Arbor Lights have been making a racket in their home town of Birmingham since 2010. Greg, Alex, Matt and James stole their name from the pub where they met. They self-released their first single On A Sea in 2011, and a self-titled EP in 2012 & a full length album called "Hatherton Lake" in 2013. Since then they have gigged around Birmingham (and occasionally further afield) with too many amazing bands to name.
Last February Arbor Lights were invited to Birmingham City Uni to record a live session for their friends at Sunrunner Sessions. The video never came together but these four new songs feel like a nice snapshot of where they 've been since Hatherton Lake came out. This release, as ever, is pay-what-you-want, but all proceeds will be donated to a local charity. CHADD is a housing association working around the Black Country to provide shelter to the homeless, both young and old, and victims of domestic abuse. The work they do is more important than ever and they wanted to do their part to help a cause that's close to them on a personal level. Please consider giving generously.
The Frenzy - 05:13
Malapert - 05:07
Only Run If You're Being Chased - 04:32
If We Don't Learn From History Channel, We Are Doomed To Repeat History Channel - 07:36
Line Gate was formed in Michalovce, Eastern Slovakia in 2010. Since then some personal changes were made and now a solo incarnation is residing in Prague. After two years of solitary bedroom experimentation and almost four years after the debut “Split Lines”, Line Gate is coming with a new album, Den.
Mappa presents Den, a simple concept with a clear vision. A deep dive into endless repetition without any disturbing intervention, with only soft modulation of a hurdy-gurdy drone resonance. Den reveals minimal shifts in repetition and the possibilities of perception without the horizon of time.
At forty minutes long, the basis of the recording remains constant. What differs, is the listener's awareness and the wakefulness of the performer himself. Tension retreats to sensibility, release, and an opportunity to totally merge with the instrument and the physicality of sound fulfilling the room. Den is a burrow where inattention dissolves into calm perception of fluid measureless soundscape.
...in ocean where Poseidon, Eliane Radigue, Phill Niblock, Charybdis, La Monte Young, Moby Dick, … are throning
This haunting and harrowing epic showcases their mix of post rock, post punk and black metal, and has been collaboratively released by Broken World Media, Close Quarters Coalition and Hybrid Records on the 24th February.
The Romance of Crime - 11:38 Your Beautiful Bones - 11:38
"Somewhere between madness and lack of education, Diablo 2 and adolescent sweat, the mysticism of the big world computer network and the TV attached alone in the living room. From that place in your mind that you do not know invented or The pastime glued to the upper molar and the acidity of Coca-Cola in the depths of his tongue imploding his palate in a fractal of crazy memories and associations and a very secret truth that one day you almost understood and today lives in the Part of your dreams that you no longer remember.
It is from these things that "Which are the True Midnight Monsters?", The first record of the Phantom Sites project, is done. Composed in a solo way by Felipe Soares (Amandinho, 151515) he cuts nostalgias, adds sensations, coexists between opposites and finds in a network of memories that we think are intimate and insurmountable.
The abstract romanticism of the beginning of the millennium, the first generation that grew more inside the internet than it had been and now does not know what to do and that mainly does not know to differentiate the things that believe othe things in itself. Who did not see the end of the world but knew the end of the Polara that is much worse. The profile of your friend who has a child, works, and does not care much more for the internet. It's about this ocean where you came from and now it separates you that this disc speaks.
Phantom sites clandestinely accessed on the computer of their friends' parents. The midnight monsters between unfinished purchases and that message you never answered. Conspiracies, terrorists and the myth of freedom. Now at a young pace.
Joel Porter started playing music at an early age, starting with violin and then moving onto french horn (5th grade), guitar and bass (6th grade), and songwriting in high school. Porter and Eric Hillman (producer + 1/2 the band Foreign Fields) recorded everything on 'Mountain Twin' in the Dark Heart studio by themselves, covering violin, guitar, bass, piano, trumpet, french horn, and vocals, as well as any electronic samples you might hear. the Porter explains that Mountain Twin' EP is about growth. Over the course of four folk-based, painstakingly carefully crafted songs, which include a song he co-wrote with his musician parents, he illustrates the nature, feelings, memories and what it means to seek for the truth. You can easily feel yourself being in the desolate plains, where the snow is falling, the river is flowing and the mountains howling.
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.
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.