NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: July 17th New Music Releases

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Møl – Jord

The only certainties in this life are death, taxes and Holy Roar not releasing bad records. With both Conjurer and Rolo Tomassi already blazing a trail this year, Holy Roar’s next world-beater comes to us from Denmark’s Møl, who may have just about perfected the whole Shoegaze/Black Metal trend with Jord (Holy Road Records), a record whose delicate intricacies are as emotionally devastating as its grossly incandescent rage. Continue reading

Cult Of Luna, Neurosis, And Trap Them Added To Roskilde Festival

Cult Of Luna, Neurosis, and Trap Them have joined the eclectic lineup of one of the world’s most important music festivals, Roskilde. Taking place June 24th – July first, in Roskilde, Denmark, and boasts over 175 bands on 9 stages. Typically most of the lineup consists of more pop and rock bands, but over the years more heavy and experimental acts have been added. Continue reading

Ghost Cult’s Most Anticipated Albums Of 2017

This past year was a huge one for music with so many bands releasing new material it was hard to keep up, even for us here at Ghost Cult. So many legacy bands, modern classic acts, and up and comers dropped new music this year, some may wish they had waited until 2017 to drop it like it’s hot. Without further ado, here are our picks for the new tunes you need in your life in 2017. Continue reading

Exclusive Stream: Nostalgist – Of Loves and Days Ago Album

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Nostalgist, photo by Shane Williams

On the verge of releasing their new album, Seattle post-punk shoegaze act Nostalgist have teamed up with Ghost Cult to present a full stream for Of Loves and Days Ago (Nostalgium Directive) due out on July 10th. To celebrate the release, the band is undertaking a West Coast tour starting this Friday, with a hometown show at Barboza with VibraGun and Winnebago. A full list of dates can be seen below. A haunting sonic throwback full of clever songcraft, hear Of Loves and Days Ago now:

 

Led by Asa Eisenhardt on vocals and guitar, Nostalgist also counts Connor Keogh on bass and Mark Knowles on drums in their ranks. Formed in late 2012, Of Loves and Days Ago is the follow up to 2013’s acclaimed Monochromantic EP, which featured Nick Bassett (Whirr, Nothing, Deafheaven) on lead guitar and engineered/mixed/mastered by Jack Shirley.

 

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Of Loves and Days Ago track listing

1. Cold Open

2. Pull of the Plow

3. Dreaming in Celluloid

4. The Derelict

5. Stillframe

6. An Unbroken Take

7. Blast of Silence

8. The Void at My Feet

 

 

Nostalgist tour dates:

July 10: Barboza – Seattle, WA w/ VibraGun, Winnebago

July 11: Rotture – Portland, OR 21+ 315 SE 3rd Avenue w/ Satsuma, Sabonis, Spirit Host

July 12: Old Nick’s- Eugene, OR w/Satsuma, Paleons, Josh Finch

July 13: Press Club- Sacramento, CA NMBRSTTN (Number Station), Fifi, Color of Closure

July 14: The Hemlock – San Francisco, CA w/ Lotus Thief, Whatfunlifewas

July 15: Third Eye Records- Long Beach, CA w/ Crisis Arm, Cruelty Code

July 16: Sweet Springs Saloon – San Luis Obispo, CA w/ Hollow Sunshine, Crisis Arm, Paperman

July 17: PTP La Cita PTP – Los Angeles, CA @ La Cita w/ Crisis Arm

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Nostalgist Book West Coast Tour Ahead of New Album

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Seattle post-punk shoegaze act Nostalgist have booked a west coast tour to support their new full length Of Loves and Days Ago (Nostalgium Directive) due out on July 10th. A full list of dates can be seen below.

Led by Asa Eisenhardt on vocals and guitar, Nostalgist also counts Connor Keogh on bass and Mark Knowles on drums in their ranks. Formed in late 2012, Or Loves and Days Ago is the follow up to 2013’s acclaimed Monochromatic EP, which featured Nick Bassett (Whirr, Nothing, Deafheaven) on lead guitar and engineered/mixed/mastered by Jack Shirley.

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Nostalgist live, photo by Shane Williams


Of Love and Days Ago track listing

1. Cold Open

2. Pull of the Plow

3. Dreaming in Celluloid

4. The Derelict

5. Stillframe

6. An Unbroken Take

7. Blast of Silence

8. The Void at My Feet

 

 

Nostalgist tour dates:

July 10: Barboza – Seattle, WA w/ VibraGun, Winnebago

July 11: Rotture – Portland, OR 21+ 315 SE 3rd Avenue w/ Satsuma, Sabonis, Spirit Host

July 12: Old Nick’s- Eugene, OR w/Satsuma, Paleons, Josh Finch

July 13: Press Club- Sacramento, CA NMBRSTTN (Number Station), Fifi, Color of Closure

July 14: The Hemlock – San Francisco, CA w/ Lotus Thief, Whatfunlifewas

July 15: Third Eye Records- Long Beach, CA w/ Crisis Arm, Cruelty Code

July 16: Sweet Springs Saloon – San Luis Obispo, CA w/ Hollow Sunshine, Crisis Arm, Paperman

July 17: PTP La Cita PTP – Los Angeles, CA @ La Cita w/ Crisis Arm

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Nothing – Guilty Of Everything

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“I was listening some radio show and they were talking about how there’s no good new music and they were referencing lots of random sort of MTV things and… It seemed so obvious that these were just people who didn’t either know where to look or weren’t willing to put the effort.” That’s what Andee, co-owner of Aquarius Records, said on Kenneth Thomas’ Blood, Sweat, Vinyl. DIY in the 21st Century. An amazing documentary movie that everyone should watch. Now, let’s think about what Andee said and apply it the band Nothing. The “MTV things” is a good way to start because one of the things that every listener will notice, or so I hope, is that Nothing is, at the core, a punk band full of dark ambiance, delivered by the music and Domenic Palermo’s lyrics. If you go back to the early 90s you will find a band that jumped into the mainstream, with the help of MTV, and had some of Nothing’s characteristics, or the other way around if that’s so fuckin’ important to you… Yeah, I’m talking about fuckin’ Nirvana. The other thing interesting about Andee’s words is the “where to look” thing. Well, Guilty of Everything, Nothing’s debut album, was released by Relapse Records (a metal label). Yeah, it’s probably a weird match and you didn’t see that shit coming. Well, let’s think again. Everything has a turning point, it doesn’t matter if we hate changes or not… It will eventually happen. Right now we’re seeing a fuckin’ turning point. Deafheaven’s Sunbather, Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Death Grips’ The Money Store, and Nothing’s Guilty of Everything, these are some of the records that are putting an end to the limits that we know. I mean, they were not the firsts to stretch the boundaries but they are definitely, because they are what we know now, the ones to put the boundaries on the moon. We can even look at Nothing’s own history. They released their stuff in an indie rock label, in a punk label and now in a metal label. There’s no stopping this shit: eclecticism is our next stop. Nothing’s debut album is, indeed, another important landmark on the music business. Just like Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing.…., etc – No, I’m not saying that that is better or it will make the same exact impact… Fuck off!

That being said, let’s jump into Nothing’s world. The band, which if from Philadelphia, was formed in 2011 by Palermo (guitars/vocals) after some complicated moments and the break-up of his band, the hardcore outfit Horror Show. From their demo, Poshlost, to this album (don’t forget about their two EPs, Suns and Lovers and Downward Years To Come) the evolution is remarkable. Starting off with ‘Hymn To The Pillory’, where the first moments of melancholy are attacked with loud and noisy guitars, to ‘B&E’ (a track that was re-recorded, since it was present on their demo), that seems to use a type of crescendo that is always limited (I’m aware of the weirdness of this statement, thank you). There’s no stopping or dull moments in here. Brandon Setta (guitars/vocals), that joined the band after the demo, was indeed a turning point for Nothing. Looking at the cover you might think they have surrender in this bleak and dark world. Well, it doesn’t seem like that. The high levels of energy are a constant throughout these ten tracks. Jesu, My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Pumpkins, Slowdive can be influences, but they don’t restrain Nothing’s freedom, not even for one second. Probably the diversity and cutting edge style that I’m talking about will not making sense at first. You just need to pay attention and let the repeat button do his job. In the end I can promise you this: the music and lyrics on Guilty of Everything will make a huge impact on you. You will not explore Nothing’s music, you will explore yourself. “Spent summers in a well watching pale moons disappear. Alone.” Haven’t we all?

10/10

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Tiago Moreira

Alcest – Shelter

promoWe all knew it was going to happen. Having hinted that the musical voyage of Alcest was likely to head into pastures new, 2014 sees Neige finally shed the last vestiges of metal, let-alone any lingering black metal leanings from the two-piece band he has led since as far back as 1999, allowing Alcest to emerge, blinking into the light like a newborn butterfly. It’s a beautiful transition and one that will be met by fans of the band with strong feelings of pride, akin to witnessing a loved one succeed against all odds. Because feelings of love and pride are unavoidable when listening to Shelter (Prophecy Productions), Alcest’s fourth full length release.

Despite claiming never to have been a fan of shoegaze, the much maligned genre of music that saw acts such as My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive briefly gain prominence in the early 90s before being castigated and abandoned due to their impenetrable wall-of-sound approach and standstill stage performances, here Alcest have crafted the finest album ever associated with the genre. This is a record of shimmering chords, leisurely ambience and otherworldly, soaring vocals.

From the opening beauty of ‘Away’ featuring the calm and assured vocals of Neil Halstead of the aforementioned Slowdive through the fuzzy, gradually building distortion of ‘Deliverance’ to the mournful yet optimistic guitar lines of ‘Voix Sereines’ , this is a record of indescribable elegance and grace, the kind of heavenly sounds that deserve to reach a much wider audience. Likely to leave some black metal purists scratching their greasy scalps in confusion if they’re allowed to like this, the truth is that everyone should embrace Shelter for what it is; a captivating and stunning piece of music poured straight from the heart.

9/10

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James Conway