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.
Debutante is the Zurich-based solo project of Chris Zimmermann, in which they blend droney shoegaze music with pop sensibilites and chiptune synths, ending up sounding like an odd blend of Boris, The Microphones and Giles Corey. With deeply personal lyrics about themes such as depression or growing up in a physically abusive household, the music varies between slow, mellow soundscapes and fuzzy, bass-heavy gut punches that capture their energetic live shows perfectly.
A split EP by Debutante with Leeds-based noise artist Feral about gender dysphoria. The Debutante side is a lengthier slowcore track with lots of glitchy synths that gets quite heavy towards the end.
Feral - What's The Worst That Could Happen? - 02:36
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
Poppies have just released their debut Good EP. Good EP was engineered by Hunter Davidsohn (produced Porches, Sheer Mag) and mixed by Carlos Hernandez (of Ava Luna). Cassettes are now available via Topshelf Records, and vinyl is available via Super Fan 99. They are following up the release with their first East Coast tour (dates below).
6/9 Brooklyn EP release show @ Rubulad 6/10 Philly matinee show @ Baird Mansion Atrium w / Harmony Tividad 6/10 Philly evening show @ The Pharmacy 6/11 Baltimore @ Joe Squared 6/12 DC @ 453 6/13 Richmond @ Strange Matter 6/14 Pittsburgh @ Cafe Verona 6/15 W Mass @ 13th Floor Music Lounge 6/16 Boston @ The ER 6/17 Providence @ Watermyn Coop
Devin - 02:55 Dumb Advice - 03:28 Dog Years - 03:39 Sunburn - 02:44 Dynamo - 03:39
Draws Creature Mask are a four piece math/post-rock outfit from central Scotland comprised of drummer Lee Haxton, guitarist Fraser Walpole and brothers Callum and Daniel Elks on vocals/guitar and bass respectively. Borrowing musical tricks from an endless list of influences the band write intricate and ambitious songs, creating a dense sound that evokes experimental and indie rock heroes such as Radiohead, Mogwai and The National. In the bands almost two years they have grown in a run of self-released singles from their sprawling, anxious debut 'Football Season is Over' through to this years upcoming release, the slow-burn epic 'Hibernal'.
'Hibernal' has been a centrepiece of the band's live set since their inception in July 2015. The song encompasses the groups musical idioms as found on previous singles and expands upon them with further studio experimentation and a greater attention to sonic detail. For the sessions the core band was bolstered by string arrangements and guest vocals, all of which were recorded and mixed in Glasgow by Lewis Glass at Glassworks Studio, the result being the band's most expansive and accomplished track to date.
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.’
NAAL is an eclectic music project led by Chicago composer Dave Mantel. This talented musician has a true passion for great melodies and haunting musical textures. His blend of ambient, shoegaze and experimental drone music feels personal and unique, echoing the work of artists such as Slowdive, Boards of Canada or Sigur Ros, just to mention a few.