ARTIST: Paisley Reich
RELEASE DATE: 16/01/16
RECORD COMPANY: Lady Sometimes
There are some fantastic bands coming out of the Italian underground shoegaze & dreampop scene these days who have been making serious waves within the worldwide shoegazing community. Bands like Stella Diana, Rev Rev Rev, Weird & La Casa Al Mare, to name but a few, have been carving out their own little niches within the ever expanding worldwide shoegazing fraternity & in doing so, have opened up the Italian scene to the world, letting them all know just how vibrant their scene actually is. Now I’ve been introduced to ‘Paisley Reich’, a Rome based four piece who meld together the serene dream-gazing qualities that we’ve come to expect from the Italogaze musical outfits but with an added impressive infusion of dark, inward looking, psychgaze that collectively brings something completely new to the Italian musical table. Picked up by one of our favourite Independent Italian record labels ‘Lady Sometimes Records’, ‘Paisley Reich’ released the 5 track EP entitled ‘Blaze’ back on the 16th January 2016. The band are made up of Edoardo – Vocals/Organ & Synth Effects, Alessandro – Guitars/Effects, Giacomo – Bass/Production & Michelle Drums/Vocals. The EP is available to buy/download right now via www.ladysometimes.bandcamp.com
Dark synth swells & sampled voices echoes the opening salvos of the psychedelically delicious ‘Control’. This opens the door to a addictively repetitive, noisy guitar progression, intertwined at times with a haunting organ line & a melodic duel vocal track all gracefully positioned around that steady drum beat. Track two ‘Fade’ swirls into the sonic ether with magnificent effect. Pounding drums & psych induced synthetic drones play with the post-punk like bass lines and that reverb drenched vocal line. There’s a lot going on, genre wise, within this track with post punk, psych & alt shoegaze leading the charge from its very first notes! ‘Fade’ has beautifully melodic, quiet moments that majestically complements its darker more explosive side with aplomb. ‘Nowhere’ swirls within a sea of organ swells, pounding drums, noisy guitars & expressive vocal progressions whilst ‘Slow Things Down’, the first of two tracks originally released on their debut EP ‘Dive’ back in 2012, takes on a more alt/indie rock slant within its melodic vocals & soaring chorus progressions.
The EP’s closing track, entitled ‘Dazed’ is also lifted from those debut ‘Dive EP’ sessions, albeit remastered. It begins with a swirling monolith of droning guitars before unleashing a dramatic, pounding drum pattern (reminiscent of UK Indie rockers ‘Doves’). Its psych leanings are also evident throughout as the maelstrom of guitars,synths, drums, bass & swirling vocals takes over & in turn leads us on a merry dance to the tracks explosive finale. Overall, a brilliant end to what is an impressive EP.
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. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion. 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.