The Underground | ART POP

Art pop (also typeset as art-pop or artpop) is a loosely defined style of pop music influenced by pop art’s integration of high and low culture, and which emphasizes the manipulation of signs, style, and gesture over personal expression. [Wiki]

ROADBURN | Day 4

It has a been a long time since I visited the Roadburn, but finally my story is going to an end.

Sunday was a beautiful day. I managed to take some rest during this crazy crazy weekend, and I was almost full of energy to live the last day of the festival. In general I also like Sunday because, even if the quality of the music remains constant, the atmosphere here is more relaxed, also because of less people wondering around the venues. Most of them leave to come back to their countries: I actually read that most of the fans (I believe 75%) that attend the Roadburn are from outside the Netherlands, and definitely from outside the Tilburg region. For me this is a quite peculiar fact…

 

MJ Guider

The first band I saw was MJ Guider. The band itself plays an electric echoing of synth/guitar/bass mix that creates a sort of foggy 80’s fine atmosphere. It feels like we are drowning in the blue-colored air of the Green Room. There is not so much crowd, so it happened to me to assist at the concert without being pushed and in a place with a very nice view, so I enjoyed the complete experience.

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Stuck in Motion

After listening a little bit of Daughters in the Main Room (only to kill the time for me next band I was interested with, since those guys are not doing anything that can shock me or give me reason to stay, even if their work is quite valuable) I come back to the Green Room to check Stuck in Motion. Those Swedish guys are quite interesting, considering the fact that are three and seems that everyone is able to play every type of instrument, not mentioning the singing part. They entertainment us with pure psychedelic pieces, shifting from dynamic synth solo to romantic ballads, and they do it enchanting the public.

 

Thou

Another concert I really enjoyed is Thou‘s. There is so much destructive energy in this band, that the whole Main Room is simply mesmerized by vibrations are coming from the stage. One of the visual choice (as you can see from the picture, the three crosses) is so powerful when is accompanied by their sludge. The impression is people are so focused on it that look like statues from where I sit:

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Ulcerate

Well, I admit it. Thanks to the fact on Sunday there were less people I intentionally spend most of the time in 013. But in the case of Ulcerate, it was ages I wanted to see them live: and for this performance I could see the crowd in the Green Room. Not for nothing those guys are monsters in their sludge-death. The energy level is maintained quite high, and few people left the room, at least until I was there.

 

Bossk

The last I heard during this Roadburn is Bossk, a real nice post-rock project. Their songs are fresh and bring the listener to enjoy every nuance of the composition and astonishes him with the violence of the lead voice, that seems so distant and also so close with the essence of the song, that just give a sense of confusion.

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Here we are, at the end of my journey. It is a long story of my four days that could have been longer and with more bands on my personal running order. However, I do not think that the Roadburn is only a place to go to hear some cool music, or better is not only that. I believe that Roadburn is an experience, a rite of passage through a new music concept and mind paradigm. Roadburn is a gathering with who, like us, is doing this changing, and it gives the opportunity to even expand it. Roadburn is, basically, the spiritual trip into music that everyone that loves the underground needs to do.

PANDEMIA | A year later…

Dear Music Lovers,

It has been a year since Pandemia became alive. Many thinks happened, and I would like to summarize it in a brief post.

First of all, I cannot tell how I was amazed to get in touch with interesting bands, labels and projects all around the world. I was lucky enough to get in contact with extremely creative people and I had the privilege to expose their way to see their artistic life on the ‘pages’ of this website.

I would like to thank again all the labels, such as Cryo Chamber, Unsigned and Hjordi-Britt Astrom, to give me the time to discuss about their view on the current panorama. I am grateful to Euroblast that let me to participate at their festival as a reviewer. I am really happy about the opportunities that VOLA, ØKAPI and Common Eider King Eider gave me to discuss about their music and share their thoughts on the webzine.

My posts would not be so cool without photographs, made by Andre Symann, Marvin Ruppert, Heiner Bach, Mats.L Photography, Blumina Live Photography, Niels Vinck,Susana  Martins, Paul Verhagen,Quinten Quist Konzertphotographie. Without them the stories I told would have not been so bright and vibrant.

If you did not do already, just have a check on our first compilation, made with the best underground Post Rock artists you can find in Internet, like Soonago,
Dwaninungka, False Horizon,
 Oh Hiroshima, Nanaki, we.own.the.sky, Empty Yard Experiment ,
Dawnlit, Molecules to Mind, Cats Never Die . They lend their music to me to make the first official Pandemia compilation and I am deeply grateful for it.

It was not the most productive year, and honestly I regret I didn’t have more time to spend on Pandemia. However, the plan is to go forward and try to develop this platform.

I am still searching other Music Lovers to be able to cover more genres and artists. If you are interested, contact me via this website on via our other channels (check the Contact page).

I am still searching other Music Lovers to make this website grow and be able to cover more genres and artists. If you are interested, contact me via this website on via our other channels (check the Contact page).

I wish to all an energetic start of 2019, and keep checking Facebook or the Pandemia website, we are coming back!

Discoveries | CALYPSO

Music is the way of humanity expresses itself. It was for century the core of every important social event, capable to give joy or relief to thousands of people during the century. It is interesting to see how the different style impacted to the local culture in a precise time of the history, as trying to resolve a complicate puzzle of humankind.

Calypso was a genre born during the 19th century in South America, more exactly in Trinidad and Tobago. As the voice of the slaves imported as worker in sugar plantations, it developed from a wonderful rainbow of roots, as Jamaican folk music or sings in French.

Calypso became pretty popular during from the 30s to the 50s, when Harry Belafonte decided to remake the reggae Banana Boat Song:

Today the genre became highly underground, but it still has the beautiful warming harmony of its homeland, although it collected different influences during the way.