NO//LIARS is a punk band, straight up no frills, no gimmicks. With one self-produced EP under their belt, they enlisted the help of Jesse Gander of Rain City Recorders (Japandroids, White Lung, The Pack A.D) to record their first full length, The Cause & The Cure (Due in early 2018). They also asked Joao Carvalho (Alexisonfire, Arkells, Silverstein, Protest the Hero) to master the album.
"‘Animal’ is the first single from the record and we think it showcases us at our best. At it’s root, ‘Animal’ is about struggling with inner turmoil and recognizing the darkest parts of ourselves. We wanted the video to portray the terror of losing touch with reality when facing one's inner demons."
In Lights' new album, This is How We Exist, is celebrating their existence in an unique way. The band attempted to drive their sound by emotion. The 7-song album comprises a full story, where different emotions of life are described: hope, pain, sorrow, courage, love, happiness and peace. Each song is a story itself, as well as part of the full story. The arrangement of each song serves the emotion. In order to better express the emotion, the band tried to go beyond the typical style of post-rock: instead of using crescendo and fixed tempo, almost all songs have 2-3 different tempos, and some of them do not have crescendo.
Beyond basic elements of music - rhythm, chord and melody, the band also wanted to express direct and intense feeling by creating unique sound for each emotion. The sound is beyond definition of each instrument: unique delay and reverb, EBow, extra low bass string, violin pizzicato, octove generator, random drum beats etc. It all serves the emotion of the music.
"In Lights", is a five-piece instrumental post-rock band based out of San Jose, CA, formed in 2014. The band consist two guitarists, one bassist, one drummer and one violin. The band creates dynamic, emotive and immersive music in it's most direct form. The band released their first EP in early 2015, a single on 2016 and released the new album on November 2017.
Influences include Mogwai, Explosions in the sky, Sigur Ros, Caspian, This Will Destroy You, Collapse Under The Empire, Hammock, Immanu El, Pink Floyd, EF, God Is An Astronaut, Lowercase Noises, Mooncake, pg.lost, Saxon Shore, Wang wen, etc.
“The river that everything drags is known as violent, but nobody calls violent the margins that arrest her.”
This quote from Bertolt Brecht is the best way to portray FLEUVE, the devastating new album of belgian outfit THOT. After a decade of challenging its music across several albums, EPs, videos, alternative versions, remixes and european tours, the gang lead by Grégoire Fray is going to bring a breath of fresh air in the industrial-rock and post-rock genres. Produced by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna) and engineered in live circumstances, FLEUVE features 9 songs built around a powerful drums/bass/guitar trio, on which passionate vocals, heavy synths, clarinet laments and bulgarian choirs melt together perfectly. Thereby, FLEUVE is a luminous ode to the european continent and its cultural history, to nature’s immuable inspiration, to women and transcendance.
ICAUNA - 02:36 info ODRA - 03:36 VLTAVA - 04:01 RHONE - 05:53 RHEIN - 07:32 DUNA - 07:44 VOLGA - 03:37 info SAMARA - 04:44 BOSPHORE - 13:10 info NOW'S THE ONLY TIME I KNOW (Fever Ray Cover - Bonus track) - 04:03
Slowrun is a Finnish band that presents variety of sounds and musical styles that flow from instrumental rock to ambient soundscapes
The band has a history of two full-length albums, Prologue, and Resonance. Now they have a smaller release at hand - it is a two track EP titled as Passage. It's a digital only release available for streaming & download for free.
"Nothing Needs to Be Right", a track from Grey Fields' forthcoming debut album, chugs on a carnival-like feel with haunting vocals, showing both atmosphere and entrancing melodies.
Midwestern act Grey Fields officially formed in 2016, but their origin goes back much further. Alex (vocals/guitar/keys) first started playing music with John (drums) when they were sophomores in high school in the mid '90s. An immediate chemistry was created over their love for bands like The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Pavement, and other like-minded bands of that era. Years would pass as their parents begrudgingly accepted them playing way too loud in basements, a garage, and even a living room. At the turn of the century they got the opportunity to play a show, but there was a problem — they needed a bassist. Somehow, someway, they convinced Adam (bass/vocals) to learn the set in 24 hours. They pulled it off, then they parted ways to pursue college.
Alex would go on to study composition, theory, and eventually become obsessed with production and engineering. Meanwhile, Alex and John would continue to sporadically play whenever they had the opportunity — even forming a novel two-piece band that was meant for wine and dinner parties. It was around fifteen years later when John and Alex both found themselves playing at a rehearsal studio in Chicago and got an itch to make an album. After a quick recommendation from John to reach out to Adam on social media, the old one-time band was back together and ready to hit the studio.
All three members were born in the early '80s, and grew up on '90s rock. The influence is apparent, acting as the foundation for the music, but hardly the only noticeable factor when considering the structure and atmospheric elements to the songs. In college, Alex started to appreciate orchestral/ambient and experimental composers. Years later his discovery of contemporary composers like Ben Lukas Boysen, Jon Hopkins, Max Richter, Brian Eno, Fennesz and Keith Fullerton Whitman would have just as much influence in the presentation of the songs as the '90s bands which initiated the spark to write music in the first place.
The band's new album focuses on a person’s drive to create change (spiritual, financial, familial, romantic, etc.) while battling myriad obstacles that can come from within. Throughout the album there are questions presented which in some way revolve around the ability to change and the struggles that follow.
On “Transitions of The Truth,” the central question is How did I wander so far away, while “Empty Eyes” asks Will I know when I’m there? “Miracle” and “Nothing Needs to be Right” even repeat the same question: Do you want to leave? These somewhat basic, yet vital existential questions are scattered throughout the songs which are connected to other concepts such as loss, salvation, surrender, escape, and hope.
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.