Qluster – Spuren im Schnee (2015)

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QLUSTER are Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Onnen Bock and Armin Metz. “Tasten” is their fifth album. The trio explores the musical depths of three Steinway concert grands to their fullest potential. Spherical sounds of three overlapping instruments, complete with gentle tones and little melodies, sporadically culminating in impulsive sonic storms. A wonderful piece of “neo-classical” music by three masters of their art. “Tasten” can conceivably be described as the successor to the 2012 album “Antworten”, on which grand pianos also played a similarly significant role. Whilst “Antworten” featured singing bowls, “Tasten” is exclusively a piano work, one which sees the instrument used at times in unconventional, percussive ways, its strings plucked or stroked.

Release: July 10th, 2015

Tracklisting:

01 Traum vom Fliegen
02 Über den Dächern
03 Il Campanile
04 Brandung
05 Zwischen den Zeilen
06 Spiegel im Spiegel
07 Spuren im Schnee
08 Karussell
09 Abends ganz leis

Blue Oyster Cult – Hot Rails To Hell (1973)

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Tyranny and Mutation (on the album cover: THE BLVE ÖYSTER CVLT: TYRANNY AND MVTATION) was the second album by the American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, released on February 11, 1973. The album was recorded from songs written while touring in support of their eponymous debut album. Blue Öyster Cult continued to develop their style of “intelligent heavy metal” on this record. “Baby Ice Dog” features lyrics by poet Patti Smith, who would ultimately make several more lyrical contributions to the band’s repertoire over their career. The song “The Red and the Black” is a re-titled, re-recorded version of “I’m on the Lamb But I Ain’t No Sheep” from their previous album. The lyrics are a reference to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Low – No Comprende (2015)

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Low’s Ones and Sixes will be available on CD / LP / DL September 11th from Sub Pop. You can now listen to the lead single, “No Comprende” on Sub Pop’s YouTube, Soundcloud and streaming services like Spotify, Rdio and TuneIn.

The album was co-produced by Low and engineer BJ Burton at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studios in Eau Claire, WI, Ones and Sixes is the new (and, so far, the best) album from the Duluth-based trio of Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker and Steve Garrington.

Pre-orders of Ones and Sixes are available through Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. Fans who purchase the album from megamart.subpop.com will receive the Loser Edition (while supplies last).

Circuit des Yeux – Fantasize the Scene (2015)

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In the movie Under The Skin, Scarlett Johansson’s alien character lures men to their fate in a pure-black space. These scenes are striking in their stark beauty, with all parties accepting their compulsion into the unknown as bodies step downward into a fathomless black ooze. In Circuit des Yeux’s first single from In Plain Speech, there’s a similarly soothing allure to “Fantasize The Scene” — which is also coincidentally about new connections that last an eternity, meticulously arranged as the sensation of sinking into nothing and everything.

Yoko Ono – Waiting For The Sunrise (1973)

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Approximately Infinite Universe is a double album by Yoko Ono, released in early 1973. It represents a departure from the experimental avant garde rock of her first two albums towards a more conventional pop/rock sound, while also dabbling in feminist rock. It peaked at #193 in the United States. The 1997 CD re-issue on Rykodisc added two acoustic demos of songs from this era, that were later released on 1981’s Season of Glass. It was released again, in 2007 by Rykodisc. Mick Jagger dropped into the studio for some sessions. He said he was playing the guitar very loudly with John Lennon. Mick went on to say that Yoko “was really trying to sing properly. She’s not screaming, she’s really trying to sing.”