"Blank Frames" is the second EP from industrial/Electronic duo Chelsey and the Noise. Hayward, CA (US) based duo Chelsey and the Noise find their strength in contradictions. Pairing heavy synths and distorted guitars with catchy melodies and heartfelt vocals to create a sound both intense and playful. The instrumentation is chaotic yet controlled, pierced by moments of atmospheric vulnerability in an attempt to find beauty among the mayhem. This dichotomy is pushed further by the themes explored in their latest release Blank Frames. An album as much about the pain of loss as it is about the exultation in starting over. Lyrically teetering between self-confidence and self-doubt while ultimately finding the strength to rebuild what was destroyed. Though it’s easy to find the darkness in this music, the album is ultimately a work of optimism and a celebration of human resilience.
Huey Walker plays a fragmented, freeform Jingle-Jangle, based on a Sense of Slowness, Pacing and the Joy of Monotony.
Huey Walker plays carefully crafted Harmonies. He is a Traveller through dense Walls of wafting Tones and a Transmitter of well-tempered Noise. He is a sonic Dreamer, sculpturing Sequins of shimmering Sounds - bacchanal and revellling in elegiac Eclecticism.
His Music is based on various live-looped and modulated Soundsources. Often the Journey starts on a picked and spun Guitar or even multiple Guitars brought to Sound by mechanic Installations. With additional synthetic, bowed, plucked and resounded Instruments, Tapeloops and a plethoric or punctuated use of Effects, he dwells in the poetic and vibrant Areas of Music, generating blistering Billows of marbling Textures and blissful musical Movements with freewheelin' Overtones.
With Aspects of Minimalism, aleatoric Music and impromptu timbral Explorations, he developes a pulsating, static Reeling and winching Whirrings.
Combining the endearing Melancholia and DIY-Aesthetics of Lofi-Homerecording with the psychedelic Qualities of early Cosmic Music and the psycho-acoustic Gravities of spectral Processings and glistening Buzz, Huey Walker is always in search for the ideal, endless Hum.
Huey Walker grew up in Berlin and now resides in a smaller town at the Baltic Sea. He has recorded Music since the late 1990ies and releases Recordings on his Label "Rakkoon Recordings".
As part of the newly designed Catalogue of Rakkoon Recordings, Huey Walker releases his album „Dreamsleaves“ in a finally remastered and conceptionally complete version. The album now contains an additional track and new photographic artwork.
What was released in a small one-off edition as a 2-track-album in 2014, now finds its final, pure 3-track-beauty with additional photographic artwork.
The Songs on „Dreamsleaves“ – no one under 15 minutes – meander through fields of glitchy leftfield-electronica and blissfull, airy, ambient explorations.
A narrative impression fuses these three tracks into a journey of fluidity with gradual breachings and excavations of schemes and themes. The vague becomes distinct and vice versa.
Based on sine waves, fluttering scapes and modulated field recordings, it all starts with some airy drones and swooshing, breathing billows of reverbs – marbled with long-held synth-chords and some teeming, melodic flocks.
During the first track „Puddles Watching Leaves Swim“, this bright and breathy flow ebbs over into a slow sort-of-glitch-hop-thing made of purling tones until the droning side of sound takes it over to the drowning side again – counterparted by some twirling vocalsample-lurchings.
The second song „Reflected Dreams Of Blue Travels“ floats in timid, tonal vibrancies, travelling through sleepy-cloudy clusters in wide rooms of hall & echoes, spindrifting into mild-mannered hints of distortions, finally decaying in a quiet ease.
„Alterable Noons Of Loitering“ pushes the narrative structure of field recordings and layered drones into a wry indication of what might be a droll songwriter-song – with a harp and cheesy lyrics.
The recordings on „Dreamsleaves“ were made on multiple occasions and dates. Yet, there is a strong sense of cohesion here. All tunes have similar, conceptional prefixes: layering various soundsources into pearly, manifold, floating structures. Tracks 1 and 2 were recorded in the heat of july 2014 at Hurley Wake in Greifswald, near the baltic sea. Bits of the first track (the ones with organs & guitar) were recorded in january 2013 live at Madame Claude, Berlin. „Alterable Noons Of Loitering“ was made during one week as a conceptional recording within the art project „Schaufensterschau“ in Greifswald, utilizing on-spot-recordings of rain, recorded lofi-nightime-memos on acoustic-guitar and speckled, dreamy synthesizer-tones.
The tracks-titles are taken from poems by Frank O‘Hara. The cover- and inlay-photography shows images taken at Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh. The CD-edition of „Dreamsleaves“ comes in handmade packaging on blue CDr with two Inlays in colour-printed sleeve with transparent-paper overlay. The included download contains additional photos in a 14-pages PDF-booklet.
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.
A combination of retro aesthetics, enduring lyrics and alt-rock grit.
The best music happens when artists refuse to remain stuck in their own comfort zones and creative boxes. Whenever this happens, they are free to give full range to their vision, and they can really come up with something that’s groundbreaking and personable. This is certainly the case here with Tommy Red and his brand new EP release, “I Wanna Be Exploited.”
Marva Von Theo is an Electropop / Synthwave duo formed in 2016 by the Athens-based singer-songwriter Marva Voulgari and the Vienna-based composer-producer Theo Foinidis.
Their Debut Album “Dream within a Dream” was released early in 2018. The 12 songs on their Album, lean towards an electronic sound that incorporates a variety of influences ranging from the music of the 80’s until today. Darkwave sounds, Jazz harmonies, Rock and Dance drum beats resonate together and mature into something darkly romantic.