Thursday, April 25, 2019

Alexandros Kilias moves in mysterious ways on "Coconut" from "The Weybridge Diaries" (Debut LP)

Alexandros Kilias crafts some amazing soundscapes like Coconut from his debut LP "The Weybridge Diaries" that floats along in such a lovely mesmerizing way. Ambient noise pull at you over a hypnotic mantric piano melody. I simply love this to death. 

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Robb Donker

PRESS NOTES:

When he was younger, Alexandros Kilias, balancing between being a professional pianist and a festival goer, used to travel often from his home country in Greece to the UK for gigs and concerts. One day, he decided to spare himself the endless flying hours and so he moved to South London where he was inspired to release his own music (some say the foxes had something to do with it). The 'Weybridge Diaries' is his debut album which was designed the same way London has been: To be enjoyed by all people anytime of the day, from the nightscape party owls to the morning tube commuters.

"Refined In Fire" slow burns on Holly Abraham's revealing voice

Refined In Fire by Bristol (UK) indie folk singer songwriter Holly Abraham is a slow burn reveal built on acoustic guitar and swelling sounds but it is Abraham's vocal presentation that stands above the burning musical bed. Her self harmonies are divine and pull you in deeply (making you not care about some musical folk tropes). In the end, her evocative and emotional bleeding makes you think about your own battles won and lost. 

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Robb Donker



Low Hum's - psyche rock pile driving pop of "Strange Love" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

























The constant driving push of Low Hum's Strange Love awash in a fog of ambient rock sounds and heavy heavy fuzzy "duh-duh....duh...duh-duh" made me think of the runaway push of Thee Oh Sees and even though Colin Desha's aesthetic is much more dream pop and way less punk feral than John Dwyer but the comparison stands on this track. Such a great driving song but just watch out for police radar scanners. 

Low Hum is the moniker of Colin Desha who creates "fuzzed out ballads are at once aggressive psych jammers balanced with a range of vulnerability that comes crashing ashore".

Strange Love by Low Hum from album Room To Breathe out June 7. Stream + Download: https://ffm.to/lowhum-strangelove
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Robb Donker



"Holy Water" by Teleskopes is slick and shiny like leather clad souls on Sunset Blvd.

Holy Water by Los Angeles based three piece rockers Teleskopes feels cinematic in scope, slick and shiny like leather jacket clad souls on Sunset Blvd. The band is comprised of Fox Fagan (bass, vocals), Pelle Hillstrom (guitar) and Jesper Kristensen (drums). 

Hillstrom said on the meaning behind Holy Water, “It’s about choices, sacrifices you make in this lifetime gambling that an afterlife exists."

The title, Holy Water, was inspired by a concoction digested by the band on a creative trip to Landers, located in the high desert of California. 

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Robb Donker

PRESS NOTES:

The trio formed when Hillstrom and Kristensen connected with Fagan, who had just relocated to Los Angeles from Australia. After working together on other various projects, the three eventually began the process of writing their own music. Early songs developed organically and methodically from their initial focus, which was on developing their live show on the LA club music scene.
In 2017 Teleskopes released their debut EP “Stereocilia”, a six-track collection of songs that takes the listener on a journey of sweeping soundscapes, towering guitar walls, and swirling atmospherics all wrapped carefully around Fagan’s voice. Songs like “Criminal”,  “Lazers”, and “Crystal Clear”, caught the attention of local taste makers like Buzzbands LA’s Kevin Bronson and Mark Sovel at KLOS fm. Additionally to this “Stereocilia”, was added to over 100 college and non commercial radio stations across the USA.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Team Love harmonize in lovely ways about their "Sad Little Life"




























Sad Little Life by the Melbourne alt country outfit Team Love burns on classic folk progs and garden rock harmonies.  There is comfort in the familiarity and a warm embrace in the lilting vocals. Team Love are Ruby (vocals and guitar), Ruby (violin and vocals), Monique (keyboard and vocals) and Shaun (guitar and vocals)
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Robb Donker

"The Shakes" potent guitar rock pushed through 80's-ish new wave filters by London's Bengal Lancers





































The Shakes by the Bengal Lancers (UK) amid hand clap sounds, dark hanging synth notes, a crisp new wavish drum beat, cool self aware theatrical vocal performance pushes and pulls emotional cues as the song explodes into choppy potent guitar lines and licks. The Bengal Lancers are Harry Sullivan, Max Hutchins, Charlie Hawkins and Aidan Wickam and based out of London. 

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Robb Donker

"Everything Sucks Almost All The Time" feels like a synthetic dream - by Dakota Blue

Dakota Blue's ethereal track Everything Sucks Almost All the Time while dreamy and semi dark also feels almost synthetic. Like a synthetic dream programmed for the masses. Los Angeles singer songwriter producer and quiet visionary creates these amazing pop artifices for us all to gaze at. 

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Robb Donker



Step into the weird dream that is "Flowers For All Occasions" by Blood Cultures

























Flowers For All Occasions by New Jersey weirdos Blood Cultures (and I come from a long line of weirdos) is an aural feast full of those things on your plate you can't necessarily identify. As a music writer I listen to thousands of submissions over a given period of time and a lot of it, quite frankly, feels like hundreds or other songs, Flowers For All Occasions does not and for that I am grateful. From the onset it has a tilted ambiance and then steps into, shifts into rhythms and sounds that feel like a strange dream. The aesthetic feels like part a lovely pop song (or Mentos commercial) to big festival indie pop but all reflected through a carnival mirror. The musical break is awesome with the double time high hat work. Not sure if Blood Cultures is an art collective or straight band (of weirdos) but I like this and have my eyes on you.

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Robb Donker


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.