‘Step into the Light!’: der Mist Demand it

Alternative, Electronic, Indie

Ok! Fine! I’ll Step into the Light! der Mist have convinced me. As long as the Light has lots of der Mist songs being played on a constant loop, then I’ll step in if I must.

It’s a nice feeling to feel welcome in a song. It isn’t der Mist’s aim to alienate, but rather to welcome you in with a pat on the shoulder and a tin to crack open. The Glaswegians, who remind one of both LCD Soundsystem and Franz Ferdinand, seem keenly attuned to what makes a good tune. I doubt they could write out the exact formula, but you get the sense that they know what they’re doing.

That’s a great thing, by the way. Indeed, it’s a hard balancing act to sound at once in control, yet also nowhere near intimidation. You wouldn’t put on ‘It’s Alright’, a track also from their new ‘Step into the Light’ album, to show off your super in-depth musical knowledge. You’d whack it on at a gathering, where the mood needs to stay friendly and fun. If someone touches to aux when I’m trying to Step into the Light, I’ll scream bloody murder.

You wouldn’t be foolish to think that der Mist have a bright future ahead of them. A pathway lit by catchy melodies, embracing chord progressions and some incredibly mixed drums. Maybe their future is bright due to their own Light? But if it’s the same light I’m stepping in to? I’m not happy about that, I want all The Light to myself. Let me step in!

You can follow der Mist in the following places:

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRUiiPBHOT05ZzcBKMmVz6Q

Words by PJ Kimber

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‘Space Art and Angels’: Wavewulf’s Cosmic Soundtrack

Electronic, Experimental, Synth

If I wasn’t aware that Wavewulf was from New Jersey, I would’ve assumed somewhere different. Somewhere frustratingly non-specific and vague, like saying you’re ‘from London’ to someone who is also from London – that’s just not enough detail. Wavewulf is from Space, and no amount of conflicting information can convince me otherwise. He says he’s American, but would an alien reveal themselves to the public? No.

‘Space Art and Angels’, the latest release from the synth wizard, feels like it might be the soundtrack for a 90’s sci-fi novel. Ebbing and flowing and pulsing and jittering, a story is told. There is romance, as is heard through the aptly named My One True Love, alongside terror in Venus’s Winter Light III. Warring motifs like these make for a narrative journey, rather than a cobbled-together collection of works. 

The use of real, analogue synths elicits a reaction that I imagine Wavewulf would be pleased with – they’re completely noticeable. Often instruments can get lost in a swamp of over-indulgent song writing, but not here. The synths are allowed to breathe and, in doing so, reveal a deft arranging touch. It can be all too easy to fall in to the trap of adding layer after layer after layer (especially in electronica), but Wavewulf has shown that restraint is a vital part of sculpting a believable fantasy.

Wendy Carlos and Kraftwerk fans rejoice, this is something to bathe in. The textures sound considered and deliberate. Despite its off-world theme, the comfort provided by this album is real and oddly familiar. It’s like decades of sci-fi in film and on TV have given us the context we need to understand the otherworldly Wavewulf. If pop-culture weren’t filled with spaceships and time warps, nebulas and supernovas, maybe Wavewulf would be too confusing. But no, I understand it and I’m glad that I do. Feel free to reveal your true origins, Wavewulf, I know you aren’t from round here (and by ‘here’ I mean Earth).

You can follow Wavewulf in the following places:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/netnik808
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wavewulf/
Website: https://wavewulf.com/
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Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/14Ga39ZZGbQatNaqTcaloq
Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGHnDwx0pV_3V9C5FNRHfVg

Words by PJ Kimber

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Knock Knock! Who’s There? In Signs With a Brand New Single.

Alternative, grunge, Rock

Formed on the 1st of November 2014, In Signs are a 3 pieced rock band who are based in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Their favourite genres are grunge and alt-rock and their music is readily available on Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube and all other major streaming platforms.

The band have kicked off 2021 with a bang with their new song ”Knock Knock” which is accompanied by a lyric video.

It’s so important to be true with people who listen to your music and this is our main goal. There are a lot of artists nowadays but not all of them are doing art. We want to prove that music is not about money, it’s about the passion of your life. I’m a closed person and making music and writing lyrics is a perfect way for me to communicate with people.

Arsen, frontman of In Signs

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Website: https://www.insignsband.com/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6lbOAXU3IC5HuZhykxWCkD?si=ajHsPXe-SmyPNgYv2zD8-A

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/in-signs/1340508600

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/InSignsMusic/videos

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The Fabulous Red Diesel Set To Please Fans With New EP ”The Queensbury House Sessions.”

Jazz, Singer-Songwriter, Soul

Beyond the theatrics of make-up that’s just a little extra; peacock-feather ‘n’ tie dye shirts and a rainbow emitting disco ball lies a voice with the call of the sirens and a hot handle on the blues”

Debbie Bourke, Jazz Journalist

A Husband and Wife on drums, a transgender trumpeter and double-bassist; a synth player and a guitarist named Rabbi Jaffa Delicious. Different? Yes. Unconventional? Yes. Good Music? Absolutely!

Ms Kitty (Kat Lee-Ryan),  Duke Boom (Will Lee-Ryan) on drums; Miss Bea-Have (Beatrice Gullick) and Rabbi Jaffa Delicious (Simon Dobell) have built a loyal fanbase through the fusion classic 60s soul with jazz arrangements and a rhythm section which can skip from hip-hop beats to Latin to funk.

The band shouldn’t be underestimated either as they have worked with the likes of The James Taylor Quartet, Skunk Anansie and Jeff Buckley. Their new EP – a sixteen track project – was recorded in just one take at a disused office block, un-ironically called the Queensbury House.

The record’s lead single ‘Butterfly Mind’ is a beautiful mix of smokey jazz and swooning soul, and a real testament to true love.

It’s about the way my brain works and the way music flits from one person to another, changing their perception (hopefully for the better) by tiny inspirational touches. And then it’s also a love song – I am married to the drummer and I’m saying no matter how many twists and turns and expansions my mind has, I am always grounded in him – you know I’ve got a butterfly mind but I settle on you ‘’

Kat Lee-Ryan

Any Listener can be pleasantly surprised by the music video accompanying this track. Based in a live studio, visuals set the scene with beautiful strobe lights and colours, certain to put anyone in a tranquil mood. As well as soothing vocals, the butterflies flying across the screen are a nice touch bringing it all together.

The ‘Butterfly Mind’ Video can be watched here:

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Website: http://www.TheFabulousRedDiesel.com https://www.sparklybird.co.uk/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thefabulous-reddiesel

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6QVUJf9fbGUlknJ7DSDrqQ

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcwSFdbx-xw&ab_channel=TheFabulousRedDiesel

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Heavy Metal? Helestios Metal! The Exciting Band Are Back To Tell You ”Your Pain Feels Good!”

Indie, Rock

Non compromising yet immediately accessible; a perfect cross between rage and relatability. Finally, a challenge to the human mind to be able to think for itself.

Meet Helestios. Here to tell you, ”Your Pain Feels Good!”

Henris Leja, Stellas Aggelis, Ian den Boer and Agnis Aldinš – hailing from Latvia, Greece and The Netherlands respectively – combine to bring an elite sound of heavy metal. Now, their passion and drive that encapsulates the Helestios brand is situated in the UK, with the group now making music from Basingstoke, England.

Whilst taking on the traditional tropes and elements that embody the heavy metal genre, it is essential that you do not let the messages in each song go over your head.

This is introduced heavily in the track ‘Return to Baalbek’ in which the phrase ‘‘no more” is constantly repeated. Messages like ‘‘No more destruction and no more exiling humans” force us to start debates and conversations around peace of our people and consider tranquility in the world for all.

It speaks volumes as this was written by Henriis in 2019, whilst mass protests against the Government in the Lebanon raged around him.

‘Black Storm’, is an intense and chaotic combination of heavy drums and guitar riffs, depicting the travesties of war and destruction.

We then meet the cross between rage and reliability in the title-track ‘Your Pain Tastes Good’, which starts off in a calm manner before exploding in immense musicality. This track could be a message touching on the hopelessness some have felt in the recent year, with lyrics like ‘This is all we have left’ feeling particularly relevant.

‘All Attack’ provides an aggressive and fast paced soundtrack. Written in support of the Belorussian people who have spent recent months fighting to overthrow what many see as one of the last tyrannies of Europe, this track is another testament to the metal of humanity in fighting social crises.

Despite the often destructive stereotype and nature of heavy metal, Helestios have given us a new way to look at life and attempt to move us into taking a different approach in the way we do things.

We want to provoke people to think a bit deeper and realise there’s more than everyday mainstream media has to offer. There’s enough exciting stuff going on right now in various scientific fields from uncovering very unusual facts about ancient history to modern genetics and with our new understanding we should re-apply and re-view many things that we believe are cornerstones.

Helestios

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Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/28B0xtntzuPVO6Ez5NNmBP

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No Limit To InHibit: Alt Rock Artist Releases New Single, The Quest.

Alternative, Experimental, Rock, Singer-Songwriter

When you first lay eyes on this very abstract and insightful music video by the ever-challenging artist Inhibit, you are faced with a black screen that fades into a face full of scars. A frightening thought, right?

Describing himself primarily as a poet, Inhibit has studied the piano since he was five years old. Based in Brussels, the 21-year-old boasts an unusual background as a former racing driver and qualified lawyer – highly retrospective of his peculiar and unpredictable style of music.

Plastered with scars on his face and his back, ‘The Quest’ depicts Inhibit as a complete outsider who walks around a city wearing a mask though, upon revelation of his true face, everyone he approaches turns and runs in disgust.

Hurtling towards 400,000 YouTube views in less than one month, ‘The Quest’ sees InHibit examining the hypocritical reactions of those around him to his real persona, when how he is treated when not hidden behind a mask.

Watch the Eye-Popping Video to The Quest here: 

Composed by the artist himself and featuring his keyboard and vocal skills, the video too was his own creation, featuring his own scarification designs and storyboard. His first book is to be released shortly, as well as a collection of his poetry.

For all things Inhibit, please be sure to follow their social media below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/inhibitofficial/

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Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-665546627

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5ZELT1P81Usj8rIDc9BDOO?si=gCF4mMUJSkGfMDOQy7UDQw

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIHadk3BW40&feature=youtu.be

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87 and The Toys Release diverse, alternative EP ‘Japanesy If You Pleasey’

Indie, Pop

87 and the Toys are back with ”Japanesy If You Pleasey”, which combines Japanese and American culture into their current indie pop style, pondering every day issues from goading incumbent Republican Governor of Georgia over his attitude of Covid-19, to the sadness of realising there are no more Bojack Horseman episodes to watch.

87 and the Toys subscribe to the school of absolute musical purity with no filters or overblown production techniques, instead choosing to embody a commitment to authenticity.

With Dave on stand-up bass and Guitar, Hana on min-drum kit, piano and vocals, and Patrick on Rhythm Guitar and Vocals, fans are in for a treat. As Hana hails from Japan, the rich culture infuses the EP thoroughly with Eastern elements. This is found in the tracks ”All you can eat Sushi” – a song initially written as a joke by Patrick to convince Hana to go to a sushi restaurant.

Another Track to set your psyche on a spiral is Bojack, written about the fascination of a new series (in this context ”Bojack Horseman”) after Patrick had binge-watched the show and suddenly realised their are no more episodes to watch.

Listen to 87 And The Toys’ Japanesy If You Pleasey here: https://soundcloud.com/87andthetoys/sets/japanesy-if-you-pleasey

Filled with different sounds and elements, 87 and the Toys have excelled in representing a multitude of genres with their new EP, and are an impressive showcase of why bands that don’t take themselves too seriously are more than capable of producing great tunes.

For all things 87 and the Toys, be sure to follow their social media:

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Website: https://87andthetoys.bandcamp.com/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/87andthetoys/sets/japanesy-if-you-pleasey 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3pv3LeeMHwQtauS4aPrxHX?si=kRlGaG0vTtGRXZL8YYoUsw

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChwi1ucmaeMWuWLkJTE6HMg

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