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Radical Suckers et Le Duc Factory

L’Aéronef Présente Radical Suckers, avec Le Duc Factory

(2014, L’Aéronef) France.

Split Radical Suckers - Le Duc FactoryL’Aéronef, music hall in Lille, North of France known for its eclectic and indie taste help local musicians to release a 10inch with Attic Addict and R3myboy, how awesome !

I first met Robin, vocals and guitar for Radical Suckers and Le Duc Factory’s John during the Forest Sessions and then the Secrètes Sessions, these guys are terrific and talented !

You can watch a video for each of these songs in cool places :

Pigs Society : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZqr54-Ne3E

Darras : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOa7aUYqGGc

Stinky : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azN2nQImHH8

Strawberry House : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFxFJwFDV8Q

Powerful energy from North of France !

Terrific artwork !

If you see on these, jump on it !

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COUP DE COEUR : MY TOP 5

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1. Radical Suckers – Pigs Society
2. Radical Suckers – Darras
1. Le Duc Factory – Strawberry Eyes
2. Le Duc Factory – Stinky

Listen or buy Radical Suckers’ music here :  https://radicalsuckers1.bandcamp.com/

Listen or buy Le Duc Factory’s music here  :  https://leducfactory.bandcamp.com/

Pile

You’re Better Than This

(2015, Exploding in Sound Records) USA, Boston.

Pile - You're Better Than ThisRadiator Hymn is finally back ! I paused the writing for the last eight months but Pile’s music is so great that I started again, let’s share that terrific music !

I discovered them with their album “Dripping”, but I’ll give more details on that record below.

Here is their last one “You’re Better Than This” slightly different from their first albums, more risky and some more wildest guitar and vocal ideas.

So in their discography, that album may not be the easiest to access but it remains a very interesting record !

It seems to me that the song linking with their previous releases is Waking Up In The Morning, a story-teller song, with great work on the guitars and vocal melodies. Huge Finale at 3:55.

My favorite song on that record is #2 Hit Single, terrific guitar/drum riffs, makes me think of some Hella ideas and I love the Ooohooohoo’s at 1:33.

Very good work on the strings too in The World Is Your Motel and Tin Foil Hat with some à la Pissed Jeans touches.

To have in your Pile discography, great album !

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COUP DE COEUR : MY TOP 5

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1. #2 Hit Single
2. Waking Up In The Morning
3. The World Is Your Motel
4. Tin Foil Hat
5. Mr. Fish

Listen or buy Pile’s album here : https://pile.bandcamp.com/album/youre-better-than-this

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Special Snowflakes b​/​w Mama’s Lipstick

(2014,  Exploding in Sound Records) USA, Boston.

Pile - Special Snowflakes3rd Ep for Pile, one more song and one more beautiful story, length 7 minutes, with Special Snowflakes and some geniously-crafted instrumental parts with one of the most beautiful Intro I’ve ever heard. Let’s not forget that powerful end.

Mama’s Lipstick is a cool ballade, with a great reversed intro.

To add in your Pile discography.

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COUP DE COEUR : MY TOP 5

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1. Special Snowflakes
2. Mama’s Lipstick

Listen or buy Pile’s album here : https://pile.bandcamp.com/album/special-snowflakes-b-w-mamas-lipstick

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Dripping

(2012, Exploding in Sound Records) USA, Boston.

Pile - DrippingI discovered Pile with that album.

The first song Baby Boy is absolutely magic, well-composed, powerful, beautiful vocals, what a slap !

Please focus to the part at 3:28, Huge !

I think it is pretty easy to enjoy Richard Maguire’s vocals, located somewhere in between Per Almqvist, or even Jeffrey Moreira…

That album’s production is a success with a bad-ass snare, shining cymbals, clear strings…

Sun Poisoning is another great song with a terrific part at 1:09.

In my top 3 comes The Jones : that song will stuck in your head.

I love a lot Grunt Like A Pig, very powerful and noise-rock, makes me think sometimes of that german band : Gentle Veincut.

Here is another great guitar work : The Browns.

Best guitar solo on Prom Song at 3:34, very Part Chimp-esque.

Very beautiful artwork, there is nothing to dislike on that record :)

Another Must-have-in-your-collection !

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COUP DE COEUR : MY TOP 5

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1. Baby Boy
2. Sun Poisoning
3. The Jones
4. Grunt Like A Pig
5. The Browns

Listen or buy Pile’s album here : https://pile.bandcamp.com/album/dripping

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Magic Isn’t Real

(2010, D.I.Y.) USA, Boston.

Pile - Magic Isn't RealSecond Pile’s album. I gave a lot of focus to it, one of their best album.

You’ll be thrown directly in their universe with Uncle Jill and its huge Finale at 2:20.

I love Don’t Touch Anything‘s guitar riff and all the oohoohoohs.

Great guitar works too on Levee at 1:24 or on Pets globally.

I do love the powerful Two Snakes too.

An amazing artwork !

A Must-have-in-your-collection !

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COUP DE COEUR : MY TOP 5

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1. Uncle Jill
2. Don’t Touch Anything
3. Two Snakes
4. Levee
5. Pets

Listen or buy Pile’s album here : https://pile.bandcamp.com/album/magic-isnt-real

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Jerk Routine

(2009, D.I.Y.) USA, Boston.

Pile - Jerk RoutineFirst Pile album and their complex style is already here, with Richard Maguire’s terrific vocals.

First time I listened to that record I focused on Fidget and its violins parts and on the part at 2:54.

I enjoyed White Knuckles, simple guitar/voice song, very efficient.

Idiot The Chef is a powerful song and I love the guitars work in Haunt.

Let’s finish perfectly that record with Works and its huge outro at 4:25.

A good album !

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COUP DE COEUR : MY TOP 5

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1. Fidget
2. White Knuckles
3. Work
4. Idiot The Chef
5. Haunt

Listen or buy Pile’s album here : https://pile.bandcamp.com/album/jerk-routine

Reign

Subtle Bodies Ep

(2014, D.I.Y.) France.

Reign - Subtle Bodies

Back to reviews with a french metal band playing music between Deftones, Burst or some Devil Sold His Soul.

My two favorite tracks are two build-up with a powerful Finale : Edelweiss and Shelter.

I love how the cymbals are blasted at the end of Shelter.

The guitar layers are great and the recording a success.

I would have love to listen to more violent vocals at the end of each song !

You can listen to their songs on their bandcamp page, Enjoy !

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COUP DE COEUR : MY TOP 5

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1. Edelweiss
2. Shelter

Reign’s bandcamp page :  http://reign-band.bandcamp.com/

Bloodbath

Nightmares Made Flesh

(2004, Century Media Records) Sweden.

Bloodbath - Nightmares Made Flesh

Classical swedish music.

I discovered Bloodbath and Hypocrisy thanks to Julie, years ago.

Bloodbath is a super-band between Cannibal Corpse and Theory In Practice, with the famous Peter Tägtgren as vocalist.

What hit me in that record is the terrific production quality (What a bass slide at the beginning of Eaten)

I love the diversity in the drum beats that gives definitely a groove to Bloodbath’s songs (Cancer Of The Soul)

I love the part at 2:32 in Brave New Hell and Peter’s amazing vocal performance.

Three huge songs !

The other songs doesn’t show that diversity and turn them into something boring to me.

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COUP DE COEUR : MY TOP 5

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1. Eaten
2. Cancer Of The Soul
3. Brave New Hell

Bloodbath’s official website :  http://bloodbath.biz

Top 23 – 2013

Top 23 – 2013

Radiator Hymn.

1. Baxter Stockman – Punter Ektro Records
2. Zeus! – Opera 31G Records
3. James Blake – Overgrown Republic Records
4. PVT – Homosapien Felte Records
5. Melt Banana – Fetch A-Zap Records
6. Buke And Gase – General Dome Brassland Records
7. Born Ruffians – Birthmarks Paper Bags Records
8. Queens Of The Stone Age – … Like Clockwork Matador Records
9. Mylets – Retcon Sargent House
10. Tera Melos – X’ed Out Sargent House
11. Reveille – Broken Machines Clapping Music
12. Foxygen – We are the 21st […] Jagjaguwar Records
13. Eels – Wonderful, Glorious E Works Records
14. Surfer Blood – Pythons Sire Records
15. Child Bite – Vision Crimes Joyful Noise Recordings
16. Shai Hulud – Reach Beyond The Sun Metalblade Records
17. Poliça – Shulamith Pop + Mom Records
18. Savages – Silence Yourself Matador Records
19. Omar Souleyman – Wenu Wenu Ribbon Music
20. Run The Jewels – ST Fool’s Gold Records
21. Danny Brown – Old Fool’s Gold Records
22. Man Man – On Oni Pond Anti Records
23. Das Simple – In Girum Imus Nocte En Veux-tu? En V’là!

 

Neonbirds

Ignition’s Cold, Oxygen’s Pale

(2011, Substitute Records) France.

Neonbirds - Ignition's Cold, Oxygen's Pale

I met Neonbirds’ Leon when we played together in paris at L’international. Neonbirds is an electro duo with rock touches (electric guitar and bass)

There is many influences, as New Order or sometimes Soft Cell…

Their synthesizers and rhythmbox’s sounds are researched and worked. When you see them live, they bring all their machines with, what bring a human touch in the electro world.

One song you’ll remember after seing them live is 01212 and its catchy chorus.

I love a lot Mechanics‘ ambiences and Substitutes‘ Finale.

You’ll find here a beautiful video clip for Substitutes : http://vimeo.com/32733560

I love the mix between guitars, synths and vocals on Surfer Echo.

I do like the energy on Blood is Colour.

Some good songs, a band to follow !

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COUP DE COEUR : MY TOP 5

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1. Oxygen’s Pale – Surfer Echo
2. Oxygen’s Pale – 01212
3. Ignition’s Cold – Blood Is Colour
4. Ignition’s Cold – Substitutes
5. Ignition’s Cold – Mechanics

Neonbirds’ official website :  http://www.substituterecords.fr/?page_id=60

Joan And The Sailors

Home Storm

(2013, Little Jig Records) Suisse.

Joan And The Sailors - Home Storm

Here is a new discovery by 5rosesPress.

First time I played that record, I didn’t like the first song. But when I came bakc to it, I was amazed by the second one En Guantes Blanco with great vocals and guitar ambiences. It sounds kind of à la Bosnian Rainbows.

I love the great ambiences on Puzzle Of Feelings. In that song, the vocals sound à la Gentle Veincut.

Light Over Innsmouth leaves me mixed feelings, I love the sonorities in the choirs but sometimes the lead vocals doesn’t work.

Some good songs.

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COUP DE COEUR : MY TOP 5

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1. En Guantes Blancos
2. Puzzle Of Feelings
3. Light Over Innsmouth

Joan And The Sailors’ official website :  http://joanandthesailors.com/

mIGASTUMI

Enfantasse-me De Saigne Prixmitif

(2012, D.I.Y.) France.

mIGASTUMI - Enfantasse-me De Saigne Prixmitif

Here is a hit’s cover album by mIGASTUMI.

So when I said cover, I mean Michael Jackson’s Earth Song covered in Latin in Phase Heure songue.

A une laitre pré cété Jésus (JC/JD) is a Beyonce cover for Single Lady in french with crazy lyrics.

Amazing cover of Bérurier Noir on Noirlesoreures.

I love the story telling touch in Ghetto Gato.

I would recommend this disc to the curious listener who wants to rediscover classics in a crazy alternative universe. A f*cking crazy universe haha.

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COUP DE COEUR : MY TOP 5

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1. A une laitre pré céré Jésus (JC/JD)
2. Phase Heure songue
3. Noirlesoreures
4. Ghetto Gato

mIGASTUMI’s soundcloud page where you can stream her songs for free :  http://soundcloud.com/migastumi

Marcus Fjellström

Epilogue M Ep

(2013, Aagoo Records) Sweden.

Marcus Fjellström - Epilogue M Ep

Julien (5rosesPress) sent me that Ep by Marcus Fjellström.

I loved Dance Music 3 which sound à la Leila Arab, with interesting rhythmic patterns and moving melodies : Terrific !

I love to the build up and the strings in Explicator.

It was hard for me to love the other tracks with no rhythmic sections.

Interesting.

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COUP DE COEUR : MY TOP 5

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1. Dance Music 3
2. Explicator

Marcus Fjellström’s official website :  http://www.kafkagarden.com/

OvO

Abisso

(2013, Supernaturalcat) Italie.

OvO - Abisso

Watch Out ! Satan’s product.

Here is a sulfuric record.

OvO is an old love story. I saw them live for the first time at Les 4 Ecluses, in Dunkirk, the 5th of May 2007. A live where a masked man hits his toms like a maniac. Where a possessed woman screams like a damned soul. She placed captors in her dreadlocks, and get a saturated sound out of her hair with a bow…

A classic. Ha haha.

So they’re back with a huge sound and dancing songs.

You’ll get the idea with the massively saturated guitars on Tokoloshi and vocals à la Idiotsaintcrazy.

You’ll find fast and powerful songs like I Cannibali (great part at 1:38)

Aeneis‘soundscapes are absolutely crazy.

Terrific part at 1:52 in Pandemonio !

What a good surprize, bravo !

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COUP DE COEUR : MY TOP 5

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1. I Cannibali
2. Tokoloshi
3. Pandemonio
4. Aeneis

OvO’s official website :  http://www.supernaturalcat.com/OvO.html