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New Fugue EP

Fugue have released their second EP ‘Siblings’ which is currently available on CD (and shortly on Vinyl) or can be downloaded on a pay-what-you-want scheme from their bandcamp site : http://www.fugue.bandcamp.com. There is no minimum price but please help this great band out, it’s another quality dose of math-y instrumental rock.


Loss of a Child – Carry Me Home

‘Carry Me Home’ is the 5th Loss of a Child release and is their most expansive yet, a deeply layered album with flowing and interwoven melodies; contrasting instruments supporting, offsetting, and harmonising with each other and mixed for each to be heard though not necessarily under every listening environment, and certainly not on first listen; experimental through its strict structure and detailed song writing as opposed to the freedom and improvisation of many instrumental acts.

Complex instrumentation hidden beneath simple ideas, dynamism created within the melodies in addition to volume, and the standard multi-instrumental Loss of a Child approach providing many hidden melodic passages requiring repeat listening to find and understand, but each proving that the obvious is not necessarily the best when it comes to musical depth.

Tracklisting :
1. Dream
2. Black Snow
3. Saturday Night Star
4. Float Down Amongst Us
5. Trains
6. Beauty is Truth, Youth Beauty
7. Destiny
8. Are You Watching Closely?
9. All The While
10. Mike Waters
11. Death

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There is a FLAC version of ‘Hundred Million Angels’ available for those audiophiles who appreciate the dynamic range of music. Download from here : Carry Me Home FLAC version (be patient, large file size).

There are also alternate versions of the songs available, with varous instruments removed from the mixes so as to hear things you may not immediately hear in the main mix but may appreciate on further listens after you know the sounds are there. Download from here : Carry Me Home Alternate Versions.


Painting By Numbers – Live Demo

It’s always easier to form a band when it’s not your first. Painting By Numbers has been a recurring project in the head of its architects long before it actually took shape in autumn 2008.

Antoine Ollivier (Dawnshape) and Gregory Hoepffner (Radius System, Time To Burn, Template) always felt their belonging groups didn’t let them experiment as much as they wanted. Soon joined by bandmate Axel Dallou (Radius System), the trio didn’t ask too many questions and quickly started making noise, in a language they didn’t even speak : improvisation.

Drums, Guitar, Bass, Synth, Samplers, and endless possibilities : Painting By Numbers are devoted to pushing the standards further, fight against their own musical habits, and try to find the right balance between sonic experimentation and pure groove pleasure.

In result of this first year of endless recordings, the parisian trio will is now releasing this “Live Demo”, available for free download

1. Conceal Confine Tentative
2. Matthew Barney’s Imperious Needs
3. Volcano
4. BGM 03
5. Secret Foam Island
6. 85′ Parallel Evidence

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Sleepmakeswaves / Tangled Thoughts of Leaving – split LP

It’s been a while, but good things come to those who wait. Hailing from opposite ends of Australia, Perth’s Tangled Thoughts of Leaving and Sydney’s sleepmakeswaves are proud to present you with a shiny new split LP. It’s a record from two bands that are very different yet one that finds an equilibrium between the seemingly disparate tendencies of the two groups. Although both bands find common ground in their latent electronic influences, sleepmakeswaves marry these ideas to their characteristic brand of energetic and uplifting instrumental rock while Tangled Thoughts of Leaving pursue a relentlessly improvisatory, innovative path. The results are more foreboding yet no less spectacular, and are all the more reason to watch for their debut full lengths, slated for 2010.

Tracklisting :

1. Sleepmakeswaves – Keep Your Splendid Silent Sun
2. Sleepmakeswaves – We Sing The Body Electric
3. Sleepmakeswaves – This Is How We Remember (Secret Robot)
4. Tangled Thoughts of Leaving – A Vexing Predicament
5. Tangled Thoughts of Leaving – The World Is A Deaf Machine

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Hoarder Myna – Rememberable Rifts

‘Rememberable Rifts’, the debut EP from progressive Leeds 3 piece Hoarder Myna, is an immensely tight, crisp sounding debut from another great UK band blurring, and expanding, the definition of Math Rock.

Each song flows constantly, moving from one idea to the next, the roving guitar lines intertwine with the melodic bass patterns, underpinned by drums playing stacatto lead flourishes and driving rhythm simultaneously, before all comes together in harmonic unity. It may take many listens to fully understand the genius behind each movement, but good music should lend itself to repeat listens.

Tracklisting :

1. Ham Wallet
2. Dressed My Arsehole To Look Like An Arsehole
3. Hoarder Me A New Direction Darling
4. Basil The Great Mouse Detective / Search for Mufassa
5. Drama Weary Johns
6. More He She’s Please

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Fugue – Ancient Glass

Fugue presents an arduous journey through a quagmire of genre confusion and deceivingly orchestrated pieces of music. Love, time and a soft spot for over-complication gave birth to their first effort that is full of everything they think makes music great. There’s something for everyone on this splendid 17 and a half minute adventure through a veritable sonic paradise.

Tracklisting :

1. How the Grass and Trees Became Enlightened
2. The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters
3. Telemachus
4. What the Tortoise Said to Achilles

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Tangled Thoughts of Leaving – Tiny Fragments

Tangled Thoughts of Leaving’s music is progressive by nature. The inclusion of sparse influences, guided by concept and fused together, is the conception of their own sound, as each musicians respective inspirations force the collective into unchartered territory.

After several years of existence and growth, mid 2007 saw Tangled Thoughts of Leaving construct themselves a purpose built, make shift creative space.

A medium sized room, dedicated to forward thinking; the birth of new sound. In that very room, what was previously theory, became reality, and so began the Process of four people leaving mediocrity behind them.

In the months of January, February and March of 2008, TToL used their creative space to record a concept, aptly titled ‘Tiny Fragments’. This EP was to represent their current thought process. They gave themselves a series of themes, ideas from a previously recorded improvisation and a set amount of time. What followed was roughly 3 months of sporadic sessions, in which the 18 minute, 3 part title track was written and recorded.

With the creation of Tiny Fragments the band have demonstrated that they would rather risk potential failure than never pursue the invention of interesting art. Tiny Fragments was an experiment and is the final step before they put a short lived emphasis on live performance, then return to the studio to record their debut album.

If you would like a CD version of ‘Tiny Fragments’, you can order one from here.

Tracklisting :
1. Tiny Fragments Part One
2. Tiny Fragments Part Two
3. Tiny Fragments Part Three
4. The Banshee

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wecollectskies – Adventures of the Lost

“I don’t really have a bio for it, apart from that it’s a collection of tracks that were lost on my old comp”

Great words from Josh Elliott, mastermind of wecollectskies’ electronic progressive post-rock metal hybrid sound. Yeah, that many genres. Some more (and better) words from Josh :

“wecollectskies has been a venture for just over a year. From one to three members but we see everyone as a element or member. To many emotions, tears, sweat, blood and pride have always gone into it, but it has made it what it is today. The same moral principles from the very start have been kept; “to make music we/I want to hear and what is individual to the heart”. We choose never to collect an ego, status, follow trends or scenes and we are still the same people and that will always continue. From one member to more members, we will always be us whether its one or two/three/four left standing. We have made some amazing friends, on and off the internet/stage that we will always regard as the closest and the people that inspire us. The internet is a small fraction of what we do and believe in, but every comment, message, add, blog etc…means a lot. We really appreciate any help or advice and always will!”

Tracklisting :
1. I Am With The Lost
2. And Now I’m Found
3. Sail To The Wind
4. What Dreams May Come
5. Interlude
6. Captain We Are Sinking
7. We Collect Skies
8. Four Letter Stride
9. Red Letter Day
10. We Will Make It Home
11. The Start of The End

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Part Rocket : In Limine

After two years, we welcome the return of Part Rocket with their third release ‘In Limine’, following on from their ‘Kneel Before the Throne and Drink the Blood of your Own’ EP, also available on Lost Children, and the ‘Good Bye Morning Satellite’ EP available at www.partrocket.com.

Continuing along the leftfield-path-less-trod, Part Rocket’s instrumental music takes influence from the tight and rhythmic structures of math rock and incorporates the delicacy, emotion and melody of latter day post-rock overlaying varying ideas and dynamics to produce another unique alternative release.

Tracklisting :
1. Cut Short by the Whip
2. Have Bullet, Will Bury
3. Tambora Blankets the Earth
4. Rocket Party
5. How We Roll

Download from here.


Loss of a Child : Hundred Million Angels

‘Hundred Million Angels’ is the fourth release from Loss of a Child, following on from the three albums all previously released on Lost Children. A single track clocking in at just over 20 minutes qualifies ‘Hundred Million Angels’ as an EP but the lack of repetition and wide breath of ideas ensure that this EP is in no way short-changing anyone, experimental through its strict structure and detailed song writing as opposed to the freedom and improvisation of many instrumental acts.

Complex instrumentation hidden beneath simple ideas, dynamism created within the melodies in addition to volume, and the standard multi-instrumental Loss of a Child approach providing many hidden melodic passages requiring repeat listening to find and understand, but each proving that the obvious is not necessarily the best when it comes to musical depth.

There is also a FLAC version of ‘Hundred Million Angels’ available for those audiophiles who appreciate the dynamic range of music aided by the deft under-production. Download from here : Hundred Million Angels FLAC version.

Tracklisting :
1. Hundred Million Angels

Download from here.


From The Sky : A Warm Place With No Memory

‘A Warm Place With No Memory’ is From The Sky’s third release and displays a huge progression from their previous work, upping the complexity and ambition whilst retaining the melodic hooks, short compositions and detailed structure which sets them apart in the Post-Rock landscape.

Multiple influences combine to produce a cohesive yet varied EP, from melodic passages to heavy riffs, rhythmic math to soaring post-rock noise. ‘A Warm Place….’ shifts from pin-drop quiet to crashing distortion encompassing everything in between and is definitely From The Sky’s best release so far.

Tracklisting :
1. Delusions of Grandeur
2. She Who Stares
3. To The Friend I Once Knew
4. Lost In The Woods

Download from here.


Josh Elliott : In Light Passing

Josh Elliott is a solo artist whose debut EP ‘In Light Passing’ is a powerful, dramatic and emotional blend of sweeping pianos and Glitch loops mixing a classical style with technical progressive music.

Extending from the interludes he performs as part of April Dead and remixing for other artists, Josh has created an Instrumental EP which fans of 65daysofstatic, Maybeshewill and Nine Inch Nails’ more dramatic moments should enjoy.

Tracklisting :
1. Your Hate Love
2. You Can Breathe
3. A Fall To Take Us
4. With this Flame

Download from here.


Sidearm : Don’t Cry Help Until You’re Dead

Band members:

Allen/Walker/Mitchell/Moore

“Don’t cry help until you’re dead” – words said by the pond on a beautiful summers evening; words that would christen our debut EP. These 5 songs come from two separate recording sessions in 2003/2004. These sessions were some of the best fun we’ve had in our lives. The best times however are when we have the opportunity to play these songs to appreciative folk at various small and intimate venues across the UK.

Someone said this about us once:

“Melodic jump-drop indie crash-out”

We like that description. But have a listen and make up your own mind. Because that’s what we do it for.

Much love
Sidearm

Tracklisting :
1. Follow Augustus, He’s Going To Be King
2. Precede the Map
3. Peach Garden
4. Jeremy’s Parking Only
5. Victim Junkie

Download from here.


Loss of a Child : Adam and Eve

‘Adam and Eve’ is the third Loss of a Child album and extends upon the subtle math rock, classical structures and epic melodies of the previous two albums. The blending of pianos and strings alongside the heavier guitar, bass and drums provide songs that will grow each time you listen to them, a sound that bring different instruments to the fore in different listening environments, dynamics that improve the sound of the album when played loud, a wall of sound unlike any other.

This is an album that requires many listens before all becomes apparent. Focusing on one instrument throughout a song will add another layer to a separate instrument and there is much to be heard and discovered, each layer making the song’s focus and harmonies clearer. Hope you all enjoy.

Apologies for any ambition shown.

Tracklisting :
1. Adam
2. Path of the Butterfly
3. Change Theory
4. Esh
5. Not Part of the Pride
6. You Write, I Read, Two Different Stories
7. Puppy Conflict
8. Quiet Summer Dreams
9. Lobsang
10. Beauty Will Save The World
11. Eve

Download from here.

You can also now download ‘Adam and Eve’ in full, as it was written and meant to be listened to, along with all other Loss of a Child albums in full from here.


Loss of a Child : Caught and Lost

‘Caught and Lost’ is the natural progression from Loss of a Child’s debut, continuing the ideal of producing an album over a collection of songs. ‘Caught and Lost’ is essentially a 40+ minute piece, and works all the better for it. The emotions vary throughout, taking the listener on a journey from beginning to end. Loss of a Child has expanded it’s sound to create a masterpiece of originality within instrumental rock.

Tracklisting :
1. Because The Future Lied
2. Missing
3. Some Time Alone
4. For Those Who Know
5. Feelings, Falling and Farmers
6. Maybe One Day
7. Hope
8. When One Foot is further than One Hundred Miles
9. Like Dancing in the Rain
10. A Medical Silence
11. For Those Who Know
12. DTA

Download from here.


Loss of a Child : The Future Symphony

An instrumental rock band from London, England, Loss of a Child use pianos, string sections, guitars and drums to create a classically-influenced post-rock noise. With elements boarding on quiet ambience and others with distorted guitars and crashing drums, the ambitious nature with the classical instruments sets Loss of a Child apart from many leftfield acts, producing a hugely epic sound.

The Future Symphony lays “its foundations in more classical notions and scratching the surface with a rough ambient texture. The end result of all this noise is a challenging and thought-provoking dose of coma inducing psycho-therapy. The Future Symphony doesn’t warp the mind like many experimental outfits try to do; but instead they seek to suspend the illusion of reality for a brief moment and embark on a multi-tiered journey through the deepest human memories. It’s not all happy experiences and sunshine, for darker moments litter the way, but it’s a spectacular ride through and through, and one that has unforeseen importance in the modern world of music.” Jordan Volz – DecoyMusic.com

Tracklisting :
1. Gone and Forgotten
2. Lost Like River
3. Burnt by Beautiful Noise
4. Pulse
5. Stolen
6. The Future Symphony
7. One Wish
8. Collision of Two Events
9. 32nd
10. Beau
11. A Talk with a Cat Farmer
12. As In Silent
13. A Subtle Scene

Download from here.