Summer Effect is a post-rock duo from Indonesia. They create their compositions with simple chord progression bars, wrapped with a pounding drum beats, harmonized guitar tones and a bit of distortion. Then the songs get slowly begin to evolve to shoegaze, ambient and post-rock to produce certain vibrations of atmosphere. After their debut release “Take a Rest” which was a collection of these free downloads, the band signed with the record label and Fluttery Records is happy to release their fresh recordings: “Starting Over”.
On Your Horizon are experimental music band, formed in 2010 in Eskişehir, Turkey. The band consists of Rammy Roo (guitars, vocals, synth), Tugrul Gultepe (bass guitar, synth), Ender Akgun (drums and cymbals) and Yasemin Ozler (cello, synth).
OYH was founded by guitarist Rammy Roo. Shortly after releasing the debut album “Home”, the band members got in touch to play the album live. In the beginning, On Your Horizon’s music contained typically post-rock elements. The cultural interactions kick-started their concentration on improvisation in a natural way. All these circumstances influenced the group significantly and a new album “In, Empty”, released in 2012 was born.
“In, Empty” is surrounded by its own cinematic ambience with heavy cello lines, dreamy guitars and characteristic rock drums & bass meass guitar lines. All the tracks were born in the stage during the improvisations.
On Your Horizon has played at almost all significant venues and festivals in Turkey, together with many precious bands (Mogwai, This Will Destroy You, One Hour Before The Trip, Dario Elia, The XX, etc.) In 2010, OYH entitled to 3rd rank award in 15th Roxy Music Days, which is one the most important alternative music awards in Turkey.
This time, we are getting to you with a band representing art rock embellished with strings, a band creating epic cinematic compositions full of sweeping elegant darkness and hypnotic delicate intensity – Stems.
Based in Huddersfield, UK, Stems formed in 2011 with the idea of seeking a new relationship between experimental guitar and classical instruments, to create music with the energy of rock music but with elongated and intense structures of Western and Indian classical music. The name Stems is derived from the idea of roots diverging to produce unique strands, all of which are bound to a central body.
To date the band have released one E.P – The 20 minute long track ‘Only When All is Broken Can the Truth Be Seen’ and an album ‘Polemics‘.
In 2013 they embarked on their first successful tour of Europe – 15 concerts to promote the album ‘Polemics’, in February 2014 they toured a new limited edition album ‘Shock and Awe’, all of the albums were sold before the tour ended. They have developed a following based largely around their passionate and intense live performances and have a further two tours booked in June and November.
Stems first full length album is 9 tracks that were slowly pieced together over 6 months in late 2012 and early 2013. Originally self released and accompanied by a 15 date European tour, the album quickly sold out of its 1st and 2nd pressing of hand made CD’s. Printed on tracing paper to create see through and multilayered artwork.
The sound of the album is that of contradictions; Calm and delicate yet intense and darkly uplifting. Dreamlike beautiful music that builds from simple rhythms/ melodies/ drones, reaching elegant hypnotic climaxes and intense crescendos that have now been interwoven with a string and wind ensemble.
Post-rock guitar blends with classical strings while eastern influences on technique and composition are mixed with minimalism and classical theory such as counterpoint and organum. The resulting album is cinematic, powerful, elegant, both new and truly engaging in a way that draws you in rather than screams for attention.
The re-release of Polemics by Fluttery Records coincides with the inclusion of three of the album’s videos in this year Tour de France opening ceremony in the bands hometown, Huddersfield.
Stems embark on a short European tour in June, dates below.
(FR) Caen – Porte Sans Clé
(FR) Poiters – La Poppine
(DE) Mainz – Haus Mainsuch
(DE) Dresden – Hole Of Fame
(DE) Nuremberg – Hemdendienst (With extra string players)
Ana Never from Serbia celebrates their 12th anniversary & 10th anniversary of their first live show this year. They have a gift for their friends and fans who love them and listen to their gorgeous instrumentals.
This is a digital only release and free, still you can reward it on Bandcamp.
They will be releasing a new studio album this year. This live recording comes before the upcoming storm.
Ten years after their first concert, they decided to reward their listeners. The recording took place in Mini Club in their home town Subotica. It comes today as it is; a very raw recording, without mixing and mastering.
Nevertheless, it will be hugely appreciated by both band’s and label’s fans, as it is still Ana Never.
Through the decade Ana Never emerged as one of the most respectful bands of post-rock related music in the Balkan region. The band have played all around the south east and central Europe, shared stage with Jeniferever, Kayo Dot, Heirs and many many others. They have been hosting and promoting Nadja, Dorena, Khuda, Sun Glitters, Port-royal, Shaking Sensations, God is an Astronout and dozens of other bands and artists for their live shows in Serbia.
Their latest studio album “Small Years” was appreciated by both music lovers and critics and the album was chosen as one of the “best post-rock” or “best instrumental rock” albums of 2012.
The album also appeared in printed books. In Stinkweeds “Best of 2012” Book, Jesse Srogoncik says: “Formulaic though it may be, instrumental post-rock still has the ability to create moments of transcendental bliss at the proper volume. This sophomore effort from Ana Never stands as one of the finest post-rock recordings of this or any other year. Truly magnificent: the elongated, creeping crescendo of Godspeed You Black Emporer, the melancholy of Japan’s Mono, and Mogwai’s gale force, hammer of the gods. There is an undeniable stasis befitting their Serbian origins; like Thomas Koner or Stars Of The Lid, a tectonic shift that seems capable of bending time. You’ll want your clock set to Daylight Savings Time and a stereo that goes to eleven.”
Ana Never members said their upcoming studio album is coming soon. This live recording from 2004 is a good gift for the band fans (including all Fluttery Records family) who are impatiently waiting for the record.
Row Boat is a post-rock / ambient solo project by Mark Wardale. Mark cites several Scandinavian influences behind Row Boat, including classical Nordic sounds and current musical acts such as Sigur Ros, Bjork and Agent Fresco. Mark describes Row Boat as, “an effort to depict the nature of Scandinavia in note form.” The result is a lush, ethereal ambience created from a merging of organic strings, horns, bowed guitar work, drums and bass.
Row Boat’s first release was the 2009 ambient E.P. “Romance.” It was not until May 2012 when an unannounced second EP titled “Svaret är Ja,” [The Answer is Yes] surfaced. In 2013, Row Boat took to a busy year with the release of the first full length album, “Ett,” which received glowing reviews from critics globally. This was recently followed up in 2014 with the successful EP ‘Shallow Waters’. He has found his place under the gorgeous wings of Fluttery Records and he has been in the label since he made the contracts to release his upcoming album in 2014, called “In Between”.
Post-rock has become so varied and broad along the music spectrum that many people find it hard to explain these days. This would also explain Mark Wardale’s latest album release ‘In Between’. A mix of numbing piano sounds, ambience, subdued eclectronica and ‘dirty’ strings produce the different shades that make up the light and dark of romance in note form. New sounds and feelings are evoked whilst a sense of familiarity lingers and comforts.
‘In Between’ was an idea, an interpretation of romance, written in note form for listeners to relate to in a different and unexpected way. Love can have so many meanings, good, bad, confusing. This album was written to show not just the light side, but the darker and unexplored sides of romance.
What makes the album so unique is the creative collaboration between musician ‘Mark Wardale’ and writer, reviewer and all round music lover ‘Daniela Patrizi’ on ‘In Between’ to create the perfect artwork and imagery in reference to the music.
The 40 minutes of music itself meets all listening expectations, from the strong and empowering piano’s and ambiance of ‘Meet me at the Colosseum’ and ‘Later That Day’, to the darker edgy and more reflective songs like “The Dying Art of Romance” and “Hollow.”
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“Amp Rive are an instrumental band from Italy. Their music can be described as post-rock with a strong focus on melody, mixed with hints of shoegaze and dreamy dissonances.”
Best Kept Secret By Amp Rive, Official Video Clip
Directed by Roberto Zazzara
Editing by Gualtiero Venturelli
Produced by Giuditta Mora (from www.fantommediafilm.com)
Make Up and Costume by Rita Chierici
The split album is made by Neko Nine (Yaroslavl, Russia) and The Creator Of (Tokyo, Japan). Each band presented two tracks. In the “Japanese” part we can hear measured anxious melodies mixed with harsh guitar sound and rock drums which sometimes become ethnic. Neko Nine’s music gives us breathtaking drama with calm introductions and forcible culminations and again we find folk elements like tin whistle and handclaps. Being so different, these bands made a wellbalanced and oneofakind release. This release is the product of different cultures, it was born on crossroads of Japanese and Russian cultural traditions and western music styles. If you like the bands like Maybeshewill, 65daysofstatic, Long Distance calling, God is an Astronaut, Exxasens, Pg.lost you should have a listen.
About the Bands;
NEKO NINE Russia’s Neko Nine was started by Seva Shaposhnikov in 2009. It became a four piece band in December, 2011. Here they are: Seva Shaposhnikov (guitar, vocals, samples), Andrey Kuznetsov (bass), Roman Veselov (guitar), Aleksandr Danilevsky (drums). Later Nikita Kozhemiakin (keyboards, percussion) joined too. They have released their debut album “Summer is You” on Fluttery Records. Neko Nine’s postrock / postmetal aesthetics is made of peaceful melodies & distorted harsh guitars, atmospheric sound space, nasty drum beats. Their music also contains unique results of the experimentation of new possibilities for postrock sounds.
THE CREATOR OF The Creator Of was born in early wild 1990’s in Tokyo. This Japanese band started as a young alternative rock trio. But years were going and their music was undergoing changes, too. Day by day band’s sound was absorbing new elements from different genres to release significant album “In Reservoir” in 2002. But this release became a final point in their early activity. The Creator Of has gone to deep underground becoming quiet during few years. In 2010 band woke up with new energy and new ideas. Step by step they were going to revival to create new melodies filled postrock and ambient parts. In November 2013 band released new full album “Light” to introduce their totally fresh sound to the whole world. And now, they are willing to go ahead, reborn absolutely.
Sleepstream released their debut album “A Waltz With The Seventh Crane” on Fluttery Records in 2011. The album was welcomed by postrock / postmetal listeners from all over the world. Its deeply melancholic and warm rhythmic parts created the space for the heavy guitars to move between the violin & cello.
The band headlined shows throughout Greece, played a show in Bulgaria and supported events with Crippled Black Phoenix, Long Distance Calling, Tides from Nebula, Mental Architects and Midas Fall to name a few.
Then came the new album. As Steven from the band says ‘They Flew in Censored Skies’ is an extremely great accomplishment for the band. Following the acceptance of ‘A Waltz With The Seventh Crane’, Sleepstream felt they had, not only to write some new material, but to progress and show the world they’re here to stay!”
Sleepstream’s mindset for this album was to “capture” their live sound with their fullscale dynamics and give the listener the best possible perception of the energy their compositions have.
“We think this album is a natural progression for the band, its just feels right. The music grows with us because in many ways, we are the music. We think that especially listeners familiar with our first album will appreciate the heart and soul we put into it and enjoy the edge we tried to put forward,” says Nio, drummer for the band. It seems that the album will satisfy the listeners of postmetal and postrock genre who thinks that atmosphere is important.
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Arms of Tripoli’s new album Dream in Tongues is released by Fluttery Records.
Based out of Los Angeles, CA and originally formed in July of 2011, Arms of Tripoli continues to be an everevolving and postrock band. After parting ways with longtime friend Brian Vasallo (Signal Hill) in late 2012, the remaining core, consisting of Michael Bouvet, Robert Bauwens and Jaime Galvez, welcomed the arrival of George Tseng on drums and recent Buffalo, NY transplant, Vic Lazar. George had worked mixing and mastering on the previous EP release “All the Fallen Embers” and was formerly a bandmate with Michael in “The Half Mantis Group.” The addition of his full time drumming in Arms of Tripoli was a logical step for the band. Vic having recently moved to the Los Angeles area, auditioned for the group in December of 2012 and they all instantly developed a camaraderie. The quintet immediately found natural chemistry and started working on new material that would eventually become “Dream in Tongues,” the highly anticipated AOT full length follow up album.
Since its humble beginnings, AOT has pioneered the art of instrumental rock, utilizing a nonconventional format to creating innovative and timeless sounding indie rock music. Not easily pigeonholed, Arms of Tripoli has often been dubbed post-rock and math-rock, due to their progressive tendencies and dynamic and layered sound. Using some standard rock fare such as guitar, bass and drums along with the addition of lesstypical rock instrumentation, such as Vibraphone, Rhodes and Omnichord, AOT has been able to stand out amongst the sea of postrock and carve out a niche all its own. At the heart of their sound is well written songs with very catchy melodies, at times melancholy and often cinematic while being free of over indulgence.
Following the 2012 line up revision, Arms of Tripoli has played regularly in the greater Los Angeles area, having garnered opening slots for the likes of Maserati, Felix Martin and Glaciers and earning the respect of the LA indie and postrock community. Set to release its first official fulllength album entitled “Dream in tongues” on Fluttery in 2014, Arms of Tripoli also has goals to take to the road, hoping to extend its reach regionally. The newer direction of AOT’s sound reflects a maturity and a willingness to experiment and push their sonic envelope into new and exciting territories.
Arms of Tripoli first full length album is nothing short of a spectacular sonic great album, characterized by layer upon layer of dream guitars, spread out like a deep field panoramic picture from the Hubble telescope. With this album, the band pushes the boundaries of not only the margins they set for themselves with their debut EP (All the Fallen Embers), but of the instrumental music genres in which they are often classified as well. Again the band collaborated with fellow musicians who lent their own interpretation and vision of the songs to the recording, helping to further shape and structure the overall album.
Dream in Tongues is a unique representation of the evolution of the band in both its musical style and composition techniques. The individual musical idiosyncrasies of each member, along with the additional musical collaborators, all mesh thoroughly into a refreshingly modern approach to the postrock genre, resulting in an aural delight that is sure to enchant and captivate.
Sleepstream released their debut album “A Waltz With The Seventh Crane” on Fluttery Records in 2011. The album was welcomed by post-rock / post-metal listeners from all over the world. Its deeply melancholic and warm rhythmic parts created the space for the heavy guitars to move between the violin & cello.
Then comes the new album. As Steven from the band says ‘They Flew in Censored Skies’ is an extremely great accomplishment for the band. Following the acceptance of ‘A Waltz With The Seventh Crane’, Sleepstream felt they had, not only to write some new material, but to progress and show the world they’re here to stay!”
Here is the first amazing track you can hear from the album: “The Sail of Mary Celeste”