Julia Shammas Holter is a classically-trained keytarist from Echo Park. After infiltrating Human Ear Music headquarters dressed as an intern, she wrote and recorded her own release on the label. Her music is witty, surreal and optimistic. She plays without sarcasm in the terrains that divide sentimentality, passion, and control. Her songs are written instinctively, and treated with an off-kilter fastidiousness, working orchestral variety from minimal instrumentation.
Metal Rouge is a duo unit, originally formed in New Zealand between Andrew Scott and Helga Fassonaki, now residing in the sea between--concerned primarily with pure thoughtless formless now and its expression through sound.
There are at least two artists called Chapels: 1. Chapels are a melodic post-hardcore/screamo band from London, UK, formed in early 2011. They released their first demo in June 2011, containing three tracks, a live album in May 2012 and are currently in the process of writing a full release, "Admittance" to be released Summer 2012. Ollie Doe - Vocals
Keenan Burgess - Guitars
Tom Barrie - Bass
Jack Adams - Drums
Psychic Ills is a group that became active in NYC sometime during 2003. Their sound has included a combination of rock experimentation, drones, electronic textures, and various ethnic influences. Their live shows have varied widely and have been known to have an improvised performance art element as well. The current line up consists of Elizabeth Hart, Brian Tamborello, and Tres Warren. Their 2nd album "Mirror Eye", is set to be released on January 20th of 2009 on The Social Registry label.
Based in Nottingham, United Kingdom, Gareth Hardwick creates music that is at once rich and minimalist, dense and subtle. By manipulating the natural tones of his guitar with effects and loops he can deform and reshape the sounds generated by his instrument until you're no longer sure what you're hearing - an organ, a voice, or no recognisable instrument. Between abstract sounds, fragile and delicate melodies reveal themselves to you; finding yourself lost in intricate textures you are suddenly awoken by an absence of structure or sound, of something that one can hold on to.
Robedoor is the duo of Alex: slime, knives and distortion, and Notnotfun label head honcho Britt on fire, howls and cloaks... Hmmm... but what does all that mean, sonically? Well, precisely what you might imagine. A blackened drone drenched world of slime and knives and fire, dense clouds of distorted howls, a thick cloak of fuzz and buzz wrapped around the proceedings like a thick, well, cloak! Actually this is a lot prettier than you might imagine. That is, if your idea of pretty includes tons of low end and a world of slow motion doomdrone.
Blank Realm is a rock band out of Brisbane. They “create a levitating atmosphere built on improvisations that focus sharp into excellent, tuneful songs (Brian Turner – WFMU)”. The band is composed of 3 siblings and a spiritual brother who share a love fine dining, and even finer selections from their well-stocked humidor.
Jack Rose (R.I.P.)
Patrick Best Psychedelic noise/drone/folk band from Richmond, Virginia. They play dense, large-scale pieces of music that radiate inner warmth. They are influenced by Indian raga, the American primitivism of John Fahey, minimalism, and noise music.
Dreams & Empires are a young band from Glasgow, Scotland. The band strive to be set apart from their own dying music scene, where bands constantly churn out the same old recycled ideas, D&E choose to write music close to their hearts and have the ambition to move outside their own town and they definetely have the enthusiasm, talent and determination to do so.
Space-psych-horror, lo-fi aggressive electronics with weird field recordings but also a spacey melodic sweet sound that came up from this maelström. Everything done with a guitar, broken mixer, open mic and some effects. Dracula Lewis is one of the best hidden deep dark secrets from Europe, he spent long time traveling all over the world and is now releasing a split LP with Ducktails.