"Heard U Say" is a song roughly about human artifice and social constructionism," Rory explains. "There was something about the riff (which came first) that made me think about the ways in which we try to convince ourselves that we have figured out what it is we're supposed to be doing with our time, and our predisposition to rationalize all aspects of our lives. This recording also features a cowbell, which post-SNL sketch usually gets associated with Blue Oyster Cult, but the inspiration here was Queens of the Stone Age's "Little Sister"."
In mid to late 2005, McVicar's demo received heavy rotation on the BBC Radio 1 Onemusic shows, helmed by Huw Stephens and Rob da Bank. This led to an appearance at In The City in Manchester, as part of Radio 1 Unsigned; as well as the recording of a live Maida Vale session for the show. The track 'Little One', which was the first song on the CD-R, clocked in at number 20 in the traditional end of year Festive Fifty countdown.
McVicar's first release was a split 7" single on HowlbackHum with electronic artist Hoofus, featuring the song "Hide Yrself". Another single, this time on NRone records, called "The Things You Do" followed shortly thereafter.
In November 2007, McVicar released his self-titled debut album on the Series 8 label. The album picked up favourable reviews across the British music press, with singles "Now That You're Mine" and "No More Do I Care" getting airplay across the dial.
Subsequent tours followed, including festival appearances in the UK and mainland Europe, as well as support slots for Josh T. Pearson, Bat For Lashes and Jason Molina. McVicar went on to play guitar on the first solo album released by Nat Johnson, entitled 'Roman Radio' and Emma Kupa's debut EP "Home Cinema".
In February 2010, McVicar released his second album, 'Another Sleepless Night' on his own Lonesome Goodnight Recordings label. The album was released digitally, as well as on heavy-weight vinyl, via http://rorymcvicar.co.uk/
Presently, McVicar is putting the finishing touches to his third album, to be released in 2017, following the release of the Toothache/Alone I'll Be 7" on Static Caravan records in 2016.
Some things can't be explained… To understand Synopsys you must listen to their music, feel the pictures, capture the quiet and sustain heaviness. Those atmospheres build themselves on a paradox, shadow & light, the infinitely big & the infinitely small, things to say that we cannot say, the balance & the fall. These unavoidable meetings are translated into as captivating as lightning sounds.
synopsys will release their first full length album « Le temps du rêve » on May 17th 2017. The album will come with a full length film to illustrate it. "A whisper in the evening" is their first title on Bandcamp along with a music video for the title « Leviathan »
ANTETHIC is an instrumental rock trio from St. Petersburg, Russia. One of the most interesting and innovative bands on the European post-rock scene. The trio is notable for an impressive and organic combination of a variety of genres, such as electronic, progressive rock, ambient, drone, and shoegaze. Staying true to the band's experimental and atmospheric roots every new release shows progression towards more balanced and electronic sound. Throughout a 5 years lifetime, Antethic has released 2 LP albums, several EP and singles.
The latest album 'Ghost Shirt Society' is the first work of Antethic as a trio in 3 years. The record challenged them with the line up changes and expanded each member involvement on multiple instruments. This resulted in more detailed and yet flowing compositions which they see as their best works so far. The album is inspired by idealism philosophy, utopian and post-catastrophic ideas. As usual Antethic was looking for the way to express specific philosophical or political idea by the means of music.
Reid Karris is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound enthusiast and improviser hailing from Chicago, Illinois trying very hard to get all the music stuck in his head out for all the world to hear. After spending years as an odd guitarist trying to fit in with the world of rock music, Reid shifted his focus towards improvisation, noise, drone and avant-garde. His primary instruments for doing so are prepared guitar and drum kit sent through electronics. With prepared guitars, he performs solo as well as in various groups including Set Self on Fire, HKM Guitar Trio, The Chicago Scratch Orchesta and Coffin Screws; the later consisting of himself on prepared guitars along with a revolving rhythm section usually consisting of a drummer and bassist who do not regularly play together. He also plays drums in the experimental duo Step Slow and works with an array of found metal percussion. In studio settings, he either records albums of improvised music employing himself on prepared guitars or conceptual abstract compositions. He has released music on Pan Y Rosas Discos, Lungbasket Recordings and Lurker Bias.
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.
The Great Long Distance is an audible recollection of the first 12 months of a long distance relationship, including the highs and lows and moments in between. It is a journal without words, each of the 12 tracks representing each month respectively. Inspired by the format of NIN's "Ghosts I-IV", the album is a sonic tapestry of different moods and themes, with various recurring motifs and the subtle melding of synthesizer and samples; the result something not quite classical, ambient or electronic - rather, an eclectic blend of the three. For fans of Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm and later Ulver