I have written about Tom Lugo’s musical projects in the past. This guy keeps getting better. He also serves other interesting pursuits like martial arts. I even featured him in one of my health/fitness blogs in the past. It’s fascinating how something that you are passionate about can carry you through all the changing seasons of life. It’s like, you can undergo a lot of tests and still be the complete person that you are, especially in the presence of music.
Cielo Oceano is such an auspicious debut-more so as I am writing this blog at 5 am in the comfort of my bedroom. I also added yellow LED lights that resemble fireflies in the corner last night. I did not know how, but it seems my subconscious has picked this album up for review today. Everything seems to fall into place. The mood, the time, the coldness outside, or the pervading sense of peace and hints of melancholy. This music is like little dancing lights in the pond of one’s existence. It is so easy to tap into that because I embrace this kind of musical style. The Space has Always Reduced Me To Silence is the title of the debut album. It contains ten songs. I suggest you listen to it, at the same time as I do. You can also do it for meditation because the music is hypnotic. It focuses on dreamy and shimmery guitars. The same things that you can find in any Robin Guthrie and Simon Reymonde(Cocteau Twins) projects. I am on the third track, which is the title track; and I love how they end and start each song seamlessly. There is nothing that jolts you out from one mood to another. The production decision is consistent. This is the kind of band where the lyrics are secondary, as the mood is more important. This also reminds me a bit of Brian Eno, in the ambient style department. Nada mas que decir is a personal favorite because it has an 80’s nostalgic aesthetics to it. This album is a must for people who are into bands like This Mortal Coil and Souls Whirling Somewhere. I love Cielo Oceano and will be looking for their future releases and incarnations. It is great music to start the day. Let’s dive into this beautiful, sad, exciting, lush sonic voyage and come out better and stronger!
When you feel like drifting away from who you used to be, then in time music will help you find your way back. In life, little and big tragedies can lead us astray, sending us to a journey that seems to go on and on, like lost astronauts in space. Sometimes the journey is so fascinating it changes us and takes a huge chunk out of our hearts because our survival depends on it. We change and therefore our relationships change. We no longer interact with the people we used to talk to. But at the back of our minds we lament that end to the world we used to love and know. Then something new yet familiar pulls us back.
This is the feeling I get when I listen to the new release of Panophotic. The album is called Endlessly. The album mood sort of reflects the epiphany I am writing about in my previous paragraph. Tom Lugo has a knack for writing poetic song titles like: Summer is at an End, I Can’t Come Home, Fade Away and many more. Although the music defies categorization, it still owes its loyalty to modern rock stylings, dream pop with Gothic flourishes. The lyrics are introspective, with nostalgic leanings on emotive 80s post-punk.
Overall, this is a kind of album you would be listening to when you wake up early at 2 in the morning but it is too dark to ride your bike. I love the use of hypnotic guitar distortions and melodic synths. There is also an aural consistency from beginning to end as all tracks sound cohesive even if they don’t sound the same.
Endlessly is a gift from a heart of experience. Here, we witness the depths of pain and ecstasy that can only come from weathering any storms. Life is pain but somehow we must go on because our confessions are pillars of strengths that young hearts can rely on. Because in the end, music can be our anchor in the seas of uncertainty.
Imagine a world where clouds do touch the ground, where roads stretch to nowhere and that you can fly and touch the tallest mountain peaks. Or how about a parallel universe where Trump is not the current president of the US and there’s no threat to health care? No homophobia, mysoginy, creationism etc? Wouldn’t you like that? Even the late and great John Lennon agreed that we can always imagine!
I love how music takes us to many wonderful places. Even when they can only exist in the mind. For me it is a bubble where we can find comfort when we want to punder on the intense moments in our lives. It can also be a source of inspiration or an energy juice as we head to work.
As a longtime fan of Ambient and New Age music, MAYU is a beautiful addition to ‘music on the quieter end of the spectrum.‘ The same place inhabited by dreamy bands like Cocteau Twins, Souls Whirling Somewhere etc.The clever multi-swathed guitar, synths and pulsing rhythms seem to wrap themselves around the dreamy vocals rich in reverb. Oh yes reverb rocks! With some digging I found that there are two people involved in this project.
From their Soundcloud page :
MAYU is a Spanish and English dream pop project from places unknown. ‘Quiero Despertar’ is their first single and it will be available on the “Rock Back for Haiti” disaster recovery compilation available on Patetico Recordings in late November. MAYU is: Ulises- Vocals, Programming, Guitars, Synths Gardy- Guitars, Synths
Lyrics by Ulises Todo tiene su lugar en las estrellas escrito el final El fuego de los dioses quiero robar
Las paredes quiero derrumbar La inquietud voy ha desagollar La decadencia voy ha celebrar El fuego de los dioses quiero robar
Quiero despertar… Sueno sin final
They sound really promising, so watch out for their future releases! So what’s your favorite quiet/dreamy music? Got bands to recommend? Let me know in the comments section.
Dane Di Piero from Radiolab said that he is putting the Radiolab name to rest since he will be starting a new band soon. This came after he posted a picture of himself with his left hand in a cast via Instagram. Surprise, surprise we have the same situation! Mine is healing though, after I broke the right hand after fallingl two weeks ago. It strikes me that accidents can change a person’s perspective about life. You know, fresh eyes, fresh perspective, new direction, realisation etc….
Radiolab is a good project but like anything in life, change must happen. He said:
City Sketches is an EP with three songs. If you are familiar with the band Love Spirals Downwards then you will find that this duo share a bit of their sound in terms of atmosphere and vocal styles. City Sketches has an urban ‘pop’ feel without sacrificing the edgy appeal that they are known for.
It doesn’t matter if I don’t really pay attention to the lyrics of the first song City Sketch (feat. Sarai Jazz) because I think the song has accomplished what I want it to do-elevate the mood. My City Sleeps has that 80s New Wave synth sounds and again the Liz Fraser inspired vocals. From the Gutters of the Penthouses closes this EP with its instrumental goodness. It’s something you would like to listen to, coming home from work and staring at the ceiling while the moon swallows the metropolis.
It is sad that Radiolab is no more and that is why you better grab this EP. It’s so good!
I am a bit biased when it comes to bands where I know one or two of the members. I also like it when the music is different from what I am used to. It challenges my aesthetic comfort zone. Have you ever experienced that everytime you listen to a new band with a unique sound?
Tigershark members are Jesse McPherson, Kenneth Cunningham, Kevin Murrell and Layne Greene. Their music borrows heavily from dream pop and noisecore and then they added their own individual styles, creating a sound like no other. It isn’t something you can expect from a group emerging from the quiet town of Blue Mountain Nova Scotia, but it looks like they managed to hack it.
They have a new EP coming out in a few months, but no major announcement has been posted yet. I guess they are still making sure everything is good before releasing it to the interwebs.
Earworm is their new song. The term means a catchy piece of song that plays again and again in the head long after the piece is over. And I don’t doubt it. Listen to the first few bars. It’s got that hypnotic thing going.