Review for "I Want to Stand Where the Sun Himself Shakes with Fear" by Voices from Deep Below

2017-03-25 04:34:33 UTC

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Even though the independent rock scene is quite inundated with new acts, there’s always a welcome place for an outfit that changes the formula enough to be consistently interesting and worth taking notice of. The New York-based alternative rock group Voices from Deep Below attempts to do just that, fusing together a variety of styles into a surprisingly coherent sound. Their new record, “I Want to Stand Where the Sun Himself Shakes with Fear”, is a five song album that navigates alt-rock, experimental, and borderline metal and progressive influences all at the same time.

Voices from Deep Below open their album with ‘This Is the Way,’ a near eleven- minute jaunt through intense, distorted electric guitar and heavy rock tinged soundscapes. The atmosphere comes in waterfall-like waves, though, and it’ll tear out of its cage, slowly subside back into atmospheric rumblings, and then maneuver its way forward again. At its more aggressive points, “This Is the Way” sounds like a Queens of the Stone Age demo tape. At its subtler sections, it feels like a Flaming Lips or Roger Waters tune that straddles the line between experimental rock and prog rock.

The second track of the album, “Blurred”, has a similar song structure, rising and falling in methodic waves of reverberated electric guitar and soft, almost indistinguishable vocal croons. True to name, “Blurred” does eventually blur together into a giant hodgepodge of noise, as if the songwriter had spent a little too much time listening to “Metal Machine Music” beforehand. This does more or less become the tone of the record: fuzzy electric riffing atop a bed of sparse vocal harmonies and copious reverb. “I Can’t Speak”, for example, is essentially eleven minutes of distorted chaos with a loose structure. Some of the soloing is excellent, however, making the latter parts of “I Can’t Speak” quite good fun to explore.

“Indigo/Younger” turns down the volume knob for a larger chunk of the song, letting the vivid lyrics and more intricate electric guitar musings shine through. The first two minutes of “Indigo/Younger” is arguably the most beautiful moment on the album. During its nine-minute run, though, the song takes several twists and turns, eventually exploding in a cacophony of distortion followed by a full minute of drowned out samples and electric meandering. “White Columns” closes the album with the most intense instrumentation of the bunch. The song slaps the listener in the face repeatedly for the whole run time, and it’s aggressively committed to doing so.

“I Want to Stand Where the Sun Himself Shakes with Fear” is only going to appeal to a very niche audience of music fans who are looking for modern alternative rock that pulls heavy influence from prog and experimental. Though it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, however, one can’t help but admire how Voices from Deep Below have crafted a sound that is unlike anything else out right now. Is it noise rock? Sort of, yes. Is it alternative, progressive, experimental, and bordering on heavy rock or metal? It’s all the above, and that’s why it’s worth taking a listen to.

Track List

  • This Is the Way - 10:52 download 
  • Blurred - 08:48 download 
  • I Can't Speak - 10:37 download 
  • Indigo/Younger - 09:14 download 
  • White Columns - 11:02 download


Genre : alternative, rock, post-rock, shoegaze

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Light Of The East EP by Mixtaped Monk

2017-03-23 18:24:38 UTC

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Mixtaped Monk is a one-man DIY music project by journalist and music producer Arka Sengupta. This project was started as an outlet for his creative expressions. Under the moniker of Mixtaped Monk, Arka not only expresses himself as a music producer but also as a writer and a visual artist.

"Light Of The East EP" is like a tribute to Japan, its rich culture and heritage. Through dreamy atmospheres and intricate melodies, this EP tries to convey different emotions you can experience when you think about or even literally visit various places in Japan such as Mt. Fuji, Osaka, Kyoto and the Akihabara district in Tokyo. Sonically, the instrumental EP borders around ambient and post-rock while taking influences from indie rock, alternative rock and shoegaze music.

Track List


Fuji-san - 03:49
Dreams Of Kyoto - 05:34
From Osaka, With Love - 03:28
Akihabara Nights - 04:54


Genre : alternative, atmospheric, rock, experimental, ambient, electronica, indie, instrumental, post-rock, postrock, shoegaze, soundscape

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Live At Sunrunner by Arbor Lights

2017-03-19 05:36:24 UTC

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Arbor Lights have been making a racket in their home town of Birmingham since 2010.   Greg, Alex,  Matt and James stole their name from the pub where they met. They self-released their first single On A Sea in 2011, and a self-titled EP in 2012 & a full length album called "Hatherton Lake" in 2013. Since then they have gigged around Birmingham (and occasionally further afield) with too many amazing bands to name.

Last February Arbor Lights  were invited to Birmingham City Uni to record a live session for their friends at Sunrunner Sessions. The video never came together but these four new songs feel like a nice snapshot of where they 've  been since Hatherton Lake came out. This release, as ever, is pay-what-you-want, but all proceeds will be donated to a local charity. CHADD is a housing association working around the Black Country to provide shelter to the homeless, both young and old, and victims of domestic abuse. The work they do is more important than ever and they wanted to do their part to help a cause that's close to them on a personal level. Please consider giving generously.

Track List


  • The Frenzy - 05:13 
  • Malapert - 05:07 
  • Only Run If You're Being Chased - 04:32 
  • If We Don't Learn From History Channel, We Are Doomed To Repeat History Channel - 07:36


Genre : alternative, diy, experimental, rock, indie, instrumental, post-rock, space

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New track Still (Post Rock) by Martyn Jackson

2017-03-16 22:58:34 UTC

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Martyn Jackson is a composer and Post-Rock musician from Bristol, UK.

Whilst working on his follow up album to 2013 release "Home", Jackson has been working on numerous other projects such as the score for BBC short film "Leonard's Neighbours. This work is an alternative to his Post-Rock band stylised music, and shows a more minimal approach.

"Still" is an example of this minimal approach. This track was composed especially for Bandcamp supporting the ACLU on Friday the 3rd of February.

 


Genre : alternative, ambient, minimalism, neo-classical, orchestral, piano, rock, instrumental, post-rock

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We All Die! What A Circus! by We All Die! What A Circus!

2017-03-14 18:54:35 UTC

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We All Die! What A Circus! Is the solo studio project of João Guimarães from Portugal and was created in 2013. It all started with the release of the EP Drowning Gives Meaning To Breath (June, 2013) which consisted of soundscapes (synths, samples, field-recordings) mixed with post-rock and "folk" guitars with a minimalist approach focusing on the atmosphere. The song "Drowning Gives Meaning to Breath" was featured on the RibsOut Compilation 6 and the song "Hold" was featured on the compilation The Best of Portuguese Post-Rock 2013 made by the Portuguese website Planeta Post-Rock.

In September of 2014 the first full-length "Until The Cosmos Takes Me Back"was released featuring more drone elements, intricated guitar-work and a more layered sound, featuring two singles: From India To Gaza I, one of the highlights of the album with a strong guitar-lead dwelling in the air with its simplicity, and Old Village In Space which combines a sense of nostalgia with an eerie slow-pace solo. The album was considered one of the best Portuguese albums of the year by the website Bandcom and the song "Our Dust Turned Into This" was featured on the compilation The Best of Portuguese Post - Rock 2014 by Planeta Post-Rock.

Between 2015 and early 2017 the new self-titled album was recorded expanding the sound of the project with a different concept, including elements of dark jazz, modern classical all warped up by reverb-drenched drone soundscapes and also post-rock guitar featuring drums for the first time. 

The album was released on March, 3, 2017. Conceptually it deals with the existential issues of human life, the need for a meaning of life and/or the lack of it; and how time and space wraps our own existence. It was inspired by the thoughts of philosophers and writers like Emil Cioran and Charles Bukowski (his famous poem Bluebird is recited on that song) and is a homage to them. Sound-wise this album makes heavy use of drone synths and field-recordings processed with various effects setting the atmosphere; some elements of dark jazz and classical modern piano; post-rock guitars for the lead melodies and harmonies and a sparse use of drums, mostly downtempo. Some said it resembles Angelo Badalamenti and Bohren & der Club of Gore making post-rock. 

Track List

  • The Trouble Of Being Born - 05:34 
  • Emil Cioran's Nightwalk - 07:50 
  • Bluebird - 09:01 
  • A Fishing Rod For My Grandpa - 04:28 
  • Tears Do Not Burn Except In Solitude - 08:13 
  • What We Think We Become - 04:49


Genre : ambient, experimental, acoustic, drone, field, recordings, folk, introspection, post-rock

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Review for "I Want to Stand Where the Sun Himself Shakes with Fear" by Voices from Deep Below

Even though the independent rock scene is quite inundated with new acts, there’s always a welcome place for an outfit that changes the formula enough to be consistently interesting and worth taking notice of. The New York-based alternative rock group Voices from Deep Below attempts to do just that, fusing together a variety of styles into a surprisingly coherent sound. Their new record, “I Want to Stand Where the Sun Himself Shakes with Fear”, is a five song album that navigates alt-rock, experimental, and borderline metal and progressive influences all at the same time.

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