2018-08-16 21:19:21 UTC
Nothinbox is a solo project formed by guitarist and songwriter Alexandre Spezzotti in 2018. Currently based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, his debut EP “Natureza Morta”, the first chapter from his anticipated upcoming album uses reverb-drenched atmospheres to create a captivating aura filled with whispers of distant memories and echoes of his own past and reflections. The dreamy guitars of the EP's title track behaves as a gesture to evoke a spiral of boundless thoughts and dilemmas, which are constantly astir. Yet they remain still, as objects of remembrance. This is further complimented with the extra bonus track, "Xícara", setting the tone for what is soon to arise and reveal the full extent of what this emerging artist is about to unleash.
Download “Natureza Morta” EP by Nothinbox for FREE DOWNLOAD via ever-growing Cape Town-based family tree and collective MoonSwing Netlabel.
2018-08-03 04:37:35 UTC
California-based NYMPHYA is an Ethereal Baroque Pop / Folktronica Art-Pop recording artist/producer whose music is lightly suffused with Worldbeat, Opera and Avant-garde; some say where Stevie Nicks meets Kate Bush at the Otherworld sorceress’ soiree.
Nymphya’s alchemical Art-Pop style is best described as a stirring collage of eclectic beats, soaring vocals, haunting soundscapes, and captivating samples that accompany insightful lyrics meant to take you on a journey inward. She just released her debut concept album Dream Dance, which garnered enthusiastic reviews from an international audience.
Professional opera singer Valentina O is the eclectic and multifaceted songwriter, vocalist, arranger, and producer behind Nymphya. After a personal tragedy in 2006 when her fiancé, record producer Keith Keller, suddenly died, Valentina struggled to bring herself back to life from her crippling grief through music and spiritual practice. Using what Keith taught her, Valentina built her own recording studio in 2011 and began producing and recording Dream Dance as a tribute to him.
Up to then, Valentina had appeared throughout the United States as an opera singer, actor and performer, as well as on numerous soundtracks for television, film and commercials (Time/Life Warner, IMAX, and Garfield), and on multiple CD projects for recording artists, including backing up John Cale (The Velvet Underground) on the Tonight Show and appearing on MTV with her group Screaming Divas. It was with Screaming Divas that Valentina also opened for Todd Rundgren at the Fillmore in San Francisco and for George Benson at Villa Montalvo, as well as Dana Carvey at the Shoreline Amphitheatre.
“Wasteland” was the very first song I wrote for this CD, and it holds a very, very special place in my heart for many reasons,” Valentina explains.
“I asked Gentry Bronson to write some lyrics for me to arrange and compose to jump start my recording project. When he presented me with these, I was immediately taken with them. I had had a nearly identical experience of walking in my own wasteland the months following Keith’s death. I remember particularly a vision I had had at that time of me standing, silhouetted against a red, sunset sky, surrounded on all sides, as far as I could see, by smoldering ruins of pure desolation.
But, in that vision, I was also still standing, and it was from that vision that I knew I would survive.”
“I wanted the music to evoke a similar desert wasteland, so as the melody revealed itself to me after I laid down the basic rhythm parts, I knew I also needed to add in some Middle Eastern musical elements. I searched through my library of sounds, and online, and ended up finding some incredible patches. (One of which was gifted to me in a suite of sounds by Iasos, the Greek, New Age musician.)
2018-08-03 04:29:00 UTC
Don't miss the brand new track “Bad Dream” by TEEN RAVINE. Their self-titled, debut LP drops on August 31st.
“Bad Dream” is about seeking comfort and pleasure in sadness. The familiar warmth of our obsessions. Momentarily inviting your depression to creep into your consciousness for a quick visit, and then getting frustrated when it overstays its welcome and eats all your leftovers. Going against your better judgement and picking at a scab instead of letting it heal. Not being able to turn your brain off at night, letting memories distort and consume you.
We want to get close but not too close – a sentiment that may as well be the hallmark of our generation’s struggle with the desire for and fear of intimacy. Our collaborations were born out of our apartment studios in Toronto in the spring of 2016. We explored themes of emotional alienation through the obsessive intimacy of bedroom recordings, all while aspiring to the west-coast pop/R&B vibe of the late 1970s and early 1980s. "
2018-08-03 04:18:28 UTC
Dot Dash’s new album Proto Retro, the band’s sixth long-player, is out now on The Beautiful Music. It’s the label’s 42nd release.
Coming off of 2016’s amped-up, fuzzed-out Searchlights, the 12 track Proto Retro sees Dot Dash taking a poppier, janglier direction but one that retains the punky, garagey energy that has marked the band’s previous releases.
Proto Retro was recorded at Inner Ear and The Bastille in Arlington, Virginia and produced by Geoff Sanoff (Lloyd Cole, Darlene Love, Television.)
Dot Dash is a Washington D.C.-based trio -- Terry Banks (guitar & vocals), Hunter Bennett (bass), and Danny Ingram (drums.) Ex-bands within the Dot Dash orbit include power-poppy indie rockers Julie Ocean; harDCore pioneers Youth Brigade and The Untouchables; indiepoppers The Saturday People, Tree Fort Angst, Glo-Worm, and St. Christopher; plus Swervedriver and Strange Boutique.
Along the way, Dot Dash has played shows with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Richard Lloyd (ex-Television), The B-52s, The Monochrome Set, The Psychedelic Furs, The Chameleons, The Dickies, Ash, Hugh Cornwell (ex-Stranglers), The Clientele, Stiff Little Fingers, The Godfathers, The Bats, Ian Hunter (ex-Mott The Hoople), The Fleshtones, Urge Overkill, Glen Matlock (ex-Sex Pistols), The Drums, Ultimate Painting, The Trashcan Sinatras, Sylvain Sylvain (ex-New York Dolls), Drivin'n'Cryin, Frankie Rose, Tommy Keene, The Empty Hearts, Wussy, Matt Pond PA, Moon Duo, Terry Malts, Soulside, Jack Grisham (TSOL), Wax Idols, Chris Stamey (ex-dB’s), Allo Darlin', The Supersuckers, Adam Franklin (Swervedriver), X___X, The Explorers Club, D.O.A., Elf Power, Stevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian), Eternal Summers & lots of other rocking combos.
- Unfair Weather - 02:09
- Gray Blue Green - 02:33
- Dead Letter Rays - 02:41
- Parachute Powerline - 02:08
- TV/Radio - 02:40
- Tamed a Wild Beast - 02:44
- Triple Rainbow - 02:28
- Fast Parade - 02:53
- World's Last Payphone (free)
punk, jangle, Washington
2018-08-02 05:40:55 UTC
"No politically orientated album would be complete without a song that takes a dig at irresponsible and unscrupulous authority figures, especially authority figures who abuse their power. This song talks about how power is often concentrated in all the wrong places, and about how the truth will always out, no matter how hard you try to keep it hidden."
CANCHES is an international rock/indie/blues/pop trio: Daniel Butler (vocals, guitar and keys) from England, François Guindon (bass) from Canada (Quebec), and Erika Martinez (drums) from Spain. They formed in 2015 in Guatemala, where they were all working at the time. They began playing rock covers until they started working on their own material, heavily influenced by the likes of Ben Folds, (early-to-mid) Radiohead, Phoenix, The Divine Comedy, Tame Impala, The Beatles, and Basque punk-rock.
Their first album, entitled "To The Rescue", draws on their diverse experiences of living and working in Guatemala as human rights field workers. The songs vary in style as much as the lyrics do in their subject matter, tackling issues ranging from the "white saviour" complex, to lighter subject matters such as love and relationships. Although some songs are highly political in their nature, and by virtue, quite "heavy", it´s not all doom and gloom, there also being quite a lot of observational humour, dark comedy, and satire on the album. The band members quit their respective jobs to record the album, dedicating a month to the recording, mixing and mastering process. They did so as they decided it was time to try a different way to raise awareness of and promote civil liberties and human rights: through music.
The word "canches" is Guatemalan slang used to describe anyone with pale white skin. Although the term is considered as somewhat derogatory, the three members of CANCHES started being collectively (and affectionately) referred to as CANCHES by their local Guatemalan community before a band name had been decided on. As the band formed in Guatemala, and sing mainly about experiences in that country, it seemed apt that Guatemalans should name the band. In any event, CANCHES are happy to take one on the chin in the name of all the terrible things their ancestors have done to the world, and as part payment for all the undeserved privileges, they get by virtue of the color of their skin and accident of birth. For more on this, listen to "To The Rescue"!