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Deweekly'18 / February 9th

Busy week! Loads of interesting releases this month so expect a bigger list this time. Remember to check Staff's blog for main releases too. Here you have some more released today!
1John Tejada
Dead Start Program

Release: February 9th
Label: Kompakt
Genre: Tech-House

Austrian DJ based in Los Angeles. It seems his roots are to be found in Techno music but recently has expanded into other branches of electronic music. According to Tejada, the album was recorded with a "limited audio setup" which is interesting because all the songs in "Dead Start Program" have their own identity. I would dare to say this is gonna be one of the electronic highlights of the year.

Rec'd by Dewi
2Veto (Denmark)
16 Colors

Release: February 9th
Label: VETO Aps
Genre: Electro Rock

Danish band Veto releases their 4th album. They practice an indie rock saturated with synths and electronic beats. The melancholic and extravagant voice of Troels Abrahamsen will not leave you indifferent.

Rec'd by Dewi

Rec'd by Dewi
3Alela Diane

Release: February 9th
Label: Alela Diane / All points
Genre: Singer Songwriter

First introduced by renowned folk talent Joanna Newsom, Californian singer songwriter Alela Diane finds a way out from her past through maternity and looks to the future with different eyes. Armed with guitar and piano with the occasional help of bass and brushed drums, "Cusp" is a folk album with a light americana flavour.

Rec'd by Dewi
Maborosi Weekend

Release: February 9th
Label: P-Vine
Genre: Synth Pop / J-Pop

Ok this one might be a guilty pleasure. Straight out from Shibuya, synth pop talent AAAMYYY presents a double EP combo of 8 tracks featuring entrancing vocal melodies and wide use of synths. Its approach is quite simple so don't expect anything too sofisticated here, but great music to jam in between 2 death metal albums.

Rec'd by Dewi
Post Vulcanic Black

Release: February 9th
Label: Pulverised Records
Genre: Death Metal

Old school Death Metal from Sweden. To give you an idea, their bandcamp says this: “Post Vulcanic Black” delivers the primitive instincts of Hellhammer, the dark melodic sensibilities of Mercyful Fate but always without losing the quintessential early Slayer worship." Funny enough, this album has been recorded in the same studio used by Abba. Sounds pretty good to me.

Rec'd by Dewi
6Alice Ivy
I'm Dreaming

Release: February 9th
Label: Last Gang Records
Genre: Experimental Soul

This is the solo project of young producer Annika Schmarsel. It is a shot in the dark for me because I am not really familiar with her music or even the kind of music she does. The few tracks I've jammed had an eminent soul influence but they had a distinct character so I'll let you deal with it. It sounds fresh and exciting though.

Rec'd by Dewi
7Hockey Dad
Blend Inn

Release: February 9th
Label: Farmer & The Owl
Genre: Surf Pop

Well this being rec'd by Uni I was expecting it was Post Punk but nope. New South Wales duo practices a lighthearted surf pop rock, vibrant and youthful, that conjures some 90s influences and basically flows like water. Easy listen.

Rec'd by Papa Universe
I'll Be Here In The Morning

Release: February 9th
Label: Ruptured
Genre: Dream Pop / Post Punk

Lebanese semi-Post Punk band fronted by the alluring voice of Julia Sabra that comes loaded with dream pop infused tracks departing from their original acoustic sound. I only heard the single "Bright Lights" and I can already say this is gonna be one of my favourite releases this week.

Rec'd by Papa Universe
9GoGo Penguin
A Humdrum Star

Release: February 9th
Label: Blue Note
Genre: Jazz / Math Rock

Long awaited album by Manchester trio GoGo penguin. Imagine something something post rock without the guitars being played by three frenetic jazz players with an extremely well acquired taste. Reminds me of Japanese maestros Mouse on Keys.

Rec'd by brokencycle
10Tal National

Release: February 9th
Label: Fat Cat Records
Genre: African Rock

We are gonna go places today. From Niger, unique rock band Tal National is releasing what i think is their third full length. Don't be fooled, this is not "World" music, this is an incredibly talented jazz infused rock band with 7 to 8 vocalists that mixes their African music roots with rock with superb skill. Can't rec this enough. (Well, me and brokencycle).

Rec'd by brokencycle
11Old Tower
Stellary Wisdom

Release: February 9th
Label: Profound Lore
Genre: Dungeon Synth

Profound Lore continues their streak of outstanding releases with the newest album by the enigmatic entity known as The Specter. 2 tracks of 15 minute each that I'd bet my inexistent Emeritus tag that Scuro is going to review in not less than a week.

Rec'd by brokencycle

Release: February 9th
Label: Friends of friends
Genre: Ambient

Ambient record of american composer Brian Allen Simon. The recording was made surrounded by the beauty of the Italian region of Tuscany and it feeds from a variety of sounds, ranging from sax to piano and synths as well as field recordings. Very soothing, it will probably make me company during those morning commutes.

Rec'd by brokencycle
13Brett Naucke
The Back Of The Garden

Release: February 9th
Label: Friends of friends
Genre: Experimental / Ambient

Self labelled as "experimental", but truth is this is very reminiscent of Brian Eno so I wouldn't disregard the ambient tag. Chicago based composer Brett Naucke crafts a somehow trippy atmosphere which spirals with hypnotic loops and beautiful melodies.

Rec'd by brokencycle
14Niklas Paschburg

Release: February 9th
Label: 7K!
Genre: Classical / Contemporary

Influenced by artists such as Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds, or Hauschka, Paschburg lives in a self imposed exile in the forests. To record his debut he moved to the coast (big hint in the title right?) and it's a bit of a topic to say but his music really breathes with the sound of waves and the sea breeze. Piano lovers shouldn't miss this.

Rec'd by brokencycle
15Paper Dollhouse
The Sky looks Different Here

Release: February 9th
Label: MoonDome Records
Genre: Ambient / Experimental

Solo project of Astrud Steehouder of psychedelic, Lynch influenced band The Rayographs. Astrud's ethereal voice blends with a sea of reverb that engulfs the rest of the unfathomable soundscapes she creates. In other words, my cup of tea.

Rec'd by brokencycle
16Lea Bertucci
Metal Aether

Release: February 9th
Label: NNA Tapes
Genre: Avant-Garde

This was a bit too much for my simple mind so I had to resource to Lea's bandcamp, which says: "‘Metal Aether’ develops a language of extended technique for alto saxophone that is based on a spectral, psychoacoustic, and non-linguistic approach to the instrument." Take that as you will.

Rec'd by brokencycle
17Natalia Lafourcade
Musas Vol. 2

Release: February 9th
Label: NNA Tapes
Genre: Avant-Garde

Latin Grammy winner for best folklore album Natalia Lafourcade releases the second volume of her succesful tribute to Latin American traditional music accompanied by acoustic guitar duo Los Macorinos. You can't say there is no variety this week.

Rec'd by TwigTW
18Wild Child

Release: February 9th
Label: Dualtone Music Group
Genre: Folk

Australian folk band, very straightforward and stark in their sound but pleasant enough if you are into traditional folk with little to no experimentation. Strings, male and female vocals and a really good production.

Rec'd by Papa Universe
19Dunes (NZ)

Release: February 9th
Label: DRM NZ
Genre: Pop

Following the release of a couple of singles last year, the pop duo from New Zealand finally releases their debut album. From what I heard, I have mixed feelings. It's undeniable they have a nice thing going on but the album feels bound to disappear among other artists doing the same thing.

Rec'd by Papa Universe
Strange Heaven

Release: February 9th
Label: Kraftwööd Musik Fabrik
Genre: Noise Pop / Shoegaze

After almost 10 years being active, the Californian noise pop band fronted by the ghostly voice of Danish Victoria Cecilia and now turned into a duo returns with a new album. Following their dark and moody style of pop with one foot in shoegaze, Strange Heaven will make way to your library if dancing with spirits in the dark is your thing.

Rec'd by Papa Universe
21The Dwarves
Take Back The Night

Release: February 9th
Label: Burger Records
Genre: Punk Rock

New album by the always controversial, always incorrect punk rock act The Dwarves. This time though, no naked women covered in guts and a sodomizer dwarf in the cover, thank to God. "Take Back the Night" sounds like they are in really good shape.

Rec'd by Papa Universe
22Brigid Mae Power
The Two Worlds

Release: February 9th
Label: Tompkins Square
Genre: Folk

From Ireland, prolific singer songwriter Brigid Mae Power's folk is something different. Sort of drowned and droned at times, her music wears a sad and solemn mantle which, along the record's beautiful aired production and Power's entrancing singing makes this an obligatory stop if you are into folk/singer songwriter music.

Rec'd by Atari
23Crescent (EGY)
The Order of Amenti

Release: February 9th
Label: Listenable Records
Genre: Blackened Death metal

Not every day you stumble upon a death metal band with Egyptian themes (see Nile for that respect) that are ACTUALLY from Egypt. Really good and technical death metal with some black metal influence. A pleasant surprise.

Rec'd by Papa Universe
24Unreal Overflows

Release: February 10th
Label: Great Dane Records
Genre: Tech Death

From Spain, and through French label Great Dane Records, arrives what i think it's the third effort of this band that mixes Cynic with Atheist or Death, with a very clear production and mind numbing riffage.

Rec'd by Papa Universe
25Against the Grain
Cheated Death

Release: February 9th
Label: Ripple Music
Genre: Heavy Metal

This is a rich broth of hard rock, stoner, metal and basically in your face rock music. After hardening themselves through touring with an impressive amount of acts, this is the newest album by the NY road warriors.

Rec'd by Papa Universe
Horisonten Brenner

Release: February 9th
Label: Indie Recordings
Genre: Heavy Metal

With over 20 years of activity, this is the Norwegians' sixth album. Not much I can say about it because I hardly know the band but from the singles I can say this is radio friendly rock with catchy choruses.

Rec'd by Papa Universe
27Negative Slug
Bliss Of Corpse

Release: February 9th
Label: Cimmerian Shade Recordings
Genre: Sludge

And closing (please no more recs, I don't know what the heck to write anymore) this week on a happy note are Croatian sludge masters Negative Slug. For fans of Eyehategod or Electric Wizard. Dope!
28King Witch
Under the Mountain

Release: February 9th
Label: Control
Genre: Heavy Metal

Traditional heavy metal that directly references the Sabbath-style doomscape. And despite my misgivings labelling something “female fronted” there’s no denying the simple visceral force leading this mid tempo charge. Some cheese is prominent here and there, which can’t really be helped when writing Moby Dick themed tracks but when it comes down to it, Under The Mountain is the no frills, back to roots album we’ve been waiting for.

Rec'd by NocteDominum
29Holy Motors
Slow Sundown

Release: April 2nd
Label: Wharf Cat
Genre: Dream Pop

Rec'd by budgie & Dewi

Hazy dream pop from Estonia, with a dark and cinematic aesthetic.
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