RELEASE: Loves Lost Art
RELEASE DATE: 28/08/15
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
Recently I’ve been reading disturbing revelations coming from close musical commentators who have whispered about the beginnings of a downward decline in this latest shoegazing explosion. There have been utterances from unnamed quarters that the the current scene has been diluted so much by so many diverse musical genres that it can no longer be classed as pure shoegaze! To me thats a load of hocus pocus. Sure there are certain artists from varying different genres adopting layered fuzzy guitar parts or soaring reverb drenched vocal arrangements in their final mixes & then calling themselves a ‘dream gaze’ outfit but to me thats just experimentation! If this didn’t happen in todays veracious underground music scene I’d be very worried indeed. Experimentation is the key to this genres longevity if you ask me. Its needed to push boundaries & create new sub genres for the next batch of underground gazers to cling to & in turn influence them into creating music all of their own!
Back in late 2014 London based alt rock shoegazers ‘Tibican’ got in touch with me during one of my regular radio show stints & requested that I’d play their music. Their EP ‘It Runs Deep’ instantly grabbed me by the senses & I was amazed at how immense their overall sound was. Influenced by ‘My Bloody Valentine, Mogwai, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’ among many others ‘Tibican’ are not afraid to experiment with infectious layered sound. They add indie rock, garage, alt rock & dreampop to their overriding & heady shoegazing sound thus creating something quite different musically. Vocally sublime & instantly addictive ‘Tibican’ never fail to impress me with their ability to intertwine various genres into their sound with relative ease. As I’ve said earlier in this piece – EXPERIMENTATION IS KEY!
The band are made up of Dom Scialo, Pete Saunby, Cathal Wharton & Marc Saunders and they’ve just released another impressive 4 track EP entitled ‘Loves Lost Art’ via their bandcamp site.
‘Loves Lost Art’ opens up with the tempestuous ‘Things We Know’. Musically reminiscent in parts to ‘Wonderland era Charlatans intertwined with reverb induced shoegaze’ but with a stunning vocal arrangement, swirling wall of fuzzy layered guitars & that explosive chorus break! Check out the vocals though. Seriously addictive. My favourite track on the EP meanders on to the musical canvass next! ‘Torch Song’ has post punk connotations hidden within its synth laden inner core. The guitar parts are stunning & the bassline is addictive, straddling that pounding drum beat. The production on the vocal lines are outstanding. A really impressive track. The next track is a bit of a conundrum to me? ‘Difference Clouds’ has a lot going on throughout. The guitar effects during the verses at times are off putting but the exploding chorus, immense vocals, pounding drum pattern & yet another groovy baseline kinda makes up for it? If you get my drift? The EP’s closing track comes in at whopping 4:19. ‘Am I Wasting Your Time’ begins with an explosion of reverb induced goodness before the swirling guitars, steady drums & epic vocals collectively launch this track into orbit! A great track to finish the EP with.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last three years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze Dream Pop Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog – The Primal Music Blog. His other arm – Primal Radio – has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.