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.


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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From The Sky – Like Crystal in a World of Glass

From The Sky’s second release, mini-album ‘Like Crystal in a World of Glass’, was originally released in 2006 by Sound Devastation records and was well received for the young band. We now re-release ‘Like Crystal…’ on Lost Children in memory of the now defunct band as an accompaniment for their third release, EP ‘A Warm Place With No Memory’, which is also on Lost Children. For those wishing to purchase a CD version of ‘Like Crystal…’, there are still copies available from Sound Devastation here.

A more upbeat and energetic instrumental rock release than many post-rock releases in 2006, it laid the groundwork for From The Sky’s manic and often chaotic shows which commonly ended with the live favourite ‘Someone To Remember’ and very little of the stage left.

This version of ‘Like Crystal…’ also contains the previously unreleased version of ‘Needle Happy Paediatricians’ as a bonus track.

Tracklisting :

1. Electric Snow
2. When The Sun Sets The Clouds On Fire
3. Position Of The Stars
4. There Are Ghosts In The Glass
5. Someone To Remember
6. Needle Happy Paediatricians

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Double Handsome Dragons – A Musical Study of Vicious, Flying Insects

‘A Musical Study of Vicious, Flying Insects’ is Double Handsome Dragons’ second release and was given a limited self-release by the band late last year but is now joining their first EP on Lost Children. If you do want a CD copy there are a few remaining which can be ordered directly from the band here.

Developing their brand of Alternative Instrumental Rock, ‘A Musical Study of Vicious, Flying Insects’ continues to incorporate electronic noodlings into their mix of dynamic harmonising guitars and jarring drums, flicking between discordant staccato sections and driving melodic passages to create a impressive three song EP that continues to show the promise and potential of Double Handsome Dragons.

Tracklisting :
1. Bee
2. Flies & Eggs In His Lungs
3. Jim’s Midnight Ride On The Wasp

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Stellardrive : ERS-3

Recorded in the Summer of 2008, ‘ERS-3’ is the third EP from the French outfit following both previous releases on Lost Children and again contains quality guitar-driven instrumental post-rock whilst expanding upon the formula with the use of keyboards, electronics and the clarinet.

‘ERS-3’ is a nice progression from the earlier releases whilst remaining resolutely Stellardrive, this time the instruments are given more space to breath and grow, mixing in their trademark driving riffs with delicate interplay and allowing the less conventional instruments to shine through more reflective moments. This, in addition to the perfect production, makes ERS-3 a stunning EP release.

Tracklisting :
1. Terraforming
2. Space Is There (For People Who Can See It)
3. Ecotone
4. Conversation

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Also, the first two Stellardrive EPs and bonus material are being collated for a physical release as ‘Omega Point’ from October, so please visit their website for more details and purchase a copy to help them out if you enjoy their material!


I Am The Architect : 11

I AM THE ARCHITECT found their place in student-town Muenster (Germany) in autumn 2007. Having a diverse musical background the four members focussed on a certain goal: Finding a unique musical style that relies on Post-Rock, early ninetees Shoegaze and classical music.

Out of this mixture occur songs that are able to combine contrasts. Complexe structures meet catchy melodies, a melancholic atmosphere opens the door for brute soundwalls. No song sounds like the other but nevertheless an intense closeness emerges, especially live!

The music of I AM THE ARCHITECT is not limited by musical boundaries in order to develop a diverse sound which is enriched by instruments like violin, cello or transverse flute. Together with a distinctive basement of keyboards and synthesizers you’ll hear an impressive musical broadness.

In a relatively short period of time the band became an important part in the music scene of their hometown and the area around it. The discrete songs and the passionate live-shows met with high approval by audiences and critics. A highlight has been the support show for THIS WILL DESTROY YOU in April 2008.

Press Reactions:

“I AM THE ARCHITECT from Muenster captivate with their interpretation of Post-Rock with melody and melancholy, but also with outbursts of fury.”
(www.gleis22.de)

“..how I AM THE ARCHITECT manage to balance their masterpiece between noise and an adorable melody, that is smart, that is classy, that is style.”
(www.muensterbandnetz.de)

“…the intent of attaining the lyrical fragility and naive aggression of formations like Aereogramme and Sigur Ros with purely instrumental means and without the pull of their nasal and heavenly vocal pull respectively is much more than just harking back to days of glory, but a mission statement worthy of widespread attention.”
(www.tokafi.com)

Tracklisting :
1. Quit
2. Remote Control
3. Silence, Silence
4. Solitude

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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

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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

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The Shy Trafficker : Hard Fought, Found Thought

‘Hard Fought, Found Thought’ is the second full length release from The Shy Trafficker, recorded in Seattle at Attercop studio by Reed Griffin, and follows their 2006 EP ‘Halves and Have Knots’.

The Shy Trafficker is an interesting equation to crack; it possesses an elaborate infrastructure of instrumental indie rock ideals, a jazz-sensibility, and heroic interludes to build thematic “songs within a song.” The Shy Trafficker has been described to have a “Chicago” type sound which builds with raw materials based on rhythm and complexities coming from only three players. Often the Shy Trafficker is associated with bands such as Pele, Pell Mell, Tortoise, and Do Make Say Think.

A higher quality CD version of ‘Hard Fought, Found Thought’ is also available and can be bought from CDBaby here.

Tracklisting :
1. Confusion
2. Renovo
3. Romance and Sequiturs
4. Ape Will Eat Chicken
5. Frontier
6. Pitches and Creme
7. Intermission
8. Vicissitudes
9. Santa Margarita
10. Candelabra
11. Uds Madre

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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

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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.


sleepmakeswaves : sleepmakeswaves

sleepmakeswaves are a four piece Australian band from Sydney and this is their demo EP, a precursor to a full EP due to be recorded in the second part of this year.

The band mix their influences of driving instrumental rock music with the epic post-rock sound and add in a slight touch of electronics in these two songs which provide a nice teaser of what we may expect in the future as sleepmakeswaves grow.

Tracklisting :
1. One day you will teach me to let go of my fears
2. By moving the stars I have found where you are hiding

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Double Handsome Dragons : Double Handsome Dragons 1

We drink tea out of dirty mugs and wish that our hands were warmer. We have to fight daily with potted plants and lawnmowers to get to our instruments. Sometimes they attack us. We have scars. We have a sledgehammer – we smash up old washing machines. The skip is not our friend. We record in bedrooms. We are safe and warm there.

Personnel:

Mr Mitch – Drums and Programmings / Electricity Mitchell – Guitars / Axl Moore – Bass and Hand Piano / The Danimal – Guitars

Track list:

An introduction of sorts
We struggled, they won. Repeat.
I saw Simon dance
Bus trips
Goat & chicken, best of friends
When the rodent attacks…

Recorded in our den May/June 2007

Tracklisting :
1. An introduction of sorts
2. We struggled, they won. repeat
3. I saw Simon dance
4. Bus Trips
5. Goat & Chicken, best of friends
6. When the rodent attacks…

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The Silent Ballet Compilation : Volume 4

With Spring in full season in the Northern Hemisphere and Summer just around the corner, The Silent Ballet and Lost Children Net Label present the fourth volume in the the ever evolving Silent Ballet Compilation series. Volume IV focuses on the upbeat energy and feelings that surround this irresistible season, as well as the laid back spirit that accompanies late night stargazing and the freedom intrinsically tied with the first day of Summer vacation.

Additionally, Volume IV continues the tradition of showcasing new, innovative artists emerging onto the larger global scene. Many of these acts are supporting self-released CDs, and we strongly encourage listeners to delve deeper into those musicians that pique an interest. It is through your support that the community thrives.

As the compilation series expands, we at The Silent Ballet are always looking for ways to keep it an exciting experience for our listeners. Within the span of time between this release and the next, The Silent Ballet will turn one year old, and to celebrate we are happy to announce that the second year of our existence will see the release of a physical compilation. Of course, this won’t be just any normal CD, but at this point in time we are not at liberty to divulge more than that….

Tracklisting :
1. Signal Hill – This New Year’s Absence
2. Scraps of Tape – Hands in Air
3. The Bird Ensemble – Part I, Number 4
4. pg.lost – Yes I Am
5. Giants – The Palace Stands in its Proper Place
6. Beware of Safety – O’Canada
7. Amplifier Machine – Her Mouth is an Outlaw
8. Balmorhea – If You Only Knew the Rain
9. Destroyalldreamers – A Summer Without You
10. California Stories Uncovered – Untitled 1
11. Parhelia – Hindsight
12. Tunturia – Cast Shadows on Clouds
13. The Weak Men – We Fell Asleep: Abdomen

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Stellardrive : ERS-2

Programmed in 2005, Stellardrive only takes off in 2006 after the crew has been modified, shipping onboard pilots familiar with interstellar space, since some of them used to work on other spaceships such as Aside From A Day (mission planned on 2008) and Gantz which has crashed since. Therefor, the number of hours of flight is not to be counted. The five Stellardrivers [Steph /drums | Florian /guitar & clarinet | Nicolas /guitar | Sebastien / bass & machine | Jean-Charles / guitar & keyboards ] keep on discovering unexplored galactic landscapes, as beautiful as various. Please note that the vocal commands have been voluntary deactivated from the take-off to let enough space for the sound particles caught during the trip. Lead by satelites such as Explosion In The Sky, Red Sparowes and Mono, the spaceship also uses the coordonates left by supernovas such as Mogwai, The Mars Volta, King Crimson, Pink Floyd and so many others. The dark and intimate spaces let suspect huge galaxies, bringing the passengers far from the solar system for a while.

The second EP ‘ERS-2’ was recorded during march 2007 @ Le cube by Yann Morel, Cyril Hentzen and Sebastien Descamps, and is a great progression from the first EP, taking the huge guitar sound and epic song structure then adding big melodic hooks to their new brand of instrumental rock.

Tracklisting :
1. Departure
2. Sagittarius A
3. Turbulences (A nice day to see all the damages done)

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Stellardrive : ERS-1

Formed during summer 2005 with a new line up during summer 2006, Stellardrive is an instrumental noisy post-rock band from France. Their first EP was recorded during December 2005 at “le Pavillon”.

Tracklisting :
1. Resonances
2. What Everyone Can See Through The Window
3. Magnetic Drum Calculator
4. Inlandsix

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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

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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

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