SAUR are a 4-piece instrumental rock band from Lisboa, Portugal. Their first release was an EP in 2011, which combined post-rock, math-rock, stoner and experimental rock influences. They were also in the Coronado Collective, which gathered many rising bands of the Portuguese independent scene, such as JIBOIA, Sequin, Equations, Lydia's Sleep, CANGARRA, etc. After playing several shows throughout Portugal they rented a van and made a tour around Spain, France, Belgium and The Netherlands, in 2013, with their collective band mates Equations. Since then, they have been slowly working on their first album - "Âmbar" - released on 2017 Christmas day. Âmbar is the footprint of the last 5 years of their slow-paced work.
CHANCES have just released their newest single “Rishikesh” .
"We love this song and feel it has a certain power to it. It's about choice and intention. The intention to trust your instinct, and to align action with thought. The song's driving rhythm continually pushes forward, the vocals play off each other in a sort of call and response, the synths spark up a colorful chaos. All of that is built around a loop of voices recorded on iPhone on the banks of the Ganges in the holy city of Rishikesh, India.We came together in Montreal in 2016 to sketch out a few songs, just to see where uninhibited brainstorming might lead us. New rules brought new possibilities, one person’s writer’s block became another’s building block, now we’re happy to be sharing our third single with you. The first singles ‘Shine’ & ‘Leave The Light On’ were released early this year to great notices."
Elã (pronounced Elan) is the new record of the Brazilian instrumental/post-rock band Kalouv, formed by Basílio Queiroz (bass), Bruno Saraiva (keyboards), Saulo Mesquita (guitar), Túlio Albuquerque (guitar) and Rennar Pires (drums). The album was composed between December of 2016 and march of 2017, in a country house named Sítio Santa Fé, located in the interior of the state of Pernambuco in Brazil. Also, the record became possible by a crowdfunding campaign, raising 124% of the goal in 45 days.
Between the time of composing in the Sítio Santa Fé, the nine tracks of Elã gained life and made the musicians develop new ways of creating music. This process brought more direct songs inspired by contemporary music that goes from alt rock and IDM genres to pop from the eighties. Therefore the post-rock that guided the previous records get new colors and goes off the sobriety and introspective tone to give space to tracks guided by synths, rhythmic guitars, and vocals, with more interaction between drums, bass and piano.
Created in 2010, the band has in their history two full-length albums, Pluvero (2014) and Sky Swimmer (2011) and an EP, Planar Sobre o Invisível (2016), all of them being well received by Brazilian and foreign media. In this fourth work, the band tries to bring new musical influences and collaborations to the album, like Sofia Freire in the tracks Elã and Pedra Bruta, Yukio in the track Mergulho Profundo and RØKR in the track Hotline Miami. The record had the recording, mixing and mastering by Bruno Giorgi, sound engineer behind other Brazilian music projects like Lenine (winner of Latin Grammy), baleia, Vitor Araújo and others. He also participated in the album adding textures and rhythmic mixing designs to the album.
The graphic art and design project is signed by Thaís Jacoponi, a resident of the city of São Paulo, Brazil. The image of a person hugging this black risk represents the energy that the word Elã brings: innovation, impulse, drastic force. The record was named after we met a little dog in the country house called Elã. The name drew our curiosity because is an unexpected name to put in a dog, so we looked for the meaning and found that it connects entirely with the feeling we were trying to put in our composing time. Also, was a meaningful word to represent our friendship and the stories that we constructed together in seven years as a band.
Pedra Bruta - 04:17 Moo Moo - 05:27 MÃ¡quinas - 05:25 ElÃ£ - 05:36 Hotline Miami - 06:42 Depois do Escuro - 04:52 O Escultor - 06:12 Rei Sem Cor - 05:15 Mergulho Profundo - 06:38
Californian By An Ion is a duo composed of Ray Aguilar and Alex Gonzales. Merging the worlds of ambient synth and contemporary music, creating a stunning sound that echoes their melody driven vocals. Dreamy and cinematic, the music speaks of personal and relative topics to the listener. Both members have a similar yet distinct sound to their vocals, which makes the music that more interesting.
Aguilar and Gonzales discovered the power of their chemistry whilst in the studio and playing in different electronic acts. They describe themselves as best friends and brothers and compare this chemistry to literally finishing each others sentences. By An Ion’s heavy use of synth pads and reverb give the music a euphoric and angelic ambiance without shying away from the sometimes abrasive electronic drums. Their layered, lush synthscapes fill every inch of the spectrum, whilst maintaining a balance that keeps listeners rooted in their empathetic songwriting.
Leading single ‘Autre Vie’, highlights the bands signature style of beautiful, ethereal melodies which emit a sense of tranquility. Fusing nostalgic electronica, atmospheric aesthetics and building anthemic drum beats, the band have succeeded in producing a dynamic song to portray a sense of peace and understanding. 'Autre Vie', meaning “another life” in French, was written in a time of need during Aguilar’s struggle with a temporary illness. The illness consequently forced him to be house bound. Aguilar reveals, “they say that a man's character is best defined when they are alone, my journey led me to discover a specific musical sound that brings peace and freedom to whatever someone is going through”. The single expresses how love is the most powerful thing to conquer ones personal moral state of being.
‘Fenestra’ is a shimmering serene song, which takes listeners to a place of utopia. Immersed in ambient melodic hooks over celestial backdrops and 80’s drum machine beats, By An Ion have created a unique sound reminiscent of vintage M83 fused with Depeche Mode.
By An Ion’s eagerly awaited upcoming EP, Violet Sky has already had the stamp of approval from industry professionals, being mastered by Pete Maher (Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Rolling Stones, The Killers). They have also worked in the studio along side with The New Division's John Kunkel, TimeCop1983's Jordy Leenearts and Spanish Synth Pop artist Sergio Palacios from Puerto Aereo. Aguilar and Gonzales continue to collaborate with various artists and are quickly propelling into the next chapter of their musical journey.
Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.
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.