Life On Venus – ‘Distant Lights’

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The ultra-talented Life On Venus have crafted a brilliant two track demo called ‘Distant Lights’ featuring ‘Kingdom Of The Day’ and ‘There Will Be Blood’. The four piece tracked it at Moscow University and it sounds amazing. Russia continues to dish up superb dream pop – it must be the weather!

 
Life On Venus – ‘Distant Lights’

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Secrets Of The Third Planet – ‘India’

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Secrets Of The Third Planet have dropped their ‘Melted‘ EP featuring the powerful psych rocker ‘India’! The Moscow act began a decade ago as a solo project before blooming into a four piece and releasing several EPs and the double album ‘Day Night’. Check out the latest four tracker below – amazing listen!

 
Secrets Of The Third Planet – ‘India’

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Sounds of Sputnik Feat. Ummagma – ‘Light Scheme’

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Sounds of Sputnik’s debut album ‘New Born’ was released this week, featuring the talents of dream pop duo Ummagma. Take a peek at the new video for ‘Light Scheme’ below. The Moscow-based artist (Roma Kalitkin) blends his love for post rock and shoegaze with a bunch of remixes thrown in too! A number of notable guests have contributed, including drummer Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver/ Brian Jonestown Massacre), producers Fran Ashcroft (Damon Albarn, Lords of Acid) and Marc Joy (Primal Scream, Oasis) plus many more! It’s very much an international affair, a melding of creative minds from Ukraine and Russia (during a time of social upheaval). Roma’s twenty plus years of playing with various post punk and shoegaze acts has paid off – pick up ‘New Born’ via Ear To Ear Records.

 
Sounds of Sputnik Feat. Ummagma – ‘Light Scheme’

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Glintshake – ‘Eyebones’

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Glintshake’s first LP ‘Eyebones’ is brand new on Arctic Pacific Records, 40 minutes spilling over with beautiful, high energy noise! From the word go the Moskva (Moscow) natives charge ahead with ‘Wiuwiuwiu’ (check the DIY video below). Its whiplash inducing punk – energetic, noisy, grinding breaks and raw, bopping vocals by guitarist-writer (and front woman) Kate Shilonosova. She’s beautifully, powerfully loud, and, one imagines, her hair is rarely the same color twice (in Kate’s case it’s true, too). She’s the femme fatale who kicks your ass in only the most memorable of dreams. Strong, bright, dangerous.

She and Glintshake also have an incredible ear for making beautiful noise from discordant, distorted harmonics. They might draw on grunge, punk, shoegaze, and noise rock, but their talent for harnessing those sounds and raw energies into “an atmosphere of permanent adolescence and inner freedom”for ‘Eyebones’ is unique and leans into art-rock territory in a way that hasn’t excited my ears in too long. Sonic Youth is not an unfair comparison (‘Face’ and ‘Teenage God’ being perhaps the clearest examples).

The band advertised a recent gig as “huge” and “superdeafening,” and I can attest that their work is best at volumes certain to draw complaints. Tracks are long and dense, but never feel exhausting or over worked. The production is bright, helping the band sound tight and ‘huge’ rather than muddy or unbalanced. The few lighter tracks of the LP (hard to call them breathers), like ‘Crocodile’ reinforce that the band are at their best when they make art out of heft. But the album never lets up for long, ‘Yes II’ returns with the noise and sensible grunge rock chops come with it. Heavy, huge and distorted guitars lay the catchy base for bright vocals before a warbling, whining break. High praises all around. [By Dave Lytton]
 
Glintshake – ‘Eyebones’ [Stream]

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