter, with Shay Rainey creating the cover artwork.

“While we were working on new material, I drew inspiration from the petty frustrations of everyday life and the stark reality of life in the ozarks.  i feel like there is a type of alienation that you can harbor in a place like this that lends it’s self to bleak music. I like to treat lyrics as more emotional than literal so some lyrics might not make sense but still convey the emotion I’m trying to present,” says Mark Gillenwaters.

‘Defeated’ is available on cassette and digitally via Push & Pull Records. The first batch is a small 50-copy limited edition on high quality chrome cassette, which can be obtained viaKudzu’s Bandcamp.
TRACK LIST
1. Some Cops   03:33
2. No Backbone   03:10
3. Defeated   03:18
4. Burn Yourself   03:00
5. Balking the Grave   02:39
6. Sleep in Disguise   03:10
7. One Purpose   04:57
8. When You Were Mine   03:37
9. B.I.Y.E.   03:05
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Posted by on January 30, 2018 in Post Punk

 

Eraldo Bernocchi & Chihei Hatakeyama – Solitary Universe (Aagoo Records 2 February 2018)

Aagoo Records to release Eraldo Bernocchi & Chihei Hatakeyama album ‘Solitary Universe’
Aagoo Records has announced the release of ‘Solitary Universe’ byEraldo Bernocchi and Japanese ambient guitar player Chihei Hatakeyama, which includes a photo book and full length CD. Five gorgeous, stretched out compositions will make you feel like you’re trying to catch smoke or watching fog swirl then disappear across a body of water. The recording is just two treated guitars, and will be coupled with a photo book by visual artist and graphic designer Petulia Mattioli together with Yasushi Miura, a Japanese musician and photographer whose work is based on the concept of using easily available tools, like a Nintendo DS, an iPhone, or freeware programs, for instance.

Eraldo Bernocchi is an Italian composer, producer, record label owner and guitarist. He started his career in the late ‘70s as a guitarist in punk bands, and in the mid ‘80s Eraldo co-founded the conceptual audio project Sigillum-S (with Paolo Bandera and Luca di Giorgio), which grew into a highly acclaimed international cult act. In the ‘90s, together with his wife Petulia Mattioli, Eraldo established Verba Corrige Productions and has collaborated with numerous artists ,includingRobin Guthrie, Harold Budd, Mick Harris (SIMM, Black Engine), Bill Laswell (Somma, Charged, Ashes, and numerous others), Nils Petter Molvaer, Russell Mills, Toshinori Kondo (Charged), Raiz, Almamegretta, Spectre, Sensational, DJ Disk, Professor Shebab, Thomas Fehlmann, Zu (as Black Engine), DJ Olive, Markus Stockhausen, Giovanni Lindo Ferretti (as producer and author),Colin Edwin and Balazs Pandi, among many others.

Eraldo is also known for playing and organizing several special events for H.H. The Dalai Lama in Italy. In 2008, Eraldo founded RareNoise Records based in London, where he currently lives.

Chihei Hatakeyama is a sound artist and musician who lives in the outskirts of Tokyo. He has performed for years under his given name, and also as one half of the electroacoustic duo Opitope, along withTomoyoshi Date. He has released records on Kranky, Room 40, Under The Spire, Hibernate Records, Magic Book Records, Home Normal, Own Records, and Spekk (as Opitope).

Petulia Mattioli is a London-based polyhedric visual artist working with video, digital photography, graphics, installations, and live multi/visions. She has shown at Palazzo delle Papesse Contemporary Art Center (Siena, Italy), Berliner Kunstsalon (Berlin), SeeMe Exhibition Space (New York), Palazzo Ducale (Genoa), and Galleria Giulia Contemporary Art Gallery (Rome), among others. She has designed albums for such labels as Subrosa, Shitkatapult, Universal, BMG, RareNoise Records, Palm Pictures, and many more.

‘Solitary Universe’ will be released via Aagoo Records on February 2 as a CD and booklet combo. It can already be ordered via Bandcamp.
TRACK LIST
1. Waiting
2. Those Glorious Days
3. Shapeless Buildings
4. The Mistakes Box
5. Unopened Letters
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Posted by on January 26, 2018 in Electronic

 

System Corporation – Apathy is Easy (16 March 2018)

New Zealand’s System Corporation Announce New Single ‘Apathy is Easy’

New Zealand rock outfit System Corporation have announced their new maxi-single ‘Apathy is Easy’, following up their widely acclaimed debut single ‘Dismal Universal Hiss’. Here they give us a second taste of what is to come on their anticipated debut album ‘Fiction Dept.’, expected in late 2018. System Corporation are Scott Newth, Kent Newth, Ben Cole, Phil Somervell and Andrew Newth

System Corporation began in 2011, based on a conversation between Phil Somervell (The Datsuns) and their long standing engineer Scott Newth about swapping demos. The two were sharing a flat in Stockholm while The Datsuns were working on their fifth album ‘Death Rattle Boogie’. The two were eventually joined by Datsuns’ bandmate Ben Cole (also in The Joint Chiefs) on drums, and Andrew and Kent Newth (Rumpus Room).

The new single was inspired by poor voter turnouts at elections around the globe. “This touches on how political leaders try to sway you one way or another.  But the idea that Apathy Is Easy stems from the growing number of people who don’t vote, as they don’t feel they can make a difference, or none of the leaders speak to them or for them, or they just don’t understand politics and so do not participate,” says Scott Newth.

“The chorus “Apathy is easy, Our numbers are growing, All we have to do is sit and wait” sums up the futility of the situation.  That the apathetic have the numbers to make a change, but just don’t due to their own apathy. It’s a catch 22.”

Influenced by Sonic Youth, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees), Ty Segall, The Stone Roses, and New Zealand’s The Subliminals, they also take particular inspiration from music that is “beautifully calculated”, as well as music that is, on the contrary, “beautifully uncontrolled”.

While most of the band’s production work happens in Hamilton, they hail from Thames (Phil), Hamilton (Andrew, Scott and Kent) and Wellington (Ben).

The name System Corporation is a translation of Systembolaget, a state-owned liquor store chain in Sweden. The band were inspired by the fact that, through Systembolaget, the government is able to effectively control alcohol sales and identify problem areas in order to divert profits back into social services. System Corporation is an ironically corporate name for an organization promoting a very socialist ethos.
“The original idea was inspired from a complete obsession with the band Pond from Perth. The way they can start a song somewhere;  start a groove or a melody, and have it turn you around; twist your neck muscles toward the speakers where the sound is coming from and then finish it up somewhere completely unexpected, taking you along for a ride,” recalls Phil Somervell.

“I started writing and recording a lot of music with the idea  that there could be songs within songs, that you’d have to listen a bit to get to the good stuff, or that maybe different ideas could merge together and be seamless with each other no matter what or how weird the transition.”

The new single is accompanied by a radio edit and the Apathetic Remix by Southern Tribe, the solo project of Andrew Newth dedicated to sonic explorations of atmospheric downbeat and ambient territory.

‘Apathy is Easy’ will be available via most online music stores and streaming platforms, but can already be pre-ordered through System Corporation’s BandcampSystem Corporation performs at Hamilton’sFuture City Festival 2018 on the March 9-10 weekend.
TRACK LIST

1 System Corporation – Apathy Is Easy
2 System Corporation – Apathy Is Easy (Radio Edit)
3 System Corporation – Apathy is Easy (Apathetic Remix by Southern Tribe)
CREDITS
‘Apathy is Easy’ by System Corporation
Written by Philip Somervell, Scott Newth and Andrew Newth.
Produced by Scott Newth
Recorded by Scott Newth and Phil Somervell
Mixed By Scott Newth and Andrew Newth
Mastered by Dan Howard
Artwork by Andrew Newth
Ben Cole: Drums
Philip Somervell: Bass, Guitars
Andrew Newth: Guitars
Scott Newth: Vocals
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Posted by on January 25, 2018 in Alternative

 

Nova Flares – Gut Splinter (9 March 2018)

Nova Flares announces intense yet dreamy debut single ‘Gut Splinter’ 

Alternative rock shoegaze artist Nova Flares has announced his debut single ‘Gut Splinter’, which is set to release on March 9. This is the first offering from his forthcoming debut album, expected by mid-2018.
Nova Flares is the solo project of Jason Wagers, whose music as a solo artist cleverly combines shoegaze with neo-psychedelic and surf rock. Nova Flares is the solo project of Jason Wagers, whose music as a solo artist cleverly combines shoegaze with neo-psychedelic and surf rock. The result is mighty fine bedroom jangly surf pop packed with flowing dreamy harmony and charming, lo-fi goodness. This hypnotic guitar shimmer packs the magic punch intended.
Hailing from Berea, Kentucky, he moved to Louisville at 18 with his previous band The CorridorsFour years later, they finally released their debut album on CD, only to be crushed by a British record label claiming to represent a band by the same name and ordering the band cease using this name. By that time, Wagers was eager to start a solo project in a completely new direction. While The Corridors played eclectic rock, Wagers wanted to create a very specific atmosphere in his new compositions.
This music is heavily influenced by neo-psychedelic bands of the 90’s through to those currently active, such as Black Market Karma, Mystic Braves, Holy Wave and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Jason Wagers has dubbed his sound “surfgaze”, the style borrowing gazey elements that can be traced back to My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Beach Fossils and The Jesus and Mary Chain, while also being influenced by surf and beach-goth-psych bands like The Growlers, La LuzThe Warlocks and the Allah-Las.
The bright, reactive sound of this music inspired the project’s name ‘Nova Flares’. A nova is an astronomical event causing the sudden appearance of a bright, apparently ‘new’ star that slowly fades from view. This involves an interaction between two stars and cause a flare up, which is perceived as a new entity that is much brighter than the stars involved. Ironically, this new project was also born from the destruction of The Corridors.
“The songs I create through Nova Flares are supposed to be very cinematic and capture memories and feelings from situations I’d experienced in my childhood and adult life, but these songs are also meant to be left open ended so that the listener could have their own personal sensory experience as well,” says Jason Wagers.
Playing in bands and writing music since the age of 14, he eventually learned enough in the music sphere to start producing his own records, appreciative of the freedom and ability to record his own songs and release his own records. Growing beyond guitar to also bass guitar, drums and piano and also dabbling with vocals over the years. His Nova Flares project provided the perfect opportunity to develop his skills even further.
“Nova Flares is my next step up as a project. I am more excited than ever to share my new music with the world! These songs are past experiences expressed through sound. Each song is applicable as a personal sonic memoir to the listener,” explains Wagers. “I imagined video sequences while recording every song for this project and, as a result, all of the songs sound very cinematic and picturesque.”
While ‘Gut Splinter’ will be released on March 9 via online stores and streaming platforms, it is already available for pre-order via Bandcamp at https://novaflares.bandcamp.com/track/gut-splinter

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Posted by on January 17, 2018 in Shoegaze

 

Deep Imagination – New video “Underneath The Waves” | New EP out in March 2018

At the end of DEEP IMAGINATION’s “Carefully Kept Secrets” is the atmospheric “Underneath The Waves“.

It is the only instrumental on the album.

With long, wave-shaped synthesizer sounds and pianos that sound almost as if under water, Thorsten Sudler-Mainz creates a dream-like atmosphere to which saxophonist Stefan Höllering sets fascinating, deep-sounding notes with jazzy tones.

And with the gong dipped in water, elements such as metal and water are literally melted together musically.

This is made visible with the artfully staged video “Underneath The Waves”, which was shot in the ‘Galerie Artlantis‘ in Bad Homburg/Germany. (deep-imagination.com | bscmusic.com).

The new EP by DEEP IMAGINATION will be released on March 9th 2018

On the album “Carefully Kept Secrets” appeared the 17-minutes long track “Wings To Fly“.

In the press and radio the song was widely praised as the soul of the work.

With the EP “Wings To Fly”, DEEP IMAGINATION will release the single version of the popular longtrack.

Like all releases by DEEP IMAGINATION, the new 4-track EP will be released on the renowned German label BSC Music/Prudence.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2018 in Prog-rock