Toliesel – Whispered Half Asleep – Audio

Toliesel a band from England is set to release their debut four track EP Contours on the 16th September 2013.

Toliesel - EP cover for Contours

Toliesel – EP cover for Contours

In advance of the full release which I have had the opportunity to listen to and is definitely worth picking up and adding to the collection here is Whispered Half Asleep, the opening track.

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Fonija – Mojot Pekol – LP review

Fonija –  Deni Krstev (Vocals / Guitar), Stefan Ristovski  (Bass / Vocals) and Kristijan Lafazanovski (Drums) from Skopje in The Republic of Macedonia have a new LP – Mojot Pekol – set of release on the 2nd September 2013.

Fonija - LP cover for Mojot pekol

Fonija – LP cover for Mojot pekol

The ten track release opens with Izlezi and the ears immediately know what they are dealing with – raw raucous new wave. Superbly tempered sounds tumble in to the ears as Fonija is able to get across the rage of it all, within a sound that bristles with sharpened edges.

Next is Sakam Da Zgrešam which has an intense percussion / bass combination that retains a tight control on the track as it spills across the room in a flurry of activity.

Ovoj Den is a fine piece of work as it rapidly builds to its tempo. I particularly enjoy the way that the vocals throughout the LP sit as something of a juxtaposition to the frenetic proceedings on the instruments as a calming influence serenely conducting activities.

Reminding me a little of  999 Ova Ne Sakam Da Bidam is a more melodic construct, whilst retaining the fire and passion of the rest of the release and shows Fonija in a slightly different light as the compositional skills are brought more to the fore.

Closing the first half of Mojot Pekol is my pick of the release Se Budam Pak which within its fleeting two and a half minutes does all that any piece of music needs to do. Creative, expressive, tight and a full storyline. Sublime.


The tracks, although originally named and written in cyrillic are transliterated, though not translated, as best as possible for the purposes of the readers of Emerging Indie Bands.

The second half of LP opens with the title track Mojot Pekol which has something of an american indie pop feel to it and as it surfs around the room the face can’t help but spread into a grin. The sharp change in tempo at just over two minutes into the track catches the listener unawares to test if they are still paying attention, before settling back into the rhythm for the final minute. I like this for its cheek.

Tuka Si continues the release in good stead with under two and a half minutes of thunderous rock and the absolute confidence of the trio is given a spotlight as it it hasn’t already in the LP thus far, as Fonija flips the switch and heads over to influences from the likes of Shonen Knife from Japan.

Sedam I Čekam is worth the value of the LP on its own as the powerhouse of the trio re-engages through the speakers with a delightfully earthy high energy number which just demands being replayed immediately.

Sadly we now come to the final two tracks on the release Ne Postojam which retains the frenetic energy of the rest of the release with more than a hint of shoegaze as Fonija continue to raise surprises throughout the release.

Concluding with Najdolgiot Pat which brings to a close 26 minutes of superb output and wrapping up a ten track LP inside half an hour, as you know,  just by its very nature gets my vote.

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Aurganic

Aurganic is Leo Pisaq (Synths / Keys / Programming / Guitars / Engineering) and Michael Kossov (Vocals / Guitars / Bass / Keys / Programming) an alt-electronica duo from Toronto in Canada.

Aurganic - alt-electronica from Canada

Aurganic

This Monday as I am writing is for deep breathing exercises as for the second time, this is easy on the ear, as I am subsumed in the duck down ambience that is Aurganic. Whilst the music is restful on the brain that isn’t to suggest it is wallpaper paste as there is plenty of activity and creativity occurring to focus the thought processes. The combinations of voice, real instruments and synthetic sounds create pieces that have both an organic imprint and also an experimental edginess that works particularly well.

Having been around for a few years and known each other for even longer, the duo work well together, playing to each others abilities and generating something that is worth spending time with. Whilst predominately a duo, they also recognize that a third mind and set of fingers / vocal can add additional value and to their credit Aurganic are not afraid to add these dimensions where it makes sense and these interventions add a nice alteration in sound to the music.

Already with an LP behind them, the 2012 Life As a Canvas – Aurganic is available on iTunes*,  a new release, the twelve track Deviations which comes out on 24th September 2013, identifies that Aurganic is proving an effective recording outfit. I can’t say this will sit on my must have everyday playlist, but the new release, which I have had the opportunity to hear is a superbly crafted and genuine body of work, most certainly worth adding to music collection.

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The Courtesans – Dirty Killer – Video

The Courtesans from London, England is Sinead La Bella (Light), Agnes Jones (Darkness), Saffire Sanchez (Rebel) and Victoria Brown (Temptation).

The Courtesans

The Courtesans

The Courtesans will be releasing their debut LP imminently with a single Genius to be released shortly beforehand. Once there is more available I will update you on this electro-burlesque quartet.

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Ajenda

Ajenda from Belfast in Northern Ireland is the rock band of Jen (Vocals), Gavin (Guitars), Peter (Drums) and Jan (Bass).

Ajenda is a rock band from Northern Ireland

Ajenda image © Neil Mach

Ajenda gives a mellowed twist to Rock ‘n’ Roll with deftly played melodies that are allowed to swirl around the room like smoke before settling on the ears and underlying it is a well formulated framework which gives the music plenty of oomph.


A well defined vocal neatly balances the tracks giving the band a defined and distinctive sound as influences from Eastern European folk are interspersed in the music. There is a certain fascination to be had by listening to Ajenda. It is perhaps the fact that I am writing this on a Monday morning that it seems a little restful to my head. Come the end of the day I have little doubt this would slide down well with a relaxing drink.

With a debut LP – Unrecognizable – set for release on the 28th September and supporting tours away from Northern Ireland, I would expect the band to gain greater traction than has been so far achieved as the ten track release, which I have had the opportunity to hear, contains a well crafted set of songs that do justice to the band.

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