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Ummagma – Compass (Leonard Skully Records 26 July 2019)

Φορτωμένο με θετικά indie pop vibes, το υβριδικό ηλεκτρονικό ροκ ντουέτο Ummagma παρουσιάζει το single “High Day” πριν από την κυκλοφορία του νέου τους άλμπουμ “Compass” μέσω της psychrock/shoegaze/dreampop δισκογραφικής εταιρίας απο το Μάντζεστερ Leonard Skully Records. Αυτη είναι η Τρίτη ολοκληρωμένη δουλειά τους, αλλά είναι το πρώτο άλμπουμ των Ummagma μετά απο επτά χρόνια και επίσης είναι η πρώτη φορά που η μπάντα κυκλοφορεί δουλειά σε δίσκο βινυλίου.

Ένα μοναδικό, ονειρεμένο βαλς με ενορχήστρωση σε στυλ αίθουσας χορού, που συνοδεύεται από φωνητικά τύπου Cocteau Twins, το “High Day” είναι μια αντανάκλαση του πόσο σύντομη είναι η πραγματικά ή ζωή η ανάγκη για συμφιλίωση πριν είναι πολύ αργά.

“Το “High Day” το εμπνευστήκαμε απο εναν κουτό καυγά που είχαμε ως ζευγάρι. Δεν θυμάμαι για ποιο πράγμα ήταν, αλλά ήταν επιπόλαιο και εγώ επέλεξα συνειδητά να μείνω νευριασμένη με τον Alex για μερικές μέρες, κουβαλώντας μαζί μου αυτήν την αρνητικότητα Καθώς μείναμε σε διαφορετικές πόλεις, σκέφτηκα ότι θα μπορούσαν τα πράγματα να μείνουν ετσι – θα μπορούσαμε να χωρίσουμε μόνιμα – αν δεν καταφέρναμε να ξεφορτωθούμε οτι δεν είναι σημαντικό. Εκατσα κι έγραψα αυτό το τραγούδι και του το τραγούδησα Η μουσική έχει μεγάλη θεραπευτική δύναμη”, λέει η Shauna McLarnon.

Σχηματισμένοι στην Μόσχα το 2003, οι Ummagma είναι η Shauna McLarnon, από την περιοχή Yukon του βόρειου Καναδά, και ο Alexander Kretov, από τη δυτική Ουκρανία. Τώρα κατοικώντας στο Οντάριο, το ζευγάρι ολοκλήρωσε αυτό το άλμπουμ μετά απο πέντε χρόνια δουλειάς και με πολλές μετακινήσεις, μεταφέροντας τελικά το στούντιό τους μαζί τους σε ολόκληρο τον Ατλαντικό και εγκαθιστώντας το ξανά. Με τέτοιο παροξυσμό στον πραγματικό κόσμο, πώς θα μπορούσε ο ηχητικός κόσμος τους να αντανακλά οτιδήποτε άλλο πέρα από την ίδια ρευστότητα και κίνηση;

Νωρίτερα οι Ummagma κυκλοφόρησαν το πρώτο single απο αυτό το άλμπουμ, το “Caravan”, με b-side το “Ty i Ya”, το οποίο τραγουδά ο Alexander Kretov στην μητρική του γλώσσα, τα Ουκρανικά. Αυτή είναι η πρώτη φορά που η μπάντα κυκλοφόρησε κάτι σε γλώσσα άλλη πέρα απο τα αγγλικά, προχωρώντας ενα βήμα πέρα απο τις προηγούμενες φορές.

Photo by Ryan Martin

Αποτελουμενο από 12 τραγούδια με το bonus “Bouquet” να υπάρχει μόνο στην ψηφιακή εκδοχή, το “Compass” κινείται έξω απο μουσικές ταυτότητες. Είναι ένα άλμπουμ για  αλλαγή, εξοικείωση, εξερεύνηση των συναισθημάτων των πάνω και των κάτω.

Ο ήχος της μπάντας τους επιτρέπει να μεταπηδούν σε δημιουργικού διαχωρισμούς και να παραβιάσουν κανόνες και μουσικά εμπόδια.

Αυτό το σύνολο τραγουδιών δεν μένει σε εναν καθορισμένο ηχο. Ισπανικές κιθαρες, reggae περάσματα, επιρροές απο soundtracks του Βαγγέλη Παπαθανασίου στο “Galicticon” rock με περίεργα μοτίβα στο “LCD” και μια αλλόκοτη μπαλαντα με τίτλο “Bouquet”.

Αυτός o δίσκος ακολουθεί την κυκλοφορία του EP ‘LCD‘ με τους Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) και Dean Garcia (Curve) και το EP ‘Winter Tale‘ με τον πρωτοπόρο dreampop καλλιτέχνη της 4AD, A.R.Kane. Και τα δύο αυτά κυκλοφόρησαν το 2017 με μεγάλη επιτυχία.

Δείξε μου τους φίλους σου να σου πω ποιος είσαι λένε, και το ίδιο ισχύει για μια μπάντα. Εκτός από τους τρεις κορυφαιους dreampop-shoegaze μουσικους που προανέφερα, οι Ummagma εχουν συνεργαστεί με τον Malcolm Holmes των Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark τον Graham Bonnar των Swervedriver και τον βασιλιά της Nudisco, Alexander Robotnick. Έχουν επίσης συνεργαστεί με τους Beauty in Chaos, ενα συγκρότημα που συμπεριλαμβάνει μέλη των Cure, Mission, Ministry, Offspring, Bauhaus, A Flock of Seagulls, Cheap Trick, Ice-T και Van Halen, μεταξύ άλλων.

Η μουσική των Ummagma παρουσίαζε πάντα ένα συναρπαστικό θετικό όραμα, επιδεικνύοντας την ικανότητά τους να περιπλανηθούν σε ποικίλα μουσικά μονοπάτια. Αντιπροσωπεύοντας την Ουκρανία ανάμεσα σε 23 χώρες, κέρδισαν το Alternative Eurovision για το Amazing Radio το 2013 και εμφανίστηκαν σε μια ολόκληρη σελίδα σε Rolling Stone της Ρωσσίας. Το 2015, το άλμπουμ “New Born” που κυκλοφόρησαν με τους με τους Sounds of Sputnik έλαβε επίσης το βραβείο Jagermeister indie, το πιο διακεκριμένο μουσικό βραβείο της Ρωσίας.

Από τις 26 Ιουλίου, το άλμπουμ ‘Compass’ θα είναι διαθέσιμο μέσω iTunes, Amazon και Spotify και θα μπορεί επίσης να αποκτηθεί απευθείας μέσω του Bandcamp. Ακόμα κυκλοφορεί μέσω της Leonard Skully Records σε μαύρο βινύλιο και CD με artwork του Alexander Kretov.

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2019 in Alternative, Electronic

 

To τρίο των Slowness παρουσιάζει το ‘Sand & Stone’ από το άλμπουμ ‘Berths’

Οι indie space rockers Slowness παρουσιάζουν το βίντεο τους ‘Sand & Stone‘, το νέο τους single από το άλμπουμ ‘Berths‘. Το βίντεο σκηνοθέτησε ο Oliver Ousterhout και τα πλάνα γυρίστηκαν στον κόλπο Half Moon της Καλιφόρνια. Αυτό είναι το τρίτο single τους που ξεχωρίζει από αυτό το άλμπουμ μετά τα “Berlin” και “Rose”. Κυκλοφορεί σε βινύλιο αλλα και CD μέσω της Schoolkids Records.

Σχηματισμένοι στο Σαν Φρανσίσκο το 2008 ως ένα δίδυμο που αποτελείται από την Julie Lynn και τον Geoffrey Scott οι Slowness εχουν γίνει τώρα ένα τρίο, με την drummer Christy Davis, που παίζει εδώ και 30 χρόνια με μια μεγάλη γκάμα καλλιτεχνών της Νεας Υόρκης, συμπεριλαμβανομένου του Adam Horovitz των Beastie Boys, της πρωτοποριακής καλλιτέχνιδος Rebecca Moore και του πολιτικού ακτιβιστή Reverend Billy.

Είχαμε ηχογραφημένο ολο το Sand & Stone για μήνες, χωρίς στίχους. Σκέφτηκα λοιπόν να φυγω για ένα μακρύ Σαββατοκύριακο και να απομονωθώ για να μπορέσω να γράψω κάτι… Από έναν παλιό φίλο βρήκα ενα σπιτάκι στον κόλπο του Half Moon. Ηταν τέλη Μάη, με κρύο και ομίχλη.Τα είχαμε χαλάσει με την Jules πριν σχεδόν τρεις μήνες και ακόμα δεν είχα αρχίσει να το επεξεργάζομαι. Αντί της μοναξιάς για την οποία ήλπιζα, βρέθηκα σε ενα σκοτεινό και μοναχικό μέρος“, εξηγεί ο Geoffrey Scott.

“Ευτυχώς, το κινητό μου είχε σήμα και άρχισα να καλώ παντού. Πήρα ακόμα και την Jules και μιλήσαμε εκτενώς για το τι περνούσαμε και οι δύο. Μερικές μέρες αργότερα, ακόμα δεν μπορούσα να γράψω, κι έτσι κάλεσα τον φίλο μου Dom P, από το συγκρότημα Like Herding Cats στη Νέα Υόρκη, του είπα τι περνούσα και πώς ένιωθα παράλυτος, τόσο συναισθηματικά όσο και δημιουργικά. Με ενθάρρυνε να πάω στην παραλία και να γράψω για το περιβάλλον στο οποίο βρισκόμουν, σε συνδυασμό με αυτό που περνούσα. Ακολούθησα την συμβουλή του Dom η οποία αποδείχτηκε απίστευτα χρήσιμη, όχι μόνο επειδή μου έδωσε τους στίχους στο τραγούδι, αλλά γιατι με βοήθησε να αρχίσω να βλέπω το φως. Ο ήλιος διέλυσα την ομίχλη ενώ βρισκόμουν στη μέση του γραψίματος και όλα έγιναν πολύ γρήγορα».

Το “Sand & Stone” μιλά για την ικανότητα να μπορείς να καταλάβεις ότι ενώ εσυ μπορεί να περνάς μια δύσκολη φάση, ο υπόλοιπος πλανήτης συνεχίζει να γυρίζει. Ο ήλιος θα βγει και θα υπάρχει φως γύρω σου, παρά τα κακοήθη σημάδια που σου λένε άλλα…

Ένας από τους περιστασιακούς μπασσιστες μας, ο Greg Dubrow, μας σύστησε στον φίλο του Oliver Ousterhout ο οποίος ενδιαφέρθηκε να κάνει ενα βίντεο για το “Sand & Stone.” Μόλις είδε την εκπληκτική φυσική ομορφιά του κόλπου που ενέπνευσε τους στίχους, του ήρθε η ιδέα να βιντεοσκοπεί να κινούμαστε ανάποδα μέσα στην φύση – αλλά να παίζουμε σαν να κινούμαστε προς τα εμπρός – έτσι ώστε να φαίνεται σαν να μας περιβάλει ενας ωκεανός που υποχωρεί ενω τα βήματα μας δεν αφήνουν κανένα ίχνος“, λέει η Julie Lynn.

Μας άρεσε πολύ η ιδέα. Η μέρα που δουλέψαμε μαζί του ήταν κρύα αλλά ήταν μια μαγευτική και συνάμα ονειρική εμπειρία! Ξόδεψαμε πολύ χρόνο περπατώντας ανάποδα στην άμμο, μούσκεμα μέσα στο κρύο, προσπαθώντας να καταφέρουμε κάτι που ήταν πολύ πιο δύσκολο από ό,τι αναμενόταν. Ίσως ήταν που νιώθαμε απόλυτα ευχαριστημένοι γιατι η ολη διαδικασία των γυρισμάτων μας κράτησε πολύ κοντά στο θέμα του τραγουδιού. Το ίδιο το περπάτημα έγινε αφύσικο και υπήρχε συνεχώς ένας φόβος μήπως χάσεις την ισορροπία σου, αν δεν ησουν σε θέση να κρατήσεις μια σταθερή πορεία ή αν σε χτυπούσε κάποιο απο  τα κύματα που δεν μπορούσαμε να δούμε να έρχονται, αλλά που ξέραμε ότι ήταν αναπόφευκτα. Ομως βήμα με το βήμα γινόταν ευκολότερο και ως το τέλος της ημέρας γινόταν πιο εντάξει, και το αισθανόμασταν ακόμα και φυσικό, το να περπατάμε με αυτόν τον διαφορετικό, αβολο τρόπο και μπορούσαμε να αρχίσουμε να κοιτάζουμε προς τα έξω προς τη θάλασσα ή προς τα βουνά καθώς περπατούσαμε αντί να εστιάζουμε στον φόβο και την ταλαιπωρία”.

Το νέο άλμπουμ ‘Berths’ ακολουθεί το ‘How To Keep From Falling off a Mountain‘ που κυκλοφόρησαν το 2014 και το ‘For Those Who Wish to See the Glass Half Full‘ του 2013, ενω προηγείται το ντεμπούτο ‘Hopeless But Otherwise‘ ΕΡ του 2011.

Όπως με όλες τις προηγούμενες κυκλοφορίες των Slowness, το LP “Berths” την παραγωγή ανέλαβε ο Monte Vallier (Weekend, The Soft Moon, Wax Idols). Η πρώτη πλευρά ηχογραφήθηκε στο στούντιο Beyond Notes του Μπρούκλιν με ηχολήπτη τον Dave Voigt (Luna, John Cale, Yo La Tengo, Alex Chilton). Ενω στην δεύτερη πλευρά ηχολήπτης ήταν ο ίδιος ο Vallier στο Ruminator Audio του Σαν Φρανσίσκο.

Το νέο LP ξεδιπλώνεται σαν ένα υβρίδιο μεταξύ των Slowdive, των πρώιμων Cure και της μέσης περιόδου του Neil Young. Θα μπορούσες να το πείς shoegaze ή dreampop με στοιχεία slowcore, psych rock ή ακόμα και Krautrock, αλλά αυτό που θα το προσδιόριζε καλύτερα είναι να το πείς drone-pop. Φανταστείτε τους Spacemen 3 να συνεργάζονται με την εποχή του “Murmur” των  R.E.M. με τις γυναικείες αρμονίες.

Το άλμπουμ κυκλοφόρησε στις 7 Ιουνίου, και διατίθεται μέσω των περισσότερων ηλεκτρονικών καταστημάτων, συμπεριλαμβανομένου του iTunes, και πλατφόρμες streaming όπως το Spotify. Μπορεί επίσης να γίνει παραγγελία σε βινύλιο, CD ή ψηφιακά από την Schoolkids Records.

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2019 in Post Punk, Shoegaze

 

Ummagma – Compass (Leonard Skully Records 26 July 2019)

Ummagma presents dreamy ‘High Day’ indiepop taster ahead of ‘Compass’ album release

Indie pop electronic rock duo Ummagma has announced their new album ‘Compass’, to be released on July 26 via Manchester-based label Leonard Skully Records. Their third long-play, this is the duo’s first album in seven years and also the first time the band is releasing a record on vinyl. Ahead of this album, they present the ‘High Day’ single, a song about reflection on how short life really is and the need for reconcilation before it’s too late.

Formed in Moscow in 2003, McLarnon hails from the Yukon Territory in northern Canada while Kretov is originally from western Ukraine. Now based in Ontario, the couple completed this album over five years and multiple moves, ultimately hauling their studio with them across the Atlantic and setting up all over again. With such transience in the real world, how could their sonic world reflect anything other than the same fluidity and movement?

“High Day was inspired by a stupid argument we had as a couple. I don’t even recall what it was about, but it was frivolous and I conscientiously chose to stay mad at Alex for a few days, carrying around this negativity with me. As we sat in separate towns, it dawned on me that it could be that way – we could be separated permanently – if we don’t just learn to let go of what is not important. I wrote this song and sang it to him. We got past our pride really soon and moved on. Music can be such a healing force,” says Shauna McLarnon.

This single follows Caravan, which was released with b-side ‘Ty i Ya’, with Alexander Kretov performing in his native Ukrainian language. This is the band’s first single released in a language other than English, stepping beyond the confines of past songwriting limits.

Comprised of 12 tracks with a bonus track (‘Bouquet’) offered for the digital version, ‘Compass’ is beguiling in its post-genre nature. It is an album of grace and change, of familiarity and exploration, of emotion and euphoria, of sky-scraping cinematic highs and intimate and intriguing lows. This is the sound of a band allowing themselves to jump creative divides, to kick down musical barriers, and rip up the rule book or perhaps just ignore the fact that there ever was one in the first place.

This forward thinking collection of songs is not bound to fad nor fashion, time or place. Every shimmering dreamscape found here is balanced with more robust and driven grooves, sometimes even within the same song. ‘Otherwise’ projects a drifting, woozy platform through which they thread reggae infusions and delicate distant Spanish guitars into something sultry and solid yet ethereal and chameleon-like. ‘Galicticon’ hints at Vangelis-inspired soundtracks, ‘LCD’ is a strident rock urge, warped and woven with strange musical motifs and gorgeous glitches, and ‘Bouquet’ is an otherworldly slice of balladry.

This record follows on the trail of their ‘LCD’ EP with Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) and Dean Garcia (Curve), and ‘Winter Tale’ EP with 4AD dreampop pioneer A.R.Kane. Both of these were released in 2017.

They say you can tell a lot about someone by the company that they keep, and the same holds true for a band. Ummagma’s collaborations speak volumes. Apart from these three dreampop-shoegaze icons, they’ve worked with Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s Malcolm Holmes, Swervedriver’s Graham Bonnar, and nudisco kingpin Alexander Robotnick.

Ummagma’s music has always presented an exhilarating positive vision, showcasing their ability to wander diverse musical pathways. Representing Ukraine among 23 countries, they won the Alternative Eurovision on Amazing Radio in 2013, and have been featured in a full-page spread in Rolling Stone Russia. In 2015, their collaborative ‘New Born’ album with Sounds of Sputnik also received a Jagermeister indie award, Russia’s most esteemed music award.

As of July 26, the ‘Compass’ album’ will be available via iTunesAmazon and Spotify and can also be obtained directly via Bandcamp. It is also being released via Leonard Skully Records on black vinyl and CD with artwork by Alexander Kretov.

CREDITS
All songs written and performed by Ummagma
Music and arrangement by Alexander Kretov and Shauna McLarnon
Lyrics and vocals by Alexander Kretov and Shauna McLarnon
Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Alexander Kretov at Ummagma Studio
Publicity by Shameless Promotion PR
Cover design and artwork by Alexander Kretov at Ummagma Studio

TRACK LIST
1. Rolling
2. Caravan
3. Otherwise
4. LCD
5. Elizabeth 44
6. Blown
7. F-Talking
8. Galicticon
9. Lotus
10. High Day
11. Colors II
12. Cretu
13. Bouquet

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Posted by on June 24, 2019 in Alternative

 

Throwing Muses Boston, San Diego and Pasadena shows announced 23 August 2019

Throwing Muses Announce Boston, San Diego and Pasadena Shows: first performances since 2014 tour

photo by Steve Gullick

Celebrated art-punk trailblazers Throwing Muses have announced three new shows, their first live dates since their 2014 American tour. August brings performances in Boston, San Diego and Pasadena, California. The first is August 23 at Boston’s City Winery, followed by August 20 at San Diego’s Soda Bar and August 31 at the Pasadena Daydream Festival.

Fred Abong, formerly also of Throwing Muses during the ‘Real Ramona’ period will open the Boston and San Diego shows in support of his new ‘Pulsing’ EP. His music is alternately described as “ragged Replacements” and “Elliott Smith with balls”.

These Throwing Muses dates follow Kristin Hersh’s current tour as an electric trio, together with Fred Abong and Rob Ahlers, drummer in Hersh’s other band 50FOOTWAVE. For the remainder of June, Hersh is touring the U.S. East Coast in support of her album ‘Possible Dust Clouds’, with Fred Abong also playing an opening solo set.

Comprised of Kristin Hersh, David Narcizo and Bernard George, Throwing Muses is a groundbreaking band who tossed out every rule in the book and effortlessly changed the face of alternative music. The Muses first gained traction in the early ‘80s, playing with similar artists, such as The Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. 

Throwing Muses’ most recent release is 2013’s double CD masterpiece ‘Purgatory/Paradise’

, an epic 32-song CD / book combination with photographs and essays by Kristin—also an acclaimed author—and artwork by David Narcizo. Played as a series of movements dovetailing into a powerful statement, this artful piece outdoes everything in this band’s long, illustrious career, proving that the Muses has only peaks, no valleys, unbelievably continuing to outdo themselves with every record.

Signed to 4AD and Sire/Warner Brothers as teenagers, Hersh quickly realized she was not interested in playing the corporate industry game and traded her first solo record (the highly acclaimed ‘Hips and Makers’, featuring ‘Your Ghost’) for her band’s freedom. Released from contractual obligations, Hersh and her bands—including 50FOOTWAVE, who pioneered the ‘pay what you want’ model—are now entirely listener-supported.

Hersh describes her band as “Three shy friends from a little island, freaking the f*** out. We play because we’re addicted to the noise and because we love each other. We’ve never stopped playing. Thirty years on a bus together only encouraged us to play more and no one has told us to shut up yet.” The Boston show is an all-ages event. Tickets go on sale to the public as of June 24 at 3pm EST and are now available to City Winery members and Strange Angels. A Meet & Greet Soundcheck Party with the band , limited to 40 persons, starts at 5pm.

On August 30, the San Diego show at Soda Bar starts at 9:30, doors open at 8:30 pm. The next day, Throwing Muses appear at the Pasadena Daydream Festival, curated by The Cure’s Robert Smith. Of nine handpicked groups slated to perform, Kristin Hersh is among just four artists from last year’s Smith-curated Meltdown Festival invited back to perform at this year’s event (the others being Mogwai, The Joy Formidable and The Twilight Sad).

Ticket info and sales links for Throwing Muses and Kristin Hersh shows can be found at www.kristinhersh.com/appearances.

THROWING MUSES / KRISTIN HERSH TOUR DATES
June 19  Northampton, MA – The Iron Horse
June 20  Somerville, MA – Once Ballroom
June 21  Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom
June 22  New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
June 23  Washington, DC – Union Stage
June 24  Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
June 25  Harrisonburg VA – Golden Pony
June 26  Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
June 27  Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
June 28 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
June 30 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
Aug 23 Boston, MA – City Winery (as Throwing Muses)
Aug 30 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar (as Throwing Muses)
Aug 31 Pasadena, CA – Pasadena Daydream Festival (as Throwing Muses)

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Posted by on June 23, 2019 in Alternative

 

Beauty in Chaos – Beauty Re-Envisioned (33.33 Music Collective 21 June 2019)

Beauty in Chaos presents ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’ LP and new video for ‘Storm ft. Ashton Nyte (Acoustic Version)’

LA-based alt-rock group Beauty in Chaos present the new album ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’ at the same time as unveiling the new video for ‘Storm ft. Ashton Nyte (Acoustic Version)’. Their second long-play includes a wide array of remixes and alternate versions of tracks from their acclaimed debut album ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’.

Released via LA-based label 33.3 Music Collective, both albums were recorded at Ciravolo’s own SAINTinLA Studio and produced by Grammy-nominated producer Michael Rozon, best known for his work with Ministry.

Beauty in Chaos is the brainchild of guitarist Michael Ciravolo. Originally from New Orleans and now based in Los Angeles, he is perhaps best known as President of Schecter Guitar Research. Ciravolo has played guitar in Human Drama for the past 30 years, as well as playing live and recording with Michael Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel since 1998.

“On ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’, I basically handed the keys to the car over to an amazingly talented cast of producers, engineers, re-mixers, DJs and artists, including Tim Palmer, Kevin Haskins, John Fryer, Statik, Ummagma and Marilyn Manson’s Paul Wiley…  giving them near total autonomy to throw the puzzle of ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’ on the floor and reassemble it as they hear it. Here we have some extremely diverse re-envisions that run the gamut sonically and stylistically, with a few surprises thrown in,” says Michael Ciravolo.

About the new acoustic version of ‘Storm’, he adds, “This version and the accompanying video are the perfect foil to the bombastic ‘Un-Natural Disaster’, the debut single off this album. It was important to me that not all of the re-mixes and alt-versions on this record where 4-on-the-floor aimed at dance clubs, which some remix records seem to target.”

Mixed and produced by Ashton Nyte (The Awakening), the video for ‘Storm (Acoustic Version)’ was filmed and directed by Vicente Corderoand produced by Industrialism Films.

“When Michael suggested I have a go at re-imagining something for the ‘Beauty Re-envisioned’ album, I knew it had to be ‘Storm’. As the first song we had written together for the first album, it seemed only fitting that it get a loving remake for the new release.  As a big fan of acoustic music, I wanted to try a stripped down, more intimate approach to this version. This meant re-recording it from scratch, as I wanted to re-sing the vocals in a more introspective way, to match the arrangement I had in my head,” says Ashton Nyte.

The debut album ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’ features numerous music luminaries, including Wayne Hussey (The Mission), Simon Gallup (The Cure), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Pete Parada (The Offspring), dUg Pinnick (Kings X), ICE-T (Body Count), Michael Aston (Gene Loves Jezebel), Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Dirk Doucette (Gene Loves Jezebel), Ashton Nyte (The Awakening), Pando (A Flock of Seagulls), Evi VineBetsy Martin  (Caterwaul/Purr Machine), Marc Danzeisen (The Riverdogs), Kevin Kipnis (Purr Machine/ Kommunity FK), Rudy Matchinga (Red Scare), Johnny Indovina (Human Drama), and Tish Ciravolo (StunGun/ Daisy Rock Guitars).

The new album involves many of these same players, with the addition of acclaimed producer Tim Palmer, guitar icon Zakk Wylde, Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets), Paul Wiley (Marilyn Manson), Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), and Rolan Bolan, who joins Wayne Hussey for a rendition of T-Rex’s ’20th Century Boy’.

Earlier, Beauty in Chaos presented the first single ‘Un-Natural Disaster’ ft. dUg Pinnick, Zakk Wylde and Ice-T (Collide Mix), which premiered in Rolling Stone. The second single ‘Drifting Away’ ft. Robin Zander (Synthetic Capricorn Mix) also has Michael Anthony (Van Halen) on back vocals and was remixed by Paul Wiley (Marilyn Manson) and Steven Alexander Ryan (The Black Queen).

As of June 21, ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’ is available on deluxe CD and limited-edition heavy-weight colored vinyl. It is also being released digitally, with a Spotify version to appear later. CDs and vinyl can be ordered directly from Beauty in Chaos at www.beautyinchaosmusic.com/music-store. Apart from the 14 core tracks, album orders placed via the website also come with 11 bonus remixes.

CREDITS
‘Storm’ (acoustic version) written by Ashton Nyte and Michael Ciravolo
Ashton Nyte: vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards and drum programming
Michael Ciravolo: electric guitars
Mixed and produced by Ashton Nyte
Video filmed and directed by Vicente Cordero (Industrialism Films)
Edited by Vicente Cordero and Ashton Nyte

TRACK LIST
1. 20th Century Boy ft. Al Jourgensen (MGT Rmx)
2. Man of Faith ft. Wayne Hussey and Simon Gallup (Preacher Man Mix)
3. Look Up ft. Tish Ciravolo (Ummagma Mix)
4. ‘Un-Natural Disaster’ ft. dUg Pinnick, Zakk Wylde and Ice-T (Collide Mix)
5. Storm ft. Ashton Nyte (Acoustic Version)
6. I Will Follow You ft. Evi Vine (Cotton Socks Mix)
7. Drifting Away ft. Robin Zander and Michael Anthony (High Water Mix)
8. Man of Faith ft. Wayne Hussey and Simon Gallup (Kitty Lectro Mix)
9. The Long Goodbye (Au Revoir) ft. Wayne Hussey
10. I Will Follow You ft. Evi Vine (IVaD Mix)
11. Storm ft. Ashton Nyte (Vampyre Mix)
12. 20th Century Boy ft. Rolan Bolan and Wayne Hussey
13. I Will Follow You ft. Evi Vine (Eclipse Mix)
14. Finding Beauty in Chaos ft. Ashton Nyte (Fall & Sway Mix)

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Posted by on June 22, 2019 in Alternative, Goth, Post Punk

 

Pylon Reenactment Society – Messenger / Cliff Notes (Chunklet Industries 30 May 2019)

Pylon Reenactment Society announces tour dates and European debut at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival
The legendary Athens, GA band is supporting their ‘Messenger / Cliff Notes’ release

Pylon Reenactment Society have announced a string of summer live dates, including their European debut at the Primavera Sound Festivalin Barcelona, Spain on Thursday, May 30, 2019. They will be touring in support of their latest ‘Messenger / Cliff Notes’ 7″ single, for which the band has issued a special ‘tour edition’ on gold-colored vinyl, to be made available at shows.

Pylon Reenactment Society is fronted by former Pylon front woman Vanessa Briscoe Hay, whose inimitable vocal textures and phrasing define Pylon’s sound for most listeners. A sonic powerhouse, Hay also numbers among Paste Magazine’s list of “The 25 Greatest Front Women of All Time”.

Pylon Reenactment Society formed from the ashes of Pylon, one of the most influential bands at the outset of what became known as the ‘Athens, GA music scene’, along with other frontrunners The B-52’sand R.E.M. Over 30 years ago, these three bands were heavily featured in the original feature documentary ‘Athens, GA: Inside/Out’, propelling them into the international spotlight.

Despite their massive success in North America, Pylon performed only in the UK (back in 1980), but never performed on mainland Europe. Fans in Europe will be treated to this rare opportunity to see Hay and her new band perform a mix of Pylon songs and new original material.

Pylon Reenactment Society (a.k.a. PRS) was founded in 2014, five years after Pylon’s celebrated history came to a sudden end in 2009 with the death of guitarist Randy Bewley. Since then, PRS has turned into a tight touring unit having performed at festivals and venues on both coasts, the Midwest and the Southeast.

In addition to Hay, PRS is rounded out by Jason NeSmith (Casper & The Cookies) on guitar, Kay Stanton (Casper & The Cookies) on bass guitar and backing vocals, Damon Denton (Big Atomic) on keyboards, and Joe Rowe (The Glands) on drums.

PRS released their ‘Part Time Punks Session’ EP in 2017 via Chunklet Industries, a hip Atlanta-based tastemaker record label founded by Henry Owings. At the end of 2018, they released a 7” vinyl single of two original songs – ‘Messenger’ and ‘Cliff Notes’, with distribution more widely following in 2019. It is now available both via Bandcamp and at independent music stores.

PRS is putting the finishing touches on a full-length recording of all new and original material.  Hay is also close to finalizing a deal for the reissuing of the Pylon catalog on vinyl. The band continues to receive rave reviews for their releases and their live shows. Fortunate concert-goers can catch them live as follows:

May 26 @ 7:00 pm  – Athens, GA at Hendershot’s (with The Vassar Blondes)
May 30 @ 11:30 pm – Barcelona, Spain at Primavera Sound Festival, Your Heineken Stage
June 22 @ 8:15 pm – Augusta, GA at Athfest Sampler, Miller Theater (with The Producers and The Pauses)
June 23 @ 4:30 pm – Athens, GA at Athfest Music Festival, Washington Street Stage
August 17 @ 9:00 pm – Decatur, GA at The Vista Room

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Posted by on May 18, 2019 in Alternative

 

Kristin Hersh U.S. tour dates for ‘Possible Dust Clouds’ LP plus Throwing Muses festival date announced

Kristin Hersh U.S. tour dates for ‘Possible Dust Clouds’ LP plus Throwing Muses festival date 

Indie music heroine and celebrated 4AD Records veteran Kristin Hersh announces June tour dates in support of her new highly acclaimed album ‘Possible Dust Clouds’, out now digitally, on vinyl and CD via Fire Records. Playing as a hard-hitting electric trio, along with Fred Abong (Throwing Muses) and Rob Ahlers (50FOOTWAVE), these shows are loud, tight and intense, featuring material off this album and from across Hersh’s 30-year career.

Kristin Hersh is most recognized as frontperson for the influential art-punk band Throwing Muses and power trio 50FOOTWAVE. Throwing Muses gained traction in the early ‘80s, playing with bands like The Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. Kristin’s solo career spun off in 1994 with the widely acclaimed ‘Hips and Makers’, featuring ‘Your Ghost’, a duet with R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe. Kristin has since released a steady stream of distinct solo albums with 2010’s ‘Crooked’ the first release in the inventive book/CD format she is now known for.

In addition to a series of frighteningly intense mini-albums via 50FOOTWAVE, Kristin’s writing career has also flourished with the highly acclaimed ‘Rat Girl’ (titled ‘Paradoxical Undressing’ in the UK) and the award winning ‘Don’t Suck, Don’t Die’, a personal account of her long friendship with the late Vic Chesnutt.

Hersh is also pleased to announce that Throwing Muses will be performing at the Pasadena Daydream Festival on August 31, along with The Cure, Pixies, Deftones, Mogwai, The Joy Formidable, Twilight Sad, Chelsea Wolfe, Kaelan Mikla and Emma Ruth Rundle. Tickets will go on sale on Friday May 17 at 12pm noon Pacific time.

Kristin Hersh’s astounding career has seen her heralded queen of the alternative release. Her tenth studio album ‘Possible Dust Clouds’ is a highly personalized sociopathic gem delivered as a futuristic rewriting of how music works. It’s a melodious breeze with a tail wind of venomous din.

A turbulent cracker with riot grrl swagger, this album is Hersh’s first new material since 2016, when she released her critically-acclaimed double album-book combo ‘Wyatt at the Coyote Palace’In contrast to that LP, which saw Hersh record over several years, playing all the instruments on these songs over many years, this album involves numerous friends.

Enveloping the juxtaposition of the concept ‘dark sunshine’, she created this brooding solo, expanding her off-kilter sonic vision. Produced, mixed and mastered by Steve Rizzo, this album brings contributions by Fred Abong on bass, Chris Brady (Pond) on vocals and bass, and drums by Throwing Muses’ David Narcizo, Rob Ahlers and Kristin’s son, Wyatt True. The result is a squally and heady mix of discordant beauty.

“When I heard the record back after leaving the atmosphere of the studio, it was like stepping back from a painting. It just sounded like this chaotic party. You want the chaos, you want the violence, the sweetness lends itself to a fun explosion. And that’s what “Possible Dust Clouds” sounds like. Yeah, it’s an act of God,” says Kristin Hersh.

Feedback and phasing gyrate from simply strummed normality. Imagine Dinosaur Jr and My Bloody Valentine cranking up a Dylan couplet. ‘Possible Dust Clouds’ is a glorious return to form for one of alternative rock’s true innovators.

Touring allows listeners the chance to experience what the BBC calls Hersh’s “dark and dizzy world”. For this tour,
 Fred Abong also opens the show with an acoustic solo set in support of his own recently-released ‘Pulsing’ EP. His music is alternately described as “ragged Replacements” and “Elliott Smith with balls”.

When asked about what music project she enjoys the most, Hersh says “My new favorite incarnation is the super-group I’m playing in now, with Fred Abong from the Muses and Rob Ahlers from 50FOOTWAVE. We’re touring ‘Possible Dust Clouds’ because they both played on it, but I had no idea it would be this incredible. We’re all terrified that this tour will end someday. Which it will.”

‘Possible Dust Clouds’ is available now online everywhere and on vinyl via Fire Records, who also re-released her seminal album ‘Crooked’on snazzy orange vinyl on Record Store Day 2019. Hersh kicks off her new tour on June 19 in Northampton, MA at The Iron Horse. Ticket info and sales links for all shows can be found at www.kristinhersh.com/appearances.

TRACK LIST
1.  LAX
2.  No Shade In Shadow
3.  Half Way Home
4.  Fox Point
5.  Lethe
6.  Loud Mouth
7.  Gin
8.  Tulum
9.  Breathe In
10. Lady Godiva

‘LIVE AND LOUD’ TOUR DATES
June 19  Northampton, MA – The Iron Horse
June 20  Somerville, MA – Once Ballroom
June 21  Hamden, CT – S pace Ballroom
June 22  New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
June 23  Washington, DC – Union Stage
June 24  Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
June 26  Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
June 27  Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
June 28 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
Aug 31 Pasadena, CA – Pasadena Daydream Festival (as Throwing Muses)

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Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Alternative