Chill-Out Kraut-Punk-Pop Trip – TRAAMS Released 3rd Album ‘PERSONAL BEST’

Standout albums

10 August 2022

Band: TRAAMS
Who: Indie rock trio from Chichester, West Sussex, England
Past Albums: Grin (2013) and Modern Dancing (2015)

New album: MY PERSONAL BEST
Order info: here

DIY Magazine says: “The first LP in seven years, ‘personal best’ represents a triumphant emergence from protracted hibernation. An album of teeth-grinding kosmische grit, tracing slumbrous, psychic ascension one overdrive-grumble at a time, the Chichester outfit herein transfigure a matured collection of understated anthems, dominated by oblique drum machines and soft-bellied motorik… It’s one for the late night coach rides; for the wee, contemplative hours spent staring through black windows.” Score: 4/5.


(Press pic FB)

Turn Up The Volume: Their moodiest, their most chill-out, their most melodic, their
most engrossing longplayer. Actually, undoubtedly, the band’s best work in my aural
book. It all starts with a simple, instrumental synth ditty on repeat (Sirens). What follows are vintage Kraut-Traams-rock jams like Dry, Shields, Hallie and Comedown triggered by
trance-like motorik guitar lines.

Overall the production is more glossy and refined than before, and it works dazzlingly.
The final result is an amplified ambient no-fillers-almost-all-killers record. Supreme score.

FYI: Main man/voice Protomartyr’s vox Joe Casey guests on steamroller The Light at Night, SoftLizard (Liza Violet of Menace Beach) on moody groover Breathe and Soffie Viemose of Danish band Lowly on rotating pearl Sleeper.

Singles: Breathe / Comedown

– BREATHE –

– COMEDOWN –

Stream/buy the album here via Bandcamp


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TRAAMS: Facebook – Instagram

THE PRODIGY Topped The UK Album Charts With ‘THE FAT OF THE LAND’ 25 Years Ago Today

Back in time

13 July 2022

Band: THE PRODIGY
Active: Since 1990 / 7 studio LPs

Anniversary album: THE FAT OF LAND – third LP
Score: #1 in the UK on 13 July 1997 – 25 years ago today

Singles/clips: Firestarter / Breathe

– FIRESTARTER –

– BREATHE –

The band just played their first concert (Sheffield – 8 July)
since the passing of eccentric frontman Keith Flint.

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THE RPODIGY: Bio – Discography

Goosebumps Gloominess – STEFANIE PARNELL Stuns With Her New Single/Clip ‘BREATHE’

Daily electricity to load your batteries

5 October 2021

Artist: STEFANIE PARNELL
Who: Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec,
Parnell is an insightful, refined, and melodically
driven Canadian singer/songwriter. Her music will
leave you feeling comforted by the dissonant chords
and melancholic lyrics.

Debut EP: MODERN TRAGEDY – out 15th October 2021

Single: BREATHE

Parnell: “It started off as an instrumental track that my DJ friend,
Morbin, sent me in hopes for a collaboration. After the first listen,
the vocal melody came to me right away. At the time, I was going
through unforeseen health issues which naturally provoked intense
episodes of anxiety. The lyrics allowed me to ease my mind of the
paralyzing thoughts.”

Turn Up The Volume: The vocal gloominess you experience here
causes goosebumps. Parnell‘s expressive voice is the stunning star
of this heavyhearted ballad. You can really feel the tenseness and
melodrama at play. Emotive voice Angel Olsen comes to mind. A truly
gripping discovery.

And just as the sorrowing song, the single’s artwork (by Lee Thorburn
and Bryan Wilkat
) and the creepy video clip are fascinating too.

In the light I can see you
In the dark I can feel you
When you’re in front of me, I can’t read you
You’re a part of me but I don’t need you

Listen/Watch here…

You can buy Breathe via Bandcamp.

STEFANIE PARNELL: Facebook

DR. LONNIE SMITH & IGGY POP Cover Sixties Sunshine Superman DONOVAN

5 March 2021

Jazz icon DR. LONNIE SMITH and the everywhere-and-anytime-present
IGGY POP
teamed up for a smooth cover of SUNSHINE SUPERMAN, a hit
by sixties Scottish folk-pop legend DONOVAN, which will feature on Smith’s
new album Breathe – produced by Don Was– out at the end of this month.

Smith: “I was playing with my trio at Arts Garage in Delray Beach in Florida.
Iggy would come by and say he wanted to play with me. I let him play slaparoo
and he loved it. He enjoyed playing with us. We thought about recording a few
songs, so we went in with my trio backing us up, and it worked.

Sunshine came softly through my a-window today
Could’ve tripped out easy a-but I’ve a-changed my ways
It’ll take time, I know it but in a while
You’re gonna be mine, I know it, we’ll do it in style
‘Cause I made my mind up you’re going to be mine

The original

Breathe album out 26 March via Blue Note Records

Test Your Speakers With New Hammer Blow ‘BREATHE IN’ By Metalheads SUPERFECTA

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

Band: SUPERFECTA

Who: Grunge/metal rockers from London.

Pick: BREATHE IN. The band’s first new track in over two years released
on their own label Rusty Cage Recordings in association with Skyfire Records.
Available exclusively for one week on Aurovine

Score: Expect a merciless succession of metal-crushing thunderclaps, hell-raising guitars, monumental vocals and a ginormous chorus. ‘Breathe In’ actually sticks as first-class glue from the first spin on with an instant impact on your head’s movements. Gigantesque, perfervid and blasting. A perfect sucker-punch to test your speakers’ flexibility.

Abso-fucking-lutely…

SUPERFECTA: Facebook

KEITH FLINT – 17 September 1969 / 4 March 2019

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17 September 2019

KEITH FLINT, the flamboyant, charismatic and 100% full-blooded frontman of techno legends THE PRODIGY, was born on 17 September 1969. He would have turned 50 today. Unfortunately the troubled artist took his own life this year, on the 4th of March. A
truly sad loss for his family, friends and fans!

Let’s not forget this outstanding performer. Happy 50, Keith, wherever you are!
Here are four rip-roaring electro shock firecrackers to celebrate your birthday…

– NO GOOD (START THE DANCE) –
1994

– BREATHE – 1997

– FIRESTARTER – 1997

– THE DAY IS MY ENEMY – Live in Russia, 2017

photo on top: Insta / FB The Prodigy –

‘BREATHE’ By THE PRODIGY – From No 1 Hit Album ‘THE FAT OF THE LAND’…

Knockouts from the past

13 July 2019

Today 22 years ago, on 13 July 1997, techno kamikaze punks THE PRODIGY topped the UK Album Charts with their third album ‘THE FAT OF THE LAND‘. Lead single ‘BREATHE’ was released in November of the previous year and hit the top spot of the UK Singles Chart. Here comes that slam dunk…

THE PRODIGY: Facebook

PROD
From album ‘FAT OF THE LAND‘…

R.I.P. Keith Flint