1 December 2019
Who: “The Toronto-based art-pop project of Rachael Cardiello.
With layered synth and driving beats she brings an explosive range
to her writing, equal parts intimate and fierce.”
Album: SENSATIONS IN TWO DOT
Released: 22 November 2019
Zinnia about her alluring debut: “‘Sensations in Two Dot’ focuses on moments of
doubt, creative, societal, and persona, exploring what it means to hold compassion
through the multifaceted, grey areas of life. Whether in the isolated town of Two Dot,
Montana (population 143) or the buzzing streets of Toronto (population 2.6 million),
these nine songs probe the complex, unsettling similarities found in the human experience:
the hauntings of unrelenting dreams, tensions and tender triumphs in relationships, systems
of abuse threaded through communities, and the search for compassion and visibility in everyday interactions.”
TUTV says: Mesmeric vox and gripping songwriter you can file
easily next to Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten and St. Vincent
26 November 2019
Band: PSYCHIATRIC METAPHORS
Who: The musical project of New Jersey artist Sam Taylor.
Album: HOTEL RADIATION – released 19 October
Sound: Mastermind Sam Taylor describes in detail the side effects of listening to his new record: “Welcome to Hotel Radiation. Please enjoy your stay at our lovely establishment. Many of our visitors see or hear things that do not exist. They also experience Dilated pupils, increased blood pressure, increased body temperature, loss of organs, depression and psychosis all of which are all typical to any guest and shouldn’t frighten you in any way Effects typically begin within half an hour and can last for up to 12 hours after leaving. Other side effects include Radiation poisoning, suicidal thoughts, and flashbacks, and enslavement to the American government.”
Discover the psych-o-delic
madness right here…
10 November 2019
Band: 10000 RUSSOS
Who: A trio that emerged from what they call “a dark, decadent city of a peripheral country in a peripheral continent”: Porto, Portugal. They formed in 2012 and soon released a four-track EP, triggering some national buzz and, as many great guitar bands these days, they stumbled upon the international Psych community.
Sound: “In opposition to most of their peers, 10,000 Russos have concentrated on creating soundscapes of the subconscious. Recalling the savage and repetitive progressions of Neu!
and the longest and grimmest drones of Suicide, the marching heartbeat in the background gives the music the stomp of a solemn drumming ritual across the wastelands of the mind.”
Album: KOMPROMAT – the band’s third longlayer –
released 8 October 2019 – available via Fuzz Club
Score: ‘Kompromat’ is an endless mind-blowing psychedelic journey that will transfer you to a trance-like state of escapism once you pressed play. Droning groove extravaganza and inexhaustible Krautrock eccentricity from another galaxy, far away from the boredom of our daily reality. Your aural perception will never be the same again after this trip.
Stream/purchase album here…
10000 RUSSOS: Facebook
(photo: FB 10000 Russos)
26 October 2019
Artist: KA FU
Who: “Physically residing in Milan, Ka Fu’s true home is his music – a place of constant innovation and freedom. As a result of being born and raised in the previously closed Russian military city of Severodvinsk, Ka Fu is a self-confessed global nomad. Addicted to perpetual change, his one constant is the desire to create, using the endless possibilities of sound to communicate his message to the universe.”
Album: ENCODING: MASTER – his debut LP
Released: 18 October 2019
Sound: A varied and multifaceted, atmospheric mix of techno, dance, trip-hop, electronic waves and cinematic soundscapes. Mind massage music that creates a feeling of delightful relaxation. Think Massive Attack, Leftfield, Orbital, Depeche Mode and sound expert Brian Eno
KA FU: Facebook
17 October 2019
Band: DUMP HIM
Who: Kinda good queercore band then, queercore now, and
queercore forever from Northampton & Boston, MA, US
Album: DYKES TO WATCH OUT FOR
Released: 30 August 2019
Sound: A band that cares about all the oppressed ones, the mistaken ones, the confused ones, the lost ones, the queer ones and about all sorts of human inequality. And the music I hear you ask? A boiling mix of punk extravaganza and razor-sharp rockers spiced with an avalanche of jittery riffs, straight-out ranting vocals and an overall uproarious edginess.
Stream/purchase the biting agitations right here…
DUMP HIM: Facebook
16 October 2019
Band: Big Thief
Who: Indie folk influenced four-piece out of Brooklyn, NY, US
Album: Two Hands – the band’s fourth LP
Released: 11th October 2019
Sound: The star of this album is singer Adrianne Lenker‘s affecting voice feeling both
warm and soulful, but also vulnerable & fragile. She lifts all the humanistic meditations and delicate musings on this record to a level of connectedness with the listener. She
has the magic capability to make you feel involved in her stories and her experiences.
The Guardian verdict: 4/5 – review here
BIG THIEF: Facebook
14 October 2019
Band: Starcrawler (Los Angeles)
Album: Defour You – their second LP
Released: 11 October 2019
Sound: So much edgier than their debut LP. More dynamite, more fire, more ruckus. American rock ‘n’ roll history from start to finish delivered in different colors, different sentiments and different paces with a dominant let’s have fun factor and tons of influences from Chuck Berry to The Stooges, from The Runaways to Hole. Fuel for youngsters who love the past and for their hip parents who experienced the past.
Highlights: Lizzy / Bet My Brains / Toy Teenager / Born Asleep / Tank Top
Starcrawler last year live in Brussels (photos by Turn Up The Volume!)
11 October 2019
Who: Deafening combo of trash noise punks out of Leeds featuring Theo Gowans,
well-known in his own right on the UK’s harsh noise scene for his hyper-prolific
output under the pseudonym Territorial Gobbing.
EP: A 4-track one called ‘PLEASE‘, their second EP
Sound: Expect exorcist madness à la Irish trashers Girl Band, clamorous explosibility
that will make your speakers tremble in utter fear, electro crankiness you can dance
to in very mysterious ways, bass injected rashness to scare your neighbors with, four merciless jackhammers that will activate your horrific Mr Hyde side. MENTAL stuff!
Smash your head right here…
THANK: Facebook – Label: Buzzhowl Records
7 October 2019
Band: The Control Freaks
Who: Deranged San Francisco punk gang
who wants to put the P. and the U. back
into Punk Rock. Raw as fresh roadkill!
Album: She’s The Bomb
Released: 6 September 2019
Sound: Expect merciless kamikaze riffage,
thunder and lighting percussion, non-stop spitting
and sneering vocals, tons of rabid punkorama chants,
vicious hullabaloo and earsplitting turmoil. Aaarghh!
Press play and go bonkers…
THE CONTROL FREAKS: Facebook
(photo: FB The Contol Freaks)
6 October 2019
Band: DIIV (Brooklyn, New York)
Released: 4 October 2019
Quote: The band’s singer/songwriter and mastermind Cole Smith says: “I’ve known everyone in the band for ten years plus separately and together as DIIV for at least the past five years. On ‘Deceiver’, I’m talking about working for the relationships in my life, repairing them, and accepting responsibility for the places I’ve failed them. I had to re-approach the band. It wasn’t restarting from a clean slate, but it was a new beginning. It took time—as it did with everybody else in my life—but we all grew together and learned how to communicate and collaborate.”
Sound: A absorbing collection of profound and electrical meditations. From melancholic reveries to fully charged flare-ups. A varied melodious palette with tons of guitar layers reminding me at times of legendary noiseniks My Bloody Valentine, and a fully charged emotional shoegaze intensity at its gripping best.