Lord Kesseli And The Drums is a band comprising of St. Gallen, Switzerland based maverick multi-instrumentalist Dominik Kesseli and drummer and producer Michael Gallusser. Following on from the release of their self-titled debut EP via celebrated Zurich record label Ikarus Records in the summer of 2016, Lord Kesseli and The Drums have just released their new single, Dear John. The track was recorded at Michael?s QLFM Studios in St Gallen.
Lord Kesseli And The Drums create involved soundscapes with drums, guitar, electronic bass synthesizer and pre-produced samples, which explore stories of human manipulation through consumption, and economics, politics and religion. Drawing from as diverse influences as Beethoven, Portishead, Nirvana, Bon Iver and Radiohead, the band?s sonic output has much in common with the international scene of kraut/psyche/cosmic space cadets such as M83, Connan Mockasin and The School of Seven Bells.
In terms of describing new single Dear John, mastermind Dominik Kesseli defines it as singer-songwriter psycho rave. It mixes narrative lyrical song structure with post electronica textures and atmospherics, and explores the existentialistic breakdown of a tortured soul seeking the redemption of St John. The exploration of religious parables in a secularized context is one of the facets of what is so fascinating about Lord Kesselis output. The suitably haunting video was directed by emerging St Gallen video artist Kaliber and it was filmed on location in the underground of St.Gallen, and in Kalibers studio. Ikarus Records label boss Manuel Clausen features as the protagonist.
Their debut EP release in the UK was met with glowing reviews and airplay, including Tom Ravenscroft featuring the track Arnold on 6Music. Live concert film Waiting For Arnold premiered with Loud and Quiet, and went on to win an award at the prestigious industry festival Austin Music Video Festival in 2016. The band has since toured France, the UK and Switzerland and are about to start touring in Germany. They recently went down a storm at Sounds From The Other City Festival in Manchester.
Lord Kesseli and The Drums will be returning to tour the UK in September 2017.
Ideomotor is an electropop/indietronica duo formed in 2014 hailing from Helsinki, Finland. Taking flavourful aspects of rock, pop, indie & electro -music, Ideomotor is pushing the boundaries of genres. Influences of 80s synthpop, 90s rock and modern sounds translate into tunes that range from sweet melodic to the dark & haunting corners of electro-infused pop and rock. Ideomotor was a long time in the making as Erkka and Kimmo had talked about a common music project on numerous occasions over the years. However, it took a while and vocalist Kimmo to move to Zurich, Switzerland before things started to fall into place and the first demos came together. The duo quickly secured the services of a highly regarded production team and was locked in a studio by summer sharing songwriting duties and instruments. Their debut EP For A Moment We Are Strangers was released in March 2015, and that was followed by single Amplified / When We Begin the same summer.
"Do It Again" is the first track from their upcoming album release. The song is about looking back, but for them, it’s paving the way to the only possible future.
Perfect for the incoming spring weather, "Stroll on the Promenade" is a fluttering delight from Rory McVicar. Rory McVicar is musician and songwriter currently living in London, UK. 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 favorable 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 McVicar's website.
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.
Based out of San Bernardino, California, Manuel Joseph Walker started his synth-tinged, jangle-pop project Foliage at the age of 16. He released his debut LP 'Truths' on Bandcamp the week before his 17th birthday. The record sold out in less than a week on physical. The recording, songwriting, and production for Foliage is all done by Walker, who is now 19 years old.
Foliage's new record is called 'Silence', and tells the story of an abusive relationship he was in. The song "Dare" is about trying to find an escape, but being held back. "Dare" is the first official single from the release.
Starting in 2011 when Johnstown, PA artist Jake Dryzal was only 12 years old, Blue Navy was conceived through his love of indie music and surrealism. Crafting fictional stories that dealt with relationship strife or dreamlike circumstances, Blue Navy released several demo EPs between 2011 and 2013. Jake took a hiatus from Blue Navy in 2014 to focus on his post-metal project, Pallor, and later returned to Blue Navy after the breakup with a girlfriend. Influenced by slowcore, dream pop, and shoegazing music, Jake released his debut album, "Mine" in early 2016 to critical acclaim. Another bout of unrequited love hit Jake in early 2017, resulting in the production of his newest album, "Ours," which was released that May.
"Ours" is Blue Navy's sophomore LP - another concept album that covers topics such as heartbreak, loss, and memories following the destruction of a meaningful relationship. Along with introspective, confessional lyrics, "Ours" contains balanced elements of stripped-down acoustic folk, as well as dense layers of lush, ethereal, and reverberated ambient soundscapes.
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.