Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Hylozoists - Lile De Sept Villes

"The Hylozoists' latest release is a vocalist-free, orchestrated delight. Chock full of bountiful string arrangements and vibraphone melody lines, L'Île De Sept Villes skillfully jumps from ambient-sounding distorted strings and bowed percussion instruments at the beginning of the CD to triumphant movie soundtrack-esque tracks and classy pop rock in the latter half, all the while maintaining a cohesive and coherent feel to the album." -Gauntlet
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Label/Date: Outside Music, 2009
Genre: cinematic post-rock, orchestral-pop, whole lot o vibraphone
From: Toronto
Similar/Related: Belle Orchestre, Tortoise, Silver Ray/Cam Butler, Clogs, Jaga Jazzist, DMST, Tristeza, Steve Reich, Ennio Morricone, Cue
Website : Myspace

Bell Orchestre - As Seen through Windows

"Although the band were initially spoken about as being an Arcade Fire offshoot (three amongst their number have been known to play with the Canadian stadium rockers) the band are evolving into something spectacular in its own right. As Seen Through Windows finds the group achieving a newfound maturity, setting their course for increasingly experimental sounds. Pieces like 'Water / Light / Shifts' and 'Air Lines / Land Lines' go beyond the template set out by groups such as Rachel's for alt. classical music of this ilk, and In addition to a host of inventive modern chamber compositions, Bell Orchestre take on a hugely impressive rendering of Aphex Twin's classic 'Bucephalus Bouncing Ball', resulting in an uncommonly convincing example of that oft attempted classical/electronica crossover. Recommended." -boomkat
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Label/Date: Arts and Crafts, 2009
Genre: post-rock, experimental, classical
From: Montreal
Similar/Related: Arcade Fire, Clogs, Rachel's, Set Fire To Flames, GYBE!, Esmerine, Torngat, Do Make Say Think, Hrsta, Valley of the Giants, Dirty Three
Website : Myspace

Monday, July 13, 2009

Rävjunk - Uppsala Stadhotell Brinner

"Rävjunk mix long track space rock with some early Stooges psych punk for something wholly original."
Ignoring the track Hello Little Girl, which sounds like a creepy pedophile anthem, you'll find some real badass jams here. Especially VI Ses (Vid Taj Mahal) and Mahal Revisited which sound like Can rocking with Wooden Shjips and Earthless (Snöspår is also really great). If you like krautrock at all you must hear these tracks. Also Rävjunk means Fox piss. Awesome.

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Label/Date: 1977, re-issue by Transubstans Records, 2007
Genre: krautrock, psych-rock, blues, garage, punk
From: Uppsala, Sweden
Similar/Related: Earthless, Can, Ash Ra Tempel, Neu!, Wooden Shjips, Circle, Amon Düül II, Grateful Dead, T2, Stooges, Hawkwind
Website : Myspace

Chico Magnetic Band

"Even though this absolutely brilliant and overwhelming album is but a half an hour in length, it is so chock full o’ balls and amazing riffs that consistently make all the right moves at the right times it’s downright scary and seems twice the length due to its raging density of vision. Given that (and that fact it seems almost entirely culled from moments of only the top tier fab waxings in my collection) it also seems far longer than THAT because everything on it counts SO BAD it lights a fire in my head, creates a fevered dickswell and comes close to bursting my heart every time I spin it.

Why? Put simply, this freakin’ album has EVERYTHING. And by that I mean it draws from elements of approaches set down by “Phallus Dei”-era Amon Düül Zwei, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Silberbart, Straight-era Alice Cooper, Can, Guru Guru, Groundhogs, Speed Glue & Shinki, Led Zeppelin, Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, Tiger B. Smith and “Free Your Mind”-period Funkadelic (so help me Eddie) and are seamlessly wedged into one album.

Chico IS...The Man." --The Book of Seth

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Label/Date: Box Office/Disques Vogue, 1971
Genre: psychedelic rock, blues, garage, experimental
From: France
Similar/Related: Amon Düül II, Jimi Hendrix, Captain Beefheart, Santana, Can, Funkadelic, Zappa, Dr John, Led Zeppelin, Booker T & The MGs
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Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Time And Space Machine

Volume I (2007)

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"The Time And Space Machine is one half of the mysterious Beyond The Wizards Sleeve combo and here are the first fruits of their toils. Volume One comprises of eight cuts all double dipped in quality cosmic psyche, mind bending krautrock and jump-up freakbeatery. From the monster drum jam of 'Be There' to the funky drum jam of 'Lesson One' via the tripped out Acid Bath of 'Buffalo Roam' to the Gainsbourgesque 'Amourous Ways' - it's all killer and no filler."

Volume II (2009)

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"Here we go again "The Time and Space Machine", featuring one half of the shadowy Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve, is back with another prime collection of psychedelic re-edits. Ranging from full on, ten-minute guitar freakouts to lysergic acid folk to warped sunshine freakbeat, 'Volume 2' is a aural head trip for the weird and wired. We have lift off..."

Genre: psychedelic rock re-edits
Similar/Related: Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve, Dungen, Caribou, Neu!, Amon Düül II, 13th Floor Elevators, Cream, Comus, The Doors, Funkadelic, Jefferson Airplane,
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The Yellow Moon Band - Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World

The Yellow Moon Band have created a heady stew of groovy psych rock, folk and the occasional slab of Brit Invasion rock. All of which could be a mess in lesser hands, but the instrumental capabilities of the four-piece makes Travels a choogling joy. -

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Label/Date: Static Caravan, 2009
Genre: Instrumental Psychedelic Jams
From: United Kingdom
Similar/Related: Dungen, The Time & Space Machine, Grateful Dead, Amon Düül II, Fleetwood Mac, Blue Oyster Cult, The Who, Radio Moscow, Ten East, Bakerton Group
Website : Myspace

The Oscilation - Out Of Phase

"Born out of the ashes of The Orichalc Phase, The Oscillation is Demian Castellanos' mightiest incarnation yet, a bewildering mix of pop songs and expansive psychedelic freakouts that demands comparison with the harder edge of the 70's krautrock scene, the lambent tones of bands like Spiritualized or Loop at their most medicated, or The Ruts battling their way out of an echo chamber to a background of white noise.

To coincide with the release of "Out Of Phase", the debut album by The Oscillation, Castellanos put together a band who have since played a selection of incendiary live show in the UK and across Europe. Look out for them in a city near yu soon!"-DC Recordings

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Label/Date: DC Recordings, 2007
Genre: psychedelic rock, krautrock, dub, electronic, funk, shoegaze, prog
From: United Kingdom
Similar/Related: Silver Apples, Caribou, Porcupine Tree (old), Wooden Shjips, Holy Fuck, !!!, Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve, Time and Space Machine, Cloudland Canyon, Zombi, Ozric Tentacles, Spacemen 3, Loop, Neu!, Harmonia, Dragontears
Website : Myspace