Saturday, 13 February 2016

The Sound Of Confusion Radio Show - 7th February 2016

Sundays at 8pm UK, repeated at 8pm EST on Primal Radio


The Chemistry Set - Fountains Of Neptune  

Buy: 'The Endless More & More' (album)

Then Comes Silence – Strangers  

Buy: 'Strangers'

Cavern Of Anti-Matter - Black Glass Actions  

Buy: 'Void Beats/Invocation Trex'

Living Hour - Summer Smog  

Buy: 'Summer Smog'

Tuff Love – Threads  

Buy: 'Threads'

Bernays Propaganda - Laži me, laži me  

Free download: 'Laži me, laži me'

Obligatory Record Of The Week: Postal Blue - I Always Knew  

Buy: 'I Always Knew'

Affairs – Play  

Buy: 'Play'

Pinkshinyultrablast - The Cherry Pit  

Buy: 'The Cherry Pit'

Fake War – Fluoride  

Fake War's website

Maybelleen - When I'm Right  

Free download: 'When I'm Right'

The Battles Of Winter - Wrong Port  

The Battles Of Winter's website

A Beacon House - Ash As Intro

Free download: 'Ash As Intro'

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Ulrika Spacek - The Album Paranoia

Article by Del Chaney

Formed in Berlin but now residing in London, Rhys Edwards and Rhys Williams, aka Ulrika Spacek, began their tentative first steps in what would be a two-year journey to finish their debut album entitled 'The Album Paranoia back in 2014. Employing the help of three skilled musicians and friends, they embarked on sonic journey that would reap them immense rewards. With a sound that swerves between alt-rock and krautrock whilst taking a trip through downright fuzzed-up, lo-fi brilliance, Ulrika Spacek create hazy, impressive soundscapes that are sonically worthy of your ears. 'The Album Paranoia' was officially released via 'Tough Love Records (EU) and Lefse Records (USA) back on the 5th February 2016.

The album opens up with 'I Don't Know', a fuzzy, swirling, triumphant track that loops and arcs through addictive reverberating guitars intertwined with glorious psych-tinged effects and a steadying drum progression that holds that stunning vocal aloft like a king sitting atop a mountain of golden sound. Track two, 'Porcelain', oozes alt-rock splendour with whirling repetitive guitars and another impressive vocal performance. 'Circa 1954' lives in a beautiful, shimmering, experimental ambient world, while 'Strawberry Glue' jangles and struts like a sonic peacock before opening up into a glorious fuzzy alternative masterpiece. Track five, 'Beta Male', stands up there with some of the great modern day psych tracks. Reminiscent at times of Fuzz Club Records' own 'Throw Down Bones' with its hypnotic, swirling maelstrom of sound that builds into a fuzzy, multifaceted sonic whirlwind. 'Beta Male' is probably my favourite track on this entire release. Very cool! Up next,'NK' is a slow but sludgy psych-tinged monster with a lazy Sub Pop styled effected vocal line and a very impressive break that builds and builds forever.

We're back on a subtle alt-rock vibe with 'Ultra-Vivid'. This track is full of melodic melancholy with beautifully intricate guitar lines, gorgeous synth swells and an effortlessly striped-back vocal take. 'She's A Cult' screams "Radiohead" from its very first distorted chord structure, while 'There's A Little Passing Cloud In You' shakes the sonic ether with is psychedelic flavourings, dripping with repetitive guitars, a throbbing bass line and a brilliant drum progression that collectively leads us into a false sense of security before opening up and exploding into a massive cacophony of sound. The album's closer, 'Airportism', is reminiscent of latter day Radiohead with its beautifully delicate vocal lines accompanied by that addictively melodic guitar progression and a lazy drum pattern. A perfect finale to an overall impressive debut album. Recommended listening for fans of MBV, Television, Pavement, Sonic Youth, Radiohead and Deerhunter.

Ulrika Spacek's website

Buy: 'The Album Paranoia'

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Thursday, 11 February 2016

The Sound Of Confusion Radio Show - 31st January 2016

Sundays at 8pm UK, repeated at 8pm EST on Primal Radio


HANNAH – Star Struck  

Free download: 'As The World Turns' (album)

Safe Places – Wild Ride

Free download: 'Wild Ride'

Jacob Faurholt – Future Wife

Buy: 'Future Wife'

Yeti Lane – Good Word's Gone  

Buy: 'Good Word's Gone'

The Survivalists – Human Shell  

Buy: 'Human Shell'

Crystal Soda Cream – Rationale Arbeitsschritte

Free download: 'Rationale Arbeitsschritte'

Obligatory Record Of The Week: Living Hour – Seagull

Buy: 'Living Hour' (album)

Crash Island – Animal

Buy: 'Animals'

Warriors Of The Dystotheque – Escape From Coney

Released March 4th via Tigre Fair

Jaromil Sabor – Until The End Of The World  

Buy: 'Until The End Of The World'

The Battles Of Winter – Love's White Thread

The Battles Of Winter's website

Bridge Underwater – I Don't Know

Free download: 'I Don't Know'

This Heel – Periscope Man

Free download: 'Periscope Man'

Sauropod – Edge Of A Cloud

Buy: 'Edge of a Cloud'

Tuff Love – Duke  

Buy: 'Duke'

Rews – Death Yawn

Rews' website

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Husky Loops - Dead

Article by Ray Brodrick

If you like pop that's grungy and spiky and that takes you to many places you're not expecting, keeping you guessing and always surprising, then you'll love Husky Loops' latest release 'Dead'. Initially it made me think of late '70s New York punk like Television, as the guitar has a Tom Verlaine quality to it, but don't be fooled as the verse builds to a crashing chorus of angst and protest, like a voice from a seance questioning if they are indeed dead. It's music for a funeral march, but joyful like they do in the deep south, although there's no peep of New Orleans jazz here, more spiky, grungy, angry greatness.  

Husky Loops describe themselves as a London-based three-piece, notorious for being fixated with unconventional pop arrangements, and this is exactly what you get as the mood changes again to a funky middle eight section not a million miles away from Talking Heads with scratchy guitar complementing the bass and drums, then into a meandering, distorted bass solo with a haunting otherworldliness to it. Don't miss your chance to get an invite to the party you're at, but don't make-DEAD!!

Husky Loops' website

Buy: 'Dead'

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Monday, 8 February 2016

Animal City - Party City EP + Q&A

Article by KevW

"Loners, stoners, an Elvis impersonator, and a bunch of other freaks." That statement serves as an accurate introduction to the strange world of Chicago's Animal City whose 'Party City' EP sees them offer up a set of rare tracks from various sessions they've recorded in their history (although at ten tracks long this should really be considered an album rather than an EP). Sleaze and slacker vibes ooze out of every pore of this weird and wonderful collection which really sets the tone with its opening line "Will you fuck me dressed like Elvis?".

Several styles are twisted into warped shapes with loose drumming, an often lazy drawl and scruffy guitar never being far away. We're given scuzzy alt-rock on 'Wookie Mike and Sarah' and 'Water Stain', deadbeat sounds on 'Don't Gotta Guitar', a delightfully sleepy, bluesy instrumental lullaby on 'Glad Bender' and sinister undertones on 'Bad For You'. This is a dark and surreal place to be, but there are plenty of flashes of light and plenty of interesting ideas and melodies. 'Party City' is often a murky record, but very intriguing with it.

To get the inside story of 'Party City', Animal City have had a chat with, er, themselves...


HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA -- I walk out of my apartment and blindfold myself. I bend forward, put my head down, and spin around a baseball bat ten times really fast. So fast I’m sick. I take my blindfold off and walk back inside my apartment. There he is, on my couch in the living room, drinking one of my beers, co-founder of the traveling rock-n-roll outfit Animal City. His name is Salvatore “Chico” Cassato, and he’s smoking a cigarette I gave him mere minutes earlier. He’s who I’m here at my house to interview today, and he’s pointing an Airsoft gun in my general direction.

Salvatore: Shoot.

Dakota: Have you ever interviewed someone in your own band before?

S: No. But I guess I interview you a little bit every day. Writing songs with someone usually uncovers some funny stuff.

D: Well, I’m always asking you stupid shit.

S: And that’s great. It’s amazing how you can know someone for so long and still be getting to know them... Alright, ask me a question.

D: What are you doing here?

S: (Dustin Hoffman impression) I’m working here!

D: I think he says, “I’m walking here!”

S: In Drugstore Cowboy?

D: No, I meant what are you doing in LA?

S: We just shot a video for Animal City directed by our pal Josh Jolcover. It’s for the song “Friend in Florida” off our last LP Bump Head Go Home out on Sophomore Lounge Records. The two of us are about to do a quick tour up the coast in February, we’re making our way up to Oregon.

D: Yeah, we’re recording up in Portland with our homies Milk and Dust and the Making New Enemies crew.

S: That’s really exciting. Run me down the list, what else are we supposed to talk about?

D: The new EP that’s coming out, Party City.

S: Oh yeah, tell me about the Party City EP.

D: Party City is a collection of weirdos and orphan tracks from a bunch of different Animal City recordings we did over the years. They’re songs that didn’t make it onto any of our records, but they’re just too good to get rid of. We’re really stoked that these songs we love finally have a place to live. So this EP is really special to us.

S: Dude, I’ve thrown away so many songs. It’s crazy.

D: It happens.

S: Yeah, to me... a lot. So tell us how we get a copy of the Party City?

D: You buy it, at ANIMALCITY.BANDCAMP.COM, or you buy a CD or digital download from us in person at one of our shows.

S: You bet your ass we do.

Animal City's website

Buy: 'Party City'.

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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Steven McNamara - Wake Up Lie Down

Article by KevW

As we mentioned when reviewing 'Turn Around', the first single from ex-Formes man Steven McNamara, his solo work does carry over a little of the psychedelia that his previous band dealt in, but feels much more expansive, touching on haunting blues, dreampop and Americana with a spacious and atmospheric ear. That theme is very indicative of this debut mini-album as a whole, and the change in sound was in part inspired by a personal change of location, as McNamara moved to a rural part of Lancashire prior to recording this new material.

On no track is this dusky, ethereal and ambient direction more apparent than the woozy 'Lost in Myself', where an eerie, echoing and heavily affected vocal repeats the song's title over the top of a stop/start, looping bassline and twangs of guitar that conjure up images of a dusty desert wasteland in the twilight. The vibe remains light and floaty throughout the album, as if the music is gliding through you like the soundtrack to a particularly magical dream. It's almost at odds with some lyrics which detail "a particularly tumultuous" period of McNamara's life. 'So Low' clearly references this in its title, but it's more relaxing than sad as he sings "I lost you along the way" and this is surely down to the unhurried, uncrowded yet still quite rich production.

Title-track 'Wake Up Lie Down' is a great entry point into this surreal world (making it perfectly positioned as the opener) and a single contender due to it's mildly more accessible nature, not that any of these songs are particularly difficult. Again, the lyrics which seem to be about desolation, confusion and lack of motivation could be interpreted differently with their talk of drifting away into space and being in a new state of mind. Ghostly final track 'Voices' is filled with more of these cinematic, laid-back dynamics but is more electronic, even introducing a minimal beat into the mix of chilled psychedelia. Music written about difficult times and situations can often be filled with despair or anger, but this album is more introspective and seems to be using sonic escapism as a means to coping and moving on. So rather than angst or distress we're given a strange and calming land that's seems purpose-built for drifting away in.

Steven McNamara's website

Buy: 'Wake Up Lie Down'

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Night Knight – God Is A Motherfucker

Article by James Grimshaw

In the press email regarding the release of Night Knight's debut album 'God Is A Motherfucker', its frontman and lead songwriter Serafeim Giannakopoulos is described as "one of the most active musicians in the Greek underground rock scene".  A claim as bold as that usually incurs derision and an inclination to avoid – but a listen to this solo effort, with foreknowledge of his drumming duties with the notorious Planet of Zeus, led me to believe it.

'God Is A Motherfucker' touts itself as a classic rock album, parts of it filling the mandate of instant, riffy, gritty AC/DC gratification – opener 'Born Again' is a bonafide straight-up rock tune, while 'Turned Back Blues' shows its hand a little early with guitar-crunch and little else. But the album has more than a few moments of real introspection and delicate care, not to mention some monumental swerves into different genres and styles. 'Turn Back Time' is a real stand-out song and a personal favourite in this case, eschewing the precedent set by the album's outset for 'In Rainbows'-y construction and soaring instrumental mid-sections. 'Us' reminds of 'You Were A Dick'-era Idaho and 'Crystal Rivers' comprises desert-blues telecaster tone a la She Keeps Bees, and all of these tracks sit in the same palette. Often, these trend-bucking tunes show up the more classically rocky tunes of the album; its title-track doesn't offer as much by the way of dynamics or progression. The album's closer 'Set It On Fire' is another personal favourite, with humbucked warmth, fuzzed melody lines, a catchy groove and an indisputably accomplished sound that demands another listen.

Individually, or even as a full suite, there's nothing particularly "innovative" in 'God Is A Motherfucker', but this is a relief – Giannakopoulos knows the cogs and devices of each genre with which he plays, and fits them together into a perfectly functioning, at times beautiful, multiform musical machine: desert rock slotted into psych, kept churning by tender indie and all powered by an inclination to good old classic heft.

Night Knight's website

Buy: 'God Is a Motherfucker'

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