Tuesday, July 10, 2018 0 Engineers

Streaming: Whale Fall - Sondersongs


Band: Whale Fall
Album: Sondersongs
Label: Self Released
Year: 2018








Tracklist
01. True Places
02. Decades
03. Asunder
04. Holarctica
05. Cast Against Type
06. Reservoirs
07. El Llanto En Llamas
08. The Sondersong
09. This Cat Has No Moral Compass
10. Blue Hour
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On the third album from Los Angeles-based Whale Fall, the band's sound continues to evolve, embracing tonalities familiar to listeners of their previous work, as well as nods to a wider array of genres and shades of decades past. The tracks on "Sondersongs" — the band's first single LP following two double albums — feature elements of post-rock, dream pop, new wave, psych, folk, indie, solo piano, and classic rock, colliding across 10 cinematic instrumental tracks. 

Recorded in El Sereno with engineer/producer Eric Palmquist (who manned the boards for their debut), "Sondersongs" considers the difference and similarities between each of us: strangers until we aren't; extras in one another's lives or perfect soulmates; the unknown depth of each of us barely sensed until it comes to light unexpectedly. 

As defined by The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, the word "sonder" means: "the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own — populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries, and inherited craziness — an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk"

The ethos of these Sondersongs encompasses stability and change, union and dissolution, each of us holding our own story within us as they collide with the stories of those around us — joining, supporting, breaking away, or tearing apart. The emotional arc of the album evokes the structure, bonds, and divisions between all of us, and ultimately the realization that we all share the same human story at the depth of ourselves. 

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Saturday, June 30, 2018 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Raum Kingdom - Everything & Nothing


Band: Raum Kingdom
Album: Everything & Nothing
Label: Self Released
Year: 2018








Tracklist
01. Summon
02. Dig
03. Winter (feat. Mia Govoni)
04. Walk With Reality
05. Rebuilding The Bridge
06. Hidden Pain
07. Struggle
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Raum Kingdom is a post-metal band from Ireland."Everything & Nothing" is their fantastic third release after their self titled debut and their split with All We Expected. They were also feautured on post-engineering's vol. 3 compilation. For fans of Amenra.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 0 Engineers

Throwback Thrusday: I Hear Sirens - I Hear Sirens EP


Band: I Hear Sirens
Album: I Hear Sirens EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2008








Tracklist
01. This Is The Last Time I'll Say Goodbye
02. Like A Leaf From A Tree In Its Dying Season
03. September Isn't Too Far And I'm Not Sure I'll Return
04. Everything Was Black And White Except The City Lights
05. Ashes Fall Like Snowflakes, Burying The Sea
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I Hear Sirens is an American post-rock band that formed in the fall of 2005. Drawing inspiration from indie rock, post-hardcore and ambient genres their sound seamlessly drifts between haunting melodies and climactic crescendos. Despite shifting lineups early in the project, their DIY attitude and strong appeal to fans have remained intact.

For its 10th year anniversary, this post-rock landmark release, is finally pressed on vinyl by Whiskey + Wax Records.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 0 Engineers

Video Premiere: Islets - Won't Go



"Won't go"  is the result of the collaboration between Islets and videomaker Eric Nyberg. With stunning visuals and eccentric sounds, "Won't go" creates an unique and exciting musical dream-scape. The video illustrates a journey from safety to something new with a soundtrack that expresses the feelings of being out of reach from oneself. Islets is the solo-project of Swedish musician and producer Robert Holm. All sounds have been recorded, mixed and mastered by Islets and it's released by Sad Turtle Records.

A great debut track and video that makes us eager for a full album or EP release!

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Friday, June 08, 2018 0 Engineers

Video: Modern Life Is War - Feels Like End Times

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 0 Engineers

Recommendation: Spurv - Myra


Band: Spurv
Album: Myra
Label: Self Released
Year: 2018








Tracklist
01. Et Løfte I Fall
02. Og Ny Skog Bæres Frem
03. Fra Dypet Under Stenen
04. Hviler Bekkenes Sang
05. Et Blekt Lys Lyder
06. Fra Myrtempelet
07. Den Gamles Stemme Brister
08. Allting Får Sin Ende, Også Natten
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There is only one thing that came in my mind when I heard "Myra" for the first time: "Faith in post-rock restored!"

It's one of those albums that you hear and you think that there is still life in post-rock music, there are still bands with originality and make you continue the search of great bands...

Spurv saw the light of day in the beginning of 2011 through a shared will to explore new musical terrains by the three friends Gustav Jørgen Pedersen (guitar, main composer), Herman Otterlei (guitar) and Hans-Jakob Jeremiassen (bass). Initially intended to be a platform for creating instrumental music in addition to other band projects, Spurv soon became the main focus of the three, who after a few months released the first demo Med enormt håp, complete with handmade cardboard covers. 

Since their first live appearance at Rakels grotte (18.11.11), Spurv has earned their reputation for being an intense and emotional live act. Being particularly fond of underground scenes, the band performed a series of concerts in living rooms, art galleries and in Torpedo bookshop - including a legendary gig in their own flat, in which an audience of around 100 people packed inside the tight space. 

In 2012, the band recorded and released their four-track EP "Blader som faller til jorden og blir til nye trær", which was distributed by Diger, and later released on 12” vinyl by Doognad Records. Except from the drums, which were recorded with the aid of Sjur Lyseid, the EP was recorded in Hocus Focus studio by the band and Erik Ringdal. Mix and master by Lyseid. 

The EP was very well received, and got an astounding 96/100 on postrockstar.com: “The level of craftsmanship in Spurv‘s music is simply off the charts and the way the band is able to draw the listener in with their deep thought provoking and emotional music is something that we rarely see from young bands, let alone on debut releases. I have big expectations for these Norway Post-rockers in the future. This is a must listen to EP of 2012.”

Over the years, the band has had a changing line-up, but in 2013 Simon Ljung (drums) joined as a the fourth cornerstone of the band, contributing with an aggressive, yet detailed style of playing. After appearances at the Fjellpark Festival and the Øya Festival’s club program (John Dee), in addition to venues in Oslo, Trondheim and Porsgrunn, the band started working on their first full-length album, Skarntyde. 

This time, drums were recorded by Rolf-Arne Strandjord, while the rest of the recording process was done by the band themselves in their rehearsal space. The album was mixed by Strandjord, mastered by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna) and released by No Forevers records, 11.05.15. Artwork by Linda K. Røed. 

After a sold out release concert at Internasjonalen in Oslo, the album brought the band to Vivid: A post rock festival, live appearance on national radio (P3 Ruben), shows all over Norway and Sweden, and in 2016, to Dark Bombastic Evening in Transylvania, Romania. The show at DBE was cancelled midway due to heavy rain and hale, but the band later went on stage and performed a final song for the enthusiastic crowd. 

Since 2016, the line-up of the band also includes Eirik Ørevik Aadland (guitar) and Simen Eifring (trombone), adding new energy and enthusiasm to the band. In 2017, while writing and recording their second album, Myra, the band performed at the renowned Dunk! Festival in Belgium and returned once again to Dark Bombastic Evening in Romania in order to perform a full set. 

In the first months of 2017, Spurv entered Malabar studio in Oslo and recorded their entire second full length album, Myra, there. The album was engineered by Martin Bowitz in collaboration with Emil Nikolaisen, mixed by Bowitz and Jørgen Smådal Larsen, and mastered by Magnus Lindberg. It includes musical contributions by Ole-Henrik Moe (picoletto, violin, viola, cello), Kari Rønnekleiv (violin), Cathy Donnelly (cello), Tore Ylvisaker (synth) and Ole Aleksander Halstensgård (fx and synth). The album cover is adorned by the paintings ”Monarch” and ”Sighting” by Christer Karlstad. Graphic design by Gaute Terjesson​.

In the beginning of 2018, the band signed with Fysisk Format who released Myra on 12” vinyl and CD 01.06.18.

Thursday, May 31, 2018 0 Engineers

Streaming: Realm Of Wolves - Shores Of Nothingness EP


Band: Realm Of Wolves
Album: Shores Of Nothingness EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2018








Tracklist
01. Laurentia
02. Shores Of Nothingness
03. Fragments Of The Self
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Realm Of Wolves was formed early in 2018 by the members of vvilderness, Silent Island and other projects. It's the manifestation of their dark side - they intended to make music that is somber and sad but also melodic and beautiful. 

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