Monday, April 22, 2019

Jamsällskapet smooth and rough psyche rock meets lounge rock on "Glasbarn"


























The Track Glasbarn by Sweden's Jamsällskapet (which translates to "the jam assembly") is a smooth and rough kind of psyche rock meets lounge rock pushed through proggy light jazz filters... yes, seriously. It is a cool surprising mix with emotive vocal performances that shine and captivate whether you speak the language or not. Every time I hit replay I hear another nuance I had not heard before. Jamsällskapet is influenced by bands like Tame impala, Dungen and Amason.

Jamsällskapet is:

Emil Karl Björck (Guitar, Synth, Vocals, Kazoo etc.)
Mehrdad Shirnazar (Bass)
Fredric Ericson (Drums)
Emma Järnvall (Vocals)
Niklas Mattsson (Guitar)

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Robb Donker


"I Am The Sky" by Collette Andrea potent swamp blues meets psyche rock

I Am The Sky by singer songwriter Collette Andrea (Toronto, Canada) bristles with a kind of swamp blues meets goth rock meets psyche rock. What stands out is rock bottom bass and drums, voodoo organ, guitar strains and Andrea's powerful scintillating voice that sounds so self assure and quite frankly bad ass. When the in your face guitar hook stomps in and sultry potent lead guitar tells it's own story you are simply swept away.

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Robb Donker

PRESS NOTES EXCERPT:

In 2017 Collette began to collaborate with friends (and brothers!) Matt Wittmann (Bassist) and Sean Wittmann (Drummer) to form a new band. Fast forward to March 2018, Collette worked with producer and sound engineer Justin Meli at Chalet Recording Studio to record her third EP titled “THR33”.
THR33 will be released on 03/29/2019.

"Little Fort" by Vern Matz is indie pop with a dense emotional core

Little Fort by indie pop trio Vern Matz as emotionally dense as it is beautiful. There is an unabashedly sweet tone here that skates goosebumps against your skin. It is the kind of gentle embracing kind of song that might give you a hug if you are down or bring you to tears. Lovely stuff. 

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Robb Donker

PRESS NOTES:

Formed by a group of Yale students, Vern Matz toes the line between indie rock, folk, and alternative music. The band is led by frontman Daniel Belgrad, a Korean American who mistrusts penguins due to their tendency to perform acts of violence. Pianist Michael Lituchy is an investment banker who secretly writes songs in the twilight while raising cattle in remote Connecticut. Together, their sound showcases an earnest approach to songwriting and mature musicianship, echoing the work of seminal artists such as Wilco, Mazzy Star, and Death Cab for Cutie.


Paola Bennet's elegant folk tones on "Lydia's Boy"

Singer Songwriter Paola Bennet's sad girl folk tales feel classic and timeless. Lydia's Boy even has an almost harpsichord feel as if to suggest a minuet waltz or maybe flower children swaying in upstate New York in the 60's. The sound is spartan and Paola's vocal performance has a mature even elegant quality. Paola Bennet hails from Boston, Massachusetts

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Robb Donker


Lazuli Vane and the trippy intoxicating "Snakes"


























Lazuli Vane's shimmy shaking track Snakes feels from the onset a little intoxicating like walking through that thick smoke when you walk into a party and you inhale deeply. Within the psyche pop high the song falls away into an almost R & B dance party mixed with tropical punk sounds. It is full of imagery while that rhythm guitar pushes you into unknown delights around every corner all the while Vane's funky pop vocal performance makes you smile. An official video purported to be a trip fest is coming soon (May 3rd) and, no wonder, Vane is the Atlanta based indie / psych / pop / experimental artist know for fronting and producing virally infectious Trash Panda.

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Robb Donker


PRESS NOTES:

Vane’s debut single takes a stab at untrustworthy relations and explores the seasons of life when things just aren’t lining up right. When life feels like a strange dream or a nightmare. It celebrates the process of restarting when life needs an overhaul. Featuring Max Hewett on bass and Paul Wagner on drums, it was recorded partly at Aaron and Nancy Hill’s Greenhouse Atlanta and partly at Lazuli Vane’s home studio. Album art by Daniel Plascencia.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Elle E's fuzzy garage rock hooks on "Happy Days" From her "Stereo Child" EP

Elle E from Cape Town, South Africa has big post punk leanings filtered through punk pop sounds. Fuzzy guitars and big garage rock hooks abound on her track Happy Days from her 3 track EP entitled "Stereo Child". Her real name is Ellenie Eloff and she hails from the town of Worcester.

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Robb Donker




Delta Mainline's "Folk Stories & Fairytales" is a multi-colored psychedelic affair with dark waves






















Folk Stories & Fairytales from the new album "Bel Avenir" by Delta Mainline (UK) has big post punk meets power pop hooks filtered through a dreamy haze of psychedelia. David McLachlan's vocal performance is self aware with an art rockish theatricality that mirrors the band's multi colored aesthetic. The pulsating beat suggests 80's new wave parameters veering kinda glam and kinda goth pop, whimsical and dark but oh so cool. If Folk Stories & Fairytales was a movie I would be first in line to see it. 

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Robb


The Stained Daisies addictive heavy metal post punk sound on "Open Mind"

Open Mind by Melbourne's (by way of Grafton, Aus) The Stained Daisies is a big brash post punk psych rocker with classic rock bones and a proto punkish progressive streak running through it as well. 

The Stained Daisies are comprised of Daniel Tuite, Jayden Hebbard, Jack "Davo" Davison and Aidan Bateman and their penchant for this kind of heavy metal post punk is so engaging. I dig it. 

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Robb Donker 





Swine Tax and the unbridled cheeky post punk sway of "I'd Like"


























I'd Like by Newcastle upon Tyne (England) tricky trio Swine Tax has the unbridled cheeky Brit 60's / 70's / 80's passion of iconic British bands like The Who, The Kinks and The Buzzcocks and iconic American post punk bands like The Pixies and Sonic Youth. Love the active fluid bass lines, free form drums and cool, cool jagged guitar lines and of course, the pursed lipped vocal performance. Jesus, I love this sound. 

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Robb Donker


PRESS NOTES:
Combining visceral college-rock with angular post-punk, Swine Tax have established themselves as a distinctive and formidable band across their diverse catalog of single releases. With their constantly mutating musical interests, it is their unwavering attitude which unifies their increasingly prolific output. They have so far earned the backing of many radio shows, music publications and tastemakers, including the likes of BBC 6 Music, Louder Than War and The Line of Best Fit.
Formed in 2017, the abrasive Newcastle upon Tyne trio quickly found themselves at the heart of the North East alternative music scene. Their captivating and relentless performances have seen their live reputation continue to grow, typified by them being invited to share stages with the likes of the Orielles, Brix & the Extricated, Bully, Jeffrey Lewis, Shopping, the Nightingales, Spiral Stairs and more.
Swine Tax are currently working on new material for release in early 2019

Blarg stir up psyche, noise, electronica, trap and more into their own thing, hear the track "Radiohead"

Hey-- they got a radio technique. Blarg out of Germany stir up psyche rock, noise rock, electronic pop, experimental and trap influences into this kind of jammy proto punk / new wave jag. Check out the song Radiohead.

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Robb Donker



PRESS NOTES:

Two friends since school, first starting out with psychedelic rock, 10 years later still making music together. With the goal to create music for the outsiders of the outsiders. From psychedelic rock, noise, electronic, pop, experimental and trap music influences developed their mostly DIY sound and visual art that has some rough edges but always soul. 

From listening to psychedelic rock from Yura Yura Teikoku in a windowless room while putting flyers into envelopes over multiple months grew the desire to create something unique. From the very start they created music they could not share – from clipping noise solos to scratch table bass guitars.
After moving to Cologne with multiple drummers joining and leaving the band they recorded their first bunch of songs.
Looking for a solution they bought a pedal board with backing tracks, dressed up a skeleton as their drummer and prepared for concerts.
The frontman/bassist Theo uses multiple vocal and bass effects to create a wall of voices and sounds. His normal singing voice is nothing special but when he switches to his head voice it seems as if there is no ceiling holding him down anymore.
The guitarist Tom, face hidden behind a layer of hair, can go from the most beautiful soundscapes with chiming sounds straight out of heaven to fuzz solos to drive out the devil that seems to possess him while playing.
Starting 2019 they stated their goal to release a single every month and stream “concerts” on twitch and youtube.