Episode 34 - Ruh Sign
- 01. Monokle - Neon Sign
- 02. Betonkust & Palmbomen II - 24X33
- 03. Otzeki - Prosthetic Limb
- 04. Thalab - Morning, Before My Plant Dies
- 05. Peals - Become Younger
- 06. FRIGS - Diana
- 07. The Besnard Lakes - Laura Lee
- 08. The Old Paints - Girl
- 09. Future Elevators - Rome On a Saturday
- 10. Lowly - Prepare the Lake
- 11. Pavvla - Winter
- 12. Sevendeaths - Subordinate Claudes
- 13. beGun - Asilah (Bsn Posse Remix)
- 14. Lakerama - Have Your Time
- 15. She Past Away - Ruh
Monokle, Russia’s experienced electronic musician based in St. Petersburg. Monokle crosses many stylistic boundaries but always remains recognizable by his melodic, warm and eclectic electronica-based sound.
Betonkust & Palmbomen II
New collab of dreamy electro and crunchy IDM from Dutch producers Betonkust & Palmbomen II, recorded over one rainy weekend at a holiday park called 'Center Parcs De Eemhof' in The Netherlands. Theirs was the only occupied Bungalow, and the subtropical swimming paradise was completely abandoned—the perfect zone and conceptual backdrop to this six-track EP.
Most moments of “Center Parcs” push through cheeseball and plastic sounds in search of realness—opener “Leo Mirjam” could be lifted from the park’s actual TV commercial, whereas the faded leisure of the rest of the EP takes on more languid and sparkling such as ambient blisser “Aqua Mundo” and the ultra-emotive and slow-mo “24x33”.
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"Honey, the second full-length album from Baltimore-based duo Peals, elevates their exploratory sound to majestic new heights of otherworldly instrumental pop while preserving the intimacy of their live shows and earlier recordings.
William Cashion (Future Islands) and Bruce Willen (ex-Double Dagger) recorded much of Honey in Willen’s Baltimore home. Together they build rapturous melodies of interlocking and looped guitars that channel kosmische musik, ‘70s Eno, and new wave hooks à la Robert Smith into above-the-clouds dream soundtracks. Unexpected and delicate textures—wind, bells, the whirs of a film projector—situate listeners in the elemental immediacy of Peals performances, which take place in art galleries or open fields as often as traditional music venues.
Recorded over a three-year span (late 2013 to early 2016) and mixed by Chester Endersby Gwazda (Dan Deacon, Future Islands), Peals’ sophomore album triumphantly refines and expands the sound palette they mapped out on their 2013 debut, Walking Field. Each of Honey’s nine tracks brim with emotional resonance. A journey at once meditative, transportive, and eminently accessible, Honey is one of those special albums that creates an entire world—and then invites the listener to populate it with thoughts and dreams of their own."
- Eric Allen Hatch
The Besnard Lakes
The story of The Besnard Lakes begins at Besnard Lake: a spectacular yet secluded water feature in rural Saskatchewan which the Montreal group’s husband and wife core, Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, visit each summer for inspiration and escape. This year the couple’s campsite was surrounded for a worrying few days by forest flames, a literal ring of fire which informed the devil-may-care spirit of their exuberant fifth album.
“Besnard Lake is usually the place where we get the germination of ideas,” explains Jace. “We set up a small recording rig in the trailer we have up there .This time there were also helicopters with giant water tanks flying over us while we were fishing on the lake!”
Armed with demos and memories from their trip, the pair returned to the city and entered Breakglass Studios. Co-founded by Lasek a decade ago, this popular recording facility has long been a hub for Montreal’s fertile, collaborative and proudly DIY music community. Having met and fallen in love in Vancouver, where Jace was a photography-trained art student and Olga a bass-slinging star on the underground rock circuit, the pair relocated at the turn of the millennium. Vancouver had gotten too expensive. By contrast, “Montreal was super cheap because there had been the Quebec referendum in ’95 and a lot of the Anglos had left. There was a political teeter-totter happening, so there were tons of empty places. We moved out here and were able to live, rehearse and record in a loft for next to nothing.”
The predominantly French-speaking province’s economic depression birthed an ever-evolving scene that’s become internationally renowned for such disparate independent avatars as Godspeed You! Black Emperor and The Arcade Fire. Unique among their furrowed brow peers, The Besnard Lakes are unafraid to marry textured, questing headphone sonics to the honeyed pleasure of radio hits past: the rapture of My Bloody Valentine entwined with the romance of Fleetwood Mac. (Echoing prime FM they actually now have two girl/boy couplings in the line-up, keyboard player Sheenah Ko and guitarist Robbie MacArthur joining powerhouse drummer Kevin Laing and non-touring studio axe hero Richard White.) Imagine dreamy Beach House riding Led Zeppelin dynamics, with unabashedly androgynous vocal harmonies. This melodic yet mountainous soundworld was sculpted at Breakglass, their own modest Paisley Park. As the longterm sporter of a Love Symbol tattoo, Prince’s pop alchemy is especially potent for Jace.
“You look on the back of his early records and it’s produced, arranged, recorded and performed by Prince. When I realised that as a 12-year-old I was like, Oh fuck! So this kid can make a record all by himself. So then why can’t I? He was also the guy who made me realise that it was ok to sing high. Just throw caution to the wind. He’s not concerned about being super macho. Once I started getting into punk rock in high school, Prince was still there. He didn’t lose relevancy for me. Prince was still there when I started getting into prog rock, too. We’re just absorbed in music of all sorts.”
Olga, meanwhile, has been exploring a new creative outlet via her domestic interpretation of the occult, inspired by a Disinformation lecture given by comic book writer Grant Morrison. “He was talking about sigils,” remembers her adoring partner. “It was really personal for Oggy, like a meditation she would do in the morning, and also just a fun thing. She developed these 11 sigils, which you can see on the inside of the record’s jacket. For the deluxe edition she’s hand engraved them onto these little tags. The meanings are very simple: one is love, another is empathy. That leads back to this whole idea of mystery and the myth of the band.”
Channelling their obsessions with the paranormal – Jace was a teenage ghost hunter – as well as the dark arts, A Coliseum Complex Museum is populated by cryptozoological creatures (The Bray Road Beast, Golden Lion) while also luxuriating in natural phenomena and beauty (The Plain Moon, Nightingale). These themes are sincere yet good-humoured. The LP’s title jokily refers to a landmark-heavy road sign spotted on tour in Texas, the varied emotional impulses within reflected by its environmentally warped artwork. “For a long time we were trying to keep secret that we love being out in nature,” admits Jace. “Because it’s kinda cliché. But with this record we decided to stop fighting what we love so much. So the front cover actually has a lake on it, but it’s also got this giant orb shooting light into the water, which is creating a hole that’s opening a portal to the coliseum complex museum. It’s kinda fucked.”
The Old Paints
"...the varied and sometimes eccentric instrumentation goes miles in developing the group's character." -Magic City Bands
Yes, that's right. The Old Paints are the band with the girl who plays the log.
The girl is Breely Flower and she plays a lot of drums and percussion, but not only that, she also sings and writes songs and so does guitar player Andy Harris. Since late 2013, the two have played hundreds of shows together from Birmingham to Boston. More touring soon!
Starting with 2013's 'First Ten Songs' and 2015's follow-up 'This Machine', the Paints have written nineteen songs and pair those, time permitting, with cover tunes from Guided By Voices, Ramones, Rocky Horror, and David Bowie. Their third album, FunnySexyCool, will be released in 2017.
Highlight festivals include Nebulosity Music & Arts Festival, Sidewalk Film Fest (2015), McCalla Walla (2015), Druid City Arts Fest (2014), Magic City Arts Connection (2014), Magic City Brewfest (2013).
Michael Shackelford first wrote down the words “FUTURE” and “ELEVATORS” a few years ago on a rough instrumental demo. Recorded at his home studio outside of Birmingham, Alabama, the music never grew into a finished song, but that simple, surprisingly evocative phrase stuck with the multi-instrumentalist. “I liked the phrase so much that I thought I would name the band that,” Shackelford explains. “It’s about trying to rise above and be the best possible version of yourself, and for some reason I kept thinking about the glass elevator in Willy Wonka as a visual metaphor for this band I was putting together. We try to achieve this feeling of elevation.”
Born and raised in Barcelona, now living between Brighton and her hometown, PAVVLA released her first single when she was only 19. The songs she used to play at pubs with just her acoustic guitar, have now become a mixture of folk and electronic music.
Sevendeaths is the alias of Edinburgh-based musician, producer, and composer Steven Shade. ‘Remote Sympathy’ is his greatest body of work yet and the first committed to vinyl. An album of cinematic, synth-epic drone music - created during long nights of sleep deprivation. The record is a tribute to life and human strength and an acceptance of the frailty of the human spirit. Here he sounds the depths of the human psyche, creating a brutal maelstrom where dense slabs of noise gyre. But this is not a record only of fear and darkness – there is hope and light here too, soaring melodies amid the tumult. Employing noise as metaphor for information overload, Shade questions how technology creates fragmented selves. Who are we now, in the era of the internet? And how can we give voice to ourexperience, now both totalizing and discordant? He has opened up the restrictive digital process mastered on ’Concreté Misery’, allowing natural sounds through via spectral resynthesis and sampling techniques, alongside vocal and live contributions from long term collaborators Rafe Fitzpatrick (Alasdair Roberts and friends / ilk) and Iban Perez (Tut vuvu / Nai-ox). Sevendeaths takes inspiration from the industrial and noise giants of Coil and Prurient, the enveloping sadness of Richard Skelton and the acousmatic sounds of Bernard Parmigiani
Since the debut EP release ‘One’ in 2015, Irish based duo Lakerama; Graeme S (Hsuan Records) and Senita (Shookrah) have received plaudits from several high profile, national publications including: Nialler9, The Irish Times, BBC Ulster, The Thin Air and have played support to Taylor McFerrin, SassyBlack and Princess Nokia.
Lakerama’s follow up EP Contactless looks to explore ‘tapped in world’ dissonances we are shaped by with their newest body of work. The duo have locked down a timely, infectious sound, weaving together pulsating electronic hybrid grime and mutant house beats balanced dynamically over soft but powerful vocals.
South African Born and Irish raised, Senita name has surfaced in the Irish R&B and electronic music scene with her band Shookrah collaborating with household Irish names such as Le Galaxie, Daithí and recently acclaimed Bantum. Graeme runs the quiet success story of Hsüan records. Producing woozy, intricate fast-paced beats, his work has featured across international publications :Complex, The Fader, Pitchfork, Dummy and received airplay on BBC R1, BBC Radio 6, Rinse FM, NTS amongst others.
“A look into our era of cross communicative mediums, the ineptitude to connect to one another and ourselves, the efficiency, burst of the technological age, our heightened numbness within it and our perceived lack of control. It’s a personal recount of waking up, wondering where you fall in this and how it applies to you” the duo explain about their new music. “Y0_(Why_Naught)” is the quick mantra starting off the EP. Addictive swirling synths and attention demanding vocals challenging it’s pushing, grime undertoned bassline. “Have Your Time” is a bitter-sweet love song explains Senita "I am not interested in anymore confrontations". “Walk” is a meditative song, soft, tentative, warm and lush. It embodies soulful harmonies and garage bassline pulses. “We Don't Even Matter” channels darkness and hopelessness themes “people close to me have often struggled to enjoy a safe, ordinary life. I take on an individual’s voice who's had to immigrate, hoping to advance somehow by leaving their home, only finding displacement and lack of support” Senita explains, misunderstandings, worthlessness and alienation drive this haunting, emotional song. Final track “Just Enjoy Yourself” lifts the tone to explore a more fun and playful affair. Imploring the listener not to take life seriously and let the good times roll - “It’s very much the glue to all the ideas running in this overall EP.”
“The idea with this EP was to incorporate a palette of sounds and influences we wouldn't normally indulge in, from the sprawling UK sounds of UK Funky and Grime to hyperactive trap. Contactless is meant to be intentionally darker and in many tracks the production is stripped right back. This gives Senita's voice a vulnerability but there's also a strong sense of self and a confidence that comes through. Given that the EP was written over 2016, it reflected the state of mind that many of us find ourselves in, we are not overly optimistic about the future but neither are we nihilistic, ultimately we feel we are at a crossroad and it's not entirely clear if we have any control over our futures” - Graeme
She Past Away
She Past Away is a band from Turkey described as the “new dark-wave” in articles and reviews throughout the world. Their music compiles elements from the dark, sensational side of 80’s, often associated with bands like The Sisters of Mercy, The Cure, Joy Division, Clan of Xymox, Grauzone, and DAF. SPA brings back that era with today’s approach and Turkish lyrics which gives the band that unique edge.
The band was formed in 2006 and released the digital EP "Kasvetli Kutlama" in 2010. Debut album "Belirdi Gece" was released in 2012. Available in vinyl format by Fabrika Records, CD format by Dead Scarlet Records, and digital format on all major mp3 stores.
She Past Away gained a lot of recognition with the debut album "Belirdi Gece". Articles, reviews and listings about the band appeared in many magazines and blogs worldwide.