Indie pop usually means an acoustic guitar and a few lines that might not make a whole lot of sense, unless you are Eric Frisch who comes out of New York City. Even though his songs may take some time to grow on you (this is coming from personal experience) there is a sense of retro ingenious attached to his work.
Eric grew up composing music for the major majority of his life, which means that fro an early age being exposed to music such as The Beach Boys, The Beatles and The Who he eventually infused the sounds he would hear into a creative endeavor that flowed through his mind.
Somehow there is a fine line between covering a 50’s and 60’s pop era of music but utilizing the modern sphere of pop with 50 years ago has talent measured in miles.
'Goodbye Birdcage' reaches elements of simplicity at the greatest form, acoustic noise. Yet nine songs seems plenty and not even at the same time, maybe because after that Summer dazed track continues to play a never ending feeling seems to penetrate a resistible urge to press play again.
For more general information about Eric Frisch:
"Pretty Girls" music video
"Learn to Swim" music video
Eric Frisch Website
Progressive rock music tends to be placed in a portal that is stationed between this and that, when progressive solely means incorporating new ideas, stage by stage. Heylel a band out of Porto, Portugal do not miss a beat when it comes to a Gothic twist. However I believe that is delivered by Ana Batista that lends her vocals to curve around the lyrics sending Narciso Monteiro to blow steam in every direction whilst playing Keyboard or Guitar. A steam that fuels an ever growing appreciation for a band bringing back a genre that tends to be mocked or turned into a gimmick.
The 11 tracks that make up their album ‘Nebulae’ which was released on June 30th of this year, tests the tracks as stories. Giving life and a new approach to each word that gives that very song its name. ‘The Sage’ easily filters from plucked chords to leaning on Ana’s voice that bounces along the notes as Narciso, crafts a melody that sheds light on the bands freedom to move about with no genre tying them down with intention.
True to the gothic nature, this band layers through Orchestra invested movements that incorporate whispers buried beneath the initial track.
Filipe Braga who plays the drums and Sérgio de Meneses on bass create one of the tight knitted circuited structures that are hard to come by when listening to a new band. However, if you go through each track who can hear the evolution and progression Filipe and Sérgio increasing as that rhythm section becomes stronger.
Ultimately it will be your decision as the listener but overall as a music scavenger, Heylel has a piece of genre induced music that feels new and old but intertwined just enough to feel original.
To see if their are in any shows in your area and for general information:
Mangoseed’s newest music video does not have boundaries’ in the way that you may think seem fit. There are no hidden agenda’s or well-placed glamour shoots placed throughout every shot. What do you hear? Well for a start at the beginning you hear the sounds that you would hear everyday living in a city. How growing up near those sirens and a span of a thousand’s of people passing by every day, interlaced with cut in clips of police brigades and fires erupting in and around Brixton.
Mangoseed functions out of London even though every member is literally from the furthest corners possible in the world.
Nicholai La Barrie stares through the lens as the siren blasts in the background, being bombarded by words that hit. Voicing his opinion how in that life style what you desire to become or as an artist, who you are may suffer from your environment. However Mangoseed have brought forth not only a form of Reggae but a fusion that blends in some many aspects of musical accompaniment that gives a piece to Punk, Funk, World and an even further enjoyment of an organic formula.
Richard Hardy the lead bass guitarist shudders as the beat beckons lower and lower to the floor, mimicking a haunted tone that becomes memorable. Where jumps in Karlos Coleman lead guitarist draws from the Blues godfathers to incorporate the understanding between spoken words and rhythm. However, not before Sam Campbell tracing each and every move from his percussions acting as the shadow that moves without a body.
As a multicultural band it would be easy to place them in some sort of field that didn’t capture the rough realism that Mangoseed carries with them. Picking Brix-Tone as the focal point was a highly smart move. Because from there you are transused into a catalog of 15 tracks that break down more sections, like the track ‘I Shoot My Friends’ has a Son House attraction but placed in the hands of a funkadelic guitar. Then on to the track ‘Devil In The Road’ which with the title alone expectations are high. Mangoseed do nothing but exceed every idea of expectation, giving thought and purpose in a means of coexisting without being glazed over by dazzled hyped accessories.
Their album Basquiat has become a must need album, in my opinion. Also as a debut album this brings on a whole new set of possibilities for what this band is capable of becoming.
Adding to their likability, this album is inspired by artist Jean- Michel Basquiat.
Stream the album on Mangoseed’s Soundcloud….here
Music Video Link
Written by: K
Going to be posting some music reviews from bands that don’t only need love but have a sound worth listening to.
October is going to be a big month. 6 Shows already accounted for and more bands are coming through. There doesn’t seem to be enough space on the calendar anymore…is it possible to turn October into a 40 day month?
One of those bands…
The three year wait is over.
Deap Vally - Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR
KatCigarette also happens to be K’s photography blog dedicated solely to live shows.
Seeing Deap Vally was everything and anything I had come to hope and expect. Usually I don’t go into any situation with expectations (not that I think anything is going to happen or suck) but only with the hint of an unexpected surprise. That is since each adventure tends to turn out a little bit more differently than the one before.
This time around having a photo pass was essential because security was cracking down on even cell phone photos being taken. Well no one really likes that one person that records the whole concert just to upload it to Youtube. Unless you’ve caught a stage dive and the editing process is fantastic…other wise a written account will do just perfect.
What I wasn’t expecting was the venues grand idea to separate an all ages show into a 21+ show and the younger kids left in the corner behind the photo taking alley way that the venue so generously created. Trying to turn the middle of the room into a check point of ID’s and nightclub lighting that was best left going on around the corner and down the street.
What irked us further, the fact that these kids had been lined up beforehand outside and that even the 21+ crowd was saying “Why are the all ages crowd over there and we are up front and center?”
After a bit of thinking, I was starting to wonder if passing around my photo pass bracelet to each kid would be the best thing because in that case they would be just that much closer. Even security was starting to think it was ridiculous that these barriers had been set up.
Nevertheless Lindsey from Deap Vally mentioned something that “why is there a riff between the ages” and left us all in agreement that we too where not the only ones imagining this.
However Deap Vally made all of our problems float away with three songs in and being escorted down the magic black rope of Never-land and the ID black-lit middle ground nightclub. Experiencing a rock n roll show from the background was enlightening. But next time being front row is a priority especially if you could help a few kids get closer to the stage to experience the full adrenaline rush of those few bass drum beats and the strum of a guitar. Then that’s when it becomes well worth it.
Until next time,
Much to our happiness, we are FINALLY able to launch our newest Zine!
Having been in the works since late 2013, we are happy to share a new Black Rebel Motorcycle Club edition that was created as a gift for our friend, iAN Ottaway.
Complete with many writings, art and photography and much more all created by myself (Maria Elena) and Kristen, we look forward to sharing our work and stories that have been inspired by BRMC with everyone near and far.
Enjoy and many, many thanks to BRMC, iAN and our extended Black Rebel family.
Photos of the Zine can be viewed on Ask IAN: (click)
and all included Zine articles can be viewed and read here: (click)