Tag: Shoegaze

DEAD LEAF ECHO – BEYOND.DESIRE [German Release]

New Release – March 2018

DEAD LEAF ECHO – Beyond.Desire
[German Release]

Label: Reptile Music / Moon Sounds
Format: Album (CD/LP)
Distribution: Altone
Territory: GAS
Release Date: 09.03.18
File Under: Nouveau Wave | Shoegaze

 

 

 

 

DEAD LEAF ECHO Release Info

English Version:

Brooklyn’s DEAD LEAF ECHO is a music/art collective that released their debut LP Thought And Language in 2013. That premier album was strongly influenced by many 4AD acts, brought into sharp focus by the mixing of John Fryer (Cocteau Twins, Lush, NIN) and featuring artwork by 4ADs legendary designer V23’s Vaughan Oliver which further enhanced their strong aesthetic connections to that label. The band maintains a distinctive ethos-embracing their idols, while still forging their own sound.

Their second LP Beyond.Desire finds them working with legendary engineer Guy Fixsen (My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive) and Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink, No Joy, Tamaryn) with artwork from Timothy O’Donnell (another 4AD design alumni) at Mexican Summer’s Gary’s Electric studio in Greenpoint/Brooklyn.

The new record finds them exploring something much more than bands within their sphere typically strive for – it’s introspection leavened with human connectedness and higher arching themes of maturation and growth that transcend the basic needs of lust and want. This record comes far closer to approximating their live show, with a scorching sound that is often volatile, rife with damaged guitar deconstructions and gleaming figures, yet maintains their eminently melodic sensibilities. Beyond.Desire shifts from shimmering to scorching at the drop of a hat held together by rock solid songwriting. By moving between both ends of the spectrum, the ten tracks on Beyond.Desire function both as blissed-out, resplendent expository narratives, and also as pure, white-noise nihilism.

Both their live performances and album, replete with gorgeous packaging and artwork, are crucial entry points to understanding the band. DEAD LEAF ECHO has done multiple tours over the past years resulting in over 200 shows worldwide. Their upcoming tour will also take them to Europe again for the third time.

Deutsche Version:

Nach der Veröffentlichung der Vorabsingle Strawberry.Skin im vergangenen Jahr legt das Musikerkollektiv DEAD LEAF ECHO nun sein zweites Full-Length-Album Beyond.Desire nach. Ähnlich wie beim Vorgänger Thought And Language von 2013 zeigt sich das Quartett aus Brooklyn erneut sehr stark beeinflusst durch den musikalischen Stil und die künstlerischen Gestaltung von Künstlern aus dem Umfeld des britischen Kultlabels 4AD (Cocteau Twins, Lush etc).

Nichtsdestotrotz entwerfen DEAD LEAF ECHO auf ihrem neuen Werk einmal mehr ein eigenes Klangbild, das mit dichten Reverb-Gitarren, atmosphärischen Flächen und dunkler Rhythmik irgendwo zwischen Shoegaze, Dream Pop und Nouveau Wave pendelt. Die melodische Textur wird dabei des Öfteren gebrochen, um kurz darauf wieder harmonisch zusammenzufließen. So fängt Beyond.Desire besser denn je den Bühnensound der Band ein, der in der Regel noch um einiges brachialer und düsterer als die Studioaufnahmen daherkommt.

Für die Produktion von Beyond.Desire wurde der legendäre Soundtechniker Guy Fixsen verpflichtet, der auch schon mit My Bloody Valentine und Slowdive gearbeitet hat. Ebenfalls beteiligt war Jorge Elbrecht, der zuvor bereits für Ariel Pink, No Joy und Tamaryn tätig gewesen ist. Das Artwork hat Timothy O’Donnell beigesteuert, bekannt durch deine Aktivitäten bei Vaughan Oliviers Desginstudio v23, das in den 1980er und 1990er Jahren etliche Cover von 4AD-Releases gestaltet hat.

Im Mai 2018 werden DEAD LEAF ECHO auch wieder live in Deutschland zu sehen sein. Im Zentrum ihrer dritten Europatour steht u.a. ein Auftritt beim diesjährigen WGT in Leipzig.

DLE Website
DLE Facebook


DEAD LEAF ECHO EU Tour 2018

16.05.18 Berlin, Monarch
17.05.18 Hamburg, Grüner Jäger
19.05.18 Leipzig, Haus Leipzig (WGT)
20.05.18 CZ-Liberec, Azyl Pivni
21.05.18 Erfurt, From Hell
24.05.18 CH-Yverdon, Les Citrons Masques
25.05.18 CH-St. Gallen, Grabenhalle
26.05.18 Köln, Tsunami (w/ Kadeadkas)
27.05.18 FR-Lille, CCL
28.05.18 FR-Strasbourg, Diamant d’Or
30.05.18 UK-London, Lexington

Listen to the full album on Bandcamp:

SWIRLPOOL – CAMOMILE [Single]

New Release – January 2018

SWIRLPOOL – Camomile

Label: Reptile Music
Format: Digital Single
Cat No: RMD004
Distribution: Bandcamp Release
Release Date: 05.01.18
File Under: Shoegaze | Dream Pop | Indie

 

 

SWIRLPOOL Release Info

If only this world could stop.

When four guys from Regensburg, Germany, get together to play music, many elements merge: a wall of sound full of atmosphere and depth brought to life in the suspension of consciousness, the mirroring of a lucid dream. Set between Shoegaze, Indie and Dream Pop „Camomile“ is a first taste of SWIRLPOOL’s upcoming debut EP which is scheduled for release this spring…
Website

Watch the official video clip:

Get the single on Bandcamp:

Live:
25.01.18 Regensburg, Alte Mälzerei (w/ Telquist)
10.03.18 München, Milla (w/ The Garden)

HOLYGRAM – Acceleration [Cold Colors Remix]

New Release – October 2017

HOLYGRAM – Acceleration
(Cold Colors Remix)

Label: Reptile Music
Format: Digital Single
Cat No: RMD003
Distribution: Bandcamp Release
Release Date: 12.10.17
File Under: Post Punk | New Wave | Shoegaze

 

HOLYGRAM Release Info:

Free download of COLD COLOR’s “Acceleration” Remix to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the release of the original HOLYGRAM EP! This mix is brandnew and was not included on the CD version of the self-titled debut EP.

HOLYGRAM walk the tightrope between New Wave, Post Punk and industrial Krautrock: driving, gloomy and full of catchy moments. The varied influences of the five band members who gathered in the vibrant music landscape of Cologne in 2015 are unmistakable: New Order meets NEU! Previously contradictory elements are deftly combined into a sinister soundtrack for the city at twilight. Music for the lost.

Website
Facebook

THE FOREIGN RESORT – Live in Cologne

Event News – September 2017

THE FOREIGN RESORT
– Live in Cologne –

Support: Golden Apes
29.09.17 Blue Shell Köln

TICKETS | FB

 

Mit der Veröffentlichung ihres dritten Albums „New Frontiers” haben THE FOREIGN RESORT einen echten Wirkungstreffer erzielt. Der Longplayer erhielt nicht nur überschwängliche Kritiken von Seiten der einschlägigen Musikpresse, sondern landete schließlich auch in diversen „Best Of“-Jahrespolls/-charts. Die folgende Zeit nutzten die Dänen für ausgiebige Touren durch Europa und Nordamerika, arbeiteten parallel dazu jedoch auch an weiteren Songs.

Das Ergebnis war auf der EP „The American Dream“ zu bestaunen, die mit fünf brandneuen Tracks aufwartete. Einmal mehr war es dem Trio aus Kopenhagen gelungen, die beeindruckende Intensität seiner Bühnenshows ins Aufnahmestudio zu übertragen und einen explosiven Mix aus scharfkantigen Post Punk-Gitarren, atmosphärischen Shoegaze-Sounds, dunklen New Wave-Anleihen und prägnanten Indie-Melodien zu erzeugen. Im April 2017 ist mit „She Is Lost“ nun die erste Vorab-Single zum nächsten Album erschienen, an dessen Fertigstellung die Gruppe momentan arbeitet.
THE FOREIGN RESORT Web

PALE HORIZONS [Compilation]

New Release – July 2017

PALE HORIZONS [Compilation]

Label: Reptile Music
Format: Compilation Album (Digital)
Cat No: RMD002
Distribution: Bandcamp Release
Release Date: 07.07.17
File Under: Indie | Post Punk | Shoegaze | Wave

 

 

PALE HORIZONS Release Info:

PALE HORIZONS compiles 10 songs from artists which are connected with Reptile Music in one way or the other. Many of the tracks are taken from releases that have been distributed and/or promoted over the course of time. PALE HORIZONS is a journey through the depths of edgy Post Punk, dreamy Indie Pop, glimmering Shoegaze and atmospheric Wave. The digital compilation is exclusively available on Bandcamp for a very special price of 1€ (or more if you like).

 

PALE HORIZONS Tracklist:

 

  1. THE FOREIGN RESORT – Skyline/Decay

Hailing from Copenhagen, the Danish trio mixes melodic 80s New Wave with explosive Post Punk and atmospheric Shoegaze. “Skyline/Decay” is taken from their latest EP “The American Dream”.
THE FOREIGN RESORT Web

 

  1. HOLYGRAM – Daria

The band from Cologne walks the tightrope between New Wave, Post Punk and industrial Krautrock: driving, gloomy and full of catchy moments. “Daria” is taken from their self-titled debut EP, released via Reptile Music on CD in February 2017.
HOLYGRAM Web

 

  1. DEAD LEAF ECHO – So.Wrong

Brooklyn art collective that crafts every aspect of their sound and vision incorporating elements of Indie, Dream Pop, Shoegaze, New Wave and Post Punk. “So.Wrong” is taken from their EP “True.Deep.Sleeper”.
DEAD LEAF ECHO Web

 

  1. ESCAPE WITH ROMEO – After The Party

Led by mastermind Thomas Elbern, the Cologne band looks back to an impressive New Wave history since 1989. “After The Party” is taken from their last album “After The Future”, released on Zeitklang Records.
ESCAPE WITH ROMEO Web

 

  1. MESSER BRÜDER – Fake Fake Copyright

The group from Darmstadt recently changed their style from electronic instrumental music to more song-oriented Indie Pop with female vocals. “Fake Fake Copyright” is taken from their new album “Fahr zur Hölle”.
MESSER BRÜDER Web

 

  1. VELOCHROME – Flood

Located in Cologne, the four-piece presents its very own version of Indie Pop, undoubtedly influenced by the sound of British Post Punk bands from the late 80s. “Flood” is taken from their current album “5 Seconds”.
VELOCHROME Web

 

  1. THE HISTORY OF COLOUR TV – Even Rain

The Berlin-based international band has limited the reverb-laden sound signatures from the past and now blends the melodic sensibilities with noisy echoes of the early American underground. “Even Rain” is taken from their third album “Something Like Eternity”.
THE HISTORY OF COLOUR TV Web

 

  1. THE AUTUMN SIGHS – The Autumn Sighs

The trio from Siegen is mainly influenced by the guitar-sound of the late 80s/early 90s and classic Shoegaze anthems that combine disturbing Wall of Sound and bittersweet melancholy. “The Autumn Sighs” is taken from their EP “Branches”.
THE AUTUMN SIGHS Web

 

  1. LEVEL PI – Memento Mori

Multi-instrumentalist Uwe Cremer from Cologne follows his passions for progressive Krautrock and psychedelic Post Punk. “Memento Mori” offers a Dark Ambient approach and is previously unreleased.
LEVEL PI Web

 

  1. BOX AND THE TWINS – Waiting For The Birds (Dreamed)

The Cologne trio moves within its unique set of coordinates while the enthralling voice of songstress BOX guides through dark and dreamy landscapes into the light. “Waiting For The Birds (Dreamed)” is taken from their debut EP “Our Fears”, the first album “Everywhere I Go Is Silence” (containing a shorter version of the song) was released via Manic Depression/Synth Religion last November.
BOX AND THE TWINS Web

 

DEAD LEAF ECHO – EU Tour & New Releases

Promotion News / New Release – Mai 2017

DEAD LEAF ECHO
Neue 7“ Single „Strawberry Skin” / Re-Release 10“ EP „True Deep Sleeper” / EU-Tour im Mai 2017

 

 

 

DEAD LEAF ECHO sind 2008 aus einem Künstlerkollektiv in Brooklyn hervorgegangen. Nachdem die Band im Frühjahr letzten Jahres ihre ersten Konzerte in Europa gespielt hat, nimmt sie die Veröffentlichung der brandneuen 7“ Single „Strawberry Skin“ zum Anlass, nun zum zweiten Mal für einige Shows über den großen Teich zu kommen. Parallel dazu erscheint außerdem ein Re-Release der 10“ EP „True Deep „Sleeper“ von 2014, beide Vinyls werden via Reptile Music auch offiziell in Deutschland erhältlich sein. Im Herbst 2017 wird voraussichtlich der nächste Longplayer des New Yorker Quartetts auf Moon Sounds folgen.

Die herausragende Spezialität der Gruppe sind reverbgetränkte Gitarrenflächen wie schwerer, dichter Nebel, die präzise Hooklines, scharfkantige Post Punk-Anleihen und sorgsam durchdachte Pop-Affiliation doch nie völlig verdecken können. Wahrscheinlich hat sie deshalb mit Nouveau Wave eine Genre-Bezeichnung für sich festgelegt, die direkter (und berechtigter) New Wave-Verweis ist. Die Vielschichtigkeit und Heavyness ihrer Gitarrentexturen und die brutale Lautstärke ihrer Liveauftritte fordern fast zwangsläufig Verweise zu My Bloody Valentine ein – und doch sind DEAD LEAF ECHO so etwas wie eine clevere Revolution des Shoegazing-Genres mit ihrer ausgeprägten Catchyness und dem oft zweistimmigen Gesang. Die Schwermütigkeit von Sänger und Songschreiber LG Galleon in perfekter Harmonie mit den beinahe schwerelosen Vocals der weiblichen Protagonistin Ana Breton lässt Kritiker gelegentlich auch den Begriff Dream Pop bemühen. Und schließlich tauchen in ihrer Musik immer wieder Ambient-Einflüsse auf. Sorgsam konstruierte Beatgerüste und geloopte Stimmflächen führen bis an jene Grenze, an der Indie Pop in Abstraktion verschwindet. Aus all diesen stilistischen Komponenten ergibt sich ein warmes Bad in klein gemahlenem Glas.

DLE Website
DLE Facebook

DEAD LEAF ECHO – EU Live Dates:

18.05.17 DK-Aarhus, Sway (w/ Thw Foreign Resort)
19.05.17 DK-Odense, Ungdomshuset (w/ The Foreign Resort & Zeroine)
20.05.17 DK-Copenhagen, KB18 (w/ The Foreign Resort & Echo People)
21.05.17 Berlin, Monarch (w/ Jaguwar)
22.05.17 Hamburg, Pooca Bar
23.05.17 Hamburg, Pooca Bar
24.05.17 Leipzig, Bandhaus (w/ The Foreign Resort)
25.05.17 Bielefeld, Leinwebermarkt (Open Air Festival)
27.05.17 Köln, Tsunami (w/ The Autumn Sighs) > TICKETS | FB

THE AUTUMN SIGHS – BRANCHES EP

New Release – April 2017

THE AUTUMN SIGHS – BRANCHES EP

Label: Reptile Music
Format: EP (CD + Digital)
Distribution: Altone
Release Date: 28.04.17
File Under: Shoegaze | Dream Pop | Indie

 

 

THE AUTUMN SIGHS Release Info:

THE AUTUMN SIGHS were formed in 2011 in Siegen, Germany. The trio is mainly influenced by the indie-guitar-sound of the late 80s / early 90s and classic shoegaze bands like Slowdive, Lush, Ride and My Bloody Valentine. Their music combines disturbing „Wall of Sound“ and bittersweet melancholy.

After the debut EP “Sprig” (2012) the new EP “Branches“ marks the beginning of a tetralogy. The next part is already in the works and scheduled for release later this year. Additionally, a 12” vinyl for the Berlin based label Dreams Never End is planned as well.

TAS FB

THE AUTUMN SIGHS Live:

27.05.17 Köln, Tsunami (w/ Dead Leaf Echo)
03.06.17 Hamburg, Marias Ballroom (w/ The Sweeps)
28.06.17 Berlin, Schokoladen (w/ The Workhouse)
30.06.17 Dinklage, Alte Weberei (w/ The Workhouse)
16.12.17 Berlin, Acud macht neu (Shoegazer Festival)

THE FOREIGN RESORT – SHE IS LOST

Promotion News / New Release – April 2017

THE FOREIGN RESORT – SHE IS LOST
[New Single]

 

Danish post-punk trio THE FOREIGN RESORT release their new single ‘She is Lost’ on April 19. This is the first song from the band’s next full length album, marking a return to the analogue sound of their ‘New Frontiers’ album, only this time the sound is more minimalistic and with plenty of electronics and spacious drums to create a dreamy yet upbeat soundscape full of contrast.

For lead singer Mikkel B. Jakobsen ‘She is Lost’ is a very personal song about what he sarcastically refers to as “the summer of love”: “It was one of the worst summers in my life. I came out strong on the other side, but this song was written partly when things were looking very bad. I was not doing the right things to get to a better place and partly when I had realized it was not just me who was the problem. Hence the title ‘She is Lost’.”

THE FOREIGN RESORT are Denmark’s finest musical export of post-punk and dark new wave, led by singer and songwriter Mikkel Borbjerg Jakobsen. The band combines the shadowy mysticism of The Cure’s Pornography era with a driving production aesthetic akin to LCD Soundsystem. Intricate reverb-enveloped guitar lines glide over Steffan Petersen’s motorik bass and Morten Hansen’s powerful drumming, all while Mikkel’s taut and sincere vocal delivery demands your attention.

Having toured with The Raveonettes, A Place to Bury Strangers and Swervedriver, THE FOREIGN RESORT has also shared bills with bands like DIIV, The Soft Moon, The KVB, Slowdive, Minor Victories and, most recently, Cold Cave. They’ve also toured the USA relentlessly, addicted to the allure of America’s lost highways. Since 2010, the band has been rigorous in playing more than 400 shows across North America and Europe with performances at several festivals incl. SXSW, Iceland Airwaves, Wave Gotik Treffen in Germany and Canadian Music Week 2017.

The band’s latest release ‘The American Dream’ was dubbed “post punk par excellence” by Deep Ground, with Slug Magazine saying this is “an EP that possesses a singular fault: It is not long enough”. THE FOREIGN RESORT’s 2014 album “New Frontiers” (produced by John Fryer) ranked among the year’s top albums at numerous European and American blogs. With several music videos to their credit, there is no video for the new single ‘She is Lost’ yet, motivating the band to crowdsource their new video.

TFR Website
TFR Facebook

THE FOREIGN RESORT – EU Live Dates:

18.05.17 DK-Aarhus, Sway (w/ Dead Leaf Echo)
19.05.17 DK-Odense, Ungdomshuset (w/ Dead Leaf Echo & Zeroine)
20.05.17 DK-Copenhagen, KB18 (w/ Dead Leaf Echo & Echo People)
24.05.17 Leipzig, Bandhaus (w/ Dead Leaf Echo)
25.08.17 Regensburg, Alte Mälzerei (The Wave Festival)
26.08.17 Lübeck, Rider’s Cafe (Reveller Party)
28.09.17 DK-Sønderborg, Black Spot (w/ Agenda & The Boy That Got Away)
29.09.17 Köln, Blue Shell (w/ Golden Apes)
30.09.17 CZ-Praha, Underdogs (w/ Second Still & Decline)
20.10.17 DK-Copenhagen, Warehouse 9 (Sidereal Dreams Festival)
03.11.17 Berlin, Bi Nuu (w/ She Past Away & Golden Apes)
04.11.17 CH-Luzern, Sedel (w/ Gonjasufi & Rev Rev Rev)
25.11.17 DK-Copenhagen, Kulturstationen Vanløsen (w/ Late Night Venture)
30.11.17 NL-Hertogenbosch, Willem Twee Poppodium (w/ Always The Sun)
01.12.17 Bielefeld, Movie (Dark Autumn Festival w/ Schonwald & Hante)
02.12.17 Siegen, Vortex (w/ Vision Noisia & Spion Spion)
17.12.17 DK-Copenhagen, Loppen (Winter Wasteland Festival)
18.01.18 NL-Tilburg, Extase (w/ Always The Sun)
19.01.18 Leipzig, Mortelwerk (w/ XTR Human)
20.01.18 NL-Landgraaf, Oefenbunker (w/ Fools Of Libery & 32 Ohm)

HOLYGRAM – HOLYGRAM REMIXED [Digital EP]

New Release – March 2017

HOLYGRAM – HOLYGRAM REMIXED

Label: Reptile Music
Format: Digital EP
Cat No: RMD001
Distribution: Altone
Release Date: 03.03.17
File Under: Post Punk | New Wave | Shoegaze

 

HOLYGRAM Release Info:

The Cologne based band HOLYGRAM have already shown their stunning potential with the self-titled debut EP, which Reptile Music released for the first time on CD in February 2017. Besides the five original tracks it contained four brandnew remixes by Blind Delon, Box And The Twins, D’Evoé and Bob Humid. Those mixes have been collected for the digital release of the EP “Holygram Remixed”.

HOLYGRAM walk the tightrope between New Wave, Post Punk and industrial Krautrock: driving, gloomy and full of catchy moments. The varied influences of the five band members who gathered in the vibrant music landscape of Cologne in 2015 are unmistakable: New Order meets NEU! Previously contradictory elements are deftly combined into a sinister soundtrack for the city at twilight. Music for the lost.

Website
Facebook

HOLYGRAM REMIXED EP Tracklist:

1. Acceleration (D’Evoé Remix)
2. Still There (Blind Delon Remix)
3. Daria (Bob Humid’s No Control Remix)
4. Still There (Dreamed by Box And The Twins)

THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH – Live in Cologne

Event News – March 2017

THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH
– Live in Cologne –

Support: J. Winterson
01.03.17 Blue Shell Köln

TICKETS | FB


THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH wurden 2008 von Craig Dyer in Manchester aus der Taufe gehoben. Erschienen die ersten Platten zunächst im Eigenvertrieb, veröffentlicht die Band ihre Alben mittlerweile beim renommierten Label Fuzz Club Records. Nach dem betörenden Vorgänger „Haunted“, den einmal mehr eine dunkel-atmosphärische Melange aus Psychedelic, Shoegaze, Wave und Post Punk ausgezeichnet hat, präsentieren die Briten im Februar 2017 nun das Nachfolgewerk „What Kind Of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?“. Parallel geht die Gruppe um ihren charismatischen Frontmann erneut auf eine ausgiebige Europatour und macht dabei am 01.03.17 auch wieder in Köln Station.
Web

Der Kölner Singer/Songwriter J. WINTERSON wird den Abend mit akustisch-filigranem Gitarren-Folk voll melancholisch-intimer Momente eröffnen und dabei einen Einblick in seine Debüt EP „The Fox & The Hare“ gewähren, die diesen Sommer erscheinen soll.
Web