September 25, 2023

Breathing through deep waters

(Chasms is a Drone/Ethereal band from Los Angeles, CA, who crafts ethereal, percussive dirges that are sparse in arrangement and potent with emotion. Comprised of producer, vocalist, and guitarist Jess Labrador and bassist/vocalist Shannon Madden, the duo layers meditative guitars and electronic drum samples with Labrador’s entrancing soprano to create an otherworldly sound).

Whispers from the frozen plains

(Amp is an English Ambient/Space/Drone group based around the core members Richard Walker and Karine Charff. Walker was a member of a band in Bristol called The Secret Garden that incubated a number of groups including Flying Saucer Attack and Third Eye Foundation. In 1992 he left the band; singles from Amp began to come out on a number of small English labels and a debut album called Sirènes was released in 1996 on the Wurlitzer Jukebox label in the UK and a short-lived American label called Petrol).

Anden flyr maskinen

(Michael Idehall is an Industrial/Experimental musician and composer from Göteborg, Sweden; the artistic output of Michael Idehall always strives towards manifesting an opening to a world beyond the mundane. The creative process involves honing in on the nexuses between the flows of mind, matter and spirit. Nexuses which exist inside the human being, but also in the outer world, as conglomerations of energy and matter. In Michael’s creations, this convergence is revealed through the clash of ancient and modern, natural and artificial, and first and foremost the instilling of spirit into object).

Sıcak kumların üzerinde dans etmek

(Derya Yıldırım is a Berlin-based German musician who was born in Hamburg in the mid-1990s. With her band Grup Şimşek, in which she sings and plays Bağlama, the artist fuses Anatolian folklore with Western psychedelia).

September 24, 2023

Surrounded by energy disturbances

(Luster is a Shoegaze band from Los Angeles, CA, formed by Adrian Castillo and Shaun Aguilar; utterly beautiful, yet melancholic - Damaged, yet brand new. A hungry, innovative shine and sheen of the now beyond rich (and often Los Angeles centered) scene of ‘post-post-synth / 80’s revival).

Falling in burning feathers

(Ceremony is an Alternative/Post Punk/Shoegaze project from Fredericksburg, VA, formed by John Fedowitz, former member of Skywave. It was formed in 2005 with alternating band members.  Currently he shares the stage and recording studio with his wife, Sandra Fedowitz
In April 2021 they both became members of A Place To Bury Strangers, thus reuniting John with Oliver Ackermann, many years after their experience in Skywave).

Bewegung durch gefrorenen Nebel

(Glaring is a Darkwave/Experimental/Post Punk solo project by german musician Anna Nin from None).

Into a dark night ceiling

(Ritual Howls is a Darkwave/Post Punk/Shoegaze band from Detroit, MI, formed by Paul Bancell, Ben Saginaw and Chris Samuels. They collect samples of the physical world and feed them with guitar, vox, bass, synth and drum machines to create an aura of darkness over a pop sensibility).

September 23, 2023

For all the unrealized dreams...

(Swans is a band from New York City, New York, United States, active from 1982 to 1997, reformed in 2010, founded & led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira

Marginally associated with the no wave scene at first, their original sound was slow and extremely heavy, with live performances that were often so brutal and physical that in a number of instances certain audience members were made ill, police were called and venues were shut down. This early physical sound is possibly best heard on the live album Public Castration Is a Good Idea.

Their initial style shifted a little by the time Swans released seminal twin albums Greed and Holy Money. The music had sped up, at times being even more punishing than their earlier output. Drum machines and samples were slightly more prominent. Michael Gira was joined vocally by Jarboe which gave the band a broader sonic range. Tracks featuring Jarboe were often quieter, even pretty, acting as counterpoint to the more harrowing themes on the albums. Over time, this style would come to dominate the Swans’ output, although they somehow seem to have been able to make a strummed acoustic guitar seem as brutal as their earlier amped-up assaults. The lush instrumentation of their albums from the late 1980s and the 1990’s anticipated the birth of post-rock.

Swans eventually broke up in 1997; Gira went on to release some solo work, later forming the band The Angels of Light, who continue many of the themes and styles found in (later) Swans. Jarboe releases solo work and frequently works with other bands and artists; recently she released an album with Neurosis, a group clearly heavily influenced by Swans.

The influence of Swans upon the music world is profound. Across their 15 years of existence, the various styles they explored gave birth to grindcore (Napalm Death, Nasum) modern "cinematic" post-rock (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mono), and atmospheric sludge metal (Isis, Neurosis)).

Ääniä revontulia varten

(Radio Supernova is a Finnish Tampere-based Shoegaze/Alternative band, formed by Riku Heikkinen (bass), Tuomas Heikura (drums), Henri Tuunanen (guitar), Otto Kontio (guitar), Mika Multaharju (saxophone) and Kata Riikonen (vocals)).

Doomed machines of sin

(Godflesh is an experimental and influential British band, formed in Birmingham in 1988 by former Napalm Death and Head Of David member Justin Broadrick and G. C. Green. They were one of the first bands that combined metal riffs with drum machine rhythms and are highly regarded as pioneers of industrial metal).

Teithio y tu allan i'r terfynau galactig

(Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard (now MWWB) is a Welch Doom/Space/Psychedelic quartet from Wrexham, North Wales, formed by James Carrington, Jessica Ball, Paul Michael Davies and Wez Leon).

Regenerative brain damage

(The Telescopes is an Experimental/Shoegaze/Noise band formed in 1986 in London, England, as a vehicle for music written, produced, arranged and performed by Stephen Lawrie featuring like-minded musicians).