Hellenica fuses dark ambient type instrumentals with elements of drone, doom, chant and spaghetti – western guitar melodies.
A 3 song EP They Are Out For Blood was released in March of 2012. It was followed by a full length album Blood Moon Wolf Head in November of 2014. The most recent album Forms was released in April of 2016 via Montréal label Jeunesse Cosmique. After the release of Forms Hellenica toured Europe in November 2016 performing in Germany, Czech Rep., and Netherlands.
Jim Demos grew up in the west-end’s industrial part of Winnipeg among rusted train yards and crumbling storage facilities. Aside from the years of searching out obscure metal albums as a kid, he later became interested in the Chicago, San Diego, Chapel Hill music scenes, shoe-gazer bands of the early 90’s, and the kraut-rock/experimental scene of the 70’s. Even though these styles could be heard in earlier projects, an ethnic influence was always present in his writing. When a child, his family would visit the Greek orthodox church on special occasions where he first heard the greek orthodox choir. Later on Jim became interested in spaghetti-western films and their soundtracks, and has taken these two influences as a canvas to work off of.
His past projects and collaborations include guitarist/vocals/writer in the noise rock band Ham, bass/writer in shoe-gazer band National Monument and guitarist/writer in Gothic western band The Dead Letters. Jim is also co-writer in the Golden Tombs.
Exploring the depths of 70's and 80's sci-fi soundtracks, Scraps, notes and ideas fused together to create a soundtrack to a fictional sci-film entitled: Land of no Return. This album was recorded digitally then mastered through a 1970's DENON 5L-40 REEL TO REEL TAPE MACHINE found in an antique shop in Sainte Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. Instruments used were: Various midi instruments, a Fender bass guitar, samples, Roland SH2000 synth, guitar drones, ebo, Sampletron.
Some months after the release of the eerie single Dimaryp, Same Old Sky is the second single from Northwest’s upcoming first album, which will be out in January 2018.
This new song by this London-based duo features an innovative and experimental sound, where classical instruments, tube organs and heavily-reverbed join forces with Mariuca García-Lomas’ melancholic vocals.
After a successful tour around Spain, Northwest will be showcasing their mesmerizing music live at 93 Feet East (London) on November 10th and Bristol. This Spanish-born project will kick off an extensive tour that will bring their mesmerizing live shows to countries such as France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy or Russia.
Northwest was founded in 2015 in the UK by multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Ignacio Simón and producer, visual artist, composer and singer Mariuca García-Lomas They have been compared to artists such as Robert Wyatt, Julia Holter, Scott Walker and Portishead thanks to their self-produced singles Reflection, Wind, Look At Me and Dimaryp. Northwest has managed to create an original and otherwordly atmosphere thanks to their unique blend of experimental music, 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.
Building on his acclaimed string of drone, glitch and ambient EPs, Hanetration explores freeform minimal techno, rooting his drifting experimental soundscapes with fierce beats. For fans of Wolfgang Voigt's work as GAS.
Un Bosque Noruego was born in the mist, among mountains oscillating with each other. Un Bosque Noruego is from the North and that shows in his music. Noise and melodies invoking mystical beings born in Nature comprise the rest of the project. Haust//El Otoño is an Ode to the fall scenery, its twilights and the swaying leafs slowly falling to the ground. The EP was solely recorded by Daniel Vicente in Asturias (Spain) between the months of August and September.
“Before This There Was Everything”, is Big City Cough's first single from his debut album "Born At Night". "This was the first song written and tracked for the record, and it really set the meditative tone for the whole album. It doesn’t really have a traditional structure - it just keeps going down different paths. Themes are repeated at length to grab you away from distractions and take you on an introspective journey. Once I finished writing “Before This There Was Everything” I knew I had a vibe I could explore for an entire record. The album’s title came from the fact that I’m a night owl. I tend to burn the midnight oil all the time, and the creation of the material kept with that pattern. As it happens I was born at night time, and so was all the music on this record."
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.
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.