Spiricom is a two-person project from Ohio featuring elements of post-rock, shoegaze, ambient and experimental rock. The project was started by Steven K. Smith, who has also been involved in bands such as A Signal In The Static, Dolmen, Mabou, and Daye of Skye.
In 1980, William O'Neil and George Meek built the spiricom apparatus to communicate with the spirits of the deceased. Stranger still is that O'Neil claims to have gotten assistance in the radio-like device's development via psychic interaction with Dr. George Mueller, who had died in 1967. The concept of otherworldly communion mixed with technology is Spiricom's primary theme, but they also explore more archaic forms of spiritual communication.
Smith handles the programming, percussion, keyboards and synthesized guitar in Spiricom, while Marc Cody explores soundscapes, auditory textures, and fuzzy walls of distortion on lead guitar.
Spiricom's Hammer of Witches EP glimpses the lengths to which the zealous will go in the pursuit of righteousness. Three companion pieces evoke how men wielded pain, fire, and unyielding conviction in the pursuit of holy purification. Competing spiritual forces create a cascade of textures. Guitars lull and sear a redemptive path through illuminating and angelic synths. Drums beat out a shamanistic trance while a percussive march gathers on the borders.
Nuela is known for her soulful vocals and captivating stage presence and landed 11 TV placements off of her debut album alone. The singles from her 2018 Juno Award nominated sophomore album garnered attention from media outlets like The FADER and were played in heavy rotation on KCRW and CBC Radio. She also added an additional 4 TV placements to her name including ESPN and "Jane The Virgin".
"'Do It Right' came out of a session in Los Angeles with Grammy Award-nominated writer/producer Rob Kleiner. We want to create an upbeat, snappy tune that had some attitude. The song is a bit cheeky and basically says 'if you’re gonna do it, better do it right.' So if you’re gonna try and step to me, step correctly ;)"
This song was specially recorded for a Twin Peaks-themed compilation, celebrating season 3 of the cult classic TV show. “Beyond The Grave” has been premiered by French blog Indie Rock Mag, which called it a “high-flying song”. The track features Emma Broughton (Bon Iver, Lisa Hannigan, This Is The Kit) on the flute and the haunting vocals of Aldwin. Its lyrics were written as an imaginary monologue given by Laura Palmer after her death.
Massimo Ruberti - Granchite Yumtruso PT 2 published by Nostress Netlabel
Massimo Ruberti is an edgy and driven producer and composer, whose focus is a blend of creative electronic music. His sound blurs the lines of conventional electronica, by including elements as diverse as ethnic influences, ambient textures, and other ideas. Recently, he published a brand new project titled “Granchite Yumtruso PT 2” which is the second part of the EP "Granchite Yumtruso PT. 1 ".
This release immediately strikes for the beautiful song artwork, but things get even better once you press the play button. The five songs that are featured on this remarkable EP have an edgy, dark and nocturnal feel, which reminds me of the work of artists such as Nine Inch Nails or Boards Of Canada, only to mention a few. However, the sound has a very cinematic feel to it, which reminds me of the soundtrack work of highly-regarded films, such as Blade Runner or Monster’s Ball, just to mention a couple. There is something really futuristic about this track, with synthesized textures, melodic grooves and very organic arrangement ideas that truly set the bar higher.
Opening track “Wilderness” sets the mood right, with its ethereal vibes and textures. The second song, “Falling”, follows along the same lines, elaborating on the melodic side of the concept. The next number, “Green Cave / Invocation”, has a slightly different approach. The rhythm section is decidedly more bold and prominent, and the drums resonate gigantic on this particular track, making for a tribal rhythm and a really engaging fast pace. The following track is titled “Seven Towers Winged Children”, and it takes a step back, with playful melodies and vocal samples of children that add ambiance and dimensionality. Last but not least, “Cosmic Egg Travelling Blues” has a solemn introduction with many choral vocals, which later explodes into a modern electronic track with a stadium vibe. A perfect ending to a diverse and rewarding release.
Find out more about Massimo Ruberti and listen to the full EP at http://www.nostressnetlabel.net/NN_EP033_02_18.html
“When It Started” is the new single byCubs Refrain taken from their upcoming album "Tell Me You Love Me".
"“When It Started” is a plunge into an adolescent state of mind, so writing it definitely sent me back to my teenage years. There are so many emotions flying around at that time, and so many new experiences that are really nostalgic to look back on. I wrote this song on the train on my commute to work, which is the same train I’d take on my escapist trips to the city as a kid, so it really helped channel certain memories.
When you’re young there’s a grand romanticism about running away and leaving everything behind, fuelled by blind courage and young lust. You find yourself faced with situations you didn’t anticipate and learning things that both terrify and excite you. You eventually realize that nobody really knows anything, and retrospectively, it’s kind of hilarious, ‘cause of course you always played it off like you knew it all.
“When It Started” marks the beginning of a story told throughout the album, of a naïve romance and the two kids it swept away. "
Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.
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.