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Blessed Isles at Primal Music Blog

Brooklyn based experimental shoegazing duo ‘The Blessed Isles’ are about to unleash their debut full length album entitled‘Straining Hard Against The Strength Of Night’ to the masses via the ever reliable Saint Marie Records on the 20th May 2016. The first single to be taken from the aforementioned album is called ‘Caroline’ and it highlights the bands incapsulating ability to produce a stunning mix of subtle dream pop & impressive shoegazing standards that hold firm to both genre’s original core values. Put simply, ‘The Blessed Isles’ create stunning pictures through the medium of sound.

‘Caroline’ shuffles into the sonic arena on wave of swirling sonic frequencies, addictive guitar lines & impressive sequenced drum pattern’s that completely ingulf the senses from the very first note. Add into the mix those stunning bursts of magical synth swells and the irresistibly melodic chord structures that gently caress the soaring vocal arrangement and we’re truly hearing ‘The Blessed Isles’ full sonic potential.

This is definitely recommended listening …….

‘The Blessed Isles’ debut album ‘Straining Hard Against the Strength of Night’ is available to pre-order right now fromsaintmarierecords.bandcamp.com

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High Violets at Primal Music Blog

With the sheer momentum of Slowdive, splendid melodies of Cocteau Twins, the ethereal sounds of Secret Shine, and smooth outpour of musical purity of The Sundays, the band beloved by so many in their home town of Portland, Oregon grace the music scene once again and blow our minds with truly beautiful sonic bliss. This musically inclined four piece is also well known for creating grand spectacles of guitar skyscraping sound akin to bands like The Sleep Over Disaster and Solar Powered People.The High Violets have it all!

Unequivocally the essence of categorical dream pop and shoegazers, this super group has been consistently making remarkable music over the course of two decades. Since the first two band member’s inception as The Bella Low back in 1996, Clint Sargent and Luke Strahota briefly made music with lead singer Violet Bianca Grace, before disbanding in 1998. It has been said that things happen for a reason and as providence would have it within a year they reunited in 1999. This time the two original band members struck gold with the life changing addition of Kaitlyn Ni Donavan on lead vocals and guitar also with Colin Sheridan currently on bass guitar – to form The High Violets. This is a band that even critics have widely praised over the years due to their sustained dedication to the purest of shoegaze and dream pop sound. From their first EP entitled “Dream Away” released in October of 1999 these incredible musicians have proven their innate ability to create irreproachable music with every following full length album and remix collection within the shoegaze, dream pop and alternative rock genres.This latest release will be their fifth since their last sonic wonder “Cinéma” released in September of 2010. Band members decided to take a well deserved hiatus not long after their last full album release; but you would have never known they were temporarily quiet after listening to their latest creation. If you have ever wondered what the voice of an angel sounds like, one listen to Kaitlyn Ni Donavan on lead vocals and you will know. Clint Sargent is the mastermind behind The High Violets’signature guitar sound, synthesizer and sings lead in specific tracks as well.

Heroes and Halos is the latest magnum opus created by the dream pop and shoegaze masters. To the long time fan of this outstanding band Clint Sargent’s trademark, lingering, beautifully drawn out guitar riffs coalesced with Kaitlyn’s highly melodic singing, ring true right from the first track.  The new listener will become blissfully ensnared right from the opening song entitled ‘How I Love (Everything About You)’. This Love ballad is one for the ages. When the sonic magicians begin to play they already know how to grab your senses and get you hooked on more aural ecstasy. The first track appropriates you by the ears and commands listening time. The masterfully crafted sonic bliss will promulgate to your auditory cortex right from the awesome intro. The shoegazed out dream guitar laced with fuzz filled goodness is permeating. Then Kaitlyn begins to sing and time stands still. The exceedingly perfect melody of Kaitlyn’s singing is an inbred part of accomplished sound The High Violets have mastered. Goose bumps will ensue and everything around you will fade into a blurry background when Kaitlyn evokes deep emotion through her proclamation of Love, singing lyrics like “Belladonna Eyes, I love everything about you” infused with all the band members singing backup vocals in the chorus, and like a human metronome Luke’s drumming is perfectly in sync in every track. It is very easy to see why fans of this band are absolutely in love with them.

The clever onomatopoeia opening sounds of the track ‘Dum Dum’ have a message to convey in this semi ballad about the tensions experienced in a relationship when a counterpart is actually dumb enough to lie about infidelity. I love the more than catchy beat and the deep sonic waves of guitar sounds in this track mingled with poignant lyrics that are almost playful yet straightforward, awesome track! Up next, ‘Long Last Night’ Reminiscent of a sweet low whisper in your ear Kaitlyn sounds soothing, giving us more beautiful melodies. The signature guitar Clint performs in this track consists of a long perfectly executed, climbing skyward, feel which is just mesmerizing. Kaitlyn’s voice is masterfully mixed with her own in the chorus and a fluently, sinuous bassline played by Colin. This song embodies true High Violets dreamy perfection. ‘Break A Heart’ is an awesome ballad about the woes of being in love with someone that just might break a heart. Truly feverish and dizzying heights are reached when this track is launched into orbit with the guitar solo which is incredible! If you ever heard bands like The Sleep Over Disaster with their catapulting, majestically huge guitar riffs you will love and madly appreciate the guitar playing of The High Violets. Track 5
‘Bells’, begins with great reverberated drum beats and Kaitlyn singing almost immediately. The highly melodic and guitar drenched chorus of Bells is very easy and pleasing to music receptors. This track is a densely packed sonic experience an inspirational, lyrically infused, dynamo!

The title track ‘Heroes and Halos’ is without a doubt epic in sound and scope and just as awe inspiring are the lyrics from the refrain which indicate “It’s hard for me not see the beauty in our troubled lives/minds” Kaitlyn reminds us “don’t become something cold”. These lyrics are of course a testament inciting the hope that there still are Heroes with Halos visible to those of us who still search for the good in others. Kaitlyn’s voice really shines like the sun in this track. The deep reverberated guitar and flowing, swirling trademark sound throughout the track is classic High Violets sound kicked up many notches.This is my favorite song on the album. The very majestic Inspiration and hope given to us in this track is marvellous. The guitar sound flows like an ominous river, along with a drum beat that sustains a bold almost minacious impact to the song, yet very outright gorgeous. The presaged and at the same time emancipating lyrics, add to the luster of this sinister sounding track. The band brings a bold, dark experience in ‘Longitude’ while maintaining that awesome High Violets neo-psychedelic bliss. If you are familiar with bands like Whispering Sons and/or Nervous Light, you will be overcome by a mad rush of precipitous pleasure upon listening to this haunting loveliness.

Track 9 ‘Comfort in Light’ is bathed in a lovely dream enhancing sound. Wow! The intro transports your mind to shoegazer dream land then Kaitlyn’s ethereally mesmerizing voice is actually very comforting to absorb into your psyche. Comfort in Lightis a masterpiece in dream pop and shoegaze amalgamation. I love how the albums closing track ‘Hearts in Our Throats’begins with the sound of the musicians picking up their instruments then as the guitar and flute become audible they coalesce into an acoustic heaven. Kaitlyn’s voice fades into join in and is beyond ethereal, it is sensationally angelic and if anyone could sing in a tone reminiscent of a whisper and have the same impact as singing loudly Kaitlyn accomplishes this with ease. Her voice in this track is strikingly enchanting. And when you truly absorb the gravity of this track you will feel that “lump in your throat” of gently flowing deep emotion. This is a gorgeous slow motion track consisting of heartrending lyrics with an incredibly talented lead at the helm, breathing pure sonic bliss into the brain of the super fortunate listener.

It is of no surprise and monumentally apparent that Heroes and Halos has brought the gorgeous sound of The High Violets to full realization. This Venerable group of talented musicians are not only making music again, they are re-writing dream pop, shoegaze and alternative music history. Their new album is a mass inspiration not only to long time fans, but will also gain this brilliant four piece a myriad of new admirers. Long Live the legendary musicians that are The High Violets.

5/5

‘Heroes and Halos’ gets it’s official release on the 1st April 2016 via Saint Marie Records and is available to pre-order right now from: www.saintmarierecords.bandcamp.com/album/heros-and-halos

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deardarkhead at Primal Music Blog

Experimental, cinematic post-gazers ‘Deardarkhead’ formed in Atlantic City, New Jersey, back in 1988. The band have released five recordings on their own label ‘Fertile Crescent Records’ & will release the sensational  ‘Strange Weather’ , their latest 6 track instrumental, via the wonderful ‘Saint Marie Records’ on March 25th 2016. The band consists of Kevin Harrington on Guitars, Robert Weiss – Drums & bassist Kevin McCauley, who came on board in late 2010 after the departure of longtime singer/bassist Michael Amper! Influenced by Cocteau Twins, The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Chameleons, Joy Division, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Church, The Psychedelic Furs & The Beatles, to name but a few, the overall ‘Deardarkhead’ sound can be described as a stunning mixture of old school melodic post-punk, intrinsically intertwined with driving moody psychedelic shoegaze & edged with a beautiful euphoric dream pop swirl. Although completely instrumental, ‘Strange Weather’ oozes style & structure. It soars in just the right places & sulks like a scorned love sick teenager when required.

‘Strange Weather’ opens up with the impressive ‘Falling Upward’. A swirling drone precedes a monstrous build as we’re treated to a post-punk masterclass. Immense drums & throbbing bass lines lead the charge as shimmering reverberating guitar progressions loop and arc all over the musical canvass. Up next, a steadying drum beat that ushers in the jangling early 90’s sounding ‘Sunshine Through The Rain’. This track is packed full of stunning melodic guitar lines that swirl & coil around that impressive drum & bass progression with ease. Although instrumental throughout, you can actually hear in your head just where the vocal parts should be & for me this lets my imagination run wild and adds to the overall expectancy. Track three‘Juxta Mare’ explodes onto the musical ether with stunning effect. Musically reminiscent at times to the heavier soundscapes created by ‘Lush, Bleach’ or ‘For Against’, ‘Juxta Mare’ swerves through heady shoegaze inspired peaked crescendos & no nonsense hard hitting post-punk lows. A thundering drum pattern firmly fixed to the earth but holding firm to layered, soaring guitars heralds the arrival of ‘March Hares’, track four on this impressive release whilst track five ‘Ice Age’ has soaring atmospheric flair & hints of experimental ambient post-rock coursing through its inner core. The albums closer ‘Thinking Back’harkens back to the early 1990’s with its sweet, shimmering guitar lines & cymbal heavy drum progressions. Again you can hear the ‘apparitional vocal line’ quite clearly through the intense but insanely beautiful production.

‘Deardarkhead’ collectively create beautiful, hazy, experimental soundscapes. The band have previously mentioned on various social media sites their desire to employ a vocalist again at some stage in the future. Im not too sure they need to? For me, I just loved imagining the vocal melody as the music looped and soared through every single chord progression & I personally think that instrumentally they have something really special going on.

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Bloody Knives at Primal Music Blog

Texas based noisemakers ‘Bloody Knives’ have just announced the first single to be released from their highly anticipated forthcoming album ‘I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This’ via Saint Marie Records.

‘Poison Halo’ is a game changer! Its a charging maelstrom of powerful layered noise that swirls & arc’s with reckless abandon as the driving drums, impressive soaring synth swells & explosive wailing guitars carve a path through the musical landscape with aplomb. The beautifully clear & pristine vocal arrangement sits happily atop the sonic arrangement, watching with giddying glee, as the tumultuous whirlwind of sound lays waste to everything around it. Absolutely Stunning! 

The full ‘Bloody Knives – I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This’ LP gets its official release on April 1st 2016 via Saint Marie Recordsand is available to pre-order right now from www.saintmarierecords.bandcamp.com

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