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EP Review: Harvey Dormer - Songs for Parties (2021)

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Picture Credit: Harvey Dormer   Harvey Dormer - Songs for Parties Release Date: April 20, 2021 Label: selfrelease Format: Digital Length: 20:34 Genre: Post Punk / Post Rock Origin: London , England "Songs for Parties" is the solo debut by London's Harvey Dormer, and it might be one of the most cynical titles there can be. The five-track EP is an exploration of the chasms of human bahviour and contemporary society. Hence, "Songs for Parties" features songs about verbal abuse, toxic relationships, self-doubts, depression and harmful medication, but also a reflected outlook and the realization of one's worth. Harvey Dormer · Songs For Parties Music-wise, Harvey Dormer is predominantly moving through the realms of 'Post-' genres. Thick clouds of atmosperic Post Rock clash with the melancholy of Post Punk and the spiky edges of Post Hardcore. The overall dark mood of Alternative Rock and New Wave could also be called Post-Grunge here. The result is an e

News: Fran Lusty - You Don't Know Me (2021)

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Picture Credit: Fran Lusty   Fran Lusty - You Don't Know Me Release Date: April 24, 2021 Length: 03:08 Genre: Indie Folk / Dream Pop Origin: Brighton , England "You Don't Know Me" is the newest single by Brighton's Fran Lusty on which the artist takes on wiseacres, self-declared preachers of great knowledge, mansplainers, and everyone else who feels like they know a person better than the person themselves and thus has to teach them. "You Don't Know Me" is a 'Leave-Me-Alone' anthem for everyone who has had enough of those meddlers. In spite of what one could assume, Fran Lust's song is a calm and soothing tune. With her acoustic guitar and warm voice, the artist creates a gentle sound of dreamy atmosphere and folky harmony. "You Don't Know Me" is no angry message yelled at those who cause the frustration, but an empowering and comforting song for those who need to lean back, relax, and hence overcome the frustration. Conten

News: Johnny & The Brewsers - Day in the Sun (2021)

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Picture Credit: Johnny & The Brewsers   Johnny & The Brewsers - Day in the Sun Release Date: April 30, 2021 Length: 03:45 Genre: Blues Rock Origin: Dublin , Ireland The lockdowns were a heyday for solo projects. And here is one of them that is worth keeping in mind. Irish drummer Johnny  has started improving his skills on bass and guitar before COVID hit us. In the new situation, the Dublin-based musician made the best of it, and recorded his first solo EP " Lounge Lizard Licks ", of which 'Day in the Sun' was the first single. While I'm writng this review, Johnny  is already working on the sophomore EP. "Day in the Sun" is a heavily rolling Blues hymn. Johnny & The Brewsers play catchy Mississippi Delta tunes and add a powerful Rock'n'Roll guitar to it. Most outstanding element in this butt-moving track is the massive slide on the guitar that adds a burning hot Country vibe to it. Content from the  MangoNews  will always stay in the

News: Memphis Stone & The Elevators - Higher (2021)

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Picture Credit: Memphis Stone & The Elevators   Memphis Stone & The Elevators - Higher Release Date: April 22, 2021 Length: 03:13 Genre: Indie Rock / Rock'n'Roll Origin: London , England Los Angeles-born Memphis Stone  has been in the music business for several decades. Nevertheless, after the millenium there was silence around the artist. It was the year 2019, when Memphis Stone  got back together with his old band The Elevators. And here is the third single by re-united Memphis Stone & The Elevators "Higher", an activating, motivating, upbeat hit. Merging Indie Rock with heavy Rock'n'Roll and New Wave, the band proves that they have been in the professional music business for quite some time. But don't you make assumptions about old dogs and new tricks. "Higher" is far away from being a lukewarm rehash of classic Rock'n'Roll. Instead, Memphis Stone & The Elevators merge traditional rock sounds with contemporary Indie an

Album Review: Blackout Transmission - Sparse Illumination (2021)

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Picture Credit: Blackout Transmission Artwork: Robin Gnista   Blackout Transmission - Sparse Illumination Release Date: February 19, 2021 Label: Etxe Records Format: Vinyl / Digital Length: 34:03 Genre: Post Punk / Psychedelic Rock Origin: Los Angeles , California , USA Let me introduce you to Blackout Transmission, an LA-based band with huge potential to stay in your playlists for the next years. The Californian band has recently released their debut album which will look beautiful in the vinyl collections of music lovers. "Sparse Illumination" is a colourful mix of psychedelic, melancholic, sensual, and emotional sounds. Here are: Christopher Goett  - vocals, guitars, bass, synthesizers, Adam D'Zurilla  - guitar, Kevin Cluppert  - bass, Anthony Salazar  - drums and percussion, and Scott Holmes  - synthesizers on 'Once there', guitars on 'Tactile Responses' and 'Portals', and percussions on 'Once there' and 'Pacifica'. "Spars

News: Lemon - Shiiine on (2021)

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Picture Credit: Lemon   Lemon - Shiiine on Release Date: May 28, 2021 Length: 04:32 Genre: Indie Rock / Indie Funk Origin: Amsterdam , Netherlands Dutch quartet Lemon is hereby introducing the third Summer of Love. Influenced by the music, but predominantly by the second wave and artists such as Primal Scream or Stone Roses, the band from Amsterdam is calling for another era of love, peace, and respect. The Age of Aquarius is kicking in! Lemon are Thomas Gense  (vocals, guitars, keyboards, percussions), Ralf Hesen  (vocals, guitars), Paul Hesen  (vocals, drums), and Mark 'Bong the Bass' Bongers  (vocals, bass). On this sonic joint, Lemon are getting further support by guest vocalist Cath Coffey  from London's Stereo MCs. The foundation of "Shiiine on" is a body-moving Funk rhythm provided by bass, percussions, and drums. Keyboards and guitar create a calleidoscope of hypnotizing Psychedelic Rock and boppy Indie Rock. The polyphonous vocals create an anthemic ode

EP Review: The Psyched - Body Buzz (2021)

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Picture Credit: The Psyched Artwork: The Psyched Lettering: Roxie Vizcarra   The Psyched - Body Buzz Release Date: April 16, 2021 Label: Specious Arts Format: Vinyl / Digital Length: 11:37 Genre: Garage Rock Origin: Brooklyn , New York , USA Brooklyn's Jess Ludwicki  (bass), Anthony Macbain  (guitar and vocals), and Paul Weil  (drums and vocals) are The Psyched. With the EP "Body Buzz", the trio has publisheded their second release which follows the selftitled single from nine years ago. The EP has been recorded on 2'' tape and is now available on white 12'' vinyl via Specious Arts, containing seven songs plus two bonus tracks. BODY BUZZ by The Psyched "Body Buzz" is a thirsty party soundtrack. The Psyched play honest and thrilling Garage Rock that often show tendencies towards 77 Punk and psychedelic Indie Rock. The sound is fuzzy, noisy, dizzy and absolutely motivating. The short but impressive release contains mid-tempo anthems and uptempo ba

Album Review: Oslo Tapes - Ør (2021)

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Picture Credit: Oslo Tapes   Oslo Tapes -  Ør Release Date: June 04, 2021 Label: Pelagic Records Format: Digital Length: 42:49 Genre: Krautrock Origin: Italy With a band name reffering to the capital of Norway, and an album title that means "dizzy" or "confusing" in Norwegian, one could assume that Oslo Tapes are a band fro that very Skandinavian country. Instead, the band was founded by Southern Italian artist Marco Campitelli  after he returned from a trip to Oslo. The original idea was to musick the melancholic atmosphere of the Northern metropolis. Since the formation of Oslo Tapes, two full-length releases have been published which are now followed by album number three: "Ør". With support by Mauro Spada  (bass) and Davide Di Virgilio  (drums and percussions), Marco Campitelli  takes us on a colourful sonic journey. Psychedelic, atmospheric and somewhat dreamy, the soundscapes on "Ør" create a shiny calleidoscope of mesmerizing Krautrock. Th

Album Review: Blaise the Seeker - Burning Wind Away (2021)

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Picture Credit: Blaise the Seeker Artwork: Steven Yoyada   Blaise the Seeker - Burning Wind Away Release Date: June 01, 2021 Label: The Swamp Format: CD / Digital Length: 42:34 Genre: Doom Metal / Sludge Origin: Austin , Texas , USA "Burning Wind Away" is the CD of the month June 2021 on The Swamp Records. It is the debut album by J Blaise Gans  and Mathew Doeckel , also know as Texan Doom duo Blaise the Seeker. Under the pseudonym Guided Meditation Doomjazz, Blaise the Seeker is well-known for their extraordinary social media content. Check the links on the bottom of the post to experience more. With their encouraging, empowering, mesmerizing content, Blaise the Seeker are definitely more than just a band. Behind this Doom and Sludge band there is versatile fictional character mirroring our society with all its flaws, chasms, and all its beauty. Focussing on the music, "Burning Wind Away" is a ten-track collection of anthemic, somewhat melodic, and atmospheric Slu

News: Jem Doulton - The Thingly Thing (2021)

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Picture Credit: Jem Doulton Photograph: Chris Floyd Artwork: Aude Debout   Jem Doulton - The Thingly Thing Release Date: April 30, 2021 Length: 10:57 Genre: Shoegaze / Dream Pop Origin: London , England London's  Jem Doulton is hereby introducing a new musical journey. The musician who plays with Roisín Murphy , Thurston Moore , Dead Days Beyond Help and many others has invited his friends to record songs for a new great work. With "The Thingly Thing", the first of these songs has been released, and many more about to come within the next weeks. Guests on this song are: Kevin Toublant  - bass, Agathe Max  - violin, spoken word, Ben Doulton  - guitar, Benji Bouton  - percussion. The Thingly Thing by Jem Doulton "The Thingly Thing" is a sonic exploration into the deepest and most colourful realms of unconsciousness. The musical reverie is driven by  an energetic beat that leads the audience into a caleidoscope of sonic reverie and psychedelic mirrors. Waves of li

News: Bladderwrack - Troll (2021)

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Picture Credit: Bladderwrack   Bladderwrack - Troll Release Date: April 20, 2021 Length: 03:04 Genre: Punk Rock / Alternative Rock Origin: London , England Almost a year ago, London's duo Bladderwrack had their first appearance on MangoWave when their single "Dominatrix" was featured in the Discoveries of the Week . In their recent release "Troll", Bladderwrack take on an internet phenomenon that appeared to be the contuination of silly kids being dicks at first, but has become a serious thread. Here is Bladderwrack's "Troll". With drums, guitar, and shouted vocals, Bladderwrack create a minimalist and yet catchy mélange of Punk and Alternative. Crunchy riffs on a heavily rolling beat make "Troll" a banging anthem for the moshpit, the skate park, and the fast lane. The LoFi approach of this song kind of makes it sound like The Toy Dolls' "Nelly the Elephant" reinterpreted by Gnarkill. Content from the  MangoNews  will alway

News: Hviress - Arrival (2021)

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Picture Credit: Hviress   Hviress - Arrival Release Date: May 28, 2021 Length: 04:58 Genre: Dark Pop / Alternative Rock Origin: Brighton , England Mishkin Fitzgerald  ( birdeatsbaby ) and Hana Piranha  are Hviress. With the single on hand, the Brighton-based duo has literally arrived in the gloomy realms of apocalyptic and dark pop and rock music. With mourning and yet angry voice Hviress state that in this world, it is far too late for promises and prophecies. "Arrival" is an apocalyptic sermon musicked via darkest synthesizers and the heavy force of Alternative Rock. The atmosphere created in this song is deeply thrilling and ethereal. Hviress create a soundscape made from anger, hopelessness, and the grace of a last dance on the burning ruins of our society. Content from the  MangoNews  will always stay in the  MangoRotation  playlist for 14 days. This coverage was created via Musosoup  #Sustainablecurator Hviress Online: Facebook Instagram Bandcamp YouTube Spotify Lookin

Album Review: Lost Division - Cuts and Scars (2021)

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Picture Credit: Lost Division   Lost Division - Cuts and Scars Release Date: May 28, 2021 Label: Inverse Records Format: CD / Digital Length: 41:14 Genre:  Heavy Metal  /  Melodic Metal Origin:  Oulu ,  Finland Three years ago, Oulu's Lost Division published their first two-track release " Wish you were dead ". Besides the title track, this EP (or single?) contained a song called 'In Memoriam'. Keep that in mind. In the year of the lockdown, the Finnish band recorded their first full-length album which was then released exactly three years after "Wish you were dead" saw the light of day. The new album is opened by the powerful banger 'In Memoriam 2.0' - a strong sequel to the track from the previous release. Now that is coherence. "Cuts and Scars" is a colourful album, defined by heavy riffing, massive walls of modern Heavy Metal sound, and very melodic arrangements. The tunes are very catchy and yet they are driven forward with intense

News: Flying Rabbit - In the Middle (2021)

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Picture Credit: Flying Rabbit   Flying Rabbit - In the Middle Release Date: April 04, 2021 Length: 02:33 Genre: Surf Rock / Psychedelic Rock Origin: Oslo , Norway What would happen if the world as we know it would end tomorrow? Would humankind be united for at least some moments and finally realize how stupid we were, supporting inequality for innumerable generations? And what would we do when everything is about to fall apart? Repent? Mourn? Laugh? The solution presented by Oslo's Flying Rabbit suits me very well. Their song "In the Middle" is an invitation to a last dance. The song also is the first single of Flying Rabbit's upcoming debut album "Paradox". The full-length release will soon follow the success of their first EP " Eclectic Playground ". "In the Middle" is a dynamic song, as Crossover as can be. Flying Rabbit merge the boppy movement of Surf Rock and Post-Soviet Rock with thick psychedelia, the lightfootedness of Indie Roc

News: Chris Maragoth - Burning June (2021)

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Picture Credit: Chris Maragoth Chris Maragoth -   Burning June Release Date: June 06, 2021 Length: 02:54 Genre: Modern Metal / Heavy Metal Origin: Magdeburg, Germany In January 2021, Chris Maragoth released his EP “ A Vile Gathering ”. Since then, the artist from Magdeburg came up with two new singles “ Behind this Door ” and “ Marmelade Starship ”. This new release on hand though, is something different. Chris Maragoth wrote “Burning June” for his former band back in 2013, but it has never seen the light of the world as the artist left the band. Now, in the age of the virus, “Burning June” was rediscovered by Chris Maragoth and he gave his old track a completely new make-over. It is a song about an evil creature that is facing divine punishment by being burned alive. As the protagonist recognizes there is no way out of this, they accept their fate and gladly look forward to the fire that will free their soul. “Burning June” is a powerful and melodic Metal track. Chris Maragoth lets ra