Aural Delights 339

  1. Monkeys In Love – Phantoms Of Your Mind – Monkeys In Love Are Ready For The Mountain
  2. Ian & Neil Moss – What Killed The King? – Single
  3. Imperial Wax – The Art of Projection – Gastwerk Saboteurs
  4. Lungbutter – Honey – Honey
  5. The Red Propellers – Aces Amidst Tatters – No Film In The Camera
  6. The Seven Twenty – What Can Happen In A Second – Jackson Nights
  7. Vee VV – Sinew – Payola
  8. Where We Sleep – What I Deserve – Experiments In The Dark
  9. The Apartments – The House That We Once Lived In – Live at L’Ubu
  10. Izi Phoenix, Xena Phoenix – We Are Dreaming – Single
  11. Cellista – Confessions – Transfigurations
  12. Cold Hands Warm Heart – Cumulus – Cold Hands Warm Heart
  13. Dave Graney and the MistLY – Baby, I Wish I’d Been a Better Pop Star (Darkly Blues Version) – Zippa Deedoo What Is/Was That/This?
  14. Kim Thompsett – Moonchild’s Lullaby – The Hollows
  15. Lisa Salvo – Lullaby – I Could Have Been A Castle
  16. Tomistoma – Why? – Ruins of Time EP
  17. Where We Sleep – Control – Experiments In The Dark
  18. Vee VV – Bird at the Roost – Payola
  19. STOCKSNSKINS – Torn – Free Speech
  20. Peter Hammill – Last Frame – Not Yet Not Now 2 : Nurnberg/Dortmund 1
  21. The Red Propellers – Suspended Belief – No Film In The Camera
  22. Kammahav – A Magical Place – Glass Bottle Green
  23. Dave Graney Show – I’m A Commander – The Dave Graney Show
  24. Lungbutter – Solar – Honey
  25. Lisa Salvo – I Won’t Cry Over You – I Could Have Been A Castle
  26. Kim Thompsett – Woebetide Hill – The Hollows
  27. Irata – Tower – Tower
  28. Monkeys In Love – Charlie’s Rooftop BBQ – Monkeys In Love Are Ready For The Mountain
  29. Vee VV – Snapshot – Payola
  30. Adrenaline – In Dreams – Adrenaline

Monkeys In Love – Phantoms Of Your Mind – Monkeys In Love Are Ready For The Mountain

The album features ten new songs that trace the nervous breakdown and eventual quasi-spiritual rebirth of a beleaguered office worker. Musically speaking, there’s a kind of mid-80s college rock thing going on in our sound this time round and although we’d love to say it was a deliberate artistic choice owing to the alarmingly mid-80s political climate of late, we can’t honestly remember if it was a conscious choice or not.

If you’re already familiar with us and the things we’ve done, then there’s a couple of things worth noting. Firstly, the production’s ever so slightly slicker on this album. It’s still pretty lo-fi, but a lot less lo-fi than previous releases. Secondly, the lyrics follow up on a couple of songs from our previous album ‘Monkeys In Love Live In New Stoke Newington’, but we’ll leave it to you to work out which those songs are and how they relate to this album.

Ian & Neil Moss – What Killed The King? – Single
Imperial Wax – The Art of Projection – Gastwerk Saboteurs


Lungbutter – Honey – Honey


The Red Propellers – Aces Amidst Tatters – No Film In The Camera

 

Montréal trio Lungbutter serves up an exhilarating and relentless barrage of astringent noise-punk driven by the ferociously wide-screen tri-amped guitar squall of Kaity Zozula, the brawny pummel of Joni Sadler’s drums, and the wry subliminal/phenomenological sing-speak of vocal phenom Ky Brooks.

With their debut LP, Honey, Montréal trio Lungbutter offers a strong dose of sonic turbulence, steeped as much in contemporary experimental noise as in the sludgy fuzz of classic grunge. Born from and made for the close-quarters intensity of DIY basement shows, Lungbutter roots their sound in an intuitive, martial punk rock idiom while their experimentation with form and vocal delivery betrays a wry playfulness. An arresting amalgam of heady abstraction and a visceral aesthetic immediacy, the album’s thrilling 33 minutes pass as though in a heartbeat.

Out tomorrow on Constellation

The Seven Twenty – What Can Happen In A Second – Jackson Nights
Vee VV – Sinew – Payola
Where We Sleep – What I Deserve – Experiments In The Dark
The Apartments – The House That We Once Lived In – Live at L’Ubu

Izi Phoenix, Xena Phoenix – We Are Dreaming – Single
Cellista – Confessions – Transfigurations
Cold Hands Warm Heart – Cumulus – Cold Hands Warm Heart
Dave Graney and the MistLY – Baby, I Wish I’d Been a Better Pop Star (Darkly Blues Version) – Zippa Deedoo What Is/Was That/This?

Cellista is an American experimental cellist and multidisciplinary artist. Her penchant for performing music in unconventional spaces, and her devotion to collaborating with artists across media and genres disrupts the world of the classical performing arts. Cellista traverses the walls between disciplines and the borders between spectator and audience. She etches out her own niche through her performances of captivating theatrical recitals by interweaving film, text, and dance. Her work is deeply rooted in her musicological studies of Olivier Messiaen and the French Surrealists.

Kim Thompsett – Moonchild’s Lullaby – The Hollows
Lisa Salvo – Lullaby – I Could Have Been A Castle
Tomistoma – Why? – Ruins of Time EP
Where We Sleep – Control – Experiments In The Dark

Kim……‘The Hollows’ is the long-awaited follow-up to ‘Songs from the Uglee Meadow’, her debut album, released in 2008. Thompsett earlier released the single ‘Snowbound’, which also appears on the new album.

Upholding the momentum gained with her debut offering, ‘The Hollows’ evokes an archaic atmosphere and nuances of Celtic and medieval times. At the same time, it branches out into a more experimental and eclectic idiom with a more diverse range of instrumentation and more sophisticated production.

Songs celebrating ancient connections with forest, with earth, with sky and with water – the shedding of ego and an immersion in the universe. The music itself is most reminiscent of the English folk of the ’70’s with a few other genres for good measure.

Lisa – singer from On Diamond – her solo release from 2014

Tomistoma is Cai Brown – Reptilian piano-led doom project from Stoke-on-Trent. Taking influence from early Black Sabbath and experimental acts like Botanist, Tistoma use distorted electric pianos and organs to conjure up dark, heavy atmospheres via vast, scaley riffs.

Vee VV – Bird at the Roost – Payola
STOCKSNSKINS – Torn – Free Speech
Peter Hammill – Last Frame – Not Yet Not Now 2 : Nurnberg/Dortmund 1
The Red Propellers – Suspended Belief – No Film In The Camera

Kammahav – A Magical Place – Glass Bottle Green
Dave Graney Show – I’m A Commander – The Dave Graney Show
Lungbutter – Solar – Honey
Lisa Salvo – I Won’t Cry Over You – I Could Have Been A Castle

Kim Thompsett – Woebetide Hill – The Hollows
Irata – Tower – Tower
Monkeys In Love – Charlie’s Rooftop BBQ – Monkeys In Love Are Ready For The Mountain
Vee VV – Snapshot – Payola

Irata – Greensboro, North Carolina-based heavy rock unit.

Since its 2007 genesis at the hands of founding members Ward and Jon Case (bass, vocals), IRATA has mutated restlessly, moving from its initial morphine-infused heavy fusion through math-y metal and finally to the soaring, technical heavy rock of its current approach. Over those dozen years, IRATA has made its presence known in metal and hard rock circles throughout the Southeast and beyond. Thanks to its growth from a trio with guitarist Cheryl Manner to a four-piece with the addition of guitarist Owen Burd, IRATA is evolving yet again. With Burd’s talents on guitar, vocals, and trumpet added to what had already felt like a complete equation, IRATA is pushing itself to new vocal and instrumental heights. Accordingly, its upcoming LP Tower applies impressive musicianship and complex textures to increasingly approachable tunes that teeter between hard rock and prog-metal. It’s like the sports car version of Don Caballero. Fans of Jane’s Addiction, Mastodon, Kylesa, Helms Alee, Sandrider, All Them Witches, and King Buffalo pay heed.

Adrenaline – In Dreams – Adrenaline

Baltimore hardcore outfit formed by several members of Queensway.

Heavily influenced by the likes of iconic hardcore veterans Vision Of Disorder, Bad Brains, Crown Of Thornz, and Burn. The band’s style surges with the vibrant but streetwise sound of their hometown scene, citing Trapped Under Ice, Turnstile, and Queensway, the latter of which shares three of the bands’ four members — vocalist Jack Compton, guitarist Alex Fuller, and drummer Phil Hanley – the lineup completed with guitarist Joseph Scott.

 

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