Hailing from Sicily, self-styled dandy/gypsy hybrid Johann has developed a persona which brings to mind troubadours such as Sufjan Stevens, whilst also evoking thoughts of the pixie-ish faux naivety of early David Bowie and Syd Barrett. Mixed in with the freak Wurlitzer sound of harpsichords, Latin rhythms and, yes, flugelhorns, is the ever-present Johann, delivering his polemics in a style somewhere between and beyond Shakespeare and Adam Ant.
The world’s first music video with phonetic subtitles! Watch ‘Tragedy’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=40&v=UyQVtldq_N0
If you’re looking to experience something new in September and October, Feline & Strange and friends have exactly what it is you’re looking for. Featuring live music and spectacular light shows, the Steam Punk Records Roadshow Tour is hitting venues around the UK and it really is something that can’t be missed. A spectacle of the weird, the wonderful and everything in between, there’s something new for everyone here.
The love child of Mad Max style visions of the future and Victorian fashion and culture, the steam punk movement has been gaining traction over the last few years and is one of the most interesting social movements to appear in the last few years. Let your curiosity get the better of you and indulge in the wonder that is steam punk, even if for just one night!
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‘Caving’ is the latest single from Ciqala who blends a unique combination of alternative rock stylings with dark and evocative electronic instrumentation.
Ciqala, which means, ‘little one’ in Lakota, a native American language, takes inspiration from a wide range of sources including Blur, Suede, Pulp and Depeche Mode, resulting in the amalgamation of sounds that makes up her style.
Yet music is not the only thing to inspire the ambitious, boundary pushing musician. She also takes influence from the soundtracks of cult TV shows from the 80s like Chocky and The Tripods. As a result, there is a highly cinematic nature to the music that Ciqala is making which shines through on ‘Caving’.
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Grand Delusion is the latest record from alt-rock musician Matt Boroff, who has embarked as a solo artist after having been involved with previous band, Matt Boroff and the Mirrors, and his high school band who even shared a stage with Nirvana.
The new album is one that challenges listeners with its complex, yet well-crafted songwriting and its pertinent content matter. Greed, humanity, war-mongering and love’s role in the world are just a few of the topics covered by Matt on the record and at a time like this, perhaps music is an ideal medium for addressing these issues.
With Boroff’s distinct baritone layered above a pulsating grooves, screaming guitars and flickering organ notes, the alternative sound challenges musical genres. The emotive lyrics paint a bleak picture of a world where self-deception has reached critical mass.
Recorded at 11AD studios, the album features producer and multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes, former Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons and vocalist Mark Lanegan.
Matt will be performing a headline show in London at the Old Blue Last February 6th.
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The well known Goa artist Junkerry has collaborated with Patrick Morgan and the Google Tilt team to create a stunning music video, that brings the contemporary pop track ‘As We Are’ to life. The soon to be 360º video is also in discussion to be created into the world’s first artistic Virtual Reality music video.
Morgan used the Google Tilt virtual paint brush to form his beautiful creation. The spell bounding video, Junkerry’s stunning vocals and the alternative sound makes a highly addictive music video, which will only get better as it develops into 360º and VR.
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Artist Christy Lee Rogers has teamed up with fellow artist and musician, Ryan Murphy, to form the ambient rock duo, Bayonesse.
Their latest single, ‘Angel Touching Down’ is an atmospheric piece of alt-rock full of brooding vocals and emotive guitar leads that make for a potent musical combination.
Rogers is known internationally as the contemporary version of Baroque artists like Caravaggio, whereas Murphy, the owner and designer of rocker jewellery line Silver Luthier, is also the front man for rock band Forty Point. He originally came into the band as producer to help structure Rogers’ vision, but eventually stayed on to solidify the duo.
The single will also be accompanied by a beautifully crafted underwater music video, exhibiting the artistic background and qualities of Rogers. Starring actress Elisabeth Donaldson and Bayonesse themselves, and edited by award winning filmmaker Ray Izad-Mehr, the video gives life to the darkness and turmoil underlying their heartfelt lyrics. Completely unaltered and un-coloured, the footage is raw out of the camera, with a unique and stylized editing technique.
The video goes live on 25th November.
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Call of Ancient Love is the brand new album from Russian multi-lingual spiritualist and musician Stan Gemes. Its limited edition physical copy sees the artist offering more than simply a sonic experience – also incorporating elements of touch, feel and taste to bring an inventive multi-sensory experience.
The album is packaged into five compartments, each compartment loaded with goodies relating to one of five elements: fire, water, earth, air and space.
The elements reflect the artist’s own worldly outlook, having journeyed all around the globe, soaking up spiritual experiences along the way.
The elements also reflect the worldly themes of the music, which sees Stan blending rock with traditional and tribal sounds from around the globe including Asian flutes, African percussion, Indian choirs and Hispanic guitars.