The quintet of George Nikas (Vocals / Guitar), Stefanos Mitsis (Guitar), Alex Bolpasis (Bass), Vangelis Mitsis (Keys) and Dimitris Doumouliakas (Drums) from Athens (Greece) who form the dark-psychedelia band Holy Monitor released the LP II on the 12th.
The seven track, approximately thirty seven minutes, album (available on bandcamp), fills the room with thundery clouds of motorik beat which they are able to bend away from the angularity of pace with the bleeding electronica to create music that even given its dour shadowing finds the audience laying in supine relaxing comfort gazing with glassy eyes at indistinct shapes on the ceiling as the tracks weave their mysterious journey through the mind.
The trio of Antonis Karakostas (Guitars / Loops / Programming), Nicholas Kondylis (Bass) and George Nanopoulos (Drums) from Thessaloníki (Greece) who form the instrumental-rock band The Fog Ensemble release the LP Throbs on the 19th.
The Fog Ensemble
The seven track album is available on bandcamp and comes three years after their début is marked, on the basis of the one piece around from the album, by more subtle strokes than their previous fairly punchy previous work.
Replacing the forefront of compressed coils of guitar, of previous compositions, with aired textures of multi-dimensional electronica, as disported in Lighthouse, the opener of the LP, has enabled The Fog Of Ensemble to create mystical cinematographic luxuriant layers which soar through the room, captivating the listener in their ethereal presence.
The Greek duo Dark En Ciel released the etherealwave single Aura on the 3rd, featuring the vocals of Natalia.
Dark En Ciel
The shadowy shapes of the electronica melt, like warm chocolate, around the otherworldly lustre of the vocals, creating a song which, whilst melancholic of texture, creates a sense of calm restfulness in the listener.
Four years in to existence as Dark En Ciel, whilst both also address their other musical projects, Onni and Solifer are finalising details for their début LP as a duo, expected for release later this year.
The first track to surface from the album, Pawnshop, which is the follow-up to their 2016 eponymous début LP finds Daphne And The Fuzz with the familiarity of retrospective influences, though this time around steeped in the vitals of ’70s disco-soul.
The Greek experimental rock quartet Chickn release the LP Wowsers! on the 11th.
Chickn – photo credit – Eftychia Vlachou
The first track to be revealed from the album (which is available on bandcamp) is the penultimate of the nine and says everything there is to know about itself on the tin – Elevational Love Of Frank Zappa.