February 19, 2024

A heartfelt tribute in deep silence

 
(The Soft Moon was an Oakland, CA based neo-post-punk band founded and leaded by Luis Vasquez as a solo project in 2009).
 
RIP Luis Vázquez 
(1979-2024)
 
 

Oscillazioni quantistiche della materia oscura

 
(Thee Maldoror Kollective is an Italian band from Turin, Piedmont. The project started in 1991 as a Black Metal band called Funeral Fog, then changed name to Maldoror in 1997 and finally in Thee Maldoror Kollective in 2001; since the last name change they evolved in an Industrial/Avant-garde sound).
 

Het geluk van het leven bezorgd

 
(Ioana Iorgu is a Groeningen-based Dutch independent music producer, a self-taught guitarist and drummer. After experimenting with ambient music, Ioana kicked off a new chapter by honing her sound further, employing dissonant guitar riffs and thumping drum beats.

At the age of 14, while living in Malaysia, she was greatly inspired by her English teacher whom she played in a band with, and introduced her to some of her formative records. Ioana released her first instrumental album Silent Scream with songs she composed in 2015 and after that produced another EP, the shoegaze saturated Fiction. After experimenting with ambient music, Ioana kicked off a postpunk chapter employing dissonant guitar riffs, thumping bone-cold drum beats and spoken, unsettling vocals. All instrumentals and recordings are written & produced by Ioana herself. Live, she is accompanied by a session drummer).
 

Inhaling the humidity of lower hallways

 
(Chelsea Joy Wolfe (born November 14, 1983) is an American singer-songwriter and musician (vocals, guitar and piano). Her work has blended elements of gothic rock, doom metal, and folk music).

 

Touching the heart of the desert

 
(Beats Antique is a World fusion group, based in Oakland, California, USA, active since 2007, formed by  David Satori, Sylvain Carton, Tommy Cappell and Zoe Jakes.The group forges a curious alliance between middle eastern traditions and potent west coast circus, underground hip hop, breakbeat brass band, downtempo, glitch and dubstep).
 

Distant stellar brightness decay

 
(93MillionMilesFromTheSun is a shoegaze band from Doncaster, England, formed by Nick Mainline (Guitar, Noise, Vocals), Jase Burns (Drums, Loops, Samples, Noise), Kenno (Bass, Noise)).
 

Longing for better times gone by

 
(29 Niebolt Street is a Darkwave/Synth one man project from Flint, MI, leaded by Jason Messler, who is inspired by horror and sci-fi soundtracks of the 80's).
 

Following the phantom of fungus

 
(The Residents is a great historic US avant-garde master group based in San Francisco. The official inception of the Residents was the release of Meet The Residents in 1974, but members of the group had worked together since 1969 or perhaps earlier. The band is known for its wide range of named guest stars and collaborators, its multitude of concept albums, its ambitious multimedia, audiovisual, and stage projects and the mystery surrounding much of its activities, from its history as a band to the identity of its members).
 

February 18, 2024

Reverberating circles into spinal fluid

(The KVB is a British audio-visual duo formed by Nicholas Wood and Kat Day, from London, UK.

Formed in 2010 by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Wood as a solo project, The KVB got started with a number of limited cassette and vinyl releases, then vocalist/keyboardist/visual artist Kat Day joined Wood in 2011. Their sound has been described as a combination of electronic, psychedelic, post-punk and shoegaze).

 

A fresh walk across golden trees

 
(Maston is a one man project leaded by multi-instrumentalist Frank Maston, who grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, soaking in both the summery atmosphere and the musical and cultural history of his surroundings. Early on, Maston developed a love for the sunny chamber pop of Van Dyke Parks and Brian Wilson, as well as more California-inspired moments of rock magic from Harry Nilsson and Phil Spector.
 
He eventually sculpted these influences into what would become his own music, a completely self-sufficient menagerie of dark pop sounds informed by '60s and '70s studio magicians and loner geniuses).
 

La première étape de l’invasion

 
(Forever Pavot is a musical project formed in 2012 by five musicians around Émile Sornin (vocals, keyboards) with Antoine Rault (guitar), Cédruic Laban (drums), Arnaud Sèche (keyboards, transverse flute) and Maxime Daoud (bass)).
 
 

January 23, 2024

Spreading unrest in dark lands

 
(Whatitdo Archive Group is a Cinematic/Exotica/Funk band from Reno, NV, formed by Aaron Chiazza, Alexander Korostinsky and Mark Sexton; the movie itself was understood to be unusual for its time: a globetrotting adventure/western-noir written and directed by aspiring visionary, Stefano Paradisi. Unfortunately for Paradisi, the tragic loss of his masterpiece during a fire also meant the end of his short lived career in movies.

People who worked on the film have been cited as saying this film was very ambitious, set to be a turning point in Paradisi’s carrier putting him on the map alongside the likes of Sergio Leone and Antonioni; long thought to be lost alongside the movie itself by the production studio, the soundtrack's master reels were recently recovered and its audio meticulously restored and remastered by J.J. Golden in Ventura, CA., while the movie never saw the light of day, the soundtrack by Whatitdo Archive Group has thankfully been recovered).
 

Exhaling life in a blue garden

 
(Magic Wands is a Shoegaze/Dream Pop duo formed in Nashville, TN, by guitarists and vocalists Chris and Dexy Valentine. Based in Los Angeles, the band is known for their shimmering and dreamy sound, which incorporates elements of gothic post punk, and dark dream pop. Their music is characterized by its heavily-textured guitars, droning synths, and ethereal vocals, which are designed to create an otherworldly atmosphere).
 

January 21, 2024

Under den røde himmel går fortabte sjæle

 
(Martin Dirkov is a Danish filmcomposer, sounddesigner and musician. He graduated from the Danish filmschool in 2011. He is based in Copenhagen but collaborates with people all over the world.
 
Martin has composed music for several documentaries and feature films including “Gräns” (Border) by Ali Abassi, “Shorta“ by Anders Ølholm &Frederik Louis Hviid, “Holiday” by Isabella Eklöf, “The Charmer” by Milad Alami and “Shelley” by Ali Abassi.
 
He also does sounddesign on films, commercials, animation and art films and quite often blends music and sounddesign on these if appropriate).

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Respirando a humidade do bosque encantado

 
(trajedesaliva is a Spanish Vigo-based Galician Dark Ambient project  (formed by Mon Ninguén & unavena), teams up with Madrid-born singer and pianist Maud the Moth (Amaya López-Carromero) to create a soundtrack to Remedios's Varo work , a painter born in Spain in 1908, who lived in exile in Mexico until her death in 1963.

Making use of analog synthesizers, an arsenal of acoustic instruments and multifaceted voices, both art projects bring their respective idiosyncrasies to the palette, creating a soundtrack riddled with symbolism and references to the pictorial work of Remedios. Like this work, the musical compositions and arrangements seek to explore associations of the subconscious and exploit the beauty of chance. Many of the instruments used in this album are sensitive to weather conditions or are found objects; pianos or guitars which have fallen out of tune providing notes with which to construct invented scales as if guided by the hand of a mystical Hildegardian god.
 
Finally, unavena's poems serve as a narrative structure, which frames the landscapes and territories sonically traversed).

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