Good morning! We will release the new Garciaphone album Dreameater here in The Netherlands on November 10. We have been longtime fans of this band from Clermont-Ferrand (France), so we’re really excited about this.
Band leader Olivier Perez stopped dreaming for a year and a half. His dreams and ideals for a better world disappeared along with his actual dreams at night. His anger about modern society somehow led to quiet and haunting piano songs, that ended up on the new album Dreameater. Listen to Every Song Of Sorrow Is New now on Soundcloud!
Only a year after releasing Inside The Dragon, Utrecht based alternative rock band Lost Bear presents us Donkey Shot. A considerably more compact album, with eleven songs recorded on an 8-track cassette tape recorder, mixed and mastered by Floyd Atema (The Sweet Release of Death, Zea). The songs are sinister and dark, with elements from post punk, new wave, dub and avant-garde. By adding keys and sound effects Lost Bear creates an alienating and invasive atmosphere. They seem to translate the current absurd Zeitgeist, for example by shouting out the name of psychotic childhood hero Pee Wee (in Little Big Adventure).
Lost Bear won’t get more political than this. Donkey Shot breathes the deception, the emptiness and the lack of love and empathy that define this decade. For example in Hallway of Echoes, where singer Casper Steenhuizen croons ‘hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow’. Listening to the album one gets carried away in the madness, losing touch with reality during side B. You find your estranged self in a room with drunk maniacs, while you hold a diet coke in your hand. It’s a slippery slope, but it all ends well. ‘No clue why I’m here, but I’m smiling’.
Listen now to the first track released from the album, called ‘Rap Song’. Pre-orders of the limited edition vinyl record are up now too on Bandcamp.
Imagine Justin Bieber producing the new Animal Collective record. Or Beyonce’s songwriters writing songs for Sigur Rós. If you like your pop catchy and your catch poppy, this is for you. Digital only, the kids will love it.
Babalong is the experimental studio project of Dave Mollen (Utrecht) and Willem Waterschoot (The Hague). Their debut album ‘Greatest Hits’ will be released next week, August 25. Stay tuned for more POP MUSIC!
Bhava, the debut album by The World of Dust (Stefan Breuer), was released on Snowstar Records as a book + cd in 2013. The beautiful 44-page collage book, with a cd containing 13 tracks of ‘lo-fi progrock’, quickly sold out. With this new cd reissue (a collaboration between Snowstar Records and Tiny Room Records), the music is finally available again. Essential for all adventurous music lovers out there.
On the album you find a mixture of bedroom pop, lo-fi folk, lush orchestrations, weird brass experiments, short cosmic space songs, and one epic 13-minute track about the history of the universe. The album contains guest appearances by Thijs Kuijken (I Am Oak), Aino Vehmasto (The Secret Love Parade) and Olivier Perez (Garciaphone). For fans of Robert Wyatt, Sparklehorse and Mount Eerie. Bhava means rebirth, and marked a new beginning for Stefan Breuer in his solo ventures, combining soothing acoustic sounds with esoteric visuals.
Some nice words appeared in journaworld:
WoNoBloG: “adventurous and capable of writing and playing great rocksongs”
In De Ban Van: “exactly what was missing in my life”
(5 out of 5 stars)
Musicmaker: “a perfect fit for adolescents and kids from the 90s”
Sometimes we are so busy with all the things surrounding an upcoming release that we forget there are more artists in a label roster. Heerhugowaiian pride Moon Moon Moon for instance, who seems to write more songs for breakfast than most of us do in a year. And THEY’RE ALL GOOD. It doesn’t mean, with all the limited resources we have, that we can release everything this young fellow does in his bedroom (for instance: if you want a label to release A LOT, including sleep, or a dream, or weird stuff like that, go to Smikkelbaard or Shaky Maracas) on our label. But we sure as hell can share it! Fans among each other: watch this:
Or this one:
There is more on his Youtube channel. Oh yeah, he also self-released a new album called Oohohoo on his Bandcamp page, as well as written/recorded the first part of a series of journal entries – this one being about visiting the Popronde Pre-Party and feeling awkward.
3voor12 Utrecht wrote a review of Not Another Festival in dB’s, where the release party of Sven Agaath also took place. Read it here. Of course we have some live footage too, of this first show with a bass player. Rock out below:
The World of Dust played a release show in Rabarber (Utrecht), and later this month in De Ruimte at de Verkeerstoren (Amsterdam). Watch some live footage here:
Also, The Next Gig wrote a few (very nice) words about the show on the Melodica Groningen festival. Thanks! The World of Dust was selected for the Popronde Nederland this year, so prepare for him taking his esoteric experience to your local town soon.