Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Edwyn Collins Announces The Release of New Album

Edwyn Collins will release a brand new album 'Understated' on March 25th 2013. His eight solo album will be the subject of an upcoming documentary called “In Your Voice, In Your Heart” that chronicles his recovery from a debilitating 2005 stroke. The album includes 11 songs — two of which were co-written with musician Richard Hawley and it is described as "northern soul, crossed over with punk". 
Check out Edwyn Collinsofficial for more info.


A Terrible Splendour Announce The Release of Poseurs

The long awaited debut album by the British duo Terrible Splendour is entitled 'Poseurs' and now it is available for pre-order only via Desire Records. This album comes as a follow up to their cassette only EP on the same label which was released in Autumn 2012 and which was sold out. Available in LP, CD and digital format, 'Poseurs' features 11 tracks ranging in style from dissolute disco to sombre cabaret musings. Resolutely modern synth sounds, in turn lush and vicious, combine with lyrics addressing the eternal themes of rebellion, shame and the vagaries of outrageous fortune. 
To stream and pre-order the album go to desirerecords.bigcartel.com/

Sunday, February 24, 2013

In Conversation: Andy Oppenheimer

Andy Oppenheimer is a UK based explosives expert, author, artist and musician. In our music world most of you might remember him as the co-founder, singer and songwriter of  the electronic duo Oppenheimer Analysis which he formed with Martin Lloyd in the early 80's. Thanks to the internet, their seminal album 'New Mexico' has been rediscovered several times and ever since then and it has been an influential album for the new DIY generation of  artists growing in the electronic field. 
Andy never really gave up on music and especially in the recent years he has been quite busy with it. His recent projects include the work with Mark Warner on Touching The Void, Mickey Clarke on Major Impact. The main focus of this interview though is his collaboration with Mahk Rumbae and the new world of Oppenheimer MkII. Enjoy the interview! 

 1.Can you tell us about your latest band project, when did you start it and who is Oppenheimer Mk II?
 Oppenheimer Mk II is Mahk Rumbae of Konstruktivists, based in Vienna, Austria and myself, Andy Oppenheimer, formerly of Oppenheimer Analysis. I was introduced to Mahk by Walter Robotka, who runs the Klanggalerie label, when I visited Vienna in April of last year. Mahk was interested in doing some new work and is a fantastic producer. I started writing songs and we played live together at the famous Rhiz club, when we tried out some of the new songs before they were finally produced. After a second visit to Vienna in July, and Mahk’s amazing work producing all 12 songs, we now have our first album out.

 2. What inspired you to make music together?
I had finished working with Oppenheimer Analysis and wanted to continue making electro-pop music for the present day, with memorable songs that could be even more catchy, danceable and enduring, with lyrics and tunes inspired by what is happening to me now. I write and sing songs but can’t produce them, so looked for musicians and producers who could bear to work with me. I think Mahk wanted to do his first electro pop work as well, and I think he may have surprised himself by proving his fantastic ability to create wonderful melodic synth-pop! And as I only do songs you can hum in the bath, we worked very well together on this first album.

3.Is the music of Oppenheimer Analysis in any way related to your new project or can we expect something completely new? 
This is completely new – using up to date production techniques, and with songs that are relevant to my life and things going on now. The only similarity is that we are making synth pop which we hope OA fans will enjoy - but there is no other similarity. We are trying to get our fans and many others out there to listen to electro-pop with modern influences and sophisticated, mass appeal production values. So much of the scene is still harking back in the 80's with folks only wanting to hear music made then, with so-and-so analogue thingy synthesizers and whatever - and often the more obscure examples, and that anything sounding ‘commercial’ and current is somehow taboo. I am all for mass appeal, but appreciate that nowadays in the Internet era, this form of music - ironically unlike in the 80's - has a more exclusive, alternative minority following. Back in the 80's electro pop songs topped the charts. But now it has become something of a ‘sub-genre’. So I am delighted Mahk wanted to produce totally new songs for as many people as can hear them, dance to them, and enjoy them. And maybe they will become collector’s items in the future!

 4.What can you tell us about the upcoming album, song topics and the release date? The album is called The Presence of the Abnormal. It is released on Klanggalerie www.klanggalerie.com on CD, and on multiple MP3 outlets in early March, on iTunes/Spotify etc early March distributed by Dig Music. The CDs are on their way to me as we speak – and please watch Facebook for further exact dates and distributors. The album is a combination of classic dance songs and much darker but equally memorable songs, often about war – but these are more as allegory and role-play than literal experiences, and very much based on my work in counterterrorism. The title itself, 'The Presence of the Abnormal', is a term which means something odd which arouses suspicion that a terrorist or insurgent act like blowing up a bomb is about to take place. The songs on the first ‘lighter’ side are Soft-Cell inspired love-dance-electro numbers. You Will Never Know, I Wish I Never Said I Loved You, and Be a Star are pure danceable pop about emotional unrequited love and sheer, unadulterated hero worship and could each be singles in their own right. Nobody Ever Says Thank You is dedicated to a famous football manager but could just be about folks letting you down after you’ve struggled to get somewhere. The Devil’s Work is a slightly spooky little number about the Faustian bargain – the only track which ’harks back’ to earlier Oppenheimer material but much sharper. On Brighton Pier is a total departure from the rest of the collection – it’s a lilting ballad dedicated to a war hero who described a boyhood trip to Brighton in his book, and which inspired me to write the song - with Mahk’s evocative, haunting, lifting soundtrack making me think of days here at the seaside where I live. Then it gets darker on Side 2 – here on several of the tracks I have stepped into the boots of the heroes I work with and admire. The Presence of the Abnormal, the title track, which has a short video on YouTube and Facebook, is a frenzied breathless journey of a bomb squad guy about to dismantle a device. Or it could just be about a race against time… and has a grinding, thumping, compelling sound. Mahk decided to keep the original vocal I recorded at home on my laptop as it sounds like a soldier on a ‘walkie-talkie’ radio. Adrenaline Rush is purely and simply about a guy with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and addiction to danger. On this pounding, almost hypnotic track I was joined on vocals by Corina Cinkl of Collapsing New People, which gives it the ‘echo’ of the soldier’s wife left at home… Then we get a bit of light relief with Action Man, a pure pastiche of war, danger, James Bond and all the rest of it – and almost a pastiche of electro music itself, with a catchy beat and robotic, slightly explicit lyrics... and if it doesn’t fill the dancefloor I’ll eat my shemagh! It is also released on a tape cassette compilation on a new label, Vocoder Tapes. My Girl Friday is a kind of partner track to Action Man which has Corina doing a second round of lovely vocals with me. It’s another send-up of the macho world which I inhabit, a nice Bondesque fantasy which I enjoy but which is only sometimes true! We go to war again with Being a Target – in which Mahk has made a kind of trance-like sound appropriate for the pace and paranoia of the song. And the album finishes on the darkest track of all, Another Nightmare, which is a desperate cry for help from a veteran drowning in terrible memories, with a pounding beat evoking the speeded-up heartbeat and panic of the insomniac.

 5.What music are you listening to when you are not recording or producing your own?
I had a phase on Adele’s album which has wonderful emotional songs, but otherwise I listen to a mixture of old and new, or near-new, very commercial music, which I hear on the radio at the barber’s! Could be anything from Madonna’s electronic stuff to Sheryl Crow and Sarah McLachlan country rock and just about anything from the 60's, 70's – Bowie and Roxy Music - and the electro hits from the 80's. I just like what I hear without knowing who dunnit. I don’t follow current music as it’s virtually impossible for someone of my years without the institutional guide we used to have here from Top of the Pops on the telly every week! I don’t really like alternative, obscure music with no melody or discernible theme and lyrics. I’m an oldfashioned songwriter brought up on the Beatles and Mersey Beat, film soundtrack and Irish music, with a love of traditional pop tune and rhythm structures. I like trance and some techno, but it depends on where I am – some of that is great in a club but no good on your own with the Ipod on unless you’re at the gym. Most of my listening is done walking on the seafront here and my songwriting and rehearsing as well – singing my head off to the Ipod with all the assorted dogs being taken for a walk joining in!

 6.What other musical projects are you currently working on?
I have just released a double-AA single as Touching the Void, my very exciting project with Mark Warner, formerly of Sudeten Creche. It is now available on vinyl from No Em Blanc and on MP3 multiple outlets from Dig Music. It features the songs Parallel Lives and Highbury Fields. Mark and I began working together back in 2010 when we met in Berlin where I was playing my last gig with Oppenheimer Analysis. The music with Touching the Void is totally different to anything I have done before, and totally different to my other work with Oppenheimer MkII - intense ballads with haunting piano and live musicians. Mark has produced two wonderful songs, and I wrote the words and tunes straight from the heart. Parallel Lives, is a tribute to heroism which evolved from a piano piece first composed by Mark with Paul Carlin of Sudeten Creche a while ago, and has great personal significance to me. The rock ballad Highbury Fields is a rock ballad evoking a memory of London life which also features session musicians Andy Hickey, Grady Johnson and Don Weilogroch. Highbury Fields was played on the Cruisin Show on CNEU, a US radio station, last week and will be played on ten other US stations in the coming days. See Touching the Void’s FB page for more details. The two songs will be part of a forthcoming album we are working on called Love, Longing and Loss. My third project is Major Impact with Mickey Clarke, formerly of Naked Lunch. We are about to release our first EP in March, Love and War, with Genetic Music, on vinyl and MP3. This features two beautifully produced, very modern electro dance tracks, Until the Next Time and Catch Up With Me - again with unrequited love and insurgency at the heart of the lyrics, and with enough impact to be, I think, used for film or TV soundtracks. There are two stunning remixes of each song as well, by Mickey himself and by Clive Pierce. They can be heard as samples for now until they are released on Mickey’s bandcamp site http://ironblu.bandcamp.com/album/plus 

 7.Which artist would you like to work with in the future? Well, it depends – I would have to say UK only, as I am very busy with my work and current music projects. My work takes me overseas a lot as well, and is very unpredictable as I am self-employed. I don’t do a ‘regular’ job at all - so it really limits the amount of time I could do any further work. But I’m always open to offers – especially to try new forms of music.

 8.Oppenheimer Mk II will premiere their new album in Vienna on March 26th. Can we expect more live shows and venues around Europe/World?
See previous answer – and it depends on whether they can pay us for travel, hotel and a fee. As much as we want to gig, and know how important it is to play live, we have to consider the terms and also be able to plan ahead within our schedules. Although I am very busy I am not earning the same as a few years ago, but am working just as hard - so can’t always travel without it being covered. And my music partners all do jobs and other music projects as well. I especially want to play in London – I lived there for 32 years and have played there a lot. I am often invited to play as OA and have to tell people about my new work and some don’t reply, but others do and want to hear the new work. So I hope once they hear the new album, single, and EP and more they will enjoy the music and start to invite us. To be honest I’d love to gig all the time – especially as I live alone and work from home and truly enjoy getting out there and performing on stage!

9.Will there be more music videos and single releases?
Yes. I will start to do more work in all three projects once we see how the current releases get on and once I can get some time in my schedule. Videos are expensive, though – but my three partners are so good at IT etc that they are able to do a lot themselves, again depending on time etc. We are very interested in working with video makers and also film makers who may see the songs as good soundtrack material.

10.Where can fans gain access to your music and find regular updates?
 Facebook is the best place. On any of these pages: My own page http://www.facebook.com/andy.oppenheimer.33 Oppenheimer MkII http://www.facebook.com/OppenheimerMkII Touching the Void http://www.facebook.com/TouchingtheVoidBand 
My ‘band’ page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Andy-Oppenheimer/199905813382549

Big Thanks goes out to Andy Oppenheimer!

Monday, February 18, 2013

WAW: Featureless Ghost- Video Enforcement

Featureless Ghost have premiered a third video from their debut album 'Personality Matrix'. The video for "Video Enforcement" was recorded as a live performances and it is the first in a 2 part series of live videos shot at their Atlanta studio. The "Video Enforcement" track as well as the remix version of it by Tannhäuser Gate is available as a free download via Soundcloud.

 Video Enforcement Free Download


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sensual Harassment Return with Escape From Alpha Draconis

Old friends, Brooklyn based reptilian duo Sensual Harassment are back among us. From their native star, they have brought us their brand new escapee disco EP entitled ''Escape From Alpha Draconis''. The duo almost revel in art of blurring the lines of disco, pop and new wave, all while filtering it through their own unique vision, creating something that remains both familiar and new. Equipped with a clearer vision, an irresistibly melodic new EP and approving nods from the likes of Pitchfork, Vice, XLR8R, CMJ and Dazed and Confused and us of course, Sensual Harassment seem destined to be one of 2013’s brightest new stars - in our solar system and their own.


Electronic' Debut Reissue Announced for March

EMI Music have announced the release of Electronic' self titled debut album. The new 2CD reissue will include a newly remastered edition of the original album on one disc, accompanied by a second CD featuring a dozen alternate versions, remixes, edits, B-sides and instrumentals, including their biggest hit and Neil Tennant collaboration on “Disappointed”. The album which was originally released in 1991 and first time reissued in 2007 will be out on March 11th in the U.K.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

In Conversation: The Present Moment

When you think of L.A., what are some things that come to mind? Sunshine? Beverly Hills? The beach? Hollywood? The Walk of Fame? Let's forget them all, for now, as i would like to focus your attention in a different direction. The Present Moment are a bit of a hidden gem but very much loved by those in the know. That said, i've chosen to shine some very well deserved light their way. Comprised of main man and songwriter, Milton Scott, who crafts an infectious blend of melodic, dark, atmospheric, electronic goodness. And may i add shimmering abstract undertones in some places. Well, that's what i get out of it. I urge you to give them a listen and i'm sure you would highly agree.

Scott is a very busy man as he's in the process of finishing up a soon to be released LP. This will actually be his third and the follow up to 2010's "The High Road" and 2011's masterpiece, "Loyal To A Fault". Back in September, he reissued the debut album with the addition of four bonus tracks, two music videos, and some utterly flawless repackaging. Limited to 150 hand numbered pressings, you'll be very lucky and oh so happy to find a copy. Doing the reissue honors was German label, Hidden Treasure Music, who also played the role of booking agent, along with Antistars Booking, for last years very successful European tour. You can check out several tracks and purchase a digital download copy at Hidden Treasure Music @ Bandcamp if you're so inclined.

Being that he had a few days off, Scott agreed to answer some questions i threw his way. I was genuinely interested in finding out more than what i've shared with you. Let's see what he has to say, shall we?

1) Let's start off with talking about the band origins and your initial vision, in aspects of direction and accomplishments:

Like most things in life, it was an idea planted in my head for quite awhile before the situation presented itself to actually embarking on doing a solo project after being in a band structure for so many years. Most people don't know that my first love was drums. I played for years and was always a songwriter. Mainly, I would create synthethic drum and synth sequencer based electronic music for the band I was doing and then sit behind the drums for the live performances.That band was Catalog, with a partner I had been working with since the late 80's in many different projects. Here is a link to one of the videos we did for a documentary called "Synthnation" by Danny Luci, featuring many of the pioneers of synth based music. We did the title track for the film and here is the video: http://vimeo.com/2559273
After that, things started to dissolve, mainly for economic reasons, lack of motivation across the board for everyone, and being burnt out on the entire LA scene. We were all going thru a rough time, were doing our best for over eight years to make a mark in LA, and get the record deal and all that. We got promised a lot of different things that never materialized. So I just decided, at that point, to start working on my solo music at home and see what would happen with Catalog down the road. So my first attempt, being that I had never sang on a album or fronted a band for that matter, was to do a cover of The Cars song "Candy-O" and see if I felt that I could pull it off. That actually got picked up by a local music magazine, gave me that push I needed, a vote of confidence to move forward, and continue to create original material. So I started to write songs for what ended up becoming "The High Road". That motivation came from my interest in the Houston based label DISARO, which had became quite a well known underground and slightly notorious label. They were responsible for the first Salem, Passions, and //TENSE// releases at the time. Many of which were all very exciting bands to me personally, not only musically but also from a art aestethic and the use of occult symbolism, magic etc. It was a new definition of dark electronic music that felt new and interesting to me. So naturally I was thrilled to have a homebase label to work and release with, so I dived in deep and made and produced that record here at my place in Echo Park/LA. The album was well recieved due to the strength and varied nature of that record, but also in part to hype that was happening with what people were calling witch house. I continued working, while putting a live band together for shows, and continued working straight thru without a break. During that time, I created the follow up 2nd TPM album called "Loyal To A Fault". So essentially 2 albums in 2years =2010-2011. We had gained the interest of Desire Records, in France, which is a great label, lots of fantastic bands releasing quality music, They released the first album on vinyl picture disc and then Mannequin Records (minimal synth italian label ), also another wonderful label, paired up with Desire to release the second album "Loyal To A Fault" in Sept. of 2011.
So I was just very lucky in many respects, and once the oppurtunity that I had worked and waited a lifetime for finally presented itself, I ran with it, and basically that became my world for 2 years, and still basically is the one I choose to live and create in today.
2) Being that you are the main songwriter, what influences you in this process?
 I'm not sure as it's all very second nature to me. When I was able to get up every morning and throw on a drum machine and get a synth sound pulled up. I can write things very easily. It's just a matter of whether it's good enough to be heard. I have a very specific way of doing things. I wanted to make very simple, effective, singer-songwriter material without it being overkilled by overplaying and adding too much onto the tracks.The whole idea of less is more was very crucial to that way of approaching a song, It was minimal in its purest sense. Having been in a band for so long, having so many cooks in the kitchen adding more and more tracks, over complicating things, and trying to be over creative has it's drawbacks. I wanted nothing to do with that at all, so the music made was to fall into, very om-esque-with simple synth overdubs, simple beats, and a strong vocal. Thats all I set out for. I wasn't trying to wow listensters with my chops and how musically complex I could make something. I just kept things more fluid and something that I felt sounded cool, haunting, and had a good hook and that's basically it, that was the motivation.
3) Who were your early influences? Those who had a huge part in driving you to becoming a musician.
If I go way back and dig deeply, first it was what my mom listened to, which was Chic, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and a lot of old school classic soul music. Then I discovered bands like Adam and the Ants, Berlin, Devo, The Human League,  The Sisters Of Mercy, Bauhaus, Joy Division,  The Sex Pistols, The Cure, Ministry, Depeche Mode, Echo and the Bunnymen, and so on. We just dived into all of that great music as kids. They were our heroes and all the punk bands like Crass, The Clash, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys etc. They had a profound influence on me both politically/social politics, and the injustice and hypocrisy of the world. I lived in a very conservative small New Hampshire town back in the 80's. You had to travel out of state to get that music on vinyl, CD, or cassette, If it wasn't for college radio we would have been completely oblivious to good music. We had one record store in our town, for a brief period of time, and it was all classic rock music. I think the only cool record I bought there was Pink Floyd's "Meddle". I loved that album at  the time especially the b-side, "Echoes".
4) Your second album, "Loyal To A Fault" , rightfully made its way onto quite a number of "Best Albums of 2011" lists. Your collaborator, for this particular project, being Philipp Munch ( Synapscape / The Rorschach Garden). How did this partnership come about? How was the recording process and did the end results turnout as you had hoped?
I met Phil on Myspace. I do remember that...lol. I had hit him up after hearing his music and asked if he wanted to collaborate on a track because I was very specific about creating a minimal synth project. He agreed to work on a track with me and that first song we collaborated on together was "The High Road", which is my favorite song I think I've ever done. It truly captured the essence of what I wanted TPM to sound like at that time. He also did work on the more industrial track, "The Damage is Loved", from the first album, Additionally, he mastered the record for me in Germany where he lives. After that album was completed, I had approached him about doing an entire new album together with him producing. He's such a brilliant musician and producer, so giving of his time, and so easy to work with, he agreed. So I sent him probably 20+ demos for the "Loyal To A Fault" sessions, we narrowed it down to 10, and then he almost couldn't do the record due to a lot of factors. That was a bit devasting to me, at the time, as it's a lot to ask of anyone to make that kind of commitment. Making an album is a lot of work and psychically uplifting as well as draining. So naturally I was feeling pretty down about that. I then wrote the song "New Day". He fell in love with that track and decided to come back on board and we spent, I think, about 4+ months working on that record going back and forth via emails. A very strange way to make a record but it worked. The end results, we were both very pleased with. He is truly a great guy, gifted, and a generous soul. I was very blessed to have had that working relationship/union with him. Hopefully, we'll someday create something beautiful again.Time will tell.
5) You've done more than your fair share of playing the live circuit. Sharing the stage with pioneers such as Iron Curtain and The Legendary Pink Dots to newer acts like Light Asylum and Soft Metals. In doing so, you've had the opportunity to perform on US and European soil. How has this experience been overall? Which audiences do think received you best?
I've had a great time performing, shared the stage with some really wonderful people who made the live performances possible and more proper, as a band, rather than me just standing there, alone, with a laptop and a synth doing vocals. There was Isul Kim on bass and Gary Snider on drums. I've had Dre Robinson, from the Skinny Puppy days, help me out with a show, and people on the mixing boards like Jeff Swearagin. My buddy, Simon from Lab XIV, who risked everything, life and limb, to go over and take the jump with me for the EU tour which was crazy. All involved, doing this for the love of music. I mean we were doing things for very little money or no money at all and you know they worked their asses off to make that happen. I'm always very humbled by that and that they believed in what I was doing. I've been very lucky to have shared the stage with some really amazing bands. EU was fantastic and a great response from people over there. They made me feel so appreciated, as a artist, by the outpouring of emotion given to me from them. Especially, because I know what it's like to be that kid, when someone wrote a song, and for one reason or another it changed your life, or got you from not taking your own. I had a few unexpected experiences like that over there. For the first time, I felt like what I was doing was worthwhile. It had made a diference in someones life! It was a very intense situation and i was very moved by that. It inspired me and relit the fire. That for me was really needed at that paticular time in my life.
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6) We'd love to know what you have in store with the new album. What are you willing to share with us?
Well, my intent for The Present Moment, as a project, and from the very beginning, was to always attempt to make each album very unique and different sounding from the last one. So that being said, it is something I feel will surprise people by where we are going musically with this record. Sonically it has a much different feel then "Loyal To A Fault". It's more organic, more ethereal aspects, and more punk, in approach on some tracks. We've gotten very experimental on the b-side of this record which is where I'm getting very excited about the outcome. We're very close to being done. It was initially going to be a EP, but I was swayed and convinced by my producer, Ross Totino ( Beautiful Skin / Fans of Collision), that we actually had a albums worth of material, and that we should consider moving forward with making that a reality. I agreed, so I'm very much looking forward to turning the page and offering this new album for everyone. I hope that they love it as much as we do.
7) What are your plans post album release? Any special promotional activities? I'm thinking and hoping maybe a show or two on the east coast?
Our first TPM show was in Brooklyn. I've had a lot of interest in getting the band to play there again. It's really about how to get us there. It always comes down to the financial reality of making that happen. If and when that happens, I would be looking to do at least 2 shows in NYC, Providence, Boston and perhaps Portland. It's something that will happen but someone has to be willing to get us there.
8) What drives you as a person and through everyday life?
 Smokes.....haha....I dont know, man these are tough times. I just take it day by day. I would just have to say music. Music is everything to me, it's my life force, and i'd wither and die without it.
9) Can you give me one word that would best describe Milton Scott?

In closing, i'd like to thank Milton for his time. The following is a track from the upcoming album and it's called "General Relief". The official video is still in the making but we'll be sure to post it, here, once it's forwarded our way.
And just because i'm so nice (ask anyone who knows me), i'm including an additional video. This comes from the "Loyal To A Fault" album and it's the official video for "The Start.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Next Wave: blablarism

Being 20 years old and writing/producing dark, haunting, melodic atmosphere is indeed a rarity in this day and age. Oksana Zmorovytch is quite possibly the valedictorian of such a special class. This young lady doesn't miss a beat and exudes a passion that is undeniable. Going by the moniker blablarism (intentionally lowercased), she comes to us from Kiev, Ukraine. Just short of a day ago, she released her official debut offering, "Fugue", on the New Ideals label. It's a four song cassette EP that is limited to only 50 copies. For me, personally, it is a portal to lands unknown and soul fluttering dreams. I highly recommend her.

For more info, please visit: blablarism @ Facebook , blablarism @ SoundCloud , New Ideals @ Facebook , New Ideals @ SoundCloud

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Retrovision: Missing Persons - Words

Epitomizing the early 80's L.A. New Wave scene, Missing Persons released their debut EP, "I Like Boys" in 1980. Fronted by vocalist Dale Bozzio and rounded out by Terry Bozzio and Warren Cuccurullo, the line up would later expand with the addition of Patrick O'Hearn and Chuck Wild. The first single and MTV staple, "Words", peaked at #42 on the US Hot 100 Singles Charts and went to #9 in Australia. The band would go on to release three studio albums and a string of singles while gaining a loyal following all along the way. They ended their run in 1986 as the members moved on to other projects. Most notably, Cuccurullo would land in the midst of Duran Duran as the replacement for the departed Andy Taylor.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Next Wave: Visonia

We, here at Burning Flame, have been keeping our ears on the lush and soothing sounds of Visonia. It seems we're not the only ones, and from what i've been seeing, the response has been a great one. The man behind it all is one Nicolas Estany who is well on his way to releasing his debut LP, appropriately named, "Impossible Romance". Based in Santiago, Chile, Estany is slowing creeping upon us, shrouded in mystery, and with stellar company in tow. This by way of a collaboration with Dopplereffekt on a track called, "Die Reisen". If that doesn't get your attention then nothing will. The music of Visonia is late night atmosphere at some of it's very best. An exact release date has not been specified but we're looking very forward to the fruits of his labor.

For more info and sounds, please visit: Visonia @ Facebook , Visonia @ SoundCloud , and Visonia @ YouTube