NEW MUSIC: NOUS – Blush

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NOUS have conjured up a swirling sonic miasma of musical nerves and tension, winding martial rhythms around droning, spiralling textures that add up to quite a glorious and immersive kosmiche post-rock sound.

New York experimental music project NOUS – led by producer and composer Christopher Bono – is an experimental music project with a fluctuating group of artists exploring ritual and spontaneity within music. NOUS III (May 29th) is the third from the project’s opening trilogy of releases, culled from a five-day musical retreat & social experiment wherein 13 musicians were invited to join Christopher at the legendary converted church Dreamland Studios, with producer Kevin McMahon (Swans, Titus Andronicus) on an intensive seven-day immersion — recording for five days, with two live performances at the conclusion.

NOUS band members on this recording:

Christopher Bono (Composer, Ghost Against Ghost)
Greg Fox (Guardian Alien, Zs, Ben Frost, ex-Liturgy)
Shahzad Ismaily (Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, Bonnie Prince Billy)
Thor Harris (Swans, Angels of Light, Amanda Palmer, Shearwater)
Grey Mcmurray (itsnotyouitsme, So Percussion, Tyondai Braxton)

 

NEW MUSIC: Prudence – Heart Sways

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Last year we shared Prudence’s track ‘Smile & Nod’ and now the Sydney artist has released his first 2020 single in ‘Heart Sways’. It’s got a wonderfully immersive, dream-like quality with gently propulsive bass and climbing guitars. Think Ariel Pink in a hazy dream sequence with an 80s dream-pop/post-punk band. It’s that delightful blend of simple pop and arthouse sophistication – blurred and stirred.

Prudence is multi-instrumentalist Tom Crandles with Aleesha Dibbs (Divebell, Lorelei), bassist Kat Harley (The Laurels, Mezko) and drummer Steve West (Obscura Hail).

NEW MUSIC: Key Out – Chorus

 

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Straight outta Sydney come Key Out with their driving, insistent new post-punk single ‘Chorus‘. Their dark, melancholic and moody synth-rock is built on an insistent bass/drum machine combination and a melodic yet wistful lead vocal, bringing to mind acts such as Underground Lovers, Ride and New Order.

Key Out is an indie pop trio from Sydney, Australia. Its members (Paddy Haid, Rohan Geddes and Caroline Wake) have previously played in Ides of Space, Sounds Like Sunset, and with Sarah Blasko. Their forthcoming album, Anthropomorphia (June 26th), was recorded by the band at home, and mixed and mastered by Wayne Connolly (Amy Shark, Matt Corby) in his Sydney studio. The album will released on Nic Dalton’s (ex-Lemonheads) Half A Cow Records label.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: Future Museums – Leaving The Vessel

 

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Future Museums has released ‘Leaving The Vessel‘, a five minute long piece of sparkling, glistening kosmiche electronica that sounds like a robot stepping, blinking into the warm sunlight of a new day. The track from Austin TX-based multi-instrumentalist Neil Lord pulses with an analog new age Krautrock quality, the combined results of Lord’s experimentation with guitar, synths and drum machines.

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NEW MUSIC: Sugar Factory – Birdie

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Sugar Factory (Greece) is the solo project of Stelios Gagaris, who has been releasing 7″, cassette and digital recordings for the last decade. ‘Birdie’ comes from the new seven song cassette release Home and finds him digging into some propulsive and angular instrumental psych rock sounds. It’s heavy but the dynamics give it weight and relief in all the right places. Elsewhere the release contains some really nice post-rock/indie rock guitar workouts with similar energy and twists and turns.

All official releases, as well as live recordings, demos etc. are free to download through Sugar Factory’s Bandcamp page – http://sugarfactory.bandcamp.com

The project’s live performances are accompanied by visual material, which harmonically complements the industrialized sounds and ‘sweet’ melodies, creating a complete atmosphere. Sugar Factory has opened concerts for God Is An Astronaut, Wovenhand, Piano Magic, Hidden Orchestra and The Underground Youth among others. In 2014, Sugar Factory opened for the international music documentary film festival ‘In Edit’, projecting original visual material. Later on, Sugar Factory played the Loop Festival in Lefkosia, CY in March 2017 and the Let Me Know Fest. in Athens, GR in September 2018.

NEW MUSIC: George Gaudy – Mother (Reprise)

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London based Greek singer/songwriter George Gaudy has released this new track of dark, bluesy alt-rock that also draws on North Africa desert-rock and Greek folk in it’s wandering psych grooves. The song comes from his new album Little Pieces, released in April 2020.

Mother (Reprise)‘ is a loose-limbed smoky affair, brimming with sonic diversions into horn-fuelled hypnosis and blank-eyed vocal mantras, twisting and writing over seven minutes.

NEW MUSIC: Strange Things – I Feel Fine

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Strange Things from Vancouver, British Columbia recently released their Sunshine EP and one of its highlights is ‘I Feel Fine’, a tumbling cascade of distorted guitars and howled vocals that flies along on sustained notes of electricity and an endless groove. The heavier psych end of shoegaze is the order of the day here.