Perilium a progressive rock band from Brisbane, comprising Nic Raffo and Kane Nadasdy have me stoked with a couple of the sounds they sent across. Optic 72, which is also the name of their album, starts out on a garagey/punk rockish note and then metamorphoses into what I would put as a blend of the styles seen on Metallica’s ‘Anywhere I roam’ and Prodigy’s Firestarter. Later on the song incorporates many more musical influences and seamlessly blends in to and out of many ‘disjointed-but-they-work-well- together’ riffs, which showcases the verasatility and desire for experimentation that they possess:
And then there is Lost Dreams, which has everything going for it. Great vocals, nice lyrics and a powerhouse vibe:
If you like what you hear, follow them on bandcamp and download their work or buy it for a fee of your choice
FringeMutes a melancholic, cyberpunk, artpop collective from somewhere in Scandinavia have sent us some very interesting work a few weeks ago. Through their music they paint a picture of existence on an imaginary planet with an abundance of everything and no use for the resources at their disposal. #Firstworldproblems, if you will, but it is all contextual and in your mind and they are still problems. A couple of tracks are beautiful, soothing and feel like someone downtempoed Moby’s earlier work to create a perspective not explored earlier. Lie down, relax and think you have kaleidoscopes for eyes:
UK based Korbian, whom we introduced a few weeks ago has been pretty busy in the last few weeks releasing one variant of funk laced laid back awesomeness after another. He seems to be in a great mood too and is giving away a couple of tracks for free, only to spread the joy. Additionally his latest release with VSR records is due on the the 6th of May and here is a partial sample track from that release :
All the very best with this to Korbain!
After that bit of loungey tech house, here is my favourite piece of work by him in the last couple of weeks. Moved every time, has a lot going for it. Deep deep house, great synths and super work on the percussion. You can meditate to it or dance to it or let it play in the background while you do something Mondayne on a Tuesday. Yippey yah yei, Schweinebacke (i know the original, the german one is somehow cuter), this will uplift you! Not quite in ways that Bruce Willis intended, but mostly that’s a good thing:
And now to add a bit of sauciness to the proceedings, the next one is called desire. Some might call it the root cause of sorrow, but then they wouldn’t know what to do tommorrow! This is more garagey and makes you move instantly and can be downloaded for free like the previous one. Lust it out and lap it up:
With the temperatures finally motivating Berliners like myself to wake up and smell the beer, summery sounds from Theme Park’s first full length album were the flavour of last Friday night. They performed live at a local club called Magnet and it is hard to dislike the ‘poppiness’ of songs like Jamaica, Two Hours and Tonight. Even though accusations of inspirations from and comparisons with bands like Alt J, Friendly Fires, Goldroom and the like will abound, this is a really pleasing and well-produced effort from the band. If it makes you happy, it can’t be too bad. Enjoy:
As these were the only non-remixed shared tracks I found on soundcloud, the tracks posted may vary from the track names enlisted in the post earlier.
Camera2, whom we featured a couple of months earlier for their smashing video ‘Just about made it’, have come out with a new single and a video for it. Titled ‘Forever Lost’, the video features the same main protagonist who made his debut in the previous video. It is more about how long cna you fool yourselves or convince yourselves about hope and how sometimes it is easy to cave in or soak it in, depending on how you perceive it. The sound is like a combination of ‘Cut Copy’ with a hint of U2 thrown in near the chorus sections. I am unsure if I introduced the band in my previous post but Brooklyn foursome Camera2 is made up of producer-songwriter-vocalist – Andy Chase (Tahiti 80/Juliana Hatfield/Smashing Pumpkins), guitarist – Michael Jurin (Stellastarr*), bassist – Aric Gillis (Teenage Kick) and drummer – Mike Williams (Teddybears). The band came together in mid-2012 and soon after completed an album Andy wrote and produced in his home studio with co-production by Blondfire’s Bruce Driscoll. Camera2 is a decidedly new direction and a departure from the sounds of the previous projects for all the members who have now stepped into a harder hitting, darker, upbeat and more electronically driven indie-universe. Now for the soundcloud link to the song as always :
I was about to finish the post off here, but the soundcloud sequence for Camera 2 has thrown up a few more recent gems, which I would like to share with all of you:
Wasted is a particularly kickass track in my humble opinion. If you like what you hear, please follow them on facebook or on their website: http://Camera2.com/.
The most exciting recent news from the shores of Brighton, UK is electro-pop band ‘Movement Ten’. A collaborative effort between Shadowless Man and The Sweet Chap, the project is completely artist made, promoted and released. On their debut album, which has received BBC airplay and a lot of positive feedback, you can hear a wide array of sounds, styles and influences ranging from Brit Pop to the more recent House/Electronic genres. The fusion of traditional sounds with elecronica is seamless and works very well on tracks like Gravity and Machine girl, which are my personal favourites from the album. However, to each his own, so choose your own posion by listening to their mixtape here:
If you like what you hear, the album and tracks can be purchased at their very informative and entertaining website: http://www.movementten.co.uk/
For today’s Secondi Platti, we have Marla Mase…she’s been honoured by Friends of the UN, performed at Global Peace Day in China, and had her multimedia “SPEAK” live show confirmed for this year’s NYC Summerstage festival. She is now currently embarking on a UK tour to promote her album.
There is something very distinctive about her music. It’s like Bob Dylan had a sex change and added the fantasy genre to his imaginative powers. It sounds like she is having a conversation with you, but you could very well be in the middle of a musical or in amovie hall. The stage or the screen is your own mind and each song tells you a story which first slowly draws you into it’s world with mundane real world details and then really evokes feelings inside you because you are suddenly a part of the mess and turmoil. Two thumbs up for originality! I haven’t had an experience like this in ages:
If you like what you hear, you can follow her and/or purchase her album on bandcamp at: http://marlamase.bandcamp.com/album/speak-deluxe
I shall start off the next series of blog posts with the very intense, dark and brooding trio from Toronto called ‘A Primitive Evolution’. Their latest full length album titled ‘The Prize’ has been out for some months now and after a couple of listens the apt phrase that comes to mind is ‘Tour de force’. Their passion for music and the overall experience, can be seen in the Alice-In_Wonderlandesque videos, the groove, tempo, deceptively great work on the percussion, little surprise riffs in the middle of songs which transcend an already good melody to another level, and I could go on and on. But, what really impressed me more than all this is the raw power, passion and emotion in the vocals. A Primitive Evolution are Brett Carruthers – Vocals and Guitars, Stephany Seki – Bass, Cello and Vocals, Stu Dead – Drums and Percussion. Have a listen and spread the word: