- Night Shapes – ‘Wake Up‘
Night Shapes are a quartet from Oakland, California, and they refer to their music as post-future(!). Their influences as mentioned on their official Facebook page (Devo, Wire, The Jesus Lizard, Liars, Steve Albini) is the amalgam of their sound. Couldn’t be described better. ‘Wake Up‘ is the first video revealed from their homonym upcoming album, out on October 13th via Heavy Dose Records. 2 minutes of fabulous 80’s influenced art rock/post-punk…. Dope!
- Shining – ‘Jag Är Din Fiende‘
The Swedish black metal band Shining are releasing on November 24th their upcoming EP ‘Fiende‘ (Season Of Mist). Going to more doom and progressive paths, Shining preserve the same dark and suicidal feel. Here is the official release of ‘Jag Är Din Fiende‘, which stands for “I am your enemy”.
- Icebeing – ‘Diver, Drowner’
Icebeing is the solo bedroom project by British multi-instrumentalist Luke Phillips. ‘Diver, Drowner‘ is an excellent sample of his psych “sunburnt” indie (-tronica) debut ‘Portals‘. Go discover this guy, and if feel you’re getting trapped in the multiple psychedelic layers, then you will be listening the right album. Catchy as hell…
- The Caretaker – ‘And Heart Breaks‘
The third release in the ‘Everywhere At The End Of Time‘ series has just been made available. Leyland Kirby‘s most renowned project is coming to a close after this six part series of albums. If purchasing through Bandcamp, a one time payment of £5 allows listeners access to all six releases as they become available.
Everywhere at the End of Time Part I-VI is a concept album(s) which follows the protagonist “The Caretaker” through the stages of dementia. The project is separated into two thematic sections. Part I-III covers the period of pre-awareness, as The Caretaker becomes increasingly confused with his memories fading little by little. Part IV-VI covers the post-awareness, as the mind fully unravels.
‘And Heart Breaks‘ is a progression of a track that has occured on the two previous albums. Starting as ‘It’s Just A Burning Memory‘, then becoming more confused and fragmented on ‘What Does it Matter How my Heart Breaks‘. Part III sees this memory/song moving into its most confused terrain yet. ‘And Heart Breaks’ has, for me, one of the most compelling melodies of the series and it is a great indicator of the dementia doing its work on an old man’s soul. It will be interesting to see if this tune makes an appearance in the second half of the series.
- Radio Moscow – ‘Driftin”
Radio Moscow from Iowa know how to combine many spectrums of rock (psychedelic, blues, stoner, acid, and classic). Early in 2017, they signed to Century Media and yesterday, September 29th, they released their fifth album ‘New Beginnings‘.
Compiled by Christos Doukakis, Mary Kalaitzidou & Michael Barnett