Traveling At the Speed of Music: Motorama – Dispersed Energy / Heavy Wave (post-punk, Russia)


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Motorama, described by some of their compatriots as “the best Russian band”, is a post-punk quintet hailing from Rostov-on-Don, South of Russia. The band is one of the very few acts that give a tiny glimpse into the unknown realm of Russian alternative scene.

With 2 albums, few self-released EP’s and 2 brilliant singles already in their bag, the band is preparing to put out their third album, entitled Poverty, this month. Motorama’s gloomy output, heavily under the influence of Joy Division’s records,  marries Interpol’s motorik basslines with vampiric delivery in flawless English by the band’s singer, Vladislav Parshin. Their songs carry a heavy load of melancholic beauty and melodies strong enough to make feel the need to hum along.

The first tracks from the new album, Dispersed Energy and Heavy Wave, that the band have premiered online, do not signal a sharp turn in Motorama’s musical direction. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.

The preorders for Poverty (CD/LP/Cass/digital) begin 12.01.15 from band’s webstore http://talitres.bigcartel.com/artist/motorama .

January 8, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , . Arrivals, Traveling sounds. Leave a comment.

Arrivals: Júníus Meyvant – Color Decay


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Iceland has always been generous in producing beautiful, mesmerising music. Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson aka Júníus Meyvant’s debut single, Color Decay, is yet another Icelandic gem. This lush, anthemic folk song combines the best of the symphonic breadth of Nick Drake, the playfulness of Badly Drawn Boy and the pastoral feel of James Vincent McMorrow. Take your compasses out. There’s a new star rising in the north.

January 7, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , . Arrivals. Leave a comment.

Arrivals: Jam City – Crisis/Kindness feat Robyn- Who Do You Love? (Jam City Remix)


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I won’t lie that Jam City is an artist I’ve known before. After a quick browse I’ve discovered that Jack Latham aka Jam City is a UK producer, who: a. already had released an album and few EP’s, b. rocked at Boiler Room, c. produced a tracks for Kelela’s debut LP, d. had been hailed by FACT Magazine as “the most promising British producer” back in 2009 and e. who says “no” to gender specific fashion ware. Although his soundcloud page looks a bit deserted, Jam City is gearing up for a release of a sophomore long player. Two possible tracks from that, yet to be named, album are streaming on Soundcloud. Both sound like a continuation of Jai Paul’s bass/soul hybrid, yet Jam City still manages to put his own signature to this sound. Fans of Gent Mason and Ben Khan should also be pleased.

Crisis is a stunning track. Thundering drums and synth slashes make it sound dangerous and emanate with suffocating heat. The song’s vague melody delivered by distant male vocals is hardly a refreshing breeze here. It feels more like an ironic wink. And the more spacious, lighter, Unhappy sounds no less metallic and distorted.

 

Jam City also reworked Who Do You Love, a collaboration between Kindness and Robyn, in the similar vein, with no less mesmerizing results.

Both tracks, as well the remix, made me very itchy to hear Lathman’s second album. I’ll be waiting impatiently.

January 5, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Arrivals. Leave a comment.

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