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.’
‘Ovum’ “is a concept album that poetically reflects on the nature of beginnings, seeds, and primordial states of being,” Chronotope Project muses in their liner notes. The project is Allen’s attempt to explore the depths of time and space utilizing complex sonic landscapes. Surprisingly, ‘Ovum’ does this particularly well, conjuring longform instrumental pieces that are worth listening to - an impressive feat.
As with any concept album, ‘Ovum’ is best served by being listened to in its entirety. This is quite the commitment given the length, but it gives the best insight into Allen’s creation. The first track, ‘Olduvai Dreams,’ clocks in at ten minutes, making in the album’s most weighty effort. It introduces a very ethereal, mystifying sound. In this track, though, it’s also a very earthy sound. The sound is chock-full of African tribal influence, Native American flutes and percussion, and so much more.
Throughout its ten minutes, ‘Olduvai Dreams’ proves completely enthralling. The title track, on the other hand, proves less accessible, digging its heels deeply into long, drawn out synthesizer sections. The track is best served by a quality sound system due to its slight variations as time goes on, but it’s definitely more nuanced in its accessibility than its predecessor.
‘Mariposa’ is very similar to ‘Ovum,’ providing a sublime dive into angelic, soft-spoken synthesizers. Some of the instrumentation draws very thin parallels to, perhaps, Nordic influence, but by and large ‘Mariposa’ lacks the earthly qualities of ‘Olduvai Dreams.’ The track culminates into a much stronger finale than ‘Ovum’ as well, one that builds as synthesized choruses and a percussion section enter the fray in a beautiful fashion.
‘Primordial’ is a rather beautiful tune, one that harnesses soft, cricket-like sound effects over soft orchestration. It feels like a combination of ‘Olduvai Dreams’ and its familiarity and ‘Ovum’ and its otherworldly nature.
‘Epiphany,’ too, proves a fairly compelling listen, the synth-driven experience is a fascinating one. The same could likely be said for the finale, too, ‘Starry Messenger.’ It is a wonderful ending that pulls flute back into the forefront, likely to strike a contrast to the first song.
‘Ovum’ is, for the most part, a strong effort. The songs are surprisingly intriguing to listen to, which can rarely be said for ten minute instrumentals. The conceptual part of ‘Ovum’ is very subjective and abstract, but it does do a fine job exploring the dichotomy between earthly and celestial sounds. On the whole, ‘Ovum’ is a treat for experimental instrumental fans worth spending time with on a good sound system.
In the middle of México, in the Capital of the Country, north of the so called “City of Hope” Rafael Gtz. Under the nickname: Elvaan Ibanfure rises as an alternative with a totally aggressive, contradictory and defiant proposal for the social context in which it develops.
Elvaan Ibanfure, with a long career as a musician and singer with some of the most unique and original bands in México (All You Hate) and Arda is now exploring the music world as a solo artist, confronting his own mind and maturity, maturity that has been cause and result of some series of tragedies and events that, with time, allowed him to extend his consciousness and made him aware about social decadency, which goes over borders and infest the whole planet.
Upon the reality in which he lives, a strong feeling of impotence arises, that began to take form in his mind and heart, in front of the apparent inevitable destruction of life, men, nature and universal virtues, and then realizing that the only possible way to make a significant change in the environment, it’s creating a massive “wake up” expressed in one of the branches of the human language… Music.
Elvaan then created a rich universe in which all of his songs take place, the world of "Nothing" where an accidental god soon realizes that his creation should not be taken lightly.
This is the world of "Sheol"
Elvaan Ibanfure tempts people to be free to love and hate, without prejudices, always searching the evolution of the spirit & never to give up.
Several demo songs are now under his sleeve, and now Elvaan Ibanfure launches his first official material, under the name of "The Wolves Are No Longer Howling". A 5 minute instrumental opus that transcends the borders of Rock & Metal, showing the world, his unique and singular style of aggressiveness, despair, pain, hate, love and thirst of justice and change. With catchy and powerful guitars, deep and vibrant bass lines, explosive drums charged with rhythm and the finesse and class of strings and brass sections makes it clear that this is music for the intelligent, music for the elite. This is his new vision of Metal, his particular vision of Music.
Instant Empire is a rock group from Denver that formed nearly eight years ago. Since then, they have released three EPs and a couple LPs, the most recent of which – 'Last of the Lovers' – will be released this August. The five-piece crafted the album with a concept centering around “the relentless march of time … consumed with finding grace and beauty in life’s tiny moments.”
The band's sophomore album is a beautiful listen, with a fairly dark theme complemented by bright and wonderfully contagious melodies. One of many highlights off the release is “Slow to Reveal”, a track with multiple vocal layers rising in intensity over shimmering guitars and an ’80s-tinged polish. The hook that features the lyrics “whispers and sideways glances” is full of intensity and supremely melodic songwriting, a great demonstration of the band’s talents.
“The initial spark for this song came after spending one too many days in Vegas, and all the heat, booze, gluttony and sickness that comes with that town,” vocalist and lyricist Scotty Saunders explains. “But the song eventually took on a larger rumination on how easily we let addiction and darkness into our lives. Depending on the situations you put yourself into, or the people you surround yourself with … evil can sometimes feel tangible. ‘Slow to Reveal’ explores that idea a bit.”
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.
SanMono is an instrumental quartet located in Mexico City. Formed in 2014, the band has explored with sounds of post-rock, math-rock and progressive rock, creating powerful tunes alongside with atmospherical and melodic passages. The band is integrated by drummer Jerónimo Carvajal, guitarist Luis Gutiérrez, bassist Rod Barriga and Pablo Cervera in keyboards, synths and sequences. In 2016, the band´s debut Ep was released, called "SanMono Ep".
"SanMono Ep" is the debut Ep from the instrumental band SanMono. It consists of 5 tracks that evoke the necessity of humans to have a relief of habitual stress and anger (represented by a man hitting the ground with a baseball bat on the cover of the cd). "Intro" and "Navíos" (which stands for "ships") are songs about letting out and accepting the fact that sometimes negative feelings may invade us. "Colisiones" (which stands for "collisions") is a brief interlude about daily routines that might make you feel stuck and pointless. "Punto y aparte" (which stands for "new paragraph") refers to the feeling of loosing a friend because of distance or time. Finally, "Co-dependencia" ("which stands for "codependency") is a song about taking all the feelings evoked by the other songs, in a process of healing, to finally let go, although the title refers to the fact that humans tend to embrace the suffering of the process rather than the relief.
Intro 2 - 01:50 NavÃos - 04:56 Colisiones - 01:40 Punto Y Aparte - 04:52 Co-Dependencia - 05:02
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.