Purson, the psychedelic rock act led by vocalist, guitarist & prime creative force Rosalie Cunningham, have taken a bold step into the world of fashion by joining forces with Mr Fish - the iconic British fashion brand whose clothes were worn by David Bowie, The Rolling Stones & Jimi Hendrix.
Starting in 1966, Michael Fish forged his reputation by crafting clothes for celebrities, musical and otherwise, including Muhammad Ali, Princess Margaret & Pablo Picasso (!); the business closed in 1974 after a fire consumed the premises, but now the legendary Mr Fish name is back, and Purson are right at the heart of the re-launch – their retro influences and colourful persona, as displayed on latest studio album ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’, making them the made-in-heaven muse for the latest Mr Fish creations.
Indeed, both Cunningham and keyboard player Samuel Robinson have designed their own outfits – including cat-suits plus a pure silk man-dress – in close consultation with British design specialist David Mason, who has revived the Mr Fish name out of 34 Montagu Square, London: a blue-plaque location, dubbed ‘the secret Abbey Road’, that was once home to Jimi Hendrix, as well as Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney (who wrote ‘Eleanor Rigby’ there), John Lennon & Yoko Ono.
Meanwhile, July 22ndwill see the release of a new version of the ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’ album, Purson’s debut outing for Spinefarm Records. Having originally been issued on black vinyl, the LP – drawing inspiration from the rock operas of the late sixties & early seventies – will now be available on ‘Naked Blue’ vinyl for a limited period.
Having toured the US with Ghost & The Sword, played the UK’s prestigious Download festival and become the proud recipient of the ‘Vanguard Award’ at the Progressive Music Awards (2015), Purson is quickly establishing itself as a growing force on the international music scene. Just recently, the band received an ‘Album Of 2016’ nomination from Prog magazine, whilst broader media awareness continues to be strong, with support from 6 Music right across the board.
The following UK festivals are confirmed for July & August, with a headline tour being lined up for the autumn, complete with special London show (details to come)…
July 23rd – Ramblin’ Man Fair, Maidstone
August 7th – Cambridge Rock Festival
In support of these shows, Purson will release a new video for ‘Electric Landlady’, a track from ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’ that, according to Cunningham, is “essentially about Mother Earth, of feeling at home in the world, safe and loved, with some tongue-in-cheek lyrics”.
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Latvia’s Tesa operate with evident conviction, and their flourishing, distinct sound is the epitome of how grand and graceful guitar-driven music can be. Since 2005, the trio of Karlis Tone, Davis Burmeisters and Janis Burmeisters have created a mature, rapturous vision of heavy music without the constraints of genre, reverting to their trusted intuition to create the glorious movements that can challenge any of the founding figures of long-form rock with depth.
"Ghost" their latest LP formed of five segments for each letter, will see physical release (in CD and 2xLP format) through My Proud Mountain on 5th August, and it is a phenomenal demonstration of the band’s gripping adaptive approach. With the assistance of James Plotkin’s mastering (he who has worked with Sunn O))), Electric Wizard, Earth, Michael Gira, Tim Hecker and many more), "Ghost" sounds loud and important played at any volume, and the palpable passages of suspense and subsequent devastating releases give the record a momentum that endures all 40 minutes.
Most spectacular is the apparent ease in which all three members, working together so closely, supply heaving riffs, emotionally exhausting melodies and soundscapes, and heroic lively tempo, creating a sound that cannot be named but can be intensely felt. This capacity of theirs to stun has won them the attention of the similarly singular Neurosis, with whom they toured Europe with in 2013 and will tour again with in August (dates below), and "Ghost" should surely elevate them to a larger plane of exposure that their music can expand in to.
“At some point, when you've kind of earned some recognition and there's a general idea in people's mind, what you do, and what to expect form you as a band, it's really easy to just stay in a comfort zone, musically. But I think that we actually tried to step outside a bit form that, and at some level, try to do something different than people expect from you. Maybe it's more brutal at some parts, more direct and harsh. We try to escape the so-called post-rock thing.” - Janis Burmeisters on "Ghost"
As announced previously and after some audio excerpts, French indie-rock / progressive outfit Perpetual Escape just released it new full-length record called 'Into My Dreams', and available right now for CD and digital on Bandcamp or through the main legal platforms (iTunes...).
In addition to the official release, the album is also available for entire streaming at the same location.
Get your physical / digital copy and / or stream the full album on Bandcamp.
For the record...
Somewhere between indie-rock and progressive music, Perpetual Escape is a five-piece collective from Strasbourg area (France) born in 2010 with he aim to combine its major influences to create its own musical path. A months after its birth, the band release its debut self-produced EP called 'Heavy face' before to take the road for some live shows and then to write and record a second EP released in 2012 ('In search of light')
On Spring 2016, after months of work and getting a bunch studio and live experiences, Perpetual Escape released its long-awaited debut full-length album called 'Into my dreams'.
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Intercontinental post-progressive rock quintet, VLY, has just issued an official video through an exclusive premiere through Prog Magazine. The video has been created for the track "Silver Beaches," which hails from the band's Laser's Edge-released "I / (Time)" debut album.
Filmed in several locations the South of England, VLY's new "Silver Beaches" video resumes the ongoing collaboration with director and "digital nomad" Felix Brassier. The song itself highlights the more acoustic, lyrical, and introspective elements of the band's sound with lush string arrangements and vocal harmonies, which bear stark contrast with the first video released from "I / (Time)", created for the song "Circles," which was also created by Brassier.
Immerse yourself in VLY's "Silver Beaches" video via Prog Magazine here.
Also view the previously-released "Circles" video HERE, and stream the hi-res 24 bit/96 khz version of I / (Time) HERE. The standard digital version of I / (Time) is available HERE and the CD HERE.
VLY is comprised of a varied team of multi-instrumentalists fusing their talents into an incredibly vibrant new entity, including guitarist/keyboardist/programmer Karl Demata (ex-Crippled Black Phoenix), vocalist Keith Gladysz (Diet Kong, Typical Reptiles), keyboardist/synth programmer Elisa Montaldo (Il Tempio Delle Clessidre), bassist Chris Heilmann (ex-Crippled Black Phoenix, Bernie Torme', Shark Island), and drummer/keyboardist Mattias Olsson (ex-Änglagård. White Willow, Necromonkey). Once united by the internet and phone lines across the Atlantic with each other, VLY carved a sound which blends elements of progressive rock, classic rock, folk, early-Floydian psychedelia, intimate pop melodies, walls of epic guitars, post-classical, post-rock and electronic music. And it's the diverse background of the members that lead to the breadth of their sound. Their electrifying debut album, I / (Time),was engineered and produced by members of the outfit and mastered by Bob Katz, presenting an entire hour of crisp, adventurous music.
VLY is currently at work on new material and projects to be unveiled in the very near future.
"The Tallest Peak" is an experiment in poly-rhythms, with two loops phasing in 5/8 against 3/4 over a steady pulse, the whole song is essentially phased variations of the same key idea, it develops steadily towards the end for one final refrain.
Having been completed in the shortest timescale to-date (around 4 days in total), and only 3 days before release; "The Tallest Peak" is a re-visit to some more melancholy themes presented in May's "Porcelain".
Lyrically it spans vocalist, Jon Sinfield's continued grieving process, coupled with the effects of holding down shift work while pushing towards an application to become a teacher this coming year.
Stream & Purchase the new single, The Tallest Peak here:
Or listen to it below!
Guitarist, Tom Ridley says:
“Since the album format was conceived, the way in which music is made, sold and consumed has completely changed. Businesses battle to stay in the public eye, but bands are committed to the peaks and troughs of awareness that come with the album cycle. The other problem with that system, is by the time the music is heard, it’s already out of date. By releasing music every month, we’re as relevant as we possibly can be – our audience is listening to what inspired us just a couple of weeks ago. That’s a really cool position to be in.”
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