Since the start of the year I’ve been making music maps to go along with these podcasts. Since the maps show where the artists in the playlist are from, I decided to go with a geographical theme for the next couple of episodes. The playlist for this episode features bands from all over Europe. One of the most interesting tracks is from Turas Naofa, who made a holy journey from Berlin back to Ireland to record what I’d describe as a shamanistic track that really gets to the essence of psychedelia.
00:25 Juárez – Nébula 03:57 The Lost Noise Figure – Wake Me Up (When It’s Over) 08:46 Decasia – Hrosshveli’s Ode 14:33 Turas Naofa – I Mo Bholg 18:54 Bad Bed – No One Can Hear You 23:26 Syndrom Samasvanca – Alimpijada-20 30:41 Lunar Funeral – Burn The Shadow 36:10 Courge, MatttKonture, Alice ElRakun – Arthfuzz 38:31 The LSD Zapata – Organik 41:40 Küllä Küllä – Aural Surf 50:11 black (w)hole – unwind 55:24 Apex Ten – The Fourth Passenger
Juárez – Nébula [from Luna Menguante, released February 4, 2022]
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Luna Menguante? Juárez: Actually we don´t know. Composing and recording a new record is a process in that we don´t very well what are we doing. TMODM: What record changed your life? Juárez: Everyone in the band listens to very different music but we all love the “Pat Garret & Billy the kid OST”. TMODM: What’s next for you? Juárez: We are reherasing new songs for the upcoming tour that starts next month. We are very happy to be on the road again.
The Lost Noise Figure – Wake Me Up (When It’s Over) [from Alive, released February 1, 2022]
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Alive? LNF: ‘Alive’ was influenced by many things. I guess it’s a mix of 60’s garage with some ‘Brian Jonestown Massacre’ and ‘Oh Sees’. TMODM: What record changed your life? (it would be interesting to hear from anyone who wants to answer this question) LNF: I can’t choose a single record, music changed my life in general. Some of my all time favourites are ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’. TMODM: What’s next for you? LNF: Another full length album release in 2022 and hopefully some live dates next year.
Decasia – Hrosshveli’s Ode [released January 20, 2022]
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Hrosshveli’s Ode ? Decasia: Hrosshveli is a mythical abyssal creature so the theme used speaks for itself ! For our last EP we explored this theme quite a lot, the imagery and the atmosphere of the ocean, the abyss, etc. The previous artwork was all about that. And for Hrosshveli’s Ode, the song was composed during that period of time and we decided to keep it for the album in order to have a link with the previous EP ! TMODM: What record changed your life? (it would be interesting to hear from anyone who wants to answer this question) Decasia: Joe’s records (drummer) : – MC5’s debut album – Electric Ladyland – Colour Haze self-titled – Led Zeppelin V Max’s records ( guitar/vocals) -Melvins- Houdini -David Bowie- Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars -Budos Band – all albums -Messa- Feast for Water Fabien’s records (bass & synths) – Led Zeppelin / The song remains the same (MSG live album) – Black Sabbath / Master of Reality – Darkside / Psychic – Daniel Avery / Drone logic – Grand Funk Railroad / many of their album but Closer to home is a good starting point TMODM: What’s next for you ? Decasia: Well, we’ll release our first album “An Endless Feast For Hyenas” on April the 5th and we are planning to tour after this, first in France and hopefully europe ! For this we are currently working on new merchandise and also on the show that will put together, songs and scenography. And we are also constantly working on new songs so hopefully a new album when everything will be ready !
Turas Naofa – I Mo Bholg [released February 1, 2022]
Bad Bed – No One Can Hear You [from The Globus Pilgrim, released January 30, 2022]
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on The Globus Pilgrim? BB: At first the strongest influence in the record is with no doubt from some Krautrock classics, we took a lot of inspiration from bands like Neu!, Ash Ra Tempel, Amon Düül II and CAN. Other influences were from contemporary Psych Rock/Experimental Rock, so bands like Oh Sees, black midi, JJUUJJUU, Slift and King Gizzard. We also tried to include elements from some english Psych Rock classics (Syd Barrett, Hawkwind, Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things…) and some american Psych Rock classics (The Electric Prunes, Grateful Dead, The Byrds, The Seeds…). Our country is well known for Progressive Rock but there’s not much of it in our album, aside some reference to Area, Il Balletto di Bronzo and Franco Battiato’s early records. TMODM: What record changed your life? BB: For some of us the life changing record has been some british classic from the 60s, for example The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society or Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, but for our guitarist has been We’re Only in It for the Money by The Mothers of Invention. TMODM: What’s next for you? BB: We took a few month for recording The Globus Pilgrim but we had some problems that delayed the release of almost a year. During those months we recorded a bunch of studio oddments and our second album. Our second record will be called “Flower Eaters” and will consist of a bunch of Lo-Fi Freak Folk tracks and Psych Pop tracks. It’s gonna be kinda different from The Globus Pilgrim, we’re probably gonna publish it later this year. We also have an impressive quantity of material to complete and record but we are not in too much of a hurry to publish it, let’s give time to time.
Syndrom Samasvanca – Alimpijada-20 [from Sonk, released January 14, 2022]
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Sonk? SS: Sonk is a melting pot of various influences, old and new: from Velvet Underground to Joy Division, from King Crimson to King Gizzard, from NEU! and CAN to Oh Sees and SLIFT. Sometimes we write tightly structured songs with complex time signatures, other times we try to do more repetitive, exploratory pieces – it’s nice to have some variety. TMODM: What record changed your life? SS: Uladz: When I was still a schoolboy, I was very impressed by the Doors – the first two albums. That definitely reinforced my desire to dedicate myself to music and poetry. And from relatively recent discoveries, it has to be Lil’ Beethoven by Sparks – I came across this album a few years ago and did not expect to get such a vivid impression from listening to music, as if I was still a teenager. Raman: There are quite a few records which are personally meaningful to me. I’m going to mention The Mars Volta’s Frances the Mute – hearing it for the first time was like hearing all the sounds taken from inside of my head and transformed into a perfect record. And Silence is Sexy by Einstürzende Neubauten – that record made a big impression on me as a kid, it taught me that there were no rulebooks, that you could create amazing music out of everything. TMODM: What’s next for you? SS: We hope in these tough times that there will be no wars in our region and we will be able to dedicate ourselves to creativity. Playing live is complicated for a number of reasons right now, so we’re concentrating on writing the follow-up album and hope to record it as soon as possible.
Lunar Funeral – Burn The Shadow [from Burn The Shadow / Temptation, released February 6, 2022]
I corresponded with Евгений Титов of Lunar Funeral TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Burn The Shadow? ЕТ: these songs are about fighting with your shadow and with the dark side of your personality TMODM: What record changed your life? ЕТ: it was The Black Angels – Black Grease TMODM: What’s next for you? ЕТ: at the moment we are looking for places to show in Europe, we are preparing to record the third album
Courge, MatttKonture, Alice ElRakun – Arthfuzz [from RadioJusdPomme#4, released January 4, 2022]
The LSD Zapata – Organik [from Flohmarkt by the Sea, released January 10, 2022]
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on Flohmarkt by the Sea? LSDZ: The strongest influence was definitely the Polish seaside, also my musical heroes, and local heroes and legends. The album is like an imaginary trip to the titular Flohmarkt, where you can buy weird books, strange cassettes and records, and other assorted curiosities. There used to exist a great shop in Darlowo, where you could buy cheap books and records. I think it is sadly defunct now. I bought a CCCP cassette there in the late 90s, and I remember it as an artifact of my teenage years. TMODM: You’re so prolific. How do you divide up your time between all of your different projects? LSDZ: The projects happen simultaneously, so there’s no need to divide my time between them. I often wonder what fits where, and that’s it. I currently have two main projects running, Tall Yodas and The Yellow Blackness. The rest is just solo work, even if under different names and aliases. TMODM: What’s next for you? LSDZ: Having just released the Tall Yodas debut album, I am currently focusing on promoting it. We will play a gig at Rozbrat, the oldest squat in Poland, soon. And then it’s time to record the second Yellow Blackness LP. In the meantime I will surely release lots of digital albums with my solo work. You can check out the A.J. Kaufmann bandcamp for albums released with the awesome Swamp Records.
Küllä Küllä – Aural Surf [from Kyllä Kyllä, released January 11, 2022]
black (w)hole – unwind [from fuzzology, releases March 3, 2022]
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on fuzzology? B(W)H: I didn’t have any specific album or band in mind here. In spirit maybe the loose impro character of Bardo Pond and Can, combined with the a distinct and raw fuzz sound from stuff like early Black Keys. The only concept here was to play around with various forms of fuzz; the thick smooth one, the stingy direct one, up to very broken sputtery sounds. TMODM: What record changed your life? B(W)H: There are a lot of eye-opening albums, and I still discover some occasionally. But in terms of psych/experimental rock probably the early 70s Can albums. TMODM: What’s next for you? B(W)H: Nothing new for black (w)hole in the pipeline so far, but that’s always coming up spontaneously anyway. Just some other projects, ranging from ambient-ish to doomy. Also I’ll hopefully be able to finish the XtelRec 5th anniversary remix compilation this year.
Apex Ten – The Fourth Passenger [released February 7, 2022]
TMODM: What had the strongest influence on The Fourth Passenger? AT: Hard to decide who the strongest ! but, as we play improvisation, i think the moments we share together at the rehearsal room, listening to some bands like Black Rainbows, Earthless, Sungrazer, Yawning Man,… (at the day we record it) TMODM: What’s next for you? AT: Despite some report and annulation (among a date with Lonely Kamel) due to the épidemiological situation as we know too much), we have a show next week in our country with among, The Lumberjack Feedback,and more shows that gonna be announce (hopping that the situation will be favorable!) We’ve just recorded the next album that will be release this year! And would really like, among few things, play in Netherlands, Germany,France, England and further! We are also working on some merchandising too, and many surprises I think 🙂 !
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