RMFTM (Radar Men from The Moon) is a Dutch art collective who approach music as avant-garde exploration. The second LP in the Subversive trilogy is almost upon us. Throughout the series the group is looking to explore, deconstruct and subvert their creative process and themselves as a band. In doing so the immense head-on collision between psych and acid house stretches the definitions of noise, space and time. “Masked Disobedience” is the first single from the album and gives you an insight into the limitless and abrasive experimental properties of Subversive II: Splendor of the Wicked.
“Masked Disobedience” begins and ends with harsh celestial static, underpinned by pounding drums and screeching synths. A hypnotising bass-line roils as the song races to its otherworldly climax forged by the industrial landscape of Eindhoven - it may send you deep into an introspective trance now but live it will get you moving.
Following on from their recent split single with White Hills, RMFTM have been ceaselessly affirming themselves as figures of psychedelic re-invention amongst their contemporaries. The band co-curate Eindhoven Psych Lab and this year they’ll be performing in collaboration with Gnod to coincide with the release of the new album. They’re known for their prolific live show, one they’ve taken on several European tours, appearing on numerous psych festivals including Liverpool Psych Fest, Eindhoven Psych Lab, Desertfest Berlin and Cosmosis Festival.
Teutonic beats provide the foundation for Subversive II, RMFTM then build on their sound by looking inwards at themselves to rip it up and start again by breaking down and rebuilding their artistic process. Snatches of guitar, swathes of synths and stabs of bass are all sampled and reconstructed. Imagine La Dusseldorf headlining an eighties acid house all-nighter.
But this is no soulless experiment, Subversive II has a beating, bleeding heart behind the incessant beat. It’s a relentless aural assault, each note a sand grain, mercilessly shifting, an idea mutating.
- Sean MacRae and Jack Palfrey
We're excited to share the full album stream of The Third Sound's enigmatic new LP, Gospels of Degeneration, due out this Friday 22nd April.
Preceded by the singles “You Are Not Here” featuring Tess Parks, and "Never Catch Her Again", which UK’s Clash magazine called “a languid smoky piece of psychedelic rock” from a group who are “lynchpins of the underground.”
What began as the project of Icelandic frontman Hakon Aðalsteinsson (ex Singapore Sling), The Third Sound is now stretching its definition with deeper levels of collaboration between band members and the influence of a new character in its story, the city of Berlin where the group are now based.
Aðalsteinsson says, “The album explores different sides of life in a big city, and seeking the beauty found in strange places and within unusual characters. Although it wasn't meant as a theme initially, somehow the album turned out to be very much inspired by Berlin and my experience in the city.”
The sound also shows a shift having toned down the shimmery psychedelia in favour of something a little cleaner, but still retaining the group’s hypnotic layering and itching guitar riffs that keep whispering through your mind for hours after listening.
Aðalsteinsson’s plangent vocals feel more at home than ever and are matched by a confident disregard of contingency as the band flick between waltzing post-punk cuts and country lilts with seeming indifference. It feels as if their assuredness has provoked them to go on the hunt for new sonic niches that they can confidently take reign of.
The evolved sound is perhaps a sign of a shift in the song writing process. Still lead by Aðalsteinsson, who creates the concept for each song and writes the lyrics, the process now sees a deeper level of collaboration between members with guitarist Robin Hughes developing the guitar parts, and Hughes, Leo Kaage on drums and Aðalsteinsson together co-producing the album.
The third album from experimental UK noise masters One Unique Signal, Hoopsnake, is a collaboration between the three core band members and 20 of their contemporaries, including The Oscillation’s Damian Castellanos and Steven Lawrie of The Telescopes, who all produced music inspired by a single riff.
The riff was born from a repetitious loop originating from the sessions for their previous LP, the Sonic Boom mastered Aether. The band then recorded two versions of it (one a loud, guitar-driven take, the second a softer synth passage) and shared it with friends and collaborators, inviting each artist to create a corresponding sonic interpretation, which have all been mixed into four separate 10 minute long tracks.
The result is a seamless meshing of ideas from some of the best minds in the underground music scene, whose recordings span the weird and wonderful, ranging from ‘home made noise box’ to ‘Godin Artisan ST II recorded on solar power in a caravan’, to simply ‘lime green guitar.’ The roster of musicians and their various tools and instruments has been documented on the vinyl edition’s printed inner sleeve, and reads like a cross between a tech catalogue and a fantasy novel.
Despite the new process undertaken for Hoopsnake, the methodically explorative approach is typical of One Unique Signal as is the feeling of continuity. The group’s Nick Keech explains “From the very beginning, the Signal mythos has been repetition.” Fellow band member Byron Jackson continues “The LP destroys itself, reflects upon the destruction, and is finally recreated, ready to repeat the process again." Along with fellow member Daniel Davis, the trio also perform as a part of space rock legends The Telescopes.
Side one is an intense angular affair, from the menacing sonic assault of “HSO1” which engulfs you in a whirlwind of fuzz, effects and inaudible vocals through to the glitched-out ethereal noise of “HSO2”. Side two has a much more atmospheric feel with its psychedelic guitars, washes of reverb and blissfully looming synths sending you into a dream-like state.
Danish five-piece Tales of Murder and Dust has produced a bleak but beautiful pysch classic-in-the-making with The Flow In Between, and it's now available to stream in full below. Their most expansive release to date, it embraces opiate blues, drone rock, orchestral swathes and New York no-wave experimentalism whilst seamlessly drifting from pummelling noise to orchestral fragility.
We were first given a taste of The Flow In Between with a free download of "Sisters", the first single taken off the LP. The single foreshadowed the motorik bass lines, gloomy vocals, ethereal reverb and mass of feedback that would make this entire record a deeply immersive listen. This was followed by second single and its suitably atmospheric video.
With this album there is a longing melancholia lurking beneath the surface which is deeply raw and affecting, making this album to modern psych what Joy Division’s Closer was to the eighties. However, as melancholic as it gets there is also a hint of light amidst the shade: an underlying optimism.
Opening with a chiming Eastern coda "Distorted Ways" is the band rising from the depths, breaking the surface for some air and sun. Slowly it grows, building in intensity, quickening the pace until a wild euphoric climax where it all comes crashing down, embracing the chaos. It is Spacemen 3’s "Suicide" meeting head on with Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s "World Police". Closing track "Endless Repetition" sees them sink beneath the surface once again, a forlorn lament on isolation, before drifting into the distance.
Tales of Murder and Dust will be touring the US and Europe later this year including an appearance at Psycho Las Vegas. More details to be announced very soon.
- Sean MacRae
Listen to "When The Sun", the first track from Dead Skeletons new release Live In Berlin, taken from their performance at iconic Berlin club SO36 in 2013.
The single “You Are Not Here” comes from The Third Sound’s third album, Gospels of Degeneration, which will be released April 2016 on Fuzz Club, and supported by a tour of the UK and Europe in June.
“You Are Not Here” is a four-minute ballad of love and yearning that plunges the group’s country-tinged psychedelia into the sombre shadows of modern life in Berlin, which the album explores as its central theme.
The resulting sound is somewhat cleaner and darker than previous albums but is littered with surprising sweetness in its poeticism, percussion and nostalgic glow. The gently repeating chorus - “I’ll run through fire to get you back in my life. In my sleepless nights I’m reminded that you are not here” – echoes the baggy haziness of both artists’ previous work.
The duet entwines frontman Hakon Aðalsteinsson’s plangent voice, which sounds like it’s echoing through a dark and lonely night, with Parks’ sweet, smoky exhale that sounds as if it’s been raised on cigarettes and honey. The vocals are set atop lilting percussion and trickling guitar riffs, which are bound to become a standout feature of the new album as they continue to whisper through your mind for hours after listening.
Since forming in 2010, The Third Sound have enjoyed the support of psych godfather Anton Newcombe, who released their self-titled first album, on his label a recordings, and chose the group to support The Brian Jonestown Massacre on tour in Europe. He also provided the studio for recording their second album The Third Sound of Destruction and Creation which was released on Fuzz Club in 2013. Most recently they’ve shared members with Anton Newcombe and Tess Parks’ band, which has led to Parks’ appearance on “You Are Not Here.”
Founded by Icelandic frontman, Hakon Aðalsteinsson - an ex-member of Singapore Sling who
are often hailed as the founding members of the new psych scene - The Third Sound came into being in Rome and have since relocated to Berlin.
What began as somewhat of a solo project by Aðalsteinsson, the new album sees The Third Sound stretching its definition with deeper levels of collaboration between band members and the influence of a new character in its story, the city of Berlin.
The Third Sound is Hakon Aðalsteinsson, who creates the concept for each song and writes the lyrics, guitarist Robin Hughes who develops the guitar parts, Leo Kaage on drums. The trio co-produced the album, which was recorded in Berlin in Kaage’s homebuilt studio with gear that was begged, borrowed and stolen from friends and collaborators.
The group’s sound has been described as “ebbing between light and dark, dream and reality, pop and experimentalism” and “ranging from hypnotic soundscapes to tweaked out and fuzzed up numbers.” And the band themselves have been called “lynchpins of the psychedelic underground”.
The single is available from our Bandcamp page and leading digital retailers. The album will be available on vinyl, CD, cassette, digital, and deluxe edition vinyl which is available exclusively through fuzzclub.com.