Nostalgia Kisses The Future with Shades of Sadness and Sorrow by Stellarscope

Yup, nothing could represent the power of indie music that Philadelphia’s own Stellarscope. They are back with a new album called Shades of Sadness and Sorrow. They are improving on the sound that defines them as a band: a combination of 80’s post punk, dream pop and Gothic atmosphere. a2476030429_10

There are 10 songs from this album. Shades of Sadness and Sorrow is their latest release after The End is Near. I’m Not Prepared (March 2014). The album will be officially launched early this March 2015. It is amazing that the Shades of Sadness and Sorrow sounds complex considering that there are only two personnel under Stellarscope: Tom Lugo and Bob Forman.

The recording is so lo-fi you would think you are listening to a cassette tape from some obscure 80s band. And that’s the way I like it. In a way it is a trip to the bast while at the same time the subject is very much relevant to what’s going on in the world. The vocals sound like they could have been recorded inside an abandoned factory as you can notice in the echo.

Dug this Hole greets us with its energetic style plastic through speakers. Perhaps this might be the band’s carrier single. We will see. It is hard to choose which track stands out. There’s Never Hated Like This (which I can personally relate to following the tragic personal events in my life three years ago). Although I think Living in a Haze is my favorite of all. I love the hazy guitar sounds that encircle the song creating a plasma of stellar radiation amidst the pulsing rhythm.

Farewell sounds like an intro from either a Sioux’s or old Cure song. I don’t know how to describe it…but classy could a fitting word. The Mansonisque Eat Your Heart Out sounds a bit chaotic but the drums are crunchy like spicy peanuts. After the aggression and robust sounds of the previous tracks, It’s All Gone Slows the pace. The glorious guitars of Soul Disturbances reminds me a bit of Bauhaus especially that the singing is unmistakably Peter Murphy. I love it! Face the Dirt closes this carousel ride with high notes.

Stellarscope proves that what is beautiful about rock in the 80’s is here to stay. And it is a joy to be showered by music like this at a time when everything feels bland.

Cyril Rampal : Nice Unusual Sounds of Black Polygon

Cyril Rampal is a serious guy. As serious as anyone who is into sound Engineering and Nine Inch Nails. I reckon this guy thrives more in dark clubs where the crowd love to dance to electro  laced with Goth. But he is accommodating as he talks about his project Black Polygons. At first I was wondering how he looks like. The artwork revealed nothing. The music is mysterious with an undertow of aggression found in Industrial rock, trip hop and Goth. But there is a touch  of minimalism. The three tracks Chrome, Reverse and Chipset have all the psychedelic glory and down tempo that will make your eyeballs roll.

 

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How did you get into music.

I started playing electric guitar when I was 16 (I’m 22 now), mostly influenced by bands like Deftones, 16volts, etc.. but, I begun making electronic music, after listening to the NIN’s album «Year Zero», bought my first drum machine immediately after that.

What bands/artists influenced you

I really love a lot of bands. The most notable are probably My Bloody Valentine, Radiohead, Dntel, Velvet Underground, AIR, Low, Caribou, etc…

What’s the electro scene in Paris.

It’s a shame, but I really have no clue on this one…

 I know this is funny to ask…but I can’t find your photo anywhere.

Don’t take it seriously, it’s mostly because I’m a bit shy. I have a photo if you want it.

Tell me the process of putting the tracks together. I love to know what goes on in your studio when you work on the music, the gadgets and how the whole thing(including the mixing) took place.

Actually, I record lot of stuff and I try get something out of this results. First, I search nice unusual sounds with anything I can find. It can be analog modular synth, or guitar fuzzy echoes or analog drum machine or computer sequencing, then, I try to get a rythm or melodies with that sound. Mixing is really important too. I try to keep the soul, and the authentic sound of the track but with the best result possible.

I hear the aggression in your tracks as stated with your influences. I am also a big NIN fan. Do you have other musical projects budding out other than this one?

Those aggressive sound come from my love for bands like NIN, Deftones, 16volts, ect.. but, the tracks I’ve start to record for my upcoming album sounds a bit more deeper. Still the same kind of stuff, still noisy, still minimalist, still shoegazy, but ….deeper. I really love the new stuff that I’m working on for this album. I’ve no other musical project than Black Polygons.

What is your vision for Black Polygons? What do you see happening to this amazing project in months or even years to come?

I’m just focused on making the music I like. I just hope the most of people will listening to it and will like it. As simple as that.

Do you ever plan to take your music live with audience and a stage?

Yes, maybe, but not for the moment.

More info: http://flavors.me/blackpolygons#_

http://blackpolygons.bandcamp.com/ .

Black Polygons-Paris Has Gone Minimalist

Black Polygons is a solo project by French electronic musician Cyril Rampal. If you like quirky sounds with lo-fi generated noise then this one is for you. The three tracks from the EP can be hypnotic and addicting.  I’d suggest you give it a listen here: http://blackpolygons.bandcamp.com/