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About Karan Khurana

Karan Khurana Karan Khurana ( Born in 1982, Mumbai, India) makes photos and mixed media artworks. By using popular themes such as pointlessness, old monuments and nightlife, Khurana creates intense personal moments by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles. His photos don’t reference recognisable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By applying abstraction, he touches various overlapping themes and strategies. Several reoccurring subject matter can be recognised, such as the relation with popular culture and media, working with repetition, provocation and the investigation of the process of expectations. His works are saturated with obviousness, mental inertia, clichés and bad jokes. They question the coerciveness that is derived from the more profound meaning and the superficial aesthetic appearance of an image. By parodying mass media by exaggerating certain formal aspects inherent to our contemporary society, he makes works that can be seen as self-portraits. Sometimes they appear idiosyncratic and quirky, at other times, they seem typical by-products of consumer-oriented superabundance and marketing. His works often refer to pop and mass culture. Using written and drawn symbols, a world where light-heartedness rules and where rules are undermined is created. Karan Khurana currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany!

ATTU: Staying together


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‘Staying together’, awash with soaring vocals, uplifting guitar riffs and bitter sweet lyrics is the fabulous teaser track for what to expect from North Londoner ‘Stefan Antoinette’s DIY project ATTU in 2017. It is a feelgood yet at times melancholic melody shows a lot of promise and we hope that this talented 5 piece band comprising Stefan Antoinette himself, Chike Newman on bass, keys, samples and backing vocals, Joel Mayes on guitar/bass and backing vocals, Millie Wilson on keys, samples and backing vocals and Sean Poole on drums can continue to deliver on this early promise in the near future. We wish the band all the very best and here is the track:

For any enquiries, you can contact their agent Molly Dunne at revelrypr@gmail.com

Social Media:
http://www.attuband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Attuband

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Brunettes shoot Blondes: Every Monday


Ukrainian band Brunettes Shoot Blondes, who recieved a lot of fame for their viral youtube sensation ‘Knock Knock’ have released an aesthetically pleasing lyric video for their Eurovision 2016 finals selection ‘Every Monday’. They’ve taken the unusual approach of printing every line of the song in handcrafted calligraphy provided by Gian Solamo. Each line was physically pasted on the drum set for every line change in the song. The result is something of beauty for everyone who appreciates beauty and more so for those who are enthralled  by the seduction of typeface done right. In short, it is a beautiful looking video for a very catchy song and the hot legs are a bonus. We love it and hope that you love it too and spread the joy.

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Inca Maps: Weave


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A very promising debut single Weave’ by London based quartet ‘Inca Maps’ is the perfect summer accompaniment. Synth poppish but with a touch of R&B, Matt Tilling’s complete-spectrum vocals magnificently surf along the wavy brilliance of synthesisers, guitars and intricate percussion created by Leo Morgan on guitars & synthesisers, Tim Horne on bass & synthesisers, and Toby Archer on drums.
‘Weave’ will make you want to break the rules a little and be foolish in a good way. Have fun:

This song was brought to our attention by our friends at Revelry Promotions. You can keep yourself updated with ‘Inca Maps’ at:
http://www.inca-maps.com/
https://www.facebook.com/incamaps/

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Lovelace: Lands


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Rebecca Whitbread, who goes by the moniker ‘Lovelace’, has released her debut album Lands on July 29th. The album details a period in Lovelace’s life, which took her through many contrasting landscapes, both in literal and metaphorical terms. Electronic keyboard riffs, a gentle and almost lilting drum beat and a soothing yet crystal clear voice give the album an overall disconnected, dreamy and nostalgic vibe. This album is very autobiographical in the sense that it starts with a track called B. Man, which seems to be a reference to an incident some years ago when Lovelace bought a ticket for the Burning Man festival on a whim and boarded a plane without knowing anyone. Additionally, it references various significant friends, lovers and epiphanies that have shaped the musical journey that she has undertaken to follow her heart. These varied experiences give the album a very honest and relatable albeit experimental feeling which seems to work very well as a consequence of the juxtaposition with the almost disconnected vibe mentioned above. Lovelace now spends her time shuttling between my home city Berlin and London, with occasional trips to her hometown in Devon. She plays in a 5 member band piece band consisting of herself, Rebecca Whitbread, on Guitar and lead vocals, Hannah Murphy and Ruth Corey on backing vocals, Petter Grevelius on bass and Bernie Gardner on drums. A sample of their labor of love:

For any questions or press enquiries, please contact Molly Dunne at revelrypr@gmail.com

Social Media Links
https://www.facebook.com/thisislovelace
http://www.iamlovelace.com
https://www.instagram.com/lovelacelovesu

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Said the Ghost : Inhale Day EP


‘Inhale Day’, the first part of a two part EP project called ‘Breathe Life’ by ‘Said the Ghost’ (the solo project of Brighton based Jamie Lees), just came out on Summer Solstice. The second part of this grand production will be out on Winter Solstice, and that should literally cover the long and short of it ;). As for Inhale Day, it is a celebration of new beginnings with its shoegazy meditative guitar riffs, soulful singing and a distinctive fusion-hymnlike vibe which submerges your mind and unleashes splashes positive energy in your limbic system. What is clearly impressive is Jamie’s musical and vocal prowess. For starters, his soothing yet versatile voice will be at home in musical styles as diverse as Indian and Irish. To top it off, the eclectic sound that draws some comparisons to Everything Everything and Dutch Uncles, Grizzly Bear, Field Music, White Denim, War on Drugs, St.Vincent, even Stevie Wonder at times, is something that Jamie and Nick Lewis (Mastering) should be very very proud of. We can’t recommend this enough and please purchase this EP from the band camp links below and encourage Jamie for an even more stupendous return with the second part ‘Exhale Night’ later this year. Get ready to get immersed:

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Map of the Moon


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A very talented quartet of Paul, John, Tom and Ken, based in Atlanta GA and called ‘Map of the Moon’ are out with their hypnotic self titled EP. Incorporating punchy drums, melodic guitars, powerful vocals and immersing bass the EP starts with Radiohead meets Pearl Jam vibe on ‘give/you something’ and then they take it up a few notches to the almost Stonesy mood in ‘Caught in the middle’. Then ‘little mistake’ with its Barenaked Ladies’ish tempo is a perfect moodsetter before the solid round up with acidy synths and power riffs of ‘freedom from passion’, add to your passions if anything :). This EP is a classic and we highly recommend it. The band can be followed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mapofthemoonrock/ and you can hear it here or stream the EP from band camp using the links below:

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Verdensrommet: Aldri igjen EP


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The Norwegian indie-pop band Verdensrommet is back with another EP, and this time they’re joined by Emir Hindic, aka. Onge $ushimane (from the rap duo $ushi x Kobe). The EP features the track Aldri igjen (Never Again in English) and several remixes of the same. This is a track that essentially has no coherent structure or form and has random manifestations of multiple genres (electronica, ambient, hip hop, etc) coexisting and at times fighting for supremacy. It hits you hard and the remixes are as pleasingly diverse as chalk and cheese. Definitely not meant for a sunny afternoon stroll, but walk down some of the graffiti lined streets of a metropolis with this in your earphones after sunset and you’ll be one with your urbaniverse.
The whole EP can be streamed from: https://open.spotify.com/album/03dB87F294CPsspYKE0Ooa or the soundcloud link which you can figure out using the stuff we have embedded below.

Below are a few of our favourites from this EP:

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Twin Haus: Nothing Lavish


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Psychedelic Synths, Trippy Drums, Haunting reverb, poignant punctuating guitar solos and thumping drum work. The music is clearly reminiscent of Pink Floyd with shades of Dreamtheater (especially the drum work) and the vocals range between the earlier Floyd albums like Meddle and the kind of stuff one hears in the earlier works of The Verve. Twin Haus is a Meisterwerk (I’m only using German because of the way they spell Haus in their name) with tons of promise and a their album Nothing Lavish is a much needed shot in the arm for this wonderful genre of music that badly needs some rejuvenation. Twin Haus are based in the wonderful city of Brisbane in the land down under and comprise D.Grima, Z.Degnan, I Memon and N McMillan. Their latest album nothing album has been recorded at Bedlam Records, Brisbane. We urge you to support this great bunch of artistes by buying their work in heaps. So, without further ado, please submerge yourselves into this world of welcome mental decomposition:

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Sillyboy: Stalker


During the glorious summer of 2012, when we started with this website, one of the first bands that we featured that made a profound impact on us was Sillyboy. Based out of Athens, Sillyboy’s dazzling incorporation of diverse musical styles under one umbrella in their first album ‘Nature of Things’ had us stoked for good reason. Every song was a masterpiece, which is rare for any album featuring more than 5 tracks and Nature of Things had double that number. They seem to have only gotten better while maintaining this knack of 100% song brilliance in their new album Stalker. The album deals with a controversial subject in a very interesting way, best described as easy going obsession and attempts to reveal an alternate point of view, subtly goading us to refrain from naively painting every action in black and white. In short, this album is a grey zone ‘Tour de force’, Bowie meets Depeche Mode, and I urge you to listen to it, spread the word, buy it (https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sillyboy/id289180758) and make Sillyboy rich. Until that great purchasing decision that you absolutely will have to make, please enjoy the tracks here:

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Chopstick & Johnjon “Closer” EP


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A hypnotic journey, this EP aptly titled ‘Closer’ by Chopstick & Johnjon, transcends your mind closer to the stars while keeping your feet tapping trancily on the earth (for the lack of a more apt word) to its very very organically groovy vibe All thumbs and big toes up for this! We can’t seem to get enough It has been produced by Berlin based label Suol, who have an impressive repertoire.
With New York city’s Ryan Cavanagh aka Slow Hands providing the vocals, the track ‘Catamount’ is a great example of how these two seemingly effortlessly manage to incorporate classy song-writing into a club track
Chopstick & Johnjon always like to show another side of their sound with the last track on their EPs. And this time it is a little gem called ‘Track Of Time’ featuring Larissa Kapp, whose lush vocals on sit beautifully on what is almost a ballad – a ballad with a huge 80s that is.
As just the above mentioned tracks are available for soundcloud streaming, those are the ones that we are posting here, so enjoy and buy the EP for more elation

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