Cull, a dreamgaze outfit from Sydney in Australia is Chumpy (Guitar / Vocals), Solwat (Guitar/ Keys), Fraser (Bass / Vocals) and Julian (Drums).

Cull - dreamgaze from Australia


Ambient distortion would also probably define the sounds of Cull who deliver dreamy textures which leave the listener unaware of the passage of time. Like a slow-motion reel the out-put equally slows down the brain to synchronize with the sounds. The floating half-distortion adds to the sense of the ambient surreal as guitars shimmer inside a veil of synths to beguile the mind to wander with the elegiac compositions.

Don’t anticipate being in a mood to set out on a run after spending time with Cull as the dreamy trance remains long after the music has stopped. The layering of phrases blending midway one into another gives the material something of a psychedelic touch, without it ever journeying into the overly hallucinogenic.

The craft of the quartet is to deliver fairly busy pieces which give the impression of being languid, which they achieve through the calm pacing of the tracks.

A début EP – the four track  Bà Nội (available on iTunes*) which came out in mid-November, should see Cull start the new year in fine style.


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Dios Mio

Dios Mio a dream rock quartet from London in England is Helena (Vocals), Julian (Guitar), Chris (Drums) and Karl (Bass).

Dios Mio - ambient rock from England

Dios Mio

Formed over the summer of 2013 Dios Mio have a sound which belies their relative age as a unit. Already working hard they have released four tracks in the releases and are securing themselves a live performance schedule. Melting melodies fuse inside the constructions and with plenty of delay and reverb the quartet is able to add considerable layering to the music, leaving the listener resting on down pillows.

When a band puts such hard work to the base of their career you can’t but help to wish them well, more importantly Dios Mio do have something of considerable value to add the the world of music and I wouldn’t expect it to be too long before they become far better known with a steady stream of touring dates as this is a sound that suits pretty well most venues and nights.

Whilst of consistent quality and evidently seeking a  defined and shaped sound there is also an earthy grittiness to which the audience can relate and I hope this is not lost as Dios Mio progresses.


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