Northwest is one of the most promising musical projects in the independent scene. They gained media attention because of their ethereal and cinematic sound, their nostalgic and mysterious image and their diverse blend of influences (from bands like Radiohead and Portishead to composers such as Debussy and Robert Wyatt).
Northwest was formed in 2015 in the UK by multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Ignacio Simón and visual artist, composer and singer Mariuca García-Lomas They gained attention with three home recorded singles (Reflection, Wind and Look At Me) which were released independently and with very little promotion, accompanied by three artistic videos directed by Mariuca García-Lomas herself.
The duo Northwest moved from Spain to the UK and spent half of the year traveling around England and Scotland. Inspired by these trips, they started writing their debut album in 2016. This album has been almost entirely writen and recorded in less than a year while the artistic couple locked themselves in a country house outside of London.
Northwest has managed to create an original and otherwordly atmosphere thanks to their unique blend of experimental jazz rhythms, ethereal and enigmatic layered vocals, classical orchestration, delicate production and nostalgic lyrics. Their upcoming debut album is one of the most awaited and promising projects of the independent music scene.
The Cruelest Animal has been a work in progress for Drummer / Guitarist / Producer Alex Crane since 2009. The band started as a recording project featuring guest performances by members of Intronaut, National Sunday Law, and The Great Wall. The music is inspired by a wide variety of styles including classic prog rock groups like King Crimson and Pink Floyd, as well as Trip Hop acts like Massive Attack, Dj Shadow, and Radiohead. Aspects of technical and spacey influences are blended into a sound rooted in early 90s metal.
The album Soothing Rays of Eternity represents a leap forward creatively. With the addition of Matt Boylan on bass (former Bear Baiting and Cuneiform), and use of Ableton Live looping software, what was once a recording project has developed into a live two-piece band.
The album is structured abnormal rhythmic cycles and features drums and bass as primary elements. The rhythm section is accentuated by heavy, yet spacey guitars, keyboards, and vocals. The song Unleash the Swine features David Timnick of Intronaut on Tablas, and Derek Donley of Bereft and National Sunday Law on Vocals.
Soothing Rays of Eternity was self recorded and mixed in our rehearsal space in 2016 and was released via Bandcamp on April 21, 2017.
Alex Crane: Drums, Guitar, Vocals, MIDI programming, Recording, and Mixing
Matt Boylan: Bass and Vocals
Grant Lewis: Keyboards
Derek Donley: Vocals on tracks 2 and 4
David Timnick: Tablas on track 4
William Paton: Vocals on tracks 5, 6, and 7 (We'll miss you, buddy)
Wilder Gonzales Agreda (native from Los Olivos, North Lima, Peru) begun his music career in 1995 with his first band Avalonia (with Fernando Ponce, Fabián Escalante and Óscar Pita) and, after the brokenhearted split of this early avatar, with Fractal (alongside Wilmer Ruiz and Hugo Medina). Both groups were part of the new peruvian avantgarde history born with the post-rocker and ethereal scene known as Crisálida Sónica.
In 2003 Gonzales Agreda started the independent neo-psychedelic label Superspace Records and since the 00's has taken part on projects like El Conejo de Gaia, Azucena Kántrix (with Christian Galarreta), The Electric Butterflies (with Roger W. Terrones), The Peruvian Red Rockets (with Luis Durand), Martelenor (with Juan Roldán and Hugo Medina) amongst others.
He has been pursuing a musical ethos that makes him one of the most interesting sound artists from Peru today. Gonzales Agreda has released more than 60 discs by now, on his own label and on other ones across the world like Clinical Archives (Russia), Ruidemos (Spain), TibProd (Poland), Limitada (Argentina), Tape Safe (Belgium), Aloardí (Peru), etc. His music work has received outstanding reviews by such cool magazines like The Wire (U.K.), Rock de Lux (Spain), Decoder (U.S.A.), Vital Weekly (Netherlands), Go-Mag (Spain), Loop.cl (Chile), Losing Today (Italy), etc.
In 2014 he put out the album "Lima Norte Metamúsica" (Superspace Records, 2014) with the artwork done by the inimitable neo-psychedelic painter Anthony Ausgang that has received great critics from the press and begun 2015 with the release of a free download computer music single entitled "Música Anticorrupción". 2016 saw the release of "Scala Mega Hertz" and "Polykroma EP". Recently he has put a new album entitled "Paraísos, Revoluciones y Tú" (2017).
THE NEW DISC BY WILDER IS OUT NOW Paraísos Revoluciones y Tú (2017)
Blood Is Sweeter Than Honey is London-based artist Danny Currie's 3rd release of 2017.
Field recordings of his coastal hometown are merged with spectral guitars and washes of electronic noise to create a droning ambient panorama which seems to crest and recede like the Irish Sea heard in those same field recordings.
Released on his own Anschauen Records, Blood Is Sweeter Than Honey follows January's 'Verschollene EP' (Spheredelic Records), and 'Covers 2017' - a Soundcloud release of cover tracks.
Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, REIGHNBEAU is the work of visual and sound artist Bryce Hample. Frequent collaborators include Colleen Johnson (Twig Palace) and Madeline Johnston (Sister Grotto). The act concocts hypnotic tracks that incorporate heavenly, oft-wordless vocal melodies with swelling layers of melodic beauty for a very gripping effect. Middle Boop Mag described the sound as one that "shift and sift like sand between fingers - sinking through with an odd satisfaction and surreal beauty as you interact with thousands of grains of ancient earth and animals, ground into silt after billions of years."
REIGHNBEAU's new EP, Hide, was created alongside Madeline Johnston, who has been a longtime collaborator for several years. In the past two years, Johnston and Hample have performed live and toured together as REIGHNBEAU. Johnson's own project, Sister Grotto, has a new album coming out this year as well (Midwife). Her vocals feature throughout Hide, and the track "I Want Love" specifically is comprised almost entirely of her voice. The duo of REIGHNBEAU will be touring this fall.
As for the EP's self-titled track, Hample explains that - much like most tracks on the release - the song starts with human voice samples. "The title track started with my voice (me recording while improvising in my practice space) and developed fully when Madeline and I started rehearsing live for a tour," Hample elaborates. "The other songs all grew out of sounds from this song. The synths on "Grey" are my voice run through my guitar pedals. The compositions of "I want love" and "I don't want it" started with Madeline's voice."
On Saturday, May 20, multi-instrumentalist and lauded bass player Erik Kramer released his debut studio endeavor, an EP entitled ‘Missed the Boat.’ The Brooklyn-based musician has an especially eclectic sound, one that employs the talent of a slew of musicians: saxophone, trombone, viola, trumpet, back-up vocalists - they’re all there. An experimental record through and through, ‘Missed the Boat’ is an indie record quite unlike anything else that’s come across my desk in recent months.