Newmoon – Space [REVIEW]

With some heightened shoegaze and indie rock, Newmoon aim to make headway with their debut record ‘Space’. Every band with a debut record has a chance to show why they should become the next talked about artist of their genre and with this record it will definitely garner some attention in their field.

If you look at the genre of shoegaze from its broad perspective, is that its a subgenre of indie rock and alternative rock, which you get those strong influences in this album from top to bottom. With the first song being the first single, ‘Helium’ invokes a lot of the trippy style elements from prog rock/psychedelic rock as well, especially with the vocals. Whilst the vocalist sounds somewhat bored of his own lyrical content, the songs on this record work really well with that vocal style. That point is exemplified with ‘Skin’ as the verses go on a slower softer route which lets you hear their trance-like tones within their singing.

Whilst nearly all the tracks are long, it really helps with their style of post-punk feeling due to how other-worldly their instrumentation is. The first few tracks follow the same music structure but as it progresses, their chances to experiment and produce something to please your senses. The slow tempos intertwined with the bombastic distortion on the guitars are something enjoyable and even add to the melodies that are given their own time to shine. ‘One Thousand’ does this in spades being the longest song on the record.

For their debut record, they’ve come out swinging and whilst it might not be the cult classic that will always be with certain bands, they’ve set themselves a bar to reach for their next musical endeavour. It might not be the A* you come across, but the record still brings something to enjoy.

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Released: 14th October 2016
For Fans Of: Silversun Pickups / Explosions In The Sky
Label: PIAS

Missed-icology: Songs/Videos You May Have Missed!

Here at Musicology, we know that there’s always music popping up everywhere that you might not have even had time for the smaller artists to pop up into your news feed. Fear not, because we are able to provide you a list of songs, as well as music videos, that may have slipped under your radar, so let us dive in!


MANSELL – A LOVE IMMODEST

Mansell are based in Arizona and use their roots in the alternative/indie scene to help create something expressive and artistic for everyone to enjoy!

Genre: Indie Rock / Alternative
FFO:
Bastille / Of Monsters & Men
Album/Release Date:
N/A (N/A)
Label:
Independent


BETTER THAN NEVER – LEARNING TO SWIM

Bringing some strong pop punk vibes from the UK, this Oxford six-piece will definitely be bring the stage dives with this single!

Genre: Pop Punk
FFO: 
Neck Deep / WSTR
Album/Release Date: 
Head Under Water EP (2nd Dec 2016)
Label: 
Fox Records


FROM INDIAN LAKES – BLANK TAPES

It’s atmospheric, its soft, its beautiful and above all, its an amazing track! Another indie track but going a more emotional route to keep you engaged.

Genre: Indie Pop
FFO: 
Portugal. The Man / Foxing
Album/Release Date: 
Everything Feels Better Now (OUT NOW)
Label: 
Triple Crown Records


SLOWCOACHES – DRAG

It’s time for some more distorted punk rock to get you off your feet! This London three piece bring something full of summertime madness and quick paced!

Genre: Punk Rock
FFO: 
Sham 69 / Gnarwolves
Album/Release Date: 
Nothing Gives (2nd Dec 2016)
Label: 
Leisure & District


ERIC JOHNSON – ONCE UPON A TIME IN TEXAS

The instrumental acoustic is alive and well in this track. Featuring the same guy who brought you ‘Cliffs Of Dover‘ brings you his first acoustic/piano record with this tasty morsel.

Genre: Acoustic / Instrumental
FFO: 
Steve Vai / Paul Gilbert
Album/Release Date: 
ej (OUT NOW)
Label: 
Many labels.


THE DIRTY NIL – FRIENDS IN THE SKY

Bringing something alternative to the punk element with a very stylised music video, this Canadian trio aren’t showing any signs of slowing down!

Genre: Punk Rock / Rock And Roll
FFO: 
Modern Baseball / Joyce Manor
Album/Release Date:
Higher Power (OUT NOW)
Label: 
Dine Alone Records


LAZLO – MAN UP

Bringing the bro side of things, Northern UK based alternative rock band have something following the somewhat drunken life of a man with a boisterous track behind him.

Genre: Alternative Rock / Punk Rock
FFO: 
Don Broco / Mallory Knox
Album/Release Date: 
N/A (N/A)
Label: 
Spoken Records UK


NEWMOON – HELIUM

Throwing you back into something trippy, The alternative from Antwerp aren’t shy of experimenting and showing theyre not a small fish in a big pond.

Genre: Alternative Rock / Experimental Rock
FFO: Hotel Books / Modest Mouse
Album/Release Date: 
Space (OUT NOW)
Label: 
PIAS Recordings


BEWARE OF DARKNESS – MUTHAFUCKA!

Closing this list is a slow placed hard rock/stoner rock feeling track with a powerful main riff behind it and some of the most distinct vocals you’ll ever hear!

Genre: Hard Rock / Stoner Rock
FFO: The Shrine / Black Spiders
Album/Release Date: 
Are You Real? (OUT NOW)
Label: 
Bright Antenna Records


We hope you enjoyed this list as there is plenty more to come over the next few weeks, including tours that may have passed you by and albums/EP’s that you need to check out!