November 2018, a "magnificent 7" playlist
Let’s start by something absolutely epic by a French post-rock band. The band says “This project is an ode to slowness and to the art of feeling the world, a tribute to rare things, to things that need time to be.” Well, with this music you reach something of this. One of the superb collection of artists of the record label Elusive sound.
“A long-lost love letter to the first wave of Shoegaze six-string pioneers, the guitars caterwaul in-collision with cascading waves of reverberation and acrobatic effects-pedal atmospherics. “ That’s the preamble of Damian Kastbauer, of Lost Chocolate Lab. It is about guitar. Just guitar, and it reminds me why I love them (and effect) so much.
A mad project (in the good sense)with many prestigious guests, Beauty in Chaos includes some really good songs of all genres. This one pairs Simon Gallup (the Cure), Wayne Hussey (the Mission, Sisters of Mercy) vocals and Michael Ciravolo (Human Drama), guitars.
It is a really strange song from the Brazilians of Li(F)e. Dissonant, strange : not for all ears. But listen carefully and you will find a fragile beauty of subtle melody hidden in the mist of the musical chaos. It is like mystery you want to uncover, listening again and again to the song.
BRUIT \ˈbrü-ē\ [French, literally, noise] is a post-rock/modern classical quartet from Toulouse, France. It is amazingly beautiful and gut-wrenching. A great classical post-rock band is born. Also on Elusive Sound.
From Belgium, Slow Crush is “a compelling abrasive shoegaze band, dealing with the aesthetics of contrasting sounds. Heavy like a gloomy dream yet soothingly vibrant. The vulnerable soft floating voice of Manchester's Isa Holliday underneath layers of grungy shoegaze soaked noisepop, seeking shelter from a f'ed up world.” It is bang on. Listen to this:
Manhattan is Thierry Haliniak’s Raining Star last song. After an album released in 2008, Thierry comeback with a new beautiful piece, and hopefully soon an album.