Hypertonus – H​.​E​.​D​.​E​.​R​.​A. – Audio

The German instrumental-art-rock trio Hypertonus released the LP Tidal Wave on the 3rd.

Hypertonus - Photo credit - Arne B

Hypertonus – Photo credit – Arne B

The roughly forty two minutes, nine track, album (available on bandcamp) is replete with lengthy compositions, yet none outstay their welcome as Hypertonus fill every nook and cranny with intriguing ideas that carry along the listener in their wake with no extended solo sections, giving the complete release a complexity that the listener can happily go over and re-explore.

There is a maths-rock feel to much of the output which is soothed by a counter-balancing organic flow to the tracks and an LP well worth taking time to discover.

My selection from Tidal Wave is the sixth – H​.​E​.​D​.​E​.​R​.​A. .

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Thieves Like Us – Broken Mirror – Video

The German electro-indie quartet Thieves Like Us will be releasing their eponymous LP on the 27th.

Thieves Like Us - eponymous release - physical formats

Thieves Like Us – eponymous release – physical formats

A nine track album of eddies and flows reflecting of the world in which they find themselves submerged.

Rather than flailing and ultimately drowning in the quicksand of 21st Century societal vapours Thieves Like Us push up their legs and float on the morass that is the reality of the world around although through the roughly thirty six minutes release there is no deflecting from the melancholia that steeps the theme the listener is equally afforded an extended arm to grab hold of and join in with a rescue attempt for the 99%.

The sixth track is Broken Mirror.


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EWIAN – Radioactive Star – Video

The dark-rock, Germany based, trio EWIAN will be releasing the LP Heart Crash Boom Bang on the 3rd of March.

EWIAN - Heart Crash Boom Bang - artwork

EWIAN – Heart Crash Boom Bang – artwork

Radioactive Star, the first of the ten tracks on the album is a foreboding cloud of smoke which drifts through the room leaving the listener surrounded by a feeling of melancholia from which they don’t wish to escape and a fine introduction to the ensuing roughly thirty six minutes of the following nine compositions.


Heart Crash Boom Bang – Ewian is available on iTunes.*

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Panic Tree

The eroto-synth duo Panic Tree from Berlin in Germany comprises A. Seiffert and T.H. Krohn.

Panic Tree - eroto-synth from Germany

Panic Tree

Harmonics of male and female voice gives Panic Tree the ability to deliver a sound that drips in vivid lustres of oil paint that drip down the canvas like streaming tears. The blended electronics serve to spotlight the evolving evocation of unfulfilled desires.

The darkness of Panic Tree has a translucent luminescence that weaves its way into the thought processes of the listener and the erotic hypnoticism minds of leather cuffs in the dungeon as the duo tease the audience with temptations of the flesh.  This is material to enjoy as the submissive in worshipful servitude as the duo evocatively tease the listener with warmed candle-wax drips that arouse and enthral.

Their new LP – Hyena, which came out on the 16th, finds Panic Tree in remorseless mood for the forty minutes of the release as they tempt the audience with beguiling promise of ecstasies untold and as the tracks unfurl so the pleasures peak.


Hyena – Panic Tree is available on iTunes.*

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Steffi Krauth and Mark Wernet from Saarbrücken in Germany form the psychedelic entity known as LOVEBYRD.

LOVEBYRD - psychedelia from Germany


Time slows down to an imperceptible pace as the dreamy fug of LOVEBYRD descends into the room. Shrouded hazes of voices and guitar are just perceptible as the drenching shower of warming reverberating shoegaze encases the brain. Self evidently these are not a duo to add to the playlist for a rave, rather to ease your finger towards when wanting to explore the innards of your mind.

Other than the sense of the expanding time-capsule, what I particularly like about the work of LOVEBYRD is that they are able to balance between leisurely pace and tracks that veer off into monstrously long monologues, with tracks rarely lasting more than five minutes and others not even making the one hundred and eighty second mark, ensuring that the listeners never find themselves disengaged from the out-put.

Just into the second year of their existence LOVEBYRD released their eponymous, just over forty minutes, début LP (which is available on bandcamp) on the 17th and well worth getting to know.


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