M!R!M!-Iuvenis

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Artist: M!R!M! Release: Iuvenis Label: Manic Depression This album starts off with one of the most creamy, velveteen sounds that I have ever heard. Way to start, right? The blissful melody is quickly accompanied by stirring beats and vocals that are mostly resembling of whispers. And that, dear readers is “Lotus”, which serves as an opener into this sonic mirage. Strangely so, this is a solo affair, for the most part-indeed, M!R!M! ιs the brainchild of Iacopo Bertelli, also known as Jack Milwaukee.An Italian based in London, actually! The style…

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Schonwald-Night Idyll

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Artist: Schonwald Release: Night Idyll Label: Manic Depression Despite the Teutonic origin of this band’ s name, this is actually an Italian formation, based in Ravenna. Not a newcomer group by any means-they have a somehow extended discography that includes 3 full lengths and one compilation, as well as several eps so far. “Night Idyll” is their fourth full-length effort. The album title is rather poetic and gives an insight on this band’s sonic emanations. In fact, I find that this title absurdly applies on the opening track: a truly…

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Principe Valiente-Oceans

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Artist: Principe Valiente Release: Oceans Label: Afmusic // Manic Depression Records Well, citing Cocteau Twins as an influence is a huge bonus in my book! A strange way to begin this review, perhaps.. Yet it is inevitable to mention this, since Cocteau Twins is a definite, all-time favorite of mine. Also being a great inspiration to some. Such is the case with Principe Valiente. This Swedish band comes out of Stockholm. “Oceans” is their third full-length release. They use the term dark pop, in order to describe their music. An accurate…

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Herzparasit-ParaKropolis

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Artist: Herzparasit Release: ParaKropolis Label: Echozone Herzparasit is a 5-piece band, coming from Munich, Germany. The oddly-and cleverly-named “ParaKropolis” is their third full-length release. As you can see this title is a fusion of two Greek words: Parapolis and Akropolis. These details mark the conceptual basis for this album. The Bavarian band uses a futuristic canvas, upon which various social, political as well as personal issues are displayed. To complete this necessary prologue, I should add that the audio description used by the band themselves, is a blending of metal…

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MicroClocks-Soon Before Sundown

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Artist: MicroClocks Release: Soon Before Sundown Label: Echozone Let us start with some simple and basic information, as usual: MicroClocks is a German band. This is their third album, this time around being released by Echozone. Their style could be described as something of a mixture of indie rock and pop elements. To be exact though, there are a few traces of electronics present, as well. To end this I may also mention that they have been performing live quite a lot and in front of big audiences, mostly. So…

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