Thousand Foot Whale Claw – ‘Cosmic Winds’
Thousand Foot Whale Claw, an Austin 4 piece, have masterfully wrangled their mountain of synths and guitars on stage for a couple of years now. With a lineup including members of Pure X and Troller, TFWC have cut their own path, playing diverse sets of delicate minimalism to krauty trance to full-spectrum drone. They have recently released a cassette, Lost in Those Dunes, on their own Holodeck Records imprint. Upcoming release Cosmic Winds on Constellation Tatsu takes space rock to the next level.
Havenaire – ‘Tremolo’
TREMOLO is the debut release from Havenaire, the Stockholm based musician John Roger Olsson. With his new alias, he is working with slow moving atmospheric melodies and shoegazing sonics.The most vital component to the layered sound of Tremolo is the classic vintage synth Roland Juno-106 which is also the primary source of sound. Mixed with Moog SubPhatty, effect drenched upright piano and white noise. The short beautiful transparent opener ’Monsters’ leads the way to the massive two-part album centerpiece ’Holy Hell’, which swells like waves of sound for almost 12 minutes. Midway ’Drone 1’ crackles slowly forward like rain on power lines. ’Holy Hell (Reprise)’ closes the album with its fiery tremolo, showering the dark mood with a glimpse of hope. The Tremolo sessions took place during 2010-2015 at Olsson’s own Möre Studio and his home studio in the Stockholm suburb Bagarmossen.
Chihei Hatakeyama – ‘You’re still in it’
Chihei Hatakeyama is an electronic music artist from Tokyo, Japan. He released his first full-length album, Minima Moralia on Kranky Records in 2006. Hatakeyama’s music is characteristically very slow, composed by repeatedly processing guitars, pianos, and vibraphones on a laptop. The result is a mix of droning chords and sparse single instruments rising above the mix. His music may be classified as either post-ambient experimental music or new-age music. i have been starting this “You’re still in it” at June 2015. June in japan is rainy season. i hardly like this season. i have done improvisation by electric guitar with my effect system. i have felt presence people who do not meet out side my house in rain. “You’re still in it” was given this album title. – Chihei Hatakeyama