Sydney band Los Tones get deep into psychedelic Krautrock space groove territory that possesses a central riff that will burn a hole in your synapses. Super hooky stuff with equally compelling atmospherics. The single ‘Manipulation’ isn’t all guitar bedlam, there’s a balance of dynamics and groove going on.
Chugging guitars, keyboards and dreamy vocals are the order of the day on this catchy track from Plastic Mermaids out of the UK. There’s a streak of The Strokes in the mix but also some Grandaddy and a dollop of hazy jangly psychedelia. Diggin’ it!
‘I Still Like Kelis’ comes from their forthcoming new LP Suddenly Everyone Explodes.
Glenn Echo is a musical project from Matt Gaydar out of Brooklyn, NY and we were instantly drawn into this track ‘Overwhelm’, with it’s warm and intimate sound. Really nice chord changes in the verses of the song as it gently weaves together its varied sonic elements. I like a track that knows its strengths and how to work with them and not try to build them into something that they’re not, or add extraneous parts to the music. This track builds but never outgrows it’s initial charm and attraction.
‘Overwhelm’ is the first release off an EP set to be released in 2019.
A suitably trippy clip for this psychedelic somnambulant space jam from Timothy Eerie. The group hail from Austin, TX and based on this track they’ve found a damn good angle on imbuing blissed out English psych and US West Coast sounds with a post-modern dream sheen.
For fans of Mac DeMarco, Chad Van Gaalen, early Pink Floyd, CAN and The Byrds
Some woozy, classic-sounding indie rock from the New Orleans band Static Masks. The guitars sparkle and charm over a precise and measured rhythm section. There are elements of post rock such as Tortoise and the explorations of Pan Am and it builds and evolves into a wonderfully warm fuzz of interwoven guitars.
Forest Management is the work of Chicago, IL experimental artist John Daniel, a producer who knows how to expertly blend dissonance and ambience, finding that middle ground between harmonious hypnotic drones and something more unsettling and foreboding. ‘Blue Leaves’ is comprised of pulsing waves of warm distortion that push and pull at the surface of the track, eventually dissipating into the sonic ether.
‘Blue Leaves’ comes from Forest Management’s five track 2019 LP Passageways.
New Zealand metal band Beastwars return with their first single since singer Matt Hyde successfully underwent 6 months of treatment for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2016. ‘Omens’ comes from their new LP IV, due out on Friday June 28th.
Hyde said that through his diagnosis and subsequent treatment, he was given an opportunity to look into the abyss beyond life as we know it. “Throughout the treatment – I was numb – and it’s interesting to have the ability to confront that, to confront the void, to confront the idea of mortality. I didn’t make peace with it either.“
To celebrate the album release Beastwars are touring New Zealand and Australia in June/July – presented by Panhead Custom Ales. They are hitting Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin in New Zealand and then jumping over the Tasman to play Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne shows.
IV can be pre-ordered now at all good digital stores and streaming platforms and Limited Edition Vinyl, Cassette and T-Shirt Bundles are available at http://www.beastwars.bigcartel.com. Single ‘Omens’ is available for streaming and purchase now.
Best known for her role as bassist for The Breeders, Josephine Wiggs is also a fine composer of atmospheric ambient music. ‘Time Does Not Bring Relief’ is the first taste of her new solo album We Fall. It’s a haunting piano-based, instrumental composition that gently pushes and pulls rhythmically across nearly five minutes, evoking the work of Harold Budd and Nils Frahm. Evocative, textural soundscape music.
We Fall was composed, performed and recorded by Wiggs, with drums and electronics by her longtime friend and collaborator Jon Mattock (Spacemen 3, Spiritualized).