News – “Duels” EP is cinematic duo Brim Liski’s first release in 7 years

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Its been seven years since, but Denver based shoegaze and electronic duo Brim Liski released their newest EP “Duels” this past March (March 22nd 2019) on the Latenight Weeknight Records label.  Formed in 2008, its their third release – with their previous one being ‘The Repetitions’ album in 2012. They released their eponymous ‘Brim Liski’ album in 2009.

According to their bio, this is dark, limitless night music perfect for driving down an endless moon drenched highway. Ultimately, we are hearing a mixture of the diverse sounds both artists bring to the table, setting them apart in a brilliant light.

“Like the EP as a whole, ‘A Different View’, is about the challenge of acceptance to new unexplored territories in our lives. Making big changes. Accepting things aren’t working and to move on. I personally had many issues blocking me from being who I wanted and needed to be,” says Ryan Policky.

“I had been falling victim to acceptance to things I should be pushing away, and once those things were fully pushed out of the picture, things became that much more clearer. Just like the discoveries of new galaxies, formations on other planets, and other unknowns, the focus is becoming more apparent as technology and time moves on.”

The duo consists of A Shoreline Dream vocalist and producer Ryan Policky and multimedia artist artist Cacheflowe (aka Justin Gitlin).

‘Duels’ is available now via online stores and streaming platforms, including Spotify and iTunes. it can also be obtained via Bandcamp.

Watch the title song from the EP below.

 

source courtesy of and shared by press release

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Music review: Tamaryn’s “Dreaming the Dark”- a pleasing collection of dream pop and darker explorations

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credit: Gina Canavan

I randomly discovered New Zealand born Tamaryn on a generated playlist on some music streaming service, probably based on a shoegaze/dreampop search. It was 2012 and the song was ‘Love Fade’, two years after its album “The Waves” was released. It was a balancing dose of resounding jangly guitar riffs and seraphic synths pulled down by the weight of its melancholy.  Tamaryn‘s voice solemnly teetered a line between whispering innocence and raspy savor-faire. I imagined a small array of a traveling band standing together, slowly gazing the ground in unison as the lyrics sing “Fade, love fade, as the sun descends”, with shimmering sunlight peeking through its crevices.  I was committed.  Anyhow, almost seven years has passed since then.  With each album afterwards (2012’s “Tender New Signs” and 2015’s “Cranekiss”), Tamaryn has pivoted from her debut, subtle in some ways and luminous in others. Her fourth album and newest release “Dreaming the Dark” is the epitome of such direction.  With the former, she has slowly emerged from the consonant concoction and bliss of  guitar and synths echoing each other, but like lounge wear, still cant really let it go, even finding ways to inject life without it inherently sharing her space. And with the latter, she powers through, remnants of old mostly obscured under synth pop and 80s industrial influences.  Produced and co-written by Jorge Elbrecht (Violens, Ariel Pink), the result (when they gel) is a blossoming blend of crystalline Cocteau Twins’ inspired cohesion and dark synth pop experiments.

The songs that stood out most on this album were the ones with the repeat-worthy hooks – tracks like ‘Fits of Rage’, ‘Angels of Sweat’, ‘Terrified’ and arguably a potential pop hit in ‘Path to Love’ with its lyrics “I’m choosing a path that leads to love, I’m taking what’s mine and giving it up.”  I also liked the heavier ‘Dreaming the Dark’ and another heavier track ‘Paranoia IV’. With these tracks, i imagine her voice as  a small plane darting in escape mode, at one point dodging colliding steel and distorted beats and slipping through doom.  In contrast, ‘the Jealous Kind’ while it does suggest and even flash an ominous tone, with its circus type feel, is probably the most surprising track – like a mixture of Strawberry Switchblade, Johnny Marr and Stock Aitken & Waterman.

Otherwise, if there’s anything i’d point out that could’ve worked out better is ‘Victim Complex’. It just came across as if there was some push for the Depeche Mode/People Are People drum sound for no real sake. I might change my mind.  Overall, “Dreaming the Dark” is a fine release of close influences, with perimeters ranging from Robin Guthrie-like ambient guitars on one end to a mixture of darker synth pop settling around the middle and industrial suggestions on the other end.  While not a total departure from its beginnings – actually ‘You’re Adored’  could also resemble a nice connection to the past – “Dreaming the Dark” doesn’t hesitate in its exploration.

“Dreaming the Dark” will be available for release March 22nd.

Until then, the third song from the newest album was released yesterday.  Its called “Path to Love” and its below.  Note – there’s also a video but its age restricted on youtube.   I did share it on the This is Chill#-the daily chill facebook page.

 

 

Chill #52 features music from SPC ECO, After Daylight, Rev Rev Rev and more

Chill #52 veers away from the industry definitions of chill music and features new music from SPC ECO, After Daylight, Merely and the Suncharms.  In the case of the Suncharms, this episode careens to the edge for the indie shoegaze act, releasing new songs for the first time since 1991!  SPC ECO is the project of former Curve member Dean Garcia, his daughter Rose Berlin and a list of collaborators that goes back since its 2007 inception. Their newest album “Fifteen” is their 10th release.  After Daylight is another project, this time for Death Notes guitarist Martin Bradley (read interview) whose DIY debut album “the New Dawn” was released this past February (2019).

This episode also features music artists performing live at SXSW 2019.  Swedish dream pop artist Merely just released “Hatching the Egg” this past Feb(2019) and will be playing at the 2019 SXSW Festival in Austin, TX.  Italian shoegaze music act Rev Rev Rev is also on their way to Austin, TX for the SXSW Festival and their first ever US appearance.

Here is the playlist for Chill #52

lost love – halloweenstabparty
we can but dream – rev rev rev
interlude – ginla
the heart and soul – SPC ECO
white – after daylight
furniture – dose
each end is a beginning – seven tin stars
film soundtrack – the suncharms
crazy heart – merely
i drew a map – the day
the years – the day
honey blue (alternate version) – henry’s sun

Chill #52 is also available at Hearthis.at.

Rev Rev Rev news – 2019 SXSW Festival appearance will be their US debut

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Now 2019 can be known as the year ‘One of Europe’s finest ‘gazer bands of the last decade'(Daily Bandcamp) finally makes their live American debut. Italian psych-shoegaze artists Rev Rev Rev  (Laura Iacuzio, Sebastian Lugli, Andrea Dall’Omo and Greta Benatti) will be playing at the 2019 South by Southwest Music Festival to be held March 8th to March 17th in Austin, TX. They were named among the second wave of Showcasing Artists invited to perform at the 2019 event.

Formed in 2011 around Modena, Italy the band didnt hesitate in their idea ‘of creating  a wall-of-sound….alternating psychedelic, dreamy atmospheres and loud, fuzz and driven moments.’  They received their first attention with the digital single “Catching A Buzz” featured on BBC 6 Radio and premiered on Clash Music. This led to their self titled debut album in 2013. Praised by webzines such as Sounds Better with Reverb (‘A mix of swooning numbers, psych, an over-the-top ear bleeders), it sold out 3 months after its release and was eventually reissued in the US under the Neon Sigh label.

Tours and events were to follow such as Manchester’s Cosmosis Festival headlined by the Jesus and Mary Chain and Brian Jonestown Massacre. They also had a 44 date European tour sharing the stage with likes of the Telescopes, Ringo Deathstarr and Gonajasufi. Their performances would lead them to be named as one of the best live shows in a 2015 ranking by 200 promoters and venue managers of the KeepOn Live indie network.  They recently played at the Left of the Dial Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

With their history of tours and events, this appearance will mark another first. They have confirmed that SXSW will be their debut in the states adding “none of us have ever been overseas and we can’t literally wait. Also, we’d like it to be just a first step towards a future US tour. We’re very excited!”

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Their last full length album released was 2016’s titled “Des fleurs magiques bourdonnaient”….one of which their song was featured on the Italogaze episode of Chill…but recently the quartet returned to the studio for a new album featuring Sergio Pomante (formerly of Ulan Bator and Lay Llmas) on drums. Speaking of the new album and the invite to the 2019 SXSW Festival they replied, “It’s a real honor and to celebrate it we’re going to play some songs off the new album for the first time.”

 

-source of some of the article shared from press release, interview segments by Ray DeSpinlema

Check out Rev Rev Rev’s 2019 SXSW page.

With their new release “Change”, Italian shoegaze artists In Her Eye on the path to refined harmony

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The third release from Milan, Italy’s In Her Eye is titled “Change” and the eight song album has progressed in ways since the days of their 2011 debut “Anywhere Out of the World”.  Their path to achieving refined harmony is obvious.

Since the beginning, In Her Eye’s sound has delivered a powerful mixture of 80’s new wave echoes (New Order, The Cure), shoegaze and sonic suggestions (Swervedriver, My Vitriol, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.); all filtered through a genuine rock attitude.

In Her Eye has dedicated “Change” to movement and transformation. In the last few years, original band members (Aldo Bernuzzi, Giuseppe Galotti, Stefano Schiavella) passed through a lot of changes: relationships, new births, life philosophies. The line-up has changed as well: with Raffaele Bocchetti (former Stella Diana) joining the band.  And with the addition, they’re convinced the In Her Eye classic sound has recreated and enriched itself with new hues and shades.  The album songs, featuring backing vocals by Antonia Chiara Ciancaglini (The Mystic Morning) is proof the signature sound is still there.  Sometimes it’s psychedelia, sometimes it’s pop. To them, it’s all a game of change.

The results are a satisfying balance of old and new.  Vocalist Giuseppe Galotti’s signature varied styles continue on the new album;  whether he’s fluctuating from Lawrence from Felt or Tom Verlaine to Adam Franklin of Swervedriver.  Whatever personal change they’re experiencing, the urge to dance will never cease, a reminder of where In Her Eye is positioned in the dancey/not dancey spectrum of the Italogaze universe.  And yet songs crafted like “Closer to Me”,”Bianca” and to an extent “Change” can arguably testify to some of its changes with its driving but subdued rhythmic direction, ideas that highlighted some of Swerverdriver’s 2015 release “I Wasn’t Born to Lose You” allowing more of its dreamy jangly guitar ambience to emerge.  That said, though not as raw and lacking in ambience as some of their early releases, it still hasn’t lost that loving feeling with unhinged grandiosity as demonstrated by “Neon Lights” and “Demons” before culminating with “As In A Dream”, catchy with its crispy riffs and punchy beats as if they were dreaming of an Oxford band in the city of Milan.  The reflective sounding “Life” closes out the album, returning to those changes and it seems appropriate, both songs stating their case at the crossroads.  

While “Change” their first release since 2015s Borderline is dedicated to their personal evolving, its title can also reflect the response their influence is receiving especially in Italy.  Only a few years ago nobody would have associated shoegaze to Italy; yet today Italogaze – as it has been dubbed – starting from an underground word of mouth, has gained a solid international credibility; shoegaze lovers are enthusiastic about bands like Be Forest, Stella Diana, Clustersun, Rev Rev Rev, and happily discover other outfits that animate the scene.   Their dedication to reconditioning that sound in the last seven years has paid off.

Since 2015 the band has been involved in a handful of tribute compilations (The Cure, Ride, Wire), while composing songs for the new album.  In Her Eye’s album “Change” is available for release on June 1st (2018).   Beforehand, check out the single “Closer to Me” on their bandcamp page or the embedded link below.

Stella Diana marks its 20th year of shoegaze and dream pop with their fifth album “57”

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Since the UK press first dubbed it “the Scene that Celebrates Itself” in the late 80s/early 90s, the shoegaze music scene has experienced an ebb and flow ever since, whether its a first wave act breaking up for different reasons, a moratorium declared by another or even a decision to change music styles, only to return years or decades later with new releases and a desire to reform and revive….even the UK media has declared it dead before reviving it again.  Yet during the original aftermath, others remaining continue to exist before breaking up and new ones form – even if its entire existence is under the radar. 

One of them is 20 year Italian shoegaze and dream pop veterans Stella Diana  and they are back with their newest album “57”, the awaited follow-up to the 2016 release Nitocris, which inspired rave reviews.  Over the course of five albums and nearly two decades of existence, the Italian combo has become recognized as one of the best shoegaze acts around, thanks to their master songcraft, their hypnotic rhythmic section and soaring, textured guitars. They have managed to grow a sizeable international following despite having been singing entirely in Italian until 2015, and while they keep exploring new sonic frontiers, their style remains uniquely recognizable.  They continue to galvanize the so-called Italogaze movement (short for Italian shoegaze) which includes bands like Clustersun, Rev Rev Rev, In Her Eye, Electric Floor and Novanta. No accident that the bewitching track ‘Do Androids’ features guitars of Rev Rev Rev’s Sebastian Lugli.

Named after the ancient name of planet Venus (Morning Star), Stella Diana were formed in 1998 in Southern Italy’s city of Naples by Dario Torre (vocals and guitar) and Giacomo Salzano (bass guitar), joined by Giulio Grasso on drums.   They assemble the the layers of shimmering guitars of bands like Ride and Lush, the dark wave atmospheres of Bauhaus and Joy Division, and new wave structures reminiscent of Echo And The Bunnymen and The Chameleons. And yet, Stella Diana are not at all a mere sum of their influences.  As Primal Music’s Del Chaney puts it, they “meld together a heady brew of driving post-punk, melodic dreampop and hazy shoegaze to produce musical soundscapes so mesmerising that they literally take my breath away”.    With commentary like that, its no surprise they’ve emerged as one of the faces of the current wave of shoegaze bands, whether they’re called Italogaze, nugaze, LA gaze, ethereal wave, dream pop, etc.

 

And with the new album “57”, every song has been composed in total freedom, without pressure and without schemes, aiming to create a dreamlike, delicate and unreal sound. Dreamlike as the hermetic lyrics, used only as an extra color in each song, even if – in general – what they describe is always the loneliness and lack of communication between people.  In accordance with their strong DIY principles, 57 was recorded and mixed by bass player Giacomo Salzano, and produced by the whole band in their own recording studio, allowing to keep complete control over the music.  The obsession with simplicity is present also in the cover art. A blood-red number on a black canvas, but a number that is not immediately clear, looking like a mark, or a piece of cave drawing.

“57” is scheduled for release on the 25th of May via Vipchoyo Sound Factory (IT) and Siete Senoritas Gritando(ES). Until then, the first single “Der Sandmann” is out and can be seen on youtube or heard on Chill #39.

Chill #31

Chill #31 brings us back to the 1990s, a decade that in the US experienced underground music bubble to the service. Although the major labels thought they cornered the industry by snagging up artists from indie labels from all sorts of genres under the alternative umbrella – in addition to applying that DIY mentality with a bigger budget, it created an audience that didnt fully accept this. Many genres and sub genres left underground or left behind were given opportunities and some of them were able to mix those influences to create a movement of its own. This episode is dedicated to that – chill music from the 90s, whether its goth, ambient, shoegaze, experimental, dream pop, celtic or more, hidden in plain sight, moved along due to time constraints. Here’s a trip back in time. Strange it seemed like yesterday.

 

New Release from Low Rhahn project Astrocrushing “Secret”

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Multimedia and multi-instrumentalist Low Rhahn was first featured on Chill #29 as one of the members behind the ambient duo Sinestesia Letárgica. Since then he has released a new video – this time from his other project Astrocrushing. The song “Secret” was uploaded to Youtube on Aug 5th, 2017 and is now available on the Astrocrushing Bandcamp page. Instead of his more ghostlike track that was featured on Chill #29, Astrocrushing is inspired by post punk influences but with atmospheric sounds still in step with the Cocteau Twins and more eerie parts of The Cure.  Click on the links below the video for more information.

https://astrocrushing.bandcamp.com/track/secret
https://www.facebook.com/astrocrushing/

new release from multimedia artist Low Rhahn is on Chill #29

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Chill 29 features music from Sinestesia Letárgica, a Brazilian shoegaze/ambient duo formed in 2015 by Nefelibata (voices and synths)and multimedia and multi-instrumental artist Low Rhahn (from Campina Grande/João Pessoa, Paraíba (Brazil). Its the latest in a long list of projects and bands he’s either founded or been a member of since he first started Genes Kamikaze back in 2007.

Whether its this or the post punk mingling Astrocrushing, his work is conveyed through strong influences of surrealism, synesthesia and lethargy as if his vision were covered with blurred clouds, full of shimmering colour intermittently adjusting between blue and lilac. The sounds and aesthetics draws a comparison, i think to the first post UK shoegaze era, when the scene that celebrated itself became supplanted by Britpop eventually; when small but influential shoegaze artists and scenes sprouted from mid 90s Arizona beautiful noise scene to the Bedazzled label on the eastern US coast and Loveliescrushing’s Scott Cortez’s later projects like Star and Astrobrite when he relocated to Chicago.

Low Rhahn is currently busy touring as Astrocrushing and recording new music.

Sinestesia Letárgica’s latest is Saturn released April 21st, 2017. For more info
https://sinestesialetargica.bandcamp.com/album/saturn

https://astrocrushing.bandcamp.com/album/brilliantlove
http://echoesand-dreams.blogspot.com.br/
https://www.facebook.com/sinestesialetargica