Rare Monk is a Portland, OR based indie rock band. They are gearing up to release their debut full-length album, A Future, in the summer of 2017 -- featuring 10 brand new songs recorded in Portland with Skyler Norwood (Blind Pilot, Horsefeathers, Priory).
In 2015, Rare Monk released their apocalyptic-tinged self-titled EP, produced by Tom McFall (Weezer, Bloc Party, Snow Patrol, R.E.M.). Singles "Warning Pulse" and "California (Will Burn)" received considerable attention form the blogosphere, college radio, and streaming services such as Spotify. This was the follow-up to 2014's widely lauded 7-inch "Splice/Sleep Attack". The boutique record label, B3SCI Records, released both EPs.
In 2016 Rare Monk faced several lineup changes. Their original guitarist and violist left and the once 5-piece became a 4-piece with the addition of lead guitarist and vocalist Hugh Jepson. With the addition of Jepson, Rare Monk started focusing more on writing bigger guitar parts, dueling leads, and beautiful falsetto harmonies. What resulted were ten new songs written and recorded over the course of the last year and a half.
The songs deal with death and agency – our control (both individual and as a species) of how the future will play out. “It’s easy to be deterministic – the world’s a shit show right now and it feels like all we can do is make popcorn – so there’s a lot of grappling and grasping for free will.” The songs are also a lot of fun – big guitar fun – a commitment to giant choruses as a medium to discuss humanity’s doom and how we might prevent it. If there’s a unifying theme to the album, it’s that we have control over the music we make, that band practice is chaos under our control and feedback cures all diseases.
Rare Monk decided to release their debut full-length independently after self producing much of the album, alongside Norwood, having previously worked with him on 2013's "Death By Proxy EP". These tracks represent a sound formed over the course of the last five years, containing some of their most adventurous yet accessible songs to date.
"Tree Trunks" is the second single from Basement Revolver and is off their upcoming EP 'Agatha' out on 21st July On Yellow K Records (U.S.) and fear of missing out records (U.K.)
'Tree Trunks' was written when I started experiencing panic attacks for the first time, and my increasing need to find a professional who could help me to find better ways to cope. It also tries to mirror how I imagine the environment feels sometimes - and how the environment is tied to many people's mental health. I was very fortunate to find the help that I needed and I would encourage everyone to go after the mental health resources that are available to them."
MAJJ is an alternative rock band from France. Created in late 2015 under the impulse of Julian and Julien (who previously worked together as "Atlantic Drop"), and quickly joined by Matthieu on drums and Alex on the bass. With an always growing catalog of compositions, the band playeds a series of live shows within the local music scene during 2016 and 2017 and released they debut album "Motion Bloom" on June 21st.
"Motion Bloom" is an album made of 10 songs with atypical structure, that oscillates between dynamic post-rock and shoegaze, with some flavour of math-rock. It was written, recorded, mixed and mastered by the band in the beginning of 2017.
The track is the latest single from the whimsical debut album“ThroughTheMagic”,whose singles gained local and international radio play, the band sold out of the first print of the album while performing at some of their home country’s leading festivals and venues. Dorin Yanni is one of the most interesting up-and-coming artists to emerge from Tel Aviv’s burgeoning indie music scene. Following her appearance on the local edition of the show The Voice, where she was praised for her distinctive and emotive performances, Dorin set out to write the music that was closest to her heart. After recruiting a talented bunch of musicians to play the violin, banjo, trumpet as well as guitar, bass and drums the newly formed collective began performing under the stage nameDorinYanni and the Band.They have been winning over audiences with their indie-folk charm wherever they played ever since.
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.
These Are Truly The Last Days is a musical project with a driven experimental twist. Their music blurs the lines between various genres, including ambient, electronica, glitch hop, and more. The project’s self-titled studio effort features 11 studio tracks.
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.’