Molly Beanland – Real Life – Single Review

Molly Beanland from England has a new single coming out on the 31st March.

Molly Beanland

Molly Beanland

Real Life is a precursor to a forthcoming EP – Night Dreams.

Relax, find a partner to lay back with and let the emulsion of Real Life drip oils on your moving bodies. The exotic vooice streams across the torso as the sounds weave betwixt intertwined bodies. The only sadness being this last for only 3:54 seconds.

One hopes for a night of exploration with the EP appearing later this year and I look forward to being able to provide you with a preview of the release.

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Talvihorros – Eaten Alive – LP review

Talvihorros is a solo project from Ben Chatwin, a Scotland-based composer and sound artist signed to Denovali, a German-based record label specialising in electronic and ambient music. Once again thanks to Robbie for his review.

Talvihorros - Eaten Alive

Talvihorros – Eaten Alive – LP artwork

Released on bandcamp in January 2014 the eight track LP, Eaten Alive is the latest in a line of releases for Talvihorros and was largely inspired by the difficulties faced by a close friend growing up in East London.

From the opening track – Little Pieces of Discarded Life

it becomes clear that Talvihorros is a musical project existing largely on a textural basis; you won’t find typical recognisable elements from rock and pop such as rhythm guitar or a drum kit in these songs. That isn’t to say there aren’t musical elements within these compositions, as compelling melodies and organic pulses are woven throughout the album, but they exist largely as electronic grains which meld with one another to create a dense soup of sound within which the listener can lose themselves.

Eaten Alive features layers of guitar and bass in the following tracks, which serve to ground the piece as a multidisciplinary work rather than purely digital, such as in track four – Objectum, in which guitar melodies weave and harmonise within a fundamentally electronic sound environment.

Perhaps the most memorable is the sixth track, The Secrets of the Sky, which contains several melodies which phase in and out of the piece whilst the digital percussion thuds away before being devoured by the roar gradually building in the background. This is my stand out track of the album as I feel it perfectly encapsulates the hypnotic, overwhelming beauty of Ben Chatwin’s work.

It’s obvious there is some kind of higher artistic goal within Eaten Alive, which is lacking from so much music in this day and age. Each track is lavishly produced and is testament to the vision of the artist.

This album is a satisfying blend of atmospherics and melody, and one I enjoy from beginning to end. If you like this album, check out the Talvihorros Bandcamp page and keep an eye on the Denovali record label. They’re putting on a two-day event called the Denovali Swingfest in Berlin and London this April and in Essen this October. Check it out!

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Death To Ponies ( 小马之死 ) – Mangez – EP Review

It was back in September I introduced the China based outfit Death To Ponies ( 小马之死 ), they have just released an EP.

Death To Ponies ( 小马之死 ) - Mangez

Death To Ponies ( 小马之死 ) – Mangez

It may seem extravagant to title a one track release as an EP, however the nineteen and a quarter minutes of Mangez justifies the billing.

Originally intended as part of an LP, Death To Ponies elected to release the intended hour and a half double album as three EPs. Mangez being the second of the release series.

The extended psychedelic piece takes the listener on a journey of sound and imagination as the quartet combine electronic instrumentation, drums, vocal and dreamy synthetics. Although a track of three distinct parts, much like a play at the theatre, Mangez is best delivered in one sitting where nothing seems extraneous.

My advice, head over to bandcamp, pay what you like and add this to your playlist for those reflective moments.

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Universal Thee – Aranis Natas – Single review

Universal Thee, from Scotland, have just released their latest single – Aranis Natas.

Universal Thee - Aranis Natas

Universal Thee – Aranis Natas

First reviewed in February of last year, Universal Thee, who also charted at number 17 in the New Year Ninety 2014, have created a song in Aranis Natas which has a darker texture, which gives the band a more alt-rock derived flavour.

A smartly structured bass line opens up the five minute track, setting a mood, with the percussion laying down a pivot point. The guitars are allowed to float in a spectral space, whilst the dual vocals provides further layering to the track.

It will be interesting to see if Aranis Natas marks a transition for Universal Thee towards a darker mood, which is certainly somewhere that they prove to be adept songwriters as testified by this new release.

Aranis Natas – Single – Universal Thee is available on iTunes*.

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