Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.
“Waterbirth” is the first track on the album, and it begins with haunting cinematic melodies on a carpet of lush drones and textures. As the name suggests, this number flows into a great crescendo, and then it blooms with powerful and vigorous harmonies that are reminiscent of contemporary post-rock artists such as "This Will Destroy You" or "Explosion In The Sky", among others. This track serves as a perfect opening number, allowing listeners to dive into the aesthetics of the record fully.
“I See You ft. Mahesh Raghunandan” is another stand-out track from this release, as it takes the listeners into a more ethereal and melancholic plane. This track defies the expectation of listeners, as instead of being another purely instrumental track, it features vocals, due to the contribution of Mahesh Raghundan. The singer’s delicate tone makes for a truly special vibe. The song sounds similar to the dreamy otherworldly style of artists such as “Sigur Ros”, where the same minimalistic approach reaches new heights and depths.
“Is That ... You?” is a great closing number a tune that echoes the immense sonic experience of bands such as “Mono” or “Mogwai”. This song is a stirring and moving end to this multi- layered and complex sonic experience.
Check out the “52” on Orellana’s Bandcamp, where you can listen to the album for free, or “name your price” to download it and get exclusive bonus tracks!
Formed in 2008, Arms That Fit Like Legs are an independent instrumental-rock/postrock/electronic band from Dublin, Ireland. Initially a 4-piece of Mike Mahon (Guitar), Mark Lynch (Guitar), Gordon McCaughley (Bass) and Michael McCaughley (Drums), their self-titled debut EP was released in September 2009.
In 2010, the band became a trio, replacing acoustic drums with electronic beats. Their mini-album, 'Plane Figures', was then released on 10 December 2011.
On 'Plane Figures', Irish Times music writer Jim Carroll said, "Fans of post-rock instrumental wig-outs and brain-funk will dig this, especially the intriguing diversions which lead track “Bear Shark Explosion” takes."
After a brief hiatus of a few years while some of the band lived in London, they started writing music/performing again in 2016. In January 2018, they released the track 'You Will Go On My First Whistle' , and are set to release their first full-length album 'Legwork', later in 2018.
Riding on soulful vocals and picked up in the second half by woodwind flourishes, “Texas” is about loneliness and redemption, the soundtrack to a pause for some much needed reflection. The Portland, OR-based act Maxwell Cabana was born in a hazy ‘02 Corolla, in the parking lot of a fried chicken joint up in Seattle. It was there that his journey began, and with a basket of chicken and a mix CD of classic Soul tunes, he got to work. Nowadays, his psychedelic R&B quartet includes Seattle native Murray McCulloch on guitar and vocals, Portland's own Noah Puggarana on keys, and Chicago-born brothers Sean and Jamie Higgins on bass and drums, respectively.
Years in the making, Maxwell’s band began to take shape in early 2016, when Murray McCulloch approached Sean and Jamie Higgins with the concept for the project. The three had played together before in the funky hip-hop outfit Sack Lunch, along with frequent collaborator HB, so they knew the chemistry was already there. Soon afterwards, the three began writing and rehearsing their first material in a damp North Portland basement.
After releasing their first project, a self-titled EP recorded at Cloud City Sound Studios in Portland, the band met keyboardist Noah Puggarana, whose soulful melodies and heady harmonies seemed to effortlessly fill in spaces that the music didn’t even know it had. Since then, Maxwell Cabana and his band have been playing shows around the Portland area, studying, jamming, and refining their sound.
In the summer of 2017, the group linked with producer Joey Cox to record Nothing Changed, their forthcoming release. The EP combines the group's love for old-school R&B and Soul with an affinity for Jazz, Hip-Hop and psychedelia. Maxwell Cabana’s influences range from Tim Maia to Madlib, Donny Hathaway to Gorillaz, and beyond.
The glue that binds it all together is Herman himself, who wrote, recorded, mixed, and played every instrument in this collection. Who is Tom Herman Jr. anyway? A mythic hermit from south Jersey? A well-honed bedroom savant? Listen and let us know. He’s still trying to find out.
"Echoes Across The Sky" was formed in late 2011 as an alternate project for musician Craig Siegelbaum. Craig known mostly for his guitar work in rock bands Supergenius and Half Circle Drive as well as his solo guitar instrumental project. With "Echoes Across The Sky," Craig broadens his musical landscape. In fact there is very little guitar used in the music. It's a more of a piano and string based sound with thunderous drums and bass. The debut EP is was released in October 2012. The EP was very well received. With downloads from all over the world already. Echoes Across The Sky is just starting to take off. The debut full length album "The Growing Distance" was released on 5.5.15 and is available at all digital retailers. The sophomore album "Rise" was released 1.1.18 and is also available at all digital retailers and streaming services.
Davenport Rex is a music project based in Detroit, Michigan. Their sound is diverse and challenging, yet accessible and appealing. The band’s music stands out as a combination of tasteful progressive rock, with shades of various influences, ranging from alternative to symphonic hard rock, just to mention a few.
GroundBurst is an instrumental rock trio whose sound strikes for the band’s kaleidoscopic approach and wide-open mindset. The band consists of Phil, Si, and Erik, respectively on guitars, bass & keys, and drums. These three talented musicians set out to create a lush, diverse and textural musical backdrop, borrowing from influences as diverse as electronic music, psychedelia, rock and even jazz with a minimalistic flair. Their recent release, “Triad” is an EP featuring 3 original compositions, as the title of the release might lead you to guess!