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Review of Yes Sunshine ‘No No No’ single on Mint 400 Records — November 30, 2015

Review of Yes Sunshine ‘No No No’ single on Mint 400 Records

Yes Sunshine originally formed in spring 2013 to commemorate the passing of a close friend, but the five piece went from strength to strength, officially hitting the scene in May 2013 with their intriguing blend of indie, rock, and punk influences.

Throughout 2013 the group toured the UK and Ireland extensively, taking in gigs in notable venues such as The Dublin Castle and The Shed along with a headline show at The 100 Club, an appearance at Manchester’s Ethihad Stadium and two packed out shows at The Great Escape Festival.

Support slots have seen the band playing with Pete Doherty, Royal Blood, Zane Lowe, Yuck, The Enemy and The View.

The band released their first single in January 2014, and with it came airplay from BBC Radio 1, XFM, and Amazing Radio as well as a feature in the NME. Stations across the world picked up on the track meaning it reached seventeen different countries.

No No No bursts forth with a great uptempo riff,  drums and bass give a great momentum, there’s a nice change in feel for the verse with great vocals and a return to a more uptempo feel in the chorus. There’s a pretty hectic solo too. The song has a great energetic vibe, I really like the production which gives a great edge to the sound.

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Review of forthcoming ‘!Nada!’ album by Factice Factory (release date 15th December 2015) — November 25, 2015

Review of forthcoming ‘!Nada!’ album by Factice Factory (release date 15th December 2015)

!Nada! is the second album by Factice Factory and will be released on 15th December 2015 but you can pre-order and get 3 tracks now plus the complete album once it is released.

I received 2 of these 3 tracks a while ago and have been eagerly awaiting release details of the album before publishing my review of them. I’ve decided to publish this mini-review ahead of release because I really like them and basically can’t wait.

Mask (Feat. Lisette Schoenly)
The bass gives a great momentum accompanied by excellent background sounds and sparse percussion. I really like how the male vocals are French and the female vocals are English. The song has a nice change in feel, it has a dark-ish synthpop feel but a great ambience also. The interplay between the French and English vocals is excellent and the song is really well produced.

Lodged
This song has great synth sounds to open followed by a wicked bass arp. The percussion is sparse, a bit glitchy and used to great effect. The vocals are excellent again, all in English this time with some brilliant harmonies. The song has a great momentum with some really well layered sounds. There’s a great edge to the song.

On the basis of these songs, !Nada! is going to be another excellent release from Factice Factory. In the meantime, you can read my review of their previous release, the excellent ‘The White Days’ album here.

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Black Marine ft. Alles Klingt! live at Mo.e, Vienna on 1st December — November 24, 2015

Black Marine ft. Alles Klingt! live at Mo.e, Vienna on 1st December

Black Marine ft. Alles Klingt! will perform live as a part of #Velak_Gala, improvisations for piano and bass at Mo.e, Vienna on Tuesday 1st December at 20:00hrs.

Black Marine, aka Marina Vesic, is a contemporary composer, pianist and producer. You can find more information on her website: http://marinavesic.com/

Alles Klingt!, aka Reinhard Dundler, is a musician and performer. You can find more information on https://soundcloud.com/allesklingt

A teaser video is embedded above and a new track is embedded below:

 
I really like this song, it’s glitchy and edgy with some great distorted / feedback bass. The piano equally has an aggressive type of sound. On the basis of this song, the concert is definitely one not to miss.

 
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Review of ‘My Cruel Goro’ EP by My Cruel Goro on Rebel Waltz Records —

Review of ‘My Cruel Goro’ EP by My Cruel Goro on Rebel Waltz Records

This is a great EP, a high energy uptempo listen from start to finish. The songs are propelled by solid drumming and bass with great uptempo riffing and some solos too. The vocals are excellent with great attitude. And what’s more it’s a free download too.

Crash
An excellent high tempo song, great riffing and solid bass and drumming to open. Really good changes in feel between a flat out full throttle and more reigned in sound. Vocals are excellent with great attitude.

Crapford

Great drumming and riff to open the song, a great momentum with uptempo riffing, bass and drumming. The vocals have really good attitude again, there are nice changes of feel in the song and a solo too.

Glue Buzz

More of a chord vamp feel to the opening riff, this is another high energy song with great attitude in the vocals again. It has a kind of refrain leading into a great uptempo Shoegaze kind of feel before bursting into really high tempo riffing and a solo to end the song.

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Review of ‘Spectral Domain’ by Dead Sea Apes on Cardinal Fuzz / Sunrise Ocean Bender — November 19, 2015

Review of ‘Spectral Domain’ by Dead Sea Apes on Cardinal Fuzz / Sunrise Ocean Bender

 
This is the third album by the Dead Sea Apes, a follow up to High Evolutionary. It’s another really solid release, a sound somewhere between blissed out psych, dub and distorted drone.  It’s brilliant, a great jam feel to it with excellent riffs, solos, distorted guitar sound effects and great use of delay at times propelled by solid drumming and bass playing.

It’s available with a visually striking sleeve and insert designed by Luke Insect on a purple and clear vinyl swirl.  Unfortunately Cardinal Fuzz (CFUL044) have sold out.  Sunrise Ocean Bender (SOB007) for US customers have some available from their website  and it’s also available from Dead Sea Apes Bandcamp page, the link to buy the album is embedded in the player above.

Universal Interrogator
Great atmospheric opening, drumming sounds great, a really natural sound. The repeating riff has a sense of foreboding especially with the distorted guitar. There’s some great background sounds too. It has an excellent jam type of feel with a real simmering, brooding quality at times slowly building to a gradual release.

True Believers
A slow evolving opening with great drumming and background sounds. Guitar riffing and distorted guitar build a great momentum. Great jam qualities again, excellent solos and feedback effects with a great release at the end of the song.

The Unclosing Eye
Another great evolving opening, drumming has a more urgent feel which contrasts really well against the riff. I really the guitar playing, great layering and excellent trem on the chords. Great evolution of the song.

Brought to Light
Great delayed effects to open, the song has a cinematic kind of feel.  Great riff with distorted guitar, the song has a great momentum.

The Sixth Side of the Pentagon
Great delayed sounds to open with a really good momentum from the bass, drumming then propels the song along. It’s a great soundscape, has dub qualities at times. Superb use of delay and brilliant sounds. I really like how the bass features prominently. There’s a great solo too.

 
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Review of ‘Frequency’ EP by Ummagma on Raphalite Records — November 13, 2015

Review of ‘Frequency’ EP by Ummagma on Raphalite Records


 

This is a stunning EP, Ummagma have a brilliant sound combining elements of ambient, shoegaze and dreampop with beautiful dreamy vocals which have just an edge of tension at times. The songs have great arrangements and production, I really like the way this EP contains 3 remixes of Lama, all of which are excellently produced and bring their own unique qualities.

Galacticon
This song has a great atmospheric opening, really well layered background sounds against the strings. The song is an excellent soundscape, I really like the processed vocals / background sounds which add an ephemeral feel.

Lama
A great arp and layered background sounds to open, this gives a contrast against the more laid back synth sounds. Guitar adds a great element, sometimes subtle other times more upfront and edgy. The vocals are great too, dreamy and floaty but with just an edge of tension as the song builds.

Lama (Mal Holmes’ OMD remix)
I really like this remix, it captures the essence of the original song but adds a great vibe, a more upfront feel to the arp, bass and percussion sounds. It has more of an electronic feel without the guitar parts. Great processing of the vocals at times too.

Ocean Girl
I really like the opening accordion and strummed acoustic guitar, it gives the song a French kind of feel. The song has a great laid back vibe and the vocals have a really excellent dreamy quality.

Winter Tale
Another great opening with dreamy vocals and great layering of sounds. I really like how the drums sit low in the mix with a more upfront repeating percussive rhythm. Background sounds are layered really well too adding just an edge of tension at times.

Orion
Great arp and bass to open, excellent layering and the vocals are beautiful, really dreamy with some great harmonies.

Lama (Robin Guthrie remix)
There’s a great chilled vibe to the opening, which is retained through the remix. It sounds subtle and that is what’s impressive because it’s certainly not easy to achieve.

Lama (Lights That Change remix)
Another great remix, has a shoegaze feel but more of an edge at times and an excellent arrangement. Some great processing and use of sounds.

 
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Review of ‘Belltek’ EP by Teslacoil321 — November 12, 2015

Review of ‘Belltek’ EP by Teslacoil321

Teslacoil 321 is another side of Microvolt.

This is an excellent release, the sounds have been carefully crafted and chosen and layered to excellent effect. The production is great, really good changes in feel and sound without being overdone so it retains a sound that’s not too polished and still has an edge.

The sound is hard to pin down, it’s 80s at times, rave and industrial at others. It’s a bit edgy but always with a great momentum. What’s amazing is that it’s really hypnotic at times, so much so that you don’t so much listen as become a part of it – or it becomes a part of you.

Belltek
I really like the strings intro which leads into a complex percussive rhythm. The song has really good layering of sounds, there’s a great interplay between the rhythm and synth sounds. The song builds really well, there’s some great metallic hit type sounds and some excellent rave sound effects for want of a better term. There’s a great change in feel to a more uptempo sound with a final release.

Peach tree (Upriver Mix)
A great electric piano riff to open leading into a driving kick rhythm with bass. There’s a nice change in feel with the synth and percussive rhythm accompanying the kick. The arp gives a great momentum and there’s a great contrast between the uptempo rhythm and more laid back electric piano. The song has great changes in feel throughout, rhythmically and percussively, there are some great sounds and excellent layering and a nice edge of tension too.

Intra peak (Headsplinter mix)
A great rhythmic opening leading into a delayed riff. The percussive rhythm gives a kind of urgency. The song is hypnotic, I found that the synth sound kind of grows and swells like it’s alive. I didn’t so much listen to as as feel it, could see it almost. The song has a great edgy industrial feel at times too.

I die you die
A great bass and synth riff to open, the percussive rhythm is again complex and really well layered. The vocals are superb, they are processed really well at times with a real ethereal presence and the panning means you don’t so much hear them as feel them too. There’s a great energy to the song.

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Review of ‘Back to Pike Place’ EP by Angeline — November 10, 2015

Review of ‘Back to Pike Place’ EP by Angeline

This is a superb EP, it has a great ethos which Angeline describes: “It was made at home using whatever we had around us. The purpose was not to be limited by money that I don’t have, finding a way of creating songs with whatever is around me.”

I also really like the use of field recorded sounds, they add a really interesting element to the EP. The songs have excellent arrangements, simple but brilliantly done. It’s quite hard to describe, Angeline in essence is a singer songwriter and a great singer, beautiful vocals, especially in French but they also have a slightly haunting quality at times too. Some of the percussion sounds are excellent, struck or impact sounds from objects found at home in addition to more usual drum sounds works really well.

Kohly
Is a great introduction to the EP, a field recording of bird sounds.

Black Butterflies
A great acoustic riff and natural percussion to open, vocals are beautiful with some lovely harmonies. A repeating vocal ‘hmmm’ sound adds a great rhythmic element and there’s use of a similar technique later in the song too. Really nice change in feel for the chorus, the song has a great vibe.

Si J’avais Le Choix
Great percussion and synth sound to open, bass adds a great momentum. I really like the change of feel for the verse, a stripped back feel with piano and vocals sung in French which gives a real sensual and captivating feel. There’s an edge of sadness at times and a great build of tension to a final release.

While I Was Away
I really like the opening, it’s almost like a conversation against the backdrop of a rainstorm. The arrangement is superb, subtle bassline with beautifully harmonised vocals and a great string sound, percussion adds a great momentum with a strummed guitar riff. Excellent layering and building of the song.

Aama
The song opens with great percussion and vocals used like a synth sound to create a melody. Vocals are excellent again, some lovely harmonies. The song has a great edge to it, there’s a great build and release of tension with excellent layering of sounds. Really nice change of feel towards the end, the song takes on a middle eastern feel.

In fact this song was written to pay tribute to Nepal. Angeline used a Nepalese friend’s testimony. “Knowing how much suffering the earthquake caused I decided to give away the song in return for donations via justgiving.com. All funds go to the D.E.C charity for Nepal”.

Ghost Dance
A brilliant guitar riff to open playing bass and chords. Vocals are beautiful with an edge of sadness, the song has haunting qualities. There’s a really nice change in feel with background sounds and a more defined rhythm.

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Review of Daydreaming album by Murder Shoes on Land Ski Records — November 8, 2015

Review of Daydreaming album by Murder Shoes on Land Ski Records

Murder Shoes are a band from Minneapolis who released their eponymous EP on Land Ski Records which I’ve previously reviewed here.

This is an excellent follow up album, there’s a great laid back vibe at times but equally an edge of tension and a more uptempo sound at times too. The vocals are excellent – at times dreamy, other times more upfront with an angst and great attitude.  There’s a great range of guitar playing too from jangly riffing, shimmery tremelo guitar chords and distorted lead lines. The album has a solid indie rock sound but what I really like is the way that Murder Shoes also weave in a sound somewhere between surf guitar, stoner rock and post punk.

Your Friend Kimmie
Laid back bass riff to open leading into a shimmering strummed guitar chord. The vocals are excellent, having a really dreamy quality. There’s a really nice change to a more urgent feel to end the song.

So What May
Slightly distorted riff to open leading into a jangly riff, the song has a great momentum with nice change of feel into the chorus. The song has a brooding quality, vocals again are excellent.

Bad Reputation
Has a laid back feel to the opening with jangly chord riff and dreamy vocals. The song has a really good momentum.

Nineteeneightyone
Strummed chords and slightly distorted surf guitar riff to open, the song has a really good edge of tension from the vocals.

Secrets
Great drumming and bass to open, shimmery guitar chords and riff give a great sound. The vocals again are excellent and the song has a kind of lonesome quality with a real femme fatale quality to the vocals. There’s also a great solo with some excellent feedback too.

Girls Named Benji

The video is embedded above. A strummed muted distorted chord with a contrasting open chord and vocals too open, there’s a great change of feel with the drumming and strummed riff which gives great momentum. There’s a great angst in the vocals at times and some nice harmonies too. The song has really good riffing and a great energy.

Little Lost
Great sound effects to open, drumming gives a great momentum and there’s an excellent distorted guitar riff and gnarly bass. The vocals are excellent again, they sit slightly behind the groove and have great attitude.  There’s a great build and release of tension too.

Reefer and Pizza
This song has quite a laid back feel with the opening guitar riff contrasting with the more chord vamp feel of the verses. Great attitude in the vocals again building a tension at times. The song has some great riffing too.

Daydreaming
Uptempo guitar riff to open, shimmering guitar chords have a real western or surf guitar feel and there’s great changes in feel to a more distorted sound. The vocals are great again with some really nice harmonies.

Can You Sea Me
A delayed riff to open, really nice shimmery tremolo guitar and dreamy vocals too. The song has a great momentum from the drumming and bass with nice build and release through the song.

How Does it Feel?
Great riff to open, drumming gives a tension against the more laid back vocals. The song builds really well leading into a real stoner rock kind of feel with a brooding quality. There’s great control over the sound that’s reigned in when you think it’s going to open up and let loose, however, it does towards the end of the song which makes a great ending.

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Review of ‘The White Days’ album by Factice Factory — November 4, 2015

Review of ‘The White Days’ album by Factice Factory

Factice Factory is a French / Swiss band that finds its influences mainly in the movements of the early 80s such as Cold Wave, Minimal Wave and Post Punk. The White Days is available as a digital download, limited tape edition and limited edition 12″ vinyl although only 5 copies of the white vinyl remain.

The White Days has a brilliant sound, evoking a cold war 80s industrial feel at times. The songs are really well arranged, great drum patterns and basslines give a solid foundation. Production is excellent, the vocals sit more upfront giving the feeling you are being spoken to personally. There’s a great range of German, English and French vocals too, even though I don’t understand the French and German ones!. There are great soundscapes and a touch of the cinematic at times too.

Collide
There’s a nice contrast between the phased / flanger synth and distorted guitar to open the song. The bass and drumming gives a really good momentum. The vocals are spoken to begin with, they’re upfront which feels like they’re speaking directly to you and have great reverb and a nice change in feel. There’s also really good use of a film clip with a delay effect.

Glow
There’s a really nice delayed guitar riff to open the song with spoken vocals over the top. The song has a great momentum from bass and drumming again. There’s an edge to the song with great harmonised vocals. Distorted guitar provides an excellent tension.

Wie Raken
The song has a great momentum from bass and drumming, a distorted guitar riff adds a great element. The vocals are spoken again, in German, and add a great contrast to the more upbeat tempo of the song. The synth lead gives a great sound too. The song has a kind of 80s cold war industrial feel.

Cold (cover The Cure)
This song has great distortion to open, emerging synth sounds create a great atmosphere. The bass and drumming give a great momentum again and the vocals are spoken, in French.

Hour Glass
This song has a kind of sultry feel from the opening bass and percussion. The piano riff adds a great element and spoken vocals really hold your interest. There’s an edge of tension at times and a touch of the cinematic too. The synth lead line is kind of haunting too.

Somnolence
This song has a great atmosphere from bass and stilted percussion and synth. Distorted sounds add a great edge of tension. The vocals are spoken in French and are processed really well with great use of delay. The distorted guitar solo is great, really suits the style of the song leading into a really edgy building of tension with a sudden release.

Kaugummi
Bass and percussion give great momentum again with subtle synth and vocals spoken in German which are processed really well again. The delayed guitar and synth lead line give a great contrast towards the end. It’s a great soundscape.

Wortschatz
A wicked bass with a wah type sound in the background, percussion has a real urgent feel. Spoken in German, the vocals have an urgency and tension at times. Distorted guitar adds a great element and the song has a great building and release of tension.

Lazward
A great evolving opening from a church organ type of sound. There’s really good use of a sound clip and guitar riff and synth. The spoken French vocals sound great, they have a reflective feel. The bass and percussion give a really good momentum. The song has a cinematic feel and there’s a great change in feel to a distorted guitar solo and spoken English vocals.

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