Lavender Child's new single “Happy Illusions” was inspired from a weekend at an outdoor music festival. It is a song about the experience of love and the human connection to nature and whether that connection can be genuine when under the influence. “Happy Illusions” comes from the upcoming album "Reflections" which revolves around those moments of self-reflection where you ask yourself, how am I contributing to this world? How are my actions influencing the environment and the people around me?"
Ali Murray is a songwriter/musician hailing from the cold and rainy Isle of Lewis in northern Scotland. Equal parts grandiose and humble, effervescent and melancholy, spatial and solitary, Ali’s dark blend of acoustic folk, atmospheric post-rock, and dream pop is as beautifully depressing as it is introspectively invigorating. His lyrics, which speak of longing, loss, and various degrees of emotional turmoil we can all relate to in some way, speak volumes themselves but are also wonderfully complimented by moving melodies and expansive soundscapes; Ali proves himself to be a creator of an incredibly vast array of sound for a single person. An artistic channeler of all spectral ranges of human emotion, Ali Murray will appeal to any and all folks looking for that faint, but visible light at the end of the tunnel.
'Only Wind' is the new 4-song EP, featuring Canadian songwriter Stephanie Ratcliff on guest vocals and Luke Cowan on piano.
Mostacho Xprmnt was founded by Costa Rican drummer and composer Andres Marin in Brooklyn, New York. The NeoSoul/Fusion band is formed by Leala Cyr on vocals, Luis D'Elias on guitar, Dave Lowenthal on bass and Hayely Lam on keys.
It started as an outlet to create music without limitations as far as genres or styles, therefore the experimental component. It consolidated in 2013 with Eitan Akman, Haruka Yabuno and Najwa Mahiaddin. As they worked with Malayan singer Najwa Mahiaddin the group took a stronger R&B and Soul direction, while maintaining elements of rock, jazz, funk and latin music. Some of their main influences include Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spalding, Snarky Puppy, Frank Zappa and Hiatus Kaiyote.
In 2015, korean singer Song Yi Jeon took over the lead vocals and in 2016 they released their first single “Que Mae Mas Raro” with Dave Lowenthal on bass, Luis D’Elias on guitar and Miguel Gallardo on keys. They have performed at Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos, The Shrine, ShapeShifter Lab, Williamsburg Music Center and more venues in New York as well as in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
In 2017 singer Leala Cyr and pianist Hayley Lam join the band. In November they released an eclectic EP of remixes by 28 Lines, Matt Sokol and Copper Tony. They are currently working on post-production of the second single “Clap With Me”
Mostacho Xprmnt partnered with producers 28 Lines, Matt Sokol and Copper Tony to create the first EP of remixes of their Fusion/NeoSoul music. It was released under Music Dribble Entertainment. The result is 3 radically different songs with sounds that push genre boundaries in the same way that the band does, but bringing it into the electronic realm.
The original song "Que Mae Mas Raro" is an atonal composition and an ode to weirdness. It was performed by Song Yi Jeon on vocals, Luis D'Elias on guitar, Dave Lowenthal on bass, Miguel Gallardo on keys and Andres Marin on drums.
There are many bands that draw inspiration from the mysterious, dreamlike, simply weird world of the American novelist H. P.Lovecraft. One such band can be found also on the Czech scene, though you would look for it in vein within the metal genre. What we refer to is POSTCARDS FROM ARKHAM, a post-rock project, whose mastermind is Marek “Frodys” Pytlik, who arose from the iconic North Moravian doom act DISSOLVING OF PRODIGY, as well as from the melodic death metal band AWRIZIS. Now PFA return with their second studio album with a cryptic fateful title “ÆØN5” that will take you to the world of lucid dreaming beyond angled space, where a different music of the spheres reigns supreme.
Already the first album of POSTCARDS FROM ARKHAM, entitled “Oceanize”, was a breath of fresh air on the Czech not only metal scene. “ÆØN5” goes way further. Once again, maestro Frodys took care of all music and instrumentation and conjured up a unique mix of nostalgic and poetic post-rock sound combined with a horror narrative. Here and there even an isolated black metal scream appears, more often however a splendidly sounding spoken word, uttered for example by the diva Lenka Machová from ADOR DORATH, who besides that participated on the visual and lyrical side of the album. State-of-the-art production was brought in by Libor Kukula from MetalGate
Howard Philips Lovecraft and his “weird fiction” is one those instances that show how whimsical fate can be. Neglected in life and delegated to the margins of pulp literature, today a literary icon, whose work serves as an inspiration to countless other artists across the cultural spectrum. The Czech scene is not an exception. Take POSTCARDS FROM ARKHAM for example, a post-rock/metal project by Marek Frodys Pytlik that translates Lovecraft’s legacy into its music, and that is now releasing under MetalGate Records its already third studio album entitled “MANTA”. Those who are familiar with PFA, may be surprised that the new album is somewhat darker and rawer than its predecessors. It is so because the intent was to create a counterpoint to the previous piece “ÆØN5”, both music-wise and theme-wise. While “ÆØN5” built on Lovecraft’s so-called “dream cycle”, which are stories having as their common denominator phantasmal dreamscapes that make them in a way lighter and more colorful compared to the rest of his works, “MANTA” heads into the utterly nonhuman and unfathomable cosmic voids of Lovecraftian cosmology – that is, into vistas ruled by the Demonic Sultan Azathoth, Lord of All, and to which to gain entrance entails transgressing the boundaries of the angled space, which is to say to leave behind that which we perceive as reality. Hence the contrast.
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!
These Are Truly The Last Days is a musical project with a driven experimental twist. Their music blurs the lines between various genres, including ambient, electronica, glitch hop, and more. The project’s self-titled studio effort features 11 studio tracks.