Jonathan Lear released his first short experimental/acoustic/ambient album “Outside Worlds” in December of 2011. Following the reception of some really high and unexpected praise, he began work on a full length album which took approximately two years and two inter-continental trips to write and record. After carrying out a successful crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter to press the record on vinyl, he released “Memory Well” in March of 2014.
Since Memory Well Jonathan has put out two more one-man-band, instrumental math rock-esque records: “Reflection” (August 2016) and “Nina” (August 2018). While Reflection was very much a sequel to Memory Well, Nina is much more of a tribute to his ex-landlord’s dog Nina. Both albums are available in both digital and physical formats.
"Nina" is an instrumental math rock journey. Although the few lyrics on the album give away very little, conceptually speaking, the record is in fact Jonathan's attempt to keep up with his landlord's dog: an utterly gigantic, supremely energetic, deaf pit bull / Dalmatian mix named Nina, who he is tasked with walking, feeding, and occasionally babysitting. Long story short, Jonathan peers into Nina's soul and realizes that there is a fully-formed human being inside, and this record is his attempt to capture that humanity in musical form. In doing so, Jonathan realizes that is actually dogs that make us human.
and Alice is a two piece math-rock band hailing from Bath and Chippenham based in the UK. The two members Chris Tucker (guitar, vocals) and Joe Sgroi (drums, vocals) met at college and after discovering a shared passion for wiggly time signatures and angular song structures, decided to start writing together. and Alice has been together for about two years now and have just released their debut EP, With Friends.
James North, production wizard, had and Alice over for three hazy weekends of recording in his bedroom. It was a great opportunity for good friends to just hang out and have loads of fun whilst remaining productive. Their debut EP, aptly titled With Friends is a testament to the amount of people in the band's lives that they have leant on, not only in this project, but in every aspect of life. The EP is a concise overview of the kind of music and Alice has been obsessing over these past two years; big, catchy instrumentals, wonky time sigs, ringing vocals and above all - sprinkles of sentiment. Now available for FREE download via MoonSwing Netlabel, the band have also joined their eclectic roster of independent artists from all over the world.
Since recording this, and Alice have written a whole host of new tracks, so keep your ears to the ground people!
Cape Town-based four piece post-rock band Yndian Mynah burst into the atmosphere with an exhilarating introductory two-track demo EP and accompanying eight-track live album 'Live at Mercury', both out now via MoonSwing Netlabel showcasing their ability to bend genres like twisted wire; textural post-rock sections, driving alternative waves with hints of ferocious math and prog leanings, painting their ever-changing and delicately kaleidoscopic portrait.
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.