RSS

Category Archives: Alternative

Conor Mason – On The Surface ( Armellodie Records, November 2)

Hailing from the historic walled city of Derry, music has been ever present in Mason’s life from a young age.

With three albums under his belt, and a fourth primed for release, Mason has now found his space on the musical landscape, conjuring the wistful wonderment of Elliott Smith, Grandaddy, Villagers and Matthew Jay.

Flowing gently by, amid a sea of hushed lilting vocals, whispering lyrical poeticisms and subtle instrumentation, Mason reveals himself master of hook, harmony and heart.

At times fragile, tender and touching, his songs are paradoxically permeated by an air of richness and comforting warmth, yet shrouded in melancholy, and draped in Mason’s intuitive song writing and storytelling abilities.

On The Surface‘ – the fourth album from Mason – was conceived, developed and rendered into life over eighteen months in his hometown of Derry, N. Ireland.

In essence, it is an exploration living life with uncertainty; the highs and lows, curiosity and change, and significance, or insignificance, of humans in the universe – all told in his alluring, hushed lilting brogue.

Understated and subtly refined, it is a record that doesn’t reveal all of its treasures at once, but with patience and repeated listens it will reveal itself to be beautiful, rich and assured album.

With his album ‘On The Surface’ set for release on November 2nd via Armellodie Records (Glasgow, Scotland), he is sharing new single ‘We Watched The Sky Rotate’; a perfect introduction to Mason’s delectable talents.

A tender piano ballad, keys twinkle and waltz along a steady beat, as lush flowing melodies swell and swoon to illuminate his whispered introspective ponderings of the significance of our place in the universe.

Fragile, tender and touching, there’s a sense of awe, wonderment to ‘We Watched The Sky Rotate’, while the dripping melody and glowing immediacy of his voice will leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling.

Keep up with Conor Mason

FacebookSoundcloud | Bandcamp | Spotify

 

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on November 10, 2018 in Alternative

 

Christopher Sky – Vastness (Aagoo Records 9 November 2018)

Aagoo Records announces ‘Vastness’ album by LA-based composer Christopher Sky

Aagoo Records has announced the forthcoming release of ‘Vastness’, the third full-length album from LA-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Christopher Sky (a.k.a. Christopher Garcia).

This album follows up his ‘By the Ocean’ EP, released in January of this year – his first solo work in seven years. A rare one, this limited edition bone-colored vinyl is limited to a run of only 75 copies via Aagoo Records. Here, once again, he offers shimmering compositions that feel boundless despite their brevity.

The lead track off this LP is End of an Era’, a slightly dark, but lovely and mysterious song, about which Sky says “I picture a box opening and sounds pouring out”.

Employing guitar, rhodes piano, electronics and loops, Christopher Sky crafts soundscapes that feel boundless and expansive. Constantly evolving, each piece adopts nuanced textural and rhythmic motifs as both narrative devices and atmospheric signifiers.

 

Counting Ryuichi Sakamoto, Erik Satie, The Album Leaf and Christian Fennesz as influences, Sky’s deft handling of space and scale delivers some truly beatific vistas that are both inviting and transportive.

Perfectly placed incidental sounds are mapped out across the album’s duration. Rather than serving as instrumental adornments, they become musical signposts. As with William Basinski’s Disintegration Loops, the act of listening becomes an exploration of the details, while being gently guided by the ambience.

Whether employing glitchy rhodes tones, crackling static or eerie reverberating percussion, Sky masterfully creates and sustains an atmosphere, then transforms it subtly, carrying the listener effortlessly through and between tracks with finesse.

On November 9, the ‘Vastness’ LP will be released on vinyl through Aagoo Records and digitally via Hidden Shoal. Already now, this vinyl can be ordered from Aagoo Records at http://aagoo.com and the digital album at http://aagoo.bandcamp.com/album/christopher-sky-vastness  This will be followed by UK and European tour dates in December 2018.

TRACK LIST
1. As She Sleeps
2. By The Ocean
3. End Of An Era
4. Gold For Silver
5. I’ve Been Here Before
6. In A Room
7. Lavender Dream
8. Months Away
9. Morning Ritual
10. You’ve Been Gone Too Long

CREDITS

‘Vastness’ was recorded August-October 2017 by Christopher Sky Garcia
All Songs Written, recorded and produced by Christopher Sky Garcia in 2017 at SEJAT

TOUR DATES
Dec 1  London, UK – Dronica Festival/ The Old Church
Dec 2  Glasgow, UK – The Old Hairdressers
Dec 3  Berlin, Germany – Madame Claude
Dec 5  Marseilles, France – Der Lamafia
Dec 6  Bourdeaux, Freance – I.BOAT
Dec 7  TBC – Rome (Italy)

Keep up with Christopher Sky

Website | Facebook | Bandcamp | Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud | Spotify | YouTube

Keep up with Aagoo Records
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Instagram

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on November 9, 2018 in Alternative

 

Burning House – Mirror Song (9 November 2018)

UK noise-gaze outfit Burning House announce new single ‘Mirror Song’

Alt-rock outfit Burning House present their new single ‘Mirror Song’, providing a psychedelic power-gaze preview of their long-awaited album ‘Anthropocene’, due out in early 2019.  ‘Peach’ is also offered as a second track for this single, offered exclusively via Bandcamp. These are the first signs of the debut album, arriving hot on the trail of the band’s ‘Tracer’ EP, released on October 7.

Recalling the unruly feedback of Jesus & Mary Chain and Big Black, ‘Mirror Song’ is otherwise a melodic rollercoaster  a tour de force of Elliott Smith-inspired chord changes, backed by an orchestra performing on shards of glass. The accompanying video was produced and directed by Callum Scott-Dyson CSD Videography.

Hailing from Southampton, Burning House formed in 2013 after many incarnations – today they are a trio comprised of frontman and guitarist Aaron Mills, drummer Dominic Taylor

and bassist Patrick White. Mills, the band’s sole songwriter has refined the art of recording music over the past decade, in parallel with his technical skill as a guitar player. Their music rides the soft/loud dynamic well, producing music ranging from beautiful melancholy to loud feedback-driven post rock.
Fusing elements of shoegaze and decade-spanning American Indie (Elliott Smith, Swans, Deerhunter, Teenage Fanclub, Slint, Pixies), Burning House’s sound is defined by multi-layered piercing guitar rhyhtms, sophisticated melodic arrangements, and tempos spanning introspective, stripped down pieces through to distinctly upbeat, frenetic songs.

“Lyrically I was inspired by Jorge Luis Borges, in particular ‘labyrinths”, The Mirror stage in Psychology and the poetic cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky. All these components served as a scaffold to the final product, both aesthetically and lyrically,” says Aaron Mills.

“Mirror Song is about reflections, the reflections we make and ones we actively seek. Our secret and emergent energies that dictate motives realised only posthumously.”

After gingerly approaching BBC 6 Music’s indie doyen Steve Lamacqwith a 4-track demo while in Southampton, Lamacq was so enthralled that he chose Burning House to appear on 6 Music’s new bands line-up.
Burning House have opened for the legendary Wire, after earning the appreciation of Colin Newman. The trio’s euphoric sound has also led to playing all over the south coast with the likes of Moon Duo, Shonen Knife, Is Bliss and Kagoule.

‘Mirror Song’ will be released on November 9 via online stores and streaming platforms, including Spotify and iTunes, as well as Bandcamp.

MIRROR SONG CREDITS
Recorded at Valley Studios, Winchester
Engineered by Ben Startup and Tali Trow
Mixed and Mastered by Peter Fletcher at First Love Studios
Music and words by Aaron Mills
Performed by Burning House
Aaron Mills: Vocals, Guitars, Samples
Patrick White: Bass
Ash Babb: Drums

Photographic art by India Lawton (from her work ‘Scars’)
‘Mirror Song’ cover artwork by Sarah Jean Adler
Video produced and directed by Callum Scott-Dyson CSD Videography

Keep up with Burning House
Facebook | Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | iTunes | Spotify

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on November 9, 2018 in Alternative

 

Ty Segall – Fanny (Aagoo Records 16 November 2018)

Ty Segall to release ‘Fanny’ vinyl edition to benefit animal rescue organizations

Aagoo Records is proud to announce the release of ‘Fanny’, the new 7″ single from prolific rocker Ty Segall. Now based in Los Angeles, the 31-year-old noisemaker previously lived in San Francisco and Laguna Beach. ‘Fanny’ is a psychedelic ode to his dog, available on standard 7” and picture disc editions.

Not only does Segall’s single feature various cover and insert art painted by Segall himself, but also the track comes in three different forms: the demo, a revved-up “sketch” and a live recording from San Diego, California.

Each side of the picture disc features a yellow dog face painted by Segall, from his acrylic painting ‘Goopy Poodle’. Stare at it long enough and you’ll find it’s oddly comforting!

This ‘Fanny’ 7” is for a canine cause: all proceeds will go to the animal rescue organizations NKLA and Mighty Mutts, which are dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating the strays of Los Angeles and New York. It’s a tribute to our canine friends that only Segall could make.

Ever prolific, Ty Segall also just released his new ‘Fudge Sandwich’ LP, his fourth full-length this year, following ‘Freedom’s Goblin’, his collaborative effort with White Fence, and the latest record under his GØGGS name.

Scheduled to release on November 16, this vinyl can already be ordered from Aagoo Records at http://aagoo.com/ty-segall-fanny

Segall is currently in the midst of a solo acoustic tour, in which he is showcasing deep cuts and live rarities from U.S. coast to coast. He is joined on select dates by Nashville guitar virtuoso William Tyler and Freedom Band staple Emmett Kelly.

TRACK LIST
1. Fanny Original Demo
2. Fanny Acoustic San Diego
3. Fanny Sketch

TOUR DATES
11/02 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (in the round) (with William Tyler)
11/03 – Detroit, MI @ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (with William Tyler)
11/04    Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Iron Works (with William Tyler)
11/06 – Winooski, VT @ Higher Ground (with William Tyler)
11/07 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall (with William Tyler)
11/08 – Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom (with William Tyler)
11/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw (with William Tyler)
11/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
11/13 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/15 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle Tavern and Music Hall
11/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West (with Emmett Kelly)
11/17 – New Orleans, LA @ One-Eyed Jack’s (with Emmett Kelly)
11/18 – Austin, TX @ J. Lorraine Ghost Town (with Emmett Kelly)

Keep up with Ty Segall
Website | Facebook | Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Instagram | Spotify

Keep up with Aagoo Records
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Instagram

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on November 1, 2018 in Alternative, Rock

 

Starframes – Nicht Vergessen (Bulbart IT/Thinkbabymusic GR, 26 November 2018)

Starframes - Nicht VergessenNicht Vergessen, out via indie labels Bulbart (IT) and Thinkbabymusic (GR), is the third studio album by Neapolitan band Starframes.

The record, which took almost three years to be completed, is a concept album consisting of 15 tracks going through a novel written by their guitarist/singer Raphael Bramont.

The story is loosely based on Anna Funder’s book “Stasiland”.

Every chapter of the story gives the title to the corresponding song, which embodies its atmosphere and themes through music and lyrics.

The story takes place in Berlin from the 1940s up to contemporary days and gives a wide view on modern society by following the dramatic life events of main character Friederich Braun.

The stylistical influence of the songs is varied, spanning from dreampop melodies, shoegaze soundscapes, psychedelic references and ambient moments.

Active since 2004 and based in Naples (Italy), Starframes released their debut album Street Politics in June 2009 (Mile High Music Records, UK), follow-up Ethereal Underground in January 2011 (BulbArt, IT), and self-produced EP Unwired in summer 2014.

Nicht Vergessen is set to be released in autumn 2018.

Keep up with Starframes

Web site | Boulbart

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on October 31, 2018 in Alternative

 

Thurston Moore – Klangfarbenmelodie​.​. And The Colorist Strikes Primitiv (Glass Modern Records 2 November 2018)

Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore to release experimental LP on heavyweight vinyl

Famed Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore has announced the release of his ‘Klangfarbenmelodie.. And The Colorist Strikes Primitiv’ LP on white vinyl. Originally released in 1995 on CD only in New Zealand, this is the first time these recordings will be available on vinyl. This new edition will be released by London-based Glass Modern Records on 180-gram heavyweight on November 2.

This album sees Moore paired with free jazz drummer Tom Surgal for a blistering noise set, in keeping with the aesthetic of New Zealand noise label Corpus Hermeticum, who released the original CD. This recording was the start of a budding collaboration between Moore and Surgal that saw them release music together again in 1996, 2000, and 2015, as well as a joint 2000 release with Beck.

Bruce Russell of Corpus Hermeticum and New Zealand outfit Dead Cedited these tracks for the new vinyl release, as well as contributing new liner notes.

This lo-fi live performance, recorded in 1994, is candidly charming, revealing Moore’s interest in freeform improvisation. His guitar noise peaks in ways so distinct that many parts could be mistaken for a live recording from Sonic Youth’s heady and chaotic ’80s period.

Thurston Moore has been at the forefront of the alternative rock scene since the time he emerged as an artist. In 1980, he founded Sonic Youth with Kim Gordon, turning on an entire generation to experimental rock n’ roll that defied the status quo. The band’s importance in rock history is undeniable.

Recommended for anyone interested in Thurston Moore’s legacy of avant-garde music and writing, this live EP represents an interesting chapter in his musical life, spanning from his Sonic Youth days to his solo work, his varied collaborations and fully out-of-the-box recordings over the years.

Scheduled for release on November 2, ‘Klangfarbenmelodie.. And The Colorist Strikes Primitiv’ can now be ordered via Bandcamp. The Thurston Moore Band are touring the U.S. Midwest and East coast in November, with Moore performing with James Sedwards (Nought) on 12-string electric guitar and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) on drums.

TRACK LIST
1. Klangfarbenmelodie.. And The Colorist Strikes Primitiv (Part 1)
2. Klangfarbenmelodie.. And The Colorist Strikes Primitiv (Part 2)
3. Phase II

TOUR DATES
NOV 2   Kingston, NY – BSP KINGSTON
NOV 3   New Haven, CT – Statehouse
NOV 4   Greenfield, MA, USA – The Root Cellar
NOV 6   Philadelphia, PA – RUBA
NOV 9   Minneapolis, MN – Thurston Moore: Moore at 60
NOV 10 Minneapolis, MN – Thurston Moore: Moore at 60
NOV 12 Chicago, IL – Art Institute of Chicago
NOV 15  Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere

Keep up with Thurston Moore
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Spotify | Press contact

Keep up with Glass Records
Glass Redux Bandcamp | Glass Modern Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on October 25, 2018 in Alternative

 

Parabola West – Calling Your Name (6 December 2018)

New Parabola West single combines Celtic and Nordic folk in electronic pop dreamery

Parabola West is back with her new single ‘Calling Your Name’. The artist persona of New Zealand-based American singer and songwriter Amy Tucker West. Drawing inspiration from Celtic and Nordic folk roots, electronica, and organic sounds, Parabola West’s music is a lush soundscape of layered melodies.

This new release follows up Parabola West’s 2017 EP ‘Purity of Weakness’ and lead single ‘Fire’, which was released both digitally and on CD. Her debut EP ‘Did You Hear?’ was released in 2014. Often piano-driven, her music is laced with hints of Celtic and Scandinavian influences and a dash of fantasy.

Originally from Springfield, MA (near Boston) on the U.S. east coast and currently based in Raglan, New Zealand, Amy began songwriting on piano as a teenager and, at age 21, she was recruited into the London-based trip-hop band Dreamfield during their recording sessions in Boston. With two critically acclaimed releases to their credit, the band split in 2003 and West relocated to New Zealand.

The self-confessed ‘math & science nerd’ then took a 10-year break from the music industry to work in IT and engineering recruitment, returning to her musical roots in 2013 as solo artist Parabola West.

“I came to a point where I needed to fully immerse myself again in the creative,” says Amy Tucker West. To achieve that she took the extreme step of moving completely off-the-grid to a rural spot on New Zealand’s rugged West Coast. West has since released two successful EPs and continues to call Raglan home.

“Calling Your Name’ expresses the torment of loving someone who has become emotionally numb. Ask anyone on a significant dose of anti-depressants and they’ll tell you about the numbing – that slow, subtle nothingness that keeps life ticking over without incident but turns down all the colour,” says West.

“The lyrics “you are a wilderness frozen from me” kind of sum up the bad times, when you just can’t reach the heart until the ice melts.”

This song was recorded at 432Hz instead of the standard 440Hz due to Parabola West’s experimentation with healing frequencies in her music.

As of December 6, ‘Calling Your Name’ will be released via online stores and streaming platforms, such as Spotify. In the meantime, releases from her back catalogue are now available via Bandcamp.

CREDITS
Written and performed by Amy Tucker West
Produced by Andrew Newth, Scott Newth & Parabola West
Mixed by Andrew Newth and Scott Newth
Recorded in The Porch recording studio in Hamilton and various home studios
Mastered by Oliver Harmer at The Lab recording studio in Auckland
Main vocals and keys by Parabola West
Backing vocals by David West
Flute by Alexandra Slap
Video produced & directed by Chris Lane of Bigkid Productions
Art director: Felicity Cawood

Keep up wit Parabola West
Website | Facebook | YouTube | Bandcamp | Instagram | Twitter | Spotify

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on October 20, 2018 in Alternative