ANTETHIC is an instrumental rock trio from St. Petersburg, Russia. One of the most interesting and innovative bands on the European post-rock scene. The trio is notable for an impressive and organic combination of a variety of genres, such as electronic, progressive rock, ambient, drone, and shoegaze. Staying true to the band's experimental and atmospheric roots every new release shows progression towards more balanced and electronic sound. Throughout a 5 years lifetime, Antethic has released 2 LP albums, several EP and singles.
The latest album 'Ghost Shirt Society' is the first work of Antethic as a trio in 3 years. The record challenged them with the line up changes and expanded each member involvement on multiple instruments. This resulted in more detailed and yet flowing compositions which they see as their best works so far. The album is inspired by idealism philosophy, utopian and post-catastrophic ideas. As usual Antethic was looking for the way to express specific philosophical or political idea by the means of music.
"Late Bloomer" was recorded by James Whitten (Pears, Thou, Gland, Donovan Wolfington) and mastered by Carl Saff. Static Masks are a four piece with two vocalists. They tend to get put in the math rock, shoegaze, indie categories. With a goal to make "interesting" and "beautiful" music, Static Masks blend melody and complexity with some nontraditional song structures to create their own version of progressive pop music.
Man Against Mankind is a "one-man-band" project from Hungary. The project started the in 2015, November, as an experiment to see if it could create anything that could be called atmospheric, or ambient, or post-rock. The project has been running for more than a year now, and has released 6 albums so far.
'Have you ever felt like leaving behind this planet, travelling throught the solar system and not stopping until you have reached interstellar space? I have. This happened. Space has always inspired me, the idea of exploring the unkown is both exciting and petrifying. Also, space is so vast, that there is no such word which could describe it's emptyness. Therefore, if someone wants to get away from the problems and troubles of their everyday lives, space is an ideal place. 'Singularity' is kind of a concept album, where we leave behind our home planet and aim for the edge of the solar system."
In the beggining of 2016, Kalouv has made a tour in Brazil going throught ten cities in several regions of the country. During the stay in São Paulo, the group was invited to the Converse Rubber Tracks project, which was a whole day free to record in one of the most well equipped recording spaces of the city, called Family Mob Studio. Two tracks were recorded and finalized in Recife at the CODA Studio by the hands of the producer Roberto Kramer who mixed and mastered the tracks.
The outcome of the recordings is a compact disk nominated Planar Sobre o Invisível (Soar Over the Invisible – English translation). This new work is a preview of the upcoming new album that should be released in 2017. The cover is signed by the Brazilian artist Alexandre Palacio which perfectly translates the band’s inspiration in the tracks Peixe Voador and Da Bravura, Inocência such as in games, movies and comic books, creating soundtracks to their own universes.
Mindsedge has taken a different approach than on the first album "Theta". They wanted this record to feel smooth and be much more positive, despite retaining the dramatic feel of the previous record. The songs feel tighter and more structured. Shades, the titular track is unique in a few ways. It is a redoing of the drummer's old song that he recorded along with the bassist in their old band. He wrote it himself but we wanted to put a new "Mindsedge" spin on it... so they made it sound nothing like a Mindsedge song. It's somewhat ambient and poppy at the same time (even if it's twice as long as your run-of-the-mill pop-song) and features vocals by Małgorzata Pawłowska (who you can also hear on Pathways) as well as keyboards by jazz guitarist Piotr Grudzińsk. Another unique thing about the song is that it was recorded with instruments downtuned to 432Hz instead of 440Hz. It made them sound deeper, perhaps somewhat broken but also very warm.
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.
Davenport Rex is a music project based in Detroit, Michigan. Their sound is diverse and challenging, yet accessible and appealing. The band’s music stands out as a combination of tasteful progressive rock, with shades of various influences, ranging from alternative to symphonic hard rock, just to mention a few.