Archive | February, 2013

Rarely Unable’s Ones To Watch – Implodes

18 Feb

Thanks to Kranky, I was introduced to Implodes around their last album Black Earth which, on first listen and from then on, rattled my very core. What was striking was the heavyweight depth of sound and all consuming impact of their music. To simplistically lump them in as just another addition to the swell of psyche bands that permeate so many blogs on the world wide web, would be to deny the powerful hold that their music has. It is their introspective and immersive elements within the songcraft which ultimately elevates them above and beyond much of what I have heard within that genre.

On their brand new album, Recurring Dream which Kranky are releasing early in April, Implodes explore melody within their song structure which exudes a new-found vibrancy adding to their weightiness.

Recurring Dream

This is what Kranky are saying about Implodes’ Recurring Dream

There are some musical traditions – ancient ones – that are grounded in the natural soundscape; the everyday sounds of life arranged into patterns, attempts at mimicking the whoosh of wind, the howls of an animal, the crack of thunder, the thump and scrape of a rice mortar. We emerge into the world having been exposed to these sounds, along with the vicissitudes of our mothersʼ heartbeats, and we connect to them as we grow. To the extent that we can train ourselves to remove subjective notions about music, we can find musical potential in virtually every sound.

Some prehistoric ancestor slithered out of the ocean and its perceptions of reality were changed forever. Murky ribbons of light were replaced by the warm glow of the sun, rhythms dampened by seawater became sharp and brazen in the air. These sounds and images from eons ago stamped themselves indelibly into our consciousness and have remained there as we have evolved.

The band Implodes has, on their previous albums, tapped into the deep psychic recesses where our sonic memories first took shape. They have played the part of the ancient ancestor, lying submerged in the shallows, waiting to make its gambit onto dry land and into a new world. With their new album, Recurring Dream, Implodes breathes fresh air. Melodies that were once distant echoes are now suffused with energy and clarity of purpose, submerged rhythms now walk in the light of day. Implodes does not, however, eschew its heritage. Heaviness abounds. The band has not abandoned the crushing pressure of the deep, dark places. But Recurring Dream breaches the thin membrane that contained its previous efforts and preys unmolested in its new environment.

There has always been an organic component to Implodesʼ music, and not just because the band is comprised of humans. Its music is tied to those very earliest of our sonic traditions, to the sounds of Earth and space and deep water and simple machines. Recurring Dream is about waking up in the dark and witnessing the slow birth of consciousness, still tethered to fantasies and nightmares, and walking into the unknown.

The interesting theme, vibrant music and brilliant artwork makes this band a definite one to watch in my estimations.

You can sample one of their songs from the new album via Kranky’s Soundcloud page to find out for yourselves: https://soundcloud.com/kranky/implodes-scattered-in-the-wind

 

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Conny Ochs charms and beguiles with “Exile” taken from his new solo record, Black Happy

18 Feb

Conny Ochs Black Happy

Conny Ochs hails from Germany and has been making music for over a decade now in various incarnations – with bands, unique projects and as a solo artist. While local punters endorse and worship his musical endeavours, and especially his first solo album Raw Love Songs which was released on Exile On Mainstream records back in March 2011, it was the collaboration with Scott “Wino” Weinrich on the 2012 album Heavy Kingdom that really put the Conny on the international map.

Conny Ochs will follow up his debut solo release with a brand new album Black Happy. An album of earnest, melancholic songs where Conny bears his soul with raw emotion, combining his beguiling vocal and melodic guitar style. What is channeled into his music, tone and lyrics are indisputable personal truths, the kind that are deeply rooted in the blackened parts of the human soul. Sometimes happy, sometimes sad, sometimes nasty, sometimes nice, sometimes begging, sometimes proud, sometimes cheerful, sometimes bitter, sometimes lost, sometimes found. And with this, Conny Ochs reaches a stark authenticity that draws you in, makes you part of the music and deserves to be devoted.
Listen and feel free to share via Soundcloud the album opener “Exile“, one of the most engaging album tracks on Black Happy.
The music on Black Happy ultimately draws upon a tradition and history of great acoustic craftsmanship created by some of America’s finest songwriters (though not restricted to the American continent). Through that inspiration especially, Conny explores the realms of how your inner self can be sonically portrayed, once you are on your own and armed with only a guitar and your voice. Yes, this musical path is a well trodden one, but it isn’t worn out yet and Conny walks the road in his own wholehearted way.

Tartufi premiere ‘Eaves’ from their new album, ‘These Factory Days’

15 Feb
Tartufi

Tartufi

Impose Magazine have revealed a brand new Tartufi track, ‘Eaves’ taken from the upcoming album These Factory Days which Southern Records are releasing on 25 March.

This track marks the first of numerous insights into their new material with more audio and video footage to unveil in the coming weeks.

You can stream and share ‘Eaves’ via Southern Records’ Soundcloud link:

Tartufi 'Eaves'

Tartufi ‘Eaves’

Direct link: http://soundcloud.com/southern/tartufi-eaves

Read on to find out more information about their splendid new album…

Having formed in 2001, the San Francisco trio comprised of Lynne Angel, Brian Gorman and Ben Thorne, has become well know for their loop- heavy sonic soundscapes, overlaying harmonies, melodies and poly-rhythms. The effect is something unlike most popular music today, an aural overhaul, a hypnotic surrender to their sound and a wonder to witness, live or on record.

With six studio albums under their belts, these bastions of the San Francisco scene are showing no signs of slowing with the release of their new album These Factory Days (Southern Records) slated for March of 2013. Building upon their musical mosaics and seamless song-craft the recent addition of Thorne on bass has allowed the band to fully metamorphose into a three-headed creature walking the wires between chaos and cacophony, subtly and synchronicity. As one reviewer said, “Tartufi are unafraid of venturing into a complex sonic world where post-rock, psych and experimental pop are built from endless loops and pulsing polyrhythms, then blasted off into space to see what happens. The result is a beautiful, and unpredictable, wall of sound”.

With These Factory Days, Tartufi have further advanced upon their layered spectrum of sound. Welcoming good friend Ben Thorne (Low Red Land, Minot) into the band to take over the role of bass player, Tartufi is now a fully realized machine. Whereas before Angel and Gorman preferred the whirlwind approach, favouring a systematic shock to the senses – with the addition of Thorne the band is able to utilize time and space to elicit an overall sense of complete synchronicity and total fluidity. If you thought you were in a strange alien river before then best grab a paddle because this river flows into the sea of sonic accord.

Tartufi took over a year and a half to track and mix These Factory Days, once again with the aid of Tim Green (Melvins, Howlin Rain, Joanna Newsom, Fresh & Onlys) at Louder Studios and The Hangar, and also with Scott McDowell at Hyde Street. The result is a band fully settled within their sound, secure amongst an ocean of interlocking counterweights, where you are at once upon the bright surface and walking the cavernous depths.

Tartufi further push the boundaries of sonic sameness and classic structure to evoke an overall sense of movement and progression. Pop songs be damned – Tartufi is a country of sound.

Dope Body let loose a brand new single, they call it Saturday

15 Feb
Dope Body

Dope Body

Look out dope fiends, DOPE BODY ARE BACK and they’re trippin’ right back to the ghutto with two new songs that comprise the Saturday 7″ single and have some live action in the works too.

Refocusing on the sonic principles that they were striving for in the first place, the Saturday single is a snapshot of a band taking care of business in lean, road-dog stance, ready to fuck or run, whatever happens first.

A feculent mist hangs in the air, obscuring fine details and taking a bit of edge from things – which is good because the power-trio-plus-singer that makes Dope Body is mostly all elbows and nails and split ends and bone shards and narrow-eyed sideways shades that cut like a knife, scoring the skin and hurting at the things underneath. Even the bass, low as it is, is delineated with a serration that punches through the smoke from the guitar amplifier, the drums and the screaming. Everyone tumbles together into the chorus like a sudden lucky cave-in, everything falling exactly where it should.

Fun stuff—and Saturday is nice and short as well – gets straight to the point, no messing.

Drag City will be unleashing this feral beast on 18 March 2013 and Dope Body have already been confirmed to play Primavera Sound Festival on 24 May with more dates to be announced very soon.

I’ll leave you with some lavish praise for their rampant long player which we all know and love, Natural History…

Dope Body

Dope Body

“‘Natural History’ is one of the freshest sounding Hardcore albums to come our way in some time. Brutal, yet, but Dope Body’s brutality is one of artistic frankness, a refusal to excuse you from some of the uglier sounds in their arsenal.’Weird Mirror’ opens with a guitar being re-wired, before exploding into chunky Black Flag style riffage and powerhouse, unrelenting vocals.” – CLASH

“This music can be brutal, at times even ugly, but it’s always – above all else – fun. They may be about to head-butt you to the ground, but they’re doing it with smiles on their faces.” – FOAM HANDS

“This is music made by a calculated bunch in a haphazard and incredible way. You think you have them pinned down one moment, only for them to challenge your assumptions the next…it hovers in that twilight zone between complete buffoonery and genius.” – NINEHERTZ

“They have pulled off an exquisite balancing act, with the ugly, serrated, angular noise and the arena sized melodic sensibility actually complementing each other harmoniously.” – QUIETUS

“Dope Body is without doubt one of the most exciting bands in music right now if not the most and Natural History quite possibly album of the year, it will take something truly outstanding to match it..” – RINGMASTER

“Shook….recalls godhead Silo or vintage Melvins…immediate follow up Road Dog…jitters and skitters like a grubier version of Les Savy Fav. An odd mix of scuzzy lumpen grunge (think Tad or Bleach era Nirvana)…all swilling and swirling together in a manner that’s…altogether rather satisfying.”- ROCK A ROLLA

“This is by no means a traditional or predictable record: the tone shifts from the sort of stoner adventurism that characterises Royal Trux’s early LPs, to all-out blasts of apocalyptic noise.” – SKINNY

“The sort of visceral attitude that feels so necessary in a musical climate that seems to be caught between timid melodious pleasantry or hazy, half-assed electronic obtuseness. So perhaps that’s what makes Dope Body work: they have all the basic prerequisites to be a great rock’n’roll band as described above, sure, but more importantly, they seem unafraid of a little bloodletting in the service of its cause.” – STOOL PIGEON

“The overwhelming impression is Killing Joke filtered through a thundering wall of noise.” – TERRORIZER

“Best of all is “Weird Mirror”…a celebratory guitar-drums rumpus that switches between euphoric peaks and heads-down chug.” – UNCUT

“The heady brew of sonic sounds is complimented by vocalist Andrew Laumann’s assorted yelps, howls and reverberations and makes for perhaps one of the most exciting bands of our time. Its punk rock thrown in the blender with the Jesus Lizard, Lightning Bolt and other assorted supplements, as if to celebrate your stupor. At the same time, it’s perfectly accessible, losing none of its quality for it either.” – WE MUST OBEY

Melvins to release unconventional covers album “Everybody Loves Sausages”

15 Feb
Melvins

Melvins

The Melvins return with a 13-track covers album titled Everybody Loves Sausages which is set for an Apr. 29 release in UK/EU via Ipecac Recordings.

“This record will give people a peak into the kind of things that influence us musically,” explains Buzz Osborne. “We REALLY like all of these songs along with the bands who actually wrote this stuff because first and foremost we are HUGE music fans.”

In a decidedly Melvins approach to a covers album, the band not only selected a unique assortment of songs to cover, ranging from Roxy Music’s “In Every Dream Home A Heartache” to Queen’s “Best Friend,” they also enlisted several friends to take part including Mudhoney’s Mark Arm joining them for The Scientists’ “Set It On Fire” and Neurosis’ Scott Kelly pitching in on a cover of Venom’s “Warhead.”

While the release is billed as a proper Melvins’ album (featuring the line-up of Osborne, Dale Crover, Jared Warren and Coady Willis), there are a handful of songs recorded as the Melvins Lite incarnation of the band (Osborne, Crover and Trevor Dunn): “Female Trouble” (Divine a.k.a. John Waters), “Timothy Leary Lives” (Pop-O-Pies) and “Romance By Tales of Terror” (Tales of Terror).

The complete track listing with original artist and guest player notation:

1. Warhead (Venom; Guest: Scott Kelly of Neurosis)
2. Best Friend (Queen; Guest: Caleb Benjamin of Tweak Bird)
3. Black Betty (Original artist unknown)
4. Set It On Fire (The Scientists; Guest: Mark Arm)
5. Station To Station (David Bowie; Guest: JG Thirlwell)
6. Attitude (The Kinks: Guest: Clem Burke of Blondie)
7. Female Trouble (Divine a.k.a. John Waters)
8. Carpe Diem (The Fugs)
9. Timothy Leary Lives (Pop-O-Pies)
10. In Every Dream Home A Heartache (Roxy Music; Guests: Jello Biafra and Kevin Rutmanis)
11. Romance (Tales of Terror)
12. Art School (The Jam; Guest: Tom Hazelmeyer)
13. Heathen Earth (Throbbing Gristle)

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MIE to release brand new Hey Colossus album, Cuckoo Live Life Like Cuckoo

15 Feb
Hey Colossus

Hey Colossus

MIE is proud to be releasing Cuckoo Live Life Like Cuckoo, the eighth album from the London/Somerset 8-piece, Hey Colossus.

Now in their tenth year the band have been gathering plaudits and accumulating new fans with every release, and after playing to thousands at Supersonic Festival last year, things are accelerating at an even faster pace.

As with each album release, Hey Colossus continue to mutate and for their eighth album they have enlisted the support of a new drummer, Part Chimp guitar/vox man, Tim Cedar, who has undoubtedly brought a whole new kind of energy that has reinvigorated the band. When the rhythm section takes a shot to the bow it’s only natural for the game to change. But long term supporters need not worry, they’re still heavy, still got the same vibe, only now they are focused in a fresh way.

Cuckoo Live Life Like Cuckoo was recorded live to tape throughout 2012 in Dropout Studios, South London, by Mr. Westminster Brown, mastered by James Plotkin. For this recording, Hey Colossus opt for a hefty hi-fi sound when previously they were drenched in Lo-fi fuzz. Now there is room to breathe when before they were utterly unrelenting. Tape loops and walls of noise created by bass and drum rhythmic klang, dual vocals, and three guitars are supplemented by a variety of instruments including the bağlama saz, turntables and synths – adding a whole new dynamic to their sound. These are signs of a band who are playing with their ears open and it’s all systems go.

Cuckoo Live Life Like Cuckoo will be released on CD, digitally and in a run of 500 LPs with artwork by the band on 1 April via MIE. Digital promo is available now, so do get in touch if you are interested.

“UK noise rock is going through a particularly healthy period at the moment, with RRR being a perfect example of its pith, piss, vinegar and vigour.” – John Doran, The Quietus

“Sounds like TV sets being dropped into a vat of boiling oil while Can rehearse Moonshake in the adjoining room”Keith Moline, The Wire

“Second in the top 10 noise rock bands in the UK” – NME.COM

Also upcoming on MIE before summer…

Alastair Galbraith’s reissue of Cry (made available on LP for the first time)
Gate 2LP of the Monolake/Wisher Table
Nathan Bowles (Pelt) & Scott Verratsro will release LP called Polar Satellites

Thanks for reading!

Palms confirm June 24 release date for self-titled debut

15 Feb
Photo credit Travis Shinn

                            Photo credit Travis Shinn

Palms, the Los Angeles based quartet that features Jeff Caxide, Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer from ISIS and Chino Moreno of Deftones, will release their self-titled debut album on June 24 in the UK/EU via Ipecac Recordings.

An audio clip of an early, unmastered mix of the song “Tropics” was recently played by Moreno on his online Mixlr broadcast and went viral shortly thereafter.

Palms was recorded and mixed by Aaron Harris and produced by Palms. The band recently put up a splash page at Palmsband.com.

Hoping to have more information and music very soon!

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