Posts Tagged ‘prog rock’

February 17, 2017

In case you’re a bit confused by the title of this next one, let’s be clear. No, I’m not about to present you with a whopping 85 videos to gaze at for the rest of your life. What I am going to do is share with you ONE splendid gem from Danish veterans Mew, who we can always entrust when it comes to sleek shimmering, rich thriving tunes. The bright bursting colors in 85 Videos’ uh, video, are a perfect fit to the song’s prismatic bursts of lavish lifting, melodic sweeping rock. Even without the video, I can envision fractals forming and fireworks exploding in my head to this magnificent song. It’s dazzling to say the least, and it’s more than appropriate that 85 Video will be on a new Mew album named Visuals, set to arrive April 28th via Play It Again Sam. Pre-order digitally from iTunes or physically, here.

February 17, 2017

Fabulous news arrived yesterday from Pixx, the imaginative British artist who cast an all encompassing spell on us early on with eerily scintillating debut, A Way To Say Goodbye. Hannah Rodgers, the talent behind the project, has announced a debut album on 4AD named The Age Of Anxiety. She’s also unveiled a brand new single named I Bow Down. The synth whirring art pop meets electro punk number is irradiantly entrancing. I Bow Down’s shifty resplendence and bold grandiosity evokes both School Of Seven Bells and Bat For Lashes. Its video is also quite the stunning affair in all its esoteric aplomb. Debut album The Age Of Anxiety will arrive on June 2nd. Pre-order from 4AD or various other outlets, here.

February 11, 2017
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It’s been a long couple of years since English quartet Dutch Uncles have graced the pages of IHM. As they gear up to release their new album Big Balloon later this month, we eagerly welcome them back via Streetlight, a vivid display of these lads’ mathy arresting mixture of prog pop and art rock. Streetlight begins with rapid pulses akin to The Who before a swanky dance rock groove and Wild Beasts meets Hot Chip like silky smooth vocals kick in. It’s quite the sultry inebriating affair that also channels an abundance of Bowie. As it turns out, Dutch Uncles’ new album Big Balloon takes inspiration from Bowie’s Low and Kate Bush’s The Red Shoes. The album arrives on February 17th via Memphis Industries. You can pre-order now from iTunes.

February 4, 2017
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New UK project KOYO has been described by Mojo/Q Magazine as a “missing link between My Bloody Valentine and ‘70′s era Pink Floyd.” There’s also a generous dose of Radiohead’s prog rock to be found on the quintet’s debut single, Tetrachromat, a prismatic swirling, gazey mesmeric first introduction to the band. The atmospheric and ornate song even features some brassy flourishes in its final bars, making it a dynamically entrancing, fascinatingly spellbinding listen. KOYO will be releasing a debut album later this year, and judging from its lead single, I’ll venture to predict it to be one of the more sophisticated offerings of the year. A “full version” of Tetrochromat (Parts 1 & 2) is expected to arrive March 31st. What exactly that means evades me, but color me intrigued. 

January 28, 2017
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Like a moonlight sonata, new MEW arrives to waltz us about in a pillowy cushion of comfort before psychedelic shimmers and progressive flourishes crescendo with a timeless beauty. The Danish quartet will be releasing a new album come springtime, but they cradle us in the meantime with dreamy lush, windy sweeping Carry Me To Safety, a cinematic sprawling experience. The introspective piece channels a hint of Tame Impala and a copious dose of Pink Floyd. New album Visuals will be out April 28th via Play It Again Sam.

March 10, 2016
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It’s been far too long since we’ve heard from beloved German duo Digitalism, but they complete me with some sudden new material, including this exceptional track, Utopia, on which they go deep and dark. Though I love all three of Digitalism’s new songs, Utopia is without a doubt my favorite, its intricate detail, bubbling synths, and breezy aura reminding me of Dan Snaith’s work as Caribou at various times on the track, but with a plentiful dose of Aphex Twin. Utopia is very much a sonic oasis, a prog rock and acid house tinged indie electro masterpiece, its fantasy world of glimmering arpeggios a fast as the wind adrenaline rush. Utopia is a cosmic journey through an esoteric daydream fantasy. I’m left with chills running up and down my spine as I prepare to dive back into this chromatically sparkling Utopia. I highly recommend you visit Digitalism’s Soundcloud to listen to their other new tracks. All three are tastes from the duo’s first album in five years, Mirage, out May 13th. 

December 15, 2015
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I missed out on this dazzling treat till now, but I was an immediate BUCK convert the moment I heard the project’s second single, Underneath The Glow Of My Skin. BUCK is a solo act created by Welsh band Masters In France’s Ed Jones. Underneath The Glow Of My Skin is a slinking track whose resplendent magnificence channels plenty of 70′s psychedelic groove, progressive spaciness, and funky snazz. Throw some Broken Bells, Toro Y Moi, Thundercat, Kavinsky, and Chromatics altogether for a dose of this fabulous sound.

June 2, 2015
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The moment Dissolve explodes with its sun kissed guitars and vibrant rhythm, I find myself picturing crashing waves on a warm beach. It’s a blissful thought, a sublime environment that I’d like to pretend I’m surrounded by as I listen to Hibou’s latest dreamy gem. The Seattle based, Barsuk signed 21 year old artist blends surf pop with lo-fi charm and shoegazey post punk dreaminess on the glistening tune. There’s also a sudden flare of thrilling, spirited energy via a surprisingly classic rock segment around the 3:20 mark. Hibou says the honeyed, nostalgia laden song is from a new album. 

November 15, 2014
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For a tour de force of an indie rock tune, settle in and get ready for an incredible journey on Swedish band The Amazing’s Picture You. The psych rock band goes very pastoral on the meandering, pensive song, the title track off the band’s third album, due out February 17 via Partisan. Picture You is an emotionally haunting listen, warmly hazy and softly dripping with nostalgia. I’d imagine it to be the perfect song to listen to in the winter when snowed in, though I’ve never experienced that myself. Midway through the song’s nine minute and twenty seven second span, we find ourselves caught in a post rock like guitar centric segment that’s absolutely gorgeous and intoxicating. There’s an inescapable, welcoming intimacy to the massive song.

November 15, 2014
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For a tour de force of an indie rock tune, settle in and get ready for an incredible journey on Swedish band The Amazing’s Picture You. The psych rock band goes very pastoral on the meandering, pensive song, the title track off the band’s third album, due out February 17 via Partisan. Picture You is an emotionally haunting listen, warmly hazy and softly dripping with nostalgia. I’d imagine it to be the perfect song to listen to in the winter when snowed in, though I’ve never experienced that myself. Midway through the song’s nine minute and twenty seven second span, we find ourselves caught in a post rock like guitar centric segment that’s absolutely gorgeous and intoxicating. There’s an inescapable, welcoming intimacy to the massive song.