Post Tagged with: "Shoegaze"

UnknownmiX :: Chew Some More (Lux Rec.)

Lux Rec has never adhered to one style. Techno, house, soundtracks and of course gnarled EBM under the MRT wing. Once again the pick, trowel and brush are being employed, this time for 80s avant garde group UnknownmiX. Lux Rec has never adhered to one style. Techno, house, soundtracks and of course gnarled EBM under […]

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Tru West :: The Rise and Fall of the Eurojesters (Marmo Music)

Marmo Music has always had an attitude, a refusal to conform, a desire to go their own way. This means that their sound can be pretty challenging and The Rise and Fall of the Eurojesters is undeniably that. A testing 12”, but one which will ultimately leave many scratching their heads; it certainly left my […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 11

Delving deep into the world of Bandcamp tape releases for our eleventh update—so much good music, so little time…maybe just scroll past all the writing and head straight for the sounds! The Nag’s Head :: Live From Concrete Island (Kit) A re-issue of this psychedelic collage of sounds culled from four years of street recordings, […]

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Femur :: Electronic down to its bones

Based on the strength of these first two 12”s (by Frak and Celldöd), a new, interesting, and forward looking label has just been established here in Spain and one, which I have no doubt, will be a success. Femur. After five years of running a club night, after a compilation on Clasicos Del Ruidos, after enough […]

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Midday Static :: Ektachrome (Self-Released)

References, contrasts and comparisons aside, Midday Static fine tunes his sound with Ektachrome, an album that is lively and condensed in a thick kaleidoscopic downbeat stew. Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Dylan Boyd (aka Midday Static) understands how to combine those early inspirational Boards of Canada sounds with textured guitar works of his own. Last years Kodachrome rested on fuzzier static […]

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Crisopa :: Transhumante (Self-Released)

Crisopa eschews solemn, melancholic, and instrumental streams of colorful sound. Lively and draped in emotively calm layers. In late January 2017, Crisopa (aka Madrid-based Santiago Lizón) took a splinter break from n5MD and released Transhumante, an extended 7-track digital album. His previous two titles on n5MD were vibrant shoegaze-electronics etched with fuzzy melodic treasures that still echo to this day. With […]

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Nickolas Mohanna :: Chroma (Karlrecords)

Chroma illustrates a disjointed 8-pc sonic tapestry, one that is sewn together by extraterrestrial acoustics making for a perplexing experience. Fuzzy, abstract and discordant noises are on display with Nickolas Mahonna‘s Chroma. All manner of sound, from broken piano keys, sheared voices, turbulent shoegaze, and dense field recordings seem to float by within the shadows. A visceral […]

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Three on the Radar :: Andi Otto, Tosca, Tornado Wallace

The start of 2017 provided a hefty dose of downtempo electronica, dub and balearica. Here are three records you need to hear. Andi Otto :: VIA (Pingipung) Andi Otto, mostly known for his work as Springintgut, released his fourth solo album, VIA, in late January. It’s his first album under his real name. Already from the first […]

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Vlimmer :: llllll​/​lllllll (Blackjack Illuminist)

Maybe an over-productive project for a few ones but this bunch of nicely made tracks will easily convince fans of dark waving and moodily atmospheric electro-gothic music, mainly from the 80s. Alexander Leonard Donat is one busy, highly prolific, multifaceted and electronic self-produced artist coming from Berlin, Germany. The Berlin underground electronic music scene has […]

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Manie Sans Délire :: Untitled (June)

This latest installment probes the shadows even further. Tracks delve deeper into murky undercurrents, scrutinizing ashen aspects and the pierced psyches of the unseen and, sometimes, unheard. It’s been a pleasure to have been privy to the development of Tsampikos Fronas’ music, both his own as an artist and his eponymous label’s output. June’s output […]

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Understated Theory :: Critical Drift EP (Sparkwood)

Understated Theory’s 2015 EP, Critical Drift, is another example of the fine ears on the folks at Sparkwood Records. Must be something special about the Norwegian cold. Understated Theory’s 2015 EP, Critical Drift, is another example of the fine ears on the folks at Sparkwood Records. Must be something special about the Norwegian cold. At […]

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Lost Trail :: The Lost Trail Orchestra (Shimmering Moods)

The Lost Trail Orchestra gives a large space to warm layers of fuzzed-out guitar drones seconded by dream-pop melodies, concrete noises and minimal patterns. Shimmering Moods is back with two new autumnal albums in the craft based ambient / modern classical / semi-experimental genres: Selected Piano Works by π∆ππ and Lost Trail’s The Lost Trail […]

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Enzo Kreft :: Dark Matter (Walhalla)

There’s a weird and wonderful quality to Dark Matter. It follows no line, in many respects Kreft was one of the progenitors of synth wave and he reached that point through experimentation and change. Tracks and ideas bound and leap, scrolling drone skips joyfully into self-deprecating poetry and beyond into congratulation. It’s hard for an […]

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Eraldo Bernocchi & Prakash Sontakke :: Invisible Strings (RareNoise)

An irresistible east meets west affair. Immaculately produced and expertly executed with the natural expressivity and confidence you would expect to feel from such experienced and versatile musicians. Guitarist, experimental musician-producer and sound designer Eraldo Bernocchi, and slide guitar master Prakash Sontakke are both in that creative point where they have enough experience and skills […]

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Nacho Patrol :: Panter 777 (Minimal Rome)

Panter 777 sees the synth junkie return to one of his lesser employed pseudonyms on the label which first debuted it. As a youngster I tried to stay abreast of releases from an up and coming artist. A bespectacled dutch man, one who looked like a serious amount of time was spent indoor and most […]

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Neud Photo :: Dystopix (Mysidian)

Darker than his last partnership, Dystopix shows the influences of Belgium and greater Europe with its serrated synth stabs and glassy beats. Mysidian is a fledgling US label with a penchant for electro glazed disco and new wave romance. Following his Wall $treet collaboration with Pierre Klein, Nico Nightingale returns for a solo 12” under […]

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nil.co :: Slowly Comes the Morning (Sparkwood)

Seasoned in wildwood, an intimate mingling of cozy indoors and stirring outdoors. Right off the top, a soft, downward swoop that could be the air beneath the wings of a short-eared owl, gliding down the fell in full daylight, quartering off the moorland. As nil.co, Colin Crighton is said to have previously made “deep, swampy music inspired […]

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V/A :: Underground Wave Volume 5 (Walhalla)

Packed with variety, as was the Belgian scene of the 1980s. A spread of weird and wonderful styles are explored. Dense dark bitterness, minimal malaise and even some smiling silliness in this treasure trove. Walhalla seems to be the antithesis of other reissue labels. How so? There are those that pour out records, rivers of […]

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Solar Bears :: Advancement (Sunday Best)

Reversed playback, ambiguous ambience and an emotive shoegaze kaleidoscope are spread about as orchestral arrangements are smoothed into decayed soundscapes of dust and debris. Time-lapsed audio photography of the cinematic kind is revealed on Solar Bears’ third album Advancement, a sun-soaked macrocosm of electronic beauty. Taking off from their krautrock drenched outings on Planet Mu, here […]

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Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens :: The [Gold Mixtape] (Self-Released)

The [Gold Mixtape] breezes by with its punchy exp-electronic reflections and genre-crossing that somehow just works. A focused collaborative vocal effort coming from multi-talented, Denver-based Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens. Always one to construct and deconstruct a myriad of soundwaves, JWS doesn’t settle for just one genre. The vocal tint on The [Gold Mixtape]—inspired by DJ Charlie Buckett’s […]

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R.R. Hearse :: Call Of Oedipus (1981 – 2013) (June)

R.R. Hearse fits into no category previously explored. Grainy, it’s a record that some will find difficult to grapple with. Nevertheless it’s a bold move and a statement of both confidence and intent from June. In the last few years my zeal for minimal synth has diminished. I still love it, but the volume of […]

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Synth Wave Revival? “Didn’t know there was one”—A tale of four lads and three decades

Brendan Coyle. Mike Richardson. Neale Potts. Steven Lippert. A music revolution unfolding in their midst. “Being part of the electronic music scene in the UK for many years now I think that music now is very easy to produce using all the software, sounds and recording packages available on the market.” When we talk about technological […]

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Deru :: 1979: Remixed (Friends of Friends)

1979: Remixed is made of remixes, passing the original tracks through diverse treatments, manipulations and arrangements which are not meaningless or absurd, sometimes revealing or bringing to light muted aspects of the original tracks. Deru is the creative sound art project of electronic music designer Benjamin Wynn, located in Los Angeles. The trajectory of this project […]

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Beneath the surface of Blackwater :: Interview and Mix

And what is that sound? Techno I would say. Not specific enough? Add some of the following and you’ll get a picture. Black. Psychological. Industrial. Melancholic. Introverted. All styles that the London/Rome label of Blackwater has explored in its two year life. I was chatting with Marco Moreno Graziano of Analogic Density about electronic music […]

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Thin Films :: Komerebi/Mantis (Thin Recordings)

The two pieces are comfortable, inviting listens that shape electronic synth leads and brushed snares into an engaging soundtrack to daily life, whether that be studying, working, or any other intellectual pursuit. In listening to Mantis and Komerebi, the two new singles from Dan McRae (Thin Films), I was curious if they would be something that […]

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Aidan Baker :: Dualism (Midira)

Through drone, primal elements and a progressive rock spirit Dualism turns psychically deep with Aidan’s own recording of guitar, bass and drums. The far blow of heavy breathing, winds in deep night, suspense in many thoughts and dimensions, the heart races, slowly looking for a cradle of peace. The far horn is blown, suspensions in time […]

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Visonia / Synth Alien :: Opal’s Sunflowers / Memories (Last Known Trajectory)

The disco currents of past releases have been sidelined, a more mature and developed sound taking its place. In a strange coincidence, the latest two musicians to appear on Last Known Trajectory played in Madrid at the end of January. That might not seem too weird until you take a few factors into account. Ok, […]

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port-royal :: Where Are You Now (n5MD)

Where Are You Know is an audacious and masterful return for port-royal, who have demonstrated their ability to expertly utilize and combine a variety of influences while never losing their voice in the mix. Where Are You Now is the latest, much anticipated, release by Genoa-based electronica and post-rock band, port-royal. It’s been a tense […]

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Proto Sites :: Daring to be different

An imprint that’s doing something interesting, not over-reaching nor pandering. In short, it’s doing its own thing. It’s hard to find a label that is doing its own thing. Huh? Well of course all labels will argue that they do it their way, and they do. But labels that are pursuing paths that few others […]

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