Riding the (sonic) tidal wave of life’s uncertainty with Endlessly by Panophonic.

a1201672061_10When 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.

 

MAYU, Making Music from the Idealized World of Sounds and Dreams.

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.

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Must Have: City Sketches EP by Radiolab

Dane Di Piero from Radiolab said that he is putting the Radiolab namea0971561603_10
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:

“This is a bandcamp.com exclusive release and free for you readers to download.
https://radiolab.bandcamp.com/album/city-sketches-ep

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!

All music by Dane Di Pierro
vocals by Sarai Jazz

Tigershark :Fierce power pop

  
 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. 

https://soundcloud.com/tigersharktheband/earworm
Like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tigersharktheband

Surfin’ and Rockin’ tunes from the new EP of Maff

Currently listening to this band called Maff. They are from Chile. Their EP is composed of nine songs(one is a reprise). I will mention my impression of songs I like in random order.  It is hard not to like Walking on Fire with its anthemic guitars and great melody. The song sounds like it could have been recording inside a stadium as it gives out that kind of vibe.image You and Linger Around have the same pace and should be played side by side. Million Year picnic gives me the overall impression of their style. A definitive song.

 The vocals are laid back and the emphasis on the melodies and atmosphere. Million Year Picnic sounds like a potential single. 

It is hard to decide what songs are my favorites when I reached Blue Seas because each track is beautiful and the satisfaction builds up by sequence. Someday slows the pace with its thoughtful ballad style. Planet Wave reminds me of the late 90s. I see surfers in my mind. Act 1(the opening song)is perhaps the only one that sounds ‘different’ because of its rhythm. It is complex and its abstract aspect makes it cool. What a lovely EP!

The band excel in its execution and style. This is the kind of music where lyrical depth is secondary to musical texture. And I guess for someone who is not a ‘lyrics’ guy, it is easy for me to embrace this.

Links:
FOR SHARING:
Bandcamp https://maffmusica.bandcamp.com/album/maff-2
Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/maffmusica/sets/maff-ep-2015
YouTube sampler https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RgcpXqDPyE

TRACKLIST
1. Act 1 03:30
2. Linger Around 02:54
3. Walking On Fire 04:57
4. Million Year Picnic 04:33
5. Someday 06:13
6. You 05:06
7. Planet Wave 03:10
8. Blue Seas 04:00
9. Walking On Fire (Radio Edit) 3:20

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