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”
The return of Sven Agaath! Listen to Close Encounters from the new album End of Latin now. We are very pleased to release this massive sci-fi grunge record on cassette/digital on June 27th.
Sven Agaath remains one of the weirdest bands of the bunch, with shoegaze and grunge mixed (this time) with sci-fi sounds and industrial dancehall beats. Their debut album Simple Field Calculator was the first release on Tiny Room back in 2014 and received a lot of good press. This new record is recorded and mixed by Floyd Atema at the analogue Katzwijm Studio in Voorhout.
Golden Moon, the new album by The World Of Dust, will be out May 19th on Tiny Room Records. Listen to the first track now and pre-order here:
Golden Moon was recorded with primitive recording techniques, creating a vibe similar to the Mountain Goats, Cass McCombs, Guided By Voices and Grandaddy, only a lot more varied. It sounds like a twisted, diverse, psychedelic lo-fi radio station. All songs were spontaneously recorded in the process of writing. A 44-page full colour collage book with the same title will be released on the same day. Golden Moon is a document of an artistic peak where joy, experiment and playfulness are preferred over ambitious aspirations.