ArcTanGent Festival 2014 Clash Guide Pt. 1

ArcTanGent Festival is only in its second year, but is already becoming one of the biggest events for post-rock, math-rock and other experimental genres. It is the first festival that I have been to where I’m guaranteed to miss some incredible bands just because they clash with other incredible bands. So in an attempt to plan my weekend to minimise disappointment I’ve been brushing up on all the bands. Sad? Probably. Here is part 1 which looks at the clashes on the YOHKAI and BIXLER stages on Friday 29th. Here is the clash finder.

We have also created a Spotify playlist that has most of the acts included. That is 14 hours of music for you to engross yourself in!


 

Clash 1

YOHKAI STAGE

SUFFER LIKE G DID –  jazz | funk | instrumental | math-rock

VS

BIXLER STAGE

FLIES ARE SPIES FROM HELL – rock | ambient | instrumental | post-rock

The first clash of the weekend and also one of the most difficult decisions. Luckily if you prefer math-rock over post-rock (or visa-versa) you won’t have a problem. It is going to be a last minute decision, but I am currently pulled towards FLIES ARE SPIES FROM HELL for their epic post-rock stylings. We’ll see what my hangover tells me to do!

NOTE: There is a very slight overlap with ALPHA MALE TEA PARTY and MONSTERS BUILD MEAN ROBOTS who will be playing on the ARC stage.


 

Clash 2

YOHKAI STAGE

WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER – alternative | metal | punk-rock | alternative-rock | groove-rock | math-rock | mathcore

VS

BIXLER STAGE

BIG JOAN – alternative | noise-rock | post-rock | punk | synth-rock

This going to come down to how heavy you like your music. I will be in the YOHKAI stage having my ears bludgeoned by the disgustingly sludgy WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER. That pit is likely to make or break the rest of my weekend!

NOTE: There is a very slight overlap with MONSTERS BUILD MEAN ROBOTS and RUMOUR CUBES who will be playing on the ARC stage.


Clash 3

YOHKAI STAGE

LOST IN THE RIOTS –  rock | instrumental-rock | post-metal | post-rock

VS

BIXLER STAGE

OLYMPIANS – rock | drone | folk | indie | math-rock | pop

If you read my review of LOST IN THE RIOTS’ latest album you will be heading towards the YOHKAI stage to check them out. I should be going to see OLYMPIANS as I’ve not seen them and they are pretty damn cool, but LITR are so good that I am really tempted just to go and see them again, especially to hear some of the new material.

NOTE: There is a very slight overlap with RUMOUR CUBES who will be playing on the ARC stage. DIAGONAL start immediately after these sets end, so you might need to run!


Clash 4

YOHKAI STAGE

BATS – metal | rock | dance

VS

BIXLER STAGE

MEMORY OF ELEPHANTS – eclectic noise

Real easy decision for me. MEMORY OF ELEPHANTS are not to be missed and I’ll have seen BATS a few days before at The Flapper in Birmingham. If you prefer your music instrumental then you’ll be with me in the BIXLER stage, but BATS live show is guaranteed to be energetic, loud and in your face.


Clash 5

YOHKAI STAGE

PURSON – psychedelic-rock

VS

BIXLER STAGE

100 ONCES –  experimental | experimental-rock | instrumental-rock | math-rock | metal | progressive-rock | rock

I’ve been waiting to see 100 ONCES tear shit up for ages so I will be there watching and throwing myself around to their noisy math. I cannot say that I know much about PURSON, but if you want trippy you ought to get down to YOHKAI.


Clash 6

YOHKAI STAGE

ENEMIES –  rock | pop-rock | post-rock

VS

BIXLER STAGE

TELLISON – alternative | indie-rock | rock

Post-rock or Indie. It is an easy decision for me and I’ll be checking out ENEMIES, but if you lean more towards math than post you may want to check TELLISON out. They are just not for me.


Clash 7

YOHKAI STAGE

TERA MELOS – alternative | experimental | indie | math-rock | progressive | punk

VS

BIXLER STAGE

CLEFT – 2-piece | instrumental | math-rock | rock | post-rock

Ohhh, this clash hurts. If you like TERA MELOS then I am pretty sure you like CLEFT. I’ve managed to miss both bands live so I got a decision to make. As CLEFT are from the UK I am taking the chance to see TERA MELOS (and I am a gear nut so really need to see guitarist Nick Reinhart tap dance over all of his lovely pedals!)


Clash 8

YOHKAI STAGE

MAYBESHEWILL – alternative | instrumental | post-rock | rock

VS

BIXLER STAGE

EL TEN ELEVEN – rock | electronic | experimental | indie-rock | instrumental | post-rock

Originally nobody was clashing with MAYBESHEWILL, supposedly nobody wanted to clash with them. I am glad that has changed. Don’t get me wrong, they are incredible live. However they are far from my favourite band. If everyone was right about not wanting to clash with them then I’ll be the only person watching EL TEN ELEVEN. MAYBESHEWILL are touring their new album extensively though, so I recommend missing them at ArcTanGent and catching them elsewhere if you need to see them.


 

Next Wednesday: Part 2 looks at the clashes on the ARC and PX3 stage on Friday 29th.

By popular demand: Postrockstar 50-two #2 – A spotify playlist series!

Because we had such a warm response to our first playlist, James has gone ahead and created a follow-up playlist in what will now be a likely ongoing series entitled Postrockstar 50-Two. This playlist features two songs from 50 different post-rock artists and is over an hour of excellent musical goodness. This time around we’ve gone with a heavier theme, crossing into the boundaries of post-metal. Next month our third incarnation of 50-Two will be a much more ambient group of artists. So sit back, put on some good headphones, click the banner above and enjoy!

Postrockstar 50-Two: A Spotify Playlist

Today we have a very special treat for our readers. James has finished work on a playlist entitled “50-Two”, which contains 100 tracks from 50 of his personal favorite Post-rock & Ambient artists. If you are unfamiliar with Spotify it is completely free to try. If you are familiar with it, simply click the banner at the top to start enjoying this excellent compilation featuring a well rounded selection of artists.

New project ‘Release The Long Ships’ debut first song “Snow”

Kapiller Ferenc, who you may know as the mastermind behind the solo project Rain Catalogue, has released the first song entitled “Snow” from a new project called ‘Release The Long Ships’ . Ferenc, a friend of the site, has also graciously agreed to and begun working on the artwork for the upcoming Postrockstar site redesign which will be completed later this year. You can be sure that we’ll be keeping an eye on ‘Release The Long Ships’ as well as Rain Catalogue and keeping you up to date with all of the happenings from this Hungarian musician/artist.

Be sure to check out some of Kapiller Ferenc’s amazing artwork here

Those Among Us Are Wolves’ latest album “This State is Conscious” releasing Monday April 28th + album release show

Those Amongst Us Are Wolves are releasing their new album This State Is Conscious, on April 28th, 2014. The album will be available via the band’s bandcamp page found here. Postrockstar will have full review of ‘This State of Conscious’ in the coming weeks.

Recorded at Flipside Studios, Coventry, the band have teamed up for a second time with producer Matthew Cotterill, who collaborated on their debut 2013 ep ‘Chaotic Love Stories and Irrational Behaviour’. Responses to the latter were exceptional. ‘Prog rock bliss…Those Amongst Us Are Wolves are required listening” – Echoes and Dust

Since 2011, band members Mark Oliver, Tom Brill, Chris O’Connell and Joshua Neal Bate have established Those Amongst Us Are Wolves as an emerging force on the UK’s post rock scene, securing high profile supports for bands such as Nordic Giants, UpCDownC, Iran Iran and Lost In The Riots.

Consisting of just four tracks, but clocking in at a mesmerizing 40 minutes, the release of This State Is Conscious sees the band merging influences from across electronica, trip hop and space rock, to deliver a uniquely blended sound.

And for those of you reading this from the U.K be sure to check out the band’s facebook event and if possible head on over to their album release show this Saturday.

Larkahl – Journal

Journal cover art James – “Our buddies Larkahl recently sent along their press package to us and while we might have time to review this album in the future, we are so back loaded with albums that we wouldn’t be able to get to it in a timely manner. Instead we offer you the press package that was sent to us because quite frankly it’s just a damn good read (the Long and Pretentious version of course. If you’re willing to listen to 12 minute post-rock songs you should be willing to read 4 paragraphs right? “

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The short and to-the-point version

Larkahl is a four-piece instrumental band based in Eskilstuna, Sweden, made up of four friends who first met back in our school days. An early incarnation of the band released a few recordings as a three-piece back in 2009, but since 2012 we’ve been recording and playing live with the current line-up:

Martin Hellström – drums
Tomas Johansson – guitar
Emil Wallman – bass
Oskar Westerlund – guitar

Listen to and download our music (for free!) on Bandcamp or Soundcloud, or follow us on Facebook for up-to-date news about recordings, live shows and whatever else we’re up to at the moment.

The long and pretentious version

Linguistically speaking, Larkahl doesn’t mean anything. At least that was the intention – to find a name that sounded beatiful but had no particular meaning in any language, although of course we can’t be sure we haven’t missed some more obscure language that’s out there. A cynic might point out how it’s convenient for a band to choose a name like that because it’s easier to find on Google or stick out among the band names on a show poster. But isn’t there enough cynicism in the world already, anyway?

What Larkahl means to us members of the band, is music that isn’t afraid of mixing the swirling soundscapes of shoegaze or ambient music with the trance-inducing monotony of heavy, doomy metal, or with the odd meters and effect pedal trickery of progressive or noise rock, sometimes within the confines of a single song. It means always to choose risking being perceived as pretentious rather than boring. What we hope that Larkahl will come to mean to our listeners, is music that isn’t afraid of being neither poppy and catchy, nor weird and surprising, but that after all still sounds unmistakably, well… Larkahl. We don’t have any lofty aspirations of giving birth to a brand new genre, but neither do we bother ourselves with trying to just remake the same old songs we’ve all heard a hundred times before. (Seriously, we enjoy Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor as much as the next guy with a flannel shirt and hipster beard, but there are already WAY more than enough almost interchangeable bands that do the whole instrumental post-rock-crescendo-core-call-it-what-you-will thing!) We sincerely believe that it’s possible to create music that speaks loud and clear without lyrics and vocals, and enjoy the challenge of trying to do that within the confines of a traditional four piece rock band setting. (Also, neither of us are particularly good singers, but that’ll be our little secret, OK?)

At the time of writing (March 2014), we’ve just recently released our first album. It’s made up of songs from our first several years as a band, both old and new pieces. But since we appreciate the traditional album format, we’ve tried our best to make it a coherent and thought through work rather than just throwing together a bunch of songs. Since we apparently enjoy not only nerding out about pedalboards, but also contradicting ourselves, it’s actually not strictly instrumental but does contain a few spoken word contributions. Not being anywhere close to being able to make a living from our music, this debut album is a work of endless hours of writing, rehearsing, arguing and struggling to find out what we want our music to sound like. So despite recording it with quite a portion of DIY spirit, with zero budget in a free studio, we’ve achieved a recording that we’re immensely proud of. It’s available as a free digital download through our Bandcamp site, or to stream on Soundcloud.

So what’s next in the world of Larkahl? Having forced ourselves to put the finishing touches on our older songs for the debut album, we’ve been inspired to work on completely new material which is already rapidly taking shape for a future release. Judging from the progress so far, it will probably be a little bit shorter and more to-the-point than “Journal”, maybe an EP or mini-album, and will probably also show more post-metal and progressive/mathy influences. We’re making good progress and are aiming for a release sometime in the later half of 2014, but no promises. Only having played a couple of small shows so far, we also really look forward to hopefully getting the chance to present our music to more live audiences.

With the warmest of greetings from the dark Swedish winter,

Tomas (and the other three members of Larkahl)

   

tags: 5/4 time experimental ambient debut album instrumental post-metal post-rock progressive psychedelic spoken word Sweden

Deep Elm Records Offers Name Your Price (No Minimum) Downloads On Entire Catalog of 200+ Albums (Press Release)

Attention, People of Earth:

Deep Elm Records is pleased to announce that we are now offering downloads of every album in our catalog (200+) on a Name Your Price (no minimum) basis. Fan support of our artists is a key element in the creation of music that inspires, excites and consoles. It’s all about bands and fans coming together as one and experiencing music’s awesome ability to move the soul. So if you have the means, please show your love by Naming Your Price for a download. If you sincerely do not have any means, in exchange for each download we politely request that you post, share, tag and tweet to tell your friends about the album. Our bands and label depend on your word of mouth. Even if it’s a small act of kindness you perform for a complete stranger (the world could really use more selfless acts of kindness), do something…pay it forward. Be pono.

I once had a dream to inspire people with music. Since I’m not a musician myself, I thought I could achieve this by starting a record label. Armed with zero knowledge of the music business, I decided to follow my dream. That was 19 years ago. Last month, Deep Elm released our 200th album…the incredible Save Your Heart by LIGHTS & MOTION. We’ve gone from consigning vinyl 45s via bicycle / backpack to mom and pop record shops in NYC to providing music for Hollywood films…even The Oscars. Minds = blown. We have made our share of mistakes, but when we fell down we got back up. That’s the more important part. We fought for fairness in an industry swimming with sharks. We fought for what we believed in. We found a way to make it work. And when there was no way, we invented one.

I know so many people (including many of you reading this message) that have such incredible talents, ideas and visions for a better tomorrow. I encourage you to keep fighting the good fight. With sincere intention, purity of heart, hard work and sacrifice, you can achieve anything. Everything is possible. Dreams do come true. Love what you do.

You may be surprised to learn that Deep Elm’s current artist roster has been built solely by bands submitting their music to the label. And we don’t require multi-album agreements. Our bands call Deep Elm home because they want to, not because they have to. We release albums that move our hearts and for no other reason at all. We continue to build a better label – one that operates for glory, not gold. Fairness to the artist and undying integrity in all that we do have been guiding principles at Deep Elm since day one.

Deep Elm is part of a threatened breed of true independents that exist for the love of music. Most so-called “indie” labels are, in fact, funded and / or distributed by major record labels and their affiliates. Not Deep Elm. On a completely self-sufficient basis and without any outside support, Deep Elm competes in an industry dominated by corporate giants. We are proud to be 100% independent. It has always been Deep Elm’s intention to get the music of our family of artists into the hands (and ears) of as many people as possible. This announcement is a big step towards that goal. So if you like what you hear, spread the word. And we’ll make sure these bands are there when you need them.

We’re not just making music together, we’re making history.

Love and Aloha,

John @ Deep Elm

P.S. Get your download on here: http://www.deepelm.com/music