Taste the Music of…Tape Waves

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Don’t know if you had the pleasure to give a spin to Still Corners‘ new album, but those guys have gone nuts, and moved from the floaty enchanting melodies, experimenting and literally playing with sound – which is good to me, as I am pro-experimenting and weird, weird music. However, if anybody was to miss the echo-laden, breezy beat, Fab has exactly what you were looking for, to make your Sunday even more cosy – and give you further excuses to procrastinate (you don’t fool me guys). Continue reading

Taste the Music: Oracle O., The Bonesinner, City Reign, Artifacts

Enjoying the delights of my day off, I started digging into my crammed inbox, searching for some tasty nibbles to play during the other couple of projects I am currently working as PR and general task-wizard. As they proved to be a quite motivating soundtrack for me, I figured I’d share them with you guys.

Enjoy.

Oracle O. – Voodoo Walk

Tribal percussions, war images and fuzzy electric guitar. Oracle O. first single Voodoo Walk for the upcoming debut album Cracking The Eyes (Fuzz Club Records) is a journey through sensuality and brutality. Copenhagen-based Oracle O. perfectly mixes a Carioca background and electric explosions of Chilean guitarist Mauricio Santana. Evocative vocals of Danish/Irish lead-singer Madeleine Kate McGowan make the rest of the magic.

The Bonesinner – Without You

Dusty and crunchy, Without You is a minimal acoustic ballad by The Bonesinner. Comparing himself to artists such as Camarón de la Isla, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Robe Iniesta, The Cramps, Sinatra, Nick Drake or Scott Walker, Mario Sanchez Gomez uses the simple devices of a guitar and piano background to deliver some forthright folk. Vocals are clear, enhanced by backing vocals and a Wild West-esque aura: What really moves me to writing music is life, this fucked up, strange life. Everything is love and hate… lots of love and lots of hate.

City Reign – Making Plans

Brian Molko going indie-pop? No worries, it’s just City Reign’s new track Making Plans. Despite the slightly nasal Placebo-like vocals, the single is quite different from the gloom of Brian and co. Catchy and easy to sing-along, the song adds an unexpected electric solo in the end, distancing itself from the general indie-pop vibe which became its trademark.  The band teamed up with Mancunian producer Sam Jones (Alex Turner) to record and re-work the new album Another Step, due for release on 25th February. He took the band into Sacred Trinity Church in Salford – choosing the church for its rich natural reverb, which helped to bring depth to the band’s classic guitar sound.

Artifacts – Echoes

I talked about gloom, but I did not deliver you any reverb-y Editor-y sound so far, did I? Artifacts. are exactly what I needed. Trying to unbound from a specific genre, Artifacts. create a sound packed with delay and backing vocals, adding an electro-hint that blends perfectly with the electric guitar riff – avoiding the “electro 80s zone”. Echoes is now available as a digital download via the band’s website.

(Belated) Monday Freebies: Lumen, Death of Pop, Weird.

So, here we are. I landed a brand new job (actually two, as I will handle the UK promotion for Shit Music for Shit People), with a quite hectic rota, alongside with journalism, PR and Zube Records. As social life is seriously threatened at the moment, also my writing routine will be seriously altered, hence the belated Monday post. As probably most of you, my dear readers, had a lively and exhausting Monday (revising, working, procrastinating), I am sure you’ll forgive me for this slight miscalculation.

However, as I fully recognise my guilt, today I am going to reward you for your kindness with an EP, four tracks and a full debut album. All quite reverb-y, all spiced up with some retro-dreamy tunes, but each of them in its own, special way.


deathofpopThe Death of Pop

Angus James and Oliver James are The Death of Pop, a shoegaze-y indie pop duo, soaked in 80s reverbs, Smiths-esque musical landscapes and guitar delays (Nowehere). This duo incapsulates the perfect formula of the indie-pop nostalgia: from falsetto of the fuzzy echoed Girl I Can’t Forget, to the upbeat The Drums-like Don’t Hang Around, it would be quite easy to be carried away by the rhythm.

lumencorrentiLumen 

Correnti EP is the new release of the Turin-based Lumen, an Italian band that mixes electro-vibe and a faintly melancholic indie-pop, disguised only by a substantial amount of electro-beats. Only drawback is the Italian lyrics – however, the vocals easily follow the general flow (especially in the more dancefloor-friendly Eliodora). Free download, mandatory sharing.

weird.Weird. 

If you haven’t overindulged with post-punk, you may still have some room for Weird.’s debut Desert Love for Lovely Graves may be the icing on your cake. Despite not introducing anything new to the post-wave formula, the production is quite clear and the swing between shoegaze, psychedelia, dream pop and noise makes it a pleasant listen during our morning route to work.

Monday Freebies: Dragonwinter compilation, The Maginot Band, Johnny and the Giros

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Last monday freebies before Christmas – I’m in Italy right now, so I rally hope all of you are spending your last work week rocking! Today we got one compilation and two singles, so let’s get it started!

Dragonwinter – The best Italian indie of 2012

A watering-mouth compilation, all tracks chosen by Davide Drago from Shiver webzine and Breakfast Jumpers. The download includes the powerful Architecture of the Universe and Stoop’s jazzy-vibe, the fragile folk of Mimes of Wine, the already mentioned Girless and The Orphan.  Psychedelia with King Of The Opera and a pinch of new-wave with Twin Room, and also Mamavegas,  Mai personal Mood, and Ka Mate Ka Ora. The two Italian-lyric-tracks are La verità stretta by Nicoletta Noè  and Oratio’s Curo la forma.

The Maginot Band – Veiled Clock

It’s Christmas time, and Scotland’s The Maginot Band return with their very own festive single, Veiled Clock. Drawing from  The Maccabees’ indie-vibe and the Mystery Jets-retro chic, the track gets Christmassy with the inclusion of choir like backing vocals and the use of sleigh bells. Grab it now from Soundcloud and get ready to an alt-Christmas.

Johnny & the Giros – Got Them Running / Shoot Me Up

It is not just time to cozy up with a mince pie in our hand. It’s time for Christmas parties! What a better soundtrack than the new Johnny & The Giros‘ double A-side single, Got Them Running / Shoot Me Up. This is a cocktail mix of Foals, LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party, The Rapture, Yeasayer and Two Door Cinema Club – the best way to warm up a bit in this freezing cold.

 

TastetheMusic: Gaoler’s Daughter, Hijack Party, Brontide

Here we are again, with some tasty nibbles from the Net. After a couple of mad days (and amazing gigs, but I’ll come to that later, I swear), I finally have the time to get back to my baby – taste the music guys!

Gaoler’s Daughter – When we Were Young

Tropicana tunes, delayed guitars, poppish vibe – if there is a sound that can warm up our winter, Gaoler’s Daughter’s single may be the answer.  After having supported Graham Coxon & We Are Scientists this South London-based band supported the release of the single ‘When We Were Young’, out last  August. Despite being quite an old track, its summer vibe  may be the only way to defeat the thermometer, especially when it reads -2.  Nostalgic lyrics about naive childhood dreams with a wink at the mariachi tunes of Is Tropical et al, When we were young is just an appetizer, before the debut album we are all yearning for.

Hijack Party – I’m Not Moving

It seems that also Italians can do 90s britpop (the Blur school of thought, not the Oasis one). I’m not moving is the fist single of the Rome-based Hijack Party. Catchy and happily-vintage, the track gets its originality from the slightly rough vocals, which make the whole formula slightly odd, but in a good way. Despite having quite a linear musical pattern, woozy riffs and offbeat drum patterns try to detach from the average Stereophonic-effect -you nod, you tap your foot, and that’s it. With more guts and a pinch of poetic licence, this band could detach from the old smooth formula, and make it even more unique.

Brontide – Coloured Tongues

I wrote about summer-y vibe and indie rock. Now it is time for my beloved instrumental hashtag. Even better if it blends in some math-rock and post-rock. Brontide meets this requirement with the track Coloured Tongues, just before the new album comes out in 2013. Experimenting and playing with musical samples, the band plays with a whole universe, crafting a journey made of climaxes and twists. From background drops to beating drums and electric distorted guitars, this track embodies a new generation of instrumental musicians – Maybeshewill above all (yes, I do love them, you may have to accept it).

Interview with Formanta! (Ita/Eng)


Here we are, back again, with a quite interesting Italian I am pretty sure you’d like to know something more about. They have  just released their debut ‘Everything Seems so Perfect from Far Away’ (20th Feb), and yes, When the Music is Over is going to give you a personal opinion about it soon. For know, please get to know the band with a ‘choral’ interview kindly translated by Francesco of Doug the Dog. Continue reading