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2. How many members in your band ? What is IPD’s line up ?
It’s just me. Originally, I started recording on my own because I had been in several bands that had the usual “band problems” (egos, direction, differing levels of dedication, etc.) and I had a lot of material that I just kept writing on my own. I wrote with the intent of using songs in a full band setting, but technology has changed and improved a lot over the years so much so that I was making full productions that sounded exactly like what I had intended in my head, so I just kept running with it. The one man band concept really caught on in Black Metal, but I’m only aware of a few doing it with the Doom and Stoner genre.
this international crisis and the suppression of live shows, have you performed
with IPD ? when
and where ?
No, not with IPD. It’s always been a one-man show. I’m not opposed to the idea. A few bands and promotors have reached out to me about gigs, assuming that it was a full group.
I’m good with that. It’s a visceral genre. It highlights all the things I like best in metal music – simple catchy riffs, haunting vocals, bluesy grooves; all the things that made me want to explore music in the first place.
Definitely inspiring, and in a strange way – reassuring. All the people who laughed at us “conspiracy theorists” sure aren’t laughing now. There are playbooks out there in the open that outline exactly what we’re living through, but many have ignored the signs. I’ve been writing non-stop as these events have unfolded, although a good chunk of that material isn’t what I would consider IPD material.
Absolutely. I’ve had 4 releases over 15 years, but I consider a more outward display of my commitment to be the lyrical content of the material. For all that time, in one way or another the central themes of my writings have been Pro-God and Anti-New World Order. In this day and age, that literally puts a target on your back. It would be so much easier to just write about Druids and weed to procure a bunch of praise, but there’s already a lot of people doing that. God bless them, they do it well and I really enjoy listening, but that’s not my calling with this. Years from now when I’m long gone, I want my kids to know that when evil was AT and INSIDE the gates, I spoke truth to power and there was no doubt about what side I was on.
The visual is that of a man, at home, just minding his own business. He wants to be left alone to live his life in freedom and peace, but there is this constant knocking at the door – bombardment of messages telling him things that are demonstrably false and demanding his buy-in. I even poke a little fun at myself by making a cameo appearance pushing my albums on him, ha ha!
Besides those, it’s the usual suspects like CDBaby, Distrokid, and the rest of the distribution channels out there. In that respect, it’s a great time to be a musician if you want to be heard. I suspect Facebook will be banning and purging me soon enough for thought crimes. I’m a bit of a meme-dealer on that page in addition to the music. I tell people “come for the shitposting, stay for the music”
What I said was that Rock & Roll used to be about rebellion. In the seventies, the music and meaning behind it got heavier and deeper. Then came the cancel culture. It crept into every aspect of society, and before you knew it - expression and free thought was practically dead. I say NO LONGER. Deviating from the mainstream takes an act of courage. It’s true – you either toe the line, or they try to destroy you. Recently, an entrepreneur tried to start an alternative to Twatter called Parler. A few days ago, the entire big-tech oligarchy conspired to have him and his business destroyed, and it wasn’t even because HE thought differently than they did – it was because people using his platform did ! Wrongthink guilt by association. It’s pure totalitarianism. I don’t translate well to Newspeak. If Thomas Paine were alive and writing today, he would be memory-holed too. As far as the rebellious nature of rock & roll – in reality there is very little of that anymore because of this stifling of free speech, and the hypocrisy of the big acts. For example, communist darlings like Rage Against the Machine made an entire career out of preaching that Capitalism is evil. Then last year they went out charging $300 a ticket for nosebleed seats.
Black Sabbath made me want to become a musician. Tony Iommi is personally responsible for creating this entire genre. When I first heard the album Paranoid as a teenager, I made it my mission to go out and buy a guitar. Then I heard Master of Reality and my entire world changed. While jamming War Pigs with some other local kids one day, someone suggested that somebody should actually try singing the song though the PA. I volunteered, and it turned out that I have this nasal thing going on that makes me sound a lot like Ozzy. Fast forward many years later, I found myself supplementing my musical endeavors by fronting a popular Ozzy Osbourne tribute band in the Cleveland area. It was a wonderful, fun gig that lasted nearly a dozen years but the PLANdemic finally killed it off.
album “The Great Awakening” has 10 songs.
Is this number a pure chance or does this number mean something for you ?
I’m all about hidden and double meanings, but honestly this isn’t one of them. I originally planned on another EP to supplement “Come and Take It”, but inspiration tends to come in waves for me. Next thing I knew I had 10 completed songs, which was fine because it meant I could finally put out something on vinyl as well for the sake of nostalgia, even though I don’t personally own a record player anymore.
PLAY CENTER is a Punk-Rock band based in Roswell (Georgia) meaning they are alien band and they are even more interesting to discover and listen to !
TULIMERI (Ilari Pitkänen) is a Finnish songwriter performer who writes and performs original songs and melodies inspired by the pop and dance music of the 1980s.
Even if it's not the official profession of TULIMERI, music is his passion and his priority in life and he lives for music.
TULIMERI (facebook page) is a talented and appealing songwriter performer having a real magical voice, who already composed more than 20 tracks and is preparing some new ones including a new EP which is still a secret.
Here you can read a little review about 3 of his songs :
1. Hello Moreto ! Phoenix is glad to welcome you for this interview about your last album "Untouchable" !
Hi Emmanuel! Thank you for your time !
2. How many albums have you already released ?
At the moment I have two albums - "Spectrum" and "the Untouchables", the good news is that on December 31, 2019 my third album is released called "Beta".
3. You are born and live in Russia in Krasnodar so I don't doubt you are a Russian citizen but I would just like to know if your name (or artist name) MORETO has any relation with Italian culture ?
Thank you for such a wonderful question ! Yes, I live and work in Russia, but the soul and roots of my origin goes to Bulgaria. Moreto in Bulgarian means sea.
4. Is MORETO your real name or your artist name ?
Moreto is a creative pseudonym, my name is Eugene.
5. In your recording studio do you only use samples for the additional voices or do invite some singers to record and mix their voices, especially in your 2 beautiful songs "Time" and " Beating Heart" ?
In my work in the studio, I use a mixed approach to recording, so the song "Time" was born thanks to the great vocal sample of the performer with which I would really like to meet. The song "beats the heart" was recorded in the studio with the help of great performers. She is a superstar. https://apple.co/2xqfp3D
6. Do you only make studio songs or do you also perform live ?
Studio work is an important preparatory work for live performances. During the performance, one of the screens transmits a working computer screen, where during playback of the song, the viewer can see and evaluate the internal structure and design of the project.
7. All your songs and tracks have English titles, however, maybe I am wrong but it seemed to me that the woman singer of the song "Beating Heart" sings in Russian... Is it true ? Moreover is the same woman songer singing both songs "Time" and "Beating Heart" ?
English song titles have been translated for readability. The original album was released in Cyrillic.
8. There is a special and long track named "Miracle" that can be ranked into Electro tribal style. Can you explain the meaning of this title song ?
Miracle - a modern mantra, a track for which you can briefly disconnect from everyday life.
9. Anyone can see that you are a very various Electronic composer because "Crazy" is an excellent and subtle House music track. By the way do you compose music according to your current mood ?
The most good songs are obtained when you put experienced emotions into them, life is unpredictable and it is not always possible to save loved ones from bad deeds towards you. Composure only gains when your heartache turns into music. Let me tell you a little secret, in 2020 the Spectrum album will be reissued, and the song will have a crazy vocal, which we couldn’t record at that time, because the song is really crazy !
10. Have you thought about your own childhood when you created the very specific song "Child" that is a very original song because sometimes we can hear child voice or sounds well expressing in my opinion child life ?
It happened so that charity appeared in my life, I composed music and a song for a children's charity, if you listen to it https://youtu.be/cXnd-ij5g2k you will hear a sample of a child’s voice when I heard the sample from a child song, I wanted to create a composition, and so the track turned out.
11. Something very original about you is the international award that you earned in the category of sound engineering, producer and composer. Congrats for this award and please tell us where, when and how you earned this award.
The International Popova Prize was established in the field of broadcasting, in my portfolio the radio network in southern Russia was already prepared, I sent a jury design package, what was my surprise when I was informed that my work received the God-of-air award for the quality of the works provided. The award was presented in Los Angeles, but I unfortunately could not attend it.
12. The music video on your MusicSubmit campaign in in Russian language, so can you translate it in English language ? Can you also explain us what is the topic of the song ? Finally who is the artist having collaborated with you for this song ?
The video for the song "Imitate" was created with the performer ladyyaga. A romantic love story, girls, cars and yachts. Classic joke ! https://apple.co/2ZSGWan
13. Apparently you are neither on facebook nor on twitter nor on any other classical social network, Does it mean that you are suspiscious of social networks ?
Social networks require a lot of energy and time, I have a little presence on https://www.instagram.com/godmoreto/ and at https://www.snapchat.com/add/godmoreto
14. Maybe I am wrong but is your music somehow influenced by religion and mystical things ?
Christ is with everyone my favorite expression. I believe in God, I believe that every person is a divine being, and mystical consciousness is capable of magic, I believe in karma and the Law.
15. Are you currently working at a new music project ?
A special place in my heart is occupied by the project Training - Boysband, the first album of the Training will be released in 2020, it has already been recorded. A single know I miss you already can listen to https://apple.co/2JaX00p
16. Thank you very much Moreto for having kindly answered my questions, good luck, great success and be seeing you !
Thank you Emmanuel for the wonderful questions and the opportunity to go deep inside yourself and find out the answers to them. We will hear and see you!
The main MORETO's links are :
This review concerns the two tracks "COMBUSTION" and "WHO'LL FRAME MY MEMORIES IN ASH" from the album "&".
Hi CHRONIC TWILIGHT and Hi everyone !
I was happy to write a review in June 2018 (scroll this page to read it) for the release of the EP (4 tracks) "Vulnerable" of the American Gothic Rock band from Nashville (Tennessee) CHRONIC TWILIGHT directed by composer Michael LOUIS who is kind to have chosen PHOENIX MUSIC to talk about his 2nd album (9 tracks) "An Essential Catharsis" released at the beginning of this month of January 2019.
I will not talk about "Vulnerable" about which you can read my full chronicle further down on this page, limiting myself to saying that it is a superb mini album among which one of the titles "Misfortune of Me" reached on youtube in just 8 months nearly 9000 views, which is remarkable.
On the other hand, I'm going to spend a little time comparing the first album (8 tracks) "Hymns for Heliophobes" by CHRONIC TWILIGHT, released in December 2017, because the band already showed a certain and varied talent with very rock tracks like "Battlecry", very dark in the purest Gothic style like "God is Dead", "And the Kids Go" that is a terrific track on a psychedelic tune (from the style of the post-punk English group of the 1970s-1980s "The Fall ") with terrifying lyrics, as well as "Low Moments in High Fashion" having an impressive musical input with cries of the damned. This piece really reminded me of the horror movie "Parents" (by Bob Balaban).
I come now to the second album "An Essential Catharsis" from CHRONIC TWILIGHT, released recently on the Brazilian label Wave Records. The compositions, texts and songs are by Michael LOUIS, while only the 3rd (superb) piece "The Anatomy of Poison" is performed by Sam SHARP.
"Rabid", the entry piece of the album, somehow speaks of the cerber, the dog of hell who would not even be a creature of the night because too scared to turn off the light !
"Mark of Cain" is a beautiful gothic piece with BDSM theme. The music video of the piece is a slideshow with very beautiful images of a woman dominated. The whip here has the appearance of a snake, the snake of Cain.
I really loved "The Anatomy of Poison", not only because of the beautiful voice of Sam SHARP accompanied by a female singer, but also for its deep bass that has nothing to envy to one of the bass master who is Peter Hook.
"Union of Despair" is a beautiful, desperate hymn that gives the album a very interesting DSBM side.
"Suffrage and Scourge" is a very interesting and special song, very different from the others in that it is particularly tortured, accompanied by a rather agonizing female ghostly voice.
The music video of "I'm Alive !" begins with a beautiful tribute to the first Expressionist films (of Murnau or Dreyer style) with a scene of shadow puppets where a devil tries to train a girl in an unrestrained dance. The theme may be reminiscent of Lovecraft's famous phrase "who forever sleeps never die".
"The Tyrannical Young" is a very gothic and interesting song because its theme (the revenge of the children) represents somehow the opposite and the logical continuation of the song "And the Kids Go" (which appeared on the first album "Hymns for Heliophobes"of CHRONIC TWILIGHT) of which I speak earlier in my review and which speaks about the ferocity and the cruelty of the father who eats his children (the myth of Saturn).
"Dire Transgressions", last song of the abum, includes a superb melody and beautifully concludes this album which in every way is a wonderful gothic Rock album and will appeal to lovers of pure gothic and Darkwave, shoegaze as well and also to the Depressive Black Metal audience.
Below are the main CHRONIC TWILIGHT links :
PHOENIX freut sich, eine Zusammenfassung auf Deutsch zu präsentieren der Themen von Thomas SCHENK Interview :
Es geht um :
NTERVIEW OF THOMAS SCHENK BY PHOENIX
INTERVIEW MIT THOMAS SCHENK VON PHOENIX
1. Hello Thomas ! Phoenix is glad to welcome you for this interview !
Hallo Thomas ! Phoenix freut sich, dich beim Interview zu begrüßen !
2. Discovering your songs, at once I was interested by your voice that I found very touching, maybe even more because a bit tremulous. Is it a mean to express some doubt about existence ?
Als ich auf deine Lieder stieß, fiel mir sofort deine Stimme auf die ich sehr berührend fand, umsomehr vielleicht als sie ein bißchen bebend ist. Ist das ein Mittel existenzielle Zweifel zum Ausdruck zu bringen ?
3. How long have you been singing and composing ? Have you some other professional occupation to help you to live ?
Wie lange singst und komponierst Du schon ? Hast Du andere berufliche Aktivitäten zum Gelderwerb ?
4. You use lot of different instruments in your songs, like piano, guitar, saxophone, drums. Do you play all these instruments or do you sometimes use samples ?
Du verwendst eine größere Zahl unterschiedlicher Instrumente in deinen Liedern, wie Klavier, Gitarre, Saxophon, Drums. Spielst Du alle diese Instrumente selbst oder verwendest Du manchmal Samples ?
5. One great originality is that each of your songs start by a sort of jingle of 30 seconds duration and it's the same instrumental beginning for every song. Can you explain why ?
Eine tolle Eigenheit ist, daß jeder deiner Lieder mit einer Art Jingle von 30 Sekunden Dauer beginnt und es ist der selbe instrumentale Anfang für jedes Lied. Kannst Du erklären warum ?
Nun der Jingle, wenn du Musik-Streams mit Anwendungen wie dem MR Recorder rippst mußt du das Produkt näher kennenlernen und in jedem Fall wird immer wieder die Titel-Nummer "Der Koks-Zug ist da" vorgestellt. Die Konsumation von Internet-Radio mit begrenzter Soundqualität ist schließlich gratis. Jango.com zum Beispiel hat ein Upload-Limit von 10 Megabyte. Der Jingle trägt zur Vermarktung bei.
Die Leute heutzutage nehmen nicht nur alles gratis was nicht angeschraubt ist, sondern sind beleidigt wenn sie ein paar Cent beitragen müssen. Das kommt daher, daß große Plattenfirmen über Jahrzehnte erschienene Musik gratis anbieten um den Vertrieb ihres Mists zu optimieren. Während der 'Perlen vor die Säue'-Produzent die tatsächlichen Produktionskosten samt Vertrieb tragen muß und im Wettbewerb mit dem mit hohem technischen Aufwand produzierten künstlerischen Erbe der Menschheit steht.
6. By the term of "Austro-Pop", is it simply the way to define your music style or is it more a mean for you to claim your identity as an Austrian, for example by singing in your native language, especially in a world where it's "politically correct" to sing in English and in a standard way ?
Mit dem Begriff "Austro-Pop", ist das einfach ein Weg deinen Musikstil zu definieren oder ist es mehr ein Mittel deine Identität als Österreicher geltend zu machen, zum Beispiel durch Singen in deiner Muttersprache, besonders in einer Welt wo es 'politisch korrekt' ist standardmäßig in Englisch zu singen ?
7. How many albums (or EPs) have you done so far and have you some new release to come ?
Wie viele Alben (oder EPs) hast Du bisher fertiggstellt und hast Du irgendwelche Neuerscheinungen in Planung ?
8. Are your songs expressing something like the time passing or the things changing ?
Bringen deine Lieder etwas zum Ausdruck wie das Vergehen der Zeit oder den Wandel der Dinge ?
9. Who are the singers composers, the bands (of your country or not, of your language or not, alive or not) that seem for you the more closer and are there some artists (music or other arts) having influenced you ?
Wer sind die Sänger, Komponisten, die Bands (deines Landes oder nicht, deiner Sprache oder nicht, am Leben oder nicht) die dir näher erscheinen und sind da Künstler (Musik oder andere Künste) die dich beeinflußt haben ?
10. Which singers, which bands do you like to listen to ?
Welche Sänger, welche Bands hörst du gerne ?
11. When and why have you decided to be singer composer ?
Wann und warum hast du dich entschlossen Sänger und Komponist zu werden ?
12. It seems your lyrics songs are written in a sort of German dialect ? Is it the German language you learnt in your area or have you, for artistic purpose, changed some words or sentences (like for example "Ich" that becomes "I" or "Mein" that becomes "Mei", and so on) or is it a way for you or people like you to purify the German language to avoid it can be damaged ?
Es scheint, deine Lyrics sind in einer Art deutschem Dialekt geschrieben ? Ist dies die deutsche Sprache die du in deiner Gegend gelernt hast oder hast du aus künstlerischen Gründen manche Wörter oder Sätze verändert (wie z.B. "Ich" das zu "I" wird oder "Mein" das zu "Mei" wird usw.) oder ist es ein Weg für dich oder Leute wie dich um die deutsche Sprache aufzubereiten und deren Verfall hintanzuhalten ?
13. What do you think of the "new world order" and do you think it will have some influence on art ?
Was hältst du von der "Neuen Welt-Ordnung" und denkst du sie wird die Kunst beeinflussen ?
14. Do you sometimes sing committed songs ?
Singst du manchmal kritische Lieder ?
15. Do you only compose and sing in "recording studio" or do you plays also live ? And in this case where do you go to play your live shows ?
Komponierst und singst du nur im Studio oder spielst du auch live ? Und wenn dies der Fall ist wo spielst du deine Live-Shows ?
16. Are your 4 songs "Die Liebe", "I bin Schuld", "Mei Zeuge" and "Carolyn" from an album or are they singles ?
Sind deine 4 Lieder "Die Liebe", "I bin Schuld", "Mei Zeuge" und "Carolyn" von einem Album oder sind das Singles ?
17. One of your song "Mei Zeuge" is more "military" than most orther ones ? Dose this song means something special compared to the other ones ?
Eines deiner Lieder "Mei Zeuge" ist "militärischer" als die meisten anderen ? Bedeutet das etwas Spezielles verglichen zu den anderen ?
18. Have you a song you prefer to the other you composed ?
Gefällt dir eines deiner Lieder mehr als andere die du komponiert hast ?
19. Thank you very much Thomas for having kindly answered my questions. Good luck, great success and be seeing you !
Vielen Dank Thomas daß du so freundlich warst meine Fragen zu beantworten. Viel Glück, viel Erfolg und ich freue mich dich Wiederzusehen !
Today Phoenix has now the great pleasure to post a review about an awesome atmospheric, melodic Death/Doom metal band from Finland.
They're 2 members, Antti and Timo (Antti's cousin) living in a city having the sweet name of Hämeenlinna (maybe in relation with the famous Pied Piper of Hamelin in Germany ?), about 100 km from Helsinki the capital of Finland.
FRACTURED SPINE works are :
To conclude this review, not forgetting to mention that their network and fan base is extremly important, Fractured Spine already having more than 80.000 likers and followers on facebook ,which is exceptional, even more from a "so called" indie and underground band !
I hope you'll have understood that Fractured Spine is at the same time a very talented, unique, touching Melodic Death/Doom Metal band which deserve to be known all over the world.
Listen (below) to "This Dying Soul" from the album of 2014 "Memoirs of a Shattered Mind" by FRACTURED SPINE, depressive song written by Mikko
Phoenix is very happy to post this new review about a Gothic-Rock band but not a usual Gothic-Rock band... and even if you're not specialist or even not total fan of this music style I don't doubt you'll be charmed and you'll find enjoyment to listen to the subtle and class music and voice of CHRONIC TWILIGHT, alias Michael LOUIS from Nashville in Tennessee (USA), who is already famous and respected in the professional area.
Some infos about Chronic Twilight and Michael Louis... Michael Louis is a multi instrumentalist and baritone vocalist having released his first album "Hymns for Heliophobes" (great title for Dark music, isn't it ?!) in 2017.
The music of Chronic Twilight is usually composed of guitar, synthesizer, bass, and drums to give a very special and unique atmosphere.
Chronic Twilight's last release is a EP (4 tracks) named "Vulnerable" and its spearhead song "Misfortune of Me", so dark, deep, reminding somehow Cure or Christian Death but also Sisters of Mercy, Joy Division of course, in a pure Goth Punk style with clear and sensual male voice, is already a hit through its music video version with so far more than 7000 views on the official youtube channel of the band (direct link below).
The cover art of "Vulnerable" in itself is also very well thought because it represents the idea of the mask hidding the real personality of any of us.. something anyone should think about...
Speaking of the official music video of this song, it's really well filmed and nicely edited while simply, and it's because it's simple and without useless artifice that it's a very pleasant video to watch, I liked very much the pure dark light that subtly enlights Michael Louis and the guitarist.
"Misfortune of Me" was several times reviewed (by Nowhere Now Records especially) and playlisted for example by the Peruvian Radio "In Club" and in the USA at San Antonio in the Night Shift Radio Show of the DJ Rickbats.
For all these reasons and for the pleasure to listen, "Misfortune of Me" really deserves to be a masterpiece of the Dark music and can be qualified also of Depressive Goth so the lyrics and style express so well melancholy, misanthropic feeling. Some originality of the song is also that it ends like if the music died... which is logical for a Dark song !
But the 3 other songs of the EP are everything but poor and weak and really different from "Misfortune of Me" and this variety represents also the high quality of the EP with the 3rd one "April Always", whose title means some hope, very different and interesting track also, more joyful and however very dark, more Synth also, this one reminded me maybe some great classical bands music like Fields of the Nephilim. Personally, listening to this song, I remembered also "I Saw the Sun" by the great ancient British shoegaze band Slowdive.
The 3rd track, simply named "Crawl", is maybe the more despairing one of the EP and nevertheless an excellent track that should stay in your mind long time after you'd have heard it. Listening to "Crawl" I had a strange feeling of being the misfortunate hero of a new H.P Lovecraft frightening story.
The last 4th song "Poisoned Ease" sounds for me like an obsessive melody that runs in the head like a snake or a spider. I really loved hearing this song.
To summarize, this EP "Vulnerable" is simply a masterpiece of the Goth Punk Dark and Depressive genre and really I advice anyone, fan or not of this kind of music, to find it.
Sometimes, hearing the songs of "Vulnerable", I think of the Shoegaze atmospheric British band Chapterhouse that is a big reference in the music genre.
Les principaux liens de CHRONIC TWILIGHT sont :
Watch the official Dark..Dark Dark music video "God is Dead" by CHRONIC TWILIGHT
Black Sails is an idea of freedom and unity of extraordinary thinking people. It’s about hard path of being different. We want to give a piece of our support to all the people who have enough faith to chose this path.
Enjoy the new stuff of this talented Belarus band of Alternative Electronic Rock and Pogressive Metal !
Here their bandcamp page : https://weesp.bandcamp.com/
PHOENIX is glad to have updated WEESP review (please scroll down to read it) with their new clip "Who We Are".
Enjoy the new stuff of this talented Belarus band of Alternative Electronic Rock and Pogressive Metal !
Here their bandcamp page : https://weesp.bandcamp.com/
I'm enchanted to publish today a review I wrote about Marino CARGNEL, an Italian artist from Pieve di Cadore who makes an unusual and very interesting music mixed of guitar, bass and electronic that can be defined by alternative and progressive electronic jazz-rock.
This review will be dedicated to the album "Illusions Snoisulli", one of the 3 full albums (besides "Snake and Sounds" and "No Right Time") that Marino produced in 2017 from his home in the Dolomites Mountains.
Like most albums of this progressive acoustic genre, all the 3 albums of Marino Cargnel have long duration : more than 80 mn for "Illusions Snoisulli" and "Snake and Sounds", while "No Right Time" has almost 60 mn duration.
So we can say that "Illusions Snoisulli" deserves to be called a LP (Long Play) album ! but if the average duration of the tracks is almost 6 mn it doesn't mean it's a boring work, not at all and, having conscientiously heard all of them, my opinion is that it's a real masterpiece of electro acoustic jazz.
Considering the album "Illusions Snoisulli", sometimes it's a deconstructed, thumping, psychedelic and depressed jazz metal like the 1st track "Illusions" in which appear wailing feminine voices and strange laughs like coming from nowhere or from beyond the mountains, and this music would perfectly fit some French or Italian films of the sixties.
Sometimes, like in "Apple Tree" the 2nd track, it's the harmonium sound and a style close to the famous English psychedelic rock band "The Fall" founded in the seventies. This track would be a perfect soundrack for an Italian horrific thriller or giallo (like those of the great directors Mario Bava, Lamberto Bava, Antonio Margheriti or Riccardo Freda).
Some other tracks, especially the 3rd "Blanca Senora", 4th "Clara Luna", 6th "Blue Rain" and 8th "Green Black" are more guitar and noizy jazz, while there is a special track, the 5th "The Sky is Blue" which is a very nice and smooth serenade.
I'll make a particular attention to "There's no War between Animals", the 7th track, in that, having a duration of more than 9mn, it's the longest track of the album and deserves obviously to ba called a progressive track. On the other hand, this track is an awesome experimental new wave one and we can just be fascinated by the subtle mix with animals sounds (frogs especially) and human and industrial noises (car horn).
I see in this track a tough critisism of our modern society like a war between human live and animal life.
This track makes me also think of some great ecological films of the seventies like "Frogs" or "Ants" in which the soundtrack were often mixed with human and animals sounds.
"Hello", the 9th track, is rather distressing and also very interesting.
Finally the 11th and last of the album, named "Morning", is on the contrary much more entertaining, it's a sort of gathering punctuated by some birds songs (at the beginning of the track) and with lot of electric guitar.
Marino CARGNEL deserves huge attention and to be considered as an important and cutting edge electronic artist.
Les principaux liens de Marino CARGNEL sont :
INTERVIEW OF MARCO CINELLI BY PHOENIX
1. Hello Marco ! Phoenix is glad to welcome you for this interview !
My pleasure. I am so excited to see what these questions will have me say…
2. As an Italian, I guess you like soccer ? Are you more Juventus, Roma, Fiorentino, Napoli, AC Milan, Inter Milan fan ?
I am an AS Roma supporter. My father told me I can change everything in life except for the football team I love. I was imposed to be an AS Roma supporter, but I’ve been loving the team after all. Problem is that going to the stadium has became now a bit out of the way for me.
3. Is Marco Cinelli your real name or your artist name ?
It’s my real name. A lot of people ask me if I have middle names, but no, my full name written on the passport is Marco Cinelli. I am happy to see that it sounds good enough to be taken as an artist name.
4. Is Marco Cinelli a single person or a band ?
it’s just me. Maybe I should credit the other musicians, but I wanted to avoid things like Marco Cinelli & the Dirty Dicks or stuff like that.
5. Do you personally compose your music and write your lyrics ?
Yessir. I can say that I am rightfully entitled of “singer-songwriter” the old traditional way.
6. Do you play an instrument ?
Yes. I play guitar and piano. And guitar too. Oh, and also guitar.
7. When have you begun to sing professionally ?
At the age of 23. It was rather my first paid concert as lead singer. It was in a bar in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. And it was awful because I was so scared to sing wrong that I actually never sang right.
8. Have you already released albums (or EPs) before the one you're preparing now ?
I released several records with and for other projects, but under my name just one full-length record (“Parallel Postulate” ) and two 6-track EPs (“Breeze” and “Watch Me Movin’”)
9. What is the name of the album you're preparing ?
10. If someone asks you what is the style and genre of your music, what do you say ?
It’s Pop music. If you wanna know all the supplementary tags, well, that’s a listener’s task.
11. Your single "Uh-Some" is very well showcased by the clip of the same name which is very professionally made with a beautiful light, simple but efficient F/X. A clip very class, sober, so Italian isn't it ?! By the way is it intrusive to ask you how much it costed ?
I am glad that you guys associate “Italian” with class and sobriety. I tried to make something visually interesting with a small budget. There is this guy who’s following me since the very beginning, and his name is Luca Scalia: he is the video maker and director of 80 percent of my clips. I’ve known him since high school, and he sometimes believes in my music more than I do. He’s got class, good taste, brilliant ideas and he is super quick and handy to work with. We enjoy a lot doing clips together. Now the clips cost us 1 but we hope one day they will cost us 1000 so it means that we can afford spending that amount of money in them.
12. Congrats for the many views of your clip "Uh-some" (more than 200.000 views yet since only 2 months it's posted). Have you some statistics about the kind of public who usually likes your songs and the geographical zone ?
Thank you, this was a brilliant achievement for me. I daily monitor my views and my statistics in order to improve my popularity. I am usually accurate in number-of-views-foreseeing and stuff like that, according to what is my type of audience and where it is from, but somehow, something changed for this last clip. I didn’t expect such a warm response. I am flattered and more motivated to release new music.
13. The name of your single "Uh-Some" is original. Besides the obvious pun with "awesome", did you want to explain something else with the name "Uh-Some" ?
You are the first who asked me that. Uh-some is obviously related to awe-some, but there is something else. When you think about “uh”, it’s an expression often used to reply to something you did not quite understand. For example, when someone ask you something you don’t know you may come up with a “uh?!?”. If you read the lyrics, the person whom I am talking about is certainly awesome, but also someone I don’t understand a heck of what’s going on. You know when you meet someone who completely takes your schemes and your certitudes to pieces? Isn’t he/she a bit “Uh?”-some?
14. Is your music more electro, more instrumental or mixed ?
My music has got electronic influences, but it’s mainly folk and soul in the melody and the chord progressions.
15. Do you already played shows and do you perform more in Europe or in other continents ?
I am working hard on preparing my live act. For the first time in my life I’ll perform playing mainly keyboards and synthesisers. The plan is to keep touring in Europe the way I used to do when I was based in Paris, but with this new flavor.
16. Besides your original songs, do you sometimes make some bands or artists covers ?
It happens sometimes. We played The Beatles with "Dig a Pony", David Bowie with "Let’s dance", The Rolling Stones with "Sway". I like to delight the crowd with a famous song. People get closer when they identify themselves with something they hear.
17. Has a professional photographer made the 3 very nice black and white photos of you that you sent me and I posted above ?
The photographer you are talking about is Enrico Caputo, one of the most talented photographer I know. It’s a coincidence that he and I are good friends. A great coincidence actually.
18. Why do you live in England (in London I guess ?) and how long ?
Yes, I have been London-based for one year now. I guess the fact that I sing in English makes it easy for me to live in an English-speaking country. Imagine living in Paris for four years and being suggested all the time to sing in French. Or in Italian when I was in Italy.
19. Is your deep personality more happy or more dark ?
Happy. I am a happy dude and very optimistic. Some may say my music could be a bit nostalgic, but that’s because I don’t sing all the time about happy things. In fact I think I prefer to sing sad songs, but this will never change my personality.
20. Thank you very much Marco for having kindly answered my questions, good luck, great success and be seeing you !
Thank to all of you to be so interested in knowing about me. See you soon at one of my shows!!!
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This is my first official and public review and I feel very proud, very shy and very excited at the same time to write this review for a great Belarus band of Alternative Electronic Rock and Pogressive Metal.
WEESP are from Minsk, were founded in 2008 by 3 of their 5 current members : Alex (Lex), Dmitry (Mi) and Michael (Mike) besides Stanislav (Stak) and Alexei (Gul).
I especially focused on "Illumination", beautiful music video made for their last single of the same name.
What interested me first while watching the clip was the beautiful cinematographic light (blue night especially), reminding me of the style of some very famous film-makers as David Lynch and used to enhance the subtle atmospheric shoegaze beginning of the song.
About the middle of the clip, coinciding with the end of the scene of the big hammer (some politic meaning maybe ?) slowly dragged on the ground by a woman, the song progressively becomes faster and much more Metal Rock style.
Maybe the scene representing the hammer violently hit by the woman While a man seems to suffer lying in the water has a meaning of the current social and spiritual fight between men and women ?
For me this clip "Illumination" (by WEESP), wonderfully and professionally played, sung, filmed and edited, is a subtle metaphor of the fight for freedom that everyone should lead everytime, especially nowadays when human liberties become more and more restricted.
Besides their last single "Illumination", the Belarus band WEESP (which by the way is also the name of a Dutch village) so far produced 5 singles, 3 EP and 1 complete album "The Void" which contains at least 4 (true) masterpieces of Rock Electronic : "Solar Empire" (very powerful), "Murderers", "Unstable Matter" (with a subtle jazzy style) and also and mostly in my opinion an extraordinary cover of an original song by The Prodigy that should stay in every music lover mind and memory and this song is "Omen" (furious and awesome energetic cover of the original song of The Prodigy).
Note also that the song "Livan", also from the album "The Void", has more than 120.000 views on Youtube.
Sometimes the style of WEESP reminds me of the very famous English band Muse, especially in the voice effects.
Keep a careful eye and ear on WEESP, this very talented young band from Minsk in Belarus that already performed lot of shows.
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Just for the pleasure please watch the awesome and furious energetic live of WEESP performing OMEN (The Prodigy cover) in Minsk !
50 seconds of cool piano intro but after... it's madness !!