After releasing their first single back in 2016, VEiiLA returns with, as dark as the title suggests, their brand new EP “Dive”. The track list includes 5 absolutely new records and a fresh reworked version of RDMV STR. About a year off since the previous release wasn’t spent in vain: besides studio work, VEiiLA played a handful of shows, sharing the stage with such acts like The Neighborhood, Sian Evans of Kosheen, Alex Clare, Above & Beyond and ATB, and released a number of videos, bringing their live sound to the new dimension.
“We are heroes. We are savages.” With the new EP VEiiLA rediscovers their so-called music for introverts in the new, darker and more intimate shape. Songs like Dive and Never Come Back are soaking with sadness yet remaining charged with energy. On the other hand Mantra, a hypnotic techno anthem, being the most “cheerful” in the album, as well as RDMV STR, bring darkness to the realm of rebel and a dead certain desire to make it their own way. The album’s title “Dive” reflects a state of solitude and edginess of a character behind those songs: whether your whole life is like cliff diving or you need to dive into the darkest depths of your soul to find yourself, these sounds will be with you.
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.
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.