Lansare Theory of Mind Joi, 27 Februarie, in Control Club, Bucuresti

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ToM_IFTS Odată cu Soarele și cu vântul de primăvară, vine la București și o formație din Cluj-Napoca să ne mai dezmorțească. Theory of Mind îi are la bază pe frații Bosînceanu, Vladimir – voce și chitară, respectiv Andrei bas, lor li s-au alăturat chitaristul Alex Cos și bateristul Tudor Bilt.
Trupa cântă un amestec revigorant de post-rock psihedelic cu inflexiuni indie și dream pop. Este o muzică cu sunet modern, dar cu rădăcini solide în rock-ul clasic.
La un an de la debutul lor pe scena alternativă autohtonă, Theory of Mind au pregatit un nou material discografic. Este vorba de EP-ul intitulat “I Felt The Sun” ce va conține două compoziții originale plus o serie de remixuri la piesa ce da titlul materialului. Piesele originale semnate Vladimir Bosînceanu sunt: “I Felt The Sun”, ce se regasește și pe albumul de debut, și melodia “Summer Waves” – cea mai noua creație a formației. Read more Lansare Theory of Mind Joi, 27 Februarie, in Control Club, Bucuresti

I Used To Be A Sparrow – You Are An Empty Artist (2013)

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I Used To Be A Sparrow You Are An Empty Artist 2013 From Västerås, Sweden, I Used To Be A Sparrow are back with their second full-length album and they gonna take you in their clear-obscure dream world made up of indie rock shreddings, shoegazer flavoured epic and bitter-sweet escapades and dream-pop hooks. Scandinavian quality, hypnotic and melodious, simple and smart, soulful, but simultaneously efficient.
The duo of Dick Pettersson and Andrea Caccese find their own path drawing inspiration from quite different bands such as Explosions in The Sky, Minus The Bear, Mew, Pedro The Lion, Last Days of April, Kent, Coldplay, Radiohead, The Ataris, The Beatles, Angels and Airwaves, Thrice, Anberlin, Tom Waits, Fleetwood Mac, Foo Fifghters, The Chariot, Kent; Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, Built to Spill, This will destroy you; …And you will know us by the trail of death, Japandroids, Minor Threat, The Replacements, Slipknot, And you will know us by the trail of death, Lucero, Ramones, Bon Iver, Tallhart, The Gaslight Anthem, etc. Read more I Used To Be A Sparrow – You Are An Empty Artist (2013)

Blue Willa – Blue Willa (2013)

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Blue Willa Blue Willa is the debut album by the Italian art rock quartet bearing that same name. The band had been touring and recording for years under the name Baby Blue, but then they decide it that the time has come for change and came up with a brand new identity: Blue Willa.
They explains: “Continuing a story which lasted seven years and three records so far, we decided to carry on our pursuit for a sound that would fit neatly onto our ideas asking a person we unquestionably loved to help us fulfill it.
We called on Carla Bozulich, whom we had met in Florence some four years ago, and she immediately got involved and interested in our plans.
We spent ten days in the Italian countryside, working side by side with her and our sound engineer, Davide Cristiani. Carla took care of our songs and sounds, proposing shapes and a whole new imagery for them. She made our sounds feel aquatic, ringing and overturned: a sort of underwater punk rock music from the Thirties.
This music then went on to be mixed and fixed on the Himalayan mountainside and in Paris: it is a pleasant thought for us to imagine that something from these places – as well from our provinces – got entangled and caught inside these songs.”
And well, this is really a journey to folk flavored punk, psychedelic rock and vivid experimentalism, but also to yet undiscovered places, unrevealed sounds. Read more Blue Willa – Blue Willa (2013)

Cats Park – Face the Future, EP (2012)

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“Face the Future” came like a glass of water in the middle of the desert. In a world preoccupied to be the loudest, the fastest, the most distorted and the most contorted, where everybody is in such a hurry and nobody actually care about anything and anybody, Cats Park disconnected me for several minutes from this whole madness. Although songs like “Time To Quit” have their own flavor of (urban) madness. But generally speaking, this made me feel easy, easy like a Sunday morning. 🙂 “Face the Future” was my little getaway from the present. Read more Cats Park – Face the Future, EP (2012)

Dead Can Dance – Anastasis (2012)

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Dead Can Dance – Anastasis (2012) Formed in Melbourne, Australia, in August 1981, relocated to London in May 1982, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top World Music Albums Chart with their seventh, 1996 album “Spiritchaser” which also charted on Billboard 200, disbanded in 1998, reunited 7 years later in 2005, Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry are path openers with their unique mixture of genres and styles, merging African polyrhythms with Gothic Rock, Gaelic folk with Post-Punk, Gregorian chants with New Age and Dark Wave, or Middle Eastern mantras with ethereal and Dream Pop.
“Anastasis”, the long awaited, upcoming eight studio album by the band is not different then the previous ones. It’s an exciting and colorful mixture of dark and Oriental vibes, minimalism and subtle, polyphonic build-ups, hypnotic mantras and addictive rhythms, Dead can Dance are once again a secret doorway to a lost and find universe of subconscious and superconscious. It’s a journey and an intimate, unique, mystical experience for each and every listener. Read more Dead Can Dance – Anastasis (2012)

Owl City – All Things Bright and Beautiful (2011)

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I love Owl City. It’s something familiar, friendly and warm about them music, it’s just feels good. It’s bright and beautiful. Adam Young, formed Owl City in 2007 in Owatonna, Minnesota and he writes, composes, performs, and produces all of Owl City’s recorded music as Young also produces music under a wide variety of other projects, which include Port Blue, Seagull Orchestra, Sky Sailing and Swimming with Dolphins.
Young created the project while experimenting with music in his parents’ basement. Owl City developed a following on Myspace in the late 2000s before signing with Universal Republic in 2008. After two independent albums – “Of June” (2007) and “Maybe I’m Dreaming” (2008) -, Owl City gained mainstream popularity with the 2009 major label debut album “Ocean Eyes”, which spawned the hit triple platinum single “Fireflies” and also the album was certified Platinum in the United States in April 2010. Read more Owl City – All Things Bright and Beautiful (2011)

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Eksi Ekso – Brown Shark Red Lion (2011)

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Merge some songs left over from David Bowie since the 70s with some experimental indie, dream pop like layers and perhaps the result will sound just like this third album by Eksi Ekso, the band from Boston, Massachusetts, US. For the good of the experiment, eventually try to do this in your living room and bring some neighbors as well. There’s no guarantee at all that you will sound like Tom Korkidis (vox, guitar, bass, keys, samples, woodwinds), Alex Mihm (drums, loops, percussion), Sean Will (keys, samples, trumpet), and their collaborators, but it worth to try. 😀 At their MySpace page at the paragraph “Sounds like” they wrote: “We play instruments in the same room, sometimes in ways that sound like we’re playing together.” Nice. And in their case it worked out absolutely perfectly. “Brown Shark Red Lion” is a strange, sometimes airy, sometimes scattered, waving, rolling album. Million shades and colors sparking around and sometimes you’re not really sure what actually you’re listening at, but still, it’s kind of warm, familiar and friendly. Read more Eksi Ekso – Brown Shark Red Lion (2011)

The Raveonettes – Raven in the Grave (2011)

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Something stinks in Denmark. Actually Shakespeare said: “Something Is Rotten in the State of Denmark.” – Hamlet, Act I, Scene 4, at line 90. Well, when British music press staple NME declare the Danish duo to be responsible for sparking “America’s pop renaissance”, something clearly stinks. On one hand, Brits has been already saved by the Americans by White Stripes, so, it’s pure wickedness to say America need to be “saved” by anybody, on the other hand when a band or an artist are highly praised by the media, there’s no bloody doubt: something stinks. Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo, the duo behind The Raveonettes delivered another nice album, but really, there’s nothing outstanding, nothing sparking, nothing special. In short words, it’s like Robert Smith (The Cure) teamed up with Angelo Badalamenti for a film score for David Lynch. Gloomy, airy, minimalist, kind of clear-obscure and with a particular, distant, but still warm retro taste, with a few nice tunes and a couple of better moments, but really, there’s nothing really impressive about “Raven in the Grave”. Read more The Raveonettes – Raven in the Grave (2011)

Rotisorul de duminică

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Toţi ne înecăm. La mal sau la… Mall. În siguranţa confortabilă a căminului – în general un spaţiu delimitat şi stingher – sau pierduţi în mulţimea anonimă, ne înecăm din când în când. O facem benevol sau inconştient. Am văzut un film, Cell 2, în care un criminal în serie îşi ucidea prin diverse metode victimele ca apoi să le readucă la viaţă şi printr-un alt experiment să repete şirul acesta morbid până la epuizare sau până la eşecul resuscitării. Viaţa noastră nu este atât de dramatică şi teatrală, ba, de cele mai multe ori este banală şi mult mai gri, dar ne înecăm câte puţin sistematic să respirăm mai cu sete câte o gură de aer.
Fiecare se descurcă cum poate.
Ne facem cu mâna pe Mess, dar nu ne privim niciodată-n ochi.
Oamenii nu prea se mai vizitează – trotuarele din faţa blocurilor s-au transformat în locuri de parcare cu plată rezervate exclusiv locatarilor – , cu vecinii nu ne salutăm din principiu şi prietenia ţine mai mult de o listă virtuală decât de o relaţie.
Auzim vocile, dar nu distingem mesajul.

Ascultăm sunetele, dar nu distingem melodia.
Arta a devenit un clişeu, un produs, ambalajul de cele mai multe ori este mult mai sofisticat decât conţinutul.
Toată lumea cântă, nimeni nu cumpără, descărcăm – să avem, să fie acolo – şi nici măcar nu ascultăm de foarte multe ori. Sau ascultăm şi nu auzim.
Sunt prea multe produse şi… prea puţină muzică.
Şi cine nu-i pe scenă este critic (jurnalist, blogger) sau bodyguard.

La cuptorul cu microunde (sonore) am „prăjit” cele mai recente produse semnate: This Drowning Man, Inside Again, Edge Of Dawn, Not Breathing, Veell  şi The Paradise Motel. Read more Rotisorul de duminică