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
Lazybones Flame Kids is a four-piece post-rock band from Sardinia. They mix the atmospheric touches of instrumental rock with the emotional pull of classic post-rock repetitive arpeggios. Their music is mainly instrumental, although sometimes they scream and whisper in a typical narrative mood. Their debut album L.F.K has been released in February 2016 under Coypu Records Recorded at Corlo (FE), at Emanuele Fusaroli’s recording studio with artistic producer Gabriele Boi (The Rippers and The Mojomatics). The album was anticipated by the singles A Ride in an Amusement Park, a tribute to one of the best American stand-up comedians of all time, Bill Hicks, and Too Close, a collaboration with the Sardinian folksinger Beeside. L.F.K is all live recorded, with few overdubs, and it is a completely analogical album. Theband decided to use mixers, instruments and echo tapes from 60s-70s to give the album original vintage sounds and atmospheres with evocative texture and fragile, solemn, compact and fascinating song.
Crafting a concept album is an incredibly difficult task. Tying together a cohesive narrative across a record’s worth of songs isn’t just daunting, it’s an endeavour that even some of the industry’s finest have failed to do memorably. This task, however, becomes notably more difficult when you’re dealing in the abstract via instrumental soundscapes. That is what Chronotope Project, the moniker of composer Jeffrey Ericson Allen, attempts to do with his latest project, ‘Ovum.’
NAAL is an eclectic music project led by Chicago composer Dave Mantel. This talented musician has a true passion for great melodies and haunting musical textures. His blend of ambient, shoegaze and experimental drone music feels personal and unique, echoing the work of artists such as Slowdive, Boards of Canada or Sigur Ros, just to mention a few.