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Earthquake Lights – “The Eight-one” March 22, 2019

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New York based experimental indie outfit, Earthquake Lights met while studying jazz at college. Their sound is a blending of folk and indie with elements of more outré genres (including jazz, obviously) finding their way into the sound. The first single from their forthcoming sophomore album, ‘Distress Signals’, “The Eight-one” begins with some lo-fi reversed string samples and some low-key keyboards before a shuffling, jazz-inspired rhythm section lopes along languidly (think “Knives Out” era Radiohead). Clean tone guitars pleasantly chime in and the vocals have a nice reverby, lo-fi feel to them. When everything is at its loudest together there is a great atmospheric, even anthemic quality to “The Eight-one”. The production is definitely geared towards the rhythm section, the bass and rhythm guitar taking up most of the listeners attention, though the other elements in the mix sound clear and unclouded. The unusual mix of cleanly produced music with lo-fi vocals gives the sound a DIY edge that enhances the songs qualities.

“The Eight-one” is available to stream now from all the usual locations (Spotify, iTunes etc.). The album, ‘Distress Signals’, is released on April 12th 2019.

This review was written by Tom Ray

 

“Destination Nightmare” – Bryson Cone January 19, 2019

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Thanks to those rather nice people over at Noisy Ghost PR I have been given the opportunity to listen to the new track “Destination Nightmare” from Portland based Bryson Cone . It is a sublime slice of relaxing, jazzy, chilled-out funk with sweeping electronica overtones. I absolutely love the band’s interests as stated on FaceBook; “Cone is a state of transcendence provided to us through sub-conscious praise to Hydra”. How does one respond to that? In my view simply Hail Hydra and fuck off Steve Rogers! What do you think of this tune? For a song that has nightmare in the title I find it a bit dreamy and definitely evocative of space!

 

“Third Uncle” – Memory Keepers December 18, 2018

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Jared and Amarah from the Sour Notes have a side project under the alias of Memory Keepers. They have just given birth to their Daft Punk lite take on Brian Eno’s “Third Uncle”. Eno recorded and released his original as a part of his second solo album ‘Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)’. The song was also covered by Bauhaus in the early 80s. My memory of the Brian Eno track was that it was a ground breaking piece of electronica and it is. However Memory Keepers take it to yet another level of electronica. This is an infectious and insanely danceable version of a great song with treated vocals reminiscent of classic Air. The is the first release from an EP expected early next year. It was recorded at Sour Patch Bay in Austin, Texas. Then mixed at The Treehouse in Houston, Texas by Steve Christensen and mastered at Timeless Mastering in Brooklyn, New York by Heba Kadry. A big thank you to those lovely folk at Noisy Ghost PR for giving me the chance to take this track for a spin. Click here to listen to this exciting new release on SoundCloud.

 

‘Sinners’ EP – Gold Casio April 25, 2018


Following hot on the heels of their fine EP ‘Fever Dreams’ from last summer Gold Casio hit us with the next chapter in their world domination campaign, it is a six track EP entitled ‘Sinners’ on FreakOut Records and it is overflowing with class. Gold Casio are largely from Portland, Oregon although they have a Brooklyn contingent too. If you like sophisticated, soulful, electronic, dance and chill sounds then you will fall in love with this EP. Just when you think it is taking you back to the best 80s synth moments from the likes of the Human League the music rises up, grabs you by the throat to drag you back into the 21st Century.

Pic by Rob Woodcox

There are moments here when if you close your eyes you can picture this as a disco chill out album from the Scissor Sisters. The core membership of Gold Casio appears to be Ela Ra their sublime lead vocalist, Brock Vesuvius Cassian also a vocalist and skipper of synths, beats and keyboards, Julius Cassian (brother of Brock) provides vocals, more synths and keys along with guitar and bass and Saint Siris with even more vocals, more bass, more guitar and mucho more synths. They are aided and abetted by super drummers Benjamin Tyler and Connor Acott, ace percussionist Jeremiah Brunnhoelzl and finally Roberto Curtis who contributes electric wind instruments, saxophones and the flute. Their music is conceived written and produced by the band within a former church from the 19th Century.

“Street Magic” manages to stay funky in an electro disco anthem kind of way while wearing Steely Dan and Donna Summer influences with pride and passion. The vocal treatments and effects turn “Make You Mine” into something that is a sonic majestic masterpiece which evokes any number of dance acts that arose from the UK late 80s rave scene. The EP’s title track “Sinners” has Ela Ra putting on her finest Dolores O’Riordan vocals over a Kraftwerk-esque multilayered synth barrage. The most percussive track here is almost certainly “Dawn Awakening”, a song that will definitely make you move. “Lake Of Fire” has an incredibly sticky hook and is simply a gorgeous and delicious slice of superior pop music. Gold Casio play to the glitz and glamour of their sounds with a stunning visual look which takes Studio 54, Glam Rock, Sci Fi and the Rocky Horror show and makes something great out of it. I really, really want to see Gold Casio play live now.

 

 

‘Denervation’ – Kid Dakota February 8, 2018

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Kid Dakota‘s album is out this Friday, it is called ‘Denervation’ and frankly if this is a good sign of what the album will be like it will be a bloody humdinger. If you like shoegazing, lo-fi sounds you will pretty surely love this track and I hope the whole album too. That album is also called “Denervation” and it will be released on GraveFace Records  very soon.Like electronica? Like your electronica a bit dark? Then you will fucking love this. “The Nurse” could well be one of the most positive dark songs that you hear all year. Meanwhile at some point “The Convalescent” is both depressing and uplifting at the same time. I love this album, but if you are of a nervous disposition please listen to it with a friend.

For me this is a definite headphones album, one to listen to on a dark Friday night. Or alternatively when you are stuck in a hotel room on a stormy Wednesday night in New York as I am. In this moment “Self Destruction” reflects exactly how I feel, however I then listen to “Hope” and I am damned well filled with it.  How can an album take you on such a roller coaster journey through your feelings? Honestly I don’t know but this is one fine album, I am reminded of the best songs from Mark Everett of the Eels, a band that I absolutely love If you are in a reflective, positive mood then this is a fabulous album. If you are not in such a positive place I would approach with caution. In the dark on decent headphones “Bloodletting” is really fucking scary! “Pills” is equally depressing and inspiring, but in the main a truly uplifting piece of music. But if you love music and you like it to challenge you then give Kid Dakota a shot. As a footnote I should say that Darren Jackson wrote the songs while bedridden after a horrific bike accident and the songs definitely say what he was going through.

Thank you to Noisy Ghost PR for giving me the opportunity to hear this cracking release early!

 

“I Wish I Missed You” – Kramies November 11, 2017

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Dutch-American singer songwriter Kramies, who hails from Ohio in the USA, has spent some time living in Ireland, in a castle no less. He has used these historic and serene surroundings to record new songs. The first of these that I have heard is the haunting, other worldly, ethereal “I Wish I Missed You”. I could go so far as to describe it as a lament, but it also strikes me as a man trying to find feelings that he thinks he ought to have about a past lover. Either way Kramies pours so much heart, soul and emotion into this tune that it haunts your brain in a good ghost kind of way. Check out the beautiful video to accompany the song below.

With thanks to those lovely people at Noisy Ghost PR for giving me the chance to hear this song.

 

Maryland – After Hours Radio September 15, 2017


Ann Arbor denizens After Hours Radio have a new single out. it is called “Maryland” and it is a really hot pick for me. The band formed at the University of Michigan back in 2014.”Maryland” has influences from many areas of rock history notably the 90s alternative scene and maybe some vocal similarities with the Strokes and at times Brian Molko off of Placebo. The opening synth sound has a throwback to the 1972 UK number oneSon Of My Father” by Chicory Tip. Sure there are a lot of influences but this is a very much original band and off the back of this one track I bloody love them! Click here to listen to the track on SoundCloud and then listen to another couple of tracks by this rather excellent band.

I would like to thank those funky little elves at Noisy Ghost PR for giving me the chance to get an early listen of this fabulous track.

 

 
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