The Dharma Violets – As Far As The Eye Can See

Excellent psychedelic rock, reminiscent of The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

The Silent Ballet Compilation – Volume 14

Lost Children netlabel and The Silent Ballet have put together an absolutely stunning 75 minute long adventure through the universe of post-rock with the release of The Silent Ballet Compilation volume 14. Featuring some very diverse artists from all over the world, the stand out track on the album is from a Ukrainian band called Nice Wings, Icarus! Their track, Eagle, is absolutely superb. I have a feeling we will be seeing more of them here on the orbit in the very near future. Back to the current release, it grabbed me from the very first track – a very ambient piece by The Sight Below – and wouldn’t let go. I literally listened to the entire album as soon as I clicked play – given my schedule, thats a rarity for me. The intensely mellow first track quickly gave way to an onslaught of post-rock, shoegazer, psychedelic and even modern piano composition. Each track is unique, making this a difficult album to describe. I’ll simply say this: it’s an incredible album, and I urge you to give it a listen.

The Silent Ballet Compilation – Volume 14

sleepmakeswaves – In Today Already Walks Tomorrow

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A beautiful and moving release, the band sleepmakeswaves from Sydney gives us almost forty minutes of sweeping ambience intermingled with heavy guitars. ‘In Today Already Walks Tomorrow’ is beyond post-rock, beyond progressive. These Aussies have invented something all their own. The music presented here is sometimes quiet and introspective, sometimes loud, rowdy and in your face. If you like The Big Sleep, Three, or Explosions in the Sky, then you will love sleepmakeswaves.

sleepmakeswaves – In Today Already Walks Tomorrow.

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Agnes Steck / High Entropy – Details: Ghost Of A Graze

Agnes and the band deliver a single track of high impact jazz-rock. With Primus like basslines and spacey guitar sounds, this track delivers the goods in a big way.

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Milhaven – I.M. Wagner EP

I.M. WagnerMilhaven is such a great find for me. I don’t know what you’d call this type of music, but it’s the same as The Big Sleep and Brian Jonestown Massacre. I think this is called psychedelic or some such. At any rate, this release is so outstanding, I don’t even know where to begin to describe it. The first three tracks are ten to fifteen minutes long, almost like mini rock symphonies. The compostitions are excellent, and the recording / production has this low quality atmosphere to it, which really brings the music straight into your head. This is great music for chilling out with, a relaxed type of vibe but it grabs you and doesn’t let go until track 4, a mellow acoustic piece which is a perfect way to end the set, as if it were letting you go gently. Definitely give Milhaven a listen; it’s my first find of the year so this will be a hard act to follow.

BTW, Happy New Year everyone!

The Big Sleep – You Today, Me Tomorrow


Psychedelic guitar rock. The Big Sleep creates a lush soundscape of guitar progressions mixed in with ambient feedback type sounds to form a Pink Floyd-ish set of tracks on this release.