ERLAND DAHLEN – Racoons

RELEASE YEAR: 2023  BAND URL: https://erlanddahlen.bandcamp.com/album/racoons Talk about being overwhelmingly surprised by something that turns out to be so much cooler and more captivating than anticipated – yes, that is exactly what this original and uniquely crafted LP by legendary drummer Erland Dahlen (Madrugada, Stian Westerhus, Nils Petter Molvær Group) is. How to describe this evocative…

PIXIE NINJA – Hypnagogia

RELEASE YEAR: 2023BAND URL: https://pixieninja.bandcamp.com/album/hypnagogia Fresh, clever, and inventive are words that immediately spring to mind when trying to sum up this highly engaging offering by instrumental prog rockers Pixie Ninja, and there can be no doubt that these Scandinavians are flying the flag of musical innovation high. Darkly atmospheric yet playful and eclectic, the…

PICTURE ANN explores the mystery of the sea and the destruction of the soul

A brand-new digital single sporting the evocative title Sea Journal has just been released and bears all the defining traits and characteristics of Picture Ann, i.e. a desolate atmosphere, melodies that speak of yearning, and a subtle hint of something slightly eerie. Directly inspired by Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1851) and Edgar Allan Poe’s The…

PICTURE ANN ARE ENTANGLED IN LOUSY WIRES, OLD LIGHTS & HEARTS THAT LEAK

Following the 32-minute ambient suite titled Night and Silence, the experimental and consistently unpredictable post-rockers Picture Ann have returned with a three-track EP that contains a sparkling tapestry of dark and depressing sounds with an emotional pull to them. Inspired by the idea that words often fail us when trying to contextualize our failings and…

PICTURE ANN RELEASES THE NIGHT AND SILENCE EP

A lengthy ambient-inspired piece titled Night and Silence has just been released digitally via all the usual music retailers out there. Directly inspired by long walks that took place late at night in October 2020 and 2021, the track is meant to conjure up the vibe and atmosphere of those melancholy excursions. Falling leaves, distant…

PICTURE ANN’S RIDE TO THE RUINS

A rather mellow, introspective, and folk-inspired little thing of wicked beauty titled Those Abundant Ruins by the harbingers of bleak music known as Picture Ann is out now via all the usual digital music shops and retailers, and this particular release is meant to serve as a soundtrack and homage to the coming autumn and…

PICTURE ANN RELEASE THE ‘WE MOURNED YOU’ DIGITAL EP

The 5-track EP entitled We Mourned You, which is the latest output by the weird post-rockers and formless noise-makers known as Picture Ann, is a musical exploration of disillusion consisting of thick and dense soundscapes that create an oppressive and claustrophobic feel. Inspired by the idea of the Byronic hero, the majority of compositions are…

SLEEPYARD – Head Values

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/SleepyardOfficial/ The musically intriguing ensemble known as Sleepyard is something out of the ordinary as evidenced by this mesmerizing new output of theirs named “Head Values”. Solemn piano notes, ambient textures, field recordings, vintage-sounding synthesizers, ethereal vocals, flutes, pedal steel guitars, and percussion are some of the key ingredients here, and…

PICTURE ANN CONJURES UP A VISION OF A LONELY MOORLAND

The ever-unreliable musical entity that is Picture Ann has unfortunately burdened us all with yet another output, namely the digital single entitled ‘A Lonely Moorland’, which was conceived and captured for posterity in early 2022. Inspired by the desolate and windswept moors of Jutland on a cold day in fall, the trance-inducing track is meant…

SONISK BLODBAD – The Shores of Oblivion

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Sonisk Blodbad – Startside | Facebook The Norwegian ensemble known as Sonisk Blodbad is an intriguing one and the richly textured new opus of theirs entitled “The Shores of Oblivion” is as dark, haunting, and delightfully experimental as one could have hoped for. Layers and waves of electronic sounds wash over…

BREIDABLIK – Alduorka

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://breidablik.bandcamp.com/album/alduorka I must admit that previous to getting my filthy paws on this deeply evocative 2022 opus by Breidablik titled “Alduorka”, I was only familiar with the album named “Nhoohr” (2019) by this excellent experimental synth/ambient/electronic music ensemble, but judging by the quality of these two LPs, I think it is…

PICTURE ANN RELEASES THE ‘A BRIEF EXCURSION INTO LO-FI MELANCHOLY’ EP

A short and somewhat gloomy 4-track EP entitled A Brief Excursion Into Lo-Fi Melancholy by the Danish/Norwegian experimentalists Picture Ann is out now via Bandcamp and all the other digital retailers and outlets both known and unknown. Musically speaking, the four compositions arguably veer more toward minimalism and ambient music than previous outputs by the cursed outfit…

PICTURE ANN RELEASES THE GLOOMY (MISSINGS AND CAPTURES) RETOLD ALBUM

Yet another musically eclectic and delightfully lo-fi output by the experimental ambient/doom metal freaks Picture Ann has seen the light of day, more specifically the full-length album entitled (Missings and Captures) Retold, which was released upon an unsuspecting public on January 28 via all the usual streaming services and digital music stores out there.      …

MONO – Pilgrimage of the Soul

RELEASE YEAR: 2021   BAND URL: https://www.monoofjapan.com/   The experimental rockers Mono released this deeply atmospheric offering of theirs a few months ago, and if you have yet to pick up on this latest output by the Japanese ensemble, then now is the time to invest in this mesmerizing 57-minute journey through ethereal and otherworldly spheres…