Friday, 31 July 2009

Shorn



I literally stumbled upon this band by accident. It would be easy to make glib comparisons and say they sound similar to....but it would be pointless and do them a disservice. The first thing that grabbed my attention was the vocals, which have a dominant presence and make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. Not only are they versatile they are virtually clean, with only a smidgen of effects on them - not many singers can get away with this.

The songs are undoubtedly rock but there are also some inventive, imaginative, flourishes and embellishments, which compliment the highly competent musicianship. This is a great package - go listen.


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This is what they said:

Shorn was formed in a small-town Kansas coffee shop in February of 2004. Cassie and Jake clicked from the very beginning, and immediately began writing about their own life experiences. Their music is characterized by heavy rock guitar, ethnic instruments, and a classically trained female voice. Their songs are sometimes eerie, angry, mysterious, raw, playful, or even seductive. There are many dimensions to all of their songs, but rest assured; each of their songs is instantly recognizable as Shorn. Their fans range from ages 12 to 76, which speaks to their diversity. From low-key shows like those to heavy electric shows at the Kansas State Fair, or opening for Eve 6, Shorn has adapted and risen above to fit any venue they play

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Out of Quebec


I think I've become a stalker....I absolutely love Karin Beckérus. I would like to point out to Karin's family and friends, my wife, my kids, my lawyer and any private detective following me that I have no evil, weird or malicious intent going on in my mind, I just think she makes great music.

When things are stripped down to the bare minimum you always end up with a purity of thought. I am envious of the ability to make something that is minimal, sound as big as the world. Old school (German?) electronic music sounded like this, there was a limited amount of equipment available to use so their resources dictated the sound of the final product; these days we all have an unlimited supply of samples and virtual synths, we can be as big and as fat as we want - the trick is to be selective. There is an old blues guitar saying, 'it is not what you play, it is the spaces you leave that make a good song'. Out of Quebec make the spaces sound massive and give me butterflies in my stomach.


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And Out of Quebec says:

Out of Quebec is a solo project out of Stockholm focusing on creating dark and experimental tracks with expressive vocals. Karin Beckérus of Out of Quebec has a classical musical training and have been working with electronic music for only a few years.


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Jazica

There's something about the electro-indie-pop generation that's disappointing. The synths, the twangy guitars, the tongue-in-cheek disco drum beats - it all adds up to a sea of diluted mediocrity. Fortunately - to extend the metaphor further - seas often hide small patches of treasure and give way to hidden coves of paradise. Jazica drown all stereotype in that sea: whilst indie, electro and pop in equal measure, they are not disappointing. Far from it. They're actually quite impressive...


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Unfortunately there is only a brief sample of a track which doesn't appear in the ReverbNation, player..... The rest of their tracks are impressive, a couple definitely stand out from the crowd as token hits. 'Boy' sounds like a collaboration between Pacman and Lily Allen, the opening arpeggios reminiscent of a wasted youth in video arcades. Another equally chart friendly yet still adventurous track 'Flash Flash' proves that hooks don't have to be annoying. 'Illusions' and 'Arp Attack' bring a much harder breed of song. Although they conform with their overall sonic image, the production and controlled agression show an incredibly mature side to the band.

The most striking feature of all the songs is the ability to juxtapose the hypnotic sing-song swooning of Frankie's vocals with the hard, crashing guitars and buzz-saw synths that perforate the sound every so often. On paper, the combination sounds horrific: imagine a project with KT Tunstall and Brian Eno. It shouldn't work at all. But it does.

Jazica seem to cover every angle you could want from a band - they are controlled, stylish, smart, adventurous, slick and just...cool. Good, old-fashioned cool. This is a group worth saving from the wreckage in the sea.

Review written by LF

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Thursday, 30 July 2009

Drobot!



Drobot! have tentative shows lined up in October through to January and promise remixes and new material to come soon.

Discribed as fusion and experimental, Drobot!, especially in 'Digital Artifact', for some peculiar reason remind me of really early Joy Division - the tracks where they sound as though they are jamming and Ian Curtis shouts a lot (wish I could remember the titles of the tracks - will seek and find). There is a funk element to these offerings - but it is more like, jazz funk meets psychedelic guitar fuzz box - and guess what it really works well.


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CMongrooves


How cool is this?!

I was in Miami, I didn't manage to chill out though (it was a disaster, I was stuck slap bang in the middle of a hurricane, a State of Emergency was declared, my hotel was boarded up and I had to stay in a Cuban flophouse.....but that is another story). 'Chillin in Miami Beach' is a great track with loads of stuff going on in it; it has a (really) cool, relaxed, confident feel to it and is perfectly happy to play along loudly or quietly in the background. All of the tracks are luscious, fat and sexy, they are extremely well crafted and intelligently produced - what more can you say - except 'Ride'!


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This is what CMongrooves said:

Electronic Music Producer, Keyboard/Synth Player, Singer-Songwriter from Orlando, Fl. With Productions "Lucid Dreams EP" and "Chillin in Miami Beach LP" CMongrooves is considered an underground star of electronic music by many of his fans and followers from all over the world. CMongrooves has been number 1 on the charts of electronic music for Orlando, FL and Top 20 in the world since May to the present date, according to Reverbnation. His music can be found for purchase on itunes, napster, rhapsody, emusic, yahoo music, and other important worldwide internet retailers. With two free downloads powered by Reverbnation and Sponsored by Windows: "Ride" and "Power and Misery" (from his band Sentinels Underground) at myspace/windows/cmongrooves; his presence is growing stronger in the electronic music world. Carlos Mongrooves has started to make Remixes of compositions from different electronic music artists to explore new ways to support his fellow electronic brothers and sisters, and to strengthen his repertoire.

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Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Poundcore


You might be fooled into thinking that Poundcore are just a trance, techno, electro, dance thing but there is a random logic mixed in with it here. I'm not making much sense really but the odd burble will suddenly appear and you think, where did that come from and where did that melody go. I've worked it out - a lot of trance/techno stuff just goes on and on and on (flogging a dead horse) Poundcore are not afraid to ditch a great hook/riff and force another one on you. Poundcore (this is a naff expression) take you on a journey....I really hate myself for saying that but if you want a great trip look no further.


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They said this:

Its a fresh new sound people full of spark and promise. A very real and complex combination of Sloppy House and Pys Lounge. Woodmansterne is slated to appear on the soon to released Poundcore album I will have DOGBALL flavour thankyou. Started out in 1959 as a Merseyside Hardstyle honky tonk bagpipe band . Change of members and style in 1962 . Became the number 1 British goose shlapping band. Disbanded then reformed 1968. Since 1969 to 1994 performed very unpopular rattlebop, 1994 to present we have been captivated by the bland tones of generic techno.

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The Uragany


Why has Russia become the most exciting place musically in the world? How come raw energy explodes out of this former iron clad growling bear? Maybe there lies the answer and the reason? It was a state controlled, media censored, draconian empire and now....?

This is a band I want to be in! They are wild, have a mission and know how to throw a party. Yes it is 1970's punk (sort of) but so what. I want to be in there, sweat like a pig and drink vodka.

I have been listening to them for a few days now and I can't wipe the smile off my face, a smile that is of admiration, not of amusement.


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The Uragany - a garage punk band from Volgograd (Russia). The band was formed more than two years ago. Combining unrestrained energy of the 60's garage rock with punk rock aggression and nonconformism The Uragany play songs on the issues of our days: problems of modern mans estrangement, political rogues, love and sex in the modern urban society and about opposition to dominant influence of mediocrity in our life. The Uragany like legendary rock music opposition of 60's and 70's make rock'n'roll DANGEROUS again!

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