Fascinating Things : Issue 05

There’s a degree of fuss being made about a band called Lake Malawi, and to their credit they have put together a small video to introduce themselves, which saves me having to do a lot of writing.

‘Young Blood’ and ‘Aubrey’ below are taken from their 5-track EP ‘We Are Making Love Again’, and both are available for sale and download now.

Comparisons with Split Enz/Crowded House have been made, and there is an echo of the Finn Brothers in there.

Chelsea Wolfe has released the stark black and white video for newest single, “Carrion Flowers,” (as featured in Fascinating Things 01) directed by Wolfe herself and bandmate Ben Chisholm, with all editing by Chisholm. Shot in California and New York state, Wolfe comments:

“The visuals in the video allude to the drought in California and frustration about corporations being allowed to pump out all the water, destroying environments and communities, just to sell it back. While writing Abyss, I lived near where the water is piped into Los Angeles, but the lakes were dried up and the mountains were burned from fires. During filming we were exploring cracked lake beds and washed out roads – at one point I was laying in the middle of an abandoned canyon road with no chance of a car coming, and it was very surreal and quiet. I closed my eyes for a moment and when I opened them there were vultures circling overhead like I was some exotic roadkill, so we filmed them too.

The scribbles and ropes in the video are about my own madness and self-doubt, and costume designer Jenni Hensler made me a human cocoon from this insane fabric – it represents a feeling of claustrophobia, like you just want to scratch your way out of it. And there is anger in this song; it’s got a sense of revenge for anyone who has suffered or died because of injustice.”

The track is also featured in the newly released official trailer for Dark Places, the upcoming film adapted from Gone Girl’s author Gillian Flynn, starring Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Chloe Grace Moretz and more. Watch here.
Sleep paralysis plagues singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, and that strange intersection of the conscious and the unconscious has inadvertently manifested itself within her work. Across the span of her first four albums, there is an underlying tension, a distorted and nebulous territory where dark shadows hover along the edges of the sublime and the graceful. But until now, Wolfe’s trials and tribulations with the boundaries between dreams and reality have only been a subconscious influence on her work. With her fifth album, Abyss, she deliberately confronts those boundaries and crafts a score to that realm she describes as the “hazy afterlife… an inverted thunderstorm… the dark backward… the abyss of time.”
Abyss arrives August 7th via Sargent House with pre-order links on iTunes and via the label, and fans can read the full statement behind the album here.

The Deadline Shakes have a new single out on June 28th keeping up their run of fine releases. It is available from itunes and all major digital stores via Scottish label Flowers In The Dustbin. Pre-order available now on bandcamp and itunes.

 

Hailing from Chile’s capital Santiago, Maff present their debut self-titled EP, featuring 8 tracks that immerse you in a whirlwind of such genres as shoegaze, alternative rock, noise pop and indie verging on grunge, but with a dose of electronica thrown in the blend. The bands they cite as their main influences are The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Pixies, Ride, Sonic Youth, and My Bloody Valentine.

Although a young band, their sound has made its way into some notable ears. Upon hearing them, celebrated dreampop duo Ummagma has embraced their music and even created a radio edit for ‘Walking on Fire’, which is premiering on The Record Stache. “It’s rare that music this good from as far away as Santiago, for instance, finds a place among your faves, but that is exactly what has happened here. This warms your skin and gives you goosebumps,” explains Ummagma.

Maff was originally founded in 2012 by Ricardo (Richi) Gómez (Vocals / Bass / Guitar) & Nicolás (Nek) Colombres (Drums), who have been friends since childhood and have previously played together in various punk rock bands. They were later joined by Martín Colombres (Guitar) and Gonzalo (Talo) Correa (Guitar / Bass / Vocals / Synth). Maff composed, recorded and produced this EP in their own studio, lovingly called ‘The Lab’ owing to the experimental output they concocted there. This album explores such themes as innocence, mysticism, true love, loss, drugs, freedom and timelessness.

 The Maff EP is available for pre-order on Bandcamp both digitally and on CD.

The cathartic reverberations of SUNN O))) have been documented and can now be accessed via their live bandcamp page. Compiled of taper and fan recordings, spanning from their 2002 show at the Blackbird in Portland up to their recent headlining show at Temples Festival 2015, these documents are presented in their raw and unedited beauty.
 SUNN O))) invite fans to contribute to this sonic archive…
 “SUNN O))) live archives. Unmixed, unmastered raw footage grabbed by underground tapers which we now present to you. We would like to invite you to also submit your own recordings of any of our concerts (even ones already posted) to this archives. If you have photos and visuals from the posted shows, please send them too.  Hail to our great fans!”
Having already announced a number of key festival appearances this summer, these offer an ample opportunity to add to this archive. Such appearances include the recently announced Le Guess Who? Festival whereby Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson will showcase their similar, adventurous musical inclinations with a very special four-day program titled SUNN O))) presents at Le Guess Who? Festival 2015. The program will include a performance by the legendary Annette Peacock, who will return to The Netherlands for the first time in over twenty tears.
Additionally, Southern Lord are repressing the following SUNN O))) titles; Black One in limited edition Clear vinyl,  øø Void in limited edition Green vinyl and SUNN O)))/Ulver, Terrestrials in Black vinyl. These are now available on the SUNN O))) store sunn.southernlord.com.
South-East (UK)s emerging commercial edged punk/rock band Miss Vincent  have a new single called  “How Much Further” out. The track is taken from their recently released EP ‘Reasons Not To Sleep’ (released through Engineer Records) and available from ITunes via this link.
 Mr Dave Graney  along with Clare Moore is re-releasing a series of his more recent albums via digital on Bandcamp. The most recent is the excellent “Keepin’ It Unreal” with Stu Thomas completing the line-up.
Originally released in 2006 Dave reflects:
“…… this was a representation of a certain type of live show we were doing around this time. “Hashish and Liquor” were albums that needed the right situations to playthem in. And Mark Fitzgibbon on deck all the time. That wasn’t always possible so we did shows in this trio style. Then we decided to record it. A way of approaching songs in a “remix” type of way but “mixing” the songs through the filters of different instruments. We did this again later with both “Supermodified” and “rock’n’roll is where I hide”.The songs came from all sorts of previous albums of ours. the earliest being ” a million dollars in a red velvet suit: from 1991’s “I was the hunter and I was the prey” and “there was a time” from 1994’s “you wanna be there but you don’t wanna travel”. we did a lot of touring with this setup. Vibes, bass and 12 string acoustic. It was very portable. Suited theatres the best.”
Contemporary with the excellent “Hashish & Liquor” album this is Graney & Moore at their very best, and well worthwhile for the great interpretations of earlier tracks and covers of Mose Allison, Suicide and M.
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