Owl Company: “Horizon” carves out blistering rhythms

Owl Company is a band from São Paulo, Brazil that combines hard rock influences from the 70s to the 90s with modern rage and brutality, creating a sound that is fresh, aggressive, and engaging. Launched in 2015 the band has built a strong presence in São Paulo, playing all the premier venues in town. Their first single “Condescend,” quickly grabbed attention locally and now the band is setting its sights on crashing international borders. Owl Company’s chosen vehicle to get them where they need to be going is their full-length debut album “Horizon”, set to drop July 14th 2017. The

Harmony Drive: “Be There” – fresh, upbeat and vibrant music!

Most times you can gauge the potential quality of a creative project just by gazing through its credits. In this case, the single by Norwegian band Harmony Drive – “Be There”, was recorded in Denver, Colorado. With help of production duo Glenn Sawyer & Rich Veltrop (Tom Petty, Ozzy Osbourne, Macy Gray), and Dave Elitch (Mars Volta, Killer be killed) on drums. The music video, filmed in Norway and the Philippines, features the multi-talented Supermodel, TV-host, and Surfer Mona Lisa Neuboeck. Of course for the potential quality to transform into effective quality you need a stunning song and band. Lars

Delta Station: “An Unexpected Turn of Events” – the experience is more epic and cinematic

The little 14 year old Australian genius who goes by the moniker of Delta Station, has a new album out. And, somewhat predictably, it’s another utter and perfect treat. Before you listen to Delta Station’s latest album you really should leave all preconceptions at the door. Despite the connotations of the album’s title, “An Unexpected Turn of Events” is a joyous affair. It is an album that is warm, exhilarating, and incredibly uplifting and it is his greatest piece of work to date. Delta Station has only been in the production craft since June 2016, but has already released two EPs, previous to this album.

The Valium: “Amazing Breakdowns” – walking the high-wire intersections of visceral punk-rock expression and high art perfection

The Valium hooked me as soon as I heard the first track “Too Many Dreams Of Rock N Roll” from freshly released album, entitled “Amazing Breakdowns”. This was an album that hit me in the gut and instantly dragged me along for the ride. After listening to it, I must say that this is one of the most unique, interesting and high-energy bands I have ever heard in the alternative rock scene of late. Though taken from a myriad of influences, their sound is completely their own and every song sounds unique to their band. I can’t really imagine some

Newborn: “Honey Trap” – something of a perfect alchemy

The Coney Island, Brooklyn-based band Newborn was formed by  high school friends Allen James (vocals/guitar) and Eric Weglicki (guitar/bass/vocals) and a love of rock spanning from Metallica, Nirvana, to Muse. After many years of jamming together they decided to form a band. Newborn played their first show December 2014 which was followed by the release their debut EP “Broken Virgo”. The band has since evolved musically, adding drummer Dave Goldenberg, and going from strength to strength, culminating in the release of their latest single, entitled “Honey Trap”. The song features Newborn’s most diverse lyrical palette to date. The result is a cohesive,

Gloom Influx: “First LP” – looping the listener into a nostalgic yet futuristic world

Montréal-based musician Luc Leclerc, aka Gloom Influx, delivers a unique and powerful blend of metal and synthwave, influenced by 80’s movies and video game soundtracks, heavy metal, and contemporary artists like Justice, and Carpenter Brut. Sometimes you need to listen to music that makes you feel like you are in the future in outer space and somehow the 80s never ended. And sometimes you want to add elements of robots, monsters and fear. When you want those things, there are few better than Gloom Influx . Whether you come at this album from the perspective of someone into synthwave, darkwave

Jigsaw Man: ‘No Home’ – a self-produced EP with strong stoner overtones

The 4 track ‘No Home’ EP is the debut release from Jigsaw Man, the moniker under which singer-songwriter Steven Faulkner is releasing original material. “It’s nice doing things under a pseudonym because you can be more personal about the lyrics, and because you have that separation,” said Faulkner, continuing: “In my head the lyrics belong to Jigsaw Man, so I can be more honest and personal. I can write far more honestly and I’ve certainly done that on this EP. In the past I’ve always looked for metaphor or simile but this EP is very honest.” Playing since he was a

Corlioni: “Destiny” has a genuinely refreshing effect!

In case you’re not down with the nomenclature being thrown around the EDM community currently, on his latest track, “Destiny”, electronic producer Corlioni, comfortably slides into the trend-setting genre called ‘Tropical house’. Though, it would be correct to say that the masked British producer is not really confined to that specific genre at all. Tropical house is a more relaxing yet uplifting form inside the EDM craze, a response to the grimy, dark sounds of the dubstep craze which has been losing steam for the last several years. Rather than deep bass growls that sound like a broken inkjet printer,

DJ DezZ: “SometimeZ” – a tour-de-force!

Fast forward a quarter of a century and the phrase ‘Deep House’ has become to mean something completely different from its first incarnation during the halcyon days of house. It’s hard to move in the overpopulated market of all things ‘deep’ these days, but in amongst the monotony of the same old EDM samples and generic preset bass lines are a number of artists that really are able to tickle your fancy. One such EDM producer that we believe has kept it deep, down and dirty so far in 2017, with the release of his single “SometimeZ”, is Charlie Desi aka DJ

Toni Castells: 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal? – The emotion is very compelling

Toni Castells is a Hispano-British composer currently based in London. A lecturer at Imperial College London and the London College of Music, his sonic worlds transpire an inherited precocious classical training with an inventive use of modern technologies to create unique and distinctive soundscapes. Castells latest musical endeavor is entitled ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?’ which explores the prediction by computer engineer and futurologist Ray Kurzweil that the year 2045 will see the start of a new era in which human and artificial intelligence will merge, man will cease to age and so acquire the potential to live indefinitely. In the original interview with Kurzweil

DasMeter: “Evolution” – an uncanny knack for evoking pensive nostalgia in the present

Real-life brothers Darren (Keyboard, Drums) and Michael (Guitar, Vocals) are an American music duo project that goes by the name of DasMeter. Their debut electro-hardcore single “Mercury” was released in late May of 2015.  Now in 2017 DasMeter unleashes their brand new 13-track body of work entitled “Evolution”. Whenever you hear the words: “I choose you to be my partner in life. I promise you my unconditional love, my fullest devotion and tender care,” or “I promise to be faithful and to love, honor and cherish you all the days of our lives…”, beware, as promises like these, made by mere fallible mortals like ourselves are bound  to be broken.

Recent stats claim that over half of all marriages in the United States – a staggering 53% – end in divorce! So more than one in two marriages, where the above words are pledged, are proclaiming promises that will not be kept.

“Evolution” is born out of the failing of those pledges, as DasMeter compose the accompanying soundtrack that takes us through marriage, separation, and divorce. Up until now, the structural decisions, the subtle production touches, and the synth tones that DasMeter produce have always gone straight to the subconscious, that evokes feelings more than thoughts.

And on “Evolution”, the feeling in question seems to be a dim, wriggling, all-pervading anxiety and delusion, sprinkled with perceptible rays of hope.

They’ve made a really great soundtrack album for the moments of your day where you’re stressing about things of the heart and difficult personal-life decisions. They’ve made a great thematically uncomfortable – yet musically comforting ambiance album, one that sticks with you through all your discomforting moments.

DasMeter let you know that you are not alone in these saddening plights. Moreover, the replay-ability of this album pairs amazingly with late nights of work, road trips, a long gaze out of rain licked windows, a meditative nap…just about everything.

The uncanny knack the duo has for evoking pensive nostalgia in the present moment is readily available on this album, which will make you ponder and deliberate. The play of memory and music preoccupies most musicians, but few translate it into instrumental music as well as DasMeter do.

From the moment “twenty years” kicks in, you’ll begin to feel the narrative though the layered instrumentation.  It’s very atmospheric in places but rises to perfect IDM on upbeat back to back tracks, such as, “the wall”, “fighting for you” and “losing hope”.

There are no bad songs to be found here, even if some of them might take a while to sink in. It may not overtly hold mainstream appeal, but genre fans will absolutely adore this album. My favorites for now tend to be the melodic “on my knees”, the twisting rhythms of “I cared about you” and the brilliant synth sounds on “silver linings”.

However their aural magic is as evocative as ever on all of these tracks, and with their alchemical skills, they could well invent any necessary musical element they desire. In a music environment where most bands take great pains to be connected to their fans, DasMeter have created an environment which eludes tormented hyped-up commercial schemes for anyone interested in their music.

Why? Because the fabric of their music is creating emotional, profound scenarios that tease the mind as much as they satisfy it. The public who love this music will naturally be drawn towards it on its intrinsic merits alone, resulting in fans with a unique reverence for not only DasMeter’s music but their intelligent approach to making and diffusing it.

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